Death Weapon Meister Academy, a.k.a DWMA or "Shibusen" could call it a school for heroes — an academy funded by taxes from around the world, dedicated to training meisters and their weapons in order to maintain world order. I guess you can say the people working for the DWMA are international government workers!

—Pamphlet , Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 1 (Yen Press Translation)

DWMA (死武専, Shibusen), standing for Death Weapon Meister Academy (死神武器職人専門学校, Shinigami Buki Shokunin Senmon Gakkō), is both a school and powerful organization founded by Death on April 2 over eight centuries ago[1] dedicated to preventing the rise of another Kishin.[2]


Death Weapon Meister Academy serves a multitude of purposes; It exists to teach individuals from when they're young, as well as supervise them, to ensure the prevention of another Kishin rising[3] and maintain world order.[4] In addition, it is to teach Demon Weapons to control their power in an effort to prevent their power from accidentally hurting others as well as for them to properly integrate into society.[5]



Over eight hundred years ago, former Eight Shinigami Legions member Asura defected and became a Kishin, Death intervened and fought against the newly-made being. Eventually winning the battle, he skinned him alive and used the pulled skin to create a sack capable of holding both Asura's soul and Madness within him and then bound his soul to the land to suppress and seal him away from the world. Finding himself immobile beyond the bounds of his own soul, Death then created Death Weapon Meister Academy. A builig was built around the sealing area and the land around his soul eventually became Death City.[6][7]

Strife with Witches

Eventually over the course of the eight hundred years, the DWMA would enter into a "war" of sorts against the witches with the school being on the defense against their malice. Witches were said to create various spells to counter the organization, with the weapons and meisters learning new methods to counter them.

World War I

Death Weapon Meister Academy became involved in World War I at some point. In the aftermath of the war, it was mandated that a Prime Minister of Japan was to be a DWMA graduate as a requirement.[8]

Elimination of the Star Clan

Thirteen years ago before , the assassin clan known as the Star Clan was destroyed by the DWMA due to its avarice and exorbitant violence in it's activities. However, the DWMA and one of its members, 12-year-old Sid Barrett, allowed one survivor, who was then taken to the Death Weapon Meister Academy under their care: the infant Black☆Star.[9]




Main article: Death Weapon Meister Academy/School Building


Per being a school, there's various rules. Known rules include:

  • If two Meisters are dueling on school grounds, at least one of the faculty members must be present to witness.[10]
  • Taking souls not on Shinigami's List is forbidden.[10]
  • Taking too many souls is forbidden.[10]
  • Rule #118: In the event of an emergency, students are allowed to walk into the Death Room without permission.[11]


Soul Eater Episode 39 HD - Lord Death hears about Crona

An academy agreement.

According to Death, the DWMA's Headmaster, those who join the DWMA sign an academy agreement and If violated, they're expelled. Exceptions aren't made, as he also expressed that doing so with one individual would undermine the entire stability of the school.[12] There's several ways to result of expulsion in the Academy:

Both the Headmaster of the DWMA and experienced teachers of the Academy are also capable of expelling students either on certain criteria on a special assignment such as a remedial lesson or even on the spot by automatically failing them in all classes.[15]

Faculty Positions

Death Weapon Meister academy possess faculty members that run the day-to-day operations of the school facility. There's various jobs within the academy for the staff, in which mostly either participate in teaching or are charge of some of the administrative portions of the school.

Position Responsibilities
HeadmasterThe headmaster has perhaps the most power in the entire school. A headmaster seems responsible for the student register,[16] has the ability to decide whether or not students should take a remedial class,[17] and supervises student progress[17] as well as make the final decisions on the lessons that are taken.[18] It seems that the position of headmaster is exclusive to those who are Death Gods, in which includes the new headmaster even adopting the "Shinigami-sama" title, which was addressed to Death in a form of respect.[19] There's a special ceremony in which is known as the New Shinigami Coronation in which a new Death God is officially known as the new headmaster of Death Scythe Meister Academy.[19]
InstructorIn the academy, it seems that all individuals who teach classes, especially those who teach within the EAT Curriculum, are known as three-star meisters/weapons and are highly ranked[17] They're responsible for teaching the class the subject in question and have a variety of responsibilities; Teachers seem to have a responsibility of taking attendances though may skip doing so.[17] However, when taking attendance, there's also a grade in which they can input depending on how a student behaves (their "Evaluation").[17] The lowest grade for this is "E", in which means "Evil".[17] They're also responsible for teaching the class and are able to do so however they see fit.[17] However, when urged by the headmaster, they abide by his wishes.[18] Teachers are allowed to formally discipline the students, whether it be physical or giving them a chore to do.[20]
Dormitory SuperintendentDormitory superintendents are staff members who reside within the various dormitories of the DWMA, implied to have the responsbility of managing and taking care of the building, including its students.[21] They also seem to have access to official files of the school, though may not have sensitive information on higher-up faculty members such as Sid Barrett.[22]
ReceptionistThe receptionist is the person in charge of managing the quests that can be undertaken by the DWMA's EAT Class students. Their main priority is organizing the tasks by rank (using a 1 to 3 star ranking). In addition to that, they also manage Committee members, teaching them how to do some of the receptionist duties. Overall, the Receptionist's main task is being the individual who allows and disallows quests to certain individuals.[23]
Interim School Nurse/School DoctorWithin the academy, the DWMA also retains staff members in which are especially equipped in dealing with medical assistance. Those held in these position are seen as important, holding sensitive medical information and files on students within the school.[24] The Medical positions is held in high regard, with those in DWMA and Death City alike being familar with those who hold such positions.
LibrarianThe librarian is the person who has to take care of the immense library within the school building. This includes regular library work, but the librarian is also to act as gatekeeper for the four levels of books. All students and personnel have access to Level 1 books, but higher levels require higher ranks. The librarian is to make sure no one leaves with books that are above their station.[25] Occasionally, the librarian receives assistance from students.[26]


Main article: Death Weapon Meister Academy/Student


See also: Death Weapon Meister Academy/N.O.T Class and Death Weapon Meister Academy/E.A.T Class In the Academy, there are two general advancement curriculum. These curriculum decide the purpose of both the student body and teachers present in the school:

  • N.O.T Class: Standing for Normally Overcome Target, this is the curriculum for non-combatants teachers and students. Ninety percent of the students in the DWMA make up and follow this curriculum.[27]
  • E.A.T Class: Standing for Especially Advantaged Talent, this is the curriculum that involves the students and teachers to use their power to fight against evil. The last 10% of the student body make up and follow this curriculum.[28]


Threat Levels

The DWMA has it's own method of labeling threats that conspire around the world in which is labelled by it's elite members. There's only two, known levels of ranking although it's assumed to a letter based ranking. The letter rank of "A" is known to be a dangerous level that incurred the entry of Spartoi and a elite DWMA Meister to deal with. However, the most severe ranking capable is "S", in which was only given to the Black Globes created by the Demon Swordmaster.[29]


There's a number branches within Death Weapon Meister Academy dedicated to specific tasks in which spreads all over the entire world:

Branch/Divisions Leader Status
DWMA Central Intelligence AgencySid Barrett & Mira NaigusActive
DWMA North America BranchDeath the Kid & Spirit AlbarnActive
DWMA's Eastern European BranchNoneActive
DWMA Western Europe BranchNoneActive
DWMA Oceania BranchAzusa YumiActive
DWMA East Asia BranchAzusa YumiActive
DWMA West Asia BranchJinn GallandActive
DWMA South America BranchTezca TlipocaActive
DWMA Africa BranchDengu DingaActive
Airborne DivisionUnknownActive


Death the Kid Student ID Card

ID Cards in which EAT Class operatives possess.

Many members can attain military and/or ordinary, organizational rank such as captain, general, chief, etc. It can be assumed these rankings are attained based on experience and capability.[30] The NOT Class follow ordinary, school-leveling. With students being from Freshmen to Senior and staff members and instructors being up in the hierarchy of the school.[31] Instructors can even access Level 3 books within the DWMA library.[32]

By far the most powerful ranking of the DWMA comes from all it's EAT-Level operatives as well as EAT Class. This is done via a star ranking system presented with a ID Card with information on a select member of the DWMA.[17]

Star Ranking/Titles Privileges
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  • Access library materials at Level 1[33]
  • Perform 1 Star Ranked Missions
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  • Access materials at both Level 1[33]
  • Perform 2 Star Ranked Missions
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  • Access materials at Level 1 & 2[33]
  • Perform 3 Star Ranked Missions
  • Access materials at Level 1-3[33]
Death Weapon
Elite NMeister
Death's Family
  • Access materials at Level 1-4[33]
  • Three-Star Ranking & Privileges


  • According to DWMA student Akane☆Hoshi, it is because of Death Weapon Meister Academy's profound power and absolute trust that the DWMA is very prosperous. Most of it's funding is received around the world in most countries.[34] Specifically, this money comes from taxes the countries give to the academy.[35]


  1. 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...!"
  2. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 1
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  5. (Yen Press) Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 4 — Tsugumi:DWMA is a school that exists to teach children with powers like me....the "laws" that can help us integrate into society and lead normal lives.
  6. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 16
  7. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 20
  8. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 6
  9. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 57
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 3
  11. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 10
  12. 12.0 12.1 (Funimation Dub) Soul Eater Anime: Episode 39 — Lord Death:I understand your loyalty to a friend, but Crona did sign the academy agreement. Students who break the rules are expelled. That's the way it works. Making an exception for him would undermine the stability of the entire academy. It can't be done!
  13. Soul Eater Volume 10; Chapter 36, page 18
  14. Soul Eater Volume 1; Chapter 1, page 158
  15. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 1, Chapter 36
  16. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 2 - Kid: Father...please add me to the student register.
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 17.5 17.6 17.7 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 1
  18. 18.0 18.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 33
  19. 19.0 19.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 113
  20. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 15
  21. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 27 (Volume Book)
  22. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 9
  23. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 19
  24. Soul Eater Volume 4; Chapter 14, page 187
  25. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 32
  26. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 06
  27. (Yen Press) Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 4 — Sid: 90% of the student body is placed in the "NOT" (Normally Overcome Target) Class, which is for non-combatants
  28. (Yen Press)Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 6 — Sid:The other 10% is the "EAT" (Especially Advanced Talent) Class for agents who use their powers to battle evil.
  29. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 84
  30. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 34, page 123
  31. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 1
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  33. 33.0 33.1 33.2 33.3 33.4 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 32
  34. Soul Eater Volume 1; Chapter 6, page 190
  35. Soul Eater Volume 1; Chapter 1, page 22 - Booklet:An academy, funded by taxes around the world....

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