English: Soul Eater
Apr 7, 2008 to Mar 30, 2009
24 min. per ep.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisSet in the Shinigami technical school for weapon meisters. The series revolves around 3 groups, each consisting of a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a "Death Scythe," which is the highest title for a weapon and thus fit for use by the Shinigami, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch.
Soul Eater revolves around Maka & Soul Eater, Black Star & Tsubaki, and Death the Kid with Patty and Liz Thompson. Besides taking the time to gather souls, these students of Shibusen defend Death City from some of the most powerful of creatures while still attending school and trying to become stronger.
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme#01: "Resonance" by T.M.Revolution (eps 1-30)
#02: "PAPERMOON" by Tommy heavenly6 (eps 31-50)
#R1: "Counter Identity" by UNISON SQUARE GARDEN (Soul Eater Repeat Show eps 1-13)
#R2: "Ai ga Hoshii yo" by Shion Tsuji (Soul Eater Repeat Show eps 14-)
Ending Theme#01: "I Wanna Be" by STANCE PUNKS (eps 1-13, 51)
#02: "Style" by Kana Nishino (eps 14-26)
#03: "Bakusou Yumeuta" by Diggy-MO' (eps 27-39)
#04: "Strength" by abingdon boys school (eps 40-50)
#R1: "Ao no Kaori" by Yui Makino (Soul Eater Repeat Show eps 1-13)
#R2: "Northern Lights" by How Merry Marry (Soul Eater Repeat Show eps 14-)
If you’re a fan of the nineties stop motion movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, your vision of a land based entirely on the tropes, designs and conventions of Halloween is a dark, depressing town where every single resident is ironically joyful and pleasant towards one another. Soul Eater, on the other hand, takes this idea and turns it over on it’s head. Death City, for all of it’s creeps and ghouls, is a bright, happy place where even the Grim Reaper is more of a cuddly uncle than a terrifying specter of doom. The Reaper, or Lord Death, as he prefers to be called, is the headmaster of the Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school that teaches young people how to join their souls to protect the world from witches!
To do this, one student must become a living weapon, and their chosen partner must wield them against creepy, devious witches who hide in the shadows and... Do stuff, like transforming into all manners of creepy creatures! Once each team has devoured the souls of 99 corrupted humans and one witch, they will be advanced to the status of Death Scythe, the preferred weapons of Grim Reapers everywhere. But one witch has decided to take matters into her own hands... She plans to awaken an ancient, sleeping demon that will drive the entire world past the brink of insanity! Can Meister Maka, her weapon Soul, and their friends stop this plan before it’s too late, or will the world lose itself to the clutches of chaos?
The animation studio behind this heaping helping of Halloween was Studio Bones, the studio that gained fame from Fullmetal Alchemist and Wolf’s Rain. Like the majority of their projects, Soul Eater has solid, kinetic animation... About half the time. The animation is never quite as smooth or expensive as it is in the first season opening, but it is more or less solid for the most part. There are a few embarrassing moments, such as where characters look like their walk cycles were just copied and pasted onto the environment, but thankfully, they’re few and far between. What’s NOT few and far between are the still shots. There are several occurrences where a character is talking, but the camera is focused on the environment, other character’s faces, or just the eyes of the speaker, leaving the lip flaps off screen.
There are a lot of action and fighting scenes throughout this series, and the fact that most of the budget is saved for those scenes is a life saver in the long run. The editing and angles can be a bit too amateurish and generic for their own good at times, and there are way too many close-ups of characters’ faces, but it works over-all. The character designs are it’s best visual aspect by far, although the highly detailed backgrounds are also noteworthy. There was so much inspiration and creativity in the aesthetic of this series that even the Grim Reaper is like no other reaper you’ve ever seen before.
Aside from a couple of female background characters who are retroactively given names and identities in the later episodes, every single named character is given a unique and unforgettable look that goes beyond just their hairstyles and fashions. Some of them are grounded, some of them are insane, and you can tell instantly which witches are based on which animals. If you haven’t seen the anthropomorphic version of the legendary sword Excalibur... Think Puttin’ On the Ritz from AMV Hell 5... You would never guess what he looks like or acts like in this series, as he has one of the most insane gimmicks in a series full of insane gimmicks.
The music... I think existed? Well, that’s not fair. The music is decent in this series, but for the most part, it does it’s job in the background, rarely ever calling attention to itself... Which is good because trust me, a lot of it’s tracks are reused over and over again through the series. Besides, who cares about the score when you’ve got such amazing opening and closing songs? The first opening is called Soul Resonance by TM Revolution, and it’s the kind of high energy, intense tunes that grabs you the first time you hear it and demands you come back for more, and the animation in the video more than keeps up with it. The second opening is a bit more generic, but it’s serviceable enough. There are four closing themes, and while the first one (I Wanna Be) is probably the best, I still personally prefer the much more mellow second one, Style, as it offers the coll-down that I felt each episode needed. Your opinion on this may differ, which is fine... They’re all great closings, in their own ways.
The English dub was of course a Funimation effort... They’ve been getting dangerously close to Disney levels of ubiquity at this point... And while I’ve heard some people call it average, I think it’s great. I can normally call out a star performer in any dub I review, but in Soul Eater’s case, there are just too many to pick from. Luci Christian rarely ever plays a villain... Elfen Lied being one of the few examples... But she plays the role of Medusa, school nurse/evil mastermind, and she clearly enjoyed every second of it. She sounds downright diabolical and as slithery as the snake she’s based on, even when she exploits her cutesier voices to mock or manipulate people. Troy Baker is unrecognizable as the pretentious nuisance Excalibur, and Vic Mignona excels in the role of an overly-enthusiastic dad who wants nothing more than the forgiveness of his estranged daughter.
Todd Haberkorn brings out both the strength and neurotic tendencies of Lord Death’s son Death the Kid in the ways that only he ever could, Chuck Huber handles Dr. Stein’s insanity brilliantly, and Maxey Whitehead fully embodies the androgynous Crona through all of his/her psychotic, awkward nuances. Brittany Karbowski starts off a little roughly as Blackstar, the hyperactive ninja who makes Naruto look stealthy, and it can be a little difficult to take her seriously in the early episodes, but she hits her groove hard and fast. Laura Bailey and relative newcomer Micah Solusod play the main partnership of Maka and Soul as likeably as they can, although for the majority of the series, their jobs aren’t really as demanding as everyone elses. Pretty much every Funimation actor that was around in the late 2000s is in this at some point, and everyone’s at least on point.
So after speaking so highly of the sound, acting and production values, you’re probably expecting me to remain positive for the rest of the review. you’re expecting me to keep rambling on about how awesome the series is, how well written it is, and how much I love it. Well, much like this series did to me, I’m afraid I’m going to have to disappoint you. The truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered this large of a disparity between writing quality and popularity... Well, not in the anime medium, at any rate. I can think of at least one web cartoon that’s far more popular, despite being even worse.
To begin, let’s take a look at the main characters. One of the easiest ways to pinpoint bad writing is to notice that a character who you’re constantly being told is smarter than the rest of the cast shows no actual signs of enhanced intelligence to back up that claim. In Death Note, we were given no explanation of Light Yagami’s study habits or scholastic strengths, but at least we knew he was good at strategy and manipulating people. In No Game No Life, the two stars made it very clear which of them was skilled in which areas, and we saw their talents unfold during some of the game sequences. In Soul Eater, there is no evidence whatsoever to support Maka being the top student at the Academy. She never uses her intellect during battle, and the only test question we see her answer is the show’s line about sound minds and bodies. The only brainy thing she ever does is dump exposition on the viewer.
All of her accomplishments are due to her bond with Soul, rushing into situations courageously, and coming up with new attacks. We never see her outwit or outsmart anybody... She just resolves conflicts through the application of virtues such as bravery and friendship. But hey, that’s no big deal as long as the title character is interesting, right? Well, sorry, he’s not. Soul Eater, and yes that’s his alarmingly prophetic name, is a laid back cool guy who likes playing the piano... And that’s pretty much it. I learned more about him from a single paragraph on Wikipedia than I did from a 51 episode series that’s specifically named after him. You never learn his name, his backstory, or why he wants to become a Death Scythe in the first place.
And that just brings up another problem I had with this series. We know what happens when a partnership achieves their goal of eating 99 corrupted... Or, “Keishan” souls, and one witch soul... The weapon becomes a Death Scythe. But what happens to the Meister? What do they get out of it? The only Meister in the series whom we know for sure was able to accomplish this was Maka’s mother, and she’s off on a trip for the entire show. We know that pursuing this goal benefits the weapons, but we know nothing about what the Meisters get out of it. And what’s really messed up about this is that in each of the three main partnerships in the cast... Maka and soul, Blackstar and Tsubaki, Death the Kid and the Thompson sisters... The Meister side is the more interesting side. It’s the Meister that’s driven to succeed, and it’s the weapon that’s there to support them and guide them to their dreams, and the Meister’s have much clearer motives than the weapons, so shouldn’t it be the Meisters who stand to accomplish something?
There are a lot of people out there who say Soul Eater would have been great if it wasn’t for the ending, which strayed from the plot of the manga. Well, I’ve never read the manga, and I don’t intend to until after this review is done, because no adaptation should ever require a knowledge of the original material in order to work. In my opinion, the worst thing about this show isn’t the ending, it’s the beginning. As many viewers have pointed out, the plot that this anime starts with is not the same as the plot it picks up towards the end. Now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing... Plot evolution can be handled well, just like it was in Toradora. But the plot has to actually evolve. The first plot must in some way become the second plot, otherwise it will feel like a waste of time. Which is exactly what it feels like here.
Only in Soul Eater, it’s not just a waste of time. It’s far worse than that. Throughout the first several episodes of the series, we’re given boatloads of exposition about how the Death Scythe system works, what it’s rules are, and why it’s important. That exposition is handled about as well as it was in The Last Airbender. Another obvious sign of bad writing is when one character explains something to another character for the sake of the audience, but since both characters already know everything, the explanation is opened with the phrase “As you know...” And it gets worse than that, as the rules for having the souls you’ve collected revoked(Ripped from your stomach?) sound arbitrary and downright draconian. And to make matters worse, the change in plot leave tons of questions unanswered, the worst of which I’ve already gone into.
And the exposition gets even worse as the series continues. In the second half, there’s an arc where the DWMA sends it’s students and teachers to a snowy location called the Lost Island. no, not that Lost Island. Not only is this expedition not foreshadowed or brought up in any way before we’re dropped right into it, but the pre-op portion of it’s first episode consists of Lord Death telling us... Yes, telling us, talking directly to the audience, as though the fourth wall never existed... about why they’re going there and what they’re expecting to find. That should not happen. It should be set up in the dialogue, and it should occur seamlessly. Hell, even showing Maka and Soul in their dorm preparing for and discussing the mission would have felt less jarring, and it probably would have taken up just as much time. The world-building is so bad that I have no idea where Death City is located, and how it’s bizarre logic exists in a world whose locations so clearly mirror our own.
And as for all the people saying the ending was the worst part of the series? I honestly thought the final quarter was the best one. Yeah, okay, the final battle was really weak, anti-climactic and full of deus ex machina BS, but it was the only stretch of episodes that felt like one smooth, connected story that didn’t veer off into filler episodes or unnecessarily complicated plot annexes... Well, for the most part. This part of the story does waste a disproportionate amount of time on a “Let’s collect magical artifacts and expose the DWMA’s dark secret” sub-plot, which is paid off in the stupidest way imaginable. I halfway want to just spoil it, because if I were to describe what that sub-plot and all the characters it introduced was leading to, you’d probably think I was exaggerating. Spoiler alert: The school turns into a giant mech and tries to swat a giant robot spider. See? Unless you’ve seen it, you don’t believe me! And all this time, we’re constantly told that the awakened demon is causing outbreaks of insanity around the world, but we never actually see this happening!
The reason I love that section of the story above the others is because it advances the two plot elements that feel the strongest. The first one is the friendship between the seven main characters. The writers of this anime understood humans and emotions far more than they understood basic storytelling, and the relationship between the primary weapons and meisters are proof of that. When they’re hanging out together, it feels like a comfortable party that you’ve been invited to. When they’re fighting as a unit, their strengths and weaknesses complement each other perfectly. When they’re fighting among themselves, it feels tense, like there’s genuinely something at stake if they should go too far and disband. Every interaction, from the bond between the Thompson sisters to Blackstar’s complex of inferiority to Death the Kid and Maka, is executed well. Even Maka's issues with her cheating father are dealt with maturely.
And the other element revolves around someone whom I consider to be the best character in the series, and it’s saving grace in a lot of respects: The snake witch, Medusa Gorgon. My god is she an amazing villain. Her motivation is basically evil for the sake of evil, but not in a lazy way... In a good way, like Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty or Johan from Monster. There is no act that’s too diabolical for her to stoop to it. She’s also smart, staying one step ahead of everyone as much as possible and saddling both Soul and Stein with the very issues that make them interesting and memorable. She’s such a great villain that she completely over-shadows the villain that succeeds her. The long term plot involving her evil schemes is by far the most fun to follow. These two plot elements are tied together perfectly by a character named Crona, but in the interest of not spoiling anything, I’ll say no more.
And it’s a good thing these two elements exists, because holy crap is there a lot of unnecessary pulp in this show. It’s constantly throwing new ideas and new chaacters at you, and it ultimately reaches the point where at least a dozen of them could have died for all I cared. It would be so easy to reduce this show to twenty six episodes without hurting it’s strongest elements or losing the charm and personality that’s won so many otaku hearts. Because let’s be honest, how many of these characters and plot points are important in the long run? How many of them are so necessary to the story that they couldn’t be either removed altogether, or written out with a few job reassignments?
As an experiment, let’s remove the plot point about becoming a death scythe, and just call the main characters witch hunters. Let’s get rid of pointless characters like Yumi, Joe, Hero, Arachne, Giriko, Eibon, Justin, Ox, Kilik, Kim, the younger Mizune sisters, and yes, even Excalibur. Characters who are only temporarily important, such as Sid, Mifune and Blair, can be kept long enough to perform the barest of plot essentials. Hell, as much as I loved Eruka Frog and Free, they could have just been eaten when Asura woke up. Entire episodes could be scrapped, with their relevance to the magical item hunt removed. Take these changes into account, tighten up a few loose ends with some quick rewrites, and this story could have been reduced to twenty five episodes with a much better sense of pace and direction.
Soul Eater is available from Funimation. It’s been released in several different DVD sets, including 13 episode quarter sets, 26 episode half sets, and finally, a much more affordable complete set, and more recently, a premium Blu-Ray set, as though Funi hasn’t wrung enough money out of us just yet. I’ll be honest, I’d hate to be one of the people who spent 60 dollars apiece for each of the quarter sets, only to see the price drop so rapidly over the course of less than ten years. It’s also up for free on Netflix The manga is available stateside from Yen Press. A spin-off manga called Soul Eater Not is also available stateside, An anime adaptation was released in Japan last spring, and since then, it’s also been released stateside by Funimation, but I haven’t watched or read it yet, so I have no idea if it’s any good. A mini-show called Soul Eater Late show is available on the series DVDs, and it's amusing enough.
As Maka tells us at the beginning of every episode, a sound soul dwells within a sound mind and a sound body. Soul Eater has neither a sound mind OR a sound body, and thus, it’s not a sound series. Even so, I guess I am underselling the parts of this show that work. Soul Eater is a lot of fun. It’s very unique and creative, and even in it’s more pointless moments, it has a great sense of humor. I can drone on forever about just how terribly, terribly written it is, but the things it does right are strong enough that it’s still worth returning to for multiple viewings. If nothing else, it has a sound heart, which is why I get how it’s found resonance with so many people. I won’t make any excuses for it, nor will I ignore all of it’s problems just because I enjoyed some of it, but I can still understand how a show that’s this timeless would stand the test of time. I give Soul Eater a 5/10.
Soul Eater is an impressive anime. It's one of those where you will no doubt enjoy watching
After watching some of the first episode you'll think Soul Eater will have your typical Shonen story. Basically, human weapons and their student technicians reside in Shibusen and have to collect 99 evil human souls and 1 witch soul, the reward being that the technician's weapon will transform into a Death Scythe.
It seems pretty formulaic, nothing you haven't seen before. The way the first few episodes pan out will make this seem like the main goal, but soon after you'll realise there is actually a deeper story developing. This story isn't something complex or too clever, but events that happen during the story makes Soul Eater watchable and interesting, the action is ever present, it always keeps humour in mind, but can be serious and emotional when it needs to be. Eventually you will forget what the main characters were initially trying to acheive because the story drags it in such a different direction. The problem is that the story isn't anything memorable. At points you might watch and forget the reason why they are doing something. That is the anime's weak point
This is what Soul Eater will be remembered for. Its colourful cast of characters.
Maka, our main character and a technician, despite being flawed she is always looking to do the right thing, always thinking of others, easily annoyed and determined. She grew on me as I realised she is probably the most human of all the characters. Soul, Maka's weapon. Just your typical cool guy? No. He is much deeper than he looks. Despite what he says he is only concerned about one thing: To protect Maka.
Black*Star is Energetic, rash, loud, bashful and his one goal in life is to become bigger than God. He can provide you with comic relief and become involved in intense battles yet shows his human side often, his weapon Tsubaki is always willing to help him whenever she can.
Death the Kid seems like some 'Mr Perfect' character. And he can be, but also has his flaws, most notable his obssessive compulsive disorder about symmetry. Anything slightly out of alignment will either cause him to fix the problem immediately or spiral into goth style depression. His weapons Patty and Liz are usually around to comfort him when he goes crazy or gets depressed.
The supporting cast are memorable as well. The grim reaper is always cheerful and relaxed; Spirit (Maka's father) is desperate for Maka's attention, even though she doesn't enjoy his company much; Blair is your typical fanservice character; Professor Stein is strong and clever yet deeply maniacal; Crona is shy and fearful, but powerful; Medusa, the main antagonist is pure genious; Mifune is an action and Samurai fan's dream character and plenty more who you'll come across.
Most characters will stand out at least once giving you reasons to like or dislike them. Characters are a strong point in this anime.
::ANIMATION & ART::
The good thing about this anime is that nobody looks ordinary or familiar, you'll notice every character has a certain design, from Soul's sharp teeth and Maka's plain green eyes to Kid's strange hairstyle and Liz & Patty's odd hats, all characters are uniquely styled.
All scenes are quite detailed, the atmosphere is usually dark but manages to look bright at the same time (a rare sight in anime). If its what the background artists were going for, I think they nailed it. Shortcuts are rare which is good, you can see that episodes weren't rushed. The art stays consistent (unlike Naruto) and the quality remains the same throughout.
The action is fluid, creative and non-standard (unlike Bleach) fight scenes aren't just repetitive movements shown at different angles, or just sword bashing and gun blasting. It manages to keep fight scenes interesting. Another strong point is action, which never fails.
At first you will be introduced to 'Resonance'. A memorable opening track that fits very well to the series. This would be among the best if it wasn't for 'PAPERMOON' the 2nd opening which is even better than Resonance. I'm yet to come across anyone who thinks otherwise. This opening is epic. All ending themes are decent. Some are generic, the best being the current ending 'STRENGTH' and the 2nd ending 'Style' which stands out more than the 1st ending 'I wanna be' and 'Bakusō Yume Uta' which you will not remember at all.
Audio is decent, but there aren't any special moments or tracks that will hype you up or give you that tingly feeling inside when coupled with a good action scene. Songs aren't memorable like something Bruce Faulconer could cook up but do fit well with most happenings.
Soul Eater is an anime that manages to keep consistency throughout. It's lack of fillers (with the exception of the excalibur episodes which will drive you nuts) is enough for action fans to watch without worry, seriously 98% of the episodes are significant to the story (unlike Bleach which has whole filler arcs. 20+ FILLERS IN ONE GO!!!).
I find this more enjoyable to watch than Naruto or One Piece (which are heavily overrated). Mainly because the anime has a point and sticks to it. The Medusa Arc is to stop Medusa reviving the Demon God. The Arachnophobia Arc is to stop Arachne to allow the Demon God to spread madness over the world.
People complain about lack of originality but I am yet to find an anime that is truly similar. Shinigami's have been used before, but Shinigami literally translates to The Death God or The Grim Reaper, who in this case rules Shibusen and his son. Due to the halloween theme of Soul Eater I find the Grim Reaper necessary and is in no way similar to Ryuk of Death Note or characters like Rukia of Bleach. Let's get this straight their only link they have is the word 'Shinigami'
And finally Soul Eater is a must watch for any Shonen (Action, Comedy) fan. It has already been licensed by FUNimation which means a dub is coming soon and I believe Soul Eater will become another one of those famous anime shows. The only difference is it is actually has consistent entertainment value. show less read more
Soul Eater is an amazing anime, and one of the funniest. It is my favorite anime (don't judge) by far.
Story- 9: The story is amazing. Meisters who have friends who turn into weapons. Anything cooler? The only thing I don't like is they didn't follow the manga towards the end on the second season, and butchered the very end fight.
Art- 9: Art is really good, but I'm not one to ask for that, I don't really care.
Sound- 8: The music is decent, but if you're looking for an anime with solid mind- blowing music, go to another anime.
Characters- 8: I really love most of the characters, and I really like the connection they have towards each other, although,I really felt they should of gone into a little more detail on how they met. I also don't really like Black Stars character at times. Crona is also very confusing, and I feel like she really wasn;t needed. (once you get to HER, SHE is a GIRL.
Enjoyment- 10 : I enjoyed every second of it. I LOVE Soul Eater.
OVERALL- 9: It is my favorite anime, but honestly, I think it deserves a 9. If you want Soul Eater that is 10 worthy, read the manga. read more
Soul Eater is one of the more popular anime out there for a simple reason: It’s easily accessible shounen for the teenage demographic. Every single anime that has broken through to massive mainstream success in the west falls under this description, side from Sailor Moon or the Ghibli films. But behemoths like DBZ, Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, Attack On Titan, SAO, Akira, hot diggety damn that’s a lot of shounen. And while Soul Eater may not be up there with the big boys, it’s still watched by a large amount of anime fans because it just has more of the shounen aspects they’re used to.
So how does Soul Eater compare to the rest of those shows? It’s relatively tame, not often diving into easy dark content like most of the above anime love to do. It’s fairly short, though 51 episodes is still a commitment if we’re going by my views, but it sure beats those shows that go past the 500 mark (gad zukes!). But most importantly, Soul Eater is tighter and much more creative as a fantasy action anime,
So what exactly is this show even about? It’s mainly about an interesting little town called Death City, where an academy called the DWMA sits at the peak high above the other buildings, overseen by Lord Death himself. It’s a school for meisters and weapons, special students who work together as fighting pairs or groups, training and studying in order to combat the various forces of darkness in the world, alongside aspiring to turn weapons into death scythes to be used by the one and only Lord Death. In typical fashion, specific dark forces grow powerful or partner up to wreak their own havoc on the world, to which the fighting pairs are called to battle through conflict and hardships to regain order.
A fairly simple premise, but you’d be surprised how many times it’s been botched up. Not only does Soul Eater use it well, but it rarely felt lazy in it’s execution. The partnership between the meister student and the weapon student is one of the main focuses of conflict when going against the villains instead of just sticking to continuous attempts to power up to a point where they win by pure size and measurable power. Even shows that bank on that as their main source of struggle don’t seem to realize the possibilities of taking that stuff as far as imaginable (thank God for Gurren Lagann). So the ironic conclusion is that friendship genuinely matters in this battle shounen. Difficulties in connecting with others or trouble dealing with painful social aspects are mirrored in soul “wavelengths” or “resonances”, another simple but clever way to amplify emotional aspects. Out of all things, you wouldn’t expect a loud, rowdy action show like this handle things like introspection and madness so well, but it has its moments when it dives surprisingly deep into that type of subject matter. Stuff like paranoia, loyalty, and inner demons are explored in solid allegories, again simple and pretty straightforward, but effective given how it fits with this type of show.
The actual plot of the show is handled completely fine. After some fun episodic intros for the main teams, the story grows steadily with competent pacing and developments for the rest of the show. Despite a couple moments with certain characters that I didn’t find all that interesting, there weren’t many moments of dead space in the entire run. Some arcs that seem like side quests in comparison to the bigger conflicts end up being very important to the overall plot. Infact, the closest thing to a traditional filler episode you’ll get is the test fiasco and the Excalibur side-trips, only three episodes out of 51 which are funny as hell to watch anyway. So while some parts were noticeably slower than others, it never felt like the show was wasting time. It had the right amount of comedic relief, the right amount of fun combat, the right amount of infodump sessions, and the right amount of character examination. Just when things start to get tiresome, new elements are introduced to build the cast and the story progression, all while focusing on both parties expertly to get continuously engaging content. It’s incredibly easy to eat this show up in big bites, and when it’s all over it’s hard to believe you spent 20 hours going through it.
Speaking of when it’s all over, I might as well talk about the rather polarizing ending. The basic consensus is that the end was rushed and focused on an unexpectedly easy route out of its built-up conflict. While I do agree that it becomes pure cheese out of nowhere, or how the formidable evil force is somehow reduced to a shallow whiny teenager at the drop of a hat, the themes at hand were evident from the beginning of the show, so the clash of ideals that made up the whole climax was just about as effective as all of the other unexpectedly meaty topics the show presented. Honestly, I much prefer this ending instead of drawing it out and going into the bullshit realm of waiting around on a cliffhanger to catch up with the source material. It didn’t overstay its welcome, and the show is a complete package because of it.
The other huge strength for Soul Eater are the many likable characters, stemming from a solid cast lineup. While they don’t stray very far from their one-note personalities, they certainly aren’t devoid of development. Once again, I love the focus on the relationships between meisters and weapons, which makes up for situations where I don’t particularly get attached to a single character. For example, I’m not the biggest fan of Black Star on his own, and Tsubaki stays pretty reserved for me to notice her presence most of the time. But put them together and you have an interesting partnership of bombastic loud vs. peaceful quiet that works wonders during emotional content. It works the other way around too, while Death the Kid and the Thompson sisters don’t have a deep relationship, they act so exuberantly together that they’re just fun to watch as a group.
And as luck would have it, the characters that work as well on their own as they do in partnership get the main focus. How awesome is it that the main character of a shounen is a kickass girl who isn’t reduced to a fanservice device? Maka is such a consistently expressive and heartfelt protagonist that she’s the perfect choice to be the driving force of the emotional aspects of the show. Soul sports a more collected personality that’s perfect for hiding turmoil underneath, though his devotion to his partnership provides the most impact. Both of them are fantastic on their own, with each of their conflicts fleshed out suitably and given excellent resolutions. I loved seeing their friendship grow overtime and strengthen with difficulties, showing a superb example of main characters done right.
The side characters are in the same category of one-note personalities who either work for the viewer on their own or not. Unfortunately there’s no partnership to prop them up when they just aren’t entertaining, so they fluctuate in memorabilia. As for specifics, Lord Death has a chipper personality that’s played off perfectly in the style of the show (think of a Potter Puppet Pals Dumbledore in a spiky Grim Reaper outfit), so he gets a lot of laughs from me. Crona gets an exceptional transition arc with the right amount of focus in the well-paced story, and an obvious gender mystery in the background just made him all the more interesting. The main antagonists were pretty entertaining to watch, particularly the wickedly despicable Medusa and the always-dripping-with-creepy-atmosphere Ashura. Oh, and that egotistical prick Excalibur, every episode with him is amusement in the purest form.
But for every good side character is one that’s not so good. Dr. Stein isn’t all that interesting to watch, although he does have his rare moments across the span of the show so he isn’t outright bad. Maka’s dad is mostly unlikable throughout the show, which isn’t the best quality to have for a big source of comedic material. Blair is pretty much there for one reason (well, two), and the rest of the students and most of the staff at the DWMA are glossed over even though they contribute more and more to the plot by the end. It’s certainly not a bad cast overall, and focus is given where focus is needed, but there were still those aforementioned times where some scenes were being carried by blander characters. And add in cutaways from the real action to throwaway comedic scenes like the one trick pony coffee mechanic or Blair and the Mizune group comparing their racks. Again, it did keep focus on the worthwhile content for the most part, and those scenes with the duller people were still devoted to plot development anyway, so I can’t say they completely compromised my enjoyment of the story.
Studio Bones has a big repertoire of great shows and animation jobs, and this one is no exception. To match a genre that rides on how energetic and expressive it is, we get quality visuals that follow suite. Though the palette and character designs seem very simple, everything fits into the image of an exaggerated cartoon, a perfect match for the mood they’re going for. The fight scenes are rendered with powerful movement and choreography, never skimping and always delivering in fluidity and intensity. Downtime from the action is handled fine too, going all out with most of the nutty faces, focusing on powerful emotional deliveries from the characters, and putting a distinct effort into pushing that lovable halloween vibe. The cartoony background style presents an abundance of delightfully creative settings, and also harbors very light visual symbolism on occasion. While I wouldn’t exactly put it up there with some of Bones’ other animated works, it’s still got a distinct style that doesn’t fail to impress me when it tries its hardest.
The dub is just great, capturing the fun and energy of the show in a solid overall tone. Granted a simple action anime should be an easy feat to pull off in terms of localization, you’d be surprised how many times a straightforward dub just falls flat. There is nobody in this voice cast that does a bad job. All of the actors completely embody their respective characters with passion and flare, and it is oh so rare for me to say that about a dub. So much likability is added to that already solid cast because of how lively their English portrayals are, and I couldn’t possibly imagine many of the main characters or icons like Lord Death or Excalibur without their dub voices. Since I always go for successful dubs when I have the chance, I unfortunately haven’t listened to the show in Japanese at all. Ergo, can’t talk about it. But seeing as how most fans don’t care whether or not the voices spoken in a language they don’t understand are unique or overused anyway, let’s just move on.
Soul Eaters’ first opening is crack and I will never quit it. Nothing fits an energetic show better than an energetic opening and this is the best one I’ve seen. I always sit back and enjoy the vibrant visuals that perfectly match the content in the first half, and jam out to Resonance like there’s no tomorrow. Because of this, I have no other thoughts towards the second opening other than resentment. Yeah, I know a lot of people prefer it over the first one, I know it’s still an okay OP from some sort of objective standpoint…but that was a dick move to replace my jam. The show has four EDs, all of which I am indifferent to, but each one of them as their own special merits. Hell the final animation on Ashura is enough to stick around for ED#4. So overall, amazing intro, and a bunch of underwhelming bumpers that I can skip over anyway. Could be worse.
The soundtrack is by Iwasaki Taku, who composed for many other well-known anime (just gonna bring TTGL back up again). While lots of his tracks are effective both in the show and on their own, whether they be simple classical or chilling hip hop, a couple pieces stuck out as particularly annoying. Usually coupled with the show’s more juvenile bits of humor, pieces like those harmonizing recorders are just intolerable. I also hate whenever they use bits of Midnight Syndicate tracks around the second half, and a bunch of other anime love to use them as well so they just get real old real fast. But more times than not, his music fits like a glove, especially some standout string songs that really strengthen the emotional content in the finale. Infact, there’s probably enough tracks I love to make me hunt down the whole OST release…sometime in the future.
As the show sits with me after watching it all the way through, I come to realize that the rambunctious tone of the show does wear on me most of the time, especially during casual banter. I can only take so much immature shouting, chibi reaction faces, and quick bits of fanservice, but at least it fits with the tone that the anime is aiming for. And is that really enough to ruin a well-written, balanced script? Of course not, but in the same veins as something like Panty And Stocking, if you aren’t in the right mood to watch loudmouth humor it just won’t sit well with you. The nice thing is that Soul Eater isn’t loudmouth craziness all the time, which is just a good sign of pacing and moderation. So some gripes on my side don’t detract that much from an already solid script, and I think it deserves its praise more than most other shounen do. It’s an easy recommendation from me whenever you just want to have fun and be surprised at what the show can really do when it wants to.
I give this anime a score of 7.4/10 (3.5 stars), and a Recommended rating. read more
Both are generic shounen series on the surface, but are enjoyable regardless.
They both take place in a school dedicated to defeating the supernatural and both stories revolve around the students, mostly.
The main characters also both deal with being demonic.
Both Anime styles are the king you would find in those nice child friendly movies you might watch for Halloween. They have a wide cast of characters and things get crazy as the plot progresses. Both series are action packed.
What to say? Stories are mainly different, but overall they still share some mentionable point:
• well, let's start saying that they both are famous shonen that share the same action, fantasy, supernatural genres
• both evolve around special schools/academy who teach our characters how to use their powers
• both have a various number of characters, be it protagonists or villains, with strong and likeable personalities
• both stories deal with defeating the evil, in SE are the witches and the Kishin (sort of demon), while in AnE is represented by the ultimate evil: Satan
• overall both are enjoyable series but there's one last thing to mention. Both anime end up having a "filler ending", or better say: they are concluded with something definitely not canon to the story of the manga. Yes i think you should be warned about this, as it's quite an important thing when it comes to anime adaptations.
That said, i think if you liked one of those you might probably like the other as well!
Both animes have student studing in a big academy to fight demons.
In soul eater they are demon hunter. In Ao no Exorcist they are demon exorcists and they go out slaying demons with teacher supervision sometimes, just like in Soul Eater.
The stories are very similar except in Ao no exorcist they have their own weapons, unlike in soul eater where they had the meister and "weapons" which were actually another person.
Homogenous shows with a school setting training to become a specialist in some sort. In SE, they work hard to be strong weapons and meisters. In Ao no Exorcist, they attend school, well, obviously, to be exorcists. Friends helping each other, having fun and serving the people of their land. Both shows will be extremely entertaining especially if you are a fan of unique fighting scenes, backstories, school themes and so on. Also, they both became indepedent and rebelled from the manga.
Honestly, when I first started watching Ao no Exorcist, I felt it screamed Soul Eater. I mean, not only are the art styles similar, but Rin (the protagonist) reminded me greatly of Soul. Even then, as you continue to move forward through the series, you'll be able to make more and more comparisons. For instance, Faust is a lot like Lord Death, having that same wackiness.
There are a lot of other similarities, like similar humor and such. But regardless, you should take the time to watch this.
Ao no Exorcist and Soul Eater are action anime that have a "let's team-up and save the world" feel to them. They both take place in a special special academy, which trains young teenagers to become fighters that stand against Satan and his henchmen in Ao no Exorcist, and demons in Soul Eater. The characters in both series are simply AMAZING, each having their own unique look, personality and fighting style. Both series also feature superb animation mixed with amazing action sequences that will make the viewer beg for more after each fight. If you are a shounen anime fan and you liked watching one of them you shouldn't hesitate to try out the other.
Both deal with a group of students in training to become great fighters in the war against demons/the supernatural. They have intense plot lines but are injected with enough humor to keep it from being too serious. However, the drawing style for Ao No Exorcist is a bit more wispy and edgy than for Soul Eater which uses a more cartoony style.
Both series features supernatural themes in a supernatural world where the main characters learn new skills. They are considered shounen and often or not, their battles incorporates such themes.
Both series has a lot of drama, comedy, and action.
Both series' main male protagonist also have similar personalities.
Both series also has powerful antagonists that puts not only the main characters and their friends at risk but the world as well.
Both anime involve demons/demon slaying, and both involve an academy
Whether you're the son of the devil or a team of weapon and meister, in order to become better at what you do, you need to learn the basics at school. Both anime follow a group of students who attend one of many magic schools. Watch them learn about friendship, morals, strength and see them grow as they fight witches (Soul Eater), or even Satan himself. (Ao no Exorcist)
Both are shounens that in both the group of main Charcthers are in a school that teaches about defeating their enemies(Which is demons in blue exorcist and demons/witches/and other Halloween related things In soul eater)
Soul Eater and Ao no Exorcist are alike because both deal with gifted kids who to a school that teaches them how to fight things such as demons. Both have humor and main protagonists that like to slack off.
both have a spooky/halowen atmosphere to them
both have great action scenes
both involve a supernatural school (with clownish yet powerful principal)
both have their GREAT seiyuu cast
both are shounen anime that have ended.
school, group of students together, quite similar, both awesome gotta watch
I did enjoy Soul Eater more... However, I finished watching that anime a while ago, and it has been difficult to find an alternative. Blue Exorcist had a similar feel, and offered a nice change of pace.
Both stories involve a 'school with a difference'. One where young students can hone their skills, with the aim of vanquishing evil and protecting others. In Blue Exorcist, Satan's forces (including demons) materialise as the principle threat. And in Soul Eater, young meisters are tasked with tackling the menace of witches and Kishins. Characters from both series stand out as individual, each offering a variety of different skills and abilities. However, focus on teamwork and friendship remains key, as bonds are tested through trial and tribulation.
The styles of animation are very similar. Clean, crisp, and easy on the eye. You are also presented with well coordinated fight scenes and the odd twist and turn to keep you on your toes. In addition, the level/style of humour is similar. It is worth noting that both anime veer away from the manga's at different points in the story. Blue Exorcist also only has half the amount of episodes.
If I may be unceremonious, I thought that Rin was awesome! His haphazard, hot-headed, yet caring nature keeps you entertained.
These two shonen anime both involve an academy, there's elements of horror, and the balance of drama and comedy is similar.
Looking for humor combined with a progressive action filled story that revolves around magic, mythical creatures and other dark sorcery? Then look no further.
Soul Eater and Ao no Exorcist are extremely similar in art style, setting, character development and overall tone.
The main characters in both these Anime series have goals to achieve greatness and reach powerful titles. However they acquire help from their friends. Both Anime's encourage teamwork, friendship, leadership and many more traits.
Overall for both of the Anime's story is steadily paced with unique characters and well balanced genre elements.
Both are centred in school/academy where they learn to fight against supernatural forces, and both have a similar theme of self discovery and teamwork.
There are many properties and concepts that Ao No Exorcist and Soul Eater shared a lot.
-both are about gothic,demon ,school 's theme and humor story
-both protagonist are very hot-blooded and badass hero.
-demon in both anime resembled partially.
If you like Shounen animes that very exciting,humorous and dramatical, both anime are very good bet.
Both start out very strong with an interesting premise and loveable characters and awesome fight scenes. Both also have disappointing anime-filler-endings but much more awesome-completely-different manga endings. Soul Eater's manga is finished though, while Ao no Exorcist's isn't at the time of writing.
Your typical shounen anime with good arcs and fight. Both are must watch anime atleast once in your anime carrier,. Lots of demon/youkao with a big character pool who gets decent development. Good side-comedy.
The plot's are very different however both these anime have the same feel to them- that Shounen adventure that won't let you sleep till you've finished all the episodes. Also if you like kids fighting demons both these animes are full of what you;re looking for. Not only is there action, but also plenty of comedy. These animes will leave you inner Shounen satisfied.
Exactly as many other recommendations, I recommend Soul Eater because both the anime share almost the same type of story. Main characters are demon related. The world they live in is related to after-life and stuff. Both anime involve extinguishing supernatural creatures. I got the same vibe watching this as I got from watching Soul Eater. Both are enjoyable too.
- Both the anime share almost the same type of story.
- Both anime involve fighting against supernatural creatures.
- Their worlds are related to after-life.
- Some of the characters are demons/supernaturals.
They have an quite similar overall feeling. Both mains are fighting with there friends against an enemy using somekind of super power.
Good organization versus evil organization, lots of characters with various weapons. Soul Eater is however much more lighthearted than D.Gray-Man.
Liek D.Gray-Man, Soul Eater has people who have supernatural "weapons" that they are compatible with. Defeating evil beings is their duty. The weapons can "level up" like the Innocence contained in the exorcists'.
They both deal with fighting off bad soul's to protect the good ones. While one has more of an emphasis on souls itself. Humor in both is very similair.
Both stories involved the theme, supernatural and good vs bad. In D.Gray-Man, the exocists are fighting against the akuma, noahs and earl who wanted to bring the world to an end. While in Soul Eater, the meisters and their weapons are fighting against the demon god, witches and humans who have turn evil.
These two anime have a similar feeling.
It's sorta dark and it's full of comedy and action. If you like D.Gray-man then you will enjoy Soul Eater too. :]
Both about an organization of people with spiritual abilities that are supposed to destroy evil spirits
They are similar because they both have teams that attack demons for innocents but in soul eater there after souls
I really recomend to peeps who have watch soul eater to watch d-gray-man!!
They are really similar in how the anime ends. They both have supernatural powers and trys to fight off a same enemy which reborns or takes a long time/hard time to defeat.
The art, humor, action and story is pretty simialar to each other and there both also made by studio Bones.
Well both need soul to create a weapon...Crona's weapon are made from blood.it's the same as Lena-lee's innocent that made from blood too(last episode). Both main character a gray haired that is Allen and Soul.. In D.Gray Man a person is stronger when the compatibility between he/she and his/her innocent is higher. The same thing with Soul Eater...in order to make a good attack the technician and the weapon must be at the same wavelength. .. it's quite the same.
They are both Shounen anime series, but with extremely heavy focus on the individual characters, and their progression mentally and emotionally, not just physically. Both have reasonable "power ups." All episodes that could be considered as "filler" seem to fulfil an important role in both shows, thus giving us few unimportant episodes. Exorcists and students are very similar, as they both fight 'demons' to save the world secretly. Both are reletively gothic in style, though D. Gray-man is much darker. They both have their serious and comedic moments. Both have AWESOME opening themes. Each character (Exorcists and students) all use unique weapon fighting styles and techniques, and the weapons tend to develop their own unique personalities, almost becoming characters themselves (In Soul Eaters' case, obviously, they are characters.) Both have eccentric leaders that give out missions (Lord Death vs. Komui) and both have tall, powerful, long red-haired, womanizing, alcohol-prone characters that have close ties with one of the main characters (General Cross vs. Spirit), as well as a crew of powerful fighters that come in and help midway throughout the series (Generals vs Death Scythes). Both series also have peculiar villains and intriguing antagonists that almost get as many fans as the protagonists (Ashura + Witches vs. Earl and the Noa). Also, they have practically identical English voice actors.
Both shows have pairs of young fighters that work for an organization committed to fight demons. Also the ambiance and styling of both shows are similar.
They both have a dark action vibe and they talk about souls a lot
Its another 50 eps longer than souleater, but its dark as well and although they dont get weapons that morph into humans like in soul eater its still just as good and they *evolve* is the word ill use to not spoil anything. through out the story. The charecters are quite indepth and youll grow to like them :s
On a side note : Both of these are somewhat like naruto / Bleach but completly different becuase there arent any fillers, and if there were then they were too well blended into the main plotline that i didnt notice.
Both animes deals with battling akuma's to protect the world. In D.Gray Man they use weapons called innocence as in Soul Eater the weapons are actual humans that turns into weapon to slay the demons. The atmosphere of the 2 animes are very similar in the aspect it can get serious or funny depending on the situation in a flash. Both animes have moments where darkness prevails (more like the sensation of darkness).
- They are both Shounen
-In both animes they fight demons in order to restore peace to the world
-They have a similar idea of using weapons against the evil
-They both have really funny and really dramatic moments in them
-THEY ARE BOTH EPIC
+both anime have a similar story
+both with organization to defense from evil and destruction
+both with Action, Adventure, Comedy, Shounen
It just seems to click. They are pretty similar Allen, the main can't turn into weapons like Soul, but his arm can transform. In D Gray Man they kill evil demons or souls gone wrong too, but here they are called "akuma". They both go after similar goals, to destroy the leaders of their enemies.
Essentially the same anime, but with different moods. If you're looking for a dark shounen with a strange sense of humour, D.Gray-man is for you. If you want a lighthearted shounen with a relatively raunchy sense of humour, go for Soul Eater. They are both action-centric anime about teenagers with unique weapons that are used to destroy corrupted souls.
These anime also share similar flaws, in that they both have quite a bit of filler (Soul Eater especially).
Both have a serious plot (though D Gray Man's anime's plot is more serious than Soul Eater, Soul Eater is more intense in the manga :P) and they have moments of humor in both animes that I really really love, plus both emphasize on friendship, teamwork and scarifice :D
D.Gray-Man has the same style. They both have a group of friends fighting a enemy that they dont really know till late in the series. Both also container alot of humor, super natural skills/weapons and a main character with a overprotective relative. All and all a fun serie to watch.
Simular setting as soul eater: Shinigami fighting monsters who feed of human souls. Comedy, action and romance elements are also present in both series. The animation style is different though, soul eater has cartoonesk elements while bleach has a more common animation style
Hmmm... They both have main characters that have to fight against monsters... For example, Bleach with Hollows and Soul Eater with their 'demons'. Anyway, their plot are somewhat similar. It's about their main characters fighting for peace and things like that....
Soul Eater revolves around, thus far, three students and their respective weapons used to take out "seeds of Kishin" or wayward human souls. The first protagonist, Maka, wields a scythe name Soul Eater. She is the daughter of the current Death Scythe (the weapon used by Shinigami aka Death). The second is Black Star, a ninja, and his weapon of choice it Tsubaki, who can transform into various ninja weapons. The third student is Death the Kid, Shinigami's son, who wields Patricia and Elizabeth, a pair of guns.
The seeds, are very similar to Hollow. Bleach and Soul Eater also have the same uniqe weapon for everybody and shinigami theme!
They both deal with shinigami, spirits, fighting, and they both have transforming dealing with swords. In Bleach, their katana have powers and in Soul Eater, the swords are people that can make their body a weapon.
Besides being another action heavy series, Soul Eater also deals with safe caretaking of souls. The meisters are similar to the soul reapers in that they have a relatioship or partnership with their weapon, though their relationship isn't nearly as vague as the ones between reapers and their weapons.
In both Bleach and Soul Eater, super-powered students learn from even more powerful masters. The emphasis on unique weapons is also a similarity, as well as the two major themes of action and comedy.
FYI, I watch Bleach in dubs, but I obviously watched Soul Eater in subs. I don't know if this matters to anyone who sticks to one or the other.
If you think bleach could focus more on teenage drama, jokes, boobage, and general silliness, then this is for you. If you like how bleach can be very serious, then you will find this childish. I don't mean to sound to down on a show that I'm recommending, but it's prettymuch a ripoff of bleach's plot but changed around to appeal more to a younger and/or unisex audience rather than only males. Soul Eater has more jokes, and more fan service.
They both involve shinigamis and taking souls. In Bleach, they release the souls into Soul Society while in Soul Eater, their scythes eat 100 souls in order to turn into the ultimate scythe.
Soul Eater is basically bleach but with more emphasis given to the Zanpakutoh or in this case technicians' weapon.
Bleach and Soul Eater are the same in many ways, around human's soul and the main character duty......
Both Soul eater and Bleach involve defending humans from transformed monsters
Bleach(hollows) soul eater(kishin)
Both have an area where people are trained to fight these beings
Both involve using weapons that transform
Bleach uses Bankai , Soul Eater- Soul Resonance
Soul eater is more like an awesome version of the filler series in Bleach where all the captain's weapons had transformed
Bleach and Soul Eater are very similar in regards to warrior and weapon developing a relationship through basic human interaction, which strengthens their bonds and in turn makes them more powerful and badass. Though not as overpowered as DragonballZ and Bleach characters, I found myself at the edge of my seat during Soul Eaters fights rather often. I enjoyed the show greatly and found many similarities to Bleach hence the recommendation.
-Both have shinigamis (death gods)
-This guy who is extremely talented
-Awesome characters and story
-Great fights and action moments
The characters fuse with their blades and the story is all about shinigamis etc!
The both are about shinigami, hollows/kishin, death and the afterlife. Also both are shounen with a strong story line
Both anime focus on a large cast of characters, who use unique shape-shifting weapons to hunt man-eating monsters. Apart from the plot, they have similar characters (for example, Ichigo and Black Star), as well as similar comedy and overall vibe.
Both have the same supernatural thematic (souls and stuff). While Bleach is sometimes a very serious anime, Soul Eater is funny most of the times. But one thing overlaps them both: They can be extremely profound at times. Laughing or crying, you will enjoy it.
Both anime are about "gods" (Soul Eater: Shinigami). In both anime, some characters can change into a weapon and be used by their partner. In both anime, the "gods" (can) fight some sort of a monster that isn't human or another normal animal. They're also fun to watch. :)
1 person weilding another person who can turn into a weapon, It has that Bones humor where its really animated but really tries to put away the humor for serious moments. Animation is subpar for todays standards in noragami's case
Both anime have protagonists that fight against supernatural monsters and human weapon partners. Both have kickass characters. They also use the same type of humor.
Taking on a supernatural perspective, Soul Eater and Noragami deals with Gods and powers beyond our imaginations.
In battle, characters are able to wield weapons that are incarnations of their partners. As flashy as it sounds, they offer a host of powerful abilities that can turn the tide of a battle.
The main characters from both series has a hotblooded personality but is down to earth when it comes to casual conversations. At the same time, they do truly care about their partners and the people around them.
Both anime are very similar to each other, since both MC's have a partner that can transform into a weapon (swords, knifes, guns etc.) Thought Soul Eater is definitely a more serious and horror themed anime while Noragami not so much.
People can turn into weapons and be used by their master.
Though Soul Eater has more of a dark concept, both these series have great action and comedy. Their characters are super lovable and their development will make you feel more attached to them.
[x] Deep exploration between friendship and partnership
[x] Weapons and humans
[x] Comical relief
[x] Supernatural causes
[x] Colourful cast of characters that act neither black or white to add complexity
[x] Solving cases to make the world a better place
[x] Carry action packed scenes in each episode
Watch Soul Eater if:
You want a story about learning and changing oneself and dealing with other characters relationships. It follows different characters and each having their own unique perspective. It is more heavier on action, and the art style is more simple, but it has a nice halloween feel to it.
Watch Noragami if:
You want to match comedy and action, and are interested on focusing with a few characters. This one also deals feelings from the current and afterlife, along with vulnerability of Shinto gods. The art style is colourful, and bright. read more
Both anime has the same "style". there are people who turn into a weapon and the owner tries to kill the soul/phantom. Also the art has big meaning in both anime. We can find something special in every characters appearance in Soul Eater (for instance, Soul's teeth or Maka's eyes), the same is with Noragami's characters (Yato's eyes, Yukine's hair and eyes, Hiyori's "tail").
And they are enjoyable too.
Same humor, same animation studio and in both animes, a "person" become to a weapon.
Like Soul eater Noragami follows the idea of the power to turn into weapons whiles not copying each other at all. Like Noragami Soul eater also puts a lot of work into characters giving the anime a great variety of character types and personalities! Both series have the main plot of destroying corrupted souls and also solving the main problem in the series. They both also don't only focus on the main plot but have some good comic relief and side stories!
Both contain the idea of having a person be able to turn into weapon, and using that weapon to slay some kind of spirit. There's also the possibility for corruption in both shows, as well as both portraying the relation between master and weapon.
Similarities: They both contain almost the same battle scene structure "human like" turns into a weapon.
The one that holds the weapon both are the "masters"
Both are related to some sort of "God/Demon/Spirit" themes story
They both contain comedy and a love story of some kind.
The differences are that Soul Eater involves a group a kids going to a particular school to be train for a job and Noragami deals with a God doing particular jobs and hunting demons while trying to help the Human/Spirit "friend."
Both involve a person who can use another person as a weapon. Both have solid character development, although Soul Eater's takes a little longer (it is 51 episodes). Good action sequences.
Both are funny stories that deal with the main characters using other people's soul as a weapon.
Both series have weapons that are humans capable of turning into weapons.
Blue exorcist is also similiar to Noragami.
-it about spirit
-peaple turn into weapon
- Bones make the anime
I live noragami and soul eater beacause they similar
The art style and atmosphere are generally similar.
Both have two guys that seem to hate eachother and are constantly trying to beat eachother, but when it comes down to saving the things they care about these two main characters make an unstopable force. there is also a ton of random things that will make you laugh in both series.
The simple yet colorful and appealing art style is what really draws these two together. Both also have fantastic stories and a menagerie of characters that are easy to fall in love with. They both utilize fanservice in a tasteful and humorous way, but also have their touching moments. If you like one, you're sure to like the other.
Fairy Tail is awesome and sol eater too, even if soul eater have a little bit more insanity, i strongly recomend you to see fairy tail!!
well its a shounen action type anime with awesome, very funny and unique characters it has a good storyline and awesome art and animation .If you liked Soul Eater you should try Fairy Tail
I don't know how to explain but they just feel alike. The way they kind of hint relationships but there isn't any. And the partner/group thing. Oh and Natsu reminds so much of Black Star. And things like Grays weird clothes off thing corresponds with Deaths Symmetry.
Both shows have characters with random and weird personalities. They can be insanely funny and serious at the same time. Both also are in a certain league or in FT's case, a guild.
Both series are fun and lively with a large and incredible quirky cast of characters that you can't help but like. They both use a similar style of humor that plays off your knowledge of the characters and their weird tendancies.
Both have a strong feeling of loyalty among the characters and a lot of action.
In both series, there's a sense of battle shounen involving the main characters against other adversaries that opposes them throughout each episode.
Both series' main protagonists are always looking forward to a good fight and hoping to improve themselves in their skills.
In both series, there is a school/guild that trains the main characters in various skills and from what they've learned, the members compete against others using those skills.
Both series features a lot of action, drama, comedy. They also have similar artwork.
Both FT and SE have blocky colourful animation. The storylines are brilliant, fun but I have cried at both... yes, yes I have :) Lots of action and magic/magical transformations- both have worlds which are detailed and unique. If you watch one, watch the other- both are really brill! :)
Both are shounens that surprisingly have emotion.Both are regular worlds but with a supernatural twist that draws the charcthers together.Both focus around one of the stronger and uniqer groups of a larger organization.
Both animes have a similar overall theme of the importance of friendship.
Both include a bit of fanservice; although, it is heavier in Fairy Tail.
Both have somewhat-typical shounen plots, but are enjoyable.
Natsu and Black*Star are very, VERY similar characters. Maka and Lucy are similar at times, too.
Finally, the artwork is similar. I thoroughly enjoyed both :)
Both have a really similar art style and they have lots of action and comedy. Many of the characters' personalities are also very alike.
Both Soul Eater and Fairy Tail have this group/team work feel to it. Soul Eater takes place in a school for technicians and weapons and they team up to eliminate their enemies, and Fairy Tail takes place in a Guild were people take jobs and team up with the people they have a bond with.
They both have amazing characters that you with laugh with (or at) and they both have awesome missions with really great action scenes.
Though the art style differs slightly, however rather more drastically in other ways, the anime is by far one of my favourites.
I feel the main characters have some striking similarities: Natsu and Lucy being extremely similar to the pairing of Maka and Soul; of the same lack of intelligence seen in both lead male roles. Also of the two main characters belonging to a group with equally high aspirations.
Both also seem to face an ultimate enemy with power equal to that of god. And of course each shows the progression of the characters and their powers in order to face this god.
The style of fighting is a little different with Fairy tail using magic and Soul Eater using weapons and technicians however the fighting is equally enjoyable and both had me strongly into the fight scenes. Fairy tail fights can be slightly drawn out however -sometimes lasting an episode at a time- however it is still thoroughly enjoyable.
Fianlly although Soul Eater has met it's end (Which ultimately I found to be quite disappointing) Fairy Tail is a lot less linear and has reached the 175 episode mark without finishing. Well I say that but the anime series then ends there; it is continued however in the manga which is equally brilliant. There is an amazing amount of plot and character development; I absolutely adore Natsu and Happy.
I reccomend this to almost any anime fan regardless of whether they have seen Soul Eater or not.
Adventurous friends go on missions to defeat self-proclaimed evil beings. Many genres, mainly being a Shonan. Fairy Tail being my favorite anime (I have seen it 39 times), Soul Eater falls into third place, right behind Another. Soul Eater is one of the most entertaining Shonan actions I have found out there.
- Both have a Halloween-like theme to it filled with supernatural creatures galore.
- Both are shonen fighting anime.
- Fanservice galore in both
- Similar humor
- Soul and Staz both have really similar personalities
- The art style to Blood Lad is strikingly similar to Soul Eater's in a way. I actually believed that both of them were by the same creator when I first saw Blood Lad! So if you like the art style in one then you might really like the other.
The concepts of demons and souls are bought together in both Soul Eater and Blood Lad. Their worlds contrasts with the law of nature along with the modern world.
The main male protagonist from both series are hot headed but does care about his friends and companion. The main female characters contrasts quite a bit from both series but do also play some pivotal roles in the stories. They often encourage their companion to believe in themselves at what they do.
Both series has a lot of comedy and strange gags. This is presented in more of a lighthearted tone that occurs out of random sometimes. Additionally, expect some action as there are conflicts in involved from both worlds.
Supernatural themes are very recurrent in both series as well as the dark aesthetic in a not-to-be-taken-seriously way. Blood Lad has a bit more fanservice tho.
Also, I consider Soul Eater to be significantly higher than the other, maybe due to a bigger amount of episodes that serve well to character development and progress of characters relationships.
Both series have fan service, a lot of comedy, and things that have to do with demons, souls, spirits, etc. I think they also have aimilar a art style and vibe. There are also hints of romance between the main characters, i.e. Soul and Maka, Staz and Fuyumi.
Both anime feature monsters, magic, and a halloween themed world.
Soul Eater has more insane smiley people art-wise and focuses more on humanoid protagonists fighting with their sentient weapons.
Blood Lad focuses on a vampire protagonist with vampiric powers, such as super-regeneration and being able to crush enemy's hearts with magic.
Both have a unique world brought to life by a broad, vivid color scheme. Both have a wacky (and somewhat urban) atmosphere, style of humor, and characters. Soul Eater is much more shounen, but Blood Lad also carries importance in powers.
Supernatural themes are very recurrent in both series as well as the dark aesthetic in a not-to-be-taken-seriously way. Blood Lad has a bit more fanservice tho.
Also, I consider Soul Eater to be significantly higher than the other, maybe due to a bigger amount of episodes that serve well to character development and progress of characters relationships
Both these series focus on the hot-headed protagonists and their lives. They have a similar tyle and atmosphere, and focus heavily on the comedy. Of course, Soul Eater becomes more serious towards the end, while Blood Lad has more of a light-hearted feel to it. Both these animes have to do with supernatural beings and powers.
They both had a very similar fell to them so if you like one you might like the other.
Basically the two are built on the same "ground", although the stories don't come to resemble, both are full of supernatural creatures with a tone of satirical comedy, which is what makes me believe that those who enjoyed one certainly will appreciate the other, the characters have similar aspects as well as the animation as a whole, not to mention the fights that follow the same style.
The animation is extremely similar. They both have whimsical characters, backgrounds, and situations. Staz (the main character of Blood Lad) looks very similar to Death the Kid as well, and they both have quirky personalities. They both fall under the fantasy genre and have similar creatures like werewolves, demons, ghosts, etc. They both remind me of each other and they are both excellent series. Blood Lad has a lot less episodes than Soul Eater, but they both give off the same feeling while watching them. It sucks you in by the story line, interesting characters, and amusing comic relief.
•They have the same art style
•Both have surreal things like demons
•Both have awesome fights
•They have strong male leads
•All sorts of people appear in both animes
•Both have almost romnace
•BOTH ARE AMAZING
Both anime share a spooky Halloween theme and have characters with supernatural powers. Artstyle is eye catching for both and have a nice balance of comedy and action.
Both animes got all sort of supernatural creatures and use theirs respective powers against each others
Humor and personality of the main characters are based on the same principle
Design of the anime are very similar
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