Soul Eater 62: It Sucks to be Arachne
Oh, nostalgia. Let’s remember the very first chapter of Soul Eater, when Soul and Maka were stunned to find that they had just killed a magical cat.
The reason why this mistake happened is because Soul greedily gulped Blair’s soul down without taking it to the appropriate authorities at Shibusen for inspection. I’m sure Shinigami-sama would have spotted the difference in a sec.
6o chapters later, Maka and Soul are on the brink of success yet again. This time around, the pair obtained the last necessary human soul after getting the witch’s soul. In practical terms, this means that they had to keep the witch’s soul around so as not to break the death scythes’ set menu (evidently the witch’s soul is dessert). In Ohkubo terms, though, this means that he has plenty of chances to mess it all up again in some crazy messed up fashion.
Ohkubo is so unpredictable that it’s stupid to try to figure out what’s going to happen here, but I’m stupid enough to try. Remember that Arachne’s body hasn’t been destroyed, Medusa is wearing it. If Soul Eater swallows Arachne’s soul then this might establish some sort of deep link between Soul and Medusa. There, that’s my guess. I like Medusa so my speculation tends to revolve around here but you gotta admit it’d be a pretty neat twist. Then again, it’d be nice just to see the smile on Maka is it all turned out OK and Soul became a proper Death Scythe.
Patty’s ass-kicking was cool and hopefully we’ll see it against real enemies real soon. My apologies to Liz but she’s probably the most worthless student in all of Shibusen (don’t you agree?). Anyway, Patty’s fight with Black☆Star was a wonderful example of the dilemma that Black☆Star has been confronting all along: winning vs winning with honor. I wrote a post last year on how he seemed to be betraying his own declared goal of “becoming god” by mixing it with all sorts of niceties [post here].
Now at last there is an actual philosophy behind the wimpiness nuances: the warrior’s path he inherited from Mifune. Of course, Mifune could have probably taken Black☆Star very early on if he had played dirty but he didn’t. It might be that the Way works like this: warriors are strong enough to beat anyone without having to break their honorable code, except for a very few enemies, and these enemies are precisely the ideal candidates to become warriors and adopt the Way in the future. Then these new warriors will beat all cleanly except the next potential (but still dirty fighting) warrior and so on…
The drawback to this nobility is that Black☆Star gets pwned by Patty!
Speaking of which, my prediction that Justin would beat the crap out of Stein and Mari didn’t materialize, as I should have expected…
Finally, the Spartoi. Here’s a great page that collects many of the classical sources on the dragon around which this legend is based. Either Stein’s rendering of the story is wildly inaccurate or the parallel Greek mythology of Soul Eater is strangely different from ours. The tale goes like this:
Cadmus slays a dragon. Gods instruct Cadmus to sow the dragon’s teeth. He does. Warriors spring out of the Earth and begin to kill each other. Only five remain. These 5 are the ancestors of the city of Thebes.
There’s nothing about Cadmus trying to stop insanity. In fact, the mad ones here are the warriors Cadmus brings to life. And as for the city of Thebes, well, one of the kings of Thebes is murdered by his own son who then inadvertently marries his mother the queen (talking abut Oedipus), and then his two sons fight for control of the city and kill each other beneath the city wall etc.. It aint’ pretty or successful.
Let’s hope Ohkubo is just having fun with his references and that nothing more ominious will come out of this. Then again, it’d be kind of fun to see the elite Shibusen students go crazy battle royale mode!