Author's Notes: Analysis of "Soul Stitching."
"Soul Stitching" deals with the idea of the soul being a
corporeal thing, depending on how you view yourself. In the
storyline, Kai sees himself as a harsh, unyielding cloth on the
surface- most likely something like canvas, which is both
durable and long-lasting and used for various things involved in
traveling, like sails, certain styles of travelers' pants, and
backpacks. This suggests that Kai has no particularly strong
connection to either his birthplace or the people there and not
much in the way of a family life.
When Kai mentions that his soul is tattered, it's referring to
past sins- the selfish things that he regrets doing. The dirt
is symbolic of his solitary nature, focused around the hands
because of his obsession with Beyblading. The more that he
feels that he needs no one, the "dirtier" or rather, the colder,
his soul appears and the more it keeps others from wanting to
know him better upon seeing its grungy appearance- something
like a self-defense reflex. Referring to damning himself
whenever he wants to, Kai's just saying that he's still young
and can change himself into someone better or worse, depending
on what he decides to do.
Though Kai says he is "washing" his soul, in reality he is
letting down his defenses and letting people start getting
closer to him. The untouched detergent represents his original
unwillingness to enter into such relationships, and the washer
is what wears away at his cold exterior- one turn for each
member of the Bladebreakers. The dryer is the emotional pain he
is also opening himself up to, and the fear of tearing the fear
Sewing up the worst tears in his soul represents Kai's
redemption of his more grievous errors and the repairing of
relationships he's damaged, though even the most careful
stitching can't hide some marks. He keeps sewing despite
difficulty and being unused to such labors because life is
difficult no matter what you do, and it only makes sense to at
least go the way that will get you the things that you desire.
The refusal to dye it is also the refusal to hide his true self
or glorify himself beyond what he really is.
Cutting into the chest is the beginning of the search for his
heart and the person he cares for the most. The first layer is
canvas, and though hard to get through, it's possible with
patience. Inside is only cotton stuffing and Kai's weaker
parts, easily ripped through. But next is the ice, which Kai
cannot melt with the things he carries with him. His scarf
briefly becomes a way to hide from the seriousness of what he is
about to do, and only his kiss can break through the frost,
because it symbolizes his true emotions and his desire to become
a real person. Still, he must be patient and undergo some pain
The final layer is only tissue- a token resistance if anything,
only there so Kai can claim he isn't giving up. As soon as he
pushes it aside, he finds what he has been searching for- the
person in his heart with the cat-slit eyes, Rei, who loves him
and whom he loves in return.
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