April 7, 2008
April 7, 2008- March 30, 2009
A 51 episode anime adaptation was directed by Takuya Igarashi, and produced by Bones, Aniplex, Dentsu, Media Factory, and TV Tokyo; Bones and Aniplex were responsible for the animation and music production respectively. The anime's scenario writer was Akatsuki Yamatoya who based the anime's story on Atsushi Okubo's original concept. Character design was headed by Yoshiyuki Ito, with overall art direction by Norifumi Nakamura. The anime's conceptual design was done by Shinji Aramaki. The episodes started airing on April 7, 2008 on TV Tokyo, and two animated specials aired on May 29 and June 1, 2008. The episodes also aired at later dates on TV Aichi, TV Hokkaido, TV Osaka, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting Co. The final episode aired on March 30, 2009. The first DVD compilation volume was released on August 22, 2008 with the first three episodes. The second DVD compilation volume was released on September 25, 2008 with episodes four through seven. Each DVD volume will be released in monthly intervals. The anime was licensed by Funimation and will be releasing the series in four half-season DVD box sets starting with the first volume in February 2010. All 51 subtitled episodes are available on Funimation's website, along with the first twenty-six episodes dubbed in English. Soul Eater is Bones' third anime series to run with 50-51 episodes, after 2003's Fullmetal Alchemist and 2005's Eureka Seven.
On November 20, 2012, the complete series dub (all 51 episodes) was released on DVD in the United States.
The anime was regularly broadcast Mondays at 6:00 pm on TV Tokyo. The official Japanese website of the Soul Eater anime series announced that each episode will air in two different versions: the regular Monday 6:00 p.m. version and a late-night "Soul Eater Late Show" version. Special footage was added at the start and end of the commercial break; the next episode preview was also different from the regular version. The dual broadcast of this supernatural action series was being billed as the "world's first evening and late-night resonance broadcast". The "resonance" term refers to a story concept in which the characters, such as the heroine Maka and her living weapon partner Soul Eater, achieve maximum power by synchronizing their souls. Masahiko Minami of Bones, Koji Taguchi of Square Enix, and Ryo Ohyama of Aniplex mentioned that they want to create a second Soul Eater anime after waiting and seeing how the story progresses.
Manga and Anime Difference
- One of the major differences within the Manga and the Anime is the type of people who're able to consume souls and how one achieve Death scythe Status. In the Manga, one must collect 99 Evil Human Souls and One Witch Souls. Those Souls are on a list made by Death and specify who is allowed to be hunted in Shibusen. However, the Anime introduces the Kishin Souls concept, leaving it up to the student's ability in Soul Perception to find Kishin Souls and hunt them down.
- Characters such as White Star, Jack the Ripper, Alcapone, and Lupin in the manga are wanted for crimes such as Murder and thievery and did not consume souls while on the anime, they also took souls. The Kishin Souls concept is inconsistent with the anime, as Death explained during the Shibusen anniversary that only Demon Weapons can consume souls. However, non-demon weapons have been seen on screen only in the anime consuming souls. Asura is the exception because he was able to consume Vajra and gained the ability to consume souls. This may be because of his Shinigami nature and some sort of resonating between Asura and Vajra.
- Death in the manga dies and has his powers inherited to Death the Kid to become the next Shinigami, however in the anime Death is badly wounded by Asura in battle in the Death Room but he survives his wounds and the plot line. Because of the fate of Death in the anime, Death the Kid doesn't become the next Shinigami. Also, Asura never fights Death a second time in the manga.
- Justin Law betrays Shibusen and joins Asura in the manga and is killed on the moon by Stein and Marie, but in the anime Justin stays loyal to Shibusen and survives the anime's storyline.
- Arachne Gorgon is killed by Maka Albarn and Soul Evans which in return Soul eats her soul and becomes a Death Scythe in the manga, but in the anime Asura kills Arachne and eats her soul. Because of these events in the anime, Soul never becomes a Death Scythe.
- After killing Arachne in the anime, Asura grows into his giant form after eating Arachne's soul. It is noted in the manga Arachne has her own giant form that she uses during the "Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle" chapter. Asura's growth in size might be a result of Arachne's disembodied form from the manga.
- In the manga when Soul ate her soul it was a normal witches soul; however when Asura ate her soul in the anime, the soul had spider legs attached to her soul.
- Medusa Gorgon leaves Rachel Boyd's body and takes over Arachne's dead body in the manga, but in the anime she never leaves Rachel until she is destroyed by Maka using the Majin Hunt. Crona was the one who killed Medusa in the manga.
- Maka first uses the Majin Hunt in Chapter 42 of the manga (where she is fighting clowns with Death the Kid). In the anime, she accidentally unlocks this power during her fight with Mosquito on Lost Island (it doesn't succeed in killing him and is then reduced to his head). It isn't until when she is fighting Medusa when she successfully is able to use the Majin Hunt to destroy Medusa and save Rachel.
- In the Manga, the group is unable to defeat Mosquito and are forced to retreat. That is one of the earliest examples of the break away the manga made from the anime.
- Mifune is killed by Black Star in battle at Baba Yaga's Castle in the manga in the "Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle" chapter, but in the anime Black Star only wounds him and spare his life and allows him to become a teacher at the academy.
- Black Star's wounds in the manga in the final battle between him and Mifune is a cut on his star tattoo on his arm, but in the anime the scar is sifted above his eyes and a near fatal hit in his chest area.
- In the manga, following Mifune's defeat Black Star chooses to follow the Path Of The Warrior like Mifune. However in the anime's timeline, Black Star chooses a path of his own which in return he gains the Red Uncanny Sword.
- In the manga, it is mentioned that Mifune has a strong soul equivalent to 99 souls. This is never mentioned in the anime.
- Angela Leon is taken in the care of Shibusen following Mifune's death in the manga, but in the anime Mifune continues to rise her as his child after Black Star and Tsubaki help him locate Angela in Baba Yaga's Castle.
- Kim Diehl is revealed to be a witch in the manga and is forced to work with Arachnophobia, but in the anime she is not revealed to be a witch.
- Tabasa Butterfly and Taruho Firefly are also revealed as witches and spies for Arachnophobia. In the anime, they aren't spies and also help Shibusen along with Blair by assisting Joe unlock The Book of Eibon.
- In the manga, Crona returns to Medusa after the discovery of the snake in Marie's coffee, Crona then looses his/her memory of Maka and her friends, succeeds in becoming a Kishin by killing Tsar Pushka, Feodor, and Medusa. Crona plans to absorb the Kishin himself/herself. However, after a failed attempt, Crona makes a sacrifice and uses the Book of Eibon & BREW (sporting a third eye like Asura, likely a Kishin due to the power output) along with the Black Blood within him/her to seal Asura and him/her away on the moon. In the anime's storyline, the snake is not discovered so Crona has no reason (yet) to rejoin Medusa. Crona begins to express guilt after he/she found out that the snake increased Stein's madness. When he/she is informed to return to Medusa, Crona doesn't want to. In the end Crona runs away from Shibusen, but he/she doesn't return to Medusa; Maka and Soul locate Crona in the desert and bring him/her back to Shibusen where Crona is punished for his/her betrayal (despite Maka's protest). Death sends Crona and Marie (who quite her job at Shibusen) to rescue Stein and destroy Medusa. Maka then joins the battle, but Crona and Ragnarok dies when Crona took the full force of Medusa's Vector Arrow when he/she pushed Maka out of harms way. After being saved from the Madness, Stein is able to feel Crona's soul in Medusa's layer and plans to save him/her. Once they return to Death City, Stein is successfully able to bring Crona and Ragnarok back to life. Crona's role in Asura's defeat is figuring out Maka's real strength and explaining it to the others in the Death Room. After the defeat of the Kishin, Death pardons Crona for his/her betrayal and is allowed to return to Shibusen as a full-time student.
- Out of all the characters different fates in the manga and the anime, it's Crona's that shows the most significant changes.
- In the anime's own storyline, Crona becomes more determined and courageous when they decide to go and defeat Medusa and rescue Stein alongside Marie and Maka; even though he/she is still nervous and unsettled by Medusa.
- It is noted in the anime that the credits in the final episode hints that Crona later moved in with Maka, Soul, and Blair.
- Granny has a huge role in the manga, but she only has two cameos in the anime.
- White Star is killed in battle by Spirit Albarn and Sid Barett, but in the anime White Star is killed by Mifune.
- The final battle between Asura and Shibusen is on the moon in the manga, but in the anime the final battle occurs in the ruins of Baba Yaga's Castle.
- The moon in the anime has no part in the final battle.
- In the manga Stein, Marie, Spirit, and Sid are with Maka and her friends fighting Asura and his remaining forces on the moon, but in the anime they don't take any part in the final battle.
- It is also noted that Asura in the anime was hiding in a Buddhist temple in Tibet when Arachnophobia locate him. In the manga, he was hiding in the moon.
- The plot with Arachnophobia having Asura allying with them only happens in the anime.
- Joe's role in the anime is different in the manga, in the anime he was there to build the device to allow the use of Brew (Oceania Technology Development Adviser), while in the manga he was there to look for a spy (Internal Affairs Investigator). His relationship with Marie as his ex girlfriend is also not shown in the anime.
- Joe is killed in the manga by Justin after nearing the completion of his investigation, but in the anime such an event never occurs because it has skipped the time during his death.
- Joe has a beard in the anime.
- Mosquito is killed by Noah (Greed) in the Manga, but in the anime he survives the destruction of Arachnophobia.
- Giriko is killed later on by Maka in the Salvage Arc, but also survives the destruction of Arachnophobia along with Mosquito.
- In the anime, Arachnophobia betrays Giriko and other Artifact Soldiers outside Baba Yaga's Castle by firing upon them with the castle's laser while attacking Shibusen troops.
- Giriko doesn't use his alias in the anime, he uses his real name.
- In the manga, Asura is defeated by Maka using the Kishin Hunt which causes him to bleed and Crona to use Brew and the Book of Eibon to seal them both away on the moon in his Black Blood. However in the anime, Asura becomes too powerful to be destroyed by the Kishin Hunt. It is Maka's persistence and bravery get to him to the point that he relapses back into fearful paranoia before he explodes after being punched in the face by Maka channeling her courage into her fist.
- Black Star and Death the Kid helped Maka and Soul defeat Asura in the manga, but in the anime Black Star, Death the Kid, Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, Liz Thompson, Patti Thompson, and Soul are knocked out by Asura in battle; thus only leaving Maka to defeat him.
- The manga makes it clear that Asura is still alive under all that black blood on the moon, but in the anime Asura is destroyed after Maka punches him (also his soul is buried in the Death Room by Death).
- In the manga, Medusa's special snake that Crona uses on Professor Stein is located by Joe and Marie; but in the anime the snake isn't located and it takes it's full effect on Stein. The failure to locate the snake was the first major break away from the Manga's storyline.
- This happened because Joe is never introduced into the anime until episode 37, which takes place after the anime broke away from the manga's storyline.
- In the manga, Marie is pregnant with Stein's child and are shown to be close; but in the anime while Marie has strong feelings for Stein, Marie doesn't bear his child in the anime's storyline.
- In the manga, Asura's madness is spread around the world by the clowns, however in the anime the madness of Asura is spread out by a machine created by Arachne's Artifact Soldiers.
- In fact in the anime, the Clowns only guard the last Magic Tool created by Eibon and test those who try to claim it, having devoured everyone in the town of Sarcophagus where the artifact was hidden twenty years.
- In the anime, Maka reveals that her mom gives her postcards as she traveled around the world, but in the manga she never writes to her daughter.
- Originally Atsushi Okubo wanted to bring in Maka's mother the final chapter of the manga (A Healthy Soul and a Healthy Mind Dwells within a Healthy Body) following Asura's and Crona's imprisonment on the moon, but decided not to do so.
- In the manga; Eruka Frog, Free, and Mizune are captured by Shibusen and later are drafted to aid the Shibusen in setting up the ceasefire with the other witches. In the anime, Medusa uses them to spy on Arachnophobia and when they relies that she is dead (from the events in episode #45) they leave Archnophobia's headquarters. They later watch the final battle between Shibusen and Asura. Afterwards they are together in a wooded area with a snake with Medusa's arrows on a vine behind them.
- Much of Blair's perverted behavior is cut down in the anime.
- According in the manga, the "little one" that Crona kills when he/she was little was a baby bunny. However in the anime, the "little one" is a small black dragon. This was done, because of censorship purpose.
- For the destruction of Arachnophobia in the manga, Medusa main role is to use Shibusen for her own purposes. In the anime, Shibusen's main objective is not to destroy Arachnophobia but to capture Asura. As a result, Baba Yaga's Castle is damaged beyond repair as a result of the battle between the mobilized Death City and Baba Yaga's Castle.
- Baba Yaga's Castle and Death City are only mobilized in the anime, Death City has the ability after acquiring BREW after Death meets Eibon to redeem himself for listening to Arachne.
- In the manga's storyline, Maka has a huge role in the battle because she thought she is saving Crona from Arachne, but in the anime she only watches the battle between Arachnophobia and Death City because she returned from helping Crona and Marie save Stein and Rachel. However she plans on destroying Arachne and the Moral Manipulation Machine.
- Medusa leads Shibusen against Arachnophobia in the manga, but Sid leads them against Arachnophobia in the anime.
- The Lock's that are used to protect Arachne in her Queen Spider's Room aren't shown in the anime, they are only present in the manga.
- Little Ogre is still a part of Soul in the manga, but in the anime Little Ogre grows and takes over Soul when they are battling Asura. However Maka is able to enter Soul's mind to rescue him and shrink Little Ogre to his originally size. After, Soul accepts the Little Ogre as a part of himself, and then eats him whole. This is the ogre's last appearance most likely he "died" and the black blood was now in Soul's complete control.
- In the anime, the Flying Dutchman isn't brought back to life to fight the Spartoi and Blair from the manga's storyline.
- Thus Spartoi isn't formed in the anime.
- The Book of Eibon has a larger role in the Manga's storyline, versus the events in the Anime.
- Both BREW and the Book of Eibon are with Crona on the moon under all of the black blood, but in the anime both objects are in Death's possession.
- There are three different DVD box sets for the anime, the "Partial box sets" which contains four parts each with two DVDs, the "Season box sets" which contains two parts with four DVDs, and the "Complete series box set" which holds eight DVDs.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Soul Eater (TV). Anime News Network. Retrieved on 2008-04-14.
- ↑ TV Tokyo: Soul Eater - Staff, Cast (Japanese). TV Tokyo. Retrieved on 2008-04-14.
- ↑ Two Soul Eater Anime Specials to Air in Japan. Anime News Network (2008-05-17). Retrieved on 2008-05-17.
- ↑ Goods section at the anime's official website (Japanese). Retrieved on 2008-06-02.
- ↑ FUNimation Adds Soul Eater Anime from Media Factory. Anime News Network (2008-12-31). Retrieved on 2008-12-31.
- ↑ Soul Eater to Air in Japan in Two Weekly Versions. Anime News Network (2008-02-12). Retrieved on 2008-04-17.
- ↑ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_kcX93kY9s
- Anime official website (jp)
- Soul Eater at TV Tokyo (Japanese)
- Soul Eater at FUNimation (English)
- Soul Eater at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.