|“||Death Weapon Meister Academy, a.k.a DWMA or "Shibusen"...you 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)
Death Weapon Meister Academy (死神武器職人専門学校, Shinigami Buki Shokunin Senmon Gakkō) is a school and organization founded by Death to train Meisters and Demon Weapons, maintain world order, and prevent the uprising of another Kishin.
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 on April 2. A building was built around the sealing area and the land around his soul eventually became Death City.
Strife with WitchesEdit
Over the course of centuries, both Death Weapon Meister Academy and the Witch Order fought one another. Many of their attacks involved creating new Spells capable of hurting Meister and Weapons within the academy, with the school coming up with another technique to counter it and vice versa. Eventually, Soul Perception was developed to detect Witches and in turn, the Witches created Soul Protect and have since used it to their advantage in attacking the DWMA.
World War IEdit
Star Clan PurgeEdit
Thirteen years ago prior, 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.
In DWMA's recent prior activities, the academy's central intelligence branch monitored a potential young witch slip into the student body though opted to allow the Witch to reveal her intentions without intervention. Around this timeframe, the DWMA experiences around fifteen incident involving Traitors.
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 and maintain world order. 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.
Death Weapon Meister Academy is ran by the headmaster, though is supported by trusted instructors and faculty members within the school.
Per being a school, there's various rules. Known rules include:
- If two students are dueling on school grounds, at least one of the faculty members must be present to witness.
- Taking souls not on Shinigami's List is forbidden.
- Taking too many souls is forbidden.
- It is forbidden to actively hunt a Witch without an Execution Order given by the headmaster.
- Rule #118: In the event of an emergency, students are allowed to walk into the Death Room without permission.
 There's several ways to result of expulsion in the Academy:.
- Breaking any of the rules expressed in the Academy agreement.
- Failure of all class subjects.
- Poor Soul Collecting and failure of it's Remedial Lessons.
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.
|Headmaster||The headmaster has perhaps the most power in the entire school. A headmaster seems responsible for the student register, has the ability to decide whether or not students should take a remedial class, and supervises student progress as well as make the final decisions on the lessons that are taken. 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. 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.|
|Instructor||In 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 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. However, when taking attendance, there's also a grade in which they can input depending on how a student behaves (their "Evaluation"). The lowest grade for this is "E", in which means "Evil". They're also responsible for teaching the class and are able to do so however they see fit. However, when urged by the headmaster, they abide by his wishes. Teachers are allowed to formally discipline the students, whether it be physical or giving them a chore to do.|
|Dormitory Superintendent||Dormitory 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. 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.|
|Receptionist||The 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.|
|Interim School Nurse/School Doctor||Within 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. The Medical positions is held in high regard, with those in DWMA and Death City alike being familar with those who hold such positions.|
|Librarian||The 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. Occasionally, the librarian receives assistance from students.|
Main article: Death Weapon Meister Academy/School Building
There seems to be some sort of unknown age requirement for joining the DWMA, However, it seems that the those even in middle school in grade are eligible to join the DWMA. Individuals even as young as twelve years old may join the academy. In the anime, .
Upon joining the DWMA, the student starts in the Normally Overcome Target Class and attempt to find a Meister/Demon Weapon partner. Various social events are held such as a "Feeling Partner" game to further assist them in finding a partner.
Housing and Living ExpensesEdit
While not in lessons, students live either in rented apartments or school dormitories (first year students are required to stay in dormitories as part of their joining the school). Each student receives a "weekly allowance" of $200. However, if for some reason, they spend all of it, they will not be able to get any more money until the next week. Because of the large amount of students that end up penniless, many shops in Death City cater for students wanting to work part-time to earn money.
Death City has various part-time job shifts available for students, especially those who have spent all their weekly allowances from the DWMA. Jobs offered to the DWMA students are paid by the day due to the high job demand of penniless students seeking employment. Students seeking part-time work must submit an employment form to the DWMA.
The DWMA is a academy in which has no set uniform. However, there are a variety of preset uniforms one can choose from, and one can match any top with any bottom. While a student within the academy can select the uniforms and switch around match to their liking, they're also allowed to wear their own clothes.
Students have additional uniforms specific to certain tasks, whether related to schooling, such as for physical education classes, dojo training, and extracurricular work at the Reception, or related to military missions, such as the Spartoi uniforms. Students working in Reception wear dark knee-length pants, light-colored high-length socks and light-colored shoes, checkerboard vests with ties held by skull brooches, and pill hats. These Reception vests also include skull-shaped belts on the back to provide a slimmer figure and curves to female employees. Dojo uniforms include a gii with dark pants, shoes if desired, and headbands if desired with skull logos. Physical education uniforms are similar for both male and female students. Students wear sleeveless shirts and gym shorts, with a zipped-up warm-up jacket featuring a skull logo on the breast and on the jacket's back. Spartoi uniforms vary across all members but are united in by color scheme and the Spartoi logo on some uniforms.
In addition, the DWMA is a rather special school in that students may actually change their names upon entering into a stage name. Once a student has changed their name, they are stuck with the same name for a minimum of two years. Some examples include Eternal Feather and Soul Eater.
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:\
- Normally Overcome Target Class: The curriculum for non-combatants teachers and students. Ninety percent of the students in the DWMA make up and follow this curriculum.
- Especially Advantaged Talent Class: 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.
Death Weapon Meister Academy's threat level is arranged in letters starting from "D","C","B","A", and finally "S", the highest and most severe ranking. The only known "S"-level threat was Crona's making of the black gloves made up of black blood.
There's a number branches within Death Weapon Meister Academy dedicated to specific tasks in which spreads all over the entire world:
|DWMA Central Intelligence Agency||Sid Barrett & Mira Naigus||Active|
|DWMA North America Branch||Death the Kid & Spirit Albarn||Active|
|DWMA's Eastern European Branch||None||Active|
|DWMA Western Europe Branch||None||Active|
|DWMA Oceania Branch||Azusa Yumi||Active|
|DWMA East Asia Branch||Azusa Yumi||Active|
|DWMA West Asia Branch||Jinn Galland||Active|
|DWMA South America Branch||Tezca Tlipoca||Active|
|DWMA Africa Branch||Dengu Dinga||Active|
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. 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. Instructors can even access Level 3 books within the DWMA library.
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.
|Death's Family||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. Specifically, this money comes from taxes the countries give to the academy.
- Spirit Albarn's clan has been providing Death Weapon for the academy for generations.