Fifty-one episodes of fun shonen (boys anime) horror. It’s both comic and darkly mature. Rarely have I’ve seen a series with so much heart or one with a strong story that can last the distance. Maka is a meister and Soul (that’s his name) is a weapon (he literally turns into a scythe) one which Maka uses to fight and kill kishin (bad guys) and as the title implies, Soul gets to eat the souls of the bad guys.
Along with their friends (the attention seeking assassin Black Star and his weapon Tsubaki and Death’s own son Death the Kid with the weapons Liz and Patty) Maka and Soul attend Death Weapon Meitster Academy, a school set up by Death to train young reapers. Throw in witches, bad parenting, an overly sexy cat-lady, that guy Excalibur, the end of the world, going completely mad and some daddy issues and you have an interesting year at school.
I have a funny recommendation; watch the subtitled version. I got a little stuck, unable to find the second collection on DVD and so was forced online. There I found Funimation’s youtube channel and though sub is a little bit of a hassle to watch at times, compared to the English, I found it better. Almost like the voices actually belonged to the
characters. I’m not writing off the English dub for it (very good and talented) just the Japanese has an edge (plus I didn’t spend half the time trying to pick the vice, Spirit is also Zero, Tamaki and Edward Elric, very distracting). Five
out of Five.
“Watch it! Or I’ll take your soul.”