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Summary:

After Ashura kills and consumes Arachne’s soul, he transforms and surrounds himself with a barrier. Excalibur realizes that this is so that Ashura can heal his body after the fight with Shinigami-sama, and Kid, Black*Star, and Maka all head into the black bubble before it seals shut. The three reunited friends and their weapons are shocked to see how much Ashura has changed, but they’re still ready to fight and use Soul’s music to create a resonance link. However, although each of them brings out their most powerful weapon forms, none of them are able to do any damage against Ashura. Maka has a growing feeling of uneasiness as the battle goes on, and it all comes to a head when, internally, the red demon sneaks up on Soul and absorbs him. This reverts Soul back to this human form, leaving Maka without a weapon.

Since everyone is unsure of what happened, Ashura reveals that Soul used too much power. Surrounding the three with illusions, Ashura explains that Soul is paying the price for continuing to use a power that doesn’t correspond with his own abilities. Black*Star dispels the illusions, and he and Kid keep Ashura busy while Maka enters Soul’s internal world. Inside, she finds it void of any color, and there’s a door right beside her. On the other side of the door is a long set of stairs and several more doors, and it all eventually leads Maka to a room with a blue door. Within this room, which has color, Maka finds a phonograph playing music and a black and white Soul who claims that he’s been waiting for her. Back in the real world, Ashura easily knocks Black*Star and Kid aside, but they protect Maka and Soul from being destroyed by Ashura’s mouth beam, and they’re ready to settle things.

Preview

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I wouldn’t call this episode boring, but it doesn’t feel like much happened this week. They spent a lot of time on the fighting, which was fun to watch but ultimately futile because – unlike Shinigami-sama – no one could even scratch Ashura. A significant amount of time was also showing Marie feeling bad about Crona, Giriko being no match for Justin, and Azusa recapping what was going on for Sid. The only really important things that happened then are that Ashura transformed and that Soul finally lost to his inner demon/the black blood. Concerning Ashura, I suspect they made him look bigger and uglier to give Maka and company a more monster-like foe to fight, i.e. evoking the classic idea of slaying a giant. And that’s fine except that Ashura now feels like a more generic, less powerful final boss – in these kinds of shounen titles, small and agile is normally much stronger than giant and daunting.

As for Soul, I’m curious to see where they take this development, and the preview seems to show him giving Maka a box and key. The one thing that crossed my mind during this scene was that it could have been a kiss, but I guess their relationship isn’t really romantic, and that’s probably the wrong mindset for this series in general. In any case, I’m excited about next week’s episode because it looks like something will happen to Kid – related to his father perhaps – and he’ll probably receive his final power-up or something along those lines. Only two more episodes to go…

March 16, 2009 at 11:35 pm
34 comments »
  • March 16, 2009 at 11:49 pmWcastro

    yeah, one episode more….

  • March 16, 2009 at 11:50 pmWcastro

    First and second XD

  • March 16, 2009 at 11:58 pmSnooSnoo

    Kid becomes a full-fledged Shinigami. DUN DUN DUN

    And Wcastro, grow up.

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:01 amJusuchin (Military Otaku)

    third

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:19 amEspada

    oh YEAH KID!!!

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:23 amSnooSnoo

    DUN DUN…NO!

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:41 amLinkSoul

    I think Shinigami Sama is going to die. So his powers transfered over to Kid and thats why he looks like that in the preview!

    As for Maka and Soul i think she is just going to save him and Soul will control his inner demon.
    BlackStar will just use Tsubaki Mode Blade and attack fiercely.

    Who ends up making the kill should be Maka but Kid should play a bigger role since he should be the one constraining Ashura.

    Thats what i think anyway!

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:44 amv1cious

    I really want Kid to get his “’42 Caliber Death Eagles”, but i know that’s not gonna happen.

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:50 amEirias

    It appears that Kid

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:53 amEirias

    It appears that Kid will finally use his full powers to obliterate the enemy. My principle qualm with this series has been that Kid, son of Death himself and fully resonant with 2 weapons, twins though they may be, has been far too weak for his true position. Hopefully the next episode will rectify this.

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:55 amLelouch

    Never know. =/ He might be still weak, lol.

  • March 17, 2009 at 1:08 amchips

    preview seems to show the lines of sanzu connecting.

  • March 17, 2009 at 2:06 amBlue_Master

    EXCALIBUR!!!!!!!!!

  • March 17, 2009 at 3:17 amROFLWAFFLELAWL

    Well the preview titles says “The one’s who surpass God” giving it a plural form hinting at BlackStar getting something as well? No idea.

  • March 17, 2009 at 5:00 amauntiebin

  • March 17, 2009 at 5:01 amauntiebin

  • March 17, 2009 at 5:02 amauntiebin

    sorry bout the multiple posts

    *tsu-mi-ma-sen min-na!!*

  • March 17, 2009 at 5:19 amewok

    quote: in these kinds of shounen titles, small and agile is normally much stronger than giant and daunting.

    cough, Slayers example: Phibrizzo in slayers – small, cute and most powerful Mazoku defeated ever by Lina :) (technically it was someone lese using Lina’s body, but it counts as Lina’s kill!)

  • March 17, 2009 at 5:20 amewok

    also, can’t Justin use Excalibur? He ain’t listening to anything outside anyway :P

  • March 17, 2009 at 6:42 amBAKABAKASHI

    THE QUALITY OF ANIMATION STILL IS SUPERB IN THIS EPISODE BUUT THE STORY IS MORE MORE ‘OUT OF PLACE’ SOMEWAY THIS TIME… IS THERE ANY CHANCE A 2ND SEASON TO BE MADE??

  • March 17, 2009 at 6:51 amBAKABAKASHI

    ANYWAY …I JUST WANT ASK A STOOPID QUESTION HERE PLEZZ FORGIVE ME, WHY ARE THE CONTRIBUTORS OF THIS SITE NEVER MENTION NARUTO SHIPPUDEN ?? I THINK THESE DAYS EPISODES ARE QUITE GOOD (LESS FILLER EPISODES AROUND)

  • March 17, 2009 at 8:40 amDmoHiro

    Go away, narutard.

    This episode was pretty good, but I can’t WAIT for pissed-off Kid. I think his true Shinigami powers will awaken.

  • March 17, 2009 at 8:41 ampablo

    i loved the series until episode 36
    now i thing that’s ok
    now i love the manga

  • March 17, 2009 at 8:54 amSplash

    I would like to see Crona and Excalibur become a team. Crona is one of my favorite characters. Did they ever decide if Crona is a him or a her?

    Also we are on episode 49 now. Thats 2 seasons already (or almost 4 if you are counting 13 episodes as a season). I think they are pretty caught up to the manga so they would have to take a 1-2 year break while more manga episodes are made before they could make another season.

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:52 pmMaka

  • March 17, 2009 at 12:54 pmblinx01

    Just to answer someones question, no, there won’t be a second season, or a continuation to this.
    Much like what BONES did with FMA, the source manga is still on-going so they had to make their own ending up.
    Saying that, FMA is getting a remake so who knows, perhaps in the future Soul Eater will get the same treatment but I hope not. I prefer it when you can treat an anime and manga as two seperate entities.

  • March 17, 2009 at 5:43 pmROFLWAFFLELAWL

    @blinx01

    I think that’ll only apply IF the manga version just adds to the story much like FMA. FMA manga has some little filler stories that would go inbetween the main story. Soul Eater however (put aside the fact the anime is going in a similar yet different direction) can go a little past. What I mean is that the manga is going to obviously end (well this arc anyways) with Kishin/Ashura finally dying and happy ending yadda yadda but if this ends up being on of those mangas that will continue from there and add a whole new arc (medusa returning blah blah) then it IS possible for a second season. Not announced however but not impossible and not unlikely. So we’ll wait and see a good year or so.

  • March 17, 2009 at 8:58 pmRakuen

    For all we know, Excalibur might be the one to pawn Ashura.

  • March 18, 2009 at 12:37 amauntiebin

    @Rakuen

    i would love to see excalibur “BAKAME” at Asura

  • March 18, 2009 at 3:57 amSnooSnoo

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    SnooSnoo at 12:23 am on March 17th, 2009
    DUN DUN…NO!

    Good job imitating me. good job. Now go back to /b/

  • March 18, 2009 at 7:34 amtgx

    hey, wads gonna take over the soul eater time slot when it finishes?

  • March 21, 2009 at 2:31 amMaltmelt

    For some reason, this episode made me think of Excalibur differently, not just as a meaningless excuse for a back-up char. who was kind of well, plain dumb (*don’t hurt me excelibur fans…*), but it just seemed to me that he had been more mature throughout the episode in a way. Putting that aside, I was hoping to let Kid have some impact on defeating Ashura, but I still think Maka will be mainly featured despite the preview of this next episode. By the way, did anyone like the stein x medusa thing? I wouldn’t want it to drag on, but a kiss between would have been amusing, and even hot. (wish I had used a better word for this) Well, I’m really looking forward to the next episode! :). Sorry for all the grammar mistakes, but I am typing this on a Wii which you can imagine is pretty difficult, and takes a long time to do.

  • March 21, 2009 at 10:39 amRenchiii

    http://randomc.net/image/SOUL%20EATER/SOUL%20EATER%20-%2049%20-%20Large%2024.jpg
    I thanked god in relief, seeing this was not a kiss. Whether their relationship was romantic or not, this scene being a kiss would be so out of place and pathetic.

    I would really like to see Excalibur in some drastic scene, i think he has a lot more potential.

    @-LinkSoul at 12:41 am on March 17th, 2009
    ["I think Shinigami Sama is going to die. So his powers transfered over to Kid and thats why he looks like that in the preview!"]

    I really hope that if something like that is going to happen.. Then that Shinigami Sama would be the one giving up his life to power-up Kid. I’d hate to see Shinigami Sama dies so easily.

    About the last 3-4 episodes, i think the ending’s getting a bit dull. Unless they’re gonna pull out some really suitable twists or some better scenes, i think it’s gonna be disappointing. Also i don’t hate the way it’s going, i think it would be nicer if they’d give in a bit more.

  • March 24, 2009 at 5:33 amHalbie

    well id like to see the manga made properly, though u could say that for alot of animes with good-great manga and anime originals, such as D.Gray-man for instance(GREAT manga…not s great anime(though still ejoyable)).

    Theres alot of stories that are different to the SE anime, which will be good, especially with things such as the PROPER explanation of the Sanzu lines, B*S’s upgrades, the majin garie in proper flight and NO ShiniGundams (even if it was hilarious lol). It depends on the english dubs when they come out, look at FMA, it did great and thats probably why theyre doing a “true to the manga” remake.