Soul Eater 61: Paths
There’s a correction I must make to my last Soul Eater post. I messed up the South American duo: it turns out Tezcatlipoca (the bear) is the Death Scythe and Enrique (the monkey) is the Technician. I had it the other way around, but it’s hard to tell with these two!
Baba Yaga’s done with. Giriko, who’s been drugged by Liz and Patty, wakes up to find that the war’s over, and Arachne and Mosquito are both dead. This makes Giriko a free agent, and just like in the “real world” of the NBA and the NFL, it doesn’t take long for a prospective buyer to show up.
I cannot feel shocked that Justin Law has turned to the dark path, for these two reasons: 1) when something happens in fiction that is 100% unexpected, I don’t have an emotional investment in the event, so I just take for what it is. We were never given any hint that this could happen… If Soul Eater, who’s been struggling with madness all along, turned, then I’d be shocked and say: WOW! Precisely because I knew it could happen but I was hoping and expecting it wouldn’t.
2) Justin Law is a religious man. Very often deeply religious people convert from one faith to another; it’s not uncommon for them to become even more involved with the second than they were with the first. From Shinigami-sama to Kishin-sama is but a single step. Anyway, I’ll be curious to see if Giriko goes down the path of alliance with Justin. And even more curious whether Noah or Medusa or both have a hand in this pie too. Go Medusa go!
The key event of this episode is Shinigami’s (predictable) decision to allow the witches Kim and Angela to remain in Shibusen. On the one hand, taking the “scion of evil” Black☆Star in when he was a baby has totally paid off. Stein and Chrona, however, have brought in mixed results. On the other hand, with Shibusen’s record of information leaks and infiltrations, it might be best to acknowledge potential threats like Angela and allow them to act freely, rather than forcing them underground.
Kim’s expertise is Regeneration Magic, so she can count as a white witch of sorts. And she volunteers to influence Angela (with a name like that she’s bound to turn out well!) so that she won’t go down the usual witch’s path of destruction. I may add here, for what it’s worth, my theory that Angela is the third Gorgon sister, for which I have absolutely no proof whatsoever.
Tsubaki’s maternal instinct is taking over and as you can see from the pic she’s already on her way to becoming Angela’s caretaker, which is messed up as her partner is the man who killed Mifune. Nice twist that will put the honest Black☆Star to the test.
If many fans have been shocked by Justin’s actions, just as many (the exact same many, I suspect..) have been shocked by Shinigami and the Thompson Sisters’ seeming inaction on the Kid situation: aka being trapped in a book by a suspicious collector dude. Again, I don’t find anything shocking here.
We already know that Shinigami has completely recreated his persona since the founding of Shibusen so as not to scare the students off. If Shinigami begins panicking about Kid, it will probably make things worse. In any case, his happy-go-lucky facade now is the same he’s had all of this time. We can only guess at what he’s feeling inside. Same thing goes for the Thompson Sisters. We know they’re tough (remember their backstory), and when you’re really tough, you don’t show it. It’s not that they don’t care…
As for Stein-Mari vs Justin, I’ll just say this: the Shibusen duo is about to get pwned. You wait for it: it’s coming, and I feel it in the air…