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Grim Reaper, Former God Of Order

"Soul Eater"


Soul Resonance: Soul Eater, Becoming a Death Scythe

Appears In

Anime, Manga

Professional Status

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Current Occupation

Headmaster, Leader of Shibusen



Previous Team(s)

Eight Powerful Warriors


Death Room (Death City, Nevada)

Personal Status



Over 800 Years Old


Alive (Anime), Deceased (Manga)

Hair Color

Unknown (possibly whites stripes)[1]

Eye Color

Unknown(Sometimes Red)


Asura (Son)[2], Death the Kid (Son),


Master Combat, Soul Studies Master, High-level Intellect




Shinigami Chop,Kishin Hunter

Fighting Style

Karate[3], Self-Made Style

List of Appearances

Shinigami (死神; Literally meaning "death god"), referred to with the suffix -sama as a term of respect, and formerly known as "Death"[4] (デス, Desu) is the Shinigami himself (the Grim Reaper in Western legends). He is also called 'honorable father' (父上, chichiue) by his son, Death the Kid. In the English dub of the anime, he is always referred to as "Lord Death."


800 Years ago, Shinigami sealed the first Kishin Asura (His first son, created from the Fear he took out of his soul) under Shibusen and rooted his own soul to Death City to keep him sealed, which is why he cannot leave Death City. He would then establish Shibusen to act as a World Power and prevent the rebirth of the Kishin.


If you don't shut up I'm going to use my Shinigami Chop to split your head open!

Shinigami, Episode1

In most cases, Shinigami comes off as a bit of a joker with a cheerful demeanor. He also prefers to be optimistic and treats every situation as such. He also has a great sense of humor.

He has a special move called a "Direct Noggin Shinigami Chop" (which is normally shown when Shinigami shows his large flat four-fingered hand appearing from his robe; often called Shinigami Chop for short). This move is normally administered on Spirit whenever Shinigami refuses to put up with the Death Scythe's antics when it comes to Maka or her progress. He has a habit of giving warnings to people about to be punished with it after the punishment was carried out. He also seems to take on a more playful attitude when talking with his son (he says the stripes in his son's hair are cute[5]), but at the same time thinks he can be quite the handful and is glad that Patti and Liz look after him.

As the headmaster of Shibusen, he is highly respected by teachers as well as students, not only because of his great power, but for his desire for peace in the world. It is for this reason, that Shibusen was created. Despite his past and his powerful position in the school, he tends to be kiddish and joyful as to not scare the children.

Shinigami also seems to be a understanding & lenient individual, contrasting to the the general people thinking of him as a strict person who is bound by rules. Many people are surprised at his reactions to serious matters and anticipate him to be more strict. During the discussion on how to deal with Angela, he was surprisingly okay with proposals on how to deal with her potential Sway of Magic and seem to have no problem helping her out, to the surprise of Kim, Tsubaki, and Jackie. In another instance, he only demanded a apology after Stein and Marie confessed to "breaking regulation" and Spirit being a accomplice, and then letting it go. However, he does have a limit. He wasn't above punishing Maka for using a Level 4 book and after Crona killed the Deathscythe and his miester stationed in Russia, he put him on his list of those to can be executed, despite Maka's pleas.

However, Shinigami has shown to have flaws. And has sometimes called himself on on this. Asura had revealed that Death created him to become a more perfect Shinigami. This is somewhat resembles Death the Kid's initial, humorous quest for correcting anything that is Asymmetrical, except it's not as low-key. And because of this, he inadvertently created what will be later known as a Kishin. Shinigami also explained that he thought he would be able to rule alongside Asura so that Fear and Order can coexist without problems. And compared him doing so to Medusa experimenting, saying that his actions isn't far off from what Medusa did to Crona. He's also shown to regret these actions, as he realizes that despite his immense power, he is unable to move outside Death City and put the problems he's helped created on other's shoulder. It's because of this he worked hard to teach Kid to not make the same mistakes he made.

Azusa once mention that Death was also stubborn, a trait which is seen also in his son. In the anime during the Battle between Death City's mech and Baby Yaga's Spider Mech , Kid's comments suggest that he is also somewhat reckless.



Shinigami's anime concept design.

Shinigami appearance manga

Shinigami's full-body appearance in the manga.

Shinigami sports probably the most eccentric appearance among the Soul Eater characters. He appears as a tattered piece of pitch black cloth with many jagged edges, decorated with a cartoonish skull mask, which seems to serve the sole purpose of imitating an otherwise absent face—a means of rendering Shinigami more humanoid and thus making it more comfortable for humans to communicate with him.  Also, Shinigami is arguably among the tallest characters.

Shinigami's soul is vast enough to surround whole Death City, and is of pale yellow color. Its orb features three prominent spikes set off-center, resembling the shape of his current mask.

In the past, Shinigami sported a much more intimidating look. He wore a grim-looking skull mask, which he had to abandon after the establishment of Shibusen in favor of children, who were scared of it and would flee on sight. He also had black claws instead of hands with his signature “Death” written on the right forearm, and a deep, menacing voice. He has been shown to have skeleton hands during the scene of flaying of Asura.

It has not been shown what he looks like without the mask on, but since his son appears as a human, Shinigami may also have a human appearance. This possibility is supported by Mosquito′s comments in chapter 53 regarding the Lines of Sanzu. However, the very shape of the black cloth and the spectacular properties of his arms and hands suggest a non-human nature of his physical host. Shinigami′s mask has broken on several occasions during his battles with Asura, however, rather than revealing his actual face, it merely appears that what is behind the mask is the same black cloth. The shape of the mask changes to convey his current mood, e.g. round eye sockets become triangular at moments of anger or seriousness.


Main Article:Death's Relationships

Due to his status as the Shinigami and his vast wealth, he's a well known figure & icon in Soul Eater. Possibly the biggest. He's known as a World Ruler(though is very low-key about it) and the one who leads Shibusen. Many of his supporters follow him with great pride, almost blindly. Many of his enemies, however, see him as a ruler who dictates life. Many also seem to fear him, as most of his enemies never directly confront him. This extends to even his own staff and students, who don't often like to tell Shinigami certain things, fearing he might go with a decision they don't desire due to his status and strictness, overestimating his judgments on matter.

Powers And Abilities

Master Combatant

See also: Karate

Shinigami is by far one of the most powerful characters in the series — with Asura and Mabaa being the only other characters that could possibly match him in power, and among those two, only Asura could actually defeat him in combat (anime only; it is important to note, that Shinigami's defeat was due to Asura attack on Death the Kid. Shinigami used his own body to shield his son from Asura's blast, which led to his defeat) and he really believes that he is the most powerful character. His Power is so immense that he was able to defeat Asura & , who is his equal and has been seen giving the main cast a hard time, despite their skills increasing as time went by. Sid has stated that with his power, a serious fight between Death and Asura can level the city.[6]

In addition, Shinigami seems to be very familiar with various types of fighting styles, including the Dark Assassin Arts, as he's the one who revealed the name of the art[7]. He also seems somewhat proficient in Karate, as he employs techniques based from it such as the Shinigami Chop & Eye Poke with the Death City Mech.

Godly Wavelength

Another testament to his power is size of his soul wavelength. When Maka used her Soul Perception ability on the Shinigami, she was unable to see his soul, but what she didn't realize is that Shinigami's soul wavelength is so large that it covers the entirety of Death City.

Madness(発狂, Hakkyō)

As the former leader and founder of the Great Old Ones, Shinigami is a tremendously powerful god-like entity that presides over one of the pursuits that drives men towards madness, which in his particular case is the quest for "Order". Kid has said this Madness has the ability to suppress one's emotions and become a mere puppet. However, Kid states his father never used this because he believed even with Asura's Insanity Madness, people wouldn't succumb to it.

High-Level Intellect

Being the Shinigami, he has a high amount of knowledge of Souls. He is also the one who is able to judge them before putting evil souls on a list. He normally, along with Stein, is the character who provides the explanations of anything related to the topic. He was able to thoroughly explain how the Demon Weapons were created,, displaying much intel in the subject.

In a scene in Shibusen Anniversary Arc, he was seen familiar with Spatial Magic that entrapped him and his fellow allies.[8] He also gave Death the Kid BREW, the result of Eibon's research to immortality and Arachne's negative research. He seems to have understood the capabilities of BREW, which is why he entrusted it to his son [9]. He was even aware of Eibon's Chapters in the Book of Eibon.[10][11]

Shinigami Powers

Main Article:Shinigami Powers

Death seems to have some sort of abilities as a Death God. Though not magic, his powers are shown to be somewhat magical-like. His son, Death the Kid, has also displayed similar abilities.

Soul Perception

Main Article: Soul Perception

Like many of the Staff members and EAT Students, its possible he has the ability to utilize this technique. His sons both are gifted in using this ability. In the Manga, he is the only character who was able to distinguish a good human soul from a evil one.

Versatile Meister

Despite being a Scythe Meister, Death has been seen able to use other different types of Weapons such as a Gunbow. One could assume he also knows how to use other various weapons his Deathscythes can turn into.  Fragments It has been revealed that he is able to create other Shinigamis(Asura and Death the Kid) by using his own soul. How he does this is unknown.

=Soul link with Death City

As he has linked his soul to the city, he shares a special bond with it which he can manifest in special ways. Drawback of this skill is fact that he can't leave City because of it. In the Anime, he uses this connection and the combination of BREW to turn it into a mech.[12]

Lines of Sanzu

Main Article: Lines of Sanzu

Not much is known about the Lines of Sanzu. It shares a connection between Shinigami and Death the Kid. When Death the Kid taps into this abilities, he gains the abilities of those from Shinigami. Also, whenever Death the Kid taps into this, Shinigami experiences pain. It has been shown that Shinigami does, indeed, have 3 Lines connected. And it was also revealed the Lines of Sanzu allows a shinigami to tap into their true power, which is the "Madness of Order".

Adept Pilot

While using the Death City Mech, even without having operated one before, Death was able to use the Mech effectively, defeating Arachnophobia's mech piloted by Mosquito.


Shinigami Powers

Standalone Techniques

Techniques With Spirit

Death City Mech Techniques


Grim Times

800 years prior to the start of the series, the Shinigami wore a normal skull mask, black claws, with his signature written on one, and had a deep, menacing voice.[13]

At an unknown time, Shinigami had visited the Lost Island, an area Witches had used as a construction facility for Demon Tools. As it turns out, Shinigami was lured to the island by witch Arachne. After she had obtained Eibon's blueprints, she planned to blow up the facility along with everything related to Brew and presumably kill Shinigami. Somehow, Shinigami survived/escaped the explosion.[14]

Later, Shinigami fought and hunted Arachne after she had killed a member of her kind and used the soul to join a human and weapon together to create the first Demon Weapon. Arachne escaped by separating herself into small spiders and spread across the lands.[15]

Before the start of the series, Shinigami lead a group of 8 Meisters and Weapon partners, known as the Eight Powerful Warriors, to hunt down witches and prevent Kishin from being born. Among the group was his son, Asura. He had created him from the fear within his soul in an effort to become a more "perfect" Shinigami. He was regarded as the strongest, as well as the most feared and suspicious, of the group. Overwhelmed by fear, Asura became addicted to power and followed the path of the Kishin, leading him to consume his own weapon and numerous pure souls without regard. This ultimately led to Shinigami ripping all of his skin off and sealing Asura away inside a bag made of it. The process of sealing Asura forced Shinigami to root his own Soul to the ground ultimately preventing him from leaving the general radius of the spot. Afterward, he built what is now known as Death City and Shibusen to prevent the birth of another Kishin.

Later in the story, it's revealed that, 800 years ago, Shinigami removed "fear" from his soul to create another shinigami with the purpose of ruling alongside him. Asura was born from the "fear" of his soul.

Post Kishin's Sealing

Under his rule, there are currently 8 active Death Scythes in the world. 7 of 8 are normally stationed in different parts of the world, as Shinigami's eyes, ears, and if need be, on call support Weapon for himself or a highly trained Meister. The strongest Death scythe (ironically the only one that is an actual scythe other than Soul) stays with him at Shibusen. That Death Scythe being Spirit, Maka's Father.

Soul Eater

Prologues Arc

Soul Eater

After Maka collects her ninety-ninth evil human soul, she calls upon Shinigami to inform him on this achievement. He congratulates her and warns her of the dangers involved with hunting down witches. He then sees them off. When Spirit keeps making annoying comments, Shinigami threatens to administer a Direct Noggin Shinigami Chop.

Later on, Shinigami is seen watching the battle between Maka and Blair. When Spirit attempts to go save his daughter, Shinigami stops him.Maka would soon manage to defeat Blair. Soul Eater then consumes the soul, but much to his dismay, it was not a witch soul, but a cat soul. Shinigami confiscated all the souls they had collected, forcing Soul and Maka to resume their quest anew.[16] [17]

Black Star

Black☆Star and Tsubaki appear to Shinigami after their failed mission. Tsubaki apologizes for their inability to obtain more souls, despite being partnered for an extended period of time. Shinigami then proposes a "shortcut"--a way to obtain the 99 evil souls and 1 witch soul. He begins to explain to them that Alcapone and his gang of around 100 men are going after the Witch Angela Leon and her bodyguard Mifune. Howver, he then tries explainign the complications with the fact Angela is young. However, the Weapon and Meister run off before he finished explaining.[18] [19]

Death the Kid

Kid calls upon his father to report in on his mission. Once he appears, he immediately compliments Kid's three stripes on his hair, despite Kid's discomfort with it. The topic then shifts to Kid being a Shinigami, so he does not need to raise weapons. Kid simply responds by saying he wishes to create his own weapons to his own specifications. Shinigami replies by saying he will have to collect twice as many souls for his two weapons. Kid replies that he will take all the souls at once. With this, Shinigami sends him on a mission in the country of Egypt to take care of the Necromancer Witch and the wandering souls of Pyramid of Anubis.

Kid, however, despite completing the mission, literally destroys the Pyramid. As punishment Shinigami confiscates all of Kid's souls.[20] [21]

Remedial Lessons Arc

Part 1

Shinigami calls Maka, Soul, Black☆Star, and Tsubaki to his room. There he tells them about a mission he wants them to take extra lessons. When Maka and Soul express their disapproval, he reminds them of their duties, and that they all have accumulated a total of zero souls. Shinigami then begins by informing them about Sid Barett, a former teacher who who died, turned into a zombie, and began attacking students. He tells them the reason he attacks students and about the man who is responsible for Sid's transformation. Finally, Shinigami wraps things up by threatening to expel them should they fail.

Shinigami is later seen watching the students battle Sid through his mirror. Kid eventually appears. They soon discuss who it was that killed Sid and turned him into a zombie. Later, when the culprit is revealed to be Dr. Stein, Shinigami explains that not only was the current Death Scythe, Spirit, originally raised by Stein but that he was the strongest student to ever graduate from Shibusen. [22] [23]

Part 2

Later, Shinigami and Kid are both commenting on the battle between Stein and the students. Kid is noticeably surprised by Stein's feats while Shinigami simply explains everything to Kid. Kid is soon unable to watch the onslaught brought on by Stein and wishes to aid them, but is stopped by his father, who states that this is for Shibusen students. Kid then decides that, henceforth, he will be a Shibusen student.[24] [25]

'New Student' and 'Soul Observation'

Shinigami appears on Kid's first day of school to pick him up. Seeing Kid on the floor, passed out, reminds Shinigami how much of a handful Kid can be.[26] [27]


Shinigami is talking with Tsubaki Nakatsukasa about the Demon Sword Masamune Nakatsukasa who is walking the path of a Kishin. He asks if she is ready for the mission. Tsubaki accepts it. Shinigami is later talking to Stein about Masamune. Stein believes he should be the one sent for the mission. Shinigami replies that, since the Demon Blade is Tsubaki's brother, it takes precedence over him being a threat to Shibusen. In Shinigami's next scene, he is watching the battle. When Kid asks what happens, Shinigami asks Stein to explain.

When Black☆Star and Tsubaki return from their mission, they are surprised to see their friends there, waiting for them, to congratulate them for obtaining their first soul. [28]

Sometime later, Shinigami is visited by his son, Kid, after his mission. Kid feels that, as a Shinigami, he must inquire about "The Kishin closest to us". He feels that it is related to his father being unable to move from Shibusen.[29]

Foundation Commemoration

Kid brings everyone's attention to Shinigami, so he may give a speech; though Shinigami simply thanks everyone for their efforts and calls that his speech.

Eventually, Medusa enacts her plan and manages to seal Shinigami into the party room. Kirikou then proposes that Shinigami escape through a mirror. Shinigami responds that it is impossible, as the space is isolated from the rests of the world. In the next scene, Shinigami is discussing with Sid, who confirms that Medusa was a Witch. Shinigami soon commands the attention of the children in the room and origins explaining to them the origins of the Kishin who was sealed beneath Shibusen.

When the children sent to stop Medusa fail, resulting in the awakening of Asura. Asura quickly escapes from his imprisonment and into the sky of Shibusen, where he is greeted by Shinigami. The two exchange dialogue concerning each others change of appearance. The conversation ends when Shinigami threatens to "kill" him again and delivers a Shinigami Chop, sending Asura spiraling down and crashing into the ground below. Asura only laughs, and tells Shinigami how he forgot how painful it was to have all his skin ripped off. He asks Shinigami to help him remember the pain as he sends his scarves of skin towards Shinigami. Shinigami counters by blasting away the scarfs, sending down a shockwave that travels to and damage Asura. Asura recovers, and propels himself to Shinigami, intent on drilling through him with his weapon. Shinigami summons a shield to block the attack, but it is quickly overcome and Shinigami is subsequently run through by Asura. Livid, Shinigami threatens to rip Asura's skin off once more and summons his Shadow Skull Arms. Before they could reach Asura, they are repelled by the very same force preventing Shinigami from leaving Death City. Before escaping, Asura tells Shinigami that he predicts they will never meet again, and with that he leaves Shinigami along with Death City behind as he ascends through to the skies.

As Asura leaves, the dark clouds that surrounded Shibusen clear up. Shinigami settles onto the ground, with Sid awaiting him. Shinigami tells Sid that the children underground are the highest priority and also tells him to contact all Death Scythes in the world to meet at Death City.

Daily Life

4DS Stein

Four Death Scythes and Stein discussing current situation.

Shinigami is with Sid, who informs him of the 3 Death Scythes who answered the call and the remaining who could not. Later, Justin is sorrowfully asking Shinigami why he is not speaking to him, until his earphones are kicked off by Spirit. With that settled, Shinigami thanks all the Death Scythes who made it and begins to bring them up-to-speed with the current situation of Asura. After the explanation, he forbids Spirit from leaving Shibusen and, to strengthen Shibusen, he partners Stein with Marie. He also delegates Azusa with the task of using her vision to search for Asura, while simultaneously taking over Marie's position of Death Scythe of Australia. Finally, he leaves Justin with no special task aside from living happily, with a sense to kill. He dismisses everyone, but tells Spirit to stay. In Spirit's flashback, Shinigami tells him to keep a close eye on Stein.

Trial Run

Sid, asks Shinigami what they should do with Crona. Shinigami tells him to start a trial period starting the next day. Later, Shinigami asks Sid about Crona's condition, who replies that Crona is coming along fine. As such, he partnered Crona with Maka to investigate an incident of a Golem attacking people. Shinigami is surprised, and tells Sid to call Stein so that he can hear his opinion. Stein soon answers his call and tells Shinigami that The golem is possessed by Arachne. Stein proposes himself to be sent, but Shinigami stops, for he has already sent Justin.

Shinigami cogitates about the sudden news of Arachne, and recalls his battle against her during the Grim Times. Shinigami admits he never considered Arachne would separate herself into tiny spiders to hide the fact that she was alive. He worries that he now has to face Asura and Arachne.


Shinigami congratulates Sid and Nygus on successfully completing their mission and asks if they had obtained the blueprints for The Moral Manipulation Machine. Sid says yes and confirms that it is a fragment of Eibon's Book. Nygus asks if they should destroy it. Shinigami denies the proposition. As Nygus and Sid leave, Shinigami grimly tells them to keep it a secret.[30]

Shinigami is seen in his room with Justin and Spirit. Because Justin can't read his lips, he delegates Spirit with the task of relaying his speech to Justin. Shinigami changes Justin's mission to an assignment of acting as the "legs" of Azusa and investigator. The goal being to flush the Kishin out by causing a ruckus. Justin gladly agrees.[31]

Shinigami informs Stein of Arachnophobia's current plans to obtain Brew. In preparation for the big battle, Shinigami tells Stein to help the students progress in duel arts.[32]

Brew Tempest

Shinigami expounds the past of the Lost Island, an island, just north of Alaska, where the demon tool "Brew" was located, for over 800 years prior to the beginning of the series. It was previously a settlement for numerous witches, featuring a large construction facility for demon tools, but an accident annihilated the entire facility and it's population along with it. He tells them of the conditions of the magnetic environment, that being no one can stay in there for more than 20 minutes lest their body be destroyed.

When the mission for Brew is over, Maka calls Shinigami via mirror, to inform him on the failed mission. Shinigami is tacitly distraught, but tells them all worked hard.

Later on, Shinigami is with Spirit who discusses Stein's recent plunge into insanity, despite Marie's healing wavelength. Shinigami, although hesitant of the prospect, decides to call "Internal Affairs". Spirit is against this decision, and questions Shinigami on his current suspicious eyes. Shinigami remains adamant and orders Spirit to call "Him".

Pre-Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle

Shinigami speaks with Azusa, who reports to him the unceasing attacks by Arachnophobia. The result being the East Asia section and the Africa section being heavily damaged. The two continue to discuss Arachne's advantage over them until Sid appears and informs him of the person who had divulged the information on the three hiding witches appearing. Sid states that the person was placed in prison. Shinigami, puzzled by this, asks why. Sid explains off screen that it was Medusa.[33]

Shinigami soon discusses with Spirit whether or not they should have an audience with Medusa. Ultimately, in light of their current position in the battle against Arachne, Shinigami decides to hear Medusa and tells Spirit to bring her to his room. When Medusa is brought to him, a few words are uttered by Shinigami before he hits her with a Shinigami Chop. Spirit attempts to calm him down, but Shinigami says he wanted to hit her once, for now. After some antics, The three discuss the deal Medusa had proposed: the disclosing of the location of Baba Yaga's Castle and how to capture it, in return for her leading the operation. [34]

Shibusen vs Arachnopobia Arc (Anime)

In the Anime, Medusa and Death make a deal. This time, he agrees to let Medusa go along with her associates and in returns, reveals the location of the Kishin. From this point on, he had Joe Buttataki put together a mech for Death City that'll be connected to BREW, in which Medusa gave to DWMA in an effort to gain an audience with Death. He would periodically ask Kid to gather the Demon Tools such as the Eternal Springand The Key. His son, however, becomes suspicions of his actions.

He oversee's the operation of Shibusen launching the attack on Arachnophobia. When his son returned with the Key, he revealed his plans to use BREW to turn the tide of the battle after the unveiling of Arachnophobia's new Weapon. He would then create The Death City Mech and battle Arachnophobia's Spider mech. He would defeat their mech, capturing Asura and sending him into the Death Room.

He would later battle against Asura with Spirit at hand, exchanging various philosophies and gaining the upperhand with Asura until he fired a shot aimed at Death the Kid and Azusa Yumi and he took the blast. He was gravely injured. He later recovered, being one of the staff waiting outside the Death Room for the result of the Battle between Death the Kid with Liz and Patti, Black*Star with Tsubaki, and Maka with Soul against Asura.

In the End Credits, He was seen burying a Kishin Soul within the Death Room and praying, hinting it may have been Asura's soul, as he was defeated by Maka.

Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle

During Shibusen's raid on Arachnophobia's castle it has been shown that the Sanzu Lines that are in Death the Kid's hair are some how related to Shinigami's own powers since once Kid activated one of the lines it caused him to fall to the ground and proclaim to Death Scythe that he is proud of his son's progress. Spirit's concern over Shinigami at this point suggests that the Sanzu Lines aren't entirely a positive thing, yet the god stills tells his Weapon to cheer up, saying that any parent would be proud at their child's achievements.

There is Someone To Admire

He put Crona on his Shinigami's list and the Spartoi received the order to execute her/him. Meanwhile, Shinigami and the other Death Scythes found out from Tezca Tlipoca that the Kishin is maybe hiding in the Moon. Shinigami asked if it was true and Tezca said that while looking for Justin's soul he was able to sense a small reaction from the moon. Since his body was destroyed by Justin, his soul was still able to be reflected by the mirror and he contacted them through this method. Maka and Soul came running in to tell them that they have found the Kishin as well. Her soul perception was able to sense his soul in the moon. Marie said that was great of Maka to find the Kishin. Maka said that while sky whale hunting she felt the atmosphere in the higher level was thick and that she was looking for Crona's soul. Sid said now they know for sure that the Kishin's lair is at the Moon. Nygus asked about what they should do. Spirit said that he was grateful for Maka to find the Kishin, but as her father he can't allow her to fight the Kishin. Stein said to organize a team to suppress the Kishin. Stein wanted Kid off the mission from Spartoi so that as a Shinigami his skills are needed. He asked if that was ok. Shinigami said that would be fine since they will be fighting on the moon and Kid's skateboard skills are best suited for this mission and because this battle was to regain "peace" back to the town.

Shinigami signed. Spirit said that was rather irritating. Shinigami agreed. He said that Kid was a fabulous Shinigami already. When Kid does become a completed Shinigami it wouldn't matter if he was unable to move. However Kid's eyes has become rather cold and that irritated him. Spirit said that when Kid does become a completed Shinigami, he will understand. Whatever he chooses, he will probably not be able to see his smiling face ever again.

Battle on the Moon

Shinigami sends his troops to fight Asura on the moon and communicates with Tezca that he fears that Crona and Gopher will cause a four way struggle for the Kishin. In addition, Shinigami made negotiations with the witches in order to stop the Clowns' regeneration.

Witch Trial

Shinigami was with Risa, Arisa, Free, Eruka, Kim, Jacqueline, Kid and the Thompson sisters for the Witch alliance.

Dark Side on the Moon

In the dark side of the moon arc Shinigami is mostly seen watching over those who went to the moon for battle. When Kid begins to align his last sanzu line, Shinigami's mask begins to crumble away, and his sanzu lines appear on top of Shinigami. As he watched Kid connects his lines, he proclaims that he is very proud of his son, and then tells Excalibur that he is leaving the rest to him and to watch over his son. After Kid's last sanzu line connects, Shinigami's robes drop into the ground, indicating that Shinigami has passed on, and Kid becomes a full-fledged Shinigami.


  • Kid doesn't seem to be bothered by his father's appearance, despite his obsession with symmetry. This is likely due to his great respect for him.
  • Shinigami's prominent symbol of his mask was based upon the symbol involved with the character "Shotaro" and his "Kyoukotsu" in Atsushi's earlier series B. Ichi.
  • Although Kid calls Shinigami "honorable father" in the original Japanese version, in the English dub he calls him either "dad" or "father".
  • In describing the five remaining warlords of the Great Eight, the black mass says, "Order, Knowledge, Power, Rage, Terror". It can be assumed that "Order" describes Shinigami, which goes in hand with the Madness of Law, of which Shinigami and Death the Kid are associated with.This was later clarified when Excalibur referred to him as "former God of Order".
  • In episode 47 "The Miracle of Overturning a Table in Anger: Our Death City's Robot?", Shinigami physically leaves both his room, and the academy to snipe a large cannon being used by Arachnophobia, this is the second time in the anime.
  • Shinigami is considered to be one of the most iconic Soul Eater characters, considering his mask is referenced everywhere. And actually, he seens to be a very famous figure himself in the world of Soul Eater, as his mask can be seen in several common acessories, varying from earplugs, rings, bracelets and even stamps in clothing. naturally, many buildings, signs and objects in Death City follow this trend.
  • The reason why Shinigami looks and sounds very comical in comparison to his old mask 800 years ago is that since making the Academy, he had feared students would be afraid of his scary appearance.[35]
  • When he fights Asura, he adopts a more murderous persona. This is notable through his voice, which becomes much deeper and scarier, and through his personality towards Asura. He often shouts incredibly violent comments like "Let's end this traitor; he's lived long ENOUGH!!!" and "If that's the case, allow me to kill you quickly!" This is probably because of his deep hatred for Asura, since Asura was his son who betrayed his very cause.
  • After a conversation with Excalibur about how "It wasn't very smart to put all your fear in just one of your fragments", it maybe that more(Not all) of the 'great old ones' are fragments of Shinigami. This is unlikely, however, as this would mean Shinigami would not be able to feel the emotion personified by the great old one as is the case with Asura, and we have seen that Shinigami at least can feel 'rage'.
  • Despite creating Asura out of Shinigami's fear, a widespread version of scanlation stated that Death "Feared death" himself in a conversation with Excalibur. However, this is a blatant mistranslation on the scanlators' part: in the original Japanese, Death clearly says that he does not fear death. The page in Japanese. Excalibur: "Hmm... even though you're a god, do you still fear death?" Death: "No..." "Because I gave away all my fears..."
  • The one of the times in the anime that references Shinigami's father/son relationship is when Asura tells Shinigami that "Why don't you say goodbye to your son," Shinagami then freezes. This maybe just because he doesn't want Kid to be sad but it is more likely that he is Asura's father. Also, In the credits at the end of the anime, Shinigami is seen putting Asura's soul under one of the crosses in the Death Room. He is then seen with his hands together, as if he's praying. This may be because his son is dead.
  • Though Death's face has yet to be seen, Death has mentioned that there's "nothing interesting" behind his face and expressed nervousness. Kid in the Anime has also has commented that he never takes off his mask. In the Dutch version of Soul Eater(Manga), he stated that he looks like an ordinary person behind the mask. Mosquito has also commented on Death the Kid on his Sanzu Lines, meaning he's seen a Shinigami that's has a full set of Sanzu Lines. Also, both sons of his have human forms. It's very well possible Death does have a human-like appearance under his cloak. In the chapter of his Death, dust came out of his Cloak, meaning there was something under the cloak and mask. However, much like Crona's Gender, the author has commented that he himself doesn't know and has left the true appearance of Death in ambiguity.


  1. In Chapter 53, Mosquito's comments suggest Death also posses the Sanzu Lines and is represented by 3 Complete Lines in which symbolizes a full Shinigami. In Chapter 110, It is shown Death does, indeed, possess the Sanzu lines of his own. He may also possess a human form. Kid has stated numerous times and Death himself that he wears a mask. He also says he has lips to Spirit when he had him repeat his orders. His sons also appear in human form.In various chapter, a white orb can be seen with scenes with Shinigami. This may be a shortcut to letting us know there's something inside but not revealing any features. The Author also has stated in an interview he has no idea what is under's Death's mask. If he may possess a human form, he may have white stripes that represent the Sanzu Lines
  2. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 108; This reveal is in the manga, not the anime.
  3. This conclusion is based on the fact that Death's signature move is a Karate Chop(Shinigami Chop) & he also uses the Eye Poke Technique with the use of a Death City Mech. This suggest he has SOME proficiency in Karate, as a Karate Chop and Eye Poke are some of the techniques taught in Karate.
  4. Soul Eater manga volume 8, page 164; Shinigami signs his name directly as "Death" in English.
  5. Fight of the Gods: Death City's Collapse Crisis?
  6. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 1
  7. Soul Eater Manga Chapter 15
  8. Soul Eater Manga Chapter 53
  9. Soul Eater Manga Chapter 82
  10. Soul Eater Manga Chapter 72
  11. Soul Eater Anime Chapter 47
  12. Soul Eater Anime, Episode 19
  13. Soul Eater Manga, Chapter 34-37
  14. Soul Eater Manga, Chapter 25
  15. "Soul Eater"
  16. Soul Resonance: Soul Eater, Becoming a Death Scythe
  17. "Black Star"
  18. I am the Star! The Big Man is Showing Up Here?
  19. "Death the Kid"
  20. The Perfect Boy. Death the Kid’s Magnificent Mission?
  21. "Remedial Lesson" (Part 1)
  22. Engage the Witch Hunter! A Heart-pounding Remedial Lesson in the Graveyard?
  23. "Remedial Lesson" (Part 2)
  24. Shape of the Soul - Enter the Ultimate Meister, Stein?
  25. Chapter 3 - 'New Student' and 'Soul Observation'
  26. The Rumored New Student! Kid's Memorable First Day at the DWMA?
  27. Soul Eater manga, Chapters 7 - 8
  28. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 14
  29. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 29
  30. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 32
  31. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 33
  32. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 44
  33. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 45
  34. Soul Eater Manga, Chapter 22

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