"I finally found it...A place to pour this 800 damn years' worth of murderous rage into. I'd been waitin' for so damn long, changin' bodies over and over and over again...waitin'....And for a short-tempered guy like me, that's a friggin' long time to be waitin'...an eternity...but I could do the time 'cos Arachne was there. She was the only thing that got me through...and then you two brats destroyed that! Well, thanks, 'cos I couldn't have asked for a better target for my 800 years' worth of murderous rage!!."
Giriko (ギリコ, Giricco) was an Enchanter and Demon Weapon allied with the witch, Arachne Gorgon, and served as one of Arachnophobia's top members. After the demise of Arachnophobia, he later allies with Noah (Greed) and becomes part of Noah's Group. He is later killed by the efforts of Maka Albarn and Soul Eater. He is known as a "Deadly Demon Weapon (魔凶器, Makyōki)".
After Arachne's "demise", he waited for her in Loew Village, where she had placed her soul into the Oldest Golem. Giriko became an Enchanter, using such skills to maintain the Oldest Golem to survive for 800 years. But for himself to live 800 years, Giriko used his skills as an Enchanter to implant his memories into his descendants, operating those children like he would any golem.
Giriko first appeared to representatives of the DWMA as a polite person, introducing himself as a Loew Village Enchanter under the false name of Saw (or Sou), but during this encounter with Maka Albarn and Crona, he quickly showed his true colors. Giriko is far from refined and is highly uncooperative with most people. He is extremely rude, not caring whom he offends; therefore, he is quick to start arguments that turn into fights, out of his desire to prove himself the better. Although he admires the powerful witch Arachne, which may explain his desire to prove himself, he is not above losing patience with her before he can restrain himself, and he will even mock Arachne's other recruits into Arachnophobia such as Mosquito, his frequent opponent in arguments and fights despite being his own ally.
Because Giriko had to feign kindness for 800 years, he has built up so much bloodlust that, upon the Kishin's revival, he assumes he can catch up on all his gluttonous, lustful, and violent activities from which he has abstained from doing for so long. Therefore, Giriko lives for such reckless behavior, regularly giving into his destructive urges.
Aside from his devotion for Arachne, Giriko shows little concern for other people, not even his own children. By using his enchanter powers, Giriko has managed to encode his memories and soul into his descendants, overwhelming them with his own soul. Therefore, in the 800 years he has waited for Arachne's revival, he has lived more than 30 lives. He actually possessed at least 31 such bodies, upon assuming the body of one of his female descedants.
Giriko has also shown a particular fondness for most kinds of alcohol, rarely seen without a bottle in one of his hands. His heavy drinking has been detrimental to his effectiveness as a fighter, such as when Liz and Patty Thompson drugged his drink, preventing him from fighting against the DWMA's siege on Baba Yaga Castle, which led to the death of his beloved Arachne. Overall, Giriko gives into his vices for alcohol, flirting, killing, sex, and partying, all of which makes him a violent, unethical person, willing to kill his opponent—unless he is attracted to them, in which case he threatens to rape them before killing them.
Main article: Giriko/Relationships
While an effective fighter, capable strategist, and talented Enchanter, Giriko can be blunt and direct with his allies and enemies, inadvertently insulting people he respects such as Arachne, or making comments and arguments easily mocked by more savvy opponents such as Justin Law. As he is so direct, however, Giriko can pick up details about his opponents rather well, such as identifying Justin Law's fall under the Kishin's sway or Maka Albarn's failure to see through the golem she constructed.
Capricious, Giriko follows the path of easiest resistance and most enjoyment: while he may be able to kill someone quickly, he enjoys toying with his opponents, and if he can get someone else to do the work for him, he will, whether seizing the body of one of his descendants to fight his opponents or escaping from a losing battle. He is prone to mood swings that make it difficult for him to form long-lasting bonds with others, as he quickly leaves the defeated Arachnophobia for Noah's gang on just the invitation of Justin. He is also easily distracted by strangers, as when an offer for drinks and conversation with Liz and Patty Thompson made it easy for the siblings to put a drug in his drink to knock him out.
Giriko has a bland tan skin tone and has a varied types of piercings, along with a metal necklace. His eyes and hair color are that of a calm brown. His hair spikes, in several places, like a series of blades. Like Soul, he has sharp teeth.
Giriko, typically, wears blue-green jeans, a white sleeveless collar shirt, black boots, and Brown enchanter's gloves that extends halfway between his elbows and his shoulder with the cuff folded over. As of joining Arachnophobia, the only recognizable difference in his wardrobe is the addition of a fur-trimmed jacket.
During the Salvage Arc, Giriko's body had been falling apart, requiring him to form a new body from one of his descendents. Rather than waste the now consciousless body, however, Giriko re-fashioned his previous body into a golem that he used as a lure against Maka Albarn. Maka, distracted by experiences in the Envy and Sloth Chapters in the Book of Eibon, may not have noticed that she was fighting a soulless golem, which she destroyed with Demon-Hunt. Giriko then appeared behind Maka, revealing that he had prepared a new body for himself, now occupying a woman's body. Giriko had imprinted his genes onto this child, then used Brew to mature it to an adult appearance for more capable combat. As a woman, Giriko appears similar to his male form, physically and sartorially. She retains sharp teeth in a sneer. She also wears attire similar to his male form: gear-adorned jeans and belt, a sleeveless buttoned shirt, and Enchanter Gloves. Aside from some anatomical and gendered differences in physical form, Giriko's female form differs regarding hair, which now not only resemble chainsaws but can transform into Saw Hair.
His soul has a sharp chain wrapped around it and numerous other instances of mechanisms, due primarily to his chainsaw weapon form.
Powers And Abilities
Deadly Demon Weapon (魔凶器, Makyōki):As a Demon Weapon himself, Giriko has the ability to transform into a weapon, in which he assumes the form of a very large chainsaw. According to his own statements, he claims he doesn't need a Meister to wield him (most likely due to his large size) and can instead have a Golem use him in his weapon form.
- Buzzsaw Form: Giriko also has the ability to switch the form of his chainsaw weapon, turning it into a buzzsaw in which the "saws" are actually energy in place of saws.
Autonomous Combat Specialist: Giriko is one of the few true Autonomous weapons found within the series, which means that he relies even more upon the transformation of parts of his body into his respective weapon form in order to fight.
Giriko takes the form of a chain saw in his weapon form and as such, his attacks center around the use of the chain saw blade on various parts of his body. These techniques usually focus upon the involvement of his legs in the conduction of Saw Foot, which due to its gearing system to restrict the amount of force delivered, has become one of his most versatile abilities. So much so, that he can use it as a method of fast transport, through manipulating the saw blades as a pair of motor powered roller blades. He can also use the chain that these blades are attached to, for defensive measures due to its construction of reinforced metal.
Giriko is able to fight on a comparable level with a Death Scythe such as Justin Law, outclass Soul Eater by a wide Margin, and gain the upper-hand in his battle with Maka Albarn in the Sloth Chapter.
Enchanting: Giriko is highly adept at manufacturing and using Golems. As the creator of the appropriately named Oldest Golem, it is likely Giriko was the first to to research, manufacture, and enchant golems. Not only can Giriko conceivably construct the most powerful versions of golems found in this world, he has also has demonstrated the capability to quickly adapt to various materials for production, including snow or even consciousless bodies. Giriko has even been able to construct in mere moments numerous golems that are accurate copies of himself, a method he uses to conceal his actions or to distract from his escape from the battlefield without being pursued by opponents.
In his last fight against Maka in the Salvage chapter, Giriko reveals he can create golems even out of human bodies, such as when he explained that the previous Giriko that Maka recently destroyed was really his old body that he had turned into a Golem because it was no longer sustainable, let alone strong enough for combat. This type of golem seems to be more advanced than the usual golems he and other Enchanters usually create, as the golem retained Giriko's personality, consciousness, and weapon abilities. The resemblance in physique, behavior, and personality is so convincing that even someone with advanced Soul Perception and fighting abilities such as Maka was fooled into thinking that she had successfully killed the real Giriko. Maka's inability to determine that she was fighting a Golem, however, may owe not only to Giriko's Enchanting skills but also that her skills were affected by self-doubt inspired by the Envy Chapter and potential dullness from the Sloth Chapter.
One reason why Giriko has lived 800 years is because of his unique ability to transfer his consciousness from one body to another, always one of his own children, whom he raises specifically to host his consciousness. How Giriko accomplishes this transference is not yet clear, although the transference may be related to his enchanting skills.
Enchanter Gloves: Being a master enchanter, Giriko is mostly seen wearing this glove and mixes soil and magic to create golemns or even clones of himself.
Due to the Bloodlust he has accumulated from over 800 years, Giriko's body cannot handle the wavelength. Because of this, he occasinally constructs new bodies for himself to use in case an instace where his body cannot take anymore. with the use of his enchanting. If he gets too angry, his soul will implode. This is how Maka was able to kill him.
After reports surface that the world's Oldest Golem has seemingly lost control and gone on a rampage, Maka, Soul and Crona are sent to investigate the situation in the town of Loew. When they arrive they question many of the villagers about the current issue but all are unwilling to provide information, that is until they meet an Enchanter by they name of Sou, who kindly offers to show them where the construct is located. As the group are led deep into the local forest by Sou, he begins discussing the history of the town and its people's fears, when suddenly a series of loud squeaks and crashes alerts them of the golem's approach. Sou mutters something about a women being impatient, before clearly stating "that the secret's out".
Sou begins to spout out a perplexing array of sentences, which gradually become more sinister and twisted, as his body disintegrates into an assortment of chains and mechanisms. He swiftly reforms into a chainsaw and is held by the golem, before revealing his true intent and name, Giriko. A battle ensues but the DWMA group quickly find themselves overwhelmed, facing the sheer raw power of the blood-lust built up over 800 years. Giriko's sanity begins to falter just as Maka manages to land a strike; however, it's at this point that Arachne emerges.
This provokes Giriko to return to his human form, where under orders from Arachne, he is about to easily dispatch Crona. If not for the intervention of Justin Law he would have succeeded; instead after some banter, the two weapons proceed to duel, with each exchanging powerful blows. During this, Maka is able to deduce that the two are equal in strength, resulting in there being no clear victor. After the brief skirmish, Giriko departs with Arachne. He is last seen arriving at Arachnophobia's main base, in a car that he had swiftly altered into a convertible, by unceremoniously cutting its roof off.
While Arachne discusses the current circumstances surrounding the Moral Manipulation Machine, Giriko abruptly interrupts her, questioning "will it be safe with just that geezer (Mosquito)?". He then explains that he's "itching for some violence" and so he'll head there too but Arachne proceeds to stop him, saying that she has obtained the 'employment' of a very strong bodyguard. After the reciting of numerous details about Mifune, Giriko is just glad they managed to gain his cooperation.
After the destruction of the Moral Manipulation Machine and Mosquito's return, Giriko insults him by calling his judgment on the situation of whether their soldiers are fit meaningless, as he himself isn't fit. A small confrontation ensues, where each trades offenses at the other, with Giriko focusing upon Mosquito's age. However; just as Giriko proposes that he take a commemorative photo after cutting Mosquito up into little bits, a messenger bursts in, bringing the battle to a sudden conclusion.
Giriko is in attendance during Medusa's visit to her sister Arachne but he does very little; that is until she turns to leave, where Medusa finds herself immediately surrounded by the imposing forms of Giriko, Mosquito and Mifune. A conflict appears inevitable, yet Arachne strangely allows her sister to leave without incident, provoking even Giriko to ask if it's really okay.
Giriko, along with many others, was sent on the mission to retrieve Brew. In this battle he was the leader of a force of Enchanters but he is quickly confronted by Justin and a huge avalanche, caused by his loud voice. Giriko manages to easily stop the tide of snow, however, it is at the expense of everyone around him. After an exhausting battle between the pair, Giriko is forced to retreat and escapes by creating duplicates of himself, made of snow.
Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle
When DWMA successfully manage to infiltrate Arachnophobia's base, by disguising themselves as members of the organization, Maka is mistakenly dragged into maid service. The room she is tasked with cleaning belongs to Giriko, who is currently drinking at the time she arrives. Once he notices that it's a girl hidden under the cloak, he demands that she take her mask off but luckily, both Liz and Patti interrupt before she is made to reveal her face. However, as Maka is about to leave she trips and her mask flies off, yet Giriko simply tells her "in 7...no, in 10 years, feel free to come back", completely not recognizing who she actually is.
Much later, a member of Arachnophobia is seen furiously banging on the outside of Giriko's door, as he sleeps soundly inside the room. It is then revealed that during his time with Liz and Patti, they had spiked one of his many drinks with a powerful sleeping drug, resulting in his present condition.
Tying Things Up, and New Beginnings
Only after the conclusion of the battle at Baba Yaga's Castle does Giriko wake from his slumber, only to find the castle both empty and destroyed, as he proceeds to stumble around. Suddenly, Justin appears again before Giriko, claiming that they had been searching for him to ask him to come along with them. After the events of the previous arc, Giriko accepts and joins Noah's newly formed group.
When Justin subsequently returns to Noah's concealed location, stating that the "Ultimate Fighter of DWMA" and the "Crusher" prevented him from achieving his intended aim of assassinating Maka, a small argument then ensues between himself and Giriko.
I'm gonna be an Angel
During Gopher's brutal interrogation and assault on Death the Kid, Giriko does and says nothing at all. However, it is only after Kid replies with a quip on how disorganized The Book of Eibon is kept, eliciting a further punch from Gopher and a subsequent reprimand by Noah, that Giriko comments on how the show makes a great side dish for his drink.
Black Feathers vs White Feathers
When Gopher returns from his failed assassination attempt on Maka, his anger leads him to violently beat Kid. While this occurs, Justin is observed simply standing outside but when the assault begins to pick up rhythm, he removes his earphones and serenely listens to the disturbing beat. It is at this point that Giriko appears, stating that Justin has nice tastes in what he listens to.
Giriko enters the Book of Eibon as per Noah's suggestion to fight Maka and Soul and to finally avenge Arachne's death.
He finds them in the "Sloth" chapter and kicks Soul to the side and then throws Maka on the bed with the intention to "make her scream right now". But when Maka doesn't show any emotion to this, Giriko screams in her face in anger and just plans to gut Maka when Soul kicks him off of her. Due to her experience in the "Envy" chapter, Maka barely puts up a fight at the beginning of the fight, until Soul decides to challenge Giriko one-on-one. Unfortunately, Giriko still manages to get the upper hand on Soul, since he doesn't have much experience fighting without a meister, and badly injures him by grabbing his arms and using his Saw Foot to cut away at his torso while manically laughing before he kicked the injured Death Scythe towards Maka. After Maka gets her confidence back after seeing Soul still attempting to fight Giriko,she and the Enchanter go at it again. Giriko manages to keep Maka on the defensive until Soul used his "Adagio of the Soul" to nullify Giriko's soul wavelength to the point where he ends up in a trance-like state long enough for Maka to use Demon Hunter to kill him until a female version of him surprises Maka and attacks her from behind. He then explains that what they had killed was really his old body that he had turned into a golem because it was no good and it was worn out caused he messed around with it to much. The new body he now has was developed from an embryo to its adult stage by Brew with all of his old memories intact. To his disappointment, Giriko doesn't like the fact that he's now a "A big-titted female", but he still continues fighting nonetheless.
Now a female, Giriko laughs at an injured Maka as she gets back up as he violently launches an assault on her, while shouting on about how to he going to take his time tormenting her and nonsense like looking at the "huge towering saw between his legs" before he remembers that he's a girl now. Soul attempts to use "Adagio of the Soul" once more, but Giriko's soul wavelength has become so powerful now that he's unleashing all of his stored-up anger. Soul's piano explodes and sends him flying across the Black Room. With a non-stop assault of multiple saws created from his pony-tails and a powered-up version of Saw Foot Third Gear: Tide of Atrocious Killing, Giriko severely injures Maka to the point where she can't even stand or even lift her arms as the Enchanter grabs her head as he tells Maka that he's tired of waiting and wants to kill her now. Soul partially transforms back to kick Giriko away, but Giriko shouts to him that this is a fight between girls and that he doesn't want to listen to the opinion of a prick like him. Just when Giriko decides that he going to kill Maka by strangling her and was about to, his own body begins to undergo soul rejection as Maka discovers that the cause of it is that Giriko's soul isn't able to hold 800 years of bloodlust anymore since a soul isn't able to hold that much in the first place, even if it's new. Giriko still tries to get close to Maka so he can kill her, but he is so blind with rage that he doesn't realize that Maka is trying to get his soul to explode by taunting him and telling him to go rest on the many chairs in the "Sloth" chapter. The moment Giriko shouts at Maka the sentence "You piss me off!!" was the final nail in the coffin as his soul explodes from the pressure, leaving the Enchanter's now-lifeless body slumped down with a disturbing smile on his face.
- When introduced, Giriko is introduced under the pseudonym Saw, also spelled Sou, apt for a chainsaw weapon.
- In the anime, Giriko uses his real name when he first meets Maka, Soul, and Crona, rather than an alias.
- The name 'Giriko' comes from the 'giriko' resin powder used in Kyūdō. However, it is more likely that Giriko's name comes from an anagram of the Japanese word for 'saw' (ノコギリ Nokogiri ギリコ Giriko).
- Part of Giriko's appearance appears to be partly based off of Apple Shinoda from Atsushi Ōkubo earlier series B. Ichi.
- Giriko's attire resembles that of a lumberjack.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 25
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 26
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 55
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 61
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 77
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Soul Eater Volume 7, Yen Press English translation: Chapter 25, Page 85
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 7, Yen Press English translation, Chapter 25: "You have no idea how fucking boring it is to live one life after another nearly thirty times in a row" (Page 85). "My soul's got 800 years' worth of murderous wavelength built up inside. [...] I had to keep a big o' grin on my face and pile on the flattery just to keep myself off DWMA's radar. I'm talkin' suckin' up and kissin' ass!!" (Page 91). "I wanna smash down every fuckin' thing in the world...!" (Page 94).
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 25, page 89
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 67
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 7 Yen Press English translation: Chapter 24, Page 70