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Soul Eater (manga)

Soul Eater (Japanese: ソウルイーター, Hepburn: Sōru Ītā) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. Set at the "Death Weapon Meister Academy", the series revolves around three teams, each consisting of a weapon meister and (at least one) weapon that can transform into a humanoid. Trying to make the latter a "death scythe" and thus fit for use by the academy's headmaster Shinigami, the personification of death, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch, in that order; otherwise, they will have to start all over again.

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Just as a kind of expansion on my last contribution, there are a few ironic jokes revolving around Sid the Zombie. First of all, we all know that Sid has a giant gaping hole in his forehead, a side effect of his accidental death. Well, the headband that he wears has a Japanese symbol on it. As an ironic joke, the Japanese symbol, when translated over to English, means "hole". Also, Sid continually makes a point to say, "Ding, dong, DEAD, dong! Class is over! Time to die...." In Japan, it is highly commonplace for a school to have class bells that chime in a "ding-dong-dang-dong" fashion. Therefore, Sid's quip about class being over is a pun on the common ringing of school bells in Japan.

Contributed by Jake Wilson

Symmetry, the most important thing for Kid.

Contributed by Karra Aguilar

If you are even remotely interested in Atsushi Okubo's Soul Eater, you are probably familiar with the phrase, "42-42-564, whenever you want to knock on Death's door." Most readers/watchers of Soul Eater just pass this catchy tagline off as something from Okubo's invention, something meaningless. But, it does indeed have a meaning. If you were to say "42-42-564" aloud in Japanese, it would come out as "shini-shini-koroshi", which, when translated, means "death-death-murder". So, the memorable tagline from the series does indeed have a deeper meaning than just a jumble of rhyming numbers. Albeit a darker, morbid meaning, but nevertheless, a meaning hidden to most readers/watchers.

Contributed by Jake Wilson

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