I was supposed to do this review when I started watching the first few episodes of Soul Eater when it came out, but I wanted to see first how this anime is going to turn out in the long run. Now that its on Episode 15, I think this is one of the better animes to watch this year.
When I first heard Soul Eater’s premise, I thought “hmmmm… another anime focusing on Shinigami… how very original… NOT!”. Well anyway, the Shinigami in this anime is just one character and he really is the Death God. But the anime doesn’t revolve around him but instead it revolves around the students at Shibusen, a school being run by who else, but Shinigami! Students at Shibusen is comprised into two groups, Meister and Weapon. Before the school term starts, each student is asked if he/she is a Meister or a Weapon. One Meister will then partner up with a Weapon and it will be the job of the Meister to collect 99 evil souls and 1 witch’s soul to transform his/ her partner (Weapon) into a more powerful weapon which can be used by Shinigami.
There are 3 main partner groups (Meister and Weapon/s) that the anime focuses on and most of the time each episode would just show one partner group’s adventures but there are also times when the anime would show them as a group, as when they converge in Shibusen for their classes.
Maka Albarn (Meister) is one of the top students at Shibusen and her father is actually Shinigami’s main weapon. Her partner is Soul Eater (Weapon) whose weapon form is a deathscythe, same as Maka’s dad.
Black Star (Meister) is the only remaining member of the Star clan, which is sort of a ninja clan and his partner is Tsubaki, who is the only Weapon (so far in the anime), which has different weapon forms. If you have been watching the series, you would see how she gains the ability to take on a new weapon form.
Last would be Death the Kid, who is actually Shinigami’s own son. Kid is somewhat of a control freak and has a very obsessive-compulsive disorder involving symmetry. Kid is also the only one who has two Weapons/ partners, Liz and Patty Thompson, a.k.a. The Thompson Sisters. Appropriately, the Thompson sisters turns into identical guns.
The first few episodes of the series would just focus on one group and their adventures, which is sort of an introduction to the main characters. It also had a lot of comedy, which almost led me to believe that this was a more comical version of Naruto or Bleach. But then, the later episodes showed more action and was more serious this time. It still had a touch of comedy but it wasn’t as often and as hilarious as the first few episodes.
Overall, this is one of the best animes to be shown this year and since Bleach is now on a filler arc, I’ve been looking forward to watching Soul Eater every week.