After being taken down by Mifune, Black*Star finds himself being pulled under by monsters in a desolate world. He gets visions of Tsubaki’s brother before getting completely pulled down, and he wakes back up in front of the giant deer Nakatsukasa. It tells him that it’s here to say goodbye since he was defeated and swallowed up by the souls of the warriors who were defeated before fulfilling their life ambitions. To the deer’s surprise, tears roll down Black*Star’s cheeks, but he claims that these are the tears spread by those with regrets, and he vows to shoulder responsibility for all of it to clear those regrets away. Black*Star doesn’t believe that he’s been defeated and refuses to give up – it’s not defeat for him until he acknowledges it. He calls for Nakatsukasa to come with him so that he can show it the world that no one has seen, and Tsubaki then reappears, vowing that the souls will stick with him.
Back in the real world, Black*Star has gotten back up, and he tells Mifune that the path he’s going down is neither the path of the sword nor the path of the demon – he’s going down his own unexplored path. This sets the two up for one final clash, and this time, it’s Mifune who collapses afterward. Black*Star doesn’t finish Mifune off though and instead reminds him that there’s someone he has to protect. He also goes back to what Tsubaki had said a long time ago about Mifune possibly becoming a teacher, but for now, he helps Mifune up so that they can go get Angela. Back at Shibusen, the unlocked BREW morphs into its true form, but Kid still doesn’t understand what it can do, so Shinigami-same reveals that it has the power to realize its user’s desire. Because of this great power, Eibon made a key with his own soul, and he joins with it now to finish the process.
With the battle against Arachnophobia not going as planned, Shinigami-sama decides to use BREW to make Death City into a giant robot. He drives it towards the jungle and arrives just in time to save Sid. Arachne and Mosquito respond by transforming their castle into a giant robot as well, and the battle between the two consists of the Death City robot trying to swat the Baba Yaga’s Castle robot. After Shinigami-sama eventually succeeds in catching the castle and flips it on its back, Azusa then uses her ability that allows her to map out an area so that she can find where Ashura is. With this information, Shinigami-sama has the Death City robot pluck Ashura right out of Arachne’s arms, and the robot proceeds to swallow Ashura.
I’m somewhere between dumbfounded and laughing uncontrollably at the giant robot part of this episode. I can stomach the fact that BREW realizes desires, even though that’s about as generic a plot device power as you could ask for, but seeing Death City duke it out against Baba Yaga’s Castle was a new level of absurdity. Granted, they didn’t appear to be taking themselves very seriously with all this, so they were probably intentionally going for something over-the-top. I suspect the writers realized at some point that the only person who could realistically take on Ashura would be Shinigami-sama, so they devised this as a way to get the two back together. I can’t complain about that too much because it did end up being pretty funny, and I’ve been wanting a rematch between the two, which looks like what next week will have.
As for Black*Star, they went with a modified version of what happened in the manga, and it turned out okay. Given the constraints, I thought they did a good job presenting it, though I do wish the final clash between the revived Black*Star and Mifune lasted a little longer. Letting Mifune live and potentially become a teacher is certainly a different conclusion, and I’m not against him and Angela getting a happy ending. The question is if Black*Star or Mifune have any further role in this or if it’s all Shinigami-sama and maybe Maka from now on.