SOUL EATER – 46
As their fight begins, the question that Mifune has for Black*Star is if he’s going to go down the path of the sword or the path of the demon. The answer doesn’t come until Black*Star is forced to go into youtou mode, and the bad vibes that Black*Star gives off make Mifune think that he chose the path of the demon. Black*Star, however, doesn’t care about anything but winning. Seeing the star in Black*Star’s eyes, Mifune is reminded of White*Star: a long time ago, Mifune had fought White*Star, and White*Star had only cared about winning as well. White*Star had subsequently lost the battle with the darkness inside of himself and had become something of a monster. Mifune tries to use this as a lesson for Black*Star, but Black*Star believes that White*Star lost because his soul was weak. With Black*Star refusing to let someone else tell him what to do, Mifune finally decides to finish the kid off, and he leaves Black*Star lying in a pool of blood.
Meanwhile, the Shibusen forces are advancing on Baba Yaga’s Castle, and Ox, Kilik, and Kim don Arachnophobia garb to infiltrate the place. Seeing the coming threat, Arachne orders Mosquito to use the powerful cannon on top of the castle, and it’s able to wipe out an entire section of the surrounding forest. Back at Shibusen, Kid has arrived with the key, and he goes to BJ’s lab with it. Shinigami-sama is there as well, but Kid doesn’t want to hand over the key until he gets an explanation about what’s going on. To Kid’s surprise, his father agrees to tell him and explains that the key is Eibon’s final work, the demon tool Eibon. Shinigami-sama shows that the key can be used to summon Eibon himself, and once Eibon appears, Shinigami-sama asks to borrow the power of BREW. Since Kid wants to know how the two know each other, Shinigami-sama explains that Eibon was also one of the eight warriors a long time ago.
As for how Eibon came to be the authority on the development of demon tools, Shinigami-sama reveals that the research was originally for preserving order in the world. At a certain point though, Eibon’s research focused on immortality. To Kid’s shock, this last part is revealed by Excalibur, who had arrived at Shibusen earlier. Excalibur explains that Eibon started researching immortality in order to save his sick wife, but he couldn’t make progress, and that’s where Arachne came in. Shinigami-sama confirms all this and reveals that BREW came from the two’s combined research. With all this background information out of the way, Shinigami-sama wonders why Excalibur is here, so the sword explains that it’s so that he can see this with his own eyes. As if on cue, Eibon unlocks BREW.
Okay, that definitely wasn’t what I was expecting at all, either in terms of the Mifune vs. Black*Star fight or in terms of the Shinigami-sama/Eibon/Excalibur/Kid stuff. The fight itself between Mifune and Black*Star was really nothing special except for that one brief but dramatic moment of superb animation style where Mifune finishes Black*Star off. Other than that, it wasn’t anything we haven’t seen before. What I didn’t expect was that they’d work in White*Star, and while I liked how they paralleled father and son, it wasn’t all that important in the scheme of things, at least not yet. Theoretically, Black*Star needs to learn from it and grow as a character, and maybe getting knocked out will allow him to subconsciously do that.
As for the other half of the episode, I was disappointed to see that all the conspiracy buildup get waved away as BJ and Shinigami-sama needing to keep what they were doing a secret. I also felt like the audience was being trolled when Excalibur suddenly appeared and started explaining things – I don’t see why they needed to insert the comic relief for that role. Maybe this means though that we’ll get to see Excalibur in action again before this is all over. All that being said, the background story that was told wasn’t horrible (okay, so the part about Eibon’s wife was a bit weak), and I’m still interested in where all this is going and what they’re going to do with BREW. I also really wanna see Shinigami-sama fight again…