Soul Eater Not! – 09-10

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Oh, the things one ends up doing for one’s roommates…

What a great couple of episodes these were, the first time that Soul Eater Not! has strung 2 of them in a row! I have my complaints about the pacing in episode 9, but it also featured a very strong first half that was filled with more fun than most full episodes of the show so far. Then the show followed up with episode 10 where shit started hitting the fan one after another. I could’ve used less meandering and pointless episodes to get here, but the pieces are finally starting to fall into place for what could be a fantastic finish to this show.

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I loved seeing the girls’ clothes actually changing for each of the pumpkin-watering shots.

So the 9th episode felt like just an excuse to push time along to Halloween, featuring a series of side stories loosely connected by the trio’s planting and growing of their pumpkins. Again, I don’t know why Shaula has to wait all through Summer until Halloween to make her 2nd move, but any frustration I may have felt at that was negated by the quality of the stories in the first half. First, we got to see Anya fighting Meme at her best, i.e. while sleeping. And this looked a lot like the fights early on in the show, i.e. good, and very unlike that one fight between Maka and Eternal Feather a couple episodes back. Plus, it culminated in Tsugumi awkwardly putting clothes back on a stripping Meme and then all 3 of them sleeping together in the same bed. Hawt Adorable.

Then we got a taste of Meme’s memory-loss misadventures, in a story that unfolded via flashbacks as she worked to piece together what she had done the prior day based on such left behind evidence as a shaved-off eyebrow and a sloth left on Eternal Feather’s head. Larger story about the cause of her amnesia aside, this segment was brilliant and should have lasted the entire episode, either by having more events for Meme to uncover, or by having her uncover them more slowly – I thought the boy-with-sloth discovery felt a bit rushed.

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I love the fact that “I dumped the sloth on Eternal Feather who happened to be passing by” is a perfectly reasonable and complete explanation in Meme’s mind.

So many parts of this segment had me busting out in laughter anyway. I love the author’s vision of Las Vegas, basically a rustic town with a dark, shady looking casino that lets in middle schoolers to gamble. Also, a single win on a slot machine is enough to clean out the casino, or at least gets close to it. Must get info about the US from the same source that taught Tsukushi Tsutsukakushi that incestuous underage gay marriage was legal in Massachusetts. I sure hope that kid who has issues with how “healthy” Meme is comes back. I don’t know what his deal is with the sloth, and he was kind of a jerk to Meme, but his words clearly touched her, and I want to see her come back to show off to him once she achieves her fitness goals (of course, since Meme is a cute anime girl with cute flaws of cuteness, she’ll likely never be happy with her body fitness level, because girls insecure about their body image are cute).

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Soul Eater Fat!

The rest of the episode didn’t really need to happen. We didn’t need yet another demonstration of just how extraordinary Anya and Meme are compared to normal people. Thankfully, the 2nd half was fairly short, and episode 10 started to bring the story pieces together for an exciting start to the show’s finish.

I was skeptical at first when the show decided to kill off Tsugumi’s dog just to give her an excuse to get angry at Meme for her forgetfulness. Come on, I don’t even remember seeing the dog before, including in the 1st episode before Tsugumi came to DWMA. There should have been some sort of setup showing Tsugumi’s attachment to her dog. But then the show followed the thread of Meme’s memory issues all the way to the end where it collided with the main villain, Shaula.

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Meme’s sleep sneaking skills put Solid Snake’s to shame!

I love this twist of events. For the entire show, Meme was made fun of for her forgetfulness. It was funny, an endearing attribute that made her more moe. Then in episode 9 we saw that her memory problem was pathological, with severe and immediate real world consequences in her life. And in the latest episode, we found out that Meme was actually a sleeper agent of sorts the entire time, having been brainwashed before the show’s beginning and suffering memory loss due to it. What an exciting and unexpected turn of events!

And the hits just kept on coming. More solid fight scenes in the 2nd half of the episode as Sid, Akane, and Clay took over against Shaula who used both Meme and Tsugumi against them. A reveal of Anya’s identity and Akane and Clay’s position as her bodyguards. Sid appearing to get killed by Shaula (if I recall correctly, Sid dies during a major arc in the main Soul Eater which results in him becoming a zombie, so I think he’s safe for now). Things that actually matter are happening, and I’m excited to find out how everything plays out. As long as the action remains high quality and we don’t get any more of the crap we saw in episode 7, this show is set up to finish high.

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Great gratuitous spinning by Meme before elbowing Anya in the stomach. When it tries, this Cute Girls Doing Cute Things show has fighting than most action shows.



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11 Responses to “Soul Eater Not! – 09-10”

  1. skylion says:

    I still very much love this show. It’s wonky and weird and fun…just like the original. But they have put their own stamp on it; pacing issues and some derpy animation aside. These three girls are fun to watch under any circumstance.

    I love how the environment tests their qualities on a daily basis. The chief one is how they get one Weapon to choose between one Wielder. That will test that friendship, and I hope the sculpt a memorable story from it.

    Yeah, I agree that they should have done that with Meme, it felt clumsy there for a bit. I wonder how far they wanted to stretch the absurd?

  2. Wanderer says:

    Come on, I don’t even remember seeing the dog before, including in the 1st episode before Tsugumi came to DWMA.

    He was there. In fact he was a major player in that scene. He’s the entire reason Tsugumi found out she was a Weapon in the first place.

    Sid appearing to get killed by Shaula (if I recall correctly, Sid dies during a major arc in the main Soul Eater which results in him becoming a zombie, so I think he’s safe for now).

    Sid was killed prior to the story beginning. Ostensibly by being stabbed by a statue of liberty, through the forehead. Of course it was played for comedy at the time, rather than a serious event, but if you look at this episode, that’s exactly how he died.

    ANYway. Looking forward to next episode. Come on Tsugumi, Anya… Show us your soul resonance, kick that witch’s butt, and take Meme back!

  3. Di Gi Kazune says:

    Over the weekend as I was digging in the archives, I saw a show that reminded me of this one.

    Nurse Witch Komugi-chan MagiKarte.

  4. BlackBriar says:

    Not that the pacing has been bad so far and I’m glad things have gotten serious but I believe it would’ve been better had the Shaula incident in episode 10 started earlier. What episode 9 brought in I don’t think was necessary. Having the real danger begin this late, I can’t shake the feeling everything will be rushed to conserve the time frame.

    Nice troll using Meme’s bizarre sleepwalking as a cover for her being under Shaula’s influence. The whole affair at first had me thinking it was all her from some inexplicable disorder. I guess Shaula fancies herself something close to Freddy Krueger. Writing “No one shall sleep” in human blood is very cryptic.

  5. Overcooled says:

    Love the twist with Meme’s memory loss actually becoming an important plot point instead of just part of her charm. I’m really rooting for Tsugumi to choose Anya so I’m glad Meme is out of the picture as a villain now. Now they have more time to bond! Yes!

    I think I have memory issues too because I don’t remember Tsugumi ever having a dog. -_- They didn’t even bother to give it a good name.

    • Wanderer says:

      How can you people not remember Tsugumi’s dog? Tripping over her dog was how she found out she was a Weapon! Every time she’s talked about home she’s mentioned him, too.

    • Highway says:

      I’ve wanted Tsugumi to choose Anya from the beginning. I think the series will end without her choosing, tho, either because it’s put off, or because her indecision will be a major point ‘saving’ Meme.

      • skylion says:

        So Meme will be reminded that she has a strong connection to Tsugumi and that will defeat the mind control? If they pull that off, it would be quite awesome. Better than hitting Indy with a torch.

    • lvlln says:

      I haven’t really given thought to who I’d want paired up with Tsugumi. I don’t think Meme will stay a villain, but it certainly seems as if Anya has a clear path to victory in the shipping war now. Just hope the show doesn’t end with a cop out. It promised a decision at Halloween, so deliver on it.

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