SOUL EATER NOT! – 02
「女子寮あらかると!」 (Joshiryou A Ra Karuto!)
“Girl’s Dorm a la Carte!”
After the awesome fight scene that ended last week’s episode, this week’s takes a more subtle approach and brings the focus back to everyday life in Death Vegas and just how difficult it is to live on your own.
Everyday Life at the DWMA
Something that I really enjoy about this spinoff is how it gives us a glimpse at what life is like for a student at the DWMA that aren’t tasked with the responsibility of being in the EAT or Especially Advanced Talent class. Now, I know that SOUL EATER has set a precedence of being a high octane show full of corny one-liners but when you think about it a majority of the student body is probably a part of the NOT (Normally Overcome Target) class which would make Maka and her group the odd ones out!
Anyways, I think I can totally get behind this whole “slice-of-life” kind of direction it seems we’re going toward. It’s a bit different in the sense that instead of just watching cute girls do cute things; we have each main character trying to overcome some obstacle that will hopefully lead to them being an even stronger person by the end of it. While I talked a bit about Tsugumi and her coming-of-age issues last week, I want to take some time to talk about our little princess Miss Hepburn.
From Ojou-sama to Regular Shoujo
Anya Hepburn would normally be a character that I would feel completely indifferent about. She’s the typical classy tsundere who comes from the aristocratic world and has that strange infatuation with anything involving the working class. But in credit to the themes that this show is trying to highlight, I for some reason can’t help but empathize with her! Just like how Tsugumi trying to manage the wealth of responsibilities that come with independence, it really feels like Anya is trying to grow as a person by widening her view on the world. Unlike Tsugumi who can’t seem to get a grasp of the big picture until its too late, Anya is like her foil that is trying to discover the joys of the small but important things in life. Jospehine~
Two episodes in and I feel pretty good about the show as a whole. Yes, I can understand that people who wanted SOUL EATER S2 are probably going to be slightly disappointed with the lack of epic fight scenes but this isn’t a sequel. It’s a side story that predates everything from the original and I think it’s doing a great job at trying to tell the story of the other 99% that make up the DWMA.
If I were curious about anything, I’d have to ask just what the heck are Clay and Akane up to? Maybe it was because I was super tired when I watched the episode, but it sounds like they’re trying to act as our main trio’s bodyguards. Which begs the question, why would they even need bodyguards?