Soul Eater Not! is a spin off of the anime/manga Soul Eater. Featuring a new cast of characters going before and around the time the latter show takes place.
Now I have special place in my heart for Soul Eater since that was the first anime. So I do have some hope for this being good if they maintain the comedy styling of the previous show. So I have some sort of expectations for it.
The episode is simply just to introduce us to our main characters and set up some simple issues that they have to overcome. Very standard for a first episode, only real big thing is that we see the old characters from Soul Eater to give you sort of a “we are still here” thing. It was quite nostalgic remembering the characters of old. Very basic stuff, but there were certain things that stood out to me.
It feels completely different to the original Soul Eater. Having more of a SoL feel and featuring an all girl cast. DWMA has the look of a very high class school. Which helps create the tone of high school life which seems to be the the focus. The character designs for the new girls are alright, the old characters look completely different and for the worse. Losing a sense of uniqueness with how they looked in the original anime. For example, Black Star looks like he is way too muscular.
The girls themselves aren’t really that bad. Tsugumi, who is our main character is quite average and seems like the one that will probably show different sides of personality that just having one character trait. Like with Meme who’s is basically a klutz at this point. Anya on the other hand I have no idea how her character will play out. So let’s just see where it goes with her. We also have set up for certain characters being villains like those weird guys with the headknife.
However, what really surprised me is how different it feels compared to Soul Eater. It has a more high-school feeling to the show’s atmosphere. At least with the first episode, it seems like the focus is going to be more about the girls and their lives. They manage to keep the comedy of the previous show but are able to introduce a more relaxed feeling which is done decently.
The main girls are simple and are introduced quite normally with standard personalities. At least all of them are easy to be distinguished. They are all decent enough and none of them strike me as bad. Well it is only the first episode and the writing can make a turn for the worse and suddenly they are all horrible. While they do throw in some of the old characters, they really don’t overtake the original focus outside of Maka being the inspiration for our main heroine.
The best way to describe this first episode would be decent. Nothing really made it stand out as great, but nothing really was bad about it outside of artistic designs and the potentital for this to turn into just another generic moeblob show with one special thing about it. At this point it can go either way in terms of quality. Hopefully by the end of this series I will be chanting YES! YES! YES!