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Summary:

In the shadows of a gangster’s refuge, the Meister Black*Star and his weapon Tsubaki are observing the gang boss Al Capone feast on souls. Instead of quickly going in for the kill though, Black*Star makes a flashy entrance and announces who he is, thereby ruining the element of surprise and causing all the gangsters to shoot at him. He and Tsubaki are thus forced to retreat without having gotten a single soul and have to face Shinigami-sama the next day. Black*Star remains confident that he’ll make Tsubaki into a death scythe, and he gets excited when Shinigami-sama informs him that Al Capone is now going after a witch named Angela. He thinks defeating both sides will give the souls that they need, and he doesn’t stick around to hear the rest of what Shinigami-sama has to say. Tsubaki, however, warns him that it’s impossible for them to fight a witch when they can’t even handle a normal mission. Black*Star nevertheless vows to make her into a death scythe, and the two head to Angela’s castle after an incident where Black*Star tries to peep on Tsubaki in the bath.

At the castle however, they find that the place is full of the red souls of Al Capone and his men. When the swordsman who defeated Al Capone suddenly strikes, Black*Star is barely able to get out of the way. The swordsman introduces himself as Angela’s bodyguard Mifune, and once the fight really starts, it quickly becomes clear that he’s much stronger than Black*Star and Tsubaki. Even when Black*Star has Tsubaki transform into a giant shuriken, Mifune has no trouble avoiding it, though he does get a little disoriented when Tsubaki then changes into a smoke bomb. Black*Star isn’t able to take advantage of the chance though because he yells loudly when he tries to attack, and Mifune counters with a potentially lethal swing across Black*Star’s abdomen. Fortunately for Black*Star, Mifune uses the back of his sword instead of the front, and he lectures Black*Star afterwards about relying too much on his weapon. Hearing Mifune call him a small fry really pisses Black*Star off, and, completely serious now, he has Tsubaki transform into a ninjatou.

However, the Black*Star that emerges from the smoke of Tsubaki’s transformation is not the real Black*Star – it’s just Tsubaki disguised as him. Mifune doesn’t realize this until too late, and Black*Star makes full use of this opportunity to knock him out with a blow to the back. Before Black*Star can finish Mifune off though, the child witch Angela flies in and protects him. Seeing how young Angela is, how determined Mifune is to protect her, and how he personally doesn’t want to kill a child, Black*Star decides to turn around and leave. He and Tsubaki do bring back to Shinigami-sama all the Mafia souls that they had been originally sent out to get though, and in the aftermath, Black*Star returns to trying to peep into the girl’s bath.

Preview

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Note: Patrik introduced this series last week, so I’m going to pick up with the second episode.

Some overall thoughts of the series first: Iwasaki Taku‘s music here is very similar to his work in Gurren Lagann, and I love it already. It’s especially at making the action scenes extra exciting. The animation quality meanwhile is very impressive, and BONES has done an incredible job making the world feel vibrant and alive while retaining that stylish feel (just look at the moon and the sun). But all that aside, I really just enjoy watching this – it’s ones of those shows that’s just a lot of fun (and I don’t say that very often). It feels much more fresh and exciting than some of the other shounen-oriented shows airing these days, and I don’t think I’d ever have to say bad things about the animation quality like I do for Bleach.

As for this episode, Black*Star turns out to be the most annoying/obnoxious of the main three (Maka’s voice actress notwithstanding), and Kobayashi Yumiko did a pretty good job with the voice, but I kept thinking though that this was a role that Paku Romi would have been perfect for. The fight scene between Black*Star and Mifune was of course impressive, however what I actually like more is how the story is raising questions about what’s good and what’s evil by having the witch be a little kid. I wonder if that’s going to be a prevalent theme once we get past these introduction episodes (I haven’t read past the first three chapters of the manga, so I really don’t know).

The end of this episode and next week introduces my favorite of the main three, Death the Kid. It’s a shame he’s voiced by Miyano Mamoru though. I swear everything I’m watching involves either him or Fukuyama Jun or both (as is the case in Vampire Knight).

April 14, 2008 at 11:17 pm
49 comments »
  • April 14, 2008 at 11:28 pmDreamer

    thanks for blogging Soul Eater!! lol, I agree with the last bullet point, but good for me, cause I like Mamoru Miyano

  • April 14, 2008 at 11:30 pmmeromero

    It would have being nice hear Death the Kid with his Lulu-order-mode voice xD.

  • April 14, 2008 at 11:31 pmmysterious

    blackstar looks like someone who likes to peek at female bathroom eh, and that ninja lady is just so good with her… how u call it? sunkei? anyway, blackstar crews things up too, eating 100 souls ~___~

  • April 14, 2008 at 11:38 pmGod~knows

    Look great as always.I’ll be stalking around the internet to pounce on the subs =D

  • April 14, 2008 at 11:38 pmPasta

    C’mon man, the biggest reason I’m watching this is because of Maka’s voice… It hurts me to read you saying its obnoxious.

  • April 14, 2008 at 11:50 pmgame8910

    Black Star is just cool >:)
    this episode was awesome!

  • April 15, 2008 at 12:21 amphatmlrd

    I miss Patrick :( no offense Omni

  • April 15, 2008 at 12:31 amtotali

    Miyano Mamoru and Fukuyama Jun are in freaking everything this season. It’s hilarious.

  • April 15, 2008 at 12:35 amwhitey-chan

    yay! really like this series! tnx for blogging this!!!

  • April 15, 2008 at 12:47 amanimeaddict

    Are you going to keep track of the differences between this and the late night version?

  • April 15, 2008 at 1:29 amDarklord

    Black Star is awesome! He reminds me of Laharl from Disgaea, who was pretty entertaining too. I can’t wait to see DtK though.

    Anyways, thanks for blogging this show! Iwasaki Taku and Bones create a recipe for success!

  • April 15, 2008 at 1:49 amTryptomine

    “C’mon man, the biggest reason I’m watching this is because of Maka’s voice… It hurts me to read you saying its obnoxious.”

    Personally I like the sound of the voice itself, seems to fit her well. However her acting abilities are atrocious, I barely know any Japanese and it still manages to grate me. Though honestly I think half of it is me noticing it more because everyone keeps singling her out.

  • April 15, 2008 at 3:45 amraimaru2880

    This kinda brought me back to my Shaman King days… so I thinks this ones good

  • April 15, 2008 at 3:49 amDucky07

    I don’t get all the Maka VA bashing, honestly I think everyone is picking on her because she’s a debutant, to me her voice is unique, it’s also a nice change from the generic voices all around anime, as for her acting it seems perhaps below average but not as atrocious as many make it out to be, give her some time and I think she’ll become better except while keeping the same unique voice.

  • April 15, 2008 at 4:26 amDarkMatter

    Thanks Omni for picking up this show, it looks like we have a winner!

  • April 15, 2008 at 4:37 ampanda monium

    I too like Maka’s voice :)

    the good thing about this show is the fight choreography. Maka’s fight with the serial killer in Ep1 was really well animated, and I hope they keep it up.

  • April 15, 2008 at 4:39 amDarkMatter

    Does anybody happen to know the song title for both the OP and ED? Appreciate it.

  • April 15, 2008 at 5:20 amKagekyuubi

    Omni, i recommend that you stick with this one.

    At first I didn’t like its story or art style for the first few chapters so usually read it last in the magazine i get. That was until it reached somewhere near chapter 10, things started to get more interesting and the art style started getting darker. Right now I’m at chapter 23 and it’s gotten really good.

    Can’t wait to see kid in action.

  • April 15, 2008 at 5:25 amSora no Kaze

    Black Star’s VA was one that seemed weird to me. Needs a more male hot blooded voice. But meh, chosen already. Maka voice is unique, its a little annoying, but fits her character. Funny how Mamoru and Jun are in every single season for the new releases.

    Btw, OP is Resonance by T.M Revolution and I wanna be by STANCE PUNKS.

  • April 15, 2008 at 6:22 amSora no Kaze

    I mean ED is I wanna be by STANCE PUNKS. Forgot to say that @@

  • April 15, 2008 at 6:52 amSadmask

    I’m hoping that fight scene will be damned awesome.

  • April 15, 2008 at 6:54 amk0na-yume

    oh! i hope this anime can blog till the end! XD
    great job as ever Omni-san!
    this episode was great intro for Black Star & Tsubaki!
    nice fightings scenes ever!next episode would be the intro
    for Death the Kid and the Thompson sisters!
    can’t wait for their action!

  • April 15, 2008 at 11:24 amyanipheonu

    http://randomc.net/image/SOUL%20EATER/SOUL%20EATER%20-%2002%20-%20Large%20Preview%2001.jpg
    Nice.

    Those three will be fun to watch, although I hate how he holds them in gun form. Upside-down guns FTL.

  • April 15, 2008 at 11:41 amstrawberryheaven

    I love this show so much! Just amazing and awesome fighting scenes that I watch the first episode 3 times.

    Black Star looks funny in this episode. XD

  • April 15, 2008 at 1:30 pmantispiral-tan

    will you continue blogging this despite the fact that it runs past 26 episodes which is blogging limit?

  • April 15, 2008 at 2:57 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    is THAT TRUE!!!??? more than 26 ep’s??? I’M IN HEAVEN!!
    so far I’m enjoying myself IMMENSELY this anime season!

  • April 15, 2008 at 4:56 pmaz0k

    So BONES is selling itself out to make another Naruto crap now?

  • April 15, 2008 at 5:37 pmTreon

    Man, this is hot. Where can I watch this?

  • April 15, 2008 at 6:59 pmDucky07

    I wouldn’t say this quite like Naruto, I mean it has a lot more style than Naruto, better animation, better fights, better world, better characters, and the last monthly manga that Bones then animated was Full Metal Alchemist, so I wouldn’t be so quick to discount this as just another shonen.

  • April 15, 2008 at 8:56 pmShadowstar

    I seriously love Maka’s voice and her character….
    My fav in the show. Don’t know what you have against it…

  • April 15, 2008 at 10:46 pmurtistly

    how is this like naruto? naruto is about emo kid ninjas…so far theres no emo in soul eater.

  • April 15, 2008 at 11:16 pmCain

    Black Star reminds me of Naruto > .

  • April 15, 2008 at 11:47 pmastridstarr00

    I was thinking the same thing when I first heard Black star’s voice omni. I think Paku Romi would have been perfect! But Kobayashi did a pretty good job, I liked her as Tetsu from Peacemaker & I’m sure I’ll love her in this role as well. The next ep looks like it will be awesome!

  • April 16, 2008 at 9:10 amurtistly

    this show doesn’t seem anything like naruto so far. there are no annoying catchphrases and every character isn’t an emo kid. if the characters start crying after every fight about how lonely they are, then it will become like naruto. otherwise the only similarity is that they are both action shows.

  • April 16, 2008 at 9:33 amaz0k

    Naruto is not emo, he is just an annoying brat just like Black Star.

  • April 16, 2008 at 10:10 amurtistly

    u think naruto is not emo? u either havent seen naruto or you dont know what emo means!

  • April 16, 2008 at 12:48 pmaz0k

    Kira Yamato is emo. Are you telling me that Naruto is like Kira?

  • April 16, 2008 at 12:51 pmaz0k

    Emo kids cry a lot, but they don’t act like a moron and yell out “I”m the best” even though he is not and he knows he is not.

  • April 16, 2008 at 1:35 pmPenguin_Factory

    I really don’t get why so many people have a problem with Maka’s VA. Personally, I think she sounds fine. In fact, I thought her voice was more realistic and down-to-earth than the other cast members, as if she was treating it as a live-action role rather than putting on an “anime voice”.

  • April 16, 2008 at 7:28 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    ^^^AGREE^^^ on that voice tip. i like her nasal voice quality..its cute…BUT WHERE ARE THE SUBS!!!! im so FEANING!!

  • April 16, 2008 at 10:52 pmNewbfy

    If this show keeps up the way it is it will have huge replay value. I can already watch the episodes over and over again. I love the vibrant colors, the animation, the style. The OP is awesome. The music is good. I hope it keeps up at this pace.

  • April 17, 2008 at 9:14 amMegaman0

    I really expected Black Star to start ending sentences with “Dattebayo”…

  • April 18, 2008 at 12:49 amDando008

    I am interested to see that this is gonna be a 51 episode anime. I also like the fact that they are taking turns being the protagonist. Can’t wait to see them all obtain those death scythes!

  • April 18, 2008 at 3:12 amMi-Ki

    Sigh~ after watching Black Star I don’t think I can stand hearing him ever again. In the manga he’s at least bearable, but now he’s just extremely annoying even when he goes all serious still an annoying brat. Can’t wait to see Death the Kid though =P

  • April 18, 2008 at 12:50 pmWhatchamini

    yeah i have to agree, this show is simply enjoyable to watch, and i am totally digging the animation style..it is truly different from anything i have ever seen in anime before..i also really like this story, its just cool. i also agree that i don’t like black star’s voice like, at all! romi paku would have probably been perfect, but at the same time she usually does boys that have a tendency to lack emotion…

    i can’t wait to see where they take the plot after they introduce all the characters…and i think this next ep will be a lot of fun…totally insane characters are very funny to watch. i do think that death the kids va will do a good job tho

  • April 18, 2008 at 6:07 pmLlednar Twem

    How is this even close to being like Naruto? That’s a completely random thing to say. He throws a Shuriken wham ”LOL NARUTO STEAL!”

    They aren’t even close to being the same. Similarities doesn’t mean anything. Almost every anime has something similar.

  • April 19, 2008 at 11:12 pmSOSAnimeBoy

    Oh wow… in the manga Al Capone and gang’s dead bodies, not souls, were lying everywhere in front of Angela’s castle, and the swords were already all over the place when Black Star got there. In fact, most of the swords were stuck in the Al Capone gang’s bodies.

  • April 20, 2008 at 3:06 pmRoku

    I think it reminds me of Naruto the most because of the ED. XD
    Especially since its played by one of the same bands that made on of Naruto’s OPs, and the fact that all we see are Maka and Soul Eater running… That totally made a link pop into my head.

  • February 3, 2011 at 9:47 pmMrBoNeZ

    soul eater …..

    what a miss…
    but i enjoy this stuf…
    its cool…