Soul Eater is pretty good when it doesn’t suck

Surely the Soul Eater manga couldn’t have the same shitty sense of humor as the anime. Surely the very first chapter I attempted to read wouldn’t have that stupid toilet bowl joke.

That was three years ago. Only recently had the emotional and psychological scars healed. I was ready to give Soul Eater another chance, if only for the prospect of more Medustein.

You know why that’s a screenshot from the anime? Because there is ZERO Medustein in the manga after it diverges from the anime. Is it too much to ask for just one more of Stein’s steamy hallucinations? Why is it so hard to find decent adult heterosexual foe yay these days?

Shitty jokes. No Medustein. At least the ending had to be better.

So it turns out Asura ran away to the moon. Some might think this is stupid. I think it’s awesome. Back when Naraku ran away in Inu Yasha, I guessed that he went to the moon. He’d better have gone to the moon if it took that much filler to find him. Instead he went mountain training. Not the worst idea in the world, but in the world nonetheless.

Does the vastly improved ending (thus far) make the manga’s other shortcomings worth overlooking? Sort of. It’s important to note that although the Soul Eater has some of the shittiest jokes I’ve ever seen, it’s very easy to skim past them in manga form.

Finally, since I don’t feel like writing a separate post about this, let’s have a quick discussion about sealing. Just because it’s commonplace in Japanese folklore doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. Sealing your enemy is a great way to ensure he’ll come back at full strength when you’re too old or dead to do anything about it. While my slacker side admires sealing as a form of procrastination, and my scientist side admires sealing as a form of time travel, my pragmatist side insists on finishing enemies off the first time around.