Soul Eater



Formulaic anime is violent but interesting.
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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

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.


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.


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.


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

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some scenes are set in bars.

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.

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about acheiving 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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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 STRETCHING the truth here. Nudity and sexual content: If there ever is any nudity it is never fully shown. Characters may appear to be nude, and young adolecent boys in the cartoon do see these nude characters, but the nudity is nothing of the extreme. There is absolutley NO full nudity whatsoever. There is slight exposure to bare stomach,legs,and breasts (Nude female characters breasts are never fully shown, but when these scenes do come along, children 10 to 12 may feel uncomfortable) Also, these scenes are very rare and never really are meant in any sexual way. When one of the male characters bumps into a nude female character it is always by accident and shock, which just adds on to make you laugh. There is never any sex between any characters. (Keep in mind, the characters ages are in the early teens) One scene in which a doctor pulls a girls shirt up to show bare stomach can be misunderstood as sexual, but the character preforming this action is only trying to threaten and scare the girl in which the way he did with her father. He draws lines on her stomach to show where he will disect her, but this is just to scare her and her peers. Profanity: There is frequent uses of the word "D*mn" and "Jack*ss" but nothing too vulgar a 12 year old couldnt handle. Alcohol and Drug use: One main character is most of the time smoking a cigarette as casually as breathing. Wine may be poured and drinken by adult characters, and one character (Who is a witch) drinks blood. Other than that no other drugs are used. Frightning and Intense Scenes: The evil demon known as keshan (may not have spelled that correctly) gives out horrifying hallucinations to people who go near him. These can be very disturbing and frightning. The Keshan himself has a horrifying appearance. Other demons who are known as keshan eggs can also be quite disturbing. There are also very disturbing scenes occasionally in the entire series, but nothing too extreme. Gore and Violence: There is a lot of intense battle scenes between characters throughout the series. Of course, the scenes are very appealing to adolence audiences and are pretty fun and cool to watch. There can be a lot of blood and times, and even cuts and wounds, but since this is an anime, there is no gore.
Teen, 15 years old Written byxXAnimeRocksXx September 17, 2012


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 of the monsters. Thats just me. Some people say that there is sexual content and nudity. 1. There is no hardcore sexual content. The only thing people freak out about, is when a character, try's to threaten the group, by taking the main leader and pulling up her shirt, (to like her, rips.) and threatened to experiment on her stomach. Its not like hes a stripper and takes off all her clothes!! But most of it is for laughs. That's why I say 13 and up. 2. Yes there is violence, BUT NO GORE! More like blood. I suggest that the viewer is ok with blood first. 3. Nudity? Uhhhhhhhhh..... Maybe once or twice.....I forget. I mean they don't show ANYTHING. This anime is not like this, they mostly cover it up with bubbles and suds. Like before, it depends on what your used too. Most of it is used for comedy and for laughs! 4. Cussing.....yes. Not horrible, but yes there is some language. 5. Monsters and scary creatures: too me soul eater is different from all the other horror animes. The creatures, are ok, but if your a scary cat, don't watch. 6. Drinking, drugs, and smoking: There is a drinking place in the anime but they don't do any hardcore drinking. But there is a funny part when this one guy is drunk. See, mostly for laughs. Smoking: it's been some time since I watched it, but I think this one guy smokes. I suggest that you know that smoking is bad, before you watch. The character that smokes, is a very common character threw out the series, and little kids might think he's cool, and wants to smoke to be like him..... I went threw 8 week lessons of D.A.R.E before I watched this. See, the bad content is mostly for laughs. Nothing bad. I never has nightmares, or did bad things after this anime. I thought it was great and really funny!!! :)
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 tub
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex


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