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Timeline Periods

HistoryEight Centuries AgoPost DWMA FoundingCurrent EraSoul Eater NOT!Soul Eater
Historical occurences

Earlier HistoryDemon Weapons BlueprintsHunting ArachneBirth of Asura and Eight WarlordsAsura's Betrayal & DWMA FoundingDeath the Kid's birth and ParenhoodJustin Law's Promotion
Arc Synopsis

Death Fest ArcPrologues ArcRemedial Lessons Arc
Notes and References

ReferencesNavigation

History

Eight Centuries Ago

Earlier History

Eight hundred years ago in an unknown time, Death himself shared an association with both Eibon and Arachne.[1] He'd also assist Eibon with the creation of his Demon Tools, including contributing to the creation of the Eternal Spring and putting his signature into the Demon Tool itself.[2]

Demon Weapons Blueprints

Realizing the destructive power of Witches and their control as well as being exceedingly crafty, he and Eibon realized a new power needed to be created as a means to combat the Witches. With the Great Sorcerer inspired by Excalibur, he thought up the concept of the Demon Weapons. While both assess it's possibility, Death himself later found the experiment to be inhuman once he realized it required the sacrifice of a Witch's soul. He along with Eibon had the experiments stopped and abandoned, sealing away the information on it.[3]

Hunting Arachne

Episode 34 - Death on Lost Island

Death traveling to Lost Island.

Having been spied on by Arachne,[4] she later stole the blueprints on what was assumed to be the Demon Weapons and lured Death onto Lost Island with the knowledge of her having the blueprints. Stealing it for herself, she also planned to blow up Lost Island while Death himself was on it to hide "BREW" and attempt on his life.[5] Taking the bait, Death himself flew to the island.[6]

Episode 27 - Arachne is hunted by Death

Death wounds Arachne and hunts for her.

However, although the island exploded, he survived the explosion and continued to hunt Arachne. Eventually, Death would corner the Spider Witch at Loew Village. Both him and Arachne entered a battle, with the Death God utterly taking the upper-hand and injuring her and wounding her badly to the point she chose to fled. He hunted across the woods within Loew Village but doesn't find the Spider Witch and even assumed that she died due to succumbing to her injuries.[7]

Birth of Asura and Eight Warlords

The Eight Warlords

Death as he is informed about the status of the Witches in the East.

Desiring to become a God of Absolute Order, Death would cut his "fears" loose from himself and turns his fears into the fragment and first born son: Asura.[8] Throughout Asura's life, he would be trained with his father being his Master.[9] Around this time after the Demon Weapons were created, the Eight Warlords also came into fruition, with Meisters and Weapons who served under him collecting the evil souls of individuals on Shinigami's List.[10] At one point, Death and the Warlords enter a strife with the Witches in the East. He later learn from a Warlords that by the time other members arrived to fight them, Asura had already killed off all of them by himself.[11]

Asura's Betrayal & DWMA Founding

Episode 1 - Death as he prepares to seal Asura

Death as he prepares to seal away Asura after skinning him.

After learning of Asura's status in breaking the rules by consuming innocent souls on his list and became a Kishin, the Shinigami later confronted the newly made Kishin. Both gods entered a battle but Death emerged as the victor, defeating Asura. Conflicted with Asura's Madness spreading and unable to kill him, he opted to instead to seal him away. He would skin Asura alive, drawing out all of his blood before stuffing his dried up body and soul into a sack made of his own skin to contain his body, soul, and Madness.[12] Death also anchored his body and soul in the land around them, sacrificing his mobility to suppress the Kishin from awakening.[13]

On April 2, the DWMA was founded[14] with several intention and objective; train and supervise Meisters, and Demon Weapons at a young age as a tactic to prevent a Kishin from being born, gather Demon Weapons to trained them to use and control their power,[15] and to prevent the resurrection of another Kishin overall.[16]

Post-DWMA Founding

Episode 24 - Death making children cry

Death's appearance scaring the children much to his dismay.

After founding the DWMA and the land in which sealed away Asura became known as Death City, Death himself recognized that due to his appearance that he couldn't talk to children and intimidated them. In order to combat the disadvantage as a headmaster of a school he changed his appearance to look more cartoonish and silly, replacing his more intimidating mask for a silly one and spoke in a far more silly voice.[17]

Current Era

Death the Kid's birth & Parenthood

Chapter 77 - Death giving Death the Kid a lesson about balance

Death giving Kid a lesson on Balance.

Fifteen years ago,[18] Death created another fragment and second son: Death the Kid.[19] He would limit the power from his Lines of Sanzu and purposely made him immature as an attempt to ensure he doesn't turn out like his eldest son as well as learn fear and raised similar to that of a human.[20] Throughout his childhood, he would train and teach him what it meant to be a Death God. In one of his lessons, he explained the true meaning of being a Death God. He informed a young Death the Kid that although people see them as beings that preside over order or absolute authorities on maintaining order, the real purpose of a Death God is balance.[21]

Justin Law's Promotion

Realizing the the DWMA student Justin Law was too reliant in his worship to him and needed to experience friendship, Death assisted and contribute into making Justin Law a Death Scythe and placed him in a position in which centered around earning other's trust in hope he'd gain a friendship.[22]

Soul Eater NOT!

Death Fest Arc

Death along with all the Death Scythes from around the world and Death the Kid arrive as DWMA CIA agents Akane☆Hoshi, Clay Sizemore watch DWMA students Meme Tatane, Anya Hepburn, Tsugumi Harudori perform their Soul Resonance attack Shaula Gorgon. Delivering an ultimatum to the Gorgon witch, he watches as she is killed while uttering his name as her last words.[23]

Soul Eater

Prologues Arc

Soul Eater Episode 1 HD - Maka and Soul 3

Death speaks to Maka and Soul from his mirror.

After collecting her 99th evil human soul, Maka calls Death to his Death Room Mirror to inform him of her and her partner's progress. Witnessing his own weapon partner's strife with both Soul and his difficulty with gaining Maka's affections, he steers the subject and warns Maka and Soul of the dangers of collection the final Witch soul to create a Death Scythe. After being reassured by the pair, he ends the call. As Death Scythe sulks in a corner, he threatens to administer a Shinigami Chop.[24]

Dad-to-the-resue

Death and Death Scythe watches Maka battle Blair.

When Death Scythe returns from Chupa♡Cabra's, Death informs him in the situation of Maka facing a "Witch". He stops Death Scythe when he wants to go out and assist Maka, remarking that although one swing or chop would suffice that it's not really the "problem".[25] He watches in surprise as Soul "decides" to become Blair's weapon based on her sex appeal, threatening to chop when Death Scythe supports him from afar.[26] He also watches as Soul and Maka learned that Blair wasn't actually a Witch, sympathizing with them. When Spirit annoys Death with his comments, he chops him and watches Death Scythe fawn over Blair on the floor.[27]

Being called via a Shinigami Smoke Bomb, Death questions the progress of the assassination of Al Capone and finds that Black☆Star and Tsubaki Nakatsukasa failed to perform the task and administers a chop to the cocky assassin when offered a autograph. He then offers them a "challenge" to quicken their pace in their Soul Collection, informing them of individuals with a Strong Soul and a nearby possessor: Bodyguard Mifune. He also tells them of the Witch, Angela Leon, and before he could finish informing them about her, they leave and ignore the headmaster.[28]

Soul Eater Episode 3 HD - Death speaks with Kid 2

Death speaks to Kid, Liz, and Patty about their Soul Collection.

Called by his son Death the Kid, he casually compliments his stripes and Soul Collection though reminds him that he's a Death God and doesn't really need to collect souls. When Kid gives his reason, he informs him that he'll have to collect twice the souls with Liz and Patty as his chosen weapons. When asked how he can gather all the souls needed at one, Death informs him of the a necromancer Witch's plot in Pyramid Anubis involving the creation of Mummies. As he takes the task, Death tells the Thompson sisters of his appreciation of their hard work and that he's counting on them to help out Kid.[29] When Death learns of the destruction of Pyramid Anubis, he confiscates all of Death the Kid's Soul Collection as punishment.[30]

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 Barrett, 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 the DWMA.[31][32]

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 the DWMA students. Kid then decides that, henceforth, he will be a the DWMA student.[33][34]

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.[35][36]

Pre-Kishin

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 the DWMA. 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.[37]

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 the DWMA.[38]

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 the DWMA.

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 the DWMA, 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 the DWMA 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 the DWMA and, to strengthen the DWMA, 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.

Pre-Brew

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.[39]

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.[40]

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.[41]

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.[42]

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.[43]

Arachnophobia vs DWMA Arc (Anime)

This section contains an instance from an anime not present in the manga and/or a deviation


Operation: Capture Baba Yaga's Castle

During the DWMA'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 may have been hiding on 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.

War 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

Soul Eater Chapter 110 - Death dies

Excalibur observes the death of his friend

Death watches his son and the members of the DWMA who battle Asura on the Moon. When Kid begins to align his last Line of Sanzu, Death's mask begins to crumble away, and his sanzu lines appear on top of Death. As he watched Kid connects his lines, he proclaims that he is very proud of his son. Death then tells Excalibur to watch over his son and his peers, which the Holy Sword promises to do. After Kid's last Line of Sanzu line connects, the rest of Death's mask crumbles and robes drop into the ground, empty, indicating that Death has passed on while Kid becomes a full-fledged Shinigami.

References

  1. (Yen Pres) Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 99 - Death: Me...Eibon...Arachne...we have let the rift between us grow to deep.
  2. Soul Eater Volume 8; Chapter 31, page 164
  3. Soul Eater Volume 23; Chapter 99, page 60-61
  4. Ohkubo's Tweet
  5. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 35, page 166
  6. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 35, page 157-158
  7. Soul Eater Volume 7; Chapter 26, page 125-126
  8. Soul Eater Volume 25; Chapter 108, page 20
  9. Soul Eater Volume 6; Chapter 22, page 178
  10. Soul Eater Volume 3; Chapter 6, page 32
  11. Soul Eater Volume 5; Chapter 16, page 57
  12. Soul Eater Volume 6; Chapter 20, page 65
  13. Soul Eater Volume 5; Chapter 16, page 62
  14. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 32. Volume 9 Yen Press English translation, eBook, Page 11. Death the Kid: "That (Maka Albarn checking out the Book of Eibon manuscript) was around April First...which puts it on the night of the DWMA Anniversary Celebration...the same day the Kishin was resurrected...!"
  15. Soul Eater Volume 23; Chapter 99, page 61
  16. Soul Eater Volume 3; Chapter 6, page 33
  17. Soul Eater Volume 6; Chapter 22, page 167
  18. Ohkubo's Tweet
  19. Soul Eater Volume 19 page 92 — The Great Old One of Power: "When the Shinigami cut a piece of himself to create you....."
  20. Soul Eater Volume 25; Chapter 108, page 20-21
  21. Soul Eater Volume 19; Chapter 77, page 14
  22. Soul Eater Volume 20; Chapter 86, page 129 - Tezca:But a a god's just a concept. A lifestyle choice. A god ain't no friend. There was no way Shinigami-sama could ever give you what you needed in that respect. That's why he made you a Death Scythe. That's why he put you in a job that was all about earning other people's trust.
  23. Soul Eater NOT! Volume 5; Chapter 31, page 188-193
  24. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 1, page 13-16
  25. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 1, page 34
  26. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 1, page 36
  27. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 1, page 45-46
  28. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 56-58
  29. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 3, page 100-101
  30. Soul Eater Volume 1; Prologue 2, page 135
  31. "Remedial Lesson" (Part 1)
  32. Engage the Witch Hunter! A Heart-pounding Remedial Lesson in the Graveyard?
  33. "Remedial Lesson" (Part 2)
  34. Shape of the Soul - Enter the Ultimate Meister, Stein?
  35. Chapter 3 - 'New Student' and 'Soul Observation'
  36. The Rumored New Student! Kid's Memorable First Day at the DWMA?
  37. Soul Eater manga, Chapters 7 - 8
  38. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 14
  39. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 29
  40. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 32
  41. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 33
  42. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 44
  43. Soul Eater manga, Chapter 45

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