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Summary:

With Ashura now on his turf, Shinigami-sama gets ready for battle by weilding Maka’s father in scythe form. He’s able to suck up Ashura’s energy blast with his hand, but Ashura is almost equally adept at avoiding his attacks. Ashura eventually takes a break from the fighting to talk about what he thought about back when he was stuck inside the bag made of his own skin. This encompassed life, the universe, and everything, but more specifically, he had noticed the instability in the world and its mysterious contents. He feels that what’s frightening comes from people’s imaginations, and he asserts that imagination is the source of all emotion. Tired of this talk, Shinigami-sama and Maka’s father enter into a resonance of souls and bring out the Kishin Gari, and they manage to cut off Ashura’s right arm. Ashura, however, regenerates it almost instantly, and he comments on how death isn’t what’s frightful, it’s imagining death. For this reason, Ashura claims that he’s stopped imagining.

Black*Star meanwhile knocks down walls inside Baba Yaga’s castle until he reaches Angela, but she responds by kicking him in the crotch. Elsewhere in the castle, Arachne decides not to escape because she’s confident that Ashura will return to her. Back inside Death City, Shinigami-sama continues battling Ashura, all while noting that Ashura was always someone who could not achieve peace of mind unless he crushed his uneasiness one by one. Ashura counters by claiming that rules and order can’t curb uneasiness, but Shinigami-sama knows that madness isn’t the answer either. The two continue to argue ideology as they battle, and what breaks the stalemate is Ashura firing an energy blast at Kid and Azusa. Shinigami-sama uses himself to block this attack, and in the aftermath, Kid finds his father fallen and unresponsive.

Excalibur chooses this time to speak up and question Ashura on what there is in a world of madness. Ashura feels that it’s fine if there’s nothing, as long as there’s no fear, and he disparages the rules and ties of obligation that Shinigami-sama had. When Excalibur asserts that rules are things laid down under every responsibility, Ashura notes that this is why Shinigami-sama lost. Ashura feels that it would be better not to live with any troublesome rules, like being friends or a parent, however he then remembers his relationship with Arachne. Realizing that he has to fix this at once, Ashura returns to Baba Yaga’s castle, and Arachne welcomes him back. Ashura, however, plunges his hand into her chest, pulls out her soul, and eats it.

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Well that wasn’t quite what I expected. Certainly seeing Shinigami-sama fight again was nice, and this time he had Maka’s father with him and got to show off some cool moves. I wish they hadn’t thrown quite so much ideology in there to break apart the action though. I’m also a bit disappointed to see Shinigami-sama lose and perhaps even die. It makes sense in the scheme of things since this is a shounen series that Maka, Black*Star、 and Kid – aka. the main three characters – will have to grow and become powerful enough to take down Ashura on their own, but it’s frustrating to see the Shinigami-sama fight end in such a cowardly way. What’s more, having Ashura kill Arachne was pretty anticlimactic. I didn’t expect her to be the final boss, but I didn’t think she’d go quite so easily either.

There’s still three episodes left of this series though, so a lot can still happen in terms of plot twists and stuff. For all we know, Arachne and/or Shinigami-sama might not really be dead. Regardless, next week looks to be focused on Maka and Soul, and there will probably be some more character development for Soul in particular since that’s been lacking compared to how much Maka has gotten.

March 10, 2009 at 9:03 pm
50 comments »
  • March 10, 2009 at 9:18 pmnullvarient

    this was a decent episode in terms of action but shinigami did not not look all that powerfull in this episode i guess neither did ashura both should have torn he place up but the best moment was when angela kicked black star in the balls the use of the sound effect and the timing were perfect

  • March 10, 2009 at 9:20 pmsuiton

    I wonder if this manga will finally get licensed in North America…

    The anime…though it is pretty good, I’ve read that it deviated from the manga quite a bit.

  • March 10, 2009 at 9:31 pmTSKH

    T___T boo*

  • March 10, 2009 at 9:36 pmLelouch

    Awesome, lol.

  • March 10, 2009 at 9:44 pmAcerbus

    @Suiton: The manga already IS licensed. It was picked up by Yen Press several months ago.

  • March 10, 2009 at 9:44 pmCherubium

    I kinda noticed near the end of the fight, shinigami-sama’s voice sound less childish and more serious. It seems this is his real voice and I feel it suited the situation and emphasis his position as the shinigami as well.

  • March 10, 2009 at 9:53 pmboku youna

    Seriously, while shinigami-sama using the scythe was cool, he should also try using the sniping gun, since she is a death scythe as well HAHA

  • March 10, 2009 at 9:59 pmSnooSnoo

    If I was Shinigami I would have chosen to use Excalibur instead.

  • March 10, 2009 at 10:07 pmPanther

    Boo. So Arachne dies almost like what they did in the manga. Or maybe they want to do what she appears to be like in the manga right now, or just plain killed her off to finish the series. Then again we expected this to happen, since the three main characters are indeed the ones that must finish off Kishin. Still, this sucks a little. :\

  • March 10, 2009 at 10:14 pmjonaht

    >.> Hilarious~ Arachne is dead like that?? What a second let down after Medusa.

  • March 10, 2009 at 10:35 pmRakuen

    Now, I really need to get back with the series. I’ll be doing a catch up marathon from hereon. Well, too bad for Arachne, no chance at all.

  • March 10, 2009 at 10:58 pmROFLWAFFLELAWL

    Some what surprised me that the Kishin (Ashura) had a partner previously and had eaten his soul. Also the reveal of Kishin Giri wasn’t much. I was hoping it would be revealed similarly to how Majin Gari was when it was the 3 vs Mosquito. And like I said before I’m hoping they show more of Black stars new “form”. Also I’m sure they’ll milk this series in the anime and manga as well since they haven’t revealed all of those past “Gods” (The one that revealed only Ashura Eibon and Shinigami)

  • March 10, 2009 at 11:27 pmEld

  • March 10, 2009 at 11:27 pmcutemi2

    I hope this anime will finished sooner, it’s too long

  • March 10, 2009 at 11:57 pmPrecise Moment

    Ill probably marathon this in the summer sometime.. aside from that that red beam looks somewhat like a “cero” from bleach..
    or maybe im completely off.

  • March 11, 2009 at 12:18 amMulti

    this is more like soul fucker. it fucks with your patience and annoys the hell out of you. how many episodes are left anyways? hopefully everybody dies in the end so this shamble won’t make it to the second year.

  • March 11, 2009 at 1:49 amUnseen-Bk201

    I seriously do not like the way this is wrapping up,

  • March 11, 2009 at 1:55 amVexx

    and yet…. you’re still watching? :)

  • March 11, 2009 at 1:55 amUnseen-Bk201

    I seriously do not like the way this is wrapping up, it’s a shame this did not follow the manga. Although i guess we’ll just have to wait and see how these last 3 eps develop.

  • March 11, 2009 at 3:18 amWAFFLE FRAZZLEZ

    Hey, you guys remember that scene in Bambi when his mom got shot and he was like “D:> Mom?… Moooom?” lol that was fucked up XD (” D:>chichiue?.. chichiue????… CHICHIUE??? :’[!!”) Lolz bambi!Kid FTW o.o

  • March 11, 2009 at 3:34 amrota

  • March 11, 2009 at 7:07 amMcDunnhildVitor

    episode 46 and so on will be STUPID !!!

  • March 11, 2009 at 7:12 amMcDunnhildVitor

    and what the hell excaliburs character here? is he an spectator? Invulnerable?

  • March 11, 2009 at 7:35 amhurin

    I think Excalibur is there so that he can team up with Crona, I got the impression that Ragnarock is dead.

    I do like the anime better than the manga. I feel like it’s lost focus and is going nowhere. To bad the Kim is a witch part didn’t make it into the anime though.

  • March 11, 2009 at 9:16 amahelo

    this might be good

  • March 11, 2009 at 9:16 amHalbie

    its not bad, though im not sure what the supposed death of shinigami-sama would do for the anime, i just dont think maka,soul,kid,thompson twins and blacks star and tsubaki combined are strong enough yet, though given it is a shonen and theyll prolly awaken hidden powers to take out ashura. in saying that, a credible ending would have been a team effort from stein+marie, justin, shinigami+spirit, and the 2 technician teams duking it with ashura.

  • March 11, 2009 at 9:55 amblinx01

    I actually like where this is going so far.
    You can’t have Shinigami kill off the main bad guy, so he had to die really.
    Hopefully the main fight will be like the ED, where it shows pretty much everyone near enough dead, with Death City being torn to shreds while the main characters take on the Kishin.

  • March 11, 2009 at 12:20 pmAnon

    … Cero?

  • March 11, 2009 at 2:36 pmRosaGarthern

    Angela, the rise of a female Black Star.

  • March 11, 2009 at 2:40 pmRosaGarthern

    Seeing that Kid and Asura look so similar, I hope they don’t pull a “I am your real father” at the end.

  • March 11, 2009 at 3:41 pmSadmask

    It’s going to finish in a very bad way, then they’ll make a movie clearing that up, and then four or five years after that we get a remake of the series. HAHAHAHAFMAHAHAHA

  • March 11, 2009 at 6:15 pmShadowhatchi

    …Does anyone else think that Shinigami isn’t actually dead and was a stupid plot device death like Crona’s was?

  • March 11, 2009 at 6:33 pmPANDAemic

    GO KOREA!!!
    http://randomc.net/image/SOUL%20EATER/SOUL%20EATER%20-%2048%20-%20Large%2004.jpg

    looks like the korean flag sorta :)

  • March 11, 2009 at 6:35 pmsacchi

    Arachne is DEAD.

    Shinigami-sama isn’t.

  • March 11, 2009 at 8:16 pmMaoDi

    BOOOOO! FRICK ASHURA. SHINIGAMI-SAMA!!!!!!!!! D=. Kishin Hunter…Should’ve kicked the ASS out of ASHURA.

  • March 11, 2009 at 8:21 pmMaoDi

    i think that that shot at the end that killed Shinigami didn’t make sense, if Shinigami was aable to block Ashura’s shot with his Kishin Hunter, why wouldn’t ge do that at the end instead of just standing there?

    i agree, shinigami can’t just die like that…though killing ashura right now would be a waste, the battle should’ve at least ended with both being near death, and then Ashura fleeing due to arachne like at the end right now.

  • March 11, 2009 at 11:40 pmIzaak

    LOL anime filler.

  • March 11, 2009 at 11:48 pmolivia

    yes… have been waiting for this

  • March 12, 2009 at 1:01 amauntiebin

    no.

  • March 12, 2009 at 2:18 amahelo

    arachne was stronger in the manga. she died so easily

  • March 12, 2009 at 2:19 amlohking

    Soul eater 48 sub can be watched at http://bleachshippuuden.com

  • March 12, 2009 at 6:20 amSnooSnoo

    Kishin leveled up. He ate Arachne remember? If the three main character defeats Kishin I’m gonna nuke Japan.
    Also, Shinigami sucks for not having a ranged attack. He should use BOTH Azusa and Spirit. Or Excalibur, which pwns.

  • March 12, 2009 at 6:59 amyalvyn

    damn… at least give me the “sanzu river shot vs 400 years old mosquito” scene

  • March 13, 2009 at 7:35 amShiroiRyu

    Huhuhu !
    In the manga, Arachne is not really dead if you saw the latest chapters…
    She is just on a another form… ^^

  • March 14, 2009 at 2:33 amCain

    @Shiro
    Maka just went all out bankai on Arachne, so I doubt she will be around longer, considering that ‘Eibon’ might to be the ‘main’ vilain of the arc in the long run.

  • March 15, 2009 at 5:11 amDeathjr

    @Cain
    I always compared certain ideas in Soul Eater to Bleach (people being weapons, strength based on the power of ones soul and all that) and the fact that you referred Makas little transformation in the manga as a Bankai made me lmao.

  • March 16, 2009 at 4:13 pmKai-kun

    I love the formal way that Ashura speaks and also the voice actors voice, threatening and calm at the same time.

  • March 18, 2009 at 11:30 pmbishop27

    if they never show Kid’s 3 lines connecting and achieving perfect symmetry i will be extremely disappointed….

  • March 23, 2009 at 11:33 amgirl

    LOL Ashura likes and gets along with Excalibur. Of course, ha.

  • December 31, 2009 at 10:58 pmstarss

    For an original ending, they’ve done a good job of bringing everything together, but I do wish some of the baddies wouldn’t have been beaten so easily. With Arache’s soul being eaten by Asura, however, we now know where it lies, which gives Maka and Soul a chance to retrieve it for themselves AND defeat Asura at the same time! Of course, they still have to catch all those OTHER souls in order to achieve ranking. …but with Shinigami-sama apparently dead, will it matter?