|Soul Eater | Soul Eater NOT!|
|Demon Long Sword|
Clay Sizemore (クレイ・サイズモア, Kurei Saizumoa), the "Demon Longsword" (魔大剣, mataiken), is the Demon Weapon of Akane☆Hoshi and a student of the DWMA who was transferred into the N.O.T Class to secretly protect Anya Hepburn. He is actually an E.A.T student who is also part of the DWMA Central Intelligence Agency (死武専中央情報局, Shibusen Chūō Jōhōkyoku).
Clay is relatively tall and slender in stature, while noticeably older than Tsugumi Harudori and the majority of his fellow classmates. His age has been estimated to be around that of a high school student, making him anywhere in between sixteen and eighteen years old. He also features spiky and light-coloured hair. His typical attire consists of a simple pair of black trousers accompanied by a white shirt, usually left unbuttoned at the collar, and solid black tie, which is further adorned by the presence of a small Shinigami mask icon near its tip. This clothing is completed by a simple pair of black leather shoes and a light-coloured belt, which occasionally has a small pouch attached to it on Clay's right side. The combination of this formal attire and Clay's natural physical proportions can falsely give the impression that he is a senior at the DWMA, rather than his actual position as a freshman.
During the brief period that he serves as a waiter at a Death City café, Clay adopts the typical uniform of the establishment, which is comprised of a white shirt with rolled-up sleeves that is accentuated by a black bow tie, as well as a dark waistcoat with pockets holding a few pens and trousers. Due to the nature of the profession, he also wears a black apron that is tied at the waist and features a small Shinigami emblem.
|“||I feel more motivated now that we've changed into our uniforms.||”|
—Clay, Soul Eater Not! Chapter 3
Clay, rather like his partner, Akane, is rather cool-headed, even in dangerous situations, even going so far as being rather laidback in contrast to the slightly more serious Akane. He is almost always smiling, and seems to be quite confident in his and Akane's skills as a Weapon and Meister, not panicking when fighting, even if the opponent is a Traitor. He cares for the people around him though, as he only gets worried when other people might be in trouble, and often does not hesitate to intervene, and can be considered slightly more brash and emotional than Akane. He is also much more informal.
He also does not have the same level of observance as Akane and tends to take things at face value, as when Akane compliments the taste of the Master's coffee, Clay admits that he cannot tell whether the taste is good or not, and that he thought that the Master's shop would not be so well-run due to it accepting part-time Shibusen students.
Despite his laidback nature, he is still formal to his peers and his seniors, not hesitating to be of help. His enthusiasm can be raised quite easily, as he already feels enthusiastic about working in a cafe after getting changed into a waiter's uniform, prompting Akane to jokingly call him 'simple-minded.'
Demon Weapon Transformation
Main article: Demon Longsword
In his fully transformed state, Clay assumes the form of an elegantly crafted and slender longsword that features a solid black blade, surrounded in its entirety by a narrow white cutting-edge. However, the most unusual portion of this weapon is its hilt, which consists of a completely smooth cylindrical handle, attached by an unconventional arrangement of two small diamonds that form its guard. The tip of this sword is incredibly sharp, requiring only the slightest of pressure to pierce human flesh.
- The two share some similarities in terms of personality and make a good team, with Akane often holding Clay back when he thinks he is acting a little too brashly. In battle, the two cooperate with each other well. Both are confident in each other's abilities and prove also to be good friends, sometimes engaging in friendly banter. Occasionally, differences appear in their personalities, though, which leads to Clay not really being able to understand the calm and observant Akane. Clay also gets annoyed by some of Akane's actions and the fact that Akane keeps lying about Clay fooling around in the game centre in order to cover up his actions.
- Tsugumi Harudori, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn
- Clay can be seen as slightly protective of the girls, sometimes worrying about them and how they will get on in Shibusen. He tries to intervene between the fight between some male students and Tsugumi and Meme and later worries on how they will handle working in a cafe.
Soul Eater NOT!
Attending a brief entrance ceremony upon his arrival at the DWMA, Clay places himself in one of the corners of the spacious room, accompanied by the presence of a single seated other NOT (Normally Overcome Target) student. Upon his dismissal after Sid Barett's introduction, Clay chances upon a small skirmish occurring in the corridor, where he immediately attempts to intervene but is prevented from doing so by his fellow student, forcing him to simply observe the confrontation instead. He then proceeds to watch the fight in its entirety due to Sid's reluctance to interfere, however, after the fights conclusion, Clay volunteers to alert Medusa Gorgon about the status of the injured party.
Choosing to seek employment at a café within Death City, Akane and Clay are greeted with the familiar faces of Tsugumi Harudori, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn, where the pair then exchange introductions with their fellow students. Questioned about their reasons for attending a part-time job, Akane asserts that Clay had spent their entire allowance on playing games at an arcade, something which Clay attempts to refute but is prevented from doing so due to a quick glance from his Meister. After changing into their respective waiter uniforms, the motivated pair begin to attend to their duties, while remaining worried about both Tsugumi's and Meme's attempts at work, although he is rather impressed by Anya's incredible enthusiasm. During a short coffee break; Akane remarks about the deliciousness of the Master's coffee, resulting in Clay's admittance that he couldn't tell and instead believed that the café would be rather shoddy due simply to its hiring of part-timers, however, this thought is interrupted by the arrival of Ox Ford.
Seeing out the rest of the uneventful week, both Akane and Clay receive their pay and thanks from the café's Master at the jobs conclusion.
Overhearing Sid's conversation about several occurrences of incidents involving Traitors over the past month, Clay proposes that he and Akane demonstrate their strength in order to drive away these unwanted individuals, which Akane agrees to as they are both free until the afternoon. Patrolling the streets of the city, the pair quickly identifies their target after the abnormal person asks the bemusing question of, "did you sleep well last night?" Intending to use intimidation alone to scare off the opposition, Clay assumes his weapon form to become the required deterrent but when the target replies by driving his head onto the tip of his blade, Akane is instead forced to deliver an incapacitating blow.
Arriving late to their scheduled class, Clay apologizes for their delay after Maka Albarn and Soul Eater Evans's performance concludes, just before Akane blames their tardiness being caused by Clay goofing around at the game centre once again, much to the latter's annoyance.
Appearing just in time to prevent the infliction of further injury upon his fellow NOT students, Akane makes a dramatic entrance from above in order to intercept the charge of another Traitor, with Clay's fully transformed state in hand. As Clay remarks upon how today has just been one thing after another, Akane identifies that both they and the nearby girls are not combat operatives of the DWMA, before kindly asking the assailant to temporarily retreat. Fortunately, this course of action succeeds and once the individual has left rather quietly, both Akane and Clay volunteer to accompany the girls back to their dormitory.
After a disembodied Tezca Tlipoca identifies the moon as a potential place of residence for the Kishin, Asura, and with the confirmation of this suspicion due to Maka Albarn's Soul Perception ability, Shinigami orders that preparations be undertaken in anticipation for the final confrontation. With Franken Stein assuming command over the entire operation, Sid instead goes and instructs both Akane and Clay to provide assistance.
He and Akane encounter into Noah and Gopher, neither knew who they were. After ignoring them, Akane decides to go in the cave with Noah and Gopher behind them which Clay said is a bad idea. He and Clay met up with Sid with Noah and Gopher behind them, which shocked Sid. Clay made up some excuse which only angered Sid. Akane explained he brought them to "use" them (Noah and Gopher says the opposite). While walking to the end of the cave, they found a huge pitch black pit. Sid dropped a flare only to wake up Asura. However, it was only a hallucination; hence proving Asura is there.
Dark Side of the Moon
- Both Clay's name and his respective weapon form are an allusion to a claymore (クレイモア, kureimoa), a traditional two-handed longsword used by the Highlanders of Scotland.
- The word used for 'sword' in Clay's demon weapon title is ken (剣) and refers to the more Western-style, double-edge swords, rather than the Japanese-style, single-edged swords like katana. Western longswords are generally called rongusōdo (ロングソード) in Japanese, though, whereas Japanese-style longswords are called taitō (大刀). So the word taiken (大剣) is something of a mixture between the two.
- The name "Clay" and "Akane" as they are constantly refered to in said order in the manga, can also be a reference to popular singer and philanthropist, Clay Aiken, as the name "Akane" sounds very similiar to "Aiken".
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 11
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 9
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 3, page 15
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 3, page 17
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 4, page 4
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 1, pages 19-41
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 3, pages 14-28
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 3, page 32
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 4, pages 1-5
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 4, page 20
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 5, pages 14-16