The Master is a tall, strongly-built and middle-aged (it is implied that he is in his thirties) man. He cuts a rather intimidating figure, with stern-looking eyes, short dark hair that is combed back into a spiky mohawk style and light stubble around his chin. He is dressed in the standard male uniform for the staff of his cafe: a white dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up to the elbows beneath a black waistcoat with three pens tucked into the left pocket, a black tie, black trousers held with a belt and black shoes. He later get his hair style by Liz who then makes fun of him.
|“||Thank you for all your hard work.||”|
—Master, Soul Eater Not! Chapter 3
He is a talented coffee blender and his coffee is well-known for its good taste, making his cafe very popular in Death City. However, the Master explains that many people come to his cafe to see the DWMA students that are often working in there, showing that he is quite modest. Being mature in his age, he is not affected by sights of cute girls, like with Tsugumi and Meme when they see Anya in her waitress uniform, although he admits that he would have been the same as them if he were twenty years younger.
Although people who just met him may be scared at his stoic appearance, serious face, and large build, the Master is well-liked due to his kindness and gentlemanly manners. His coffee is also highly popular to the citizens of Death City. Master seems to have moderate expectations of his employees, not expecting too much of them but for pragmatic reasons: he knows most of his customers are associated with the DWMA and already know that employees are students, so those customers will be patient with his student employees. Master informs some of his employees of this expectation so that they can be less self-conscious and will focus on their work.
Master is also adamant about defending his employees; even if his employees such as the Thompsons are rude to customers or threaten to injure them, a stare or a statement to these customers lets them know that he will hurt anyone who harms his customers.
- Tsugumi Harudori
- Tsugumi appreciates the work opportunity that the Master provided her, returning to part-time work at Deathbucks whether for supplemental income or to assist when Deathbucks is particularly crowded with customers and meal orders. Tsugumi also compliments Master for his work, including the coffee that he prepares. When the Master claims that most customers are affiliated with the DWMA and support the students who work there, Tsugumi disagrees, telling him that she thinks this explanation underestimates just how good is his coffee preparation.
- Although Tsugumi also works part-time along with Meme, Anya, Akane and Clay, the Master seems to have a notable soft spot for her. He calls her by the affectionate term "Tsugumi-chan," even before Anya and Meme start using that term. Master tends to watch out for Tsugumi's well-being, reminding her when she still has additional time off for a break and preparing meals for her as congratulations for her school achievements. Tsugumi is also one of the few people who makes the Master smile, shown when she nervously tells him that she thinks the real reason that people come to his cafe is not to see the DWMA students, but to drink the Master's coffee. She runs off before the Master can reply, but he smiles to himself at her words.
- Liz Thompson and Patty Thompson
- When Death the Kid and DWMA put the Thompsons on probation following their crimes in Brooklyn, the Master agrees to hire the siblings as waitresses. In almost all of their interactions, the stoic Master manages to show concern for the siblings' adaptation to life out of Brooklyn, although he demonstrates an awkward sense of humor around Liz.
- Despite how lazy the Thompsons behave and how abrasive the Thompsons are to his customers, including frequent ones such as Tsugumi and her meisters, Master is tolerant of their initial brutish demeanor. When Tsugumi says she admires the Thompsons' strength, coolness, and beauty, Master reassures the Thompsons that they are doing their best. The Master also tells the two that Death City is not like Brooklyn: as all that matters is a person's soul, the Thompsons do not have to feign either niceness or toughness. At this point, the Master seems to find himself similar to the Thompsons, claiming that much as they put on tough appearances, he is hardly all that friendly to others. Nevertheless, when he sees that the siblings are not working as well as he wants them to, he will order them to get to work, such as when Liz accidentally injures Tsugumi in the anime only or when the café is busy with customers.
- The Master can be lenient with the Thompsons, allowing Liz to restyle his hair and place her headdress on his head and for the two to borrow his moped, despite driving it recklessly while firing a pistol in the air.
- Akane☆Hoshi, Clay Sizemore, Anya Hepburn, Meme Tatane, and Ox Ford
- The four students work at the Master's cafe for a week, whilst Ox works part-time at a delivery service which delivers coffee beans to his cafe. The Master treats them all nicely and politely, complimenting his part-timers on how the cafe's uniform suits them and thanking them for their work afterwards.
- The students seem to appreciate Master's work. Anya and Meme frequently dine at Deathbucks, and Akane refers to his coffee as "fantastic." While Akane and Clay are respectful of Master, they are prone to make potential sleights against him, such as Clay's inability to notice whether his coffee tastes good and Akane teasing Clay about their uniforms.
- Despite being an adult, the Master is shown to be able to relate to the young students by saying that he was similar to them when he was their age. For example, when Meme and Tsugumi are overwhelmed at how cute the embarrassed Anya appears in her short Deathbucks outfit, the Master admits, "If I were twenty years younger, I'd be head over heels."
- Spirit Albarn
- The Master claims "a big shot at DWMA," revealed to be Spirit, proposed that he design Deathbucks waitresses' uniforms with short skirts. When revealing this fact to Anya, the Master avoids eye contact, suggesting he may be embarrassed by Spirit's request.
Part in the Story
The Master appears in the spinoff series, Soul Eater Not!. After Anya, Meme and Tsugumi run out of their money, they, upon Eternal Feather's recommendation, go to work part-time at Deathbucks Cafe. The Master greets them on their first day, and to the girls' surprise, Akane and Clay are there working there as well. The Master tells them to get changed into their uniforms. After remarking on how the uniforms suit Akane and Clay, he observes the girls, and sees Tsugumi and Meme get overwhelmed by Anya's cuteness in the uniform. As the two ask for a glass of water, the Master admits that he would have reacted in the same way if he was twenty years younger.
He then explains their job as waiters and waitresses in the cafe, and sends the students to work. The first customer the Master greets is none other than Medusa, who is still disguised as a nurse. After a while, when the customers lessen, he pours the students some tea and coffee and tells them to take a break. Whilst cleaning the glasses, he is approached by Tsugumi. Puzzled as break time has not ended, the Master listens to Tsugumi as she says that the real reason people come to his cafe is not to see the DWMA students, but to drink his coffee. She then runs off in embarrassment, but the Master smiles as he continues with his work. He is then met by Ox Ford, who had come to deliver coffee beans to his cafe by working in the Death Delivery Service. The Master thanks him.
After a week, the Master gives everyone their wages and thanks them for all their hard work.
The next time we see the Master, the Thompson Sisters are working in the Cafe, and driving away customers because of their rude attitude and their poor service. Tsugumi, Meme, and Anya ask about them, and he tells the girls the story of the Thompson sisters and why they have such a bad demeanor.
Liz and Patty continue to drive customers away from the cafe, but the Master continues to be expressionless towards it. After Death The Kid shows up to lecture them on their behavior, The sisters take a break and express how nobody understands them. The Master then tells them that they have to persist, and that nothing is impossible. That is when Tsugumi shows up, and tells Liz and Pattythat she is envious of their strength and that they are beautiful. Master then proceeds to tell Tsugumi that she doesn't have to be as courteous as she is in this city of delinquents, everybody is seeking "Soul", even saying that he himself isn't the courteous type.
The next time we see the Master, the cafe is over crowded, and a group of especially rowdy teenage boys are harassing Liz. The Master then glares over at them, expressing that if they touch any of his employees, they will pay dearly. This scares the group into leaving. The crowd intensifies, so Tsugumi, Anya, Meme, Jacqueline and Kim decide to help out. The Master tells them that the crowd is likely going to die down quickly, but they decide to help out anyway, but the crowd dies down before they can even get into their uniforms, just like the Master had warned.
Battle Festival Arc
Tsugumi and two meisters visit Deathbucks before Halloween to ask Master whether they may hang a poster for the Academy's upcoming Battle Festival. They are greeted by the Thompsons before Master arrives on his vehicle—a tiny moped, which given Master's large size Anya finds an adorable sight, to Master's embarrassment. As Patty then scares Tsugumi with her ghost costume, Master admonishes her and corrects her that the goal is trick or treat, not trick and treat, so she will not be allowed to steal any candy.
After Shaula seized Meme and killed Sid Barett, Anya was in transit out of Death City to protect her, per an agreement between her royal parents and the Academy. But Tsugumi refused to give up on her friends, intending to reunite with Anya so they may rescue Meme. Tsugumi goes to Deathbucks to gain the assistance of the Thompsons, who then request Master's moped. Master cautions Liz to be careful with his vehicle, then is crestfallen as he sees her peel away, firing her demon pistol into the air.
After the Thompsons assisted Tsugumi to recover Anya and fight Shaula's traitors, they became Kid's meisters full time. At some point, they left Master's employment at Deathbucks. Whether they remained in contact with Master after this probation work is not yet clear.
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 3
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 1, Chapter 1, Yen Press English eBook, Page 104
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 12. Master's thoughts towards rambunctious customers: "If you touch any of my employees, you'll pay for it. You'll pay dearly."
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 1, Chapter 3, Yen Press English eBook, Page 110
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 11
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 1, Chapter 3, Yen Press English eBook, Page 100
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 1, Chapter 3, Yen Press English eBook, Page 111
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Volume 1, Chapter 3, Yen Press English eBook, Page 109
- ↑ Soul Eater NOT! Manga: Chapter 3