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    Soul Eater

    Post by Jordan, Lich Lord on Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:51 pm

    Soul Eater is a shonen manga by Atsushi Ookubo which has been regularly serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan since 2004. It received a 51 episode anime by Studio Bones in 2008. As of January 2011, Monthly Shonen Gangan has ran a Prequel / Spinoff named Soul Eater Not! by the same mangaka, running alongside the original series while covering and expanding on events prior to the original story.

    In the world of Soul Eater, a human soul that falls to corruption has a chance of transforming into a "Demon Egg", enough of which could create the ultimate avatar of madness.

    To stop this from happening, Death himself*
    Japanese: "Shinigami"has set up the Death Weapon Meister Academy (aka DWMA*
    Japanese: "Shibusen") in Death City, Nevada. The DWMA trains warriors ("Meisters") and Weapons (humans who can shapeshift into weapons) to fight and retrieve the evil souls before they become Demon Eggs. A Meister and Weapon who manage to collect 99 corrupt souls and one Witch soul receive the highest honour: the Weapon becomes one of the Death Scythes, servitors of Death himself.

    The main characters include:

    • Maka Albarn and her scythe, Soul Eater (just call him Soul). She's a raging workaholic, he's a slacker, but they make a great team. They almost made Soul into a Death Scythe at the beginning of the series, but failed on a technicality and have to start over.
    • Black☆Star and his Morph Weapon Tsubaki: Black☆Star is a would-be master assassin who has trouble reconciling the concepts of "stealth" and "shouting about how awesome you are". His partner Tsubaki is an incredibly patient and capable Weapon who can transform into multiple ninja weapons, from a chain-scythe to a smokebomb.
    • Death the Kid and his twin-pistols the Thompson Sisters: Son of Death himself, whose incredible natural power is offset by his extreme Super OCD, being absolutely obsessed with symmetry. The Thompson Sisters serve as his weapons: Liz is the older and more cynical sister, while Patty is younger and more goofy.


    The series is basically what happens when the plots of Shaman King and Harry Potter are pulsed together in a blender, Studio BONES is put in charge of the animation, and what appears to be the world's biggest Tim Burton fan is hired as animation director. It should be noted that the anime deviates from the source manga midway through the series.

    The anime was acquired by FUNimation, with tantalizing previews on their website. All of the episodes are viewable on Netflix, their Video Portal (which is only viewable... In America...and Canada) and their YouTube channel.

    See also Elemental Gelade, a similar concept with a more futuristic sci-fi bent.Shaman King also shares lots of similarities with this series. (A partner as a weapon, characters design, etc.)

    It's worth noting that the "Book of Eibon" is a reference to H. P. Lovecraft. The author being a fan would give a new perspective on the series' focus on madness, power, and godhood, especially portraying madness as something akin to an infectious disease.

    Not to be confused with another Soul Eater. And definitely do NOT confuse this with Shoujo Senki Soul Eater, which is a hentai.


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    On episode 4 now and I love it so far.


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