Soul Eater: Good For the Soul
By McKay Patrick
Halloween is approaching and what better way for us weebs to channel our inner spookiness than by watching some spooky anime? Now I’ll be honest, it was difficult deciding on which anime to review because there’s so many out there that fit the description. However, after much deliberation, Soul Eater was the winner.
Soul Eater is that anime that almost every anime fan has seen. If you haven’t watched it, I’m about to tell you why you should. Trust me, this will help you immensely on your journey to achieving ultimate weeb status.
So first things first. What is Soul Eater even about? It’s pretty simple really. The series revolves around three teams each consisting of a weapon meister and their weapon that has the ability to transform into a humanoid. These three teams are made up of students who attend the Death Weapon Meister Academy, an academy that trains weapons and weapon meisters. The goal is simple. Each meister and their weapon must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch, in that particular order, if they want to make the weapon a “death scythe” and thus fit for use by the academy’s headmaster Shinigami, the embodiment of death.
Sounds great right? Seriously, this series will have you on the edge of your seat.
You have the two main protagonists, Maka Albarn and Soul “Eater” Evans and their very interesting relationship. I say interesting because these two are complete polar opposites and yet, they work so well together. You have Maka, the weapon meister whose father happens to be a death scythe and then Soul, the weapon. They annoy the crap out of each other from time to time but when it comes to combat and collecting evil human souls, they always have each other’s back. I love going back and watching their relationship improve with every episode.
The second group of the three teams consists of Black Star and his weapon Tsubaki Nakatsukasa. Black Star definitely believes in his own importance and most of the time comes off like he’s better than everyone else. But then, you have Tsubaki who is quieter and more grounded so they balance each other out well.
The last group of the three teams is Death the Kid whose father is Shinigami, and his two weapons Liz and Patty Thompson. The three of them have an interesting relationship as well. The pair of sisters are quite powerful and never miss an opportunity to give Kid a hard time. Yet, when you see them working together, you understand that all of them have a mutual understanding of one another.
I will warn you, there are things that happen in the anime that didn’t happen in the manga and I’m not going to lie, I was a little disappointed. When I first watched it, I wasn’t made aware of this fact and eventually I stopped hyping up the show for new people interested. I understand not everything in the manga will make it into the anime, however completely changing a pretty important moment in order to gain a larger audience is not a smart move. Though that doesn’t stop the fans from making fanart and fanfiction.
Overall, I give Soul Eater a 9/10. The series isn’t very long and while there are changes in the anime compared to the manga, it still makes for a great watch. It’s one of those classics and one that will continue to entertain generations of weebs to come.
Hope you enjoyed my review of Soul Eater and make sure to check it out if you haven’t already! Comments and suggestions are welcomed!