Maka and Soul have arrived in Italy for an extracurricular lesson that involves hunting down a murderer. While they are out doing this, a boy named Chrona armed with a sword finds himself surrounded by a large group of thugs in a church. A witch floating high above the church is telepathically telling Chrona to eat a lot of souls, and she infuses him with some magic that causes him to declare himself a demon. He then activates his sword Ragnarok, and it starts screeching at a high-pitch. By now, Maka and Soul have taken out the murderer, and shortly after Soul eats the soul, Maka senses something coming from the church. By concentrating, she’s able to tell that there is a meister and his weapon inside there surrounded by over fifty humans. It bothers her enough to investigate, and when they arrive at the door to the church, she’s shocked to find that all the human souls have suddenly disappeared. Inside, she finds just Chrona standing alone, and she then realizes that his weapon is inside of him. This is confirmed when Ragnarok sprouts out of Chrona’s back in the form of a dark and burly figure.
Since Maka sees Chrona as having broken the rules by taking these human souls, she prepares to fight, and Ragnarok changes into his sword form for Chrona. Chrona charges first, but Maka blocks his sword and counters by smacking him in the face. She manages to knock him down, but when she goes for the finishing blow, she finds that she can’t cut him. The only effect that her attack had was that it caused Chrona to bleed a little, and seeing the black blood makes Maka realize that Chrona’s weapon is his blood, meaning that she can’t damage him with any of her normal attacks. The witch then telepathically suggests that Chrona kill Maka, so Chrona turns on the sword’s screeching ability and attacks. When Maka locks blades with Chrona, the screeching Ragnarok injures Soul, forcing Maka to kick Chrona away. She figures out that the blade’s screeching causes it to vibrate in a deadly way, and this is bad because now she can neither attack nor defend with Soul. Maka doesn’t want him to get hurt any further, but she finds out too late that she can’t run either because her back is against the church doors, and, as Chrona points out, those doors open inward. When Chrona takes a powerful swing at her, it’s Soul who changes back into his human form and protects her with his body.
Well it looks like our primary antagonists may have finally arrived. At least, that’s what I hope Medusa and/or Chrona will be since we’ve so far had a lot of cool fights and background information, but we haven’t had a significant story arc yet. I get the feeling though that, due to how Chrona appears to be manipulated by Medusa, he’ll end up joining Maka and the others. I’d also say he’s got an interesting fighting style, but that’s due largely to Ragnarok, and that sword felt very familiar looking to me. To take two Weekly Jump examples, it reminds me of Creed’s Imagine Blade from Black Cat crossed with with Cirucci’s vibrating blades from Bleach. The battle between Maka and Chrona thus ended up being mainly interesting because of the cliffhanger it ended on (a very nice one I might add).
Related to that, I think the preview this week was perhaps a bit too spoilerish. I’m now really looking forward to seeing Stein kick some ass (shame he doesn’t have his chair with him), but it I suspect it would have been even better if I didn’t see it coming.