“The root of all fear is imagination.” - Asura
"The person named Maka"
Matthew Grey Gubler
The only proper response
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CroMa Week Day 6: Black Blood
Uploading it a day early, but here it is, my contribution to CroMa week!! I plan on drawing the other themes as well
even though I missed the days haha
Thanks for the compliment! :)
I have been behind on so many analytical posts (Tezca, MaStar), so in addition to the Kim x Ox post coming this weekend (in response to this post), I really wanted to respond to this time-pertinent question.
Regarding Crona’s overall story, as a fan, I much prefer the anime’s ending: as I touched upon briefly before, it gives Crona the happier ending that zhe deserves, one that emerges out of zher own agency. Whereas in the manga zhe is the product of other people’s intentions—Medusa’s manipulations, or what Crona thinks Maka would want zher to do—Crona approaches Lord Death on zher own to repent for her crimes, and regardless of Marie’s intervention will do what is necessary to save Stein. (Granted, in the manga, Crona did decide to trap Asura, whether Maka protested or not.)
As a scholar of literature, I prefer the manga’s ending. While the anime benefits from a narrative that is easier to follow—Crona’s allegiance has fewer shifts than in the manga, and they are presented to audiences in a clearer fashion than in the manga—Okubo has more chapters to show many sides to Crona, ultimately giving the character agency in zher decision to save the world, if only out of zher commitment to Maka. I appreciate the manga based on Crona’s willingness to sacrifice zherself out of the sake of love—and I am frustrated that this potentially powerful ending was lost for the sake of a concluding chapter emphasizing fan service.
But overall, when my fan interests and scholastic interests overlap, I much prefer the anime to the manga: the plot twists are fewer, Crona’s story is more concise, and we as audience members see how that story unfolds rather than some of that information (such as Crona’s return to Medusa in the manga) being kept offscreen.
Regarding CroMa, I prefer their dynamic in the anime—and I think for poor reasons. As I ship SoMa more, and given my frustration with how the anime handled the relationship between Soul and Maka in the later episodes—
—I direct my attention more so to the other important relationship in the anime, that being Maka’s with Crona.
I do appreciate how Studio BONES made the relationship between Crona and Maka appealing—which is a difficult task: Crona started not only as Maka’s opponent but the person who almost killed her partner. Making the relationship, friendship or otherwise, work between Crona and Maka depends on how those characters get along with others.
I do not mean only that CroMa is easier for me to see in the anime than SoMa (although that is part of my explanation), but that we see how others react to both characters. For example, it is not only Maka who accepts Crona as a friend.
Fans have emphasized repeatedly how easily Soul forgives Crona.
How Kid sees a bit of himself in Crona and extends welcome.
How the Thompsons welcome zher.
And Black Star, Tsubaki, and others.
And we have seen elsewhere how adamant Maka is in defending others, so her stark willingness to help Crona despite zher being an enemy of the DWMA, the person who injured Soul, and a threat due to zher black blood and Medusa’s manipulation—Maka’s willingness to defend Crona makes sense because we have seen Maka do it time and again for so many other characters, Soul being one of them.
I just wish that the anime had done a better job with her relationship with Soul, but that’s a post for another time.
Rambling begins below.
Images linked to their sources above and below
Please indulge me as I re-consider the final chapter, before Monday, just in case we are surprised by some “real” version of Chapter 113. I still struggle to make sense of what happened to Crona and the Moon, and how this chapter could have used its potential to tell an improved story.
Crona tethered zherself to Asura, keeping the madness and the Black Blood anchored to the Moon. As Crona explained, fear, which Asura embodies, cannot be erased: it will persist throughout existence. If fear cannot be eliminated, then what can substitute for it? The anime suggested courage, although with Asura’s final words implied that solution is no better than madness.
But consider that idea of madness, that idea of acting against reason. When I think of acting against reason, I think of another human emotion that defies logic, that has been compared to madness, too: love.
on my grave, it will read “regretting all the ships that never sailed” and some people will think it’s poetic, but others will know
A knight protecting his prince.
Mad jealous of Finn in this ep tbh.