The perfect anime for the Halloween season!

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When thinking about the list of perfect anime for Halloween, one pick that most people might accidentally overlook is Soul Eater. Although many don’t consider Soul Eater to be a horror anime, the universe and aesthetic of the series make it a perfect series for those looking to get into a spooky mood. Despite its age, the series has held up incredibly well, and a lot of that is due to its unique universe and art style.

Soul Eater, originally created by Atsushi Okubo, began serializing in 2004. The anime adaptation produced by Studio Bones debuted soon after, in 2008. While many 2000s anime are no strangers to interesting art styles, Atsushi Okubo’s seems to have stood the test of time, as it currently exists in a slightly different form in his Fire Force artwork. Soul Eater’s appeal lies in its use of this art style in combination with what some might call a “Halloween” aesthetic.

The “scary” side of shonen action!

Soul Eater follows a group of students from the fictional Death Academy who train to protect the world from evil. Although it looks like a typical shonen anime set-up, the presentation and execution of these ideas is what makes this anime popular with fans. The world itself is weird, and the anime adaptation takes that into account. The school is decorated with candles and giant skulls, the sun and the moon both have big smiling faces, always looking up at the world from above, and many of the characters, heroes and villains, are based on classic creatures from horror and fantasy.

Despite the horror-based designs, Soul Eater presents itself as an elegant and cool game. The soundtrack is a mix of hip-hop, punk and the occasional jazz arrangement. This weird mix of genre and visual style works really well for Soul Eater and while it’s not a conventional horror anime, the visual design combined with darker themes and ideas make this anime a great starting point for people interested in the horror genre.

A horrible but charming world?

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Soul Eater in its entirety feels like it’s Halloween themed and is heavily dedicated to that idea.. The very cohesive designs of the decor and characters are perfect for fans of this party, or even those who are obsessed with the aesthetics that go with it. Even those who have seen the series once should consider re-watching it this Halloween season, if only for the charming visuals and upbeat music. But beyond that, there’s compelling world-building and enjoyable characters, both of which play in that pseudo-horror style.

Although the Soul Eater anime is over ten years old, it still has a lot to offer old and new fans alike. Although the anime can be watched anytime, October might be the best time to watch it on repeat. This is a fantastic series for horror fans and anime lovers in general that is oozing with style and passion and is sure to make your Halloween a happy one.