I am a HUGE fan of soul eater. It is one of the first anime series I ever watched along with Blood+
and when it ended, I had every intention of continuing the story in the manga once I found out that the last episode of the anime was not the end.
But for some reason I never actually got down to reading it. It isn't surprising considering that I am an even bigger fan of claymore and I only got down to continuing the story in the manga last year.
Whenever an anime ends, I struggle to continue the story in the manga. Most times I am holding out for a possibility of its return. Other times I can't help but wonder how I will make sense of the story in the manga considering how many changes the anime will usually make.
Anyway, I finally got down to reading Soul eater yesterday, not seriously reading it though, merely the three most recent chapters, not because I suddenly wanted to read the manga but because I was just curious to see what was happening in the story so far.
I did the same thing with Dead man wonderland and I might do the same for Blue exorcist. It is really annoying to think that some of the best anime stories I have
ever watched belong to manga that are released monthly.
That is another reason why I simply cannot get into reading these titles. I hate waiting. Claymore was so good that I finally decided to follow the manga. But i have no intention of doing the same for Attack on Titan.
Anyway, Soul eater; yesterday was a strange day because i downloaded three soul eater chapters for the sole purpose of seeing what was happening at the present and to my surprise those three chapters ended up being the last chapters of manga.
‘WAIT, SOUL EATER IS OVER!’ is what went through my head when i read that last chapter. It is a surprise even to me who wasn't following it because every time i visited a manga site, i would look into it to see how many chapters were out and it seemed to be moving oh so painfully slow.
I was sure it had a few more years to go, with the vast number of ridiculously intriguing characters it had to explore. And to think i wanted to use those three chapters to decide if i wanted to read the manga.
Anyway despite the fact that i had no idea what the hell was happening (i thought the Kishin died ages ago) and a couple of characters were new to me (Noah?) these three chapters were EPIC
, so much so that i went further back to read two more chapters prior to the last three.
I guess this is the mark of a good manga that i can drop in at any point, even the end and i can enjoy it immensely. Then again it might have helped that i watched the series.
First though, here is what happened, at least as i understood it:
N:B- For those interested in enjoying this finale for themselves, there are spoilers in the plot descriptionTHE PLOT:>
The chapters kick off in the dying moments of the final battle. It seems Maka, Black star and Kid chose to take the battle with the Kishin to the moon, or maybe it wasn't their choice.
Either way the Kishin is quick to reveal why he was once revered as a god. Maka is immediately dismissed from the battle. Kishin shows little patience for her abilities as a human, swatting her aside and only choosing to recognize the more inhuman opponents on the field, black star and dead the kid.
The battle is chaotic; black star and Tsubasa, kid alongside Patty and...i don't remember the other gun's name, throw everything they have at the old god. He beats their attacks back and unleashes torrents of fear induced attacks.
Maka, continuously attempting to infuse herself into a battle she is too insignificant to partake in,
watches as black star takes punishment to protect her from death. Eventually, as the trio exchanges philosophical arguments with the Kishin, Black star takes a particularly destructive attack, i think protecting Maka again, losing his arm and nearly shattering his spine.
With the odds stacked so high against them, death the kid activates and unites the lines on his head, becoming a fully fledged shiningami.
His power is such that his spiritual resonance is felt all the way on earth. We learn that shiningami, kid's father, possesses the exact same power as the Kishin and can execute some sort of madness resonance.
With this power he, like the Kishin had claimed once before, stood so far above humanity that he could have washed them all away or subjugated them. Kid refutes this claim and attests to the kindness of his father who, despite being so powerfully gifted, never once chose to use the madness wave, not even in battle to defend himself.
There are speeches made about shiningami's madness wave being one of purity. Kishin welcomes the challenge to contend with this pure madness and fear. But Kid will not use the power either, choosing to believe in his and his friend’s power.
Empowered now though, he joins the fight with greater strength. Maka activates her Majin hunt
scythe and, along with a determined black star, joins the fray. The battle changes the landscape. Kishin opens an eye of sorts into space from within which he unleashes untold destruction.
The team is falling and would have been crashed by the overwhelming pressure if not for a sniper shot from earth which brings the mad god's assault to a halt. Stein, on earth, then unleashes Mijonir and sends it flying to space.
The thunderous hammer does considerable damage to the Kishin, allowing the team precious seconds to recuperate. He however eventually fends the attack off. When Maka attacks once more despite the Kishin's disinterest, he loses his cool and impels her with his hand.
Somewhere along the line we catch a glimpse of soul, back in the piano room in Maka's soul. No longer afraid of the black blood, he begins to play a tune. Both he and Maka activate the power of the black blood and resonate.
And she emerges from the attack, unscathed and unveiling her newest and most powerful Scythe weapon, the Kishin hunt
. The final portion of the battle is just as fierce and eventually, with black
star and Kid down, she cuts into his stomach.
She slips into his soul and locates Crona. They have a conversion about Maka saving her, though she has no intention of leaving. With soul creating a path out of the dark emptiness of Kishin's soul using his music, the pair exit as Crona uses her black blood and Eibon's brew to activate a seal within the Kishin.
Kid and black star cut a way through when Kishin closes the hole in his stomach and rescue Maka and soul. With their final attacks, a sort of four way resonance (didn't know that was possible) the Kishin falls in a dramatic fashion.
His blood explodes out and covers the moon in blackness. The team returns to earth. At school, kid learns from Excalibur that his father Shiningami had passed away. That was what it meant for him to fully awaken as Shiningami; the power passed from his father into him at which point he died, showing faith in his son to defeat his old enemy.
Kid is finally crowned as the new shiningami. He declares a truce between humans and witches and because a witch's soul is required to create scythe, he presents Soul, now also called eater, on stage and christens him the last scythe.
No more witches would be killed for this practice. The moon remains blackened.
Soul and Maka later speak about their relationship. He is no longer afraid of the black blood and the madness. Black star is learning to fly without Tsubasa's help. Maka makes a speech and the manga ends.MY THOUGHTS:>
Considering that i haven't been reading soul eater, a number of things about this finale confused me, as one would expect. For instance, i know that Black star is stronger than Maka but i am surprised at the sort of praise that was being aimed at him by the Kishin, basically stating that even Death the kid was on a lower level than he was.
I remember black star and how strong he was but the Kishin made it sound like he had somehow
transcended humanity, which was sort of interesting. Black star has always been my favorite of the group, but i am curious as to how he grew so powerful that he surpassed even Kid, a death god.
I think Kishin called him a divine warrior or something along those lines. Either way i liked how this final battle was structured.
I was confused when i began to read these chapters only to come across the Kishin. Last time i watched soul eater, he was beaten, and most of my curiosity about what was happening in soul eater revolved around finding out who the new villain was if the god of fear had been beaten a while back.
I guess the anime took some liberties with that finale. Either way this is the sort of finale i wanted to see from soul eater. As much as i loved the soul eater anime, i hated that final battle. Sure it was the best action we had seen in soul eater up to that time, but all that business with Maka suddenly becoming part human and part weapon and eventually single handedly beating Kishin irritated me.
Even if she hadn't done it single handedly, that ending was too cheesy. For someone so powerful, Kishin went down way too easily. This battle did the Kishin justice. For one thing he was powerful as heck, especially that one attack that was like a massive space eye floating over his head.
Though the art was confusing in some places, but there were panels that made it seem like he was laying large portions of the battle field to waste. Because i have never been a fan of Maka as the main character, i will admit to taking some joy out of the Kishin so casually dismissing her from the fight as not being worth his time.
Kid and black star have always been the power houses of the team. Even in the anime's final battle, they did some serious damage to him where Maka simply relied on Soul. Maka has never really seemed that strong to me or deserving of her place.
Her only contribution is her scythe and really that is soul and his power. Seeing Black star and Kid team up against the Kishin was epic.
Though Maka did redeem herself and it wasn't some silly little revelation like in the anime. This time she simply relied on her power and did what she was good at, using soul to his peak. This chapter reminded of why i love anime and manga.
It is the quirkiness and inventiveness that is displayed sometimes. For example Maka's scythe, I remember the first time i saw the witch hunt in the anime. It was the craziest thing i had ever seen. Then she achieved the demon hunt, which i assume is the majin hunt, and that turned out to be even
crazier looking, a scythe that lost some of its curves and replaced them with strange edges.
And all these scythes have tended to take on a ridiculously massive size. The Kishin hunt in these chapters was just as inventive looking as i expected. It was basically a piano's keyboard fused with a scythe blade, an odd looking thing but which, with Maka's new change in dressing, looked nothing short of awesome.
I guess Maka redeemed herself in my eyes in these chapter. Even when outclassed by the other two, she wouldn't give up, constantly jumping into battle even when she knew she couldn't put a scratch on her enemy.
I didn't know she could fly either, though technically she was standing on Soul. Actually even black star was flying. Since when could any of these people fly? I missed a lot in not reading soul eater.
I remember the first time we saw kid attempt to activate his shiningami powers in the anime. It was epic. Him finally achieving death status was awesome, not something i expected actually. It was quite sad to see shiningami go, standing atop the school roof and watching the battle on the moon, displaying his faith in his son and asking Excalibur to look after and guide him, even as he began to break and wilt.
He was a cookie character, but he was a hero. I liked what death the kid said about him, that though
he was a shiningami, or rather THE SHININGIMA, the title didn't mark him as a bringer of death but a protector of life.
And despite possessing a power every bit as chaotic and destructive a power as the Kishin, he chose to believe in humanity's power to protect them as well as the world. Speaking of which, i vaguely remember the Kishin and shiningami being friends in the anime. But i might be wrong.
Either way, it was a sad scene, especially when death the kid-i should stop calling him that since he is just death now- returned to earth only to learn about his father's death, and realize that when he become a true and complete shiningami, he took his father's power and hence life force.
They didn't waste too much time on the mourning though, instead focusing on kid's determination to be a great shiningami to the world.
I remember Kid and shiningami not being on the best of terms in the anime; i think kid suspected him
of being part of Eibon's experiments, who i thought would show up in the end. But he didn't.
I had actually forgotten about Crona's existence, though we had already seen her redemption a long time ago. I guess she thought she had more to give penance for. She was a pitiful character in the end, but she showed courage in confronting her end in light of the sacrifice she had to make to stop Kishin, especially considering what Maka had to go through to tear into the Kishin's soul and save her.
It made everything all the more tragic though, especially when she admitted that though she had been despairing a while ago, she was secretly hopping that Maka would come for her, even while whispering "She won't come for me, why would she."
It was fascinating stuff.
I know i have heard the name Noah before but i don't know from where. I think he might have been that priest in the anime with the weaponized crosses on the back of his hands. Then again i also saw a zombie of sorts. And why was the Kishin vomiting bodies from its mouth? That reminded me of orochimaru but crazier.
I laughed at that sniper shot, the idea that someone could shoot a bullet from a gun from the earth and strike a target accurately on the moon. Only in anime does such stuff happen. And i don't remember seeing Mijonir in the anime. He must have shown up later.
It was great to see Excalibur again, the most powerful yet most unusable and annoying weapon in the soul eater universe; not nearly as funny as i remember but just as pompous looking.
So much of these chapters reminded me of why i loved soul eater so much, especially seeing black star and Tsubasa and their hilarious interactions. There was a young girl, a witch, in the scene that i didn't get, or rather the words black star said to her.
If i remember correctly she was the saint samurai’s charge, the witch Maka, Black star and Kid were sent to kill; only to realize that she was a kid moments before the saint kicked their asses. It’s surprising not to see the saint samurai make an appearance in this final battle.
Then again why did shiningami seat this battle out? Hmm, plot hole? I remember one of my favorite arcs in the anime was the Medusa arc, when Spartoi was formed, because it show cased the incredible skills of the other students. I would have hoped that they had taken part in this final battle, especially the black fellow with the flaming lantern-if i am remembering him correctly.
I missed seeing more scenes with soul and black star. Together these two were my favorite characters in the series. They were so similar they should have been matched as weapon and master. I have lost all memories regarding Soul and the piano room, though i think it had to do with black blood.
Over all, even without having read the previous chapters, i cannot deny that this was an epic finale to an epic series. It took me a while to get used to the art. It is one of the things that kept me away from the manga. I wasn't comfortable with it.
But once i got used to it, i was impressed by some of the panels in the chapters, especially with the Kishin and the air of madness created around him. The finale satisfied me, especially with the whole blackening the moon permanently business. That was new.
It is like a scar, reminding the world of a great battle that brought down a great evil.RATING:> 5/5
, i really wish they would bring this series back to life. I would love to watch this story unfold animated. One of the things i remember enjoying about soul eater was all the business with fear and madness; there was a pretty impressive and inventive way the entire concept was presented and i saw similar displays in the manga.
Speaking of which, the last time i saw Stein in the anime, he was overtaken by madness. I guess he fought it off.
If you do not know the story of Soul eater, it revolves around a school that trains and guides talented weapons and weapon meisters. There are certain individuals with the power to turn into weapons, and they are paired with the masters that will wield them into battle.
The goal of each weapon and meister is to kill and collect ninety nine evil souls and one soul of a witch. Once a weapon collects all 100 souls, they evolve into a death scythe, the weapon used by the head master of the school, Shiningami, the grim reaper.
It is the goal of the school to create and train more death scythes. The story follows Maka, whose father is a death scythe, trying to make her way through school with her weapon Soul, alongside black star, descendant of the white star clan, a powerful warrior clan so corrupted by fighting and
their lust for battle that they left the warrior’s path and took to a more monstrous life until DWMA led by shinigami wiped them out.
Black star is the only survivor, choosing the name so as to distance himself from his filthy past. He was brought to the academy by the shiningami, who wouldn't slaughter a child. Black star's weapon is Tsubasa, a girl with a past as dark as his and who, unlike other weapons that have a single form, can take on multiple forms, including two mini chain scythes.
Alongside them is Death the kid, the son of shiningami (hence the name), a student endowed with two weapons instead of one in the form of dual pistols. Kid craves order.
As a team they contend with their various missions within the academy as well as fighting to swat the forces of Medusa and other witches as well as their demonic hordes.
This manga is a must read. I say that based on what i saw in the anime as well as how good this finale was. This is how all series should end. Anyway, this is a must read.