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. Soul Eater is Bones' third anime series to run with 50-51 episodes, after 2003's Fullmetal Alchemist and 2005's Eureka Seven.
The anime was regularly broadcasted Mondays at 6:00 PM on TV Tokyo. The official Japanese website of the Soul Eater anime series announced that each episode would air in two different versions: the regular Monday 6:00 pm version and a Late-Night Soul Eater Late Show version, in which special footage was added at the start and end of the commercial break, and with new versions of the previews for the next episodes. The dual broadcast of this supernatural action series was billed as the "world's first evening and Late-Night resonance broadcast." The term "resonance" 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.
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.
In the United States, the anime was licensed by Funimation, which released the series in four half-season DVD box sets starting with the first volume in February 2010. On November 20, 2012, the Complete Series dub with all 51 Episodes WAS Released on DVD in the United States. A Blu Ray set was also released. On March 16, 2015, Funimation announced that a new Blu Ray Premium Edition with a 64-page full-color artbook would be released on June 30, 2015, the same day when Funimation Would release Limited Edition Blu Ray set of Soul Eater NOT! All 51 subtitled Episodes Are available on Funimation's website, Along with the first Twenty-six Episodes Dubbed in English.
Differences between Anime and Manga
Main article: Difference in the Soul Eater Media
In Soul Eater , the anime and manga deviate, though the anime does follow the manga closely up until Episode 35. However, THESE detail changes range from minor to introducing completely new concepts such as the Kishin-Egg, which replaces the Shinigami's List concept from the manga. Additional scenes in the anime do not occur in the manga; therefore, such anime-exclusive events are considered separate from the canon of the manga.
Soul of resonance - Seoul = Eater, Becoming a Death size?
( Tamashii no Kyomei ～Soru Ita, Desu Saizu ni Naru?)
|April 7, 2008|
I'm Definitely a Star! ~ Most Big Man, Genru here?
( Ore koso Suta da! ～Mottomo Biggu Na Otoko, Koko ni Arawaru?)
|April 14, 2008|
Magnificent Mission Perfect boy - Death The Kid?
(Kanpeki naru Shōnen ~Desu za Kiddo no Karei naru Misshon?)
|April 21, 2008|
Witch hunt triggered!? Tutoring of pounding graveyard?
( Majo Gari Hatsudo! ～Dokidoki Hakaba no Hoshu Jugyo?)
|April 28, 2008|
The form of soul-strongest craftsman Stein appeared?
( Tamashii no Katachi ～Saikyo Shokunin Shutain Tojo?)
|May 5, 2008|
Freshman of the rumor! ~ Memories full, Kid of Sibu 専初 school?
(Uwasa no Shinnyūsei! ~Omoide Ippai, Kiddo no Shibusen Hatsu Tōkō?)
|May 12, 2008|
There are weapons in the fear-Kurona of melanemia?
(Kokketsu no Kyōfu ~Kurona no Naka ni Buki ga Iru?)
|May 19, 2008|
Witch Medusa - who has a great evil-out soul?
(Majo Medyūsa ~Ōinaru Waruki Tamashii o Motsu Mono?)
|May 26, 2008|
Adventures of Seiken Densetsu ~ Kid and Black ☆ Star?
(Seiken Densetsu ~Kiddo to Burakku Sutā no Daibōken?)
|June 2, 2008|
Demon Blade Masamune-torn soul possession, mind you sing in the rain?
( Yoto Masamune ～Yabure Tamashii Hyoi, Ame ni Utau Kokoro?)
|June 9, 2008|
What lies beyond Sadness of camellia?
(Tsubaki no Hana ~Kanashimi o Koeta Saki ni Aru Mono?)
|June 16, 2008|
Big decision of not losing to fear courage ~ Maka Albarn?
(Kyōfu ni Makenai Yūki ~Maka Arubān no Ichidai Kesshin?)
|June 23, 2008|
Beans of man - Seoul and Maka, the Gap wavelength of the soul?
( Magan no Otoko ～Soru to Maka, Zure Yuku Tamashii no Hacho? )
|June 30, 2008|
(Super) written test - pounding, exciting, restless, Uson?
( Cho Hikkishiken ～Dokidoki, Wakuwaku, Sowasowa, Uson? )
|July 7, 2008|
Black Dragon Cowardly Liz and pleasant fellow who eat the soul?
(Tamashii o Kū Kuroki Ryū ~Okubyō Rizu to Yukai na Nakama-tachi?)
|July 14, 2008|
Fierce fight! Hell in a ghost ship - my head?
( Gekito! Yureisen ～Boku no Atama no Naka no Jigoku? )
|July 21, 2008|
Seiken Densetsu 2 to drink, Hitting, buy, Kazunori?
( Seiken Densetsu Tsu ～Nomu, utsu, Kau, Ittoku? )
|July 28, 2008|
Nightmare - and the curtain of the eve was raised?
( Zenyasai no Akumu ～Soshite Maku wa Agatta? )
|August 4, 2008|
Start, underground battle - Break Through, vector of Medusa Arrow?
( Kaishi, Chika Kobosen ～Toppaseyo, Medyusa no Bekutoru Aro? )
|August 11, 2008|
Resonance battle of melanemia! Small Soul 's Large Struggle to Oppose - fear?
( Koketsu no Kyomei Sen! ～Kyofu ni Hamukau Chiisana Tamashii no Taifunto? )
Delivered, my soul-dry heart, irresistible in solitude ...?
( todoke, Watashi no Tamashii ～Kawaita Kokoro, Tamaranai Kodoku no Naka de ...? )
trick that sealed the company - invulnerable man planted?
( Fuin no Yashiro ～Fujimi no Otoko ga Shikaketa Karakuri? )
Dead or Alive! Between of revival and hallucinations?
Deddo oa Araibu! ~Fukkatsu To Genkaku no Hazama de?
The gods of the fight - Desushiti collapse of the crisis?
( Kamigami no tatakai ～Desu Shiti Hokai no Kiki ni? )
Convened! Desusaizusu ~ prevent Papa personnel changes !!?
( Shoshu! Desu Saizusu ～Fusege Papa no Jinjiido !!? )
During happy embarrassment experience admission! ~ Sibu 専新 life support Fair?
( Ureshi Hazukashi Taiken Nyugaku! ～Shibusen Shinseikatsu Oen Fea Kaisaichu? )
Witch advent of 800 years of murderous intent - heresy?
Happyuku-nen no Satsui ~Itan no Majo Kōrin?
Or sword God stand-taste is sweet or salty?
Kenshi Tatsu ~Aji wa Amai ka Shoppai ka?
Medusa sword revival! ~ Spider and snake, reunion of fate?
( Fukkatsu no Medyusa! ～Kumo to Hebi, Innen no Saikai? )
Runaway of burning express! Magic tools left by ~ Archmage?
( Footwork no Boso Tokkyu! ～Daima Doshi ga Nokoshita Madogu? )
The shine on the dry up was happiness - moonlight Who of tears?
(Kareta Shiawase ~Tsukiakari ni Hikaru no wa Dare no Namida?)
Seiken Densetsu 3 to Sibu 専番 length story?
( Seiken Densetsu Suri ～Shibusen Bancho Monogatari? )
Resonance chain-Kanadero, melody of souls?
( Kyomei Rensa ～Kanadero, Tamashii Tachi no Senritsu? )
BREW competition! ~ Clash, ShiTake専 vs Arachnophobia?
( Buryu Sodatsusen! ～Gekitotsu, Shibusen Basesu Arakunofobia? )
Storm of mosquito! World of past days, the time limit is 10 minutes?
(Arashi no Mosukīto! ~Arishi Hi no Sekai, Seigen Jikan wa Jū-pun?)
The Hanate, seven of resonance chain! Concert of Creation and Destruction?
( Hanate, Shichi-Nin no Kyomei Rensa! ～Hakai to Sozo no Ensokai? )
The secret of Sibu dedicated to detective first incident Exposed by Kid?
Meitantei Daiichi no Jiken ~Kiddo ga Abaku Shibusen no Himitsu?
Shura temptation - and irritation can not be kept a big man to?
( Shura e no Yuwaku ～Biggu Na Otoko no Osaerarenai Iradachi? )
Kurona, fled please ~, the smile of you?
Kurona, Tōbō ~Kudasai, Kimi no Hohoemi?
Cut the Cards: Medusa, to surrender to Sibu-only?
( Kirareta Kado ～Medyusa, Shibusen ni Toko Suru? )
Winding and Sliding: The Dancing Doctor, A New World?
( kurukuru Kururu ～Hakase wa Odoru, Atarashiki Sekai? )
March! To castle - moyamoya softening of the Baba Yaga?
(Shingeki! Baba Yagā no Shiro ~Nanka Moyamoya Suru?)
Mission Impossible of the last of the magic tool - weapon without a Kid
( Saigo no Madogu ～Buki Nashi Kiddo no Misshon Inposshiburu? )
To you who have had near-determination usual wimp Kurona?
( Yowamushi Kurona no Ketsui ～Itsumo Soba ni Ite Kureta Kimi ni? )
Wavelength: Fierce Attack of the timer, anger of Majin hunt?
( Taima no Hacho ～Moko, Ikari no Majin Gari? )
Takeshi or Shura or ~ Decisive Battle, Mifune vs Black ☆ Star?
Bu ka Shura ka ~Kessen, Mifune bāsesu Burakku Sutā?
Overturning a Table in Anger of miracle - we Death City Lobo?
(Kiseki no Chabudaigaeshi ~Bokura no Desu Shitī Robo?)
Weapon Grim Reaper-like-inch ahead you had a (Death size) Darkness full?
( Desusaizu O Motta Shinigami-sama ～Chotto Saki wa Yami darake? )
Ashura awakening - to the ends that end up in the world?
( Ashura Kakusei ～Sekai no Ikitsuku Hate e? )
Or Position or bees?! Man who more than ~ God?
( Ichi ka Bachi ka ?! ～Kami O koeru Otokotachi? )
Watchword is courage!
( Aikotoba wa Yuki! )
- 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.
- ↑ 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
- ↑ 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.
- ↑ Funimation: "Something Special is Coming for Soul Eater Superfans". Funimation. Retrieved on 2015-03-16.
- Anime official website (jp)
- Soul Eater at TV Tokyo (Japanese)
- Soul Eater at FUNimation (English)
- Soul Eater at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia.