SOUL EATER NOT! – 01
OP: 「monochrome」 by Dancing Dolls
「死武専、入学!」 (Shibusen, Nyuugaku!)
“Welcome to the DWMA!”
The cameos are strong in this one.
Being a huge fan of the original Soul Eater, you can bet I was a little nervous as I hit the play button. While it may have helped if I did a little research on this side-story adaptation, I’m the kind of person who likes to jump headfirst into things because some uncertainty is fun every now and then! Luckily for me, this first episode was pretty freaking great — for reasons that were completely different from the original (something I probably would have known if I had done a little reading ahead of time >>).
While we were treated to a pretty cool fight scene, I’ve heard that we’re not going to get too much of it. So instead of the cool battles that the original spoiled us with, what does SOUL EATER NOT leave us with? It leaves us with what could be a super strong coming of age story. If I were to pick one thing that I loved about this episode, it would definitely be watching Tsugumi’s coming of age struggle (I finally get to use that word in a post, achievement get!). Because in a world that seems so focused on turning kids into master witch hunters, it’s refreshing to see that the struggles we all face growing up still hold true. That and I’m always down for watching someone face a difficult situation, contemplate giving up because it’s tough, and then turns around and faces the problem head on. Or maybe it’s just because Tsugumi feels a more childish Maka and I just want more Maka in my life.
Two Meisters, One Buki
Rounding out Tsugumi is Anya and Meme, two girls who are literally on completely opposite sides of the personality spectrum. The former being your typical tsundere princess that was graced with the talent to handle pole-arm weaponry and the latter who is an extreme air-head but has enough charm to befriend the devil himself. While it’s obviously too early to say much about them (I’m rooting for Meme!), something in the opening sequence caught my eye — the scene where Tsugumi is on a bench looking depressed until the pair shows up to brighten her day. Seeing how two big things that come from moving away from home is depression and anxiety, I’m praying that this is an indication of some strong coming of age moments just waiting to hit us with the feels somewhere down the road.
The Cameos are Strong in This One
I wish I could give the people at Bones a giant hug because I don’t think they understand how happy they made me by giving our main trio from the original some cameo time. While I’m not crazy enough to think that we’ll see them anytime soon, it drives me bonkers that I’m going to be hoping they’ll randomly turn the corner or appear in just the nick of time to prevent a situation from turning dire. It makes you wonder if this side story is just a ploy to build hype for a hypothetical reboot? Personally, I would love if SOUL EATER got the FMA: Brotherhood treatment.
I am so happy that this first episode fulfilled all of my needs in one fell swoop. Giving us a glimpse at some of the cool things that are hopefully waiting for us down the road, I’m happy to see that this “side story” seems to have the “oomph” needed to stand on its own. With a fairly strong cast of characters (with cameos sprinkled everywhere!) and the SOUL EATER world for them to play around in, it sounds like the perfect combination for success. That said, the preview for next week’s episode does scare me a bit, but because it’s Bones I’m not too worried.
ED: 「夕暮れハッピーゴー」 (Yuugure Happii Goo) by 春鳥つぐみ（CV: 千菅春香）、多々音めめ（CV: 悠木碧）、アーニャ・ヘプバーン（CV: 早見沙織）(Harudori Tsugumi (CV: Chisuga Haruka), Tatane Meme (CV: Yuuki Aoi), Anya Hepburn (CV: Hayami Saori))