Shibusen (死神武器職人専門学校, Shinigami Buki Shokunin Senmon Gakkō; Literally meaning "Shinigami Weapon Meister Vocational School"), or DWMA (死武専, Shibusen; Literally meaning "Death Military Department") for short, is an academy located in the fictional Death City, of Nevada where Meisters and Weapons attend.
The school is run by Death, the Shinigami himself, as a training facility for Meisters and Demon Weapons. Death created the school as an organization that protects peace in order to prevent the rebirth of a Kishin (鬼神), a god-like individual born from the over-hunting of innocent souls whose madness wavelength could destroy the entire world.
At first glance, the Academy can be said to have a rather eccentric appearance, looking a bit like a large funhouse rather than a school.
Standing on a large platform which can be accessed by a long line of white steps, the school is comprised of a collection of large black towers and spires patterned with white lines and the occasional Shinigami mask. The roofs of the towers are conical and bright red in colour.
Enormous candles poke out of shafts along the circumference of the buildings. Strangely, the flames of these candles never go out, and the candles never shorten.
The Academy's most distinguishing feature however, are the three large Shinigami skulls lined up at the entrance. The middle skull is the largest, and sports three blood red spikes going through its eye and nose holes. The skulls on the side are smaller and have slanted eyes. The gaps between the 'teeth' of these giant skulls serves as the school's main entrances.
At the top of the school hover three strange black orbs, which may have something to do with the seal on Asura due to the way they reacted when he was released. However, it may also be due to the fact that the negative space of the sky, with the three orbs in the sky, looks like Shinigami's mask.
The Academy is completely symmetrical, which immediately impresses Death the Kid upon enrolling in the school.
The Academy is quite large and grand, containing many long corridors with arched ceilings, lamps, and lit candles to light paths and staircases. The corridors also have round windows looking out onto school grounds.
The Academy is infamous for its complicated, labyrinthian design, with winding corridors, many passageways, and long staircases, including the long staircase leading up to the school itself. This design is on purpose, as the goal of Academy is to improve its students' strength in body, mind, and soul, even in everyday school life.
Main article: Death Room
This room is where Death dwells. This location also serves for him to meet with students and staff about their missions, whether in person or through his mirror. Death sometimes inhabits the mirror, which can be used for transportation for him between locations in Death City, to communicate with meisters, and as an observation screen.
Managed by the Librarian, this expansive room, at least three floors tall, has bridges connecting the opposite sides of each floor to store numerous shelves housing numerous books. The Library includes desks for study, with lit torches to read by light.
The Library follows a rule which restricts some students to only be able to look at a limited number of books in the Library. The books are divided into four categories: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4. Meisters up to Two Stars in rank can have access to Level 1 books, but cannot have access to Level 2 books, which can be read by Three Star Meisters. Level 3 books can only be accessed by staff and the highest rank, Level 4, can only be availabe to Senior Meisters or Death Scythes. However, exceptions can be made, as an initially one-star meister such as Death the Kid could access Level 4 books because he is a Shinigami.
Although focusing on books related to studies of souls, courses lessons for meisters and weapons, and the history of dangerous magic and technology, the library is like almost any other one with its inclusion of a broad range of readings. Items at the library include comic books and books on music.
Mission Bulletin and Reception
One of the lively places in the Academy, the Mission Bulletin is where Meisters get their missions to hunt Evil humans and get more Kishin Eggs to make their Weapons Death Scythes. Descriptions of each mission are written on cards and placed on the bulletin. Students are free to pick which mission they want, but the missions can have special requirements written on them as well, like the ability to sense souls. Some missions can be dangerous, and mainly include killing Evil humans. However, some do not involve Evil human and are just missions to create peace and help people in distress. For example, Killik and Ox take on a mission to defeat a rampaging giant, and other missions include apprehending criminals—dead or alive—for murder and even adultery.
Near the bulletin is the Reception. Here, E.A.T. students may take mission cards taken from the Bulletin to the receptionist, who checks whether those students are viable for the mission before assigning the mission to those students.
N.O.T. students may complete Extracurricular Lesson Solicitation Committee duties at the Reception's Extracurricular Office. Employees and N.O.T. students stamp and complete and organize all confidential E.A.T. quest paperwork by rank. All employees and staff 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. Vests also include skull-shaped belts on the back to provide a slimmer figure and curves to female employees.
Main article: Class Crescent MoonLike the hallways and general size of the Academy as a whole, the classrooms are also spacious, resembling lecture halls with pitched floors, conjoined desks, and in the center a blackboard and the teacher's desk. Windows in the back of the rooms provide a view of the grounds.
Each class has a homeroom teacher. Maka's class, called Class Crescent Moon, has Franken Stein as their teacher, after he replaced the deceased Sid Barett. Sid and Spirit Albarn have served as substitutes in this classroom as well. Maka's classmates in Class Crescent Moon include Black☆Star, Death the Kid, Kim Diehl, Ox Ford, Kilik Rung, and their weapons, as well as Hero.
It seems that students have free access to the classrooms, even outside lessons. Stein used one classroom for additional lessons for Black☆Star with the Kyūkon Water, and Maka and Marie Mjölnir used an empty classroom to give Crona a tour of the Academy.
Special Tutoring Rooms
The Academy also has special classrooms for tutoring. For a special Sunday class for Maka and Soul, Stein decorated the room with lit aromatic candles, whose scent is made to agitate anyone who smells it so that Meister and Weapon partners may overcome their differences to create a stronger Soul Resonance. The naming of one facility as "Room One" suggests that there are multiple Special Tutoring rooms.
The area where sick or injured Meisters and Weapons are treated. While physicians such as Mira Naigus and previously Dr. Medusa work here, Franken Stein is known to assist as well, especially with operations such as responding to Soul Eater's chest injury at the hands of Crona. In the anime's finale the dispensary sent Blair to the Death Room to serve as an attending nurse to the injured Death and Spirit Albarn.The dispensary is a typical hospital room with several beds, an examining room, and a doctor's office. The dispensary includes a medicine storage room, although its messiness outrages Death the Kid, who has at least once struggled to organize the room. The hospital ward is decorated with health posters.
The Academy have wide balconies for students to access and the grounds in front of the entrance are also used as a makeshift battleground for training fights between students. During these battles, a member of staff must be present to view the fight. The area near Shibusen also seems to be a forest area, where some students like Maka and her team use it as a training ground.
Second Campus, School Gardens
The Second Campus includes lush green gardens with many trees to surround the Academy, making this location a perfect place for various students to train individually or in Chain Resonance teams. In the anime, Crona joins Maka Albarn and their friends for a picnic here, with a meal prepared by Marie Mjolnir.
There is a running track located outside the school building used for Physical Education classes and exams.
The Academy has shower rooms for students to use after Physical Education classes and missions. These showers appear like almost any other one, with tiled floors and walls, pipes along the walls, and drainage holes, except that showerheads and faucets are in the shapes of skulls, with similar skull logos appearing on students' towels. The girls' shower room includes a large Venus female symbol with a skull at its top on the entrance, as well as stool benches with tubs, clothes, and soaps in front of low-to-the-floor faucets and mirrors.
The Academy also has its own dojo for sparring matches between where students, both meisters and weapons, with Mira Naigus as referee.
Not really used for dancing, this room is usually used for beginner Meisters and their Weapons to improve their combat skills. The room is wide and spacious in order for plenty of movement for more than one person, and has some side benches and a locker area and changing rooms.
For students wielding gun-type Weapon partners, there is also a shooting range to improve their marksmanship skills. The targets are made to look like Kishin with Asura's three eye markings painted on them. Posters at the facility show more information about the painted targets and where head shots can be completed.
The school has a large cafeteria providing the students with food during the school day. It has a rich menu, serving meals from all around the world.
The restrooms are quite spacious and lavish, with gold-colored faucets and cloth towels. However, at least one toilet has been destroyed by Marie Mjolnir due to complicated details about her marriage desires. Some teachers and students, such as Sid and Maka, use the mirrors in the restrooms to contact Shinigami in the Death Room.
Lockers are also seen in some parts of the corridors. In Soul's case, Meisters (all female) constantly send request letters into his locker for him to be their partner when he becomes a Death Scythe, much to his chagrin. A few lockers are decorated with stickers.
For students who do not live in rented accommodation, the Academy provides grand, luxurious dormitories. These accommodations are separated into single-sex dormitories, each run by a superintendent. The dormitories provide basic living facilities, but any other luxuries and food need to be paid for by the students.
The girls' dormitory is known for their luxurious layout, with furniture from the 1800s and Meissen crockery. Rooms include a living room with a television set, a fully stocked kitchen, and a bathhouse. Bedrooms tend to house two to three students, although when a student is ill, she is transferred to a separate contagion room, if space is available. No pets are permitted in the dormitory, although a tanuki or bat has been found inside; Kim Diehl also seems to have a pet dog, although it is unclear where she keeps this pet. Students use the backyard for gardening, weapons practice and sparring practice, and various games such as baseball.
Like the rest of Death City, the girls' dormitory is decorated for Halloween.
Located in the underground of the Shibusen, this visitor residence is where Crona stays while attending the DWMA. Since the rooms are underground, they lack a home-like atmosphere, with stone walls, a bed and table and a basin as well as a barred window. While Crona's room initially had a smile painted onto a bed pillow, posters, and even Death-looking birds on the windowsill, this room was likely located above ground due to the view of the moonlight sky outside its window.
Information Management Room
A confidential room only allowed by staff and highly trusted members of the Shibusen, this is where all confidential information is stored, such as files on past incidents regarding beings such as Witches and Kishin.
Witch Counter Measure Headquarters
Hidden in the Academy's labyrinthian structure, this locked room is headquarters for Sid Barett and other members of Central Intelligence to research all topics pertaining to Witches and their history. This room contains numerous pieces of information about witches, including cases suspected or confirmed to have witches involved.
As this room is located away from the more popular rooms of the Academy and is locked, few persons enter the room: frequent visitors include Sid Barett, Akane Hoshi, Clay Sizemore, and Death Scythes such as Tezca Tlipoca and Justin Law. However, students have been known to get lost and stumble upon the room, such as NOT students Tsugumi Harudori, Anya Hepburn, and Meme Tatane. Shaula Gorgon, possessing the body of Meme Tatane, was able to acquire a key to allow Meme to unlock and enter the room to collect information about DWMA students to possess and other information critical to the DWMA.
Although it is not used much, the Shibusen does have its own dungeon for holding various prisoners. There is also an interrogation room present within them.
The Secret Vault
Heavily guarded underneath the Academy, hidden through numerous tunnels, this Vault is where Shibusen deposits various Demon Tools made by Eibon, such as the Morality Manipulation Machine, various pages from The Book of Eibon, and in the anime Brew and the Eibon Key. Few are trusted enough to be allowed access to this Vault, Sid Barett being one person to deposit these tools upon their recovery.
The Sealed Shrine
The shrine located deep underground containing the sealed Kishin Asura. Long and surprisingly grand corridors lead up to the shrine, with various ominous-looking statues with an eye theme, befitting Asura's three eyes. Most of it, for some unknown reasons, are in ruins. The shrine itself is a large room with a great shintai, or statue of worship, which, due to Asura's madness, has turned into a twisted statue resembling Asura. In front of the shrine is the large bag of skin with three eyes emblazoned on it bound up by chains with exorcist charms containing Asura. Because Asura's madness is so strong, even though he is sealed away, people who are even near the shrine can sense his madness.
- The three orbs at the top the academy are arranged so that they resemble the holes in Shinigami mask, whilst the gaps in between the towers directly below the three orbs form the outline of the mask's 'teeth.' These three dots appear on other materials associated with the DWMA, such as Hero's uniform.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Story section at anime's official website (Japanese). Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 7, Yen Press English translation, Chapter 24, Page 48: Marie Mjolnir: "Everywhere you look, there's another set of stairs. It's so needlessly complicated. It's seriously like some kinda maze!" Sid Barett: "That's 'cos it was purposely designed to strengthen the kids' physical and mental fortitudes along with their souls. Every little bit helps, you know."
- ↑ Soul Eater Episode 18
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 19
- ↑ Soul Eater Chapter 10
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 7, Yen Press English translation: Chapter 27 Page 173
- ↑ Soul Eater Volume 23, Yen Press English translation: Chapter 98, Page 15