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Soul Eater is an anime based on the manga of the same name. The show centers around the exploits Maka and her weapon, Soul Eater, at the Death Weapon Meister Academy. The DWMA was established by the Grim Reaper, Lord Death, to keep the world safe from the forces of supernatural evil.

Aimed at an older audience, with its MA-14 rating for American television, the show has all of the typically quirky characters Americans have come to expect from anime. Maka resents her father, Death Scythe, for cheating on her mother. Soul Eater, or Soul as he is often called, transforms into Maka's weapon and quests to be not only a death scythe himself (by consuming the souls of evil), but wants to be the coolest boy around.

The character of the Grim Reaper is whimsical and comical, and has a tendency to slap around Maka's father when he steps out of line or says something stupid (which is often). Death Scythe, Maka's father, is a well-known player with the ladies, and while his cheating is what has caused Maka's hatred of him and his ongoing divorce, the fact that Maka despises him often sense him into hysterical crying fits.

The art style of the anime is likewise whimsical in nature, with exaggerated poses and movements. Though there is no extremely graphic violence or full on nudity, blood is shown and there are several risque scenes in the first episode alone. Take the MA-14 rating of the show to heart.

The main antagonists of the show are the kishin, who are the souls of weapon meisters and death scythes who have eaten human souls and thus become corrupted. To become a death scythe, a weapon must consume 99 kinshin souls and the soul of a single witch. The first episode begins with Soul and Maka collecting their 99th kinshin soul and failing to capture the final witch soul (tricked by Blair the cat), causing all of the souls they had accumulated so far to be confiscated and forcing them to start over.

As the series continues, more characters are introduced as more weapon meisters and weapons, including Maka and Soul, must take remedial classes to help them in their soul collecting duties. These characters form the core of the group of protagonists for the show. There are currently two seasons of the show airing in America.

TV Tokyo
3 Seasons, 65 Episodes
April 7, 2008
Anime
8.0/10
Cast: Laura Bailey, Chiaki Omigawa, Micah Solusod, Brittney Karbowski
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Soul Eater Full Episode Guide

  • With her friends fallen, Maka must find the strength to face the Kishin alone. The world is in jeopardy and evil is poised for certain victory - until something stirs deep inside the young Meister's heart.

  • The Kishin and the Grim Reaper tear into each other with unimaginable levels of power. Before this ultimate clash between good and evil concludes, great sacrifices will be made.

  • The final confrontation between Black☆Star and Mifune begins! As the warriors clash, Mifune reveals a startling connection to the young Meister's past.

  • Medusa offers Death a deal: in exchange for her release, she'll reveal the Kishin's location. The Grim Reaper won't have long to decide - Arachne is on the verge of releasing madness on a global scale!

  • Physical pain and mental anguish are guaranteed when Crona and Marie enter the treacherous confines of Medusa€™s lair to confront the little witch and the insane Dr. Stein.

  • The forces of DWMA prepare to open several fronts in the war against Arachnophobia - but Maka decides the time has arrived to fight a very personal battle of her own design!

  • Dr. Stein€™s mind is deteriorating quickly. As he explores his mental landscape for a way out of the increasing madness, Crona begs Death for a chance to right past wrongs.

  • Arachne risks her life to gain a new ally in the plot against DWMA. Meanwhile, when Crona runs away from the school, Maka sets out to bring her friend back safely.

  • Following the battle to claim Brew, Arachne moves forward with her plan, and the students of DWMA try to recover from defeat. Meanwhile, Death the Kid confronts Dr. Stein with some burning questions.

  • Maka, Black˜†Star, Death the Kid, and their Weapons engage Mosquito within the magnetic field. With even their strongest attacks falling short, Soul is forced to consider a risky move.

  • The Holy Sword is unleashed! Hero tires of the other students at DWMA taking advantage of him, so he teams up with Excalibur to rule the school. Seriously!

  • Dr. Stein€™s trying to whip the Meisters and Weapons into shape for their eventual fight against Arachne. They€™ll definitely need to toughen up - Arachne isn€™t the only witch who€™s back on the scene.

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