Soul Eater starts out a bit fluffy, but once the characters have been introduced, the writers spin up a good balance of action, a hint of romance, and plenty of comedy. Basically, as each episode passed, the series got increasingly better and better. At 52 episodes in length, the room to grow is of course evident. The characters you first meet are Maka, a feisty young female Meister, Soul, her young male partner and weapon, and Black Star who is a young assassin in training. All these characters attend lord death’s school for young students to train them to retrieve keshin egg souls before they mature into true keshin.
Obviously, a series with so many episodes features lots of storyline I can’t get into specifically, however I can tell you it is worth investing your time in. Most of the plot involves battling villians Arachne and Co., but there are a number of subplots that are painstakingly followed. The animation is incredible and you never feel like you are seeing recycled animation. The action is intense and so smoothly animated. Maka, Kid, and BlackStar all have to deal with the foundations of their personal worlds being shaken. I think this is why the writers spent the first few episodes setting up the various battles that the characters are about to embark on, but after that it’s one dark, bloody battle after another.
Bones animates the attack sequences in Soul Eater and it looks real good for a tv anime. The angles, choreography and cuts make watching the fights a lot of fun. I’m already feeling for the characters. I felt bad for Maka when it appeared that Soul was going to switch sides and also because she has a loser of a father. I am definetely not used to have feelings for animated characters but the story progressed so well I found myself connecting with the characters without even realizing. The theme is about courage and madness. These plays a big part in the show. Throughout the course of the show, expect to see schoolgirls, witches, street smart cowgirls, sharp-dressed men, sultry catgirls, and ninjas.
Soul Eater is a very well-rounded package that is an entertaining safe bet. Like I stated before, being that there are 52 episodes, we don’t have to put up with 30 episode filler arcs that seem so common right now in longer anime series (*cough* Bleach *cough*). I would even go so far as saying Soul Eater has enough appeal that is broad enough to potentially win over the occasional non-anime fan. However, the content usage is questionable. This caused the ending to feel abrupt.
The absolute best part for both you and for I, is this series is all available readily on the itnernet, and even feautred on Hulu. Along with that art style, you also have a story that seems to draw inspiration from the most random and obscure reaches of Western civilization. The story, the dramatic elements and of course the action-packed battles is elevated to an all new high and as a viewer, I was literally hooked! There are many great touches that combine to create a world located somewhere between a cutesy kids’ cartoon, an arcade game and advanced psychosis. I truely believe there is a little of everything for everyone in this series and if you have been looking for a new series to sink your teeth into, I can’t recommend anything higher than Soul Eater. What are you waiting for? Get to it.