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Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around 3 duo's. These pairs are a partnership between a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to reach a ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Laura Bailey ...  Maka Albarn 51 episodes, 2008-2009
Chiaki Omigawa Chiaki Omigawa ...  Maka Albarn 51 episodes, 2008-2009
Micah Solusod ...  Soul Eater 45 episodes, 2008-2009
Brittney Karbowski ...  Black Star 45 episodes, 2008-2009
Koki Uchiyama Koki Uchiyama ...  Soul Eater 45 episodes, 2008-2009
Yumiko Kobayashi Yumiko Kobayashi ...  Black Star 45 episodes, 2008-2009
Monica Rial ...  Tsubaki Nakatsukasa 42 episodes, 2008-2009
Todd Haberkorn ...  Death the Kid 43 episodes, 2008-2009
Kaori Nazuka Kaori Nazuka ...  Tsubaki Nakatsukasa 42 episodes, 2008-2009
Mamoru Miyano ...  Death the Kid 43 episodes, 2008-2009
Chuck Huber ...  Franken Stein 39 episodes, 2008-2009
Yûya Uchida Yûya Uchida ...  Franken Stein 39 episodes, 2008-2009
Cherami Leigh ...  Patty Thompson 37 episodes, 2008-2009
Narumi Takahira Narumi Takahira ...  Patty Thompson 37 episodes, 2008-2009
Jamie Marchi ...  Liz Thompson 36 episodes, 2008-2009
Akeno Watanabe Akeno Watanabe ...  Liz Thompson 36 episodes, 2008-2009
John Swasey ...  Lord Death / ... 34 episodes, 2008-2009
Rikiya Koyama ...  Shinigami 34 episodes, 2008-2009
Kent Williams ...  Sid Barrett / ... 30 episodes, 2008-2009
Masafumi Kimura Masafumi Kimura ...  Sid Barrett 29 episodes, 2008-2009
Vic Mignogna ...  Death Scythe 26 episodes, 2008-2009
Luci Christian ...  Medusa 26 episodes, 2008-2009
Tôru Ohkawa Tôru Ohkawa ...  Death Scythe 26 episodes, 2008-2009
Houko Kuwashima ...  Medusa / ... 26 episodes, 2008-2009
Maxey Whitehead ...  Crona 24 episodes, 2008-2009
Maaya Sakamoto ...  Crona 24 episodes, 2008-2009


Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around 3 duo's. These pairs are a partnership between a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to reach a ranking of "Death Scythe" (and thus fit for use by the Shinigami) they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch. However, forces outside of the Academy make it more challenging of a feat.

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Your soul is gonna be mine! See more »


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Release Date:

7 April 2008 (Japan) See more »

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Bones,Media Factory,TV Tokyo See more »
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Maka's name is an anagram for the word kama which means scyth in Japanese. See more »


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A wild and enthusiastic anime with a lot of potential
14 February 2017 | by anoukandreSee all my reviews

I first watched and loved Soul Eater, my first shonen anime, as a teen, and have been coming back at it out of pure nostalgia. Here's my impression as an adult:

In a universe in which some persons can transform to weapons, Death himself has created an Academy where Meisters and Weapons team up to learn to fight evil and madness. This is the setting for a wild ride full of electric action scenes, creepy enemies and slapstick comedy.

The teenage cast fulfills the clichés of the shonen genre: there's the ambitious, hard-working girl, the pretentious idiot, the too cool for school-kid, etc. In a sense they are all very caricatural and over the top, but so unashamedly and stubbornly so that I quickly grew fond of everyone. There's also a whole set of secondary adult characters that I really like, and even the villains hold a special place in my heart. All characters have very strong personalities, which are reinforced by the stellar voice acting (of the Japanese version) and by the great character designs.

The animation is colorful and vibrant (although gloomy and gore at times), with very interesting hallucinatory sequences when Madness strikes, and a lot of signature notes that just scream "Soul Eater!". The music has a very cool flair, never pushing itself to the foreground but always adding the special touch.

This show is clearly aimed at a (presumably male) teenage audience, and the humor is often way too childish for my taste. But it also sometimes indulges in totally absurd humor I found uproariously funny (especially the Excalibur "troll episodes"), but then that's my personal taste. There's also a lot of clichés in the narration. But you can overlook this flaws in part thanks to darker themes like madness v.s. order, progress v.s stability, and in part because of the compelling character dynamics.

Because it's the intensity of the relationships between the main pairings of the cast (usually Meister and Weapon) that make me go fan-girl over it. There's no romance, but deep friendship and such amounts of mutual trust and loyalty that it makes for deeply human and relatable relationships.

So if you can generously overlook the pubescent humor and the clichés in the storyline, and can warm up to energetic and goofy teenagers fighting Demons with cool weapons, give Soul Eater a try. It most certainly has a lot of feelings and joy to share with its audience.

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