Soul Eater 60: Gorgon Merger
First off, Happy New Year 2552 (according to the Thai Buddhist reckoning). Incidentally I have the whole week off and that’s why I’m being able to post daily like this!
Soul Eater chapter 60. SPOILERS APLENTY.
This stuff just gets better and better. Maka pounds Arachne’s to the ground a tad harder than Arachne had pounded her sister earlier on. I still believe that Arachne felt some sort of sisterly love toward Medusa, as she had plenty of chances to get rid of her but didn’t. God did it cost her in the end!
Medusa, down but not out, leaves the little girl that she’d been possessing and takes over Arachne’s own body. Now, there’s been a significant amount of discussion over at the Animesuki forum over this very process. A lot of fans feel that if Medusa’s soul inhabits Arachne’s body it should still look like Arachne, and not like this:
I myself always thought that the little Medusa (affectionately known as loli-milf-medusa) looked more like the original Medusa than a little girl (except for the size), so I was expecting this. It seems that the soul wears the body like a skin, and that the outward appearance of individuals (their phenotype) is actually determined by the soul. So no matter what body Medusa goes into, she’ll look like Medusa, within certain limits imposed by size, etc.
if you think it’s odd that a soul would have any influence on the shape of a body, remember this: “souls” are material in Soul Eater, not immaterial like we tend to think in our mythologies religions. I mean, we see the friggin’ souls flying around, don’t we? People even eat them. So we don’t have to worry like Descartes about how a spiritual soul could affect a physical body. Locke is the only philosopher I know who dared to think the possibility of material souls…
After Medusa takes over Arachne’s body, she is forced to withdraw from the scene because of two reasons: the first is that some of Arachne’s thoughts have remained inside the body and are struggling against Medusa. Right now I’m thinking that these thoughts are something like electrical impulses (the sfx in the pic above means *crackle crackle*) the soul sends to the body to move it into action. I imagine Medusa will be able to handle this, but who knows?
The second reason Medusa scrams is the appearance of the South American Death Scythe and his Meister: Enrique and Tezcatlipoca. Now we know why Shibusen couldn’t really communicate with these guys: they’re insane! I also get the feeling they’re ridiculously powerful too.
Tezcatlipoca is originally a major Aztec god, and it goes to show you how much I know about these things that I’ve never heard of him before. Enrique, besides being an extremely common Spanish name (=Henry), is actually written here with the characters 猿里華. Phonetically you read this “en-ri-ke” and the meaning of the characters is “monkey-village-flower”, but the character for flower here is different from the usual flower (花) and it’s often used to mean something great or wonderful. Enrique is the Flower (=hero, great one) of Monkey Village. Pretty neat, huh.
As to the very last page, well, a picture is worth a thousand words right?
On the debate of Chrona’s gender, I wouldn’t put it past Ohkubo to create a brand new one just for “her” (alright, that’s what naturally comes to me so I wrote it; sounds much better than “it). It’s a great tease for the next chapter. I can’t wait…
By the way, I’m going to be blogging this chapter by chapter from now on. Yoroshiku!