Time for some reviews of the new spring animes. With only one or two episodes in, it’s hard to really grade a series, but I’ve already found a few favorites.
First up, Soul Eater. Since deciding to give up on Bleach (though i’m still watching the dub on adult swim) I’ve needed a shounen-esque show to watch and this show seems like it’ll easily fill the bill. First off Studio Bones brings just loads of style to this show (or rather retains the style of the manga).
Another perk is the show length. It’s slated to run 50-52 episodes so no 30 episode filler arcs that seem so common right now (looking at Bleach, just to name one show).
The story goes like this: Set in the Shinigami technical school for weapon technicians, the series revolves around 3 groups of each a weapon technician and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a “Death Scythe” and thus fit for use by the Shinigami, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and 1 witch (from AniDB). So far we’ve met two of the three main sets of characters – Maka & Soul Eater, Black Star & Tsubaki, with next week episode introducing the last set Death the Kid & Patty and Liz.
So far I’ve thought the fight scenes were very well done and from what I’ve seen so far the characters will be great characters to watch. I’m already feeling for the characters. I felt bad for Maka when it appeared that Soul was going to switch sides and also because she has a loser of a father. I liked when Black Star could have collected the required 99 souls and the one witch soul but declined to do so because he didn’t kill the souls and the witch was a little girl.
Check the thumbnails below for full size shots from the first episode.
Rating: 10/12 A, it’s just too early in the show’s run to really rank this much higher.