Although Stein physically has left Death City, his mind is still struggling against the madness which manifests itself as the people and places he knows. Shibusen doesn’t have the manpower to search for him, however Marie thinks that he’s chasing Medusa, and that’s a problem because Shibusen can’t do anything to her anymore thanks to their deal. Maka is frustrated about how they let Medusa go, but she feels a little better after getting a postcard from her mother. She also finds out from Kid about the deal that Medusa made, and he doesn’t understand why Shibusen trusted something a witch said, risking student lives. Crona meanwhile decides to ask Shinigami-sama about letting her go to Medusa so that she can bring Stein back. He agrees to let her, but Marie insists on going as well. Shinigami-sama also learns from Buttataki Joe about a hidden page inside of Eibon’s book which describes a key that they need to use BREW. As for Stein, he meets a young version of himself in his mind who shows him a door to the world he seeks, and he soon finds himself face-to-face with Medusa.
Still bothered by what happened with Medusa and by how Shibusen is focusing on Arachne and Ashura, Maka asks Sid about Crona. Although the official story is that Crona was expelled, Sid reveals that Crona and Marie are actually headed towards Medusa. Marie has even resigned from her teaching position. Maka, however, can’t do anything about this because she has to take part in Shibusen’s assault on Arachnophobia along with Soul, Black*Star, and Tsubaki. Soul makes her realize that they can’t do anything to Medusa anyway because of the deal, but Crona and Marie aren’t restricted since they’re no longer part of Shibusen. It’s not until Soul questions what she wants to do that Maka decides to choose her friends and thus go after Crona. That leaves Black*Star and Tsubaki to take part in the assault that has already begun with some fighting between Justin and Giriko, and Kid meanwhile is off on a special mission.
Note: In an effort to get caught back up on this series, I’ve combined the posts for these two episodes.
I probably shouldn’t be surprised given how the rest of this series has been, but even with a story that’s diverged considerably from the original material, the anime is still quite enjoyable. For starters, it was good to see Crona finally getting some character growth, and the look into Stein’s mind and madness in episode 41 was wonderfully done. I was getting a little tired though of Maka’s angst by episode 42, but at least she decided on a path (predictable as it may have been), and now it looks like she’s on her way to helping Crona and Marie against Medusa and Stein. On that note, I have my doubts that Marie is going to end up doing any actual fighting since she hasn’t really done that in the manga, so I suspect she’ll try to win Stein back psychologically or something, and Crona and Maka will be the ones to fight/kill Medusa.
I also noticed that they’re bringing in the clown next episode, though it appears that it’ll be Kid going up against it instead of Maka. Obviously the fight won’t be the same, but maybe this’ll awaken some new power in Kid (Death Eagle?) like it did for Maka in the manga. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that somehow Ashura gets to fight Shinigami-sama again instead of anyone else, but that might be hoping for too much.