Annotated Anime: Soul Eater NOT episodes 5-6


Let's just get it on ladies!

Soul Eater NOT reminds me that, despite the easy going style and having to do things at its own pace, it's still Soul Eater's spinoff. Episodes five and six drop a lot of little notes (and some big ones) about how the world is still cruel, and that the Shibusen still trains some of its students to fight.

Still, Soul Eater NOT retains a lightness to it that just comes from not having your protagonists get all hard on enemies they cannot overcome by physical violence. Instead, we watch the story of some high school kids who might flirt with danger here and there, but the ordinary life drives this story. And it sure is really ordinary.


In episode 5, we learned about how Witches work in the Soul Eater NOT setting. Similar to Tsugumi and her struggle being a weapon, upperclassman Kim is a witch in hiding at the DWMA. The protagonist trio also tried to play match-maker of sorts, by getting Kim and Jacqueline together as meister and weapon. Jacqueline is an exemplary weapon who can turn into a toaster? At any rate, this somewhat domestic pairing is charming in that part of Kim's underlying reason to behave like a schoolyard bully is revealed. The yuri factor also goes up a notch given the way Jacqueline pines after Kim.


In a similar way, episode 6 explains the back story of the Thompson sisters. The two pistols of Death the Kid get a nice, if kind of stereotypical story here, as the girls are the rudest servers at the local Deathbucks. Patty would constantly bully Tsugumi and the two even provokes Anya to a fight, only to win handedly. It turns out that the two sisters were abandoned when they were young, and had to fight for survival on the streets. Their tough and aggressive personalities are a reason, but Tsugumi sees past their acts and befriends them despite her fears, through her persistence and action.

The only real thread going on that keeps Soul Eater NOT compelling, if at all, is the way how Anya, Meme and Tsugumi will continue to relate to each other. It's pretty clear that the ongoing thread about Traitor and the now-revealed witch will lead into the climatic finale for the season and that will drive our protagonists into making decisions about the things they want to do and accomplish personally at the DWMA. But is that really so interesting? I would just go enjoy more Soul Eater if I wanted that.

A witch

On the flip side, the way Soul Eater NOT is slowing rolling out its supporting cast and dropping a trail of crumbs for the eventual Traitors plot line does a good job setting my expectations. I'm just hoping that by sticking with it, the story does not disappoint, for better or worse. It's okay to be predictable, even if I am set up for a good surprise; more importantly than either factor is that the anime executes on the Soul Eater NOT concept in a compelling way, and so far it's barely doing it week to week.


[FUNi is streaming Soul Eater NOT]

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