There we go! This blog concludes my list of the animes that are popular with a similar theme and with many fans! I should point out that while I did list Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood does deserve a special mention in this list. They are good, but the stories are very different. Some of the characters are even different!
If I had to suggest one, why not start with Soul Eater Not!? You can still ride the wave of good feels from Soul Eater. If you want a bit more adrenaline pumping in your veins and the same concept, then go for Bleach!
1. Soul Eater Not!
Soul Eater is jam packed full of action, sci-fi, adventure, and comedy. It’s perfect if you’re wanting a slightly mild version of bleach with enough action and drama to keep you hooked, or if you’re just looking for a great show all around that touches on almost all major genres! With that in mind, here are six more!
You should know that this would obviously be my first choice. Soul Eater Not! is a side story to Soul Eater. While it isn’t an official sequel, it still has enough merit to stand on its own. Soul Eater Not! is a bit more heavy on the comedy while keeping the action and supernatural aspects, and introducing a bit more of a Slice of Life genre to the Soul Eater franchise.
Soul Eater Not! follows Tsugumi Harudori, who one day sees that her leg is transforming into a weapon. She is then promptly pulled from school in the real world and sent to the Death Weapon Meister Academy, where she is to learn how to be a proper weapon and exist in everyday life. She enters the Normally Overcome Target (NOT) class and meets two girls whom she befriends.
They both have the potential to be her meister towards the end. However, things start happening in the school, so while they learn to harness their abilities, they start dealing with the incidents one by one. Not to be forgotten, the main characters from Soul Eater, such as Masa, Black Star, Soul Eater, etc. also make appearances in the show as well!
I actually started this show while in the middle of season three of Bleach. Someone told me that it was a great condensed version of Bleach that was supposed to bring closure and a swift, good ending. This show has 51 episodes which I feel was just about right. It wasn’t too long and drawn out but it wasn’t too short either.
My favorite character has to be Black Star. He was great even if he was there for comedic relief most of the time. Death the Kid was also funny with his OCD and the need for things to be symmetric. The music for this show is great too! My favorite part however, is the fact that the weapon partners, Soul eater, Tsubaki, Liz and Patty, can actually turn into weapons. Yet, they have their own different and unique personalities. I think this is a great spin on weapon toting heroes and heroines. Because countless anime out there will pretend like the main weapon has a soul or personality, but the viewer never really sees it!
Liked Soul Eater? Want more? Well good news!!! You can have your cake and eat it too! Next on this list is Bleach! As I stated in my intro, Soul Eater is a shorter version of bleach. So if you saw Soul Eater and even remotely enjoyed it, you’ll definitely like bleach! Bleach is rich in action, adventure and the supernatural, just like Soul Eater.
Bleach follows Ichigo Kurosaki, and ever since he was a child, Ichigo could always see ghosts and spirits. One night, while out and about, a spirit attacks him. While another death god named Rukia is supposed to save him, she can’t due to her injuries and transfers her powers to Ichigo.
Now as a death god, he helps take over for Rukia by defeating the evil spirits, or hollows as they are called, which are terrorizing his town. He also finds out that a few of his classmates have powers too! Befriending them, he sets out on a mission to find out more about these hollows and the death god lifestyle.
3. Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann (Gurren Lagann)
If you haven’t seen this anime, you’ve been living under a rock. Stop everything that you are doing right now, and watch this show. I’m not joking. Gurren Lagann is probably one of the most enjoyable series that I’ve ever watched. I picked this one because of the action and adventure that’s in the show. Soul Eater and Gurren Lagann have similar art styles as well.
In the future, the Earth is ruled by Lordgenome, and he forces all humans to live in subterranean villages. Under no circumstances are humans to ever reach the surface. So they dig down into the Earth’s crust. Well, one day, a boy named Simon finds a drill and then a small gunmen robot. Encouraged by Kamina, the man Simon looks up to, they try to break through the ceiling and out into the world… only to have a giant robot gunman come crashing through the ceiling. After defeating it, they team up with Yoko to find out just what has happened to the world while humans have been underground.