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Justin Law (ジャスティン=ロウ, Jasutin Rō), known by the moniker "Executioner (死刑, Shikei)", was the 17-year-old[3] Death Scythe, previously in charge of the DWMA Western Europe Branch.[4] Subcumbing to Madness and becoming an agent of the Kishin Asura, he defects and formerly affiliated himself with Noah's Group but later defects to the Clown Army.[5]

PersonalityEdit

Episode 25 - Justin and Sprit praise Death

Justin (and Spirit) giving praise to Death himself.

Prior to his descent into Madness, Justin portrayed himself in a polite and zealous manner. His worship and faith in Death was reflected in his mannerisms, speaking expressively to his allies.[4] Loyal to the DWMA, he often follow Death's orders to the letter and valued the lives of students within the academy and was willing to kill those that threaten either those two things. When faced enemies like Giriko, he had a notion of subtly mocking and chastising them.[6] Furthermore, he displays serious mannerisms when the situations called for it, coldly informing an unknowing Giriko of the death of Arachne and the fall of Arachnophobia and express his simple nature. This personality remained throughout the anime.[7]

However, his struggle to understand his dilemma involving his tendency into solitary and inability to place enough trust to make friends with others while counting only on a god caused him internal issues. Because of this and his poor understanding of Order and what "lies beyond it" that it "crushed" him caused him to descend into Madness according to Franken Stein.[8][9] After his descent into Madness courtesy of the Clown, his personality became much more darker and despicable. His willingness to kill now extended to his former allies under the allegiance of Asura with little to no remorse and adopted a misogynistic view on women.[10]

Justin possess a few quirks, having a tendency to not remove his headphones at appropriate situations[4] as well as speaking loudly while having his headphones on.[6]

AppearanceEdit

Justin appears as a slim, young man with short, loosely styled blonde hair, light-blue eyes. In his initial appearance, his attire consists of a white shawl that encompasses all around the upper part of his body from his neck to elbow length, a deacon's cross with Death's mask on it over the shawl and has visible headphones (also with Death's mask on them) that emerge from the shawl and into his ears. Under the shawl is a black, ecclesiastical robe. The sleeves of the robe have white crosses on them which expand when Justin partially transforms and his guillotine blade emerges from the cross. The front of the robe also has a portion made of grey fabric that almost makes the robe look like a double-breasted overcoat. This section of the robe has six visible black buttons on it with cross designs that are symmetrically separated on opposite sides of the grey part to the robe. Finally, he wears a pair of black pants, loafers, and a white Zucchetto for a hat.[11] While on Lost Island, he also sported gloves with crosses on them.

After Justin falls to Madness, he undergoes an alignment change which lightly affects his wardrobe. He still appears in his priestly attire and Zucchetto; however, the Death worship vanishes and is altered to a Kishin worship theme. The Deacon's cross with Death's mask design on it changes to a Kishin three-eye pendant instead, in addition to the same Kishin eyes being featured on Justin's sleeves (instead of the white crosses) and earphones (again, instead of Death's mask). After being damaged by Tezca Tlipoca's Solar Ray, he gained a massive scarring in which appears like a constant, perpetual flame. In addition to this, his left lip, having been burned off, allows more of his teeth exposed. This appearance makes him constantly appear more insane and malicious.

His soul appears a blue coloured soul sporting a guillotine on top of it, referencing to his Guillotine weapon form.

PowerEdit

Soul Eater Episode 27 HD - Justin blocks Giriko's saws

Justin's skill and power rivals that of Giriko, one of the top henchmen of Arachnophobia.

Justin can be described as a very competent prodigy, having been the youngest Death Scythe in the history of Death Weapon Meister Academy and having been able to gather 99 evil human souls and slew a witch without the need of a Meister. His skill in battle has allowed him to rival that of Giriko, a fellow Demon Weapon skilled without a Meister and who spent 800 years gathering power.[12] Franken Stein considered Justin dangerous enough to warrant the need for himself and Marie Mjolnir to fight as a pair, lightly reminding the then angered Death Scythe he as capable of becoming a Death Scythe on his own unlike herself.[10]

Special AbilitiesEdit

Death's Weapon (死神様の武器, Shinigami-sama no Buki):As a Death's Weapon having consumed 99 evil Human souls and one Witch soul,Justin Law possess special abilities.[6]

  • Magical-Like Powers (魔法的な力, Mahō Tekina Chikara):As a Death's Weapon, Justin possesses a high level variant of Wavelength Control that enables him to perform a variety of special techniques and abilities.[13]

Prayer (祈り, Inori): As a priest and believer of gods, Justin is capable of performing a prayer. While praying to either Death (and later Asura), he can amplify his own Soul Wavelength and execute powerful attacks. Although he usually does perform a prayer before executing some of his techniques,[6] it is not a requirement.[12]

Full-Weapon Transformation (全身武器, Zenshin Buki): Being a Demon Weapon, Justin is capable of transforming himself into a weapon.[6]

  • Demon Guillotine (魔ギロチン, Magirochin): Justin's weapon form is that of a guillotine, though it has yet to be revealed beyond partial transformations.[6]

Stationary Type (設置型, Setchi Gata): Justin is known as a Stationary type of weapon and as such, is capable of setting traps due to his weapon-related powers. As such, he can create guillotine-like traps in which traps enemies and bisects them with a blade like that of a real guillotine.[14]

Episode 36 - Justin and Giriko fight

Justin fighting Giriko.

Hand-to-Hand Combat (体術(たいじゆつ), Taijutsu): A prodigy recognized capable of being a Death's Weapon at age thirteen on his own, Justin is a hand-to-hand combatant who specializes in a fighting style that allows him to utilize partial weapon transformations to battle without a Meister.[15] His skills are on par with that of Giriko.[6]

Madness Fusion (狂気融合, Kyōki Yūgō): This ability allows Justin to fuse with the Clown.[16]

Enhanced Durability: Justin has been seen able to take blunt hits from both Marie Mjolnir's powerful punches and direct hits from Franken Stein using Mjolnir; this is despite the fact that his speed far surpasses his own after the latter utilized Lightning Rope.[10]

Lip Reading: Justin has admitted to being able to read the lips of others, allowing him to communicate without having to remove his earbuds.[17]

ExecutionerEdit

Executioner Form

Executioner Form.

After his prior descent into madness and subsequent adoption of the doctrines belonging to the Kishin Asura, Justin Law procures the ability to merge with a Clown, through a mere snap of his fingers and the uttering of a single command. The process itself is a relatively simple one, requiring only that the Clown deconstruct its body and proceed to surround Justin in order to complete the unison but the alterations the transformation results in are nonetheless drastic because of this.[16]

Chapter 69 - Justin repels Vector Arrow

Justin repels Vector Arrow with his chain blade.

Madness Wavelength (狂気の波長, Kyōki no hachō): Because of a Clown's nature in sharing the same wavelength as the Kishin, the Executioner form is capable of having a Madness Wavelength in which can be used.[18]

Chain Blades: This forms can make use of the chain blades in which replaces his hands, capable of fighting opponents as well as deflect attacks like Vector Arrow with accurate swings.[18]

List of special movesEdit

Standalone techniques
  • Holy Cross Chop (聖十字手刀, Hijiri Jūji Shuto; FUNimation "Saint Cross Knife"): An attack in Justin attacks with his arms being partial blades from his guillotine weapon form, creating an offensive cross formation. Such an attack was lethal, capable of critically damaging Giriko had he not used his defensive Chain ability.[6]
Episode 27 - Carcan Bras (Neck Shackle Guard)

Carcan Bras.

  • Carcan Bras (首枷の籠手(カルカン・ブラ), Karukan Bura; FUNimation "Neck Shackle Guard"): A technique in which Justin immobilizes his opponent's limbs by transforming his arm into the headlock component of a guillotine.[6]
  • Headbutt of Love (愛の頭突き, Ai no Zudzuki): After immobilizing an opponent with Carcan Bras, Justin pulls them towards himself to deliver a headbutt.[6]
Magical-Like Powers (Wavelength Control) techniques
Episode 26 - Law Abiding Silver Gun animated

Law-Abiding Silver Gun.

  • Law-Abiding Silver Gun (法を守る銀の銃, Rō Abaidingu Shirubāgan) : A powerful technique in which after performing a prayer, Justin's guillotine blade is pointed at a target and sends a powerful ray of light made up of his Soul Wavelength capable of cleaving the Oldest Golem's head.[6]
  • Law-Abiding Silver Gun Radiant (法を守る銀の銃「放射」, Rō Abaidingu Shirubāgan Reidianto): A variation of Law-Abiding Silver Gun that, instead produces a widely dispersed beam capable of pushing Giriko himself back.[12]

HistoryEdit

Enrolled in Death Weapon Meister Academy, his devotion to the worship of Death was known and made it difficult for him to make friends within the Academy. Understanding his problem, Death assisted Justin in making him a Death Scythe.[9]

Chapter 69 - Justin and Tezca in a flashback

Justin and Tezca spend time together.

When he was thirteen years old, he had successfully become a Death Scythe, having done so without a Meister and was hailed as the youngest Death Scythe in history as well as being called "The Executioner who appears with Deafening Sound". This exploit made him somewhat of a legend in DWMA.[6] After becoming a Death Scythe, he often spent time with Tezca Tlipoca, though was unable to comprehend what he was saying due to his bear mask blocking his lips.[19]

SynopsisEdit

Traitors arcEdit

When a trio of NOT Class students (Anya Hepburn, Tsugumi Harudori, Meme Tatane) are lost within the many halls and passages of Death Weapon Meister Academy, Justin stands ready to assist them though intimidates them with his sudden appearance and interpreting his words with darker intents.[20] He's later present as Clay Sizemore reveals the possible suspects of recent thefts in the DWMA and the rise of Traitors, including the Witch, Shaula Gorgon.[21]

Death Fest arcEdit

Justin later arrives in Death City with his fellow Death Scythes, Death, and Death the Kid himself as the older Death God gives Shaula Gorgon an ultimatum. He witnesses Shaula being struck down and Kid himself taking custody of her soul.[22]

A Fight to the Death at the Anniversary Celebration arcEdit

Soul Eater Episode 25 HD - Justin arrives 4

Justin arrives at Death City.

After the resurrection of the Kishin, Justin receives a message to convene with other Death Weapons. Arriving in Death City, he reminiscents of how long it has been since he last been in Death City before saying a prayer.[23]

Later, he attempts to praise Death though questions why he couldn't hear his words, unaware that his earbuds disallow him to hear anything said by the Death God. Spirit arrives and kicks him, telling him to take off his earbuds. As the meeting takes place and Stein explains the effect of the Madness Wavelength, Justin is the one to ask about the potential problems that the wavelength could, with Azusa answering the question. When the meeting ends, Death shifts around the responsibilities of the entire DWMA staff with the exception of Justin, who has since placed his earbuds back on and is instead on reserve.[24]

Trial Enrollment arcEdit

Having a bad feeling about the investigation of the incident in Loew Village concerning the rampaging of the Oldest Golem, Death send Justin to assist a team consisting of Maka Albarn, Soul Eater, Crona, and Ragnarok.[25]

Soul Eater Episode 27 HD - Giriko prepares chains against Justin

Justin battles Giriko.

Arriving in Loew Village, Justin wonders if bringing one coffin was enough.[26] He arrives to save Crona as they're about to be beheaded by Giriko by using his Holy Cross Chop technique and engages in battle with the fellow weapon capable of fighting independently without a Meister while a awed Maka and jealous Soul watches. Although the crude weapon opponent taunts him with his affiliation with Death, he pretends to not understand a word said by Giriko. As the battle rages on, Giriko requests that Justin remove his earbuds. However, Justin smugly informs him that he was able to read his lips the entire time simply to vex him. Arachne then informs Giriko to escape and battle another day. Although Justin wishes to pursue the enemy, he remembers his original mission to ensure the safety of the DWMA and trial student.[27]

Justin swiftly defeats the renegade Oldest Golem by performing Law-Abiding Silver Gun, destroying it for good before encourage Maka, Soul, and Crona to join him in prayer. Retrieving the three, he has Maka set within the coffin on his dune buggy. When Maka points out her condition doesn't require her to be in a coffin, Justin along with all the others pretend they are unable to hear her.[28]

Reunion Express arcEdit

Justin is later present within the Death Room awaiting a new mission. With Death humorously relaying a message to Justin through Spirit due to him his mask, Justin is tasked with physically hunting down the Kishin.[29]

"BREW" - The Tempest arcEdit

Episode 34 - Giriko and Justin meets once more

Justin encounters Giriko for the second time.

Having join Death Weapon Meister Academy's battle for "BREW" with Arachnophobia on Lost Island, he causes an avalanche due to the bass attatched to his snowmobile and ends up wiping out a enemy squad save the leader of the group, Giriko.[30]

Fighting Justin once more, the pair are seemingly evenly matched again. Giriko claims that he fights in accordance to the rhythmic beats of his music and tells him to take off his earbuds, though Justin retorts that his thinking is so simple that he doesn't need to read his lips and instead offers the real reason behind his false claim; he is attempting to get him to take off his earbuds. Attacked by Giriko's Wave of Slaughter, he counters with his own Law-Abiding Silver Gun Radiant. Deciding not to kill him, Giriko retreats and sends for snow clone with his Enchanter skills to distract him, a disappointed Justin musing about wanting to kill him.[31]

Justin later rendezvous with Sid, Naigus, Marie, and the rest of Maka's Team, informing the team that a key player from Arachnophobia managed to get away.[32]

Pre-Internal Investigation ArcEdit

After the battle for "BREW", Justin made contact with a Clown and the Flying Dutchman, having then turned to Madness due to the Clown's Madness Infection abilities. Since then, he had been performing suspicious activities.[33][34]

Internal Investigation ArcEdit

With Joe's Super Soul Perception being a danger to locating the Kishin Asura on behalf of the DWMA, Justin targets Joe and ambushes him in a dark alleyway in Death City as he begins to pierce the veil of Madness within Death City while setting aside a particular brand of cigarettes used by Stein to frame him. He then kills Joe by splitting his chest and ripping out his heart, killing him instantly and destroyed his soul.[35] This act, unknown to him, was witnessed by Medusa Gorgon within the body of Rachel Boyd.[36]

TriviaEdit

  • Justin's attack, "Law Abiding Silver Gun", is a reference to B. Ichi, another manga by Soul Eater creator Atsushi Ōkubo. In B. Ichi, the character Yohei Nanami uses a gun called the 'Law Abiding Silver Gun,' a gun that is shaped like a dog's head.
  • In the anime, Justin always listens to the same song, "Step Up."

ReferencesEdit

  1. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 26, Volume 7, Yen Press English ebook, Page 132. Maka Albarn: The executioner who appears with deafening sound...Justin Law.
  2. Soul Eater x Soul Eater Not! mobile game
  3. 3.0 3.1 Soul Eater Volume 7, Yen Press English translation: Chapter 26
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 23
  5. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 96
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 6.11 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 26
  7. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 50
  8. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 97
  9. 9.0 9.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 86
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 61
  11. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 25
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 36
  13. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 63
  14. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 93
  15. Soul Eater Guidebook: How to Make a Death Scythe
  16. 16.0 16.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 68
  17. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 26 - Justin: I can tell what you're saying by reading your lips. And you have a foul mouth. Naughty boy.
  18. 18.0 18.1 Soul Eater Volume 17; Chapter 69, page 53
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Chapter_69
  20. Soul Eater Not! Chapter 13
  21. Soul Eater Not! Chapter 14
  22. Soul Eater Not! Chapter 42
  23. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 23, page 7 (eBook)
  24. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 23, page 19-26 (eBook)
  25. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 26, page 111 (eBook)
  26. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 26, page 112 (eBook)
  27. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 26, page 132-146(eBook)
  28. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 26, page 148-152 (eBook)
  29. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 32, page 18-21
  30. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 34, page 129-133
  31. Soul Eater Volume 10; Chapter 36, page 22-29(eBook)
  32. Soul Eater Volume 10; Chapter 37, page 77(eBook)
  33. Soul Eater Volume 15; Chapter 41, page 174 (eBook)
  34. Soul Eater Volume 11; Chapter 41, page 68 (eBook)
  35. Soul Eater Volume 11; Chapter 40, page 18 (eBook)
  36. Soul Eater Volume 10; Chapter 39, page 170-174(eBook)

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