"If your "duty" means abandoning your friends who are in danger and handing over your body and soul...then you should toss that crap into the sewer where it belongs!!"

— Anastasia as she scolds Akane☆Hoshi in "Death Fest (Part 2)"

Princess Anastasia Yngling (アナスタシア・イングリング, Anasutashia Inguringu) is a member of House Yngling who ran away to join Death Weapon Meister Academy under the alias Anya Hepburn (アーニャ・ヘプバーン, Ānya Hepubān) to better learn of "commoners".[3] She later became one of the three Meisters for Tsugumi Harudori along with Meme Tatane and Ao Hoshino. She is one of the main protagonists in Soul Eater NOT!.


Coming from a rich background, Anya is rather stuck-up, proud, and princess-like, unwilling to make much friendly conversation with her other classmates. She often appears to be cold, unfriendly and haughty, making condescending comments about people and outwardly making fun of them. Whether it is because of her personality or upbringing, she is also very blunt and does not mince her words. She can also be rather short-tempered. However, her manner of speech is very formal, and although she can be rather stuck-up to people of her age and people who are younger than her, she is still respectful to her seniors. Because of her rich background, she is very prodigal (she sees $200 as a small amount of money and spends it all in the span of a single day) and is often not aware of how the real world works, making her rather naive in some situations. Despite this, she is very knowledgeable on various styles and brands. Her analytical skills also makes her a great observer when it comes to people, as she correctly deduces that Tsugumi copied her hairstyle off of someone else and called out Soul for being fake.

However, despite her rather cold outlook, Anya does truly want to make friends, but due to her upbringing, finds it rather awkward to act around other 'normal' people. She often has trouble expressing her true emotions, especially ones that might make her look soft. Deep down, she does care for her friends, and is saddened by the fact that she cannot act more openly around them, shown when she is miserable at the fact that she keeps calling Tsugumi and Meme by the formal suffix '-san' whilst Meme and Tsugumi are calling each other with the informal suffix '-chan.' The cold outlook which she uses to hide her soft-hearted side makes Anya a 'tsundere' type of character (a Japanese term for a character who is 'tsun-tsun' meaning cold, and 'dere-dere' meaning a softie). However, recently, she seems to have slowly gained the ability to be more open and friendly. She can also be very shy at some points, blushing and nearly onto the point of tears after having to wear a dress which she deems too short and accusing Tsugumi of being a pervert. It is also implied that Anya is a bit of a glutton, often thinking about food, a fact which she tries to hide. Despite her usual haughtiness, Anya proves to be more vulnerable than she lets on.

Despite her rather stuck-up behavior, Anya is not afraid of adventure, and can sometimes be seen as the boldest of the three main characters. She holds a great desire to be free from her strict lifestyle and is fascinated by how common people are like (although she tries to hide this fascination). She is also eager to experience common life. As her part-time job as a waitress, she tries to make it look like she does not want to work, yet when she does, she works with much more enthusiasm than either Tsugumi or Meme. The reason why she chooses Tsugumi as her partner is because she is, as she calls her, the 'God of Commoners.' She can also prove to be a good leader figure because of her strong sense of authority and ability to make decisions straight away.


Main article: Anastasia Yngling/Relationships


Anya Hepburn anime design

Anya Hepburn's anime design

Anya's broach With family crest.

Anya's brooch full view.

Anya is a slim fourteen-year-old girl. She has deep blue eyes and long blonde hair going way beyond her shoulders curling up a bit at the end, fitted with a white frilly headband. Her outfit is of a long white blazer with puffed up shoulders, with a blue line going across each sleeve. A single blue line also goes down her blazer from her left shoulder right down to the hem, where it is crossed by another blue line going across. Until Episode 2, she wore her family brooch, with the family crest in the blue part of the brooch. She also has a white cross stitched on her blazer's collar, and as of Chapter 4 of the manga and Episode 2 of the anime, she begins wearing a DWMA brooch, that of a cross with Shinigami's mask on it. Beneath her blazer, she wears an extravagant pleated white dress which fans out a little at the knees and white leggings and white Mary Jane-style shoes with small crosses embroidered on them. She also wears cross-shaped earrings.

When working part-time at Deathbucks Cafe, she wears its waitress uniform. She wears a small cap in the shape of an upside down Shinigami's mask, along with a dress shirt sporting tied puffy shoulders and black ribbons along with a large extravagant polka dot bow tie. Above that, she wears a well-fitting black dress held up with suspenders, tied with a ribbon behind her back and with cross-stitches on the front. The skirt fans out at her thighs and has a white stripe going across the bottom. She wears white knee-length stockings and black shoes. In this outfit, she also wears her hair up.


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Anastasia defeats Hao and Raid.

Spear Meister (槍職人, Yari Shokunin): Having already been trained with a spear,[4] Anastasia herself is skilled Meister with a spear in which owes into her skill using The Halbred, specifically the spear portion from her own admittance.[5] With her skill, she easily defeated the likes of Hao using Raid.[3]

Martial Arts: Anastasia is a practitioner of martial arts, having knowledge of other style. She was skilled enough to hold her own with the Traitor (Prototype 2).[6] In the anime, she also managed to hold her own with Meme Tatane.[7]

  • Royal Karate (ロイヤル空手, Roiyaru Karate): Anastasia is skilled for the House Yngling's exclusive Martial Way, Royal Karate. Characterized by her assuming a stance with her fists up almost like a boxing position and the left foot is pointed forward while the right foot turns 45 degrees toward the right, this is Anya's signature style she was taught at home.[6] However, she was initially in experience in a real fight when she encountered another martial artist who used a "imitation" of Mantis Boxing and was nearly killed from the poisoned finger claw.[6]

Athleticism: Having went through rigious training, Anastasia seems to be in great shape. During the Athletics Test, Eternal Feather stated that she has the highest recorded jump of any new female student (1.87 meters).[8]


Akane dodges Anya's attack

Anya is no match for Akane.

Anastasia once admitted (to herself) that despite her training, the Traitor (Prototype 2) was her first time fighting an opponent unarmed. As a result of inexperience, she was easily beaten by the other when the latter fought dirty as well as momentarily froze in fear.[6] Although she improved since, in the anime, she was not only incapable of fighting Akane in close quarters combat alone, but also was easily pushed aside by Shaula in close combat, two individuals with fighting experience beyond her own.[9]


Before enrolling at Death Weapon Meister Academy, Anya lived in a castle with her family. She lived a very strict and rather restricted life, as she mentioned she was not allowed in the kitchen back at home. She did get to see some of the outside world, however, such as a concert performance provided by one young piano player at her family's castle.[10]

Desiring freedom and wanting to learn about common people, she left Yngling Castle (although it is not yet clear whether she ran away or received permission to leave from parents) and attended Death Weapon Meister Academy.[11] Little did she know, her family and the DWMA had communicated with each other before her arrival, agreeing to assign two EAT Central Intelligence students, Akane☆Hoshi and Clay Sizemore, to act as undercover NOT students to serve as her bodyguards, and to remove her from Death City in case of any danger.[12]


Anya is seen inside DWMA in the room where all the newly enrolled students had gathered. Standing on her own, she regrets her decision in coming to Shibusen in her pursuit to learn what 'common' people are like, seeing that Shibusen students are anything but normal.While looking out the window she sees Death the Kid flying around on his skateboard. She is about to give up hope when she sees Tsugumi, and sees to her surprise the ultimate commoner of commoners in Tsugumi. However, due to her shyness, she acts very coldly towards Tsugumi.

However, she does not hesitate in getting herself involved when Tsugumi and Meme end up facing two other enrolled students in a fight. Calling the two enrolled male students 'vulgar,' she immediately accepts to duel them, and orders Tsugumi to transform. When Tsugumi nervously replies that she cannot, Anya, rather annoyed, tells her that she heard that commoners were bright, cheerful, kind and strong people, and that she is sorely disappointed that Tsugumi is not.

Finally, with encouragement from Sid, Tsugumi manages to transform, and Anya easily beats the two boys. Meme and Tsugumi thank Anya. Meme asks Tsugumi if she wants to be her partner and Tsugumi is on the point of agreeing, but looks to Anya. Anya coldly rejects her, and a dejected Tsugumi turns to agree to be partners with Meme when Anya suddenly grabs her sleeve, a rather desperate and tearful look in her eyes.

Dormitory Admission!Edit

Both Anya and Meme end up being potential Meisters for Tsugumi. Led by Eternal Feather through Death City (Anya secretly admires the city and its 'common' atmosphere), they reach their dormitory. Each of them had been given a weekly student allowance for $200. Anya is rather disappointed that their dormitory looks so grand, expecting a more shabbier building. Eternal Feather then warns the three to watch out for the 'Witch of the Girl's Dormitory.'

Inside, they meet Kana Altair, a tarot-card reader. Anya blatantly says that Kana's tarot cards are a sham, causing Kana to insult her back, angering her. After meeting with Ms. Misery, the three girls reach their dormitory. Anya tries to pick the bed nearest to Tsugumi, and is disappointed when Meme picks it before she can. However, when Meme offers to switch, Anya coolly says that it does not matter, although she is shown to feel rather left out as Meme and Tsugumi chat to each other.

Soon, the three eat out and got to bed. When Anya wakes up, she sees Meme sleeping next to Tsugumi, who is tied to her bed. Wondering what had gone on, Anya says that what they are doing is rather 'disgusting.'

Tsugumi, after getting her allowance taken from Kim Diehl, returns to her dormitory, only to find that Anya had spent all of her money on getting strange bits and bobs (such as a tanuki statue, dubbed Josephine by Anya, a shop curtain and a guitar) and that Meme has lost her allowance (Anya says that it is nothing to worry about). Anya offers Tsugumi a taiyaki that she had bought, emphasizing that she was not interested in buying it. The three end up enjoying the taiyaki.

$$$ (Money Money Money!)Edit

Putting their leftover money together, the three girls are only able to buy one helping of noodles between them, but Eternal Feather helps them out (Anya struggles in eating the noodles with chopsticks, causing Eternal Feather to give her a fork). The three find out that the Witch of the Girl's Dormitory is none other than Kim Diehl. Anya, interested in the rumours about her, listens as Kim, despite her cute appearance, is a downright bully. She forcefully gave Eternal Feather her name and asked for payment after (Anya mentions that Eternal Feather's name is embarrassing). The two see Ox talking to Kim in the distance, and sees Kim punch him and walk off. Eternal Feather explains that although most boys avoid her now, Ox the honour student is the only one who always approaches her.

Because the three have no money, Eternal Feather offers them a place to work part-time: Deathbucks Cafe. Anya, excited at the prospect of working, tries to make it look like she does not want to, but says that she will if Tsugumi really wants to. After arriving at the cafe, the two meet Akane and Clay, who are also working part-time. Anya does not hesitate to mock them for being slack with their money. Changing into the cafe's uniforms, Anya is embarrassed as she thinks the skirt is too short, and her embarrassment causes Meme and Tsugumi to be overwhelmed with how cute she looks.

Despite her apparent reluctance to work, Anya proves to be the most enthusiastic in working as a waitress, greeting guests with a bright smile and cheerfully taking everyone's orders. After taking a break, the students see Ox delivering coffee beans to the cafe. Anya wonders if Ox spends a lot of his money for Kim, to which Tsugumi tells her to be quiet.

After finishing their jobs at the cafe, the three girls are stopped by Ox, who gives Tsugumi the money he had earned to pay her back for the money Kim took from her, saying that all he wants in return is for her to not hate Kim. After, Tsugumi is still wondering on what to do with the money, and Anya tells her to spend it all. With encouragement from Meme, Tsugumi decides to hold a party for the three of them, and thank Ox for the money after. She tells Anya and Meme that they do not need to call her with the formal suffix '-san' any more. Although Meme is happy with this, Anya has trouble saying 'Tsugumi' and ends up calling her 'Tsugumin' (with the kanji of 'gumin' meaning 'ignorant person').


The three girls attend a lesson held by Sid in the dance studio, where he teaches them on how to work as Weapon and Meister. He calls in Maka and Soul for a quick demonstration before letting the others work on their own. However, after being told to work in pairs, Tsugumi is at a dilemma as she has two Meisters. Anya decides that it is her turn to be Tsugumi's Meister as Anya was her Meister the previous lesson. But before she can go any further, she is dragged away by Sid to work with another partner, who she gets annoyed with as he hardly responds to what she says. And after seeing Tsugumi and Meme acting friendly with each other, she ends up walking out of the lesson.

Out in the city, she tries to convince herself that it is inevitable that one person will always be left out in a partnership like hers. She soon grows saddened as she sees that she cannot act as openly and friendly around them. Suddenly, she is approached by a strange Traitor, who proceeds to attack her.


Although Anya tries to face the Traitor as calmly as she can, determined to show that she is able to fight without Tsugumi, she is cornered in the end, and injured by the strange needle on the Traitor's finger. Cornered, she cries for help, and Meme and Tsugumi finally arrive, much to her joy. Despite Anya's warnings, Meme prepares to fight, until Akane and Clay intervene, causing the Traitor to retreat. Anya, embarrassed and feeling a little humiliated, thanks Akane and Clay and returns to the girl's dormitory with Meme and Tsugumi.

Tsugumi and Meme realize that Anya is hurt and is also feeling rather ill (the needle the Traitor is wearing is suspected to be poisoned). However, Kim suddenly arrives, and secretly heals Anya's wound with her Regeneration Magic.

Tsugumi tells Anya that she and Meme were worried about her, and Anya coldly tells her not to mind about her, as it is better if Tsugumi and Meme be always together. As Tsugumi apologizes, she and Meme write down Anya's name on their arms to remind them that it is her turn to be Tsugumi's partner next, and the three all make up. However, as the ink on their arms washes off, Meme soon forgets whose turn it is the next day, much to Anya's annoyance.

How To!Edit

After getting up once again in a new day at Death City, Tsugumi asks Anya and Meme why they came to Shibusen. Meme tells her that she forgot and Anya coldly refuses to answer her question.


After helping Kim clean up a pool with her taking 90 percent of their wage, Tsugumi learn that Jacqueline want to be Kim's partner and so get Anya and Meme to help her out. After numerous attempts to get the two together, which fails, Kim and Jacqueline finally become partner's when Jacqueline see's Kim heal a hurt dog using magic showing that she is a Witch and Jacqueline promise to not tell anyone leading to a bond of trust to form.

A Real Fight!Edit

The day before, Anya and Meme watch west side glory and Sukegan CSI which are both Delinquent movies and start acting like 'Delinquent' much to Tsugumi's dismay, when the waitress come and it's Liz Thompson she, Tsugumi and Meme are shocked to see the real thing, and though she and Meme think their better at being Delinquent's then her they learn from Master that they are on probation.

Next Patti Thompson came to give them their meals but slams the plates down on the table, Anya tries to tell her, that she was being rude and that she had not ordered what Patti placed onto the table, only to be frightened by the cold glare Patti gave her.

Anya vs Lis

Later, she gets into an argument with Liz leading to a fight between her, Tsugumi, Liz and Patti but they are shocked to learn that Patti can turn into a gun. After trying to hide and failing Anya is goad into attacking only for Liz to dodge by turning into a gun herself and Patti turning back to normal. This ends with Patti pointing Liz at Anya's head who then fires.
Patti corner Anya

Patti corners Anya

However, due to them being on probation, Anya is not shot, Liz and Patti leave stating they can't be getting into any more trouble so they are letting the girls off on this.

After this she and Meme do not go back to Master's cafe again for several days until they got tired of being scared and watching Tsugumi go by herself everyday. Anya and Meme finally return to the cafe after hearing about Tsugumi's "fight". Anya enters through the door taking a deep breath, showing she doesn't want to be there.

Study MeetingEdit


This section of the article is incomplete and requires more information before it can be considered complete.


During a holiday, Anya, Tsugumi, and Meme had the day off. Anya suggested they use it to explore Shibusen. However, during their adventure, the three got lost in the maze like school, causing Meme and Anya to get into a argument over which way to go. Anya wanted Tsugumi to pick the path, but Tsugumi was unable to, so Anya gave in and said they should follow the path Meme picked. Following it, they ended up getting lost.

As the three girls wandered aimlessly, Meme commented that, as they had not seen any windows, they must be in the basement, leading Anya to guess that, due to the gentle slope, they likely didn't notice their descent.

As they went from room to room the girls found themselves being scared over and over again. First by a torture room that had Justin Law waiting inside and calling them lost little lambs and ask them if he could set their souls free, meaning he was going to show them the way out, but due to how creepy he said it, they thought he was going to kill them and ran away.

The next thing to scare them was when they came to a stop for rest and began talking about Shibusen's Eight Mysteries only to find a mirror next to them with Tezca Tlipoca in it. Due to the mask he was wearing and the creepy smile on it, they were quickly scared off.

After getting away, they managed to find their way outside. They stopped to catch their breath before talking about all the things they saw and began laughing at how much fun they had.

JOT ArcEdit

One day after class, Anya and Meme looked with some annoyance as Tsugumi was fascinated with her mentor, Maka Albarn. While Tsugumi and Maka had a happy conversation, Anya stared at Maka's weapon partner, Soul Eater--and simultaneously she and Soul recognized each other. Soul took Anya by the wrist and led her down the hall. Anya realized Soul was the young pianist who once performed at her family's caste. Soul urged her to be quiet, as he had renounced his previously affluent lifestyle and wanted to blend in with people in Death City. To Soul's annoyance, Anya then mocked Soul's garish outfit.[10]


  • Anastasia's pseudonym, Anya Hepburn, may allude to the actress Audrey Hepburn.


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  2. Godswill Ugwa, "Soul Eater Not! English Cast Announcement." Funimation. 23 Apr. 2015. Accessed 23 Apr. 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 1
  4. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 27
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 5
  7. Soul Eater NOT!: Episode 12
  8. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 2; Chapter 7, page 24 (eBook)
  9. Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 11 & 12
  10. 10.0 10.1 Soul Eater JOT! Manga: Part 11
  11. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 1. Anime: Episode 1
  12. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 38. Anime: Episode 10

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