In this installment, we attempt to analyze and review the 2009 anime series Soul Eater. Soul Eater is a shonen series about a group of teens who fight evil witches and demons and then consume their souls to become stronger.
No wait! Come back! The series is good I swear!
While the series does have many common shonen tropes, it executes them in style. The art looks as if Tim Burton and Tite Kubo of Bleach fame had a baby and that baby could draw gooooood. The animation by Bones studio is top notch and very fluid in fight scenes. It also has a wonderfully atypical heroine in Maka. How often are twelve year old girls allowed to be main characters in shonen fighting series? And said twelve year old girl isn’t used for fan service (in the anime at least)? How often do they have a twelve year old girl who is allowed to fight and win against opponents of both genders, and is even allowed to look totally unattractive when she’s being a scary badass? It amazes me that more people don’t realize how miraculously rare that is.
The series has been licensed for distribution in the U.S by Funimation and will be available as of 2010. The manga has been licensed by Yen Press and began coming out in October 2009. If you’re interested in continuing the story of Soul Eater through the manga, the anime branches off from the manga at chapter 37.
Warning: We analyze the show as a whole. If you have not seen all 51 episodes, this installment will completely spoil the ending for you. Please, if you haven’t seen all of the series, keep this episode in reserve until you do. Soul Eater is good enough that you’re really doing yourself an injustice if you spoil the show for yourself.
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