Posted by psgels on 23 June 2008 with categories: Soul Eater

This was another one of those building-up episodes, mostly dedicated to show how l33t the powers of Medusa are. That’s one thing I rather dislike of shounen-series: it takes ages to get to the good stuff, and the building-up episodes hardly provide anything interesting.

This episode was decent enough, I suppose: we see the identity of the head witch and Maka finally stops angsting over Soul and in the next episode, she and Soul will get some special training in order to power up. I really hope that the creators won’t end up god-moding their characters this way… a common pitfall of these shounen-series is that they power up their lead characters way too much, instead of choosing for the more continuous growth. Claymore is one of the few who actually avoided this one.

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  1. _wizard_ says:

    Having read the manga, I’ll spoil it a little so if you want to be suprised, dont read what comes down in my next paragraph.

    Yes maka and soul gain some level of strength from this “curse” but it also serves to weaken them in other areas, so it is something of a double edged sword.

  2. Denizen says:

    This was a fairly unimpressive episode, but it was decent.

    Apparently BONES will start picking up the pace and end the 1 chap = 1 ep adaptation. It could end up very good.

  3. senerikfred says:

    You weren’t seriously expecting it to start off fast after last episode, were you? They have to do some building up before they do anything again. The preview did say the title was ‘Maka’s crucial decision’ or some such, and it delivered on that well. I couldn’t understand any of what Maka said this episode, but the feeling of it was nice and the meaning damn obvious.

    Also, I haven’t read the manga, but I have heard people say that Maka and Soul aren’t the most powerful characters at all, so it still looks promising.

  4. Westlo says:

    “Also, I haven’t read the manga, but I have heard people say that Maka and Soul aren’t the most powerful characters at all, so it still looks promising.”

    They are nowhere near the most powerful.

  5. senerikfred says:

    Thanks for the confirmation, Westlo.

  6. Fukae says:

    Claymore is seinen, not shounen.

  7. psgels psgels says:

    Fukae: why isn’t Claymore shounen? I mean, it’s got all the traits of a regular shounen anime: lots of fighting, power-ups, a lot of characters with a lot of different powers and specializations, villains with godly powers that need to be beaten. Why does this one differ from, say, Bleach?

  8. Zerozaki says:

    Claymore is shonen. It runs in a shonen magazine. End of definition.
    This episode was really good; definitely digging into the thematic stuff that sets the series apart from lesser shonen.

  9. Denizen says:

    Claymore is shounen, btw

  10. Vic says:

    That was a very ordinary episode but it was pretty necessary though. Hopefully they don’t ruin the anime by like you said god moding them because it looks like it will become a good one

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:46 AM)
    @Kaiser: so far it’s good. I’ve been hearing the buzz but I wished someone had nodged me to watch it sooner.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:42 AM)
    You’ve reminded me Bam that I’d been meaning to pick up ash vs the evil dead sometime.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:39 AM)
    @Kaiser: the remake was still pretty entertaining, but it lost the silly comedy edge the series was known for. I still think that the 2nd film had the most unique and prominent voice of its own, and all of that is present in the new series’ pilot. If anything Raimi cranked it up a couples of notches here and there.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:35 AM)
    There was a mean spirited feel to the remake I found pretty appealling.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:27 AM)
    @Kaiser: the original Evil Dead was playing the horror genre straight, but it had a strata of slap-stick that was partially unintended. With Evil Dead 2 he doubled down on the strange horror/comedy dynamic and it became fantastic. Army of Darkness was very entertaining, but it strayed very far from the series’ roots. The remake was only produced by Raimi, while he got back on the writer/director chair for the pilot of the new series, and proved that he still got it sharp as ever.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:19 AM)
    Then again I believe Raimi was fairly involved with the remake.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:18 AM)
    The remake as far as remakes go should have been worse but it worked much better than I would have thought and I say this as someone who hates reboots/remakes.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 04:16 AM)
    @Bam: I’ve only partially seen the first evil dead but I don’t think its aged well, the second one I’ve seen and its hugely entertaining later on but its army of darkness that was the most enjoyable of the three for me.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Dec 1. 2015 03:47 AM)
    Wow Ash Vs the Evil Dead 01 was a blast; I really should’ve gotten into this sooner. I was smiling thru most of it, either because it was funny or slap-stick gory, or because it was a blast to see that Sam Raimi still got it. I guess the only time that Evil Dead works is when he’s involved. Seeing Bruce Campbell again with the chainsaw was a treat which I didn’t know I needed in my life.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:31 PM)
    I’m trying not to get my hopes up however, given that it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave us another filler chapter like he did with that pointless flashback.

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