Soul Eater Full Review (#13)

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Hey this time I am gonna review a famous theme, Soul Eater. For this anime holds a special place in my heart as it is one of the earliest anime, I have seen after Naruto and One Piece. Make Sure watch this anime.Enjoy!!

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Soul Eater: Late Night Show

Synopsis

Additional specials included in two Blu-ray Box volumes of Soul Eater.

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Originally they were a part of late-night version of dual broadcast of Soul Eater; the regular Monday 6:00 p.m. version and a late-night “Soul Eater Late Show” version.

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Special footage was added at the start and end of the commercial break; the next episode preview was also different from the regular version.

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ソウルイーターレイトショー

Information

Type:Special

Episodes: 51

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr, 2008 to Mar, 2009

Producers:TV Tokyo, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory

Licensors:Funimation

Studios:Bones

Source: Manga

Genres:Action, Fantasy, Comedy

Duration: 1 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Review-

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Soul Eater; Late Night Show isn’t much different than the original, there are a cooler pre ending and two previews for the next episode which you don’t get to see/hear within the original. I really enjoyed the extras probably one of the only endings I didn’t skip straight to the next episode because of this.

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The story and characters are the same as Soul Eater (Original) but if you haven’t seen that then it’s great, the first three episodes introduce you to the main cast and everything else is the story.

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I personally didn’t find there to be an overload of filler though I have to say that the Excalibur episodes didn’t tickle my fancy (I’d probably share the same face as Black*Star and Kid if I had to watch them again ugh) even though they did provide some story I hate to admit.

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Overall no reason to watch this if you’ve seen the original but if you haven’t I suggest watching this instead as you miss nothing and get extras!

I hope you enjoy this old anime (now) as much as I did definitely a must-watch if you expanding your interests.

Soul Eater

Synopsis

Death City is home to the famous Death Weapon Meister Academy, a technical academy headed by the Shinigami—Lord Death himself. Its mission: to raise “Death Scythes” for the Shinigami to wield against the many evils of their fantastical world.

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These Death Scythes, however, are not made from physical weapons; rather, they are born from human hybrids who have the ability to transform their bodies into Demon Weapons, and only after they have consumed the souls of 99 evil beings and one witch’s soul.

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Soul Eater Evans, a Demon Scythe who only seems to care about what’s cool, aims to become a Death Scythe with the help of his straight-laced wielder, or meister, Maka Albarn. The contrasting duo work and study alongside the hot headed Black☆Star and his caring weapon Tsubaki, as well as the Shinigami’s own son, Death the Kid, an obsessive-compulsive dual wielder of twin pistols Patty and Liz.

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Soul Eater follows these students of Shibusen as they take on missions to collect souls and protect the city from the world’s threats while working together under the snickering sun to become sounder in mind, body, and soul.

Alternative Titles

English: Soul Eater

Japanese: ソウルイーター

Information

Type:TV

Episodes: 51

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 7, 2008 to Mar 30, 2009

Premiered:Spring 2008

Broadcast: Mondays at 18:00 (JST)

Producers:TV Tokyo, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory

Licensors:Funimation

Studios:Bones

Source: Manga

Genres:Action, Fantasy, Comedy, Supernatural, Shounen

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Review-

Here we have Soul Eater, a shounen anime produced by Bones (Wolf’s Rain, Full Metal Alchemist, Ouran High School Host Club) that came out in 2008. I’ve never read the manga, so this is based solely on the anime.

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Set in the fantastical Death City, Soul Eater focuses on the Shibusen Academy, where students both work together and compete in order to turn their partners – boys and girls that can turn into various different weapons – into world-class Death Scythes. My university pally and I blasted through all 51 episodes in about a week, if you don’t count the days that we were too busy to watch any. Let me tell you, this does not make for hard watching.

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The first few episodes start off as prequels for the main seven characters – three ‘Meisters/Technicians’ and their ‘Weapons’. These episodes are ones that I found to be somewhat disjointed, and to be honest I probably would have given up on the anime after 4 episodes or so if it wasn’t for the aforementioned pally. Swiftly afterward, once the main characters start to interact together, I was hooked.

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And shortly after that when the frankly ingenious support characters were introduced and fleshed out, I was manic about it to the point where I was screaming in outrage at the screen if any other character DARED to so much as harm a hair on their heads.

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Plot – [7/10] I wouldn’t describe the plot as being either typical or particularly inventive. I will say, however, that it does dangle a standard premise in front of you for a good few episodes (in order for a Technician to turn their Weapon into the ultimate Death Scythe, they must collect 99 evil souls and then one Witch’s soul; cue epic quest) and then almost entirely removes it for something much better – a pleasant surprise that, as I understand it, doesn’t quite happen in the manga.

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While some elements of the plot remain unclear and somewhat incomplete by the end of the series, I ultimately felt that it didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment. Bar the very last scenes, unfortunately, in which I was left starving for a bit more of a tie-up, or better yet, a follow-up montage in the ending credits. Still, I suppose that’s what the manga’s for.

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Characters – [9/10] The meat of Soul Eater, with some big-name voice actors who really give the characters life. Firstly, we have Miyano Mamoru-san (Yagami Light of Death Note, Kiba of Wolf’s Rain) as the symmetry-obsessed Death the Kid (an awkward-sounding name, I have to say, that belies a truly slick character); the ever-prolific and utterly fabulous Koyasu Takehito-san (Sakarazuka Seishirou of Tokyo Babylon, Zechs Merquise/Milliardo Peacecraft of Gundam Wing) as the Weapon Excalibur, who will surprise you in several different ways with his presence throughout the series; and Kobayashi Yumiko-san (Sarah McDougal of Love Hina, Dan Taichi of Prince of Tennis) as the headstrong Black*Star, to whom a nod must go for the most subtle yet engaging main-character development; to name a few.

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On top of these, Soul Eater showcases a surprising amount of young, new talent – notably, the voices of Soul (the title character) and Maka Albarn, the female lead who I, unfortunately, found to be incredibly irritating.

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Let me make my point hard on this. Maka is hard-working and academically very smart, with a down-to-earth attitude that helps her to deal with her absent mother and womanizing father, who recently divorced prior to the start of the series. But (and oh, it’s a big But) it doesn’t last. Rather than character growth, we seem to have a case of the exact opposite as the series progresses. Maka repeatedly ends up making absolutely ridiculous decisions that can in no way be logically justified.

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As much as I don’t like to use Naruto as a comparison, I think I have to. Maka’s choices aren’t a Naruto-style situation wherein Naruto makes sometimes-stupid decisions because of his raw emotions, because that’s Naruto’s character and way of life; plus, Naruto has (for the most part) the strength to back up his convictions. Maka, on the other hand, does not. Not only that, but she apparently doesn’t learn from her monumental mistakes.

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And /then/ she’ll bitch to the series’ headstrong character Black*Star about how he acts before he thinks. Though come to think of it, at least Maka isn’t exactly a hypocrite on that matter because it’s shown that she does in fact think about her actions before she

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carries them out, comes to the conclusion that it’s stupid… and then does the wrong thing /anyway/. If it wasn’t for almost every other character providing sustained interest and sheer compelling brilliance whenever Maka’s off-screen, I think Soul Eater would fall far short of greatness.

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Art – [9/10] And of course, there can be no characters without visual art. While the quality of the animation itself is fairly standard shounen-style fare, the rating for this section gets bumped up enormously for originality. The designs of virtually everything – from the fantastically surreal moon and sun to the laboratory of the anime’s resident Mad Scientist (who would have an entire paragraph in the above section if it wouldn‘t turn into an essay

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on why he’s such a /darn good character/ on both an emotional and a story-telling level) to the eyes of the later villains – positively shines with mouth-watering creativity. I could wax lyrical about the brain-melting inventiveness of the character designs all day. It’s honestly worth watching for the artistic genius alone.

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Music – [8/10] With the exception of the very first ending theme (which was painful, if I’m honest), I thoroughly appreciated each different ending and opening. They were well-chosen and fitted the style and feel of the anime well. The music used throughout the episodes themselves suited the atmosphere wonderfully – the fighting music was driving, the sad-scenes music was sorrowful and the cheery music gave the anime a smile. While it wasn’t as memorable as, say, the music to Gundam Wing or Gintama, it did its job in style.

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Also in this section, I’d like to add that the song sung by the Weapon Excalibur made me almost die of Sheer Heart-Rending Joy.

Overall – [9/10] Easy to watch and a great mix of creepy, surreal, and fun. Objectively, I’d give this a high 8, and then I’m going to take the liberty of bumping it up to a 9 for the downright enjoyment I experienced with this show.

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I thoroughly recommend this to anyone who enjoys Full Metal Alchemist or Gintama – or, for that matter, any shounen manga/anime – as well as anyone who enjoyed the quirks of such series as Ouran High School Host Club.

Soul Eater NOT!

Synopsis

Soul Eater NOT! is a spin-off and side story that takes place one year prior to the events of the original Soul Eater. At the Death Weapon Meister Academy, humans born with the power to transform into weapons and those with the power to wield these weapons (Meisters) train to hone their natural talent.

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The characters of the main series are enrolled in the Especially Advantaged Talent class, where they train to become warriors of justice capable of defeating what threats prey on innocent lives—or even the entire world.

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Other students at the DWMA are less talented. Members of the Normally Overcome Target class focus less on being warriors of justice and more on controlling their powers so they don’t hurt themselves or anyone around them.

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Tsugumi Harudori, a new halberd-transforming student, meets Meisters Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn and quickly grows indecisive about which of the two new friends should be her partner. As they learn to use these powers and settle in, their lives as everyday students will be far from normal.

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: SEN!

Japanese: ソウルイーターノット!

Information

Type:TV

Episodes: 12

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 9, 2014 to Jul 2, 2014

Premiered:Spring 2014

Broadcast: Wednesdays at 01:40 (JST)

Producers:TV Tokyo, Dentsu, Square Enix, Sony Music Communications

Licensors:Funimation

Studios:Bones

Source: Manga

Genres:Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Shounen, Supernatural

Duration: 23 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 – Teens 13 or older

Review-

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The title “Soul Eater NOT!” should give you a warning if you’re coming to this show expecting an action shonen like Soul Eater. It’s exactly as it says it is, for the most part, its NOT Soul Eater. But does it NOT being Soul Eater make it automatically bad? Not at all. This is a fun experience and definitely a worthy prequel to Soul Eater, even if it’s not quite the same.

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Story(7)

If you didn’t already know, the whole concept of Soul Eater is about these kids that to go a school where they learn to basically fight witches and other evil. Every living person has a soul and depending on your connection with your soul, determines how good a fighter you are, essentially. Certain people can transform into weapons. Other students wield these weapons and they partner up to fight evil.

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Whereas the original Soul Eater focused on pro students at the school that go on missions and leave the school quite frequently, Soul Eater Not focuses more on the newcomers of the NOT class. The story revolves around 3 cute girls that go to school. Tsugumi is a weapon. Meme and Anya are misters and they both want to partner up with Tsugumi. The only problem is, you’re only supposed to have ONE mister at a time, not two for one weapon. Nonetheless, the group befriend each other and leave that problem for later.

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Now, most people are very quick to judge this show for its complete change of style, both visually and genre wise. The whole first half of the show if not longer, other than the lore, is essentially nothing like Soul Eater at all and takes on the more “Moe Slice of Life” role similar to shows K-ON! or Yuru Yuri rather than an action show like Soul Eater.

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The show is even categorized as an Ecchi, though the fanservice here is relatively minimal to nonexistent at all. The show at first definitely isn’t Soul Eater, but again, it’s not trying to be.

While it is very similar to other Slice of Life Moe shows does that mean it’s quite as good as them? I’d say no.

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The slice of life portions here is fine but shows like K-ON handle this genre much better. However, what’s here I don’t think is bad and I really do appreciate it because they help show what Soul Eater didn’t: how one BECOMES one of the higher class students and what life is like BEFORE they go out adventuring.

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In many ways, I feel like this show introduced the whole concept of a series nicely, (though it has somewhat of the same problems I had with the original where they hardly showed them doing any actual school activities at all.)

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Near the end of the series, the story starts to pick up and it feels a lot more like Soul Eater. It transitions a lot more into an action show. Not only that, but it also has a few connections to the original series that I think make this a nice prequel overall.

Art(6)

One of the primary knee-jerk reactions to this show was how much the art style had changed from the original show. The original show had a very unique and funky art sort of art style to it.

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This one, while still remaining somewhat different from a lot of anime, is mostly a very generic, cute art style.

Now many people see this as a negative, and to some degree, I agree, but after a while, I noticed that the original art style doesn’t really suit this type of show, the same way this new one wouldn’t suit the original. They’re 2 different shows. While the old style was definitely better, this one works for this type of show and it’s nice to see something a little different.

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Sound(7)

I like the opening and ending while the main BGM wasn’t that memorable to me. Voice acting seems solid enough to me and I’m pretty sure most of the characters from the original cast have the same voice actors.

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Characters(7)

As for the new characters here, they aren’t as good or fleshed out as the ones from the original series, and while many would complain that they’re very simple, I still enjoyed them I found them overall to be likable and fun.

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As for the returning characters, their cameos are probably a lot of the appeal to fans of the original series, though certain characters get a lot more appearances than others.

Enjoyment(8)

Overall it kind of had a slow start but as a fan of both Soul Eater and Moe Slice of Life, I enjoyed this series a decent amount, especially near the end.

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Overall(7)

Many people label this show as a shameless attempt to cash in on the moe fanbase. Whether or not that statement is true, I personally still enjoyed this show.

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If you’re a fan of the original Soul Eater and also like or don’t mind a more slice of life type show, I’d say give it a shot.

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However, if you’re a fan of the original series and are looking for a more action oriented show and can’t stand a cute premise like this, this show probably isn’t for you.

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But also if you haven’t seen Soul Eater and are interested in watching it, I think this is a nice way to introduce you to the series as, by the end, it does transition into a more action type show and answer a few questions of how things happened in the original series. But again, that’s only if you’re into a moe type of show as well. If you are only interested in Soul Eater, skip this and just watch that. You won’t be missing anything TOO important at all.

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