Soul Eater: The Meister Collection

| August 6, 2011

Studio Bones have created another anime masterpiece with their adaptation of Atsushi Okubo’s Soul Eater. Known for Fullmetal Alchemist, Wolf’s Rain and Cowboy Bebop: Knockin on Heaven’s Door, Studio Bones has been synonymous with great original anime and adaptations since they started in 2001. Soul Eater is no exception and Funimation has done a wonderful job in localizing and presenting the show for American audiences. Maka and Soul are students at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, where the Grim Reaper trains them and other students to stop the forces of evil. Along the way they fight hordes of zombies, werewolves and witches in order maintain balance to the world. The first Blu-Ray set, Soul Eater: The Meister Collection, contains the first 26 episodes of the series.
The video quality alone on Soul Eater: The Meister Collection makes it worth owning. It’s presented in an AVC encoded 1080p transfer, along with an aspect ratio of 1.78:1 that just make Soul Eater shine. Soul Eater is an extremely visual show in terms of it’s wacky setting, great backgrounds and wonderful character designs. Okubo’s original designs, tone and overall world show off the direct influence of Tim Burton, which makes the series very aesthetically appealing. All of the fight sequences are well animated and extremely detailed in their execution. An HD transfer like this stimulates the visual senses and shows off the hard work that Okubo and Studio Bones have put into creating Soul Eater.
The audio in the collection is presented in two ways, the Dolby True HD English 5.1 track and the Dolby True HD Japanese 2.0 track. Both tracks do a wonderful job in presenting the comedy in the show. There were a few times that I laughed harder during the English track, due to the great casting and their delivery of the material. Since the English track also provides a wider mix, the 5.1 track helps out during the action sequences with the surrounds and low frequency extension. The Japanese 2.0 track’s only draw back is that it isn’t immersive as the English track, but still holds it’s own.
The show’s first three episodes are introductions to the three main groups of characters, the meister’s and their weapon counterparts. Okubo actually made these one shot’s in the back of his original manga B.Ichi, that impressed the fans and Shonen Gangan, the monthly manga, that he was given a year to develop and release Soul Eater. In these three episodes we learn of Maka’s trust issues with men, Black Star’s stubbornness and Death the Kid’s obsessive compulsive behavior. These problems give them depth and drama to feed the plot line. When they get to confront their fears and try to overcome their faults, it’s rewarding and exciting. This set wraps up the entire first season storyline and starts the beginning of the second, with a few new meisters and weapons that make big waves in the second season.
Soul Eater: The Meister Collection is a must own for all anime fans, no matter what you like. There’s enough here to chew on and plenty to drool over. The only main draw back is the set lacks in the special features department. There’s a few trailers and the Soul Eater late show that shows off some extra voice acting and goofy drawings from the staff. Regardless, it’s still a fantastic show that many are bound to fall in love with and it’s amazing on Blu-Ray. Highly Recommended!

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is a graduate from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio for Visual Media. He works as a freelance location sound mixer, boom operator, sound designer, and writer in his native Chicago. He's an avid collector of films, comics, and anime.
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