Soul Eater, vol. 13

9780316230575_manga-Soul-Eater-Graphic-Novel-13.jpgThis is the last volume contained in the lot I bought back in January, so I’ll be taking a break from this series after this book. I’ll pick it back up in April.

And of course, the volume I stop on ends on a cliffhanger.

Kind of like volume 5, it feels like we’re about to reach a new peak.

I neglected to mention in my previous reviews that Black Star took a sabbatical from the action, opting to join Tsubaki in visiting her family. He seeks to gain strength, so he consults the “Will of Nakatsukasa” to gain their insight.

I enjoyed that portion of the story, just because the focus hasn’t been on Black Star for a few volumes. He’s always been so headstrong as a comic relief character, but it’s cool to see him shoot the moon in a more straight-laced way. We see him endure this pent-up aggression throughout the past few volumes, but when confronted by the Will, he decides to channel his energy into something more constructive so as to move away from Masamune’s path. It’s cool to see him grow like this. He’s taking this lesson to task in his current fight with Mifune.. the characters hint that this could be the last fight between them, so I’m excited to see how it ends.

Maka’s dilemma is whether to trust Medusa. She doesn’t get the purpose of Medusa leading the investigation. Medusa tells her that Crona’s going to be offered as a sacrifice, and Medusa is attempting to stop that. Soul tells her Medusa could be lying, but the truth hasn’t been revealed here.

Kid and Free get to take on some of Arachne’s henchmen, culminating in the first real encounter with Eibon. This is where the volume ends – Free and Kid get smacked around, and then it ends.

I opted not to talk about the Kim and Ox portions of the book here. I didn’t dislike them, but it’s hard for me to get invested in those characters. I haven’t been around them for too long, so it feels like a detour to spend time with them. It’s kind of like if you move in with people you barely know and then something tragic happens: you certainly feel bad, but because there’s no shared history, you’re at a loss for words.

In all, I enjoyed this volume. It seems to be dealing more with subtle tension rather than rote action, but it’s still building to what I hope is an amazing climax. I can’t wait to see what comes next, and the fact that I have to wait over a month to see for myself is going to be tough.

Soul Eater is written and drawn by Ohkubo Atsushi and was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan from 2004-2013. It was later collected in 25 volumes. It has been licensed in North America by Yen Press, who released all 25 volumes between 2009 and 2015. Check out Yen Press’ page on the manga here.

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