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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.[1][2]

HistoryEdit

FoundingEdit

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.[3][4]

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.[3]

World War IEdit

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.[5]

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.[6]

Recent SurveillanceEdit

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.[7] Around this timeframe, the DWMA experiences around fifteen incident involving Traitors.[8]

SynopsisEdit

OverviewEdit

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[9] and maintain world order.[10] 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.[11]

AdministrationEdit

Death Weapon Meister Academy is ran by the headmaster, though is supported by trusted instructors and faculty members within the school.

RulesEdit

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.[12]
  • Taking souls not on Shinigami's List is forbidden.[12]
  • Taking too many souls is forbidden.[12]
  • It is forbidden to actively hunt a Witch without an Execution Order given by the headmaster.[8]
  • Rule #118: In the event of an emergency, students are allowed to walk into the Death Room without permission.[13]

PunishmentsEdit

Soul Eater Episode 39 HD - Lord Death hears about Crona

An academy agreement.

Those who join the DWMA sign an academy agreement and If violated, they're expelled. Exceptions aren't made within the academy, as Death expressed that doing so with one individual would undermine the entire stability of the school.[14] 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.[17]

PositionsEdit

Position Responsibilities
HeadmasterThe headmaster has perhaps the most power in the entire school. A headmaster seems responsible for the student register,[18] has the ability to decide whether or not students should take a remedial class,[19] and supervises student progress[19] as well as make the final decisions on the lessons that are taken.[20] 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.[21] 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.[21]
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[19] 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.[19] However, when taking attendance, there's also a grade in which they can input depending on how a student behaves (their "Evaluation").[19] The lowest grade for this is "E", in which means "Evil".[19] They're also responsible for teaching the class and are able to do so however they see fit.[19] However, when urged by the headmaster, they abide by his wishes.[20] Teachers are allowed to formally discipline the students, whether it be physical or giving them a chore to do.[22]
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.[23] 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.[24]
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.[25]
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.[26] 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.[27] Occasionally, the librarian receives assistance from students.[28]

SchoolEdit

BuildingEdit

Main article: Death Weapon Meister Academy/School Building

Student LifeEdit

JoiningEdit

Episode 1 (NOT!) - Tsugumi exporing the halls of DWMA

Students within the academy.

There seems to be some sort of unknown age requirement for joining the DWMA,[29] However, it seems that the those even in middle school in grade are eligible to join the DWMA.[30] Individuals even as young as twelve years old may join the academy. In the anime, prior to joining the academy, students must sign an Academy agreement that specifies that students must follow it's rules.[31]

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.[10]

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.[32] 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.[32]

JobsEdit

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.[33]

Jobs include waitress at Deathbucks Café, delivery at Death Shipping, cleaning the city's community pool, and working at other positions at Death Records, Restaurant Munehisa, and drugstores.[34]

UniformsEdit

  • Uniform tops and bottoms
  • Reception uniforms

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.[35]

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.[36]

Stage NamesEdit

Eternal Feather - -6

Stage Name change form

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.[37]

CurriculumEdit

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.[38]
  • 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.[39]

MilitaryEdit

Threat LevelsEdit

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.[40][41]

BranchesEdit

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

RankingEdit

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.[42] 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.[43] Instructors can even access Level 3 books within the DWMA library.[44]

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.[19]

Star Ranking/Titles Privileges
Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Star
  • Access library materials at Level 1[45]
  • Perform 1 Star Ranked Missions
Soul Eater Wiki Icon - StarSoul Eater Wiki Icon - Star
  • Access materials at both Level 1[45]
  • Perform 2 Star Ranked Missions
Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Star Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Star Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Star
  • Access materials at Level 1 & 2 (student)[45]
  • Access materials up to Level 3 (instructors) [45]
  • Access materials up to Level 4 (Death's Weapons and few Elite Meisters)[45]
Death's Family Three-Star Ranking & Privileges

TriviaEdit

  • 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.[46] Specifically, this money comes from taxes the countries give to the academy.[47]
  • Spirit Albarn's clan has been providing Death Weapon for the academy for generations.[48]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 1
  2. Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 1
  3. 3.0 3.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 16
  4. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 20
  5. Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 6
  6. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 57
  7. Soul Eater Not! Chapter 14
  8. 8.0 8.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 14
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  10. 10.0 10.1 Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 1
  11. (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.
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 3
  13. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 10
  14. 14.0 14.1 (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!
  15. Soul Eater Volume 10; Chapter 36, page 18
  16. Soul Eater Volume 1; Chapter 1, page 158
  17. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 1, Chapter 36
  18. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 2 - Kid: Father...please add me to the student register.
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 1
  20. 20.0 20.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 33
  21. 21.0 21.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 113
  22. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 15
  23. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 27 (Volume Book)
  24. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 9
  25. Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 19
  26. Soul Eater Volume 4; Chapter 14, page 187
  27. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 32
  28. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 06
  29. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 42
  30. Soul Eater NOT Manga: Chapter 3 — Tsugumi: A job, huh? I'm about middle school age so I never had one.
  31. Soul Eater Anime: Episode 39
  32. 32.0 32.1 Soul Eater Not!: Chapter 2
  33. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named SENMC3
  34. Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 3, Chapter 8
  35. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 4 — Maka:There's a real variety of uniforms here, isn't there? You're free to mix and match top & bottoms...or you can just wear your own clothes.
  36. Soul Eater Not! Chapter 19, Soul Eater Chapter 45, Soul Eater Chapter 62
  37. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 3Eternal Feather: "DWMA is a special school, so they allow students to select their names. Some students even choose names as ridiculous as 'Soul Eater.' [...] Once you've changed your name, the school won't allow you to change it again for two years."
  38. (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
  39. (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.
  40. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 84
  41. Soul Eater Volume 20 - Volume 20's afterword explains that the threat level ranking is based on Japan's ranking of earthquakes.
  42. Soul Eater Volume 9; Chapter 34, page 123
  43. Soul Eater Not! Chapter 1
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  45. 45.0 45.1 45.2 45.3 45.4 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 32
  46. Soul Eater Volume 1; Chapter 6, page 190
  47. Soul Eater Volume 1; Chapter 1, page 22 - Booklet:An academy, funded by taxes around the world....
  48. Soul Eater Guidebook: How to Make a Death Scythe

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