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|“||I hear jazz, sort of familiar, cheap tunes playing fitfully from a phonograph...||”|
—Soul Eater Evans, Chapter 09
The Black Room (ブラックルーム Burakku Rumu in Japanese) is the room located within Soul Eater's mind which appears after he is infected by the Black Blood. This is also where Little Ogre resides, as he is always present there. The Black Room is only accessible through Soul's consciousness, allowing him to enter it even during the heat of battle. It is a source of Soul's Black Blood, and therefore his true power.
The Black Room is not an actual physical place in the physical world, as it is located in Soul's mind. It is therefore a spiritual place in which only people's minds can enter and not their bodies.
|“||What a shifty-looking room...||”|
—Soul Eater Evans, Chapter 39
A small dark room lit only by a single lamp, the Black Room has a red and black color scheme. The floor is a checkered red and black pattern and there are no walls, and ceilings, only thick crimson curtains. It has an armchair and a record player which plays cheesy jazz music that always skips.
When Soul returns to the Black Room during the battle for BREW on Lost Island, the room becomes bigger, and the amount of furniture increases. Most notable is the large black grand piano in the centre of the room, along with a multitude of black candle stands with candles bearing blue fire, eerily in the shape of Asura's eye markings.
People whose 'spiritual avatars' or their souls (see main article, Souls), are in the Black Room all wear black and red formal attire.
A single door leads out of the Black Room. From the outside, it has the Black Room's name plate on it along with a plate the shape of Little Ogre's head. The door is always left open for Soul to pass through, and the Little Ogre possesses the key to this room.
The Black Room and Little Ogre within it are created by Soul's insanity, resulting from the infection of Black Blood that entered his bloodstream when Crona sliced him with Ragnarok at Santa Maria Novella Basilica. The Black Room is where Soul gains power upon activating the Black Blood, which but which risks dragging Soul, even Maka, into madness.
Power Over the Black Room
Initially, the Little Ogre appears to be in control of the Black Room and its power of madness. However, it is revealed that Soul can exert control over the room as well: he can choose when to enter and leave, and changes to the room or to the Little Ogre are caused by Soul's desires and thoughts.
Part in the Story
After the fight with Crona, Soul has nightmares about the Black Room and the insanity, which causes him to be hesitant to grow stronger, which angers Maka. However, after the fight with Free, he gains more confidence in fighting the insanity, and soon begins to use the Black Room for its power without falling into the insanity. The first notable time is when he plays the piano in it to make a perfect Chain Resonance in the fight on Lost Island and at Baba Yaga's castle. He then uses it further on, and unlocks the Noise Cancelling ability in the Black Room. The Black Room is also known to be the scene of a close moment in between Soul and Maka. Whilst meeting together in the Black Room during their second fight against Crona, they dance together when deciding to use the insanity to fight Crona.
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- The Black Room's design is taken from the design of The Black Lodge from the cult American television series, Twin Peaks.
- The Black Room's colour scheme comes from the mixture of the two different blood types in Soul, normal blood and black blood.
- ↑ Soul Eater Manga: Volume 3, Chapter 9, Yen Press English eBook, Page 143. As Soul Eater describes "a pitch-black room," the phrase "Black Room" appears behind him.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 20. The room has the title "Black Room" on its door.