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"It's not like I was born a witch because I wanted to be one. I hated the world of the witches and ran away. I thought that If I was at DWMA, I could cut my ties to being a witch. I even cut my prized hair, dressed like a boy, and avoided others."

— Kim to Jacqueline.[1]


Kim Diehl
Anime  Manga
Kim Diehl (Anime)
Kim as she appears in Soul Eater.
Name
Name Kim Diehl
Alias(es) Witch of the Girls' Dorm
Romanji
Katakana
Alternate Name(s)
Personal Data
Sex Gender Sign - FemaleFemale
Age 16 (NOT!)[2]
17
Race/Species Witch Soul Witch
Type of Soul Witch Soul Witch
Magic Theme Tanuki
Classification Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Meister2 Meister
Status
Professional Data
Occupation(s) Academy Student
Affiliation(s) Soul Eater Wiki Icon - Shinigami2 Shibusen
Nationality
Place of Origin Witch's Realm
Residence Death City, Girls' Dormitory
Team/Group Spartoi
Weapon Partner(s) Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupré
Meister Partner(s)
Clan
Family
Relation(s)
Real World Data
Voice Actors/Seiyu Japanese: Chiwa Saito.
English: Caitlin Glass (first anime)
Italian: Celine Melloul
Manga Debut(s) Chapter 32.5
NOT!: Chapter 1 (cameo) / Chapter 2 (first appearance)
Anime Debut(s) Episode 4 (cameo) / Episode 31
Episode 2 (NOT!)
Game Debut(s)


Kimial Diehl[3], known as Kim Diehl (ディールキム, Dīrukimu) is the tanuki witch meister partner of the Demon LanternJacqueline O. Lantern Dupré. Because she lacks destructive power and possesses regeneration powers, she was exiled from the witch community and joined Shibusen, eventually becoming an EAT student and a member of Spartoi.

Personality

Kim is the object of Ox Ford's affections, but she had constantly turned him down, chiefly because he was not rich, seemed creepy, and had an eccentric hairstyle. While she is still troubled by some of Ox's eccentricities, even before she was identified as a witch, Kim did appreciate Ox's devotion to her, and she felt shame how he would respond upon learning she was a witch.

Because of her past experiences being hated by her fellow witches for her regenerative powers, and her fear of rejection by her DWMA classmates should she be identified as a witch, Kim has come to depend on money, as she thinks it does not discriminate between its handlers. Consequently, when she is performing some sort of service for free, such as protecting and healing students such as Tsugumi Harudori or Black☆Star, or warming her classmates with Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré's lantern form, Kim tends to remark that she should be getting paid.

This fear of rejection also makes Kim self-conscious, due to feeling excluded from other witches and fears that the DWMA would learn of her witch identity. Even after Kim's identity as a witch was revealed, she still felt doubts about being accepted. For example, although Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré was the first person in Death City to learn that she was a witch and reacted with compassion, Kim was immediately afraid Jacqueline still would reveal her identity, requiring time--and an ice cream date--to initially trust the weapon. Even upon exploring a partnership a meister to the weapon Jacqueline, Kim attempted to break off the partnership, much to Jacqueline's consternation. Yet Kim was ambivalent towards Jacqueline, her self-doubt but also her desire to be closer to Jacqueline causing Kim to alternate between being close and distant to the weapon. As well, after Medusa informed Death that Kim was a witch, Kim's fears for her life and self-doubt led her to distrust the Academy, regardless how much she loved her friends and teachers and her own desire to return. Even after her return to the DWMA, Kim expressed concern that, like Crona being hunted, she could be, too, for her supposed transgressions.

Due to this self-doubt, Kim can be persuaded by peer pressure, such as when her desperation to escape the DWMA led her to join Arachnophobia.

Kim's self-doubt also leads her to be an antagonistic initially to many people, although with time she learns more about these persons and can trust them. Such self-doubt not only slowed progress on her partnership with Jacqueline but may have influenced her behavior to bully classmates, to respond negatively to Ox Ford, and to be hostile to new DWMA students such as Tsugumi Harudori.

Hence, both Kim's fear of rejection and her antagonism can lead her to manipulate and take advantage of other people, treating others as a means to an end. For example, she will order Hero around to buy her food,[4]. As such, Kim tends to strategize how she can acquire money from others through trickery or bullying: she forged a signature on paperwork she submitted to the DWMA to give Mai Thi Hoàng the stage name "Eternal Feather," then charged Mai a service fee for this work; she demanded payment from Tsugumi Harudori after saying her from injury by the girls' dormitory resident assistant Miss Misery; and she left baseball equipment at least twice in the girls' dormitory backyard so that, should anyone even touch it, she could demand payment for equipment rental. Hence early in their partnership Jacqueline thought of Kim as "shamelessly manipulative."[5] Kim's manipulation of other students earned her the initially unintentionally accurate nickname, "the Witch of the Girls' Dorm."

Therefore, Kim can be easily influenced by her desire for immediate satisfaction, most notably her greed for money. This desire for money owes to Kim's difficulty trusting other people, in part due to her fear of rejection from witches due to her healing magic and from the DWMA due to her identity as a witch. However, Kim also seems to allow her desire for money get the better of her, such as opportunities to strengthen friendships to make her lonely life more tolerable.

Kim's impatience for immediate satisfaction extends to other aspects of her life; as such, she has a temper for justifiable reasons, such as Death the Kid intruding on her in the shower, and perhaps for less reasonable excuses. When her sleep is interrupted by noise in a neighboring dorm room, Kim prefers to go into the room and eliminate the noise herself, even if that means knocking out the resident assistant herself.

Relationships

Main Article: Kim Diehl/Relationships

Prone to self-doubt due to her tenuous relationship with other witches, and her fear of prejudice for being a witch within the DWMA, Kim tends to initially distrust others. With time, however, Kim is able to recognize the concern her friends and teachers have for her, because they care about her, not whether she is a witch. After beginning her partnership with Jacqueline O. Lantern Dupré, her friendship with Tsugumi Harudori, and recognizing the concern and devotion of Ox Ford, Kim becomes a devoted teammate and member of Spartoi, especially when working with her frequent partners Ox and Kilik Rung.

Appearance

Kim Diehl Render

Kim's appearance in NOT! Anime.

Kim is admired by many of her classmates for appearing cute. She has green eyes and short, pink hair.

In Soul Eater NOT! Kim wears a sports jacket, mini-skirt, sneakers, and thigh-length socks.

In the original manga and the original anime, Kim has the appearance of a classic schoolgirl, wearing a typical sailor fuku school uniform, which is altered throughout the series to reflect Shibusen's current version.

Before joining Spartoi, Kim wears a short, green, and pleated skirt, a lighter-green sweater, and a green sailor fuku collar tied like a necktie, with a Shinigami-esque skull pinned on its left. Kim also wears thigh high black socks. 

After joining Spartoi, Kim retained her schoolgirl outfit and still wears the same outfit as her partner: a white blouse with stitches where the buttons should be, attached with a blue, sailor-style collar that is tied in a knot instead of a tie. She has a short, blue, pleated skirt and thigh high white socks and shoes. She wears an opened long, white, trench coat with the belts left hanging.

When wielding Jacqueline, Kim wears a skull-embroidered glove so to handle the heat from her partner's lantern form.

Kim occasionally adorns a more Witch-like outfit, wearing a robe and hat that matches her Tanuki theme. Her scarf also has a fluffy tail on it, much like a Tanuki tail.

Trivia

  • Kim's animal theme as a witch is the tanuki, a rare species of canid indigenous to Japan and which resembles a raccoon. Kim's animal theme suits her personality: the tanuki is portrayed in Japanese folklore to be associated with wealth, gold and money. Likewise, Kim is also very attached to money. Also, tanuki in mythology are said to have healing powers and transformation abilities, both of which are associated with Kim.[6] Like tanukis, Kim also enjoys dining on omelets.[7]
  • The Soul Eater NOT! anime information sheet lists Kim's body measurements as B81, W51, H79, her height as 154 cm, and her weight as 43 kg. As well, the information sheet from Soul Eater NOT! suggests her blood type is B, due to her personality. 

References

  1. Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 5
  2. Soul Eater Not Manga: JOT! 2
  3. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 98
  4. Soul Eater Chapter 32.5
  5. Soul Eater NOT Volume 3, Yen Press English translation: "After That..." Page 51
  6. Soul Eater Volume 13: Yen Press English translation, page 191
  7. Soul Eater NOT! Episode 4

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