Didn’t you already show an EAT demonstration back on day 1, Sid? Are you just trying to rub it in the NOT students’ faces?
|Whatever issues with the pacing I had with Soul Eater Not! were forgotten after this episode which gave us plenty of glimpses of bigger stories afoot. Combined with action sequences that continue to be good and some genuinely funny gags between the girls, and episode 3 made for my favorite from this show yet.|
Camera spinning around these 2 as they swung at and weaved around each other made the fight that much more intense.
Three episodes in, one thing I’ve appreciated greatly about Soul Eater Not! is that it’s had some sort of action sequence in each one. They haven’t been flashy, but they’ve still been fun to watch, providing breaks between the cute-girls-doing-cute-things sequences. Solid camera work, such as in Anya’s alleyway fight, and smooth animation have made them particularly memorable.
And I was pleasantly surprised by the writing in this episode that effectively weaved a few compelling story threads together while providing some laughs along the way. I wonder if the show’s purposefully making a meta joke about its origins by having its heroines step right into the paths of other characters having adventures of their own, like side characters in someone else’s story. Kim’s got some mental issues, possibly PTSD by the looks of her flashback in the cold open, resulting in her cold front and bullying, and it seems Ox has been admiring her for a long time, trying to help her from afar. Given how much time they’re spending on Kim, I have to wonder if she’s going to be a supporting character rather than a cameo, which would be quite fine with me.
Yikes, Kim must have some pretty dark experiences in her past.
Clay and Akane along with Sid (whom I still find odd seeing not as a zombie always going on about the “man he used to be”) are clearly involved in some high stakes conflict that Anya and the others stepped into this episode. I’m not 100% clear on the details yet, and whether or not Anya was specifically targeted or just at the wrong place at the wrong time, but I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the battle of DWMA versus the “Traitors.” I’m definitely eager to find out more, especially if it’s going to be accompanied by melee combat of the quality we saw this week.
Not that the episode was all serious stuff; I probably laughed more watching this one than either of the previous ones. Sid’s calm and 100% unironic explanation of DWMA’s
Weed/Bloom EAT/NOT system had me in stitches, as did the surprisingly decent – though still awkward and typo’d – English of the official DWMA stage name form. This really is one of the most absurd and oddly run schools I’ve had the pleasure of seeing.
Probably the best worst acronyms I’ve ever encountered in my life.
Even the CGDCT antics had me smiling this episode. Meme’s and Tsugumi’s unison “oujo-sama” was too cute for words. And though I find it odd that the first thing Meme does to Tsugumi when paired up with her in class is to tickle and grope her in front of everybody, the sight of Anya jealously looking on made it all worthwhile. Then again, perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised by anything Meme does anymore. The girl clearly has some mental issues and possibly brain damage, what with the sleep martial arts, the complete inability to remember people’s names, even those she’s been hearing her friends talk about minutes prior, and choice of bringing pumpkin for a curry night. That girl is still an enigma to me, so I hope we have episodes coming that explore her story.
So consider my outlook on this show considerably more positive than last week. It was as if Bones had read my complaints about the pacing and decided to address them by throwing two stories into the mix while also improving on the existing ones. I’m not saying the show has become something spectacular, but it has certainly positioned itself as something more than just another CGDCT show by playing with the absurd action filled world of Soul Eater.
You could totally see this gag coming the moment Meme showed her note-filled arm, and that somehow made it that much better.