Soul Eater Episode 16: The Plot Thickens
Katt: It’s a Tuesday afternoon, it’s cold and snowy outside, I just downed a mug of hot chocolate, and I don’t feel like doing homework. Let’s watch some Soul Eater, shall we~? Recap: Death the Kid and his weapons, Liz and Patty, have found themselves on a ghost ship while trying to solve the mystery of who or what destroyed an entire town. After figuring that out, they’ve come face-to-face with Crona and Ragnarok, a pair close to achieving the status of Demon God. Kid and the girls have to stop them!
Death the Kid, Liz, and Patty vs. Crona and Ragnarok
The “villain” gets a mandatory monologue before the battle begins: “Do you know where Hell is? It’s inside my head.” I hope that by this point we’ve all established that Crona is pretty screwed up, though I’m still anxiously awaiting the moment we learn why that is. Kid doesn’t give her any more lines than that before starting the fight…and seemingly ending it. He truly proves that he is Shinagami’s son by absolutely dominating, not letting Crona get in a single hit before giving what he believes to be the final blow.
Of course, the final blow is not the final blow. Crona is absolutely fine, and insisting on more time to monologue. The way that she talks makes makes Liz and Patty remember how they used to be… Flashback sequence! Liz remembers hers and Patty’s time in the streets as a time of senseless violence, brought on by the power that came with both of them being weapons. It distanced them from all all other people, which just fuelled their negative lifestyle. End flashback sequence! But… that wasn’t what Patty was thinking about. She was preoccupied with wondering what sex Crona was. …wait, I’ve been saying ‘she’. Is that right? Damnit, Patty, now I’m confused!
Back with the battle, the sketchy poltergeist from the last episode returns. He’s nothing but half a head, but as he says, he is one with the ship; this could be trouble. He is pissed at both Kid and Crona. As he is one with the ship, he is able to set off all Ninhogg’s cannons straight at the two meisters. Kid escapes with nary a scratch, and Crona is… enveloped by Ragnarok’s soul, apparently. Ragnarok slices the ship in half, essentially, destroying that poltergeist and hoping to destroy Kid too as he takes Crona away to safety. Of course Kid gets away–on his kickass flying skateboard. He pursues Crona and Ragnarok for some time before he, uh… gets distracted by the flawless symmetry in the sky. That’s 1 point for Ragnarok, 0 for Death the Kid.
The Evil Nurse of Shibusen
Katt: It feels like it’s been ages since we’ve seen any development on the lines of Soul’s, hm, Demon God infection, we’ll say? Now it’s time to get some. Maka was concerned when she coughed up black blood after the last battle, so she has gone to see nurse Medusa about it. Medusa claims that there’s nothing wrong with her blood (of course) and prescribes her pills that will actually make Maka’s condition worse. She also mentions that Soul had had a dream he was concerned about, and Maka is infuriated that he never mentioned it to her. Look out, Soul! She’s coming for you!
Back in the nurse’s office, Medusa is not at all pleased. She wasn’t planning on having to help the black blood spread through Maka; yet somehow, it has disappeared on its own. As she rummages through folders in search of Maka’s files, muttering to herself the entire time, Stein lets himself in…with Maka’s folder. Busted. Apparently he saw the prescription that Medusa had given Maka and is wondering what it is, although I get the feeling that he already knows. We are talking about the guy who cut himself up for experimental purposes, here. He pretends to fall for the lie that Medusa comes up with, but drops that facade quite quickly as he calls her out on being a witch.
She wonders about killing Stein then and there; however, she opts for another excuse last minute. Stein seems to believe it and it all becomes a happy-happy joke until we see Stein alone, and he is scared. He knew that she was considering killing him. Stein is then shown talking with Sid and Kniges. Apparently the three are planning something to take care of Medusa–breaking into her house and finding evidence that she is a witch, it sounds like. Meanwhile, Medusa is keeping in contact with Elka, the other witch who she is keeping tabs on. What could she be planning?
Sid and Kniges make it into Medusa’s house, and it only takes a single glance to make it apparent that Stein was not mistaken in concluding that she is a witch. What with the eyeballs in jars and all that. And the sorcery. They find a journal and read it, and it apparently contains all of Medusa’s knowledge of Shibusen, stuff about her research on the black blood, and what she plans to do by combining the two. Sid freaks and insists that he gets it back to Shinagami right away! Though, there is a frog-like ball looming in the background… make that many frog-like balls. Kniges notices them, but before they have a moment to react, the balls explode and destroy the house. It looks like Elka followed Medusa’s instructions flawlessly, and is now going to hand off whatever Medusa had asked for to the serpent herself.
The final scene of the episode shows Death the Kid confronting his father and asking him about what has been plaguing his mind since the last episode: who is the Demon God closest to them? Shinagami evades the question, but Kid persists that he explain everything as well as he can. Another dramatic ending! This series is continuing to keep my interest peaked by moving at a suspenseful pace. I’m going to have to watch more soon! Of course I will be writing another entry on Friday, but after seeing next episode’s preview… well, it’s going to be a special entry.
Katt’s soul says that episode 16 was a… 8/10
Katt’s soul expects episode 17 to be a… 10/10