Soul Eater

TV review by
Lien Murakami, Common Sense Media
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Formulaic anime is violent but interesting.
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 95 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The benefits of supporting your teammate are reinforced throughout the series. The three main DMWA teams and teammates do not always get along, but almost always come together to complete their shared goals.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Maka and Soul work together to achieve a common goal despite their differences. Not all characters are likeable, some are rude or have outsized egos.

Violence

Lots of fantasy violence throughout the series with some gore. For example, while a woman is hunted and killed by a demon, her death is shown in a shadow on the wall, but her body is later shown torn apart in a pool of blood. Characters must battle 99 demons and one witch, which sets up the series for lots of fighting. There is also a fair amount of slapstick fighting between the main characters. Weapons include guns, a giant scythe, and many other futuristic and old-fashioned tools.

Sex

Although no private parts are shown in the series, there is some implied nudity and many of the female characters are drawn with exaggerated large busts and boys are constantly getting nosebleeds, which is an anime convention that infers sexual arousal. Soul makes fun of Maka by pointing out her small chest as one of the reasons why he would never be attracted to her. Maka's father is a playboy who attends a bar where there are escorts. Blair, the black witch cat, first appears nude in a bathtub (though nothing sensitive is visible) and later tries to seduce Soul.

Language

Occasional "damn," "hell," and "ass" in subtitles.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some scenes are set in bars.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Soul Eater is aimed at teenaged boys, with lots of animated action and fighting with exaggerated weapons. While the violence can be cartoonish and silly, there is some gore, as well as some serious themes and dark imagery. Expect some implied nudity, sensual characters, and recurring references to sexual arousal, prostitution, and other sexual themes.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written bysia20001 July 2, 2013

The TRUTH about "Soul Eater"

I am a parent of 3 kids and i know that things these days on TV can be very...inappropriate. I have read some of these reviews and i have to say some are really... Continue reading
Adult Written byofMindandHeart November 17, 2012

Incredible show, mature content

I think this summary doesn't do justice to the messages and role models provided by this show. For one thing, the goal of 99 kishen souls and 1 witch is al... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byxXAnimeRocksXx September 17, 2012

I SAY 13 AND UP!

Soul eater is ok for about 13 and up. BUT, when I watched soul eater, I was 11. I was the kind of girl who didn't mind these things or wasn't afraid o... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bykobaltflame April 25, 2012

really good

quite a bit violent. Words include h*ll, d*mn, jack*ss, and there is a lot of nudity. Nothing innapropriate is shown, but you can see a woman naked in a bath tu...

What's the story?

At the Death Weapon Meister Academy or DWMA, the headmaster is Grim Reaper himself and there are two different types of students, those who can literally transform into weapons and "meisters" who wield those weapons. The academy trains students to become meisters and death scythes (weapons that would be used by the Grim Reaper) who protect the world from witches, evil humans, and demons. One of each type of student is teamed up and challenged to complete the goal of defeating and consuming the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch; in that order. If the order is not followed, the teams forfeit the souls they have collected so far and must start over. The team of Maka Albarn (Laura Bailey) and her partner SOUL EATER(Micah Solusod) along with two other teams have made mistakes which have forced them to start their soul collections over again. The series follows Maka and Soul in particular in their task to make Soul into a death scythe.

Is it any good?

Soul Eater is a typical Shounen (made for boys) anime series and suffers somewhat from being overly formulaic. Despite a unique design and exposition there are your typical school girls with short skirts, the seductresses with large breasts, the monsters that must be fought in a certain order with various levels of difficulty in order for the characters to reach their goals. The humor in the series is typically juvenile with some slapstick and overly exaggerated emotions.

The series was produced by Square Enix which is more famous in the U.S. as a producer of role playing video games and in some ways the series is reminiscent of a video game where characters must level up by completing certain tasks and levels. Since it is a foregone conclusion that Maka and Soul will reach their goal, which happens fairly early, the evil kinshin (demons) that the students must defeat feel like dull exercises since we know that no matter what the danger, the characters will recover. This leaves only the characters themselves as well as their interactions to provide any interest in the series. Maka (Laura Bailey) and Soul (Micah Solusod) aren't particularly interesting, however, the cast of supporting characters, such as Death the Kid (Todd Haberkorn) with his OCD tendencies for symmetry and Blackstar (Brittany Karbowski) and his ego, make the series worth a look.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about achieving goals. How do the characters in the series achieve their goals? What lessons can you take from the series when it comes to achieving your own goals?

  • How do the depictions of girls and boys differ in this series? What are some of the messages about gender embedded in this series?

  • What does this series teach about teamwork? Is it necessary to get along with your teammates in order to work as a team?

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