Soul Eater 80: WOW
WOW WOW WOW!
That was awful!
Can I go home now? No? Oh, OK.
Never mind the absence of Medusa, Wolf, and all those neat characters…what Okubo is doing with the villains of the moment is ridiculous. We’re supposed to be in a Book of Eibon arc. So who is Eibon again? What did we learn about him? If Okubo did reveal something (I’m terrible for details) then it definitely didn’t stick, because the only thing I can say about Eibon is he’s got a book named after him, and if you go inside that book getting genderbent is about the only mildly interesting thing that will happen to you. The End.
Then there’s Noah. I’m on record as saying I don’t like him. I believe I said that he should hop on his ark and sail away, a stupid phrase to fit what I thought was his own stupid existence. But OK, he’s here, so I’d like Okubo to use him well. I think having Noah just throw everything in his collection at Shibusen is funny. Michelangelo’s David, that’s really funny. The problem is that Okubo didn’t choose to make this into a funny fight, at least not initially. When all the adults seemed roasted last episode, we thought “wow, that’s a bit much”, but then he should have stuck with it, instead of having everyone magically be alright again and ready for Noah’s comedic show-and-tell in this chapter.
And what’s a kishin again? I kinda forgot. Plus, Justin has turned into a parody of himself, and that’s not good.
Also, Kid meets up with Liz and Patty and they’re all like: “Hey”. When characters stop caring for characters it means the writer has stopped caring for characters, which means that very soon fans will stop caring for characters too. Hear hear.
Soul and Maka. This is where Okubo seems to really be losing the plot. If he can’t even integrate THEM into what’s going on, but has them come in like that…what’s the point??? I’m going to make my own fanficky interpretation of what happened: Soul and Maka decided to flee this mess of a plotline and they headed for a deserted island where they could resolve their issues and love each other for all eternity, but after walking and walking they ran into the Shibusen crew…oh no! It’s tragic, really.
I’m happy for the Gopher fans. I really am. But that’s about the only nice feeling I had reading this. Future generations might have to look back at this Book of Eibon arc and call it the Decline and Fall of Soul Eater.
p.s. Not that I care, but what happened to the little jealous girl? Was she just a figment of my imagination? Gah, my imagination sucks these days.