SOUL EATER – 40
With Medusa’s surrender and subsequent imprisonment, Maka heads down to the dungeon and yells at the witch for using Crona, but Medusa acts innocent the entire time. Stein talks to Medusa after Maka leaves, and Medusa tries to tempt him again to join her, but before Stein can do anything, Maka’s father interrupts them and takes Medusa away for interrogation. Medusa claims to have meaningful information for Shibusen, but she insists on seeing Shinigami-sama. To prove that she can be trusted, she reveals the location of BREW, and Sid finds it exactly where she said it was. Shinigami-sama subsequently agrees to see her, and after he delivers a Shinigami Chop to her head, they get down to business: Medusa offers to reveal where the Kishin is in exchange for an immediate release and a guarantee of safety.
At around this same time, Arachne is comforting Ashura and reassuring him of his safety. With Ashura in her hands, she has Mosquito activate the madness amplification device, and it starts transmitting. After showing this happening to Shinigami-sama, Medusa explains that Arachne is trying to spread madness across the world. Shibusen won’t be able to figure out the transmission source in time because Arachne is using relay points in all parts of the world, so they still need the location from Medusa. Even though he knows that Medusa’s goal is for Shibusen and Arachnophobia to destroy each other, Shinigami-sama decides to go through with the deal. Maka and the others are shocked to see Medusa later being escorted out of the school, but Black*Star is confident that they’ll have more chances to take her down.
Meanwhile, Marie returns home and finds Stein gone. She rushes out to look for him, but he’s nowhere to be found.
With all the new shows this season, I had actually forgotten that SOUL EATER was due for a new ED, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was by TM Revolution’s band abingdon boys school. In any case, I like the song, but it and the accompanying animation made me think that this was more suitable as an OP than an ED.
Bah. It’s frustrating to see Medusa get off scot-free after all she’s done, especially since she laughed out loud as she was leaving. I really wanted to see Shinigami-sama swoop in at that moment and deliver another Shinigami Chop to her head. I’m surprised though that she didn’t try to do something with Crona while she was there, but I guess Maka probably wouldn’t let her. On that note, because of her deep hatred towards Medusa, Maka seems primed right now to be the one who ultimately gets to fight and kill her.
The main eyebrow raiser this week was that scene with Ashura’s head buried in Arachne’s breasts. It made Ashura seem like a child who just needs a mother figure, and that unfortunately took away from his scary/intimidating image. I have a hard time imagining this and this being the same person. As for the overall story, it seems to be leading us towards a grand battle at Arachne’s castle with her and Ashura on one side and all of Shibusen on the other. That alone probably isn’t enough to finish out the series though, and I’m hoping more time gets devoted to Shinigami-sama and Eibon. Next week however looks to be focusing on Stein and where he disappeared off to.