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Overview

"You were the first to treat me like a person. I don't care about the rest of the world. To be honest, I don't even understand what "crime" I must answer for. I just want to fight for your sake, Maka."

— Crona to Maka in "The Dark Side of the Moon IX".


Crona
Crona Crona as they appears in Soul Eater.
Name
Name Crona
Alias(es) Demon Sword Master
Romaji
Katakana
Alternate Name(s) Chrona
Personal Data
Sex Unknown
Age
Race/Species Hybrid[1][2][3]
Type of Soul
Theme
Classification Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Meister2 Meister
Status Unknown
AliveAnime
Professional Data
Occupation(s) Trial StudentFormerly
StudentAnime
Affiliation(s) Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Shinigami2 DWMAAnime
Nationality
Ethnicity
Place of Origin
Residence
Team/Group Medusa's ArmyFormerly
Weapon Partner(s) Ragnarok
Meister Partner(s)
Clan
Family
Relation(s) Medusa Gorgon (Mother)
Arachne Gorgon (Aunt)
Shaula Gorgon (Aunt)
Real World Data
Voice Actors/Seiyu Maaya Sakamoto (Japanese)
Maxey Whitehead (English)
Manga Debut(s) Chapter 4
Anime Debut(s) Episode 7
Game Debut(s)

Crona (クロナ, Kurona; lit. short for "Kuronamaku", or "Black Sea Cucumber") is the the child of the Medusa Gorgon who aims to turn them into the next generation Kishin.[4] They are also the meister of the Demon Sword, Ragnarok.[4] Known by the title "The Demon Sword Master" (Makenshi)[4] , Crona is one of the reoccurring antagonists of the Soul Eater serees.

Background

Not much is known about Crona's past. Having the Black Blood implanted into their body as a young child that included the melted Demon Sword Ragnarok[5], Crona was then forced to learn to kill and collect souls under the instruction of the child's mother, Medusa Gorgon, and suffered abused from both the likes of their mother and weapon partner.[6]

Personality

Crona is a very naive and submissive person who is constantly pestered by Ragnarok in the form of noogies and threats to eat Crona's share of food. Crona does not like to fight (often unable to overcome any obstacles presented) but Medusa regularly introduces a spell into Crona's mind which increases aggression. Ragnarok also bullies them into fighting at times under the form of threats and physical abuse. While under Medusa's control, Crona becomes dangerously unstable, showing signs of insanity and aggression, spouting senseless comments and laughing at random moments. Crona is incredibly nervous and jumpy, and the slightest thing can make them frightened. Crona is also incredibly emotional and sensitive. After Crona becomes friends with Maka in the anime, however, Crona begins to become more sure, but still has difficulty making decisions. Crona, however, begins to distinguish the difference between good and evil.

Crona is extremely negative, enough so that a poem Crona wrote was so abundantly depressing it made Black Star, Maka, Marie, Soul, and Sid sulk in a corner and wish they were never born (though in Sid's case, he wishes he was never revived) after reading it, with Crona shortly following suite. Crona seems to want to adapt to interacting with people, but it seems hard for them to do, most likely because of Medusa's abusive treatment. However, Crona does show signs of slowly opening up to the people around them, and becomes touched with how the others care about them, up to the point they think they do not deserve that much attention. Crona seems more relaxed around Maka. Unless Maka comes and fetches them, Crona normally stays in a corner of any room, and will cower in it if frightened, calling the corner 'Mr. Corner'. Crona mostly interacts with others only when Maka is present, since Maka can easily tune in to Crona's Soul Wavelength to be understanding and calming when needed. Crona also expresses unusual determination when it comes to helping or protecting Maka. Due to Crona's lack of interaction with others (other than eating other's souls), Crona has nearly no experience in interacting with other people, hence Crona's catchphrase, "I don't know how to deal with [???]..." Crona cannot adapt to new situations and can panic easily, and finds it difficult to make decisions.

Despite the fact that Crona was beginning to adapt to their new life, Crona was coerced back into working for Medusa and ran away from Shibusen after acting as a spy for Medusa. After returning to Medusa, Crona's personality reverts back to the original dark, insane state. Crona also seems to suffer from amnesia, not remembering Maka or their other friends. However; Crona show signs of inner conflict as they recounted their life.

In the Anime, Crona becomes more determined and courageous when they decide to go and defeat Medusa and rescue Stein alongside Marie and Maka. Although still nervous and unsettled by Medusa, Crona stands up to her and even risks their own life for Maka. In the anime, Crona also seems to have a good sense of direction, being able to navigate both themself and Marie through The DWMA and Medusa's lair.

Relationships

Main Article: Crona/Relationships

Appearance

Crona has an androgynous appearance, with a thin body, monotone expression, pink hair, black eyes, and tall stature. Crona's hair is quite short, with several long, large clumps sticking out in several places. The bangs are straight-cut and end above the eyebrows, but do not stay very uniform. Two long pieces of hair extend from the bangs and hang low over Crona's face.

Crona's Soul Wavelength

Crona's Soul Wavelength

Most of the time, Crona wears a long black old-style robe that is tight-fitting and ends at the mid-calf level on their legs. The robe is completed with large white cuff-links at the ends of each sleeve and a tall white button-up collar at the neck. Black slipper-like shoes with a tall white cuff protruding out of the top are also worn. For formal occasions, Crona wears a white suit: the suit is very plain, with long un-detailed pants and a coat with long sleeves and a collar. The coat appears to fasten at the front and back.

As a child, Crona wore a black knee-high dress. The dress has a rugged cut-out at the bottom, laced with several white diamonds. Like the present-day clothing, the childhood design also has a white collar and cuffs. The shoes stay relatively the same, as well. Crona's hair is shorter and simpler in this stage, but overall the same design. Also, Crona possessed large pupuls

After being "re-shaped" by Medusa and fused completely with the Black Clown, Crona's clothes have been covered by several steel/cloth plates on the shoulders coming from the neck and more plates around the waist, though it now manifests without the aid of the other two arms, becoming part of some kind of permanent attire.

When not fused with the Black Clown, Crona still wears a black dress, but without the white cuffs and collar. The dress is now covered by thick folds of fabric covering the feet (slightly similar to Arachne's dress).

Also, as Crona edges closer to utter insanity, their features become noticeably sharper, with a thin and long body, long and bony fingers, and sharper, colder eyes.

Soul

Because Crona shares a body with other entities, the meister's soul appears differently from many other characters. As Maka Albarn and Death the Kid have seen, Crona's soul seems to be mixed together with that of Ragnarok, seeming like that of both a meister and a weapon. These two meisters and Black Star have also seen or felt how powerful Crona's soul is: large, and so strong as to push the air back around them. In the anime, Crona's soul is purple, like that of many witches, although there is no confirmation that Crona is indeed a witch.

Soul Eater Chapter 68 - Crona's fused soul

Later, when Crona is able to perform Madness Fusion with the Black Clown, Crona's soul assumes a different appearance, resembling a mixture of the souls of Crona, Ragnarok, and the Black Clown itself. The soul seems to have Black Blood drippping along it, arrows crossing the soul and bursting out form it, and jagged, wing-shaped energy exploding from the soul. The soul seems to resemble a mix of the faces of Ragnarok and the Black Blood, with an X-shaped mark similar to the one on Ragnarok's face, orbs looking similar to Ragnarok's mouth, large teeth-shaped marking resembling an open mouth like that of Ragnarok and the Black Clown, and an appendage extending from the top of the soul that resembles the Black Clown's head.

Sex

Crona is presented throughout the series as having an ambiguous sex, and although hints are given to identify the sex in both the anime and manga, nothing has confirmed Crona's actual sex.

Trivia

  • The katakana for Crona's name is actually the last 3 katakana for Ragnarok's name in reverse.
  • Crona's appearance and many of their abilities are likely based on the character "Emine" in Atsushi's earlier series B. Ichi.
  • In the English dub of the anime, male pronouns are used to refer to Crona, but this does not mean Crona is male. Funimation admitted that they had to settle with this rule because they felt that "it"  would have been insulting to Crona as a character.[7] The same rule applies to the Yen Press translation of the manga.
  • Contrary to popular belief, The idea in which "Crona is a male in the anime but female in the manga." is false. Both official translations from Funimation and Yen Press use male pronouns and noted to not be the sex of the character.
  • Atsushi Okubo stated himself that Crona's sex is unknown.[8]
  • Crona's English voice actor, Maxey Whitehead, has stated that her favorite role thus far in her career is Crona.[9]

References

  1. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 4 — Crona is credited as simply a meister, a human quality until told otherwise in Soul Eater.
  2. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 21 — Shows Crona's Soul as a human like most souls.
  3. Soul Eater Episode 21 — However, the anime shows a purple hue. While that doesn't automatically say Crona is a witch and he's identified as a meister and Crona doesn't perform magic, Crona may have witch-like qualities from Medusa.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 4
  5. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 24
  6. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 18
  7. Soul Eater DVD Commentary (Episode 7)
  8. Ohkubo's Tweet
  9. Behind the Voice Actors

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