My Hero Academia: Tomorrow’s Heroes Today!!

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Everyone loves super heroes. They fight crime, protect us and ask for nothing in return. But, what if everyone had the potential to become a hero based on an ability they developed in childhood? 

That’s what My Hero Academia is all about!

In this anime, people can develop powers, or “quirks”, if they are born with only All Mightone joint in their pinkie toe. Most people with quirks go to school called U.A. High, to become professional heroes. The most famous hero in the series is known as All Might (Christopher Sabat). His quirk is called “One for All”, which gives himAll Might True Form.jpg super human strength and agility, and also makes him bulk up with enormous muscles. However, All Might’s power has a time limit to how long he can use it per day. When not doing super hero work, All might reverts to a scrawny man with sunken eyes.

MidoriyaIzuku Midoriya (Justin Briner), has a big dream to become a great hero like All Might, who is his idol and role model. As a child, Midoriya waits to see what kind of quirk he’ll develop. Sadly, he is told that because he has two joints in his pinkie toe, it’s concluded that he would never develop a quirk of his own. Despite this blow to his dream, Midoriya’s passion to attend U.A. doesn’t falter. 

Everything changes for Midoriya when he meets All Might, and learns the secret of his quirk. All Might even tells Midoriya that a quirkless human can’t make it into U.A., and that he should accept they way things are. Hearing this from his idol, Midoriya is lost. That is…until he sees his childhood friend Katsuki Bakugo (Clifford Chapin) being attacked by a sludge monster. Even though he has the power to explode anything he touches, Katsuki is engulfed by the monster, and even the professional heroes are having trouble stopping him from killing the boy. Seeing this scene, without thinking, Midoriya rushes through the crowd and tries desperately to save his friend.

All Might, watching this ordinary boy rush into danger with no hesitation, realizes Apprentice.pngthat Midoriya could be the one to possibly take his place as the next greatest hero the world has ever known. He confronts Midoriya, saying that he does have the potential to become a hero based on his actions.

This series has grown so much in popularity, that the second season, which was released April 1, is being dubbed the same time the subbed version is uploaded. It shows how much of a following the anime has. Not a lot of anime series gets this kind of attention.

The reason I will not go into more details about this anime, is because the comedy and twist within the series are just too good to spoil and just need to be witnessed.

As a bit of a bonus, the studio who helped develop My Hero Academia, Studio Bones, is famous for releasing other anime series such as Full Metal Alchemist (original and Brotherhood), Ouran High School Host Club, Soul Eater, Space Dandy, and so much more!

Check out My Hero Academia for yourself, and watch future heroes prove themselves. New episodes of Season 2 is uploaded every Saturday night.

If you were born with a quirk, what would it be?

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Pixels Show the Glory of Nerds (may contain mild spoilers)

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Whoever said video games were a waste of time, have officially been proven wrong. They are the key to saving the planet!!

Pixels is a fun, nostalgic film for just about anyone. People who played games like Donkey Kong, Galaga, Pac-Man, and other arcade games back in the 1980’s, will get to take a trip back to the past.

Pixels CastThe movie star Adam Sandler as one  of the main characters, Brenner, who is a tech installation guy. He is talking with his childhood friend Cooper, played by Kevin James, about his life choices. Brenner got a degree at MIT, hoping to create games of his own. But because of his loss in a video game competition against Eddie, played by Peter Dinkler, Cooper gave up on his dream and settled with installing flat screens and game stations for families.

Cooper, on the other hand, is president of the USA. However, the public is not happy with some of the decisions he has made while running the country. The news ridicules him when a story goes up of him reading to a girl’s scout and mispronouncing a word. A girl corrects him and he raises his voice at her, causing the little girls to call him mean.

Meanwhile, Brenner is at a home, installing a flat-screen and a other high-tech systems, when he gets a call from President Cooper, telling him to rush to the White House. When Brenner gets there, Cooper shows him a video feed of an Air Force base being attached by what looked like ships and missiles from Galaga.

They are informed by their friend Ludlow, played by Josh Gad, that an alien race had found a pod Earth sent to space, featuring old arcade games, and received it as a sign of war between the two races. The aliens send messages to the government, explaining that each challenge decides the fate of mankind. If Earth lost a challenge, they would lose a life, meaning the aliens would abduct a random human as a trophy. If the aliens lost a challenge, they would give Earth one of their warriors; playing on the concept of arcade games giving each player three lives per game. Three losses for Earth, meant the destruction of the planet.

Of course some of the best parts of the movie are the battles Sandler and the others have to go through. President Cooper commands that the military let the nerds train them in dealing with the aliens, because of their skills in classic video games.

Sandler’s performance in the movie wasn’t bad. He helped produce the movie, according to the opening credits, and while there were some scenes where his lines were cheesy and his humor was dry, it didn’t kill the movie. There were times when he was funny and entertaining. Sandler’s action scenes were amazing, as well as times in the movie that were serious.

CentipedeIn the trailers, it shows Sandler and Gad trying to get the military to follow the pattern of Centipede as it attacks. They don’t know the pattern of the game, so Sandler grabs a blaster from a soldier, and uses it to shoot the Centipede in the head, killing it. Seeing that scene in full is just as epic as the trailer depicts it. The same can be said for their battle with Pac-Man. All of the effects of the video game characters interacting with the actors, and the video games breaking down objects and pixelating them were phenomenal. Pac-Man

Nerds kicking ass and aliens using video games to go to war with the planet Earth, Pixels is a fun movie for parents and kids to go see. For people who played these classic games as kids and teens of the 80’s and 90’s, they’ll get a sense of nostalgia. It is definitely a movie to go see this summer!

Magical Girls Replaced by Magical Boys!!

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The genre of Magical Girls has been a very popular on in anime. From the classic Sailor Moon, to Tokyo Mew Mew, anime fans have alike have always been fascinated by Magical Girl anime shows. Now, this concept has taken a unique turn- Magical Girls are now Magical Boys!

Cute High Earth Defense Club Love. Just take a second to read that title and see if it makes you laugh. The Japanese name is Binan Koko Chikyu Boei-bu Love! It is a long title for an anime, which makes me think it mocks itself. I was curious as to why they had to have the word “cute” in there. Maybe it was to draw attention to the title, and make people so curious, that they’d check out a few episodes. Well, it sure got my attention.

Battle Lovers

This is a new anime, released in Japan on Jan. 6, 2015 and ran on the air until Mar. 24, 2015 with 12 episodes, features five young men, Yumoto Hakone (Kazutomi Yamamoto), En Yufuin (Yuichiro Umehara), Atsushi Kinugawa (Kotaro Nishiyama), Io Naruko (Yusuke Shirai), and Ryuu Zaou (Toshiki Masuda). They all attend Binan High School, where they are part of a school club called The Earth Defense Club.

BathhouseThe anime starts off with Atsushi and En enjoying a bath at Yumoto’s family bathhouse. Out of the blue, a pink creature in the form of an Earth Wombat (Mugihito) appears before the guys, and begs them to help him save the planet. Atsushi and En don’t know what’s going on, grasping the concept of a Wombat speaking perfect Japanese, and talking about saving the Earth through the power of Love.

WombatAt the school the following day, Wombat appears in front of all of the club members, this time being held by a teacher who he controlled in order to move around freely. With his powers, he gives the guys magical bracelets that clasp to their wrists. When they shout the phrase, “Love-Making”, the five guys turn into the Battle Lovers. Yumot, who is obviously the leader of the Magical Boys, transforms into The Sparkling Prince, Scarlet. En transforms into The Flashing Prince, Cerulean. Atsushi is The Piercing Prince, Epinard. Io is transformed into The Roaring Prince, Sulphur. Ryuu transforms into The Thrilling Prince, Vesta.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2sk-XfiyOc Click this link to see the Battle Lovers Transformation!

Now, let’s talk about the transformation sequence for the Battle Lovers. In my Defense Clubopinion, I think this show was greatly inspired by Sailor Moon. The outfits are flashy, the boys are nakes and surrounded by glittering hearts, and the poses are on par with Sailor Moon and other Magical Girl series. The first episode is hilarious, because before they all transform, they are forced by the bracelets to pose and declare how strong the power of Love is. I found myself laughing at the fact that they were doing it against their will.

Love StickWhen they defeat a monster, Yumoto, AKA Scarlet, uses an attack with a weapon called the Love Stick, and calls out “Love Shower”. When that happens, the monster is turned back into a human, and their understanding of love is returned, and increases tenfold. After the battle ends, Scarlet declares, “Love is Over”, which of course doesn’t make sense. Even his friends say that the line makes no sense, but eventually rolls with it.

Conquest ClubOf course, this being a Magical Boys anime, there have to be main antagonists that call forth the monsters. The villains of  Cut High Earth Defense Club Love are The Conquest Club. In Binan High, they are the members of the Student Council, Kinshiro Kusatsu (Hiroshi Kamiya), the council president (center), Ibushi Arima (Jun Fukuyama), the vice-president (right), and Akoya Gero (Takuma Terashima) (left). They are led by a green creature in the form of a hedgehog (insert Sonic the Hedgehog reference here LOL), named Lord Zundar (Hiroki Yatsumoto). Their goal is to Zundartake over the Earth and cleanse it of everything uncivilized and ugly. Kinshiro transforms into Chevalier Aurite, Ibushi is Chevalier Argent, and Akoya is Chevalier Perlite. Using a quill from Zundar, they can fill it with dark energy and shoot it at an ususpecting person, bringing out the darkness in their hearts and transforming them into a monster. Every episode, they manipulate a person, and get them to threaten the school and fight the Battle Lovers. Every episode, the Battle Lovers thwart them.

Now, there are two final things in this anime that need to be addressed. One of them is the identities of the Battle Lovers. In Sailor Moon, Tokyo Mew Mew and Magical DoReMi, no one seems to ever recognize them, despite the fact that they aren’t wearing masks. Cut High Earth Defense Club Love is clever with explaining why non of the boys’ classmates can recognize them. Wombat explains that he uses advanced technology to censor the Battle Lovers’ faces and voices from the general public. I found this funny just because of the way they explained this, and the fact that this is an extremely creative and smart approach as to why no one knows who they are. The Conquest Club have the same technology protecting their identities as well. The Conquest Club and the Battle Lovers cannot even identify one another because of this technology. Of course, later on they figure it out.

The final issue, is the one that took me up to at least episode four to realize: There are LITERALLY no females in this anime. Okay, the characters attend an all boy’s school. But, whenever the characters are outside pf the school, there are still no sign of any girls. Anywhere! Ryuu talks about being popular with girls, and at one point is seen talking to a possible girlfriend over the phone. However, he gets picked on a few times for lying about his status with girls. There is no yaoi in this anime, nor does it fall into the category. Personally, I thought it made the show unique about having it focus on guys. Plus, the anime is geared towards females (and maybe gay men who like anime), so it does make sense to not have females in the show.

All in all, this anime is…interesting. That’s all I can say about it. All of the characters, main and supporting characters, have individual personalities that allow viewers to pick favorites, and it just keeps you laughing to the point where you want to watch the next episode to see what happens.

Believe me when I say, this anime has tons of surprises that no one will see coming.

Owari no Seraph: From Manga to Anime

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Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End), is a shonen manga series that takes place in the year 2012, when a human-made virus infects and kills humans over the age of 13. The human race is brought to the edge of extinction. At the same time, vampires rise and take control of what’s left of the surface. They lure in the surviving children below the Earth, seeing them as livestock, harvesting their blood.

The manga is written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto. The storyboard for the series was done by Daisuke Furuya. So far, there are 20 chapters posted on various online manga sites, which calculates to about 6 volumes that have been physically released. The manga got its debut in the 2012 Shonen Jump issue.

owari no seraphThe series has done well with anime/manga fans everywhere, that in August 2014, it was announced that there will be an anime adaptation coming soon. The directors of the anime are Daisuke Tokudo, also the director of anime series such as Attack on Titan and Guilty Crown, and his deputy Masashi Koizuka, who has also worked on Attack on Titan.

The series focuses on young Yuichiro Hyakuya, who lives underground with other kids that have become his only family. His closest friend/brother is Mikaela Hyakuya (nickname: Mika). Tired of being a tool for the vampires, Yuichiro gathers his family and attempts to escape to the surface. But they are caught by Felid Bathroy, a vampire elite. Felid attacks the children, including Mika, slaughtering every one of them. Yuichiro is the only one who manages to escape to the surface, swearing vengeance upon the vampires.

He is given his chance at revenge when he is recruited to the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. He goes through years of training until he is ready to wield a demon weapon and go out to fight the vampires with his team. He is assigned to the Moon Demon Squad, along with his superior, Shinoa Hiragi, and his teammates, Shihou Kimizuki, Yoichi Saotome, and Mitsuba Sanguu. Throughout the manga, his comrades and family refer to him as “Yuu”.

Yuichiro_as_a_childAs the protagonist, Yuu is a hard worker and very brave. As stated previously, his only goal is to destroy all of the vampires, as revenge for what they did to his family. Before he was taken by the vampires, Yuu’s parents claimed he was a Demon spawn and tried to kill him. When his mother went insane and killed herself, Yuu was sent off to the Hyakuya Orphanage. This is where he met Mika and the other orphans. He was distant from them at first, but Miak assured him that they were all the same because they both were born into abusive families.

While fighting for the Imperial Demon Army, Shinoa and Glen explain to Yuu that he has to unleash the full power of his demon weapon. Their weapons contain demons within them, and the soldiers must tame them in order to control them in battle. If they don’t, the demon will feast on their soul and possess them. Eventually, Yuu manages to tame his demon weapon and sees the power he can unleash with its help. Having this power, Yuu becomes more confident that he can reach his goal and kill the vampires, in order to reclaim Earth for the humans, as well as avenge his family.

Later in the manga, it is revealed that Mika wasn’t killed during the slaughter. Instead, he is taken to the Head Vampire, Kururu, and is turned into a vampire against his will.

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As a vampire, Mika refuses to drink human blood. Instead, he requests the blood of Kururu whenever he feels his hunger rising. Because of this, his transformation is incomplete and still ages. He doesn’t smile like he used to as a child, and is set on protecting Yuichiro when the vampires declare war on the humans. Yuichiro is the only one he cares about. Besides Yuu, Mika has admitted to hating humans and vampires. He distances himself from the other vampires, ignoring whatever they say to him. But if any vampire mentions anything about hurting Yuu, Mika retaliates with threats to kill anyone who harms Yuu. Despite growing a hatred for humans, Mika doesn’t see them as livestock like other vampires do. When it comes to combat, Mika rushes in without thinking. He wears an expressionless face as he fights, showing no remorse for harming humans when he goes against them.

The manga creators have released a Japanese voice cast for some of the main characters:

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Kensho Ono- Mikaela Hyakuyamika

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The three voices listed have been in well-known anime shows, movies and video games. Miyu Irino has been the Japanese voices of Astral from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal, Haku from the famous movie Spirited Away, and is the Japanese voice of Sora from the Kingdom Hearts video games.

Kensho has done voices for Hakuryu Ren from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Brinda Jr. from Ghost in the Shell: Arise, and he was even the Japanese voice of Andy in Toy Story 3!

Finally, Yuchi Nakamura has been the voice of Gray Fullbuster from the Fairy Tail series, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Rex Raptor from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters.

It has been announced that the anime is set to air in April 2015. It is also known that VIZ Media will be publishing the English translation of the anime, and that a trailer has been released recently on YouTube. To keep up with the news about Owari no Seraph, follow the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OwariNoSeraph

High Action Anime with Over-the-top Fanservice

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From the creators of Gurren Lagann comes a new series with lots of eye-bulging action and intense action called Kill la Kill.

I’ve seen pictures and cosplays of this anime, but never really watched it until recently. When I did, there were no words to describe what I was watching because it was awesome, while at the same time a little too fanservice-y. For those who have already seen this anime, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it, but there are some things you should prepare for.

Ryuko Matoi (Ami Koshimizu; Japanese), travels to Honnoji Academy where she believes she will find the murderer of her father. On her person, she carries half of a giant scissor blade, knowing that if she finds the owner of the other half of the scissor blade, she will find her father’s killer. Her main suspect is the student-body president Satsuki Kiryuin (Ryoka Yuzuki; Japanese).

Honnoji Academy is not your average school. Every club has uniforms designed with intelligent Life Fibers, allowing the students to transform the uniforms into combat outfits for battle. The uniforms are developed by the president of the sewing club, Shiro Iori (Yuji Ueda; Japanese), who in my opinion is one of the coolest characters in the show. Plus I sort of have a little crush on him. Sadly he doesn’t get much screen time.

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Besides Ryuko fighting against Satsuki and Honnoji Academy, there is a group known as Nudist Beach. Founded also by Ryuko’s father, the goal of the organization was to stop the Kiryuin conglomerate from subjugating the world to Life Fibers. The leader of Nudist Beach is Aikuro Mikisugi (Shinichiro Miki; Japanese). He infiltrated the academy, posing as a teacher during the day. Okay, this guy is a serious whack-job and personally, freaks me out. When he’s not posing as a teacher, he strips himself of

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I’m not going to go into full detail of this anime because I’ll give away some of the show’s secrets. So instead, let’s go on to the fanservice. If you’ve seen Gurren Lagann, you know about Yoko’s revealing outfit. But Ryuko’s battle outfit is not only super revealing, it’s also  alive.

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Meet Senketsu (Toshihiko Seki; Japanese). Created by Ryuko’s father, Senketsu was made for only Ryuko to use to fight and absorb Life Fibers. In order for Senketsu to turn into Ryuko’s battle outfit, he must absorb the blood of the wearer. Ryuko uses a special glove that sticks her with tiny needles that send the blood to Senketsu.

Getting into the fanservice thing, I believe that Kill la Kill sort of mocks the idea of heroes transforming into smaller/fewer clothing in order to save the world. I say this because of the way the show delivers the action, and the transformation sequence. It’s not just Ryuko and Senketsu. Satsuki’s outfit is actually worse.

kill142Satsuki’s outfit is worse because there is no back to it. Her butt is completely exposed. I know for most guys, that’s not a problem. I’m just saying that her outfit and Ryuko’s and other character’s outfits are all, to me, just a joke.

Despite the outfits, I’d say Kill la Kill is a really great anime with smooth lines, smooth movements, great development in the story and the characters, and amazing facial expressions and angles. In fact, there has already been a release of an English Dub cast. Here is the link to see who will be voicing who. http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/tv-shows/Kill-la-Kill/voice-cast/. Also search YouTube for the English trailer.

Look for the DVD release July 15, 2014.

Black Butler Controversy (Why people think the show is a yaoi)

ImageI got into Black Butler (Kuroshitsuji) in 2011 and fell in love with it from the very beginning. The story was interesting, the characters were memorable and it brought a lot to the table. The Black Butler fandom grew immensely over time, especially when the anime was brought to America and dubbed by Funimation. I love this show so much that it is on my Top 5 Favorite Anime’s List.

The premise of the story: Ciel Phantomhive lost his parents at the age if 10, when his mansion burned down. He was then captured by an unknown group who treated him worse than animals. A demon comes to him one night, saying he could grant Ciel’s wish to exact revenge on those who took everything from him. The price would be his soul. Ciel makes the contract with the demon, now named Sebastian Michaelis. Sebastian acts as Ciel’s butler, following every order given by his new master.

Now of course, Sebastian and Ciel have a very strong bond due to the contract. Ciel relies on his butler for everything from scheduling his daily appointments to helping him solve cases for the Queen. However, the fandom has taken their relationship too far, making many people who hear about the show believe it is a yaoi. 

For those who don’t know, yaoi is a Japanese term that refers to ‘Boy’s Love.’ It is of course very popular among female anime fans and of course fans who consider themselves homosexual or bisexual. The term for ‘Girl’s Love’ is known as yuri.

I myself am into yaoi anime’s just because they convey the struggle and benefits of any relationship. However, ever since I got into Black Butler, I have had friends who know about Black Butler but have not seen the show, ask me if it is a yaoi. I realized the reason they have asked me that is 1. I have seen both seasons of the anime over forty+  times and know just about every detail of each episode, and 2. all of the fan art posted on social networks like DeviantArt, Tumblr, Photobucket, etc. 

I’m not saying that drawing fan art of two of your favorite characters together (shipping), is bad. I’ve drawn yaoi fan art. That just shows how big of a fan you are. What I’m saying is the Black Butler fan-base has taken Ciel’s and Sebastian’s relationship a bit too far, that a lot of people think it is a yaoi. If you Google the Black Butler synopsis, no where will it say it is a yaoi. Forums about the show will tell whether or not an anime is yaoi.

ImageBut, it is not the fan’s fault for spreading this misconception. In episode 4 of season 1, the Queen has ordered Ciel to investigate the Jack the Ripper case. Sebastian looks around and finds there is a suspect who has dealt in black marketing and could be the culprit. To find out the truth, they have to go to the suspect’s banquet. Ciel has to disguise himself as a female to attract the man’s attention. The image above shows a scene in the episode where Ciel is straining and sweating, which leads to many suggestive scenarios. Later it is shown that Sebastian is simply tightening a corset so he can appear to have a woman’s figure and fit into the dress he has to wear. Many fans, including myself have called this the “corset scene.” The fact that it shows Ciel in a suggestive position and Sebastian behind him, of course fan art is going to pop up in every part of the internet. 

Still, the fans have blown the entire thing out of proportion. There are some fans who say it is a yaoi not only because of this scene, but because of the relationship between Ciel and Sebastian. To me, the relationship between the two is just master and servant. Again, I’d be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t like looking at Black Butler yaoi every now and then. But the Black Butler yaoi I like is between Sebastian, the grim reaper Grell Sutcliff or the season 2 butler, Claude Faustus. 

Maybe it’s because in the show, Ciel is 13-years-old and I don’t like calling a minor ‘sexy’ nor do I have a sexual attraction to them. I will say they’re cute in a ‘little brother’ kind of way or just complimenting on their facial features as a character. I like Ciel as a character. Do I think he’s attractive…not to me. I’m not exactly sure how to put it into words. Bottom line, I am not attracted to Ciel.

People can continue making fan art of Ciel and Sebastian or whatever characters they want to ship. But in my opinion, saying Black Butler is a yaoi is kind of ruining it for new potential viewers. Some anime fans, boys and girls, don’t have any interest in yaoi. To say Black Butler is a yaoi if they ask about it, could convince them not to watch the show. 

If you want to think Black Butler’s a yaoi, go ahead. I can’t stop you. That is the point of being an anime fan: liking an anime for the characters and the possibilities you can get from their personalities or the story itself. All I’m saying is, in my eyes, it’s not a yaoi. It doesn’t have any of the qualities to be described as a yaoi. Again, look up the synopsis on the internet. Also if you want to get your friends/family into Black Butler, don’t start out with, “It’s a yaoi and the main characters are so adorable!!” Tell them the main plot of it and then let them watch it for themselves.

If anyone was offended by this, I apologize. This is only me speaking my mind. I am not trying to take away the enjoyment you get from the show, nor am I convincing you to stop thinking what you think of believe.

Enjoy your fandom and keep watching anime.

 

Welcome to the DWMA!

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Soul Eater, directed by Takuya Igurashi, manga author Atsushi Okubo, is a very interesting and unique anime series. The TV series aired April 7, 2008- March 30, 2009 with 51 episodes. The manga was published in June 2003 and is still ongoing.

The anime is about students who attend the Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA), run by the Grim Reaper (John Swasey; English), (Rikiya Koyama; Japanese), referred as Lord Death. There are two types of students at this academy: meisters- students who wield weapons and weapons- students who have the ability to transform into a weapon. Meisters and weapons have to be compatible with each other; their soul wavelengths must be in sync. The goal of the students are to use their partners to collect 99 kishin (Demon Gods) souls and one witch soul. The weapons devour those souls and then become Death’s Instrument.

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Anyone has the chance of becoming a kishin egg if they devour enough human souls. They become lost and slowly fall into the brink of madness.

The appearance of a witch’s soul varies depending on their powers. Majority of witches in Soul Eater have powers based on animals. But all of their souls have a purple color.

DeathLord Death stays in a room within the DWMA and he is unable to leave Death City, because his soul is what protects the city from evil. He founded the DWMA to protect and preserve the peace of the world and keep the madness subdued so its wavelength won’t take over the minds of the people. At first his appearance was threatening and portrayed the very definition of ‘death’ and ‘Grim Reaper.’ However when he built the academy, the children were afraid of him because of the way he looked. So he changed it so everyone could walk up to him without being scared of him.

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Lord Death is a very outspoken character, usually saying funny lines and exposing his large hands to make peace signs or to Reaper Chop people when they don’t focus on the situation. He does change back to his old self when he gets serious enough, especially when it comes to the safety of the students and faculty of the academy. Whether he is in his deep, scary voice or high-pitched silly voice, he can still be serious when the situation calls for it.

The anime focuses on Meister Maka Albarn (Laura Bailey; English), (Chiaki Omigawa; Japanese), and her weapon partner Soul Eater Evans (Micah Soulsod; English), (Soichiro Hoshi; Japanese). Maka wants to make a stronger death scythe that is stronger than her father Spirit Albarn (Vic Mignogna; English), (Toru Okawa; Japanese), who is Lord Death’s personal death scythe.

Maka herself is an interesting character because she hates her father for being unfaithful to her mother. Her parents are going through a divorce in the series and Maka is on her mother’s side. However, you never see the mother in the series, but she shows up in the manga. When she uses Soul in battle, her fear does surface but rather than give into it, she uses it as an additional weapon, using it as adrenaline. Soul, who is an actual scythe is a laid back guy who is very loyal to his meister, but always makes fun of her for reading all the time and insults her body type. Unlike Maka, Soul does not take his classes seriously but wants to be a strong weapon for Lord Death. He always refers to himself as a “cool guy.”

Their close friends are the loud and arrogant Black Star (Brittney Karbowski; English), (Yumiko Kobayashi; Japanese), his patient and forgiving ninja weapon partner Tsubaki Nakatsukasa (Monica Rial; English), (Kaori Nazuka; Japanese) and the son of Lord Death, Death the Kid (Todd Haberkorn; English), (Mamoru Miyano; Japanese) and his twin pistol weapon partners the Thompson sisters; Liz Thompson (Jamie Marchi; English), (Akeno Watanabe) and her younger sister Patty Thompson (Cherami Leigh; English), (Narumi Takahira; Japanese).

Not only is the series very colorful and flowing, it balances the funny episodes and serious episodes. There will be episodes that show the characters being students and going about normal lives, and then there will be episodes where they go on missions and experience new challenges that they must fight through for the sake of education and strength.

The students and faculty of the DWMA are put to the ultimate test when an old evil that Lord Death sealed away many years ago is awakened and threatens to spread madness throughout the world.

All of the characters have quirky personalities that make you laugh almost every minute and the missions they go on are filled with suspense and sometimes unexpected twists. The most interesting thing about all of the characters, protagonists and antagonists is that they are all very hard to kill. A character will get impaled by something and lose gallons of blood, but they will still stand tall (literally) and fight with the same amount of energy as they had when the fight began. Each character loses a large amount of blood but never die with just one blow.

The anime has stopped at 51 episodes, but the manga is continuing and has a lot more story, characters and plot to follow. If you watch the anime and get sad when you finish it, move to the manga and you will be happy again. There is also a spin-off manga called ‘Soul Eater NOT.’ I have yet to check it out, but what I do know is that it takes places a little before the events of Soul Eater. There are new characters who are starting their freshman year at the DWMA. The manga came out in 2011.

Bottom line this anime is very enjoyable and has an interesting plot and knows how to put the audience into suspense that makes us want to keep watching. Check out Soul Eater…or I’ll take your soul.