Buttataki Joe has arrived at Shibusen, but the real reason for him being there is a mystery to Kid, and the man himself doesn’t reveal anything when Kid questions him. Black*Star meanwhile has been haunted by his recent losses in battle, and Tsubaki informs him that Nygus doesn’t want them using youtou mode anymore because of the great strain it puts on Black*Star’s body. He refuses to stop though, and Tsubaki understands. Still bothered, Black*Star proceeds to incite Kid to duel him, and although it seems Black*Star has the upper hand at first, he experiences a misfire right when he’s about to use his wavelength with his attack. Kid pisses him off further by saying that he’s become weak, and Sid observes that Black*Star has lost his self-confidence, in turn influencing the his soul wavelength. Sid also sees in Black*Star’s eyes and wavelength a great resemblance to Black*Star’s father White*Star. Since Black*Star refuses to stop with the fight, Kid has no choice but to completely defeat him by slamming him into the ground. In the aftermath, Tsubaki tries to apologize to Kid, but Kid recognizes that these kinds of things will happen and that what’s important is Black*Star safely overcoming this. Maka and Soul later find Black*Star doing push-ups in the infirmary. Unbeknownst to all of them, Arachne has finally tracked down Ashura, and her madness amplification device has been completed.
So the Buttataki Joe stuff appears to be going in a different direction from the manga, but they kept all the Black*Star turmoil and even added some extra flavor to round it out. I feel bad for Black*Star watching him get destroyed by Kid, but he probably needed something like this to get him out of his funk. It would have been interesting to see Tsubaki play a bigger role, but I guess Black*Star is all about independence and doing things his own way. What was interesting was Sid’s observation about adults clinging to the past and children running to the future, and then the later reference to Black*Star’s father White*Star. The former is one of those rather insightful-sounding statements, and the latter sounds like it could be a hint of something to come.
The preview also has me pretty excited because even though next episode looks like a fairly Crona-centric one, it appears to have Arachne meeting Ashura as well. Come to think of it, I don’t even know how Ashura would treat Medusa if the two met. In any case however, there’s no episode next week because it’s that time of the year again, and episode 39 will air January 5th, 2009.