Hello, lovely people! I have returned with another series that I think is pretty fancy and beautiful. This series is another Shounen (boy’s) series, which is near to my heart (as if you haven’t noticed by now). The series that we will talk about this post is Soul Eater!
There is a special school located in the fictional Death City, Nevada, named Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA) where special students attend. About half of the students there have the amazing ability to turn themselves into weapons due to a specific mutation of their soul. The weapons they change into can range from gauntlets all the way to scythes. The other half of the student body is dedicated to the students with the ability to wield these weapons, called meisters. Usually, a strong bond is forged between the weapon and meister, and the manifestation of the bond is called Soul Resonance, where both the meister and weapon link their souls together. It is a weapon and meister’s goal to eat the souls of 99 evil people (called kishin eggs) and one witch’s soul to become a Death Scythe, one of the most powerful weapons in the world. The school is run by Death himself and there are 8 weapons that he specifically uses, called Death Scythes: one for each habitable continent, with Europe and Asia divided into the East and West.
In the series there are seven primary characters, three of which are meisters, and the rest being weapons. Introduced in the first three episodes and chapters in order are: Maka Albarn with Soul “Eater” Evans, Black Star with Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, and Death the Kid with Liz and Patty Thompson.
Maka (the actual main character even though the series is named after Soul) is one of the top students at school, and wants nothing more than to make Soul the next Death Scythe. The fact that he is actually a scythe-type weapon makes her even more determined to succeed. Plus, she wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and make an actual scythe-type weapon a Death Scythe.
Black Star is the school’s ego maniac. He is the one who will surpass the gods themselves. He’s also not afraid to tell every one of his glory and talent. Everyone, save Soul and Tsubaki, easily get annoyed by his rants of greatness and delusions of grandeur, but he is actually a very tough opponent. His soul partner, Tsubaki, turns into a variety of ninja themed weapons. She is very tolerant of others, which is why she is the only one in the school who could be Black Star’s weapon.
Death the Kid rounds out our three main meisters. He is the son of Death himself and is special because he holds two weapons: two pistols named Liz and Patty Thompson. And the only reason he has two pistols is because he has extreme Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. Everything HAS to be perfectly symmetrical, and if they are not (like how is hair is not symmetrical), he then has a fit. Liz and Patty are the only ones who can calm him down, which is why they are such a great team. Their souls resonate almost effortlessly, making them tough opponents.
The meister-weapon teams go on missions, which can be life or death. In one particularly nasty fight, Soul nearly loses his life in protecting Maka. This gives him something called Black Blood, a condition where insanity starts taking over the soul, which starts making things increasingly difficult for the pair.
Like a typical Shounen series, they fight, level up, and so on in order to defeat enemies. And even during the ‘fight, level up’ scenes, Maka ends up completing one of her goals: turning Soul into a Death Scythe. (I won’t tell you how, but it’s pretty cool.) What I really liked about this series is that no female has ‘Useless Anime Girl Syndrome.” There were times, however, when I did get frustrated. Let’s face it: in every series there is ALWAYS something that frustrates the reader/viewer.
I don’t quite remember, but I think I watched this show on a whim. I had heard of it every once in a while, but I actually watched it when I was a senior in high school. I got addicted to it in no time flat.
We have a few volumes of Soul Eater, and the whole anime series. We also have volumes of Soul Eater NOT! Which is a spinoff of Soul Eater with different characters and a different plot. Well, that’s all the information I have for this post. Until next time, stay golden my friends.