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Weapon PartnerEdit

Clay SizemoreEdit

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Akane and Clay work together

Clay is Akane's Demon Weapon partner and because of this, the two are most often observed together rather than individually, even upon their arrival at the DWMA's entrance ceremony. Despite their different personalities and skills, Akane and Clay's differences actually allow them to complement each other. The duo achieve a strong resonance, the meister able to wield the weapon effectively without obvious problems guiding the sizemore's weight and length. This strong partnership allows the two to be a powerful team, which allowed them to join the EAT program and even DWMA CIA. The pair share a respectful relationship, confident in their partnership. However, Akane remains the more assertive of the two and often uses Clay as an excuse for numerous circumstances, such as their money problems and unexpected absences; much to the latter's chagrin.

As Akane's partner, Clay claims he knows intimate details about his meister, including his fear of Halloween and related subjects such as monsters. While this statement initially seems fallacious, given his inability to scare Akane himself, it proves ultimately accurate as he was able to use Tsugumi in the same mask to terrify Akane.[1]

Occasionally, differences appear in their personalities, though. Akane often holds Clay back when he thinks he is acting a little too brashly, and Clay tends to be concerned when Akane does not seem to take their undercover work in Central Intelligence seriously. For example, Clay will warn Akane not to "overdo it" during their NOT athletic test, whether because he out-ran Clay or because of the admiration he receives from their female classmates.[2]

Whereas Clay is analytical and sometimes inflexible, trying to follow DWMA rules absolutely, calm and observant Akane tends to balance him out by being pragmatic and flexible, responding to new circumstances by changing plans if necessary. He is surprised when Akane is willing to let Anya and Tsugumi duel on their first day of classes, despite the girls' status as NOT students and Akane and Clay's own responsibility as Anya's bodyguards.[3] He is frustrated when Akane repeatedly refers to him as wasting his money and time in arcades as an alibi for their undercover work, as it makes him look irresponsible to other people. As well, whereas Clay intended to follow DWMA orders to keep secret Stein's antidote to Shaula's mind control and to escort Anya out of Death City, Akane told her and Tsugumi about this antidote and let them leave their custody to help rescue Meme from Shaula. Whereas Clay was annoyed that Akane did not stick to their plan, Akane explains he broke the rules because, after Anya crashed their vehicle on way to the airport, they would not have been able to stop her from re-joining Tsugumi to save Meme, based on her despair over Sid's death. As well, Akane wanted to give them Stein's antidote against Shaula, rather than sending them into battle unprotected.[4]

The two are willing to criticize, tease, or prank each other. Akane will mock Clay for being "simple-minded," such as when he is pleased to wear his Deathbucks waiter uniform to "feel the part."[5] When Akane uses Clay as a scapegoat as a cover for their undercover work, he is willing to get vengeance on Akane for his teasing, albeit being furtive in his desires as he tries to appear calm and professional in front of their classmates.[5]

Despite their differences, the two share common goals. In battle, the two cooperate with each other well. Despite Akane's teasing of Clay, he demonstrates confidence in his abilities, as Clay does in Akane. As well, although the two bicker as well as prank each other, they demonstrate a calm friendship with each other, engaging in banter. Clay refers to Akane informally, such as referring to him as "man."[2] Despite Clay's hesitance to break DWMA rules, he is willing to do so alongside Akane, such as when their shared desire for vengeance against Shaula for Sid's death motivates them to ignore Mira's orders and to return to Death City to assist Tsugumi's group in assassinating the witch.[4]

When they were undercover as NOT students, Clay and Akane dressed alike. Both wore slacks, dress shirts, and ties, showing similar styles of dress. However, differences in their attire emphasize their different personalities: whereas Akane is able to appear relaxed in his blazer and his collar and tie secured around his neck, even in warm temperatures, Clay is a bit more informal, not wearing a blazer and leaving his collar and tie loosened.

DWMAEdit

Tsugumi Harudori, Meme Tatane, and Anya Hepburn Edit

Akane does gain some amusement from Tsugumi, Meme, and Anya's behavior. While working with them at Deathbucks, he laughs upon seeing Tsugumi's nervousness on their first day of work, as well as Meme's inability to remember orders.[6] When suggesting he be Tsugumi's meister, he admits he was kidding, even though he continues to make this offer to her, even in front of his own weapon Clay, prompting nervousness not only from Tsugumi and Clay but also Anya and Meme, suggesting that Akane likes to tease his peers.

Tsugumi Harudori Edit

Akane is friendly with Tsugumi and refers to her by a '-san' suffix and by her surname. although he is shown to care about her as a classmate and is concerned for her safety. This concern for her may extend to some fear related to her, whether fear for her safety or of her herself. According to Clay, Tsugumi is one of the few people who causes Akane to let his guard down: he is caught off guard by her creeping up on him and shouting at him, while wearing a frightening mask, in an attempt to scare him.[7] This is different from how he relates to Clay: both Akane and Clay claim to know the other like the back of their hand, yet while Clay could not frighten Akane with the same mask, Tsugumi could.[8]

Akane will intervene when Tsugumi feels self-doubt, complimenting her efforts and her goals of trying her hardest to be a weapon to Anya and Meme.[9]

Akane also will tease picking Tsugumi as a weapon partner, even in front of his current weapon Clay.[10]

Anya HepburnEdit

As her secret bodyguards, Clay and Akane express concern for Anya's well-being. When she thought of them as her NOT classmates, Anya and Akane were respectful to each other, although prone to teasing. Their regard became colder, however, after she learned they were lying to her to pose as her bodyguards, and for his initial coercion to remove her from Death City rather than helping her and Tsugumi rescue Meme. Once Akane saw how adamant she and Tsugumi were about rescuing Meme, Akane demonstrated his confidence in Anya, allowing her to leave his custody and even arming her with the antidote against Shaula's mind control.

While Tsugumi was initially suspicious why Akane was so focused on Anya, hypothesizing that he was attracted to her,[11][12] they both learn that he and Clay were assigned by the DWMA, on orders of Anya's home nation, to serve as her undercover bodyguards.[13] As such, Akane knew Anya was actually Princess Anastasia Yngling when he and Clay were assigned by her nation and the DWMA to serve as her undercover bodyguards.

For her part, Anya was initially familiar with both Akane and Clay as fellow NOT students, even if she could be a bit haughty towards them. After learning they lied to her and were actually her bodyguards, and after they coerce her to run away from Death City, she grows more irritated at what she considers to be Akane and Clay's lack of confidence in her and Tsugumi to save Meme from Shaula, and for letting their grief over Sid's death affect their reasoning.

When she thought Akane and Clay were NOT classmates, Anya was familiar with the two and seemed to get along with them, even if she could be dismissive at times. For example, when she thought they were NOT students, Anya mocks both Akane and Clay on the assumption that they are working with her at Deathbucks because they already used up their weekly allowance--which is hypocritical, as that is the very reason why she is working at Deathbucks.[14] Their relationship therefore seemed much lighter, as Akane would laugh at how invested she was at her part-time job at Deathbucks,[5] or tease her at the prospect he could serve as meister to her potential weapon partner Tsugumi.

However, Akane and Anya's regard for each other chilled after learning he was assigned as her bodyguards, coupled with his and Clay's refusal to let her stay in Death City after Shaula and Meme killed Sid. Akane and Anya grow more impatient with each other, he and Clay coercing her to leave Death City, they refusing to let her help Ox Ford escape the Traitors surrounding him, and Anya crashing their car, striking Akane, and trying to escape them so to return to Death City. Akane is far quieter in his annoyance than Clay, who eventually yells at Anya that Sid's death proves she is in danger, but his frustration is apparent, such as when Anya suggests he and Clay feel no grief over Sid's death.[4] Anya becomes dismissive, glaring at the two and referring to their behavior as "stupid," perhaps because she thinks they are trying to cover themselves.[15]

Once Akane recognizes how adamant Tsugumi and Anya are about rescuing Meme, however, Akane is willing to break DWMA rules: he lets Anya return to Death City, directing them to to go Franken Stein and take the secret antidote he has developed to free Meme from Shaula's mind control. Akane's decision demonstrates his concern for Anya's safety as well as his confidence in her: as he explains to Clay, who is annoyed that Akane broke DWMA rules and revealed the secret antidote, Akane explains Anya was adamant, and it was more practical to give them the antidote as protection when facing such a fatal witch like Shaula.

Meme Tatane Edit

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Maka Albarn and Soul Eater Edit

As Clay and Akane are EAT students, Maka and Soul already recognize them during their investigation into Eternal Feather's attack at the Death Bazaar. While Soul and Akane seem to have similar mischievousness, such as negotiating bribes for unreleased leads for extra-credit missions, Clay shares Maka's surprise that their partners are willing to break DWMA rules for personal gain.[16] It is not clear how long Maka and Soul have known that Clay and Akane are actually EAT students working for Central Intelligence; if Maka and Soul know that Clay and Akane are acting undercover as NOT students, none of them make that apparent when Maka and Soul help Sid teach Clay and Akane's classes.[17][18]

Ox Ford Edit

Like Maka and Soul, Clay and Akane know Ox because they are all EAT students. If Ox knew Clay and Akane were acting undercover when they were pretending to be NOT students, he does not out them in front of other students, such as when he meets them during a Death Shipping delivery to Deathbucks.[19] Akane also was present at the Death Festival when Traitors surrounded and attacked Ox. Whereas Anya wanted to open her vehicle to let Ox in and escape, Akane and Clay, on orders from the DWMA to get her out of Death City. Therefore, left Ox to battle alone, likely recognizing that Ox and his weapon partner Harvar D. Éclair could confront the Traitors on their own out of commitment to following DWMA instructions.[20]

Sid BarettEdit

Sid sees himself as Clay and Akane's senior, referring to them informally as "boys."[21] Therefore, Sid tries to watch out for Clay and Akane's well-being. He orders the two to stay on the Moon's surface while he enters the nose to confront Asura, protecting them from potential harm from the Kishin but also so that his backup can follow a contingency plan in case Sid dies.[22] He warns the two students to be careful when facing Traitors.[23] He also encourages the two students to enjoy their leisure time, such as at the Death Bazaar,[24] and to get rest.[25] Akane seems to be in agreement frequently with Sid, often in opposition to Clay who questions both of them, such as whether to let Tsugumi and Anya duel Raid and Hao on their first day of classes,[26] or when both Akane and Sid refer to Clay's explanations as rambling.

Mira NaigusEdit

Upon taking over Sid's command of Central Intelligence and the investigation of Shaula Gorgon, Mira cautions Clay and Akane not to seek revenge on Shaula, or else they will let their emotions compromise their mission to escort Anya to the airport and out of Death City. She does show appreciation for Clay and Akane's work, telling them that she and the rest in Central Intelligence need their help to ensure Anya's safety.[20]

Franken Stein Edit

Clay and Akane joined Stein as part of their mission to the Moon to defeat Asura. Stein compliments Clay and Akane for protecting the Demon Airship's Eternal Spring against White Rabbit, a member of Asura's Clown Army.[27]

Akane seems nervous of Stein's fall under the Madness of Fear during their mission against Asura on the Moon, sweating and staring wide-eyed as he sees Stein leering and smiling after, seemingly without effort, eviscerating White Rabbit.[27]

GenEdit

Gen refers to Akane informally as "pal," expressing appreciation for him and Clay coming to protect him and the Demon Airship's Eternal Spring from an attack by the clown White Rabbit.[27]

OtherEdit

Master Edit

As Master's part-time employees for a short time at Deathbucks, Akane and Clay are respectful of his work, although they are prone to make potential sleights against him and his shop. While Akane referred to Master's coffee as "fantastic," Clay claimed he did not notice, dismissing Deathbucks because he thought the coffee could not be very good if Master was hiring students as employees.[28] As well, Akane finds Clay's fascination with the Deathbucks waiters' uniforms to be "simple-minded." Despite such potential insults about his drinks and his employees' attire, Master does refer to Akane and Clay as looking "pretty smart" in the uniforms.[29]

OpponentsEdit

Shaula Gorgon Edit

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Traitors Edit

Akane shares Clay's confidence in scaring away Traitor (Prototype 1), until he sees the possessed person is willing to attack, even injure himself on Clay's blade, disturbing Akane and prompting him to inform Sid that they took the traitor into custody for observation.[30] After this experience, Akane takes the Traitors more seriously, especially upon seeing Anya, for whom he is her bodyguard, attacked by Traitor (Prototype 2). Whereas Akane initially held back against Traitor (Prototype 1), against this new Traitor, Akane attacks immediately with Soul Menace and orders the Traitor to leave, claiming he himself and the other NOT students are not DWMA agents and hence will pose no worthwhile combat challenge.[31]

Noah (Greed) and Gopher Edit

Akane and Clay enter into a tenuous alliance with Noah and Gopher, deciding it is better to monitor the two DWMA enemies rather than risk attacking them, which would only delay their mission on the Moon and risk revealing Sid's location to Asura and the Clowns during his hunt for the Kishin. For his part, Noah refers to Akane and Clay as "DWMA saps" not worth his time.[32] Even in their alliance, Akane and Clay do not trust Noah and Gopher, as Akane arms himself with Clay as soon as the DWMA enemies appear on the Moon.[32]

Asura and his Clown Army Edit

Like most members of the DWMA, Akane is apprehensive about facing Asura, even as he joins the mission on the Moon to defeat the Kishin. After feeling Asura's Madness of Fear, Akane refers to it as boundless and "beyond comprehension," risking driving him insane.[32]

Clay and Akane faced the clown White Rabbit in the Demon Airship's Engine Room. White Rabbit focused his taunts towards Akane more so than Clay, yet intent on killing both meister and weapon in order to destroy Eternal Spring engine and crash the Airship. As a member of the DWMA, Clay intended to fulfill his mission with Akane, risking their lives to protect the Eternal Spring before Stein decimated the clown.[27]

References Edit

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  7. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 4, Soul Eater Jot (Part 10), A Jot Of Your Time, Akane-Kun?
  8. Soul Eater NOT!, Volume 4, Soul Eater Jot (Part 10), A Jot Of A Prank
  9. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 2, Chapter 7, Yen Press English eBook, Pages 26-27
  10. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 13
  11. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 2, Chapter 7, Yen Press English eBook, Pages 19-21. Tsugumi Harudori: "What if Akane-kun's actually interested in Anya-san, and that's the only reason he tried to get to know me...?"
  12. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 3, Soul Eater JOT, Part 3
  13. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 38
  14. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 1, Chapter 3, Yen Press English eBook, Page 98
  15. Soul Eater NOT1 Manga: Volume 5, Chapter 27, Yen Press English eBook, Pages 59-60. Akane Hoshi: "We can't cancel the year's biggest holiday just because the witches are making threats. We have to save face with the rest of the world. The royal family's face...the Princess's face." Anya Hepburn: (sotto voce) "Stupid..."
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  21. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 90
  22. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 94
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  28. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 1, Chapter 3, Yen Press English eBook, Page 109
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