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Summary:

While everything else is going on, Justin and Giriko are having a private battle in the snow. After getting a little beat up, Giriko decides to run and distracts Justin with snow copies of himself. Meanwhile, the Mizune sisters report their success back to Eruka outside the magnetic field. Inside the field, the demon inside Soul is urging him to start playing the piano, and when Soul finally does, everyone can immediately feel the effects. The resonance link allows Maka, Black*Star, and Kid unprecedented coordination, and Mosquito barely has time to defend himself. Soul then directs each of the three to use their strongest attacks in succession, and Black*Star and Kid cause Mosquito to lose his arms. When it’s finally Maka’s turn, she transforms Soul into a form that surpasses the Majou Gari (lit. witch hunter): the Majin Gari (lit. demon hunter). This easily slices through Mosquito, but unfortunately, Mosquito detaches his head and escapes before the rest of his body explodes.

Kid wants to give chase, but Soul knows that they can’t because they’re out of time. He realizes that unlike them, Mosquito can keep transforming himself younger and buying himself more time in the magnetic field. This leaves the trio no choice but to withdraw without BREW, and they meet up with Kilik and Ox on the way out, right as the image of the pyramid explodes. When the group emerges from the magnetic field, Marie looks ready to slap them, but she ends up hugging them instead out of relief. They are then found by Sid and the others, and Maka reports back to Shinigami-sama as they all head back home to Shibusen. Mosquito meanwhile makes his way back to Arachne and nervously reveals to her that after 800 years in the magnetic field, BREW has stopped functioning. She doesn’t mind though and points out that Shibusen doesn’t know that it’s broken, so she can bluff and threaten them.

What neither Arachne nor the Shibusen group realizes is that the real BREW was taken by the Mizune sisters and Eruka for Medusa. They had switched it out for the broken one, and Medusa is confident that her sister won’t figure out that she got a fake. As for the Shibusen side, Medusa had used the snake inside of Marie to bring out the madness in Stein. And now that she has her hands on BREW, Medusa wants everyone – including the Kishin – to watch what she’ll do.

Preview

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Well I thought the fight was very, very cool to watch, especially when Maka used her majin gari. The music in that scene was really good, and it made it seem like she was finally overcoming some huge obstacle and achieving her dreams or something. Having said that, I’m not sure how much her using such a move was needed given that they were already winning at that point. On that note, I was surprised that Mosquito getting his arms cut and then blown off wasn’t censored more – what exactly are they showing these days in the Late Show anyway? In any case, it was also good to see that Medusa’s involvement in all this is much deeper than expected (with her having obtained the real BREW), and she appears to have taken back the role of the greater evil in this series.

As you may have noticed, this series has been fairly good about sticking with the manga, but the Maka conclusion to the Mosquito fight wasn’t the exact same (she never used majin gari), and, based on the preview, next episode doesn’t look to be following the manga either. It might be time for some non-Excalibur anime originals with Kid. BONES has done pretty well so far though, so I’m staying optimistic about where the series is going.

December 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm
40 comments »
  • December 8, 2008 at 5:00 pmPachi

    ooohh que bien super ahora voy por el Raw !!!! o,o

  • December 8, 2008 at 5:06 pmGundam maniac

    Demon hunter in the brew retrieval operation………. things are going off from the manga now sigh ……………

  • December 8, 2008 at 5:18 pmKira-chan

    It was bound to happen with the anime nearing its end, skipping the Clown arc isn’t too big a loss though IMO.

  • December 8, 2008 at 5:24 pmSerpit

    Yeah, I’m actually glad they decided to skip the Clown arc. Theorethically, with some condensing, I think they could actually fit the Baba Yaga arc in there and end it at that point, leavin it open for a sequel. An original, conclusive ending doesn’t really seem possible since they’d have to deal with Arachne, Medusa AND Asura.

  • December 8, 2008 at 5:54 pmpickled

    The clown arc is one of my favorite parts of the manga. Skipping it fills me with sorrow, as I’d been looking forward to seeing it animated quite a bit.

  • December 8, 2008 at 6:21 pmrakkynon

    I see that i’m not the only one that “wtf”ed when saw Demon Hunter in this arc. Clown arc was good too, especially that fight with Blair. Anyways this episode was truly epic.

  • December 8, 2008 at 7:11 pmAlly

    Hm, the next one also looks interesting.

  • December 8, 2008 at 7:38 pmbeeboobeeboo

    What the hell? Demon hunter already?
    Way off the manga now…

  • December 8, 2008 at 7:44 pmNotoriety

    Did Soul still stop the fight by keeping his senses? I liked it better when that happened. It’s kinda horrifying that they seem to be trying to draw a conclusion by episode 51… They may have to rush it to finish off all the conflicts, and that would mean skipping Black Star character development. Why waste 3 episodes on Excalibur if it means rushing at the end?

    I want to believe that they plan to not rush and do another season, but moving away from the manga seems to disprove that.

  • December 8, 2008 at 7:47 pmNotoriety

    Oops double post, but the Giriko-Justin fight was really unsatisfying. I know it was really short in the manga, but if you’re diverging from it then might as well diverge there too right? :D

  • December 8, 2008 at 8:51 pmProfessionalRambler

    Demon Hunter coming up this early was definitely a surprise, I wonder how they’ll cover that in future episodes…Anyway the fighting looks awesome, can’t wait to see the episode!

  • December 8, 2008 at 9:09 pmKeroro21

    I’m confused, so is the Red Imp good or evil?

  • December 8, 2008 at 9:30 pmEpicness!!!!

    Kid original next week(?)…can’t wait can’t wait >wo<

  • December 8, 2008 at 9:33 pmspaz

    GG not bones is starting to turn from the manga even though they don’t have to do that at this point..

  • December 8, 2008 at 9:42 pmshook ones

    I think that they’re moving to the Internal Investigations arc, follow by Capture Baba Yaga’s Castle arc to finish FMA style.

  • December 8, 2008 at 10:01 pmkant

    Demon hunter?
    Parece que la saga del payaso no irá

  • December 8, 2008 at 11:13 pmSadmask

    And so the (proper) fillers start. Makes sense, since I doubt they’d keep following the manga unless they plan for a sequel.

  • December 8, 2008 at 11:40 pmblind_assassin

    The show ran 52 episodes and will never be as popular as FMA. I’m quite sure that this show is going to go into anime original (as most people should have figured) and will end different from the manga.

  • December 9, 2008 at 12:35 amPanther

    Yes, I went all WTF when they showed Demon Hunter so soon, and the preview also was weird. I wonder if Bones wants to do this in order to be able to finish the story in 52 episodes. I hope it does not go too far off.

  • December 9, 2008 at 12:42 amdasad

    i gots me a gamecube

  • December 9, 2008 at 12:53 amPikow

    well i’m kind of glad they just chopped off that whole 3 useless chapters that they used to get the demon hunter in the manga (which happens right after this anyway), and ontop of that it looks like they try to perfect it in the next episode, so it’s not like they can actually use it yet… maybe?

    Only thing i don’t like about it is that it sort of strayed away from the “finding courage in the midst of insanity” thing in the manga. And what happened to Soul not wanting to resonate with Maka while he was in the Black Room to prevent the Black Blood from spreading to her?

  • December 9, 2008 at 12:56 amPikow

    Added:

    wtf do you guys mean Demon Hunter coming up “so early” was a surprise?? it happens practically right after this in some filler-ish chapters. stop freaking out

  • December 9, 2008 at 12:59 amKira-chan

    Of course they had to turn from the manga, the anime won’t get a conclusion otherwise. Even if they could count on a second series this is a monthly manga, it would take years for there to be enough material for a sequel.

  • December 9, 2008 at 1:36 ammeromero

    @Kira-chan
    And that’s why we are getting after all this years a FMA decent sequel :D

  • December 9, 2008 at 2:37 amFlareKnight

    Yeah from what I hear how they actually got the Demon Hunter isn’t something necessary to cover. Though if they could fit in Excalibur episodes makes one wonder why they couldn’t put that in. They really haven’t changed anything in a huge manner yet so we should relax and see where they go. I’m just hoping they keep important events from the manga in this even if it means moving some things around.

    Just hoping the manga has written in solutions to BlackStar and the presence inside of Tsubaki and hopefully a round 3 against Mifune. Would really suck to not see that match especially not animated. Though if it hasn’t been put into the manga yet then it would be tough to make that rematch.

    Just wonder how they will plan to finish it. Could go the D.Gray-man route and more or less follow to the end and just leave it open to a sequel far down the road. Just hope its not a Claymore like finish where they make a huge change to finish the series off that ends up resolving nothing and makes you wonder why they made the change in the first place.

  • December 9, 2008 at 11:38 amRyvius

  • December 9, 2008 at 12:23 pmKira-chan

    @meromero

    Isn’t that more a remake than a sequel?

  • December 9, 2008 at 12:54 pmmikoze

    The Clown part in the manga isn’t that needed anyways.. so its better that Demon Hunter is introduced during the Retrieval of Brew Arc.

  • December 9, 2008 at 9:05 pmAznCoffee

    I only pray they don’t make filler like…

    =__= y’know what I’m talking about.

  • December 9, 2008 at 9:38 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    well on one side we’ll prob get an anime original ending at a rushed point..BUT maybe that means every thing up to that point will be action “packed”.

  • December 10, 2008 at 5:17 amIzaak

    @FlareKnight

    http://img42.onemanga.com/mangas/00000040/000051781/34-35.jpg

    The clown part isn’t needed….pfeh, the Maka trolls have new material. Those chapters are important because they showcase Maka’s demonslayer wavelength. Which is important in order to Show Spoiler ▼

    But I guess the trolls don’t want that, do they?

  • December 10, 2008 at 6:47 am[index O_o]

    so im guessing theyre skipping the clown arc…. and the baba yaga castle arc which is ongoing…..
    Theyre trying to make this epic like FMA aren’t they…..
    And it’s easier to get a season 2 w/ this…..

  • December 10, 2008 at 2:14 pmMo0on12

    cool episode but i want more death the kid moves than just shooting or death canon he is way too cool to do only those 2 moves ..

  • December 10, 2008 at 3:22 pmKira-chan

    Maka’s Demonslayer Wavelength has already been mentioned in the anime, and there’s a good chance they’re still going to go into it more.

  • December 11, 2008 at 10:12 pmRoland

    Why they showed Demon Hunter so soon… quite disappointed when i watch this episode
    hope they know what they are doing.

  • December 12, 2008 at 2:45 amTre

    It’s funny to see so many people worrying about the story deviating from the manga, as if it’s impossible for the anime to be better than the manga. It’s already been announced that the anime will in fact deviate heavily from the manga, but is necessarily a bad thing? I trust the storytelling skills of Bones and Takuya Igarashi more than Soul Eater’s mangaka Atsushi Okubo.

    Not that Okubo is bad, since I enjoy the manga, but it would not be surprising to see Bones pull off another great story. They’re one of the best anime companies at this. I still love to remember how much better the Ouran High School Host Club anime was vs. its manga counterpart.

  • December 14, 2008 at 1:21 amKagekyuubi

    Here’s hoping to the last Black Star vs. Mifune fight still making it into the anime.

  • December 14, 2008 at 6:51 amjoe

    All of you bickering about demon hunter this demon hunter that are giving my a pain in my side, stfu and watch the show, ur annoying me to the point I want to pull my friggin eyes out QQ SOMEWHERE ELSE

  • December 16, 2008 at 5:45 pmInfiniteSwordStyle

    I hope the do the Black* vs. Mifune fight #3! That was probably one of the most epic fights in the entire series!!!!!! As long as they animate that, I will be a happy panda :D

  • December 19, 2008 at 6:55 amlohking

    all soul eater episodes subbed can be watched at Animezorro