218th G-View: Soul Eater NOT!

The first disciple of a rare matrimonial union appeared on this show. A show that was more than meets the eye as it progressed. This is Soul Eater NOT! By the way, this will also be a review from someone who has, as of this writing, not yet seen the original Soul Eater.

Soul Eater NOT Cover

Genres: Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Slice of Life

Themes: Yuri, Human Weapons, Shinigami, Superpowers, School, Witches

Number of episodes: 12

G-Rating: 8/10 (Favoritism) 7/10 Overall

Plot Summary: Three freshman girls: Tsugumi Harudori, a “normal girl” in every way; Meme Tatane, an airheaded girl; and Anya Hepburn, a tsundere ojou-sama, encounter and start their new lives at Death Meister & Weapon Academy (DMWA).

Gagantous!Soul Eater NOT! (Or SEN as I will refer to the show for the rest of the review) is a spinoff/prequel/semi-midquel of the original Soul Eater series. The Soul Eater universe’s main setting is a superhero training academy, ala X-Men or Gakuen Alice, where the purpose is to educate Weapons (Humans born with the power to transform into weapons) and Meisters (Humans gifted with the potential to wield and form bonds with Weapons) to fight crime…or at least that’s what SEN taught viewers. I’m certain the main show reveals deeper meanings behind the academy and stuff like that. SEN circles around the different grades but mainly focuses on the NOT (Sidekicks) class.

Newcomers like myself need not have seen the original to know what’s going on or how the universe works as the show does a solid job of introducing newcomers to the nuts and bolts of the Soul Eater universe without going too deep into more intricate details. Veterans who are of open mind will have the pleasure of understanding the confines of the world and easily identifying familiarities.

The pacing of SEN’s story is similar to another show I watched in 2013, Zettai Bouei Leviathan. See, for the most part SEN is a show about three gifted girls doing cute things and learning about the world of Soul Eater with its laughing sun and moon. As the show progresses tidbits of the show’s looming darkness pop up every now and then, sometimes even more so than usual. The reason why I believe SEN is better than Leviathan even though the plot structure is similar is because SEN’s CGDCT (Cut girls doing cute things) segments were more fun and its looming darkness was even scarier.

Mystery bitchBelieve me when I say that that the impending doom hidden behind SEN’s adorable exterior is not to be underestimated…

OwwwwwwAT ALL!

Soul Eater Guest StarsNext we’ll talk about the cameos from the Soul Eater veterans. Several veterans make appearances and play different roles, be it occasional or origin stories. What I mean is viewers get to see what some of the veterans were like before teaming up or becoming part of the main cast. While some of them had shorter screen time than others few of the veterans felt pointlessly shoved in as fanservice. Their appearances served as solid introductions to newcomers who choose to continue on with the main series and find out what all the hubbub was.

Now a fan of the original show who is on the fence with this one would probably ask whether SEN is still worth picking up. I think it depends on how hardcore of a fan of the main series the viewer is. If the viewer is open-minded and patient then it should not be an issue picking this one up. However, if they are diehard fans religiously devoted to everything about Soul Eater and would not change the main series’ structure for anything…then I am afraid picking SEN up will probably produce the same reactions hardcore “Kiddy Grade” fans had towards “Kiddy Girl and”, meaning not very favorable.

Meme sleeping nakedWith some of the girls being physically gifted in more ways than one it should not be surprising that SEN has fanservice in it. It is not excessive, for those who are concerned but it is there. Unfortunately no beach episode but there is a short pool segment at least.

The cavalryThe animation is colorful and bright, which is important for a show that’s mostly fluffy. Honestly I only paid attention to the the characters’ cuteness, sexiness and badassery while enjoying the scenery. The action scenes ranged from solid to kickass believe it or not.

The OST’s solid while the OP’s awesome and the ED’s fine. Not much I can say about the soundtrack.

Tsugumi drinking juiceI would talk about the cast but all readers need to know is that they’re all cool, good and bad, and especially the main trio. Tsugumi being my favorite. Her undeniable cuteness and willingness/acceptance to learn how to become stronger for the sake of her two lovers was most admirable. She’s the kind of girl anyone can become friends with and admire her resolve to fight. She is obviously not a “yes” girl as she usually took time to think things through before acting.

Soul Eater Not!As for the yuri, it was most satisfactory. Aside from an impressive secondary couple, the second most important storyline on the show can be summed up, without giving anything away, as a friendship-love triangle between Tsugumi (the weapon) and her two suitors Anya and Meme (the two meisters).

Overall SEN is a pretty enjoyable watch with a mostly fluffy exterior and a disturbing hidden interior. The fun times are enjoyable, the serious moments are not to be underestimated and the occasional fights are neat. Casual Soul Eater fans can enjoy this show just fine as it has several references to the main series and the veterans’ cameos are not wasted. Hardcore fans will have to decide for themselves whether SEN is worth their time or not. Yuri Nation members should at least give it a try.

About OG-Man

Yuri and Slice of Life are my anime passion.
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26 Responses to 218th G-View: Soul Eater NOT!

  1. x says:

    I love this series for it’s yuri scene and so many close calls.
    For Tsugumi being a girl that loves her miester girls

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  2. SilverFox says:

    It’s a wonderful show. As you said, die hard, hard core Soul Eater fans may not enjoy it due to the animation style change and fluffier atmosphere. Soul Eater itself feels more Shounen while SEN has a more Shoujo feel. If you want some cute fluffiness with a serious darkside pick this show up and give it a shot. The fanservice is not overdone here and I can say that I appreciated it. The yuri elements were great, I don’t care what people are saying the manga doesn’t have much at all. Anime and manga can and will differ depending on what the script writers and directors want.

    Now watching Soul Eater is on my list along with so many other anime.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      Most hardcore fans of anything disapprove any changes made to the original product…unless it goes overboard like DmC: Devil May Cry did, which I highly disagree with anyone saying SEN did from Soul Eater.

      You hit the nail on the head with the rest of your comment.

      I’ll check out Soul Eater myself when I’m in the mood to do so. There are many other shows I want to cover first.

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  3. i prefer the SEN ark way more than the original series and i never watched it to begin with. i did read the Soul Eater Synopsis tho and i wouldn’t even bother watching it because it will ruin my yuri fantasy among this fluffy girls..

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  4. Happy Summers says:

    I totally enjoyed the series and I totally ship Kim abd her weapon so hard. Heir character designs here are so much better than the ones in the main series. Haha. Hooray for Kim Diehl! Also I prefer Tsugumi with Anya because the tsundere always gets the girl. XD haha. But that’s just my opinion.

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    • Overlord-G says:

      They do look good together.

      Tsunderes are popular characters but I prefer sweet ones who are honest with their feelings.

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  5. Hanneman says:

    Now i’m pumped up to watch this! Imma post my opinions here after i finish it, as usual.

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  6. Trailduster6bt says:

    I think you should give the original soul eater a shot. I had not seen it either, but after the 3rd episode od SEN came out I tried it out and had all 51 episodes finished in time for SEN episode 4. I found SEN to be more enjoyable AFTER seeing the original soul eater, I believe they certainly intended them to be seen in that order(obviously). But seriously you pick up on alot after you know what happens to all the characters in the future(sid is a good example as he was dead for most of the original soul eater).

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  7. Hanneman says:

    Whoa, i made a marathon today and finished this great show. Really long time that i did something like this, and fortunately it was worth it. Well, the yuriish parts were nice and sweet, so i plan on watching the original to see if this keeps up.

    Why did i miss this show when i aired, anyway?

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    • Overlord-G says:

      That’s kinda what I’m here for dood, to inform you of what shows are worth your time or not.

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      • Hanneman says:

        Keep doing that, mate, tou know how grateful i am to you because of that.

        Also, this reminds me of putting Rinne no Lagrange into my december watchlist. Another show with a three-girls relationship might be good for my yuri needs.

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      • Overlord-G says:

        Will do.

        They started the whole thing so you have that to look forward to.

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  10. yurimylove says:

    yuri-threesome approved, gau gau!

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