「デスバザー日和!」 (Desubazaa Hiyori)
“Death Bazaar Weather”
While she’s no Arachne or Medusa, the scorpion-esque Shaula is actually quite the little bitch. Which in all honesty surprised me since I was expecting the main antagonist to be a little more.. mellow? Then again, she is a Gorgon and if there’s anything we’ve learned about the Gorgon family, it’s that every single one of them are pretty damn crazy.
The Calm Before the Storm
If the first seven episodes were just trying to slowly ease us into the flow of things, I’m hoping the next six use them as a jumping off point to really build onto some of the darker themes that have slowly been popping up.
If I remember correctly the original SOUL EATER anime focused a lot on the idea of madness and how it’s something that everyone has to deal with — and I’m really hoping something along those lines happens here. I mean if you take a second to look at it, there’s a lot of things you could pick from. From Tsugumi’s coming of age trials that will eventually pit her against the two people she cares the most about to the twisted Shaula’s plans and her nonchalant view of killing off someone who may become a problem for her later, I see no reason why we can’t have some hard hitting moments among all the light hearted slice-of-life moments.
Before the crazy ending that I never saw coming, there sure were a lot of cute moments in this week’s episode. While it’s hard to beat Clay almost admitting his feelings for Sid (because who wouldn’t like a buff guy like that?) there’s always something special when Tsugumi and Maka get a chance to talk with each other. Be it words of encouragement or passing on a little something from senpai to kouhai, I really love how Maka’s a strong part of the story without butting in too much.
Also, I think Kim is my new personal favorite. She’s the embodiment of the tsundere with the charm of a tanuki. <3
With this episode serving as more of a jumping off point rather than a regular episode, it brought up a lot more questions than it answered. But with half the season still left to give us a proper explanation, I’m really hoping that this marks the point where the action takes priority and we leave the cutesy stuff for later.
That and for a show that’s been doing a great job at not diving into the action, I couldn’t believe how gruesome the ending felt. While it remains to be seen whether or not Eternal Feather was able to stop herself from hitting a vital artery, it sure feels like she did.