"So let's spread the word together!! We'll go and see Crona again!! And we'll put the Kishin in his place as many times as it takes!! I want everyone to in the world to witness this courage!!! This Soul Resonance!!!"
Maka Albarn (マカ・アルバーン, Maka Arubān) is a scythe-meister and the daughter of Spirit Albarn and his ex-wife. After witnessing her father cheating, she was inspired by her mother and she became determined to follow in her footsteps and became a meister. Maka partnered up with the "demon scythe", Soul Eater, in an attempt to create a death's weapon more powerful than her father.
Maka's surname, Albarn, may be an allusion to Damon Albarn, a musician of the British group Blur and co-creator of the virtual band Gorillaz, including the singing voice for Gorillaz's lead singer 2D. This is one of many musical allusions that Atsushi Ohkubo includes in the manga.
Maka is bright, cheerful, direct, confident, smart, and hardworking, in stark contrast to her partner Soul Eater, who is very laid-back, more likely to act on impulse, and impatient in comparison. She frequently studies and prefers to stay in her house and read or study, emphasized by her lack of ability to play games such as basketball despite her athleticism, and she is ignorant of its various rules. Maka is also caring and compassionate, willing to easily help a friend when in need with no personal gain in the end and help a newcomer such as Tsugumi Harudori on her first day. She is somewhat of a self-depreciation hero. She achieves many great accomplishments throughout the series, and she always wants to help others and do the right things, thus she is well respected. She is also known to follow the rules of the DWMA and rarely breaks them, even going so far as to not kill Gopher despite his attempt on her life. and scolded Crona on their first meeting, telling them to save their "excuses" for Death himself. Maka also is capable to having great compassion and understanding, enough to not only befriend Crona despite their crimes but even put forth effort in helping her when they were seemingly forgone into Madness.
She is known to be strong-willed and mature, unlike those such as her partner and Black☆Star and tends to look down on such behaviors, often calling them idiots. Out of all the main protagonists, she is seen mostly as the most "normal" of the cast. It's been stated by multiple people like her own father that many of her good qualities come from her mother and even possess a mindset in which once she starts, barely anything stops her. In the anime, it is expressed her best quality is her bravery by Crona.
Despite this, Maka herself possesses flaws and insecurities. She has been noted by her partner to be stubborn and gloomy and is sometimes prone to make decisions without regarding others' feelings if she feels justified enough. She also views the typical male sex negatively, finding them to be nothing more than "pigs" looking only at the sex appeal of females, a notion in which may have manifested thanks to her father's lecherous actions and cheating on her mother. She also can be said to have temper issues, occasionally striking out those who annoy her with her Maka Chop and is not above striking her teachers such as Sid Barrett. She is also not above breaking the rules, such as taking advantage of her father's status to check out a book beyond her rank though did so to try to help Crona, but ended up checking out the Book of Eibon's Manuscript and knew it was not only a bad idea but felt guilty about it so ended up leaving "M" as her signature. Having taken immediate interests in the revelation of possessing a Grigori Soul, Maka was described by Soul as "obsessed" with the "angel stuff" until she found her new-found mindset hindering her ability to fight a fellow possessor of the Grigori, Gopher.
One of the her main insecurities seen early on was her fear of her partner, Soul, being the one who "carried" her throughout her battles. So much so she strove at one point to get stronger to the point of ignoring her partner's personal views on the situation and blamed herself for Soul falling to Crona and Ragnarok during their first fight. She also struggled with accepting her partner's celebrity status as a Death Scythe, feeling that he became one because of his own efforts with her contribution being useless. She became jealous of not only Liz sharing the same interest in music and understanding it better with Soul, but also Patty's ability to be an even better fighter than her. This caused her to break down so much, she was almost willing to let Giriko sexually assault her and was initially unwilling to help Soul fight the adversary until she came to her senses. Despite being close to her father as a child, much of their relationship became strained when he cheated on her mother and made her secretly fear rejection from people she cared about, most notably her Demon Weapon partner, Soul.
According to Soul, her hobbies includes reading books and doing puzzles. and in the anime, is secretly fond of the "Pon Pon Dance", a fact in which she is embarrassed about. Her favorite book is The Dark Side of the Moon by the fictional author of Lorda Donsany. She also stated she always wished to go inside a book, having been able to do so when she traveled into the Book of Eibon. In addition, Maka doesn't like raw fish.
Maka is a teenaged, young woman with light taupe hair which she keeps in pigtails, although there are certain times she may stylize them into buns or wear them straight down. Maka's primary outfit is a typical schoolgirl outfit consisting of a white blouse with a yellow sweater vest, a green striped tie, a red plaid skirt, and black boots with white buckles. When using Soul, she usually wears white gloves. Maka also wears a trench coat with a cloak-like end (which alters its shape in various parts of both the manga and anime). In her initial appearance in the first chapter, her trench coat was so long that, when buttoned up, it seemed that she was not wearing a skirt.
When not in class, such as when at her apartment, Maka dresses less formally. When in the apartment, she frequently wears a hoodie sweater and pants, a shirt with slacks, jeans, or a skirt, or plaid pyjamas and slippers. When studying in her apartment for the Ultimate Written Exam, Maka wears her hair in odango and wears an outfit similar to a changshan. When she began playing basketball, she wore a pair of sweatpants and a hoodie sweater; she also inherited a baseball cap from Patty Thompson, which she gave to Maka to wear as captain of their basketball team with Black☆Star for the bet that they lost. When recovering in the hospital after being paralyzed by Arachne's spider web, Maka wore striped pajamas—and had a small moustache and Black☆Star's signature drawn onto her face with permanent marker by the ninja. After dressing for school while preparing breakfast for Soul, she wears slippers decorated with angry eyes, needle noses, and kanji for "Smash" and "Kill." When speaking with Liz and Patty after the defeat of Arachnophobia, Maka wore an outfit similar to that of Liz and Patty: a checkered skirt and a dress shirt. Like Patty, Maka's outfit included a D-City sweater vest (looking similar to Meme Tatane's sweater) but with her dress shirt unbuttoned and lacking a tie.
Maka's soul, when viewed by Stein, has an orange-like colour and has her signature pigtails. Some comments from Ragnarok and Maka herself suggest that Maka's soul is quite small, especially when compared to those of others, such as Black☆Star's (although, like others, her soul grows in size considerably after she grows more powerful). When resonating with Soul, these "ponytails" turn into wings, revealing her soul to be a Grigori Soul, and her Soul Wavelength takes on the form of feathers.
When Maka joins Spartoi, her outfit changes, though it still shows similarities to her previous attire. Maka's Spartoi uniform is very similar to that of a Japanese schoolgirl's sailor uniform with the colouring of the classic Spartoi uniform: a white blouse attached with a blue sailor-style collar with a red necktie that has a pink coiled tip and a short, blue, pleated skirt. Alongside this uniform, Maka wears black tights and the classic white Spartoi shoes, but stops wearing tights a few chapters later. Like her previous outfit, Maka wears a long trench coat, though it is white instead of black and has the Spartoi logo on the left shoulder as well as the fact that the cloak end splits in two. Her pigtails are fashioned using skull hairbands similar to Shinigami's mask. She also still wears white gloves.
In the Lust Chapter in the Book of Eibon, Maka is transformed into a boy, having switched genders like the other members of Spartoi. Out of all the characters, apart from Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder, she changes the least in appearance. She has shorter hair and wears a suit, complete with the usual gloves.
Maka herself is a considerably dangerous fighter to those who wield Magic and supernatural creatures due to her Anti-Demon Wavelength. Because of this and her exceeding Soul Perception, she is claimed to be the "most dangerous element" by Medusa after the elimination of Joe Buttataki. This fact is also supported by her elder sister, Arachne, who also noted her as a threat due to her Wavelength and Perception too.
Both of these attributes have not only targeted her for lone assassination, but also have value to individuals such as Noah (Greed), who conspired to kill her and use her soul perception abilities to find Asura.
|Student (Level 1)||E.A.T Class|||
- "People need fear to survive. We experience it so we can grow stronger!"
- The relationship between Soul and Maka has been read by fans as having romantic tones. This interpretation owes to actions taken by the duo that are often associated with romantic attraction in fiction: dancing or appearing to be dancing, hand holding and bringing their heads towards each other and blushing when either party or another brings up their closeness. Additional content from sources other than the manga refers to a potential romance between Maka and Soul, as in audio dramas that feature Kim Diehl and Spirit Albarn separately concocting magic that leads Soul to wonder whether he is attracted to Maka and causing Maka, under the effects of a love potion, to desire Soul. Despite this interpretation and their closeness, neither the anime or manga actually depict both Soul and Maka as an official couple or having confirmed romantic feelings. According to Atsushi Ōkubo in an interview, he stated himself (at the time frame the interview took place)of not planning to develop the main cast's female/male relations beyond normal, trusting relationships.
- Maka's theme song is 'Psychedelic Souljam.' She also has a character song with Soul: 'Mauve Iro no Sympathy.'
- In the Official popularity poll taken by the manga's readers, Maka ranked 3rd, but in the Second Official popularity poll taken by the manga's readers, Maka ranked 2nd.
- The title of Maka's favourite book, The Dark Side of the Moon (月の裏, Tsuki no Ura) by the fictional author Lorda Donsany (ローダ・ドンセイニ, Roda Donseini) is a possible allusion to the 1973 musical album of the same name by the band Pink Floyd. This allusion is not only another one of Atsushi Ohkubo's numerous musical allusions in Soul Eater but also another allusion to Pink Floyd.
- In Volume 18 of the Soul Eater manga (which contained the Spartoi's adventures through the Book of Eibon), Atsushi Ōkubo created a horse-racing style table of the Soul Eater characters who have had their genders switched, and made a race as to who is the most lustful out of them all in a 'Lust Race.' Maka was given a racehorse name like the other characters, which was Maka Impact, named possibly after the famous Japanese racehorse Deep Impact. Her popularity level was 56, but the odds of her being the most lustful was quite low.
- Maka's name happens to be an anagram for "kama", in which means "scythe".
|One-Star||Hero • Tom • Soul's admirer • Soul's proposer • CronaAnime|
|Two-Star||Black☆Star • Death the Kid • Kilik Rung • Maka Albarn • Ox Ford • Kim Diehl|
|Three-Star||Alexandre • Franken Stein • Sid Barett • Enrique • Zubaidah|
|One-Star||Tom's partner • RagnarokAnime|
|Two-Star||Elizabeth Thompson • Harvar D. Éclair • Patricia Thompson • Fire • Thunder • Soul "Eater" Evans • Tsubaki Nakatsukasa • Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupré|
|Three-Star||Mira Naigus • Spirit Albarn • Azusa Yumi • Tezca Tlipoca • Marie Mjolnir|
|Deceased (Three-Star)||Death • Feodor|
|Graduated||Joe Buttataki • Auntie|
|Deceased (Three-Star)||Tsar Pushka|
|Defection (Three-Star)||Justin Law|
|Human||Akane☆Hoshi • Black☆Star • Hero • Kilik Rung • Maka Albarn • Ox Ford • Soul's admirer • Soul's proposer • Tom • Ao Hoshino • Anastasia Yngling • Hao • Meme Tatane • Alexandre • Feodor • Franken Stein • Joe Buttataki • Zubaidah • Maka's mother • Ahab's Meister • Heming • Arthur|
|Demon Weapon||Elizabeth Thompson • Patricia Thompson|
|Shinigami||Death • Asura • Death the Kid|