SOUL EATER – 43
On a mission to recover a demon tool, Kid, Liz, and Patti approach a village that was mysteriously wiped out twenty years ago. Knowing the danger, he leaves the two girls outside and enters the village alone. The place is deserted and in ruins, and Kid eventually comes upon a strange building. Inside, Kid finds a long set of stairs that lead down to a tent, and within that tent is the demon tool key that he’s looking for. However, soon after Kid gets the key, he’s attacked by a giant mechanical clown. This clown reveals that this is the place of enshrinement for the final demon tool and that it had eaten all the people after they excavated this place twenty years ago. Kid manages to escape from this clown by returning to the surface, but he’s caught off guard by a second clown. The two clowns together are able to outmaneuver him, and Kid is distracted momentarily by the clowns’ symmetry. Fortunately, Liz and Patti come save him, and the trio ultimately use their Death Cannon attack to destroy the clowns.
After the battle is over, Kid walks past the broken remains of one of the clowns, and it gathers up enough energy to play a recorded message. The message tells Kid to ask himself whether he’s qualified to use the demon tool for himself or not, and it warns that there’s no glory for those without – only destruction. Acknowledging this, Kid wonders to himself who can say that what they did is not an irreparable crime and who can assert that Shibusen won’t misuse the demon tool. This leads him to question if he should obediently turn it over to his father. Meanwhile, Crona and Marie continue their journey toward Medusa’s lair, unaware that they’re being pursued by Maka and Soul. Medusa is at that moment watching over the battle between Shibusen and Arachnophobia with Stein.
Well that was nothing like the clown arc in the manga, but it wasn’t bad either. This episode started off feeling a bit like it was going to simply have Kid trying to overcome some clowns to get the final demon tool – the atmosphere reminded me a little of D.Gray-man – and although that is mostly what it turned out to be, I liked the way they played up the lingering doubts inside of Kid. Given how big of a part of the story this has become, I really hope this doubt actually leads to something, and Kid doesn’t just end up deciding to trust his father after whatever explanation he’s ultimately given. The message from Eibon (which I believe is the first time we’ve heard his voice) also made me wonder again if they’ll ever clarify Shinigami-sama’s relationship with Eibon and if we’ll actually ever see Eibon speak in person. Since the BONES writers are now crafting their own ending, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be possible.
Aside from Kid, the other main characters don’t do much this week – Make ran and Black*Star fought Arachne’s minions – and it looks like Maka won’t reach Crona until next week’s episode in Medusa’s lair. I’m really curious to see how they’re going to resolve the Crona vs. Medusa conflict and if just killing Medusa will free Stein from her grasp. If Medusa does get eventually killed (which I suspect won’t happen just yet since there are still too many episodes left), I wonder if this’ll be death for good or if she’ll slink away inside another snake as sort of a to-be-continued in case someone ever wants to animate a sequel. I’m hoping it’ll be death for good, but it’s hard to predict what’s going to happen here.