SOUL EATER – 21
Riding through the halls underneath Shibusen in an attempt to catch up to Eruka and Free, Kid is stopped briefly when he reaches a field of bombs floating in the air. He’s disgusted by the lack of uniformity in the arrangement of bombs, and he only manages to get past after Patty authoritatively tells him to. Back down the long passageway, Maka uses her new-found power and fighting style to go toe-to-toe with Chrona, but the madness is literally overwhelming Soul. Inside of herself, the calm Maka uses this chance to match her soul wavelength with Chrona’s, and this brings her to a desert world where she finds a young Chrona. At around this same time, out in Death City, Blair is having no problems handling the members of the Mizune family. The witches, however, combine and transform into a single larger woman, so Blair transforms into her human appearance as well. Stein meanwhile is questioning what Medusa plans to do with Chrona once she revives the Kishin. Medusa replies that Chrona is useless and a failure since Chrona was raised without any independence, and her plan to throw Chrona away infuriates Maka’s father.
At this moment, Maka is watching over a young Chrona who is in the desert world wondering what to do. Chrona draws a circle in the sand around herself to mark her own area, but she does nothing more than just sit down inside this circle until her shadow appears. The shadow starts asking Chrona about herself and tries to delve into how Chrona feels, but Chrona passes on answering any of the questions. The shadow eventually suggests that Chrona doesn’t know how to interact with others and can only repeat self-denials, and it decides that they’re at their limit, so it disappears. This leaves Chrona alone to think about how Maka had introduced herself before their battle, and that particular time, Chrona was able to answer with her own name. To Chrona’s surprise, young Maka suddenly appears. Chrona tries to prevent Maka from entering the circle in the sand and reveals that she feels secure when she’s in it since she can’t interact others, but Maka walks inside anyway and proceeds to erase the circle. This leads to Chrona to start screaming back in the real world, and her body goes crazy due to a rejection reaction.
With Soul’s help, Maka is able to regain control of her body in the real world, and she then approaches Chrona without her weapon. Despite all the spikes shooting out of Chrona, Maka calms Chrona and hugs her. She now understands Chrona’s wavelength, and she feels that it’s not that Chrona doesn’t know how to interact with others – it’s that there was no one was close to her. Because of this, she asks Chrona to be her friend, and Chrona breaks down in tears.
ED: 「Style.」 by 西野カナ (Nishino Kana)
Watch the ED!: Mirror, Streaming
The ED was updated to reflect the fact that Maka and Chrona have become friends. I prefer the original version because it felt much more polished and because the blue & green colors are more appealing than red, but this is cute nonetheless.
Well the whole friends thing felt a bit sappy at first, but they ended up doing quite a good job making it an emotional scene. I loved the background music that went with it, and the symbolism of the water finally appearing in the desert was a nice touch. It was a really nice way to end the Chrona vs. Maka fight, and barring any more surprises, I guess this means that Chrona will be joining the Shibusen group since Medusa clearly doesn’t want her. I’m still not a huge fan of the Maka vs. Chrona match-up in general, but it’s hard to dislike it too much when it ends on such a high note. What I do get excited about though are the upcoming battles, especially given what the preview shows.
On a random side note, I find it amusing that SOUL EATER has no problems with the touching of breasts, yet Zero no Tsukaima does. I guess the ZnT producers really want the audience to go out and buy the uncensored version.