There are many who believe in the humanization of Death and that his task is to collect the souls that have gone astray. There are many myths surrounding the personification of death and the creation of his famous scythe. Funimation created the animated show Soul Eater to give an explanation on how the weapons used by Death were created.
The town of Death City is home to the Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school that trains weapons that can take humanoid form and those capable of wielding the weapons. The goal is for the wielders called meisters to feed their weapons ninety-nine evil human souls and one witch soul to turn the weapons into Death Scythe.
Meisters and Weapons
Death the Kid (Todd Habertom) is Death’s son and strides to have perfect symmetry in every action he accomplishes. He is infected by the Madness of Order, which leads to his inedibility to ignore items that aren’t perfectly aligned. His personality reflect his childish age and the constant fights he gets in with Death Star over who is more powerful yet fears unlocking his full power not wanting to hurt those he cares about.
Liz Thompson (Jamie Marchi) and Patty Thompson (Cherami Leigh) Liz is a sarcastic woman that sees Kid as an annoying brat while her younger sister Patty, is childish and brings cheer to everyone that she meets. They grew up on the streets of Brooklyn, New York pick-pocketing people they come across. They take the form of two semi-automatic pistols in weapon form.
Maka Albam (Laura Bailey) is considered the most matured character in the anime. She is known for being intelligent, headstrong, have an unbending will and will do what it takes to protect those she cares about. He is easily annoyed by her weapon Soul and has lashed out on him even during the mists of battle.
Soul ‘Eater’ Evans (Miach Soused) is a sword with an eye on the hilt that shows his emotions when in weapon form. He is a talented musician and is talented with the piano yet wants to break away from family traditions by becoming a death scythe instead. Soul is laid back and is known for acting reckless jumping into fights without thinking.
Black Star (Brittney Kartovski) is the last of the ninja assassin clan called The Star Clan. He is a loud-mouth show pony that gets jealous whenever someone else has the spotlight. Despite being trained in the ways of stealth, Black Star prefers a flamboyant entrance yet seeks to be the most powerful. His goal is to defeat Kid in battle.
Tsubaka Nakatsukasa (Monica Rial) is a shadow weapon that can transform into several different weapons. She is a kind and gentle soul and has the patience to listen to others even in a fit of anger. She is the counterbalance to Black Star’s attitude and reins him in when he gets into fights that are outside of his abilities.
Weapons of Death
What made me watch the show was hearing Soul Eater’s voice in a commercial and recognizing it as the same voice actor of Ichago from Bleach. Hoping the show was like Bleach, it made me give this unique anime a chance. I would rate it a six out of ten due to its wide range of characters and the emotional journey you are taken on as the viewer.
I do wish that season two had been as interesting as the first season, and that they had kept the unique story instead of changing it to the overdone hero versus villain. The anime takes a unique topic and spins it so that those who watch the series can find someone they relate to. The story is a bit gothic having its focus on death but there is a bit of humor to soften up the gloom.
While watching the anime, you want the heroes to succeed in attaining their goals and feel sadness when they fail. Their struggles make the characters seem more realistic and you find that despite being fictional you have faced similar challenges in your own life. We have all tried to find our place in the world and to find success with our skills. Adding in death as a goal plays on what we are taught that we should fear him rather than embrace the concept.
Now, shush, I’m trying to read.