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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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Mar 7. 2015 02:00 AM)
    @Vxien, Not sure who that recommend is for but whoever it is has seen death note. It’s like recommending Cowboy bebop. Anyone calling themselves an anime fan has likely already seen it and anyone that hasn’t…should watch it immediately.
  • Vxien
    (Saturday, Mar 7. 2015 12:41 AM)
    Might I recommend Death Note if you haven’t already.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:47 AM)
    I remember that same guy, during end of eva, pausing it over and over during that scene where asuka dies with all of those fast moving clips too.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:39 AM)
    I remember catching it also when I was young with a friend and we looked back on a fanservice scene with shinji and rei and he mentioned “You know if you think about it that scene is damn disturbing when you think she’s a clone of/modelled after you know who…”
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:36 AM)
    Before Eva, when I was 11 or so my image of a mech anime was Nadesico…then it was eva and then I was like…Whoah…whoah God halp! =O
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:34 AM)
    I suppose credit where I feel it due, the angel designs are excellent and I remember getting the shock of my life when shinji’s eva went nuts and then there was a bit with Bardiel infect Toji’s unit. I remember at least Masatos boyfriend being a likeable character.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:31 AM)
    I don’t think anyone was prepared for Eva, whether they liked the show or not, at 11 I can remember being horrified by end of eva and the series original ending as well as having my first moment of “Feck…theres a first…an anime that did something that scrambled my mind, I actually feel kind of thick now, this show is smarter than I am”.
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:27 AM)
    It really wouldn’t have been that hard to put a satisfying ending to the original series, wrap up the threads nicely and put a pretty ribbon on the package to finish it off. But Anno and friends took a risk and went against the tide and end up becoming the trope-namer for the Gainax Endings. That took balls and made things unexpected and fresh, cuz god knows that ,good guys win the day ‘is tired and boring.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:26 AM)
    Requiem for a dream. I remember the guy who recommended that film saying to me “Even someone such as yourself who finds it hard to find/has high standards an emotionally investing film will get something out of requiem for a dream”
  • Bam
    (Friday, Mar 6. 2015 03:17 AM)
    @Emma: leaving a bad taste is pretty much the point of Eva, just as getting bummed out by Requiem For a Dream is the naturally intended effect. I don’t mind that you don’t enjoy Eva all that much Emma, l actually appreciate it over dishonest admiration. Just keep in mind that Eva deserves it’s special place in anime.

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