"Sitting there in the dark, I had the chance to think about a lot of things, including the nature of the world itself. And after lengthy consideration, I realized something: when all is said and done, this world is an unknowable place. On the surface, all appears rational, orderly. But what lies beyond that thin veneer of reason? Stability and reality? Or chaos and madness? What are we really made of in the end? Is there truly any meaning to the lives we lead? Or are we nothing more than hollow vessels? These are questions we can never answer because we cannot hope to see beyond the world's fragile layer of skin. So we live our lives filled with uncertainty, never knowing who or what we truly are or what the future will bring. All we can do is imagine. Life becomes an unsolvable mystery with any number of twists and turns awaiting us. And that's enough to fill any soul with terror!'"
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Asura as he appears in Soul Eater
The Strongest Coward
|Age||Over 800 Years Old|
|Hair Color||Black (White Strips)|
Death the Kid (Younger Brother)
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Asura (阿修羅, Ashura) is the ultimate antagonist of Soul Eater He was a member of the Eight Powerful Warriors, also known as the Great Old Ones, and the first Kishin to ever come into existence. Asura was Shinigami's first son, born from a fragment of his soul containing his fears. His younger brother, Death the Kid, was born from the same process.
Asura was created by a Fragment of Death's soul implanted with his fears in attempt for Death to better himself and become more perfect. He was then taken in by his father as his first apprentice and became part of his group, the Eight Powerful Warriors. However, Asura's paranoia led him to having Vajra consume human soul and then consuming him, eventually turning into the first generation Kishin. After devoring the souls of some of the Eight Powerful Warriors, Death skinned him alive for his crimes and sealed him underneath Death City.
Asura had been known as an individual who possessed an extremely fragile soul. Joining the Eight Powerful Warriors, Asura had shared a friendship with Shinigami, and the two fought alongside each other in order to protect peace and order in the world. Asura was the best and strongest out of all Eight Guardians, however, despite his immense strength, Asura had almost always been experiencing the terror of something. Constantly frightened, Asura sought desperately to relieve his insatiable fear. He found such comfort in dressing with a ridiculous amount of layered clothing, wrapping his face in long scarves, and finding comfort in his Weapon partner, Vajra. His fear, however, did not come to an ease, and found it difficult to trust others in the fear of betrayal. Even in Vajra, with whom he had supposedly specifically partnered with in an effort to escape his fears. Eventually, Asura came to the conclusion that the only way that he could relieve his fears was through the attainment of ultimate power. He then became so obsessed in obtaining such power that he began to consume Souls of innocent humans, even going so far as to consume Vajra himself. Eventually, Asura fell to his own Madness, and had become the first Kishin.
Asura also has views of a true peace of which only he knows, a peace which resides in the actions of surrendering to Madness and being rid of fear and pain. He views the rationality that has been imposed on the world as an illusion of security and peace, when in actuality, nothingness lies beyond this "order" that almost all humans seem to follow. He also believes that mankind's greatest weakness is their ability to imagine answers to questions that seem to only amount to a frightening answer, when in actuality, the answers are not very frightening at all, and that the only thing that makes them appear so terrifying is the human's imagination running away with them. As a strong believer in this concept of happiness, Asura has sacrificed his own imagination altogether, amounting to fearless recklessness.
As the physical embodiment of Madness and fear, Asura's behavior is extremely inconceivable; one minute he seemingly has a completely calm and cool demeanor, the next he is both maniacal and senseless. He is easily frightened by things he doesn't understand. This unpredictable behavior makes him particularly dangerous.
Asura is a great disbeliever in honor, seeing it as something that one could fall slave to, and that the love for other people was nothing more than a one way road to defeat. However, this does not mean Asura has an inability to feel love. In the Anime, Asura finds himself in love with Arachne, and upon realization of this love, he finds no choice but kill the source of this love that may one day lead to his own defeat. He then pursues Arachne, and swallows her Soul, showing how desperate Asura is in being at the status of not being able to be defeated.
When talking with Shinigami, Asura speaks very politely and formally, showing that he may hold some respect for his former master.
Although Asura may be the most evil individual in the entire Soul Eater series, it appears that he has a strange hidden sense of humor. When first awakened, rather than making a sinister or eerie comment as his first words in around 800 years, Asura anti-climatically comments, "Nakedness is so wrong!", since he, at the time, had no clothes on. Also, before exiting the Seal Shrine, Asura catches a glimpse of Free standing in front of him, to which he appears to compliment Free on his muscular appearance, admiring it by saying; "I like the Macho look.", and then launching himself through the ceiling. Even Free is dumbfounded by Asura's comment, wondering whether it was really addressed at him. Finally, before escaping Death City, Asura also appears to be amused by how much Shinigami's demeanor and appearance has changed.
Something to note about Asura in the anime is that he does not actually see himself as evil. Despite his intentions of drowning the world into madness, fear and insanity, he does not see that as an evil thing, but rather a normal desire that will actually make the world a better place. When Maka tries using her Kishin Hunt technique, a technique intended to destroy evil, to defeat him, Asura states this is the reason it did not work.
However, his mindset is obviously deluded because his intentions are in actuality immoral. In the manga, Maka's Kishin Hunt is actually what ultimately defeats him. The reason Maka's courage was intended to be the method that would have defeated him in the anime was likely to emphasize Maka's strength to defeat Asura by herself without Soul, as she is the hero (or heroine) of the main cast.
The characters who fought Asura largely seem to dislike him, not only for his intentions of spreading madness and insanity. They also become easily annoyed by his constant preaching of irrelevant matters they do not care about or believe in. Death points this out to Asura quite often during his fight against him, and Maka constantly tells him to shut up as well.
In the Manga & anime, it's interesting to note whenever he removes the Kishin Mask, he appears calm. Whenever he puts the Kishin Mask on, he then behaves erratically.
Asura is depicted as a very tall, thin, pale young man. Prior to becoming a Kishin, he wore numerous long white scarves, encircling his entire neck and a large portion of his head, and upwards of five to six shirts on his body, each of varying style and color. Even this significant amount of clothing is covered by a further layer; consisting of a red and black pinstriped blazer, as well as an extremely long pair of dark trousers, burying the black shoes worn underneath in a mass of fabric.
Asura has adopted the symbol of three vertical eyes, as he too possesses a third eye on his forehead. Not only does each strand of dark hair on his head look like an eye, due to the presence of white markings, but even his pupils feature this same eye-like shape. This signature eye symbol is tattooed to the backs of each of his hands and the long scarf that encompasses his head is embellished with multiple black images of these vertical eyes, wrapped in a very particular manner so as to display only three at the front.
Due to the circumstances surrounding his imprisonment and subsequent revival, Asura was left without a single item of clothing, either old or new. In order to compensate for this immediate need, he fashioned various wrappings out of his own skin to cover his naked body, even forming it to create the long scarves he originally wore with the same three signature eye-like markings.
In the anime; it is demonstrated that the irises of his eyes are red, and he possesses a red aura.
- Asura's prominent symbol of three vertical eyes was based upon the symbol involved with the character "Emine" and his Hakutaku in Atsushi's earlier series B. Ichi.
- In a fight against Death, Asura and Death create two halves of the yin-yang symbol with their powers. Asuras red would most likely be yin, female energy, as female energy is free-willed.
- Asura possesses several references to Hindu and Buddhist religions. His name is taken from the demonic race of Asura in Hindu and Buddhist religion. His depiction (wrappings of paper or fabric, and also very skinny to the point of ribs) is most likely based off of buddhist mummification, as buddhists must take an extreme diet before death. The concept of a third eye is a symbol of enlightenment while the hand signs he uses to attack are similar to mudrā, symbolic and ritualistic gestures of Buddhism and Taoism. His weapon, a vajra, is a ritual tool symbolically used by various eastern religions.
- Incidentally, Asura is shown to consume souls the same way that Soul and Ragnarok do; by literally eating them.
- When describing the five remaining warlords of the Great Eight, the black mass says, "Order, Knowledge, Power, Rage, Terror". Asura could associate with rage, or terror, but based on the anime and to the fact that Excalibur is hinted to be associated with "Rage", it is most likely he is "Terror".
- Before his revelation as Death's first son, one could see several similarities between Asura and Death the Kid physically.
- In the end credits of the final scene, Shinigami is shown burying a soul in his Death Room. It can be assumed that this is Asura's soul, as it is a Kishin Soul.
- Asura's appearance underneath his bandages differs slightly between the Manga and Anime - In the Anime, his hair is slightly longer and his cheekbones are not as pronounced, making him appear slightly younger then he does in the Manga.
- Despite viewing humans scum with no real power, Asura appears to acknowledge Black Star, saying he has exceeded the limits of humans, and referring to him as a 'god of military arts'.