Legend of the Holy Sword
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Legend of the Holy Sword is a bonus chapter of the manga Soul Eater. It was reprinted in tankōbon form in Volume 9. It was adapted Episode 32, "Legend of the Holy Sword 3 – The Academy Gang Leader's Tale? in the Soul Eater anime.
At the library, a meister student named Hero is enamored by an account about the Holy Sword, Excalibur. Realizing that such a weapon would allow him to fulfill his namesake, as well as rise above the abuse he receives from his classmates, Hero determines to make Excalibur his partner. Too bad for Hero that, upon his departure from the library, he is coerced into acting as Black☆Star's sparring partner (or punching bag) and the errand boy for Kim Diehl and Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré, earning him criticism from Maka Albarn and Soul Eater.
The next day, Black Star and Tsubaki Nakatsukasa arrive at the DWMA, witnessing numerous students beaten by none other than Hero. Black☆Star then makes the unfortunate discovery that Excalibur has arrived at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, who begins a lengthy account of the “bright summer day” (or was it “a chilly day in autumn” or “a wintry day”?) when he was a “ruffian” (but still with “a sense of refined elegance”). While Excalibur’s usual obnoxious behavior upsets Black Star and the rest of the student body, Hero has no difficulty contending with the annoying weapon and fulfilling Excalibur’s 1000 Provisions.
When Hero informs his new weapon that Black☆Star was one of the classmates who has bullied him, Excalibur challenges the ninja to a fight. Kilik Rung and Death the Kid emerge from the crowd to ally with Black Star, Kilik wishing to see how legendary the Holy Sword really is and Kid refusing to deal with Excalibur’s annoyance any longer.
Excalibur transforms into his Holy Sword form, briefly surprising Kid with such power yet failing to impress Black Star. As Hero monologues about the names that will be given to him--"The Courageous One" and "Hero the Brave"—he enacts the technique Wings of Light to sail over his opponents. Even as Kilik uses Pot of Fire to perform the Triple F (Flame Flit Fist) and Kid uses the Thompson pistols to perform the Sanzu River Shot, Hero not only dodges their attacks but counters with his finishing move, Hero the Atomic, concluding the battle.
In subsequent days, Hero and Excalibur become the bosses of the DWMA. Hero also breaks into the girls’ locker room to spy on female students undressing, and he blows wind up the skirts of Kim and Jacqueline before groping Kim. Kim, Jacqueline, and other students complain to Sid Barrett, who refuses to intervene: Sid explains that if the students are displeased with Hero’s behavior, then they must become stronger to properly challenge Hero in a fight.
At the conclusion of one day of classes at the DWMA, Hero walks home with Excalibur, still patiently accepting each of the Holy Sword’s provisions. However, Excalibur begins sneezing, causing Hero to pause with some concern.
The next day, normality has returned to the DWMA: students again are shouting at Hero, Kim kicking him to motivate him to finish errands for his classmates. Hero, teary-eyed, acquiesces to demands. Black Star approaches Hero to ask where Excalibur is, but seeing the look of annoyance on Hero’s face, Black☆Star supposes that Hero could not continue fulfilling the 1000 Provisions, but Hero says he did not mind the rules: what he could not abide was how Excalibur sneezed without end. Surprised that something so trivial could bother Hiro despite having satisfied all 1000 rules, Black☆Star asks what Hero did with Excalibur, learning that Hiro returned the Holy Sword to the Eternal Cavern.
Meanwhile, numerous fairies cry and fly away from the returned Excalibur. Excalibur ends the chapter informing readers that his top hat is from England.
Manga and Anime Differences
- The anime includes additional scenes that feature Ox Ford's fury over Hero claiming Excalibur as his weapon, because Ox had been unable to contend with the Holy Sword's obnoxious behavior and because of Ox's anger over Hero's treatment of Kim.
- The anime also includes more of Sid Barrett, who converses with Lord Death (from the DWMA restroom) about how much power Hero wields.
- Whereas the manga features only a one-panel cameo from Soul and Maka, the duo appear more frequently in the anime adaptation. Soul and Maka observe Hero's command over the DWMA, including flipping the skirts of Kim and Jacqueline, and the increasingly bizarre rules that Excalibur imposes onto his prospective meister (which awakens Soul from his bedroom). Soul and Maka also observe Ox's increasing frustration with Hero.
- The anime features additional scenes demonstrating what life is like for the fairies when Excalibur is not at the Eternal Cavern.
- This chapter's title alludes to the Mana game series Seiken Densetsu (Legend of the Holy Sword), another production of Soul Eater producer SquareEnix.
- Excalibur's ability to annoy is so awful that he makes Excalibur faces appear in the sky above the crowd of students observing his obnoxiousness.
- Excalibur's poem is a tanka, a traditional Japanese short poetic form similar to a haiku, with a syllabic meter of 5-7-5-7-7. This poem, in Japanese culture, would emphasize how Excalibur is a blowhard.
- The Yen Press translation spells the main character's name as "Hero." However, Funimation also spells the character's name as "Hiro."
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 13: Yen Press English translation, Page 191
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 9: Yen Press English translation, Page 200