“It’s not like I wanted to be your partner or anything. B-baka!”
|For the second time in its 5 episodes, Soul Eater Not! follows up a boring episode with an exciting one. We got a ton of almost-but-not-quite yuri action through a cute and endearing side story that revealed a lot about some side characters while also pushing forward the overarching plot. And what action there is remains solid.|
That picture perfect backdrop was a dead giveaway. Also, that yuri thing.
What a fantastic episode this was. Easily the best one so far, and one of the best from any show this season. It all started with that action-packed cold open, which became obvious it was in a dream somewhere between that fall off the cliff and Kim pulling down Jacqueline for a kiss. Regardless of it being a dream, it had more of that well choreographed and drawn fighting that has been found in earlier episodes of the show. I’m so very glad to see that this Cute Girls Doing Cute Things spinoff is drawing from its shonen roots and isn’t being shy about bringing out the exciting action sequences.
And the CGDCT antics were both fun and meaningful this time, using a side story to let us know better some side characters while developing the main story as well and providing plenty of laughs along the way. Despite her denial at the end, I think it’s pretty clear Jacqueline is crushing on Kim very hard, and most of the episode was her receiving help from the other girls in
seducing convincing Kim to become her partner. A lot of which didn’t make a whole lot of sense; I’m not sure being good at cooking their favorite dish or having great hair are traits to advertise when trying to convince someone to wield you as a weapon. Fitting for a different type of partnership, perhaps.
Oh Jacqui, way to let this picture perfect opportunity get away from you. You were supposed to pull her in for a kiss.
But those were cute anyway, thanks in part to the supporting roles of our trio of protagonists. Five episodes in I feel like I still don’t know these girls too well, but they’ve established their sets of quirks which haven’t grown old yet. There’s Anya unwittingly insulting commoners while trying to compliment Jacqueline’s hair, there’s Meme being casual about forgetting her birthday, there’s Tsugumi unilaterally dragging all her friends into a matchmaking mission. Not to mention Cana, whose personalized tarot cards haven’t failed to make me laugh. What do you know, in this CGDCT show, the things these cute girls are doing really are very cute.
Of course all of these plans backfire, and Jacqueline only gets close to Kim by finding out her big secret that she’s actually a witch, one who is ashamed of that fact and came to DWMA to escape from it. That explains her dream sequence cold open a couple episodes ago showing her being overtaken by a past version of herself. And it ties in nicely to the plot of DWMA fending off attacks from the “traitors,” which got expanded a bit this episode. Seems there’s a witch controlling things behind the scenes, brainwashing or controlling in some way regular everyday Joes to do her bidding. I have to imagine that if Kim doesn’t already have a relationship with that woman, she will soon.
I love how ridiculous this bedroom is, with Anya smacking the wooden doll over and over again after instinctively doing the same to Tsugumi, before the half-naked girl steps in. (click for stitch)
I do have to wonder if our three protagonists will ever really get the spot light. I feel they’ve been shying away from it in place of the supporting cast. I know their personality quirks, but who are they really? What drives them, what eats away at them, how did they get here, and what do they want? I feel like I know Anya the most out of the 3, and it’s still not much. While Meme remains an impenetrable, utterly thick, mystery. I don’t need their life stories, but at some point I’m starting to ask, Why are they our designated protagonists instead of someone like, say, Kim? Or maybe I just love Chiwa Saito too much. You know what, let’s just bring in
Chiagi Omigawa Maka as the main character, and I’ll be happy.
More great official-looking forms at DWMA. I love the blood type “estimated from her personality.”
So Death City has its own currency that looks awfully similar to US currency. I wonder what the US treasury thinks about this.