the story has already started retards. there is just a big chunk of filler/background episodes.
the ship episodes were part of it very much. even if it was from the direction of LOL WE BE TAKIN' THESE SOULS TO SOUL EATER THE NEW KISHIN GOD.
then ragnarok comes LOL NO U DON'T IDORT
and eats them OM NOM NOM NOM
all while Death The Kid thinks the sun is FAAAAAABULOUS !