Posted by psgels on 1 July 2008 with categories: Soul Eater


Well, I asked this at my Nijuu Mensou no Musume-entry already, but it doesn’t hurt to ask this again, in order to get some more reactions. Another thing that caught my attention at the reader-survey was the relatively large amount of people who’d like to see those quick synopsises that I had about a year ago back.

For example:

Short Synopsis: As it turns out, the “secret training” turns out to be getting Soul and Maka to argue with each other in order to get them closer together.
Highlights: Makes sense; character-development; finally an exciting fight in this series.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

(Yeah, I dropped the “bad”-part of this synopsis. If I recall correctly, the original reason why I dropped it was because this forced me to say something bad about each episode).

I must say, I’m impressed. I’m still not sure why, but this fight was the most exciting of the entire series. There was a pretty nice combination between humour and character-development. That werewolf was a pretty interesting enemy to fight against. On top of that, Maka’s blood turning black was an interesting new plot-twist, making me wonder which direction the creators plan to be heading to.

On a more serious note, Windspirit rather confirmed something that I’ve been noticing for a while now: Soul Eater isn’t the right series for me to blog. It’s not a bad series by far, but I’m always struggling to say something interesting about this series, so I just tend to fill space by nitpicking on useless details. There’s an interesting line-up standing for the upcoming Summer season, and I’m already planning to blog a lot of the new series. So yeah, don’t be surprised if I end up dropping this series from blogging next week, in favour of a new series. Even though this series ironically is my biggest source of readers at the moment. ^^;

7 Responses

  1. senerikfred says:

    During the fight, did you notice? Maka’s VA. Instead of the usual monotone, when she was yelling, it actually sounded battle-cry-ish. I did give a cheer for that. It’ll amuse me greatly if she turns out to be a good screamer, like Nice Holystone’s VA.

    And the thing about Soul Eater is that most of what it has right now is still potential that we have to wait and see if Bones can live up to. The manga isn’t badly paced at all, but the chapters simply aren’t long enough to make a full episode out of each without drawing out the material. They really need to start setting their own pace soon, especially if they intend to come up with their own ending.
    Just had to get my say in there if you’re thinking of dropping this soon. :P

  2. Denizen says:

    I love what Bones have done. Squeezing two chapters into one episode is an excellent idea, really improves the pacing, which was my main gripe.

    Now it’s a superb show.

  3. K.K. says:

    Meh, Random Curiosity is probably going to keep Soul Eater anyways, so why bother…

    I’m actually reading this site consistently for Kaiba thoughts XD Cept the eps take forever to come out T_T

  4. Pegah says:

    I like the overall enjoyment value ratings, but other then that, i don’t think you need to make yourself do any more unnecessary work :P

  5. Zerozaki says:

    There was a little more at stake this fight – character development was actually advanced during it.
    I’d been wondering for a while why you aren’t happy with the fights in Soul Eater, since they’re consistently some of the best anime has to offer, but I wonder if that’s what you mean – the fights may be technically impressive, but with a few exceptions, they’ve been largely action for the sake of action, without a lot to get you emotionally invested.

  6. Kurizu208 says:

    lol after the next episode things start picking up.

  7. hide says:

    Too bad…
    Soul Eater get really really good after.
    Until ep26, but that’s another story.

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:48 AM)
    Ashura was an excellent example of how to through anime illicit and emotional response in an honest, non-melodramatic way.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:46 AM)
    @Bam: I’d be more than happy to take a look at some of those shorts anytime.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:44 AM)
    @Emma: there’s a lot of European animators that got active in the last 10 years or so that are really reinvigorating their animation scene, and every now and then I get introduced to some fabulous shorts.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:40 AM)
    @Emma: no I don’t really mind gory ‘for the fuck of it’ violence, I even like it in some grindhouse type of works, but I just don’t think it’s always effective as a shock factor. Live-action is the most sympathetic for obvious reasons, but there are animated works that do elicit a deep response. Probably because of circumstances but also the details of the in-between animation, which can induce certain feelings of disgust.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:39 AM)
    *here and there
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:35 AM)
    @Bam: I really wish there was more arthouse anime now to give some kind of a balance to everything thats out these days.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:33 AM)
    Now I like my exploitation every so often, but yes Bam I really do wish that adult and mature storytelling could be better associated with truly, more pure mature themes.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:25 AM)
    I get choked up over Bergmans cries and whisper and Autumn sonata, I look back on a work by Key and Jun Maeda and wonder, think of how silly it looks to me now.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:24 AM)
    I also find it easier to get an emotional response from a honest drama, live action film, largely due to the real people doing the acting. Sometimes you get an actor whose just that good too…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, May 24. 2015 05:22 AM)
    I’ve gotten my odd emotional reaction here from anime and manga but a lot of the time it feels like the jump scare in a generic horror movie, I got shocked but I felt minipulated afterwards it wasn’t genuine, the same goes for some anime/manga drama when it takes a melodramatic turn instead of a bleak, honest one.

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