so I’m pretty sure the wonderful heydoodz has graduated by now so I thought I’d do a little something and make her a new tumblr icon thing. You’ve had Crona as your pic for like ever so I thought you’d like something new but still familiar.
I'm curious, I saw discussing some post-anime headcannons for Crona awhile back (cool stuff, btw). I'm wondering what have you got for post-manga?
.///. Thanks!! I’m glad you enjoyed! And well, post-manga:
I had a great discussion about it back here and here about the possibility of Maka returning for Crona after a number of years have gone by (aging her but not Crona) and finally rescuing Crona and being a healthy mother figure for them. I really like that personally, as it fits Soul Eater’s running theme of found family and it allows for Crona’s sacrifice to actually mean something while still working out a happier ending for Crona.
I also had discussed with chaoticlivi a long time ago the idea of Maka’s grandchildren eventually returning to the moon to rescue Crona (or perhaps Asura is released and Crona along with him, whatever you like). That would allow Crona to integrate into Spartoi 3.0 and perhaps even “start over”, as many of the people who knew Crona’s previous crimes would be way older.
There is also, of course, the possibility that Crona is never able to leave the moon and remains there, atoning and protecting the earth. I’d certainly like to think that that sacrifice has a profound impact on everyone, especially those directly involved in that final battle, and perhaps there’s some sort of program set up to help all weapon or meister children who might be mistreated in some way that Kid and Maka initiate at Shibusen. Obviously Liz and Patty were in an unsafe living situation before running away, so it doesn’t seem like the school has a surefire way to identify them early, but maybe with the new witch alliance there are magical ways of detecting that potential early and a safe home is therefore provided for every weapon or meister no matter the age.
But yeah, those are a few of my thoughts! I tend to be flexible in terms of what I can imagine for post-manga canon, so I certainly love discussing it and hearing other people’s thoughts!
The reason why it has never been clear what
gender Crona from Soul Eater is in the Japanese manga and anime, is because the Japanese
language doesn’t use pronouns nearly as often as the (for example) English
Pronouns based on gender do exist in the
Japanese language, like ‘kare’ (he) and ‘kanojo’ (she). There are also pronouns that do not have
a gender, like ‘aitsu’ (not to be translated as ‘it’).
But Japanese prefer to call people by
their name, whether they are talking to or about the person. An example of this is that they prefer names over the word ‘you’:
English: “Do you want to eat lunch with us?” Japanese: “Does Crona want to eat lunch with us?”
Even if they want to ask a question to a
stranger, their question doesn’t need to contain the word ‘you’. Also the word ‘I’
can be left out without sounding strange. In English, it would sound odd:
English: “I don’t know how to deal with this” Japanese: “Don’t know how to deal with this”
English: “I think he/she wrote the most
depressing poem ever”. Japanese: “Think Crona wrote the most
depressing poem ever”.
Also words like ‘-kun’, ‘-chan’, ‘-san’, ‘-sama’, ‘watashi’, ‘ore’, ‘boku’ which
do vary with age and formality, do not need to have a specific gender. There
are preferences, like how ‘-chan’ is mostly used on females, but everyone can
use them for others or themselves.
According to the author of Soul Eater, Crona
does not have a gender.
The Japanese language has no reason to find a ‘matching’
pronoun for Crona because Japanese simply doesn’t need pronouns. So it is easy to leave Crona genderless
in the Japanese language.
For this reason, it is a lot harder to
misgender people in Japan with language than for example in Europe and America.