I have talked about Hunter x Hunter more than I could ever imagine. I’ve also talked a lot about my second favourite, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and the impact it had on me. Which brings me to the anime that rounds out my top 3…
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. 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.
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.
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. From MyAnimeList.
Soul Eater is a funny one. A few years ago, it was a really hot topic. People loved to talk about it, lots of people had it in their favourites. And yet…slowly, but surely. Soul Eater has been no more. Whenever Soul Eater is brought up, it’s often accompanied by comments on the many problems the adaptation had.
I don’t think the comments on the adaptation are entirely fair. The show was criticized for its ending, which was an anime-only ending, due to the manga being behind the anime. Whilst the ending may not have been ideal (spoiler alert: the manga one wasn’t either), it wasn’t far fetched to the point of complaint, in my opinion. Rushed? Sure. But, the ending fit with the arc that the show was going into, and left me with a big smile on my face. Like everyone else, I hope to see Soul Eater: Resonance as much as everybody else. But for now, I can remember the good. And there’s a lot of it.
The way this show looks, for me, is everything. It is so stylish. There’s a reason I have a countdown on my phone every year, to watch this when Halloween rolls around. The aesthetic just fits so well. From the grinning moon, to the laughing sun, to the characters themselves, the show oozes spooky style. The mangaka has a very unique style of drawing, and whilst Fire Force obviously has some similarities, there has not been another anime that has mimicked the effortless cool that Soul Eater has.
The characters are just sublime, too. The concept of weapons and meisters is brand new, and was handled very well in Soul Eater. There was no “falling in love with the weapon,” or “your power over me is too strong, senpai :3”. The weapon and meister played to each other’s strengths, and fought against the others weakness. It was the reason I loved Soul and Maka’s relationship so much. Not once was romance even considered. The two saw each other as equals, and held a respect for each other that is rarely seen in male-female relationships in anime. I am also very fond of Crona, as a character. It was the first time I’d seen a character like Crona – riddled with angst and anxiety – written in that way within an anime. I felt empathy and a relation to them like no other, which maybe gives me some bias in my feelings towards Soul Eater and their characters. Now, about Crona’s happy ending…that’s another post entirely.
And of course, the music. For a weird reason, Soul Eater’s openings are seldom talked about anymore. Whilst Resonance is good, I stand by Paper Moon being one of the best openings in anime. Again, stylish, and fits with the vibe of the anime perfectly.
I would love to see Soul Eater talked about like it was many years ago once more, but I am content with calling it one of my top 3 anime for now, and I’m confident it will remain there for years to come.
Have you seen Soul Eater? What were your thoughts? Do you prefer Fire Force? Let me know!
Until next time,