In this penultimate volume of Soul Eater, things are moving towards the finale. It is in this volume where the ultimate battle against the big bad takes place, after an unlikely alliance was formed in the previous volume.
There are five chapters in volume twenty-four, starting with chapter one hundred and three and finishing up with chapter one hundred and seven.
DWMA braces for the final showdown as the Kishin awakens from his slumber at the heart of the moon. Unable to contain his rage, Noah is the first to attack, the Book of Eibon and “BREW” fuelling his assault. Despite his formidable efforts, though, Noah is overcome by not by the Kishin, but by the sudden appearance of Crona. With the world hanging in the balance, DWMA can only wonder who will prove to be the greater foe – the Kishin…or Crona…
With the blurb out of the way, let’s dive straight into chapter 103, ‘War on the Moon II (Part 3)’.
The Kishin awakens, and it doesn’t take too long for him to approach Sid, Akane, Clay, Noah and Gopher inside the moon. After a brief bout of madness, they recover and Noah goes on the offensive against Asura. It appears that Noah is able to catch Asura, but then Crona appears…
Chapter 104 is called ‘The Dark Side of the Moon I’, because you might as well have a Pink Floyd reference when you take into account of where the final battle is taking place.
Asura and Noah are both absorbed by Crona, though the latter is quite literally spit back out. Crona steps out of the moon’s interior and unleashes a scream that crushes those with weaker soul wavelengths. Kid asks for Free to teleport those people away from the moon – he complies, though he says he doesn’t have much control over his magic.
Only Maka, Soul, Black☆Star, Tsubaki and Spirit end up staying on the moon – everyone else is teleported. Kid had planned on staying, so naturally he isn’t happy about that turn of events. He immediately starts heading back.
Maka, Soul, Black☆Star and Tsubaki prepare to face Crona in battle.
‘The Dark Side of the Moon II’ is the title of chapter 105. The fight against Crona starts, and it’s a pretty great battle. The co-operation between Maka and Black☆Star is great, and of course Crona pulls out plenty of great moves too.
Those who are stuck on Earth see the moon loose a tooth, but other than that, they have no idea how the battle is unfolding.
Crona is able to make it so Maka and Black☆Star can no longer wield their weapons – not a problem for Black☆Star, but Maka’s a different story. Oh, and Spirit is still present as well.
Chapter 106 is ‘The Dark Side of the Moon III’, in which Black☆Star tries to fight in order to retrieve their weapon partners. Crona also targets Maka, which results in Black☆Star having to protect her.
Spirit arrives, and Maka is able to wield her father as a scythe – Crona’s interference has no effect on the bond of a family. Crona doesn’t react too well to hearing about the bonds of a family, and by the end of the chapter Asura resurfaces.
‘The Dark Side of the Moon IV’ is the title of chapter 107, in which Crona is absorbed by the Kishin. Kid arrives mere moments are the Kishin returns to the battle. Spirit steps back as the resonance of his and Maka’s soul won’t be enough to damage the Kishin – fortunately, the meisters are able to wield their usual weapon partners again,
Maka, Black☆Star and Kid work together to fight against Asura, with even the proud Black☆Star realising that he can’t defeat the Kishin on his own. During the battle, Kid starts to awaken his true power. This will have a consequence.
After the translation notes and preview of the next volume, there is also an excerpt of a short story published in volume 3 of Soul Eater Not!.
Another great volume of Soul Eater, and I like the way it focuses on just the main characters for the final battle – whilst the army of DWMA forces taking on the Clowns was enjoyable, having fewer characters means giving them greater focus. We can see how much Maka, Soul, Black☆Star, Tsubaki, Kid, Liz and Patty have grown from their debut appearances, both in terms of combat techniques and characterisation.
A great moment comes from Maka wielding Spirit in battle – though Spirit has proven himself to not exactly be the best when it comes to being a father, the father-daughter bond remains intact and it is what allows Maka to continue fighting Crona.
I also really enjoy seeing the hallucinations of madness the characters have when they go up against Asura – there’s definitely an Eternal Darkness vibe there.
Next time I will be looking at the 25th and final volume of Soul Eater, which naturally features the end of the battle between the DWMA and the Kishin. I’ll also be sharing my thoughts on the series as a whole.