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Death Weapon Meister Academy, a.k.a DWMA or "Shibusen" could call it a school for heroes — an academy funded by taxes from around the world, dedicated to training meisters and their weapons in order to maintain world order. I guess you can say the people working for the DWMA are international government workers!

—Pamphlet , Soul Eater Not! Chapter 1 (Yen Press Translation)

Death Weapon Meister Academy (死神武器職人専門学校, Shinigami Buki Shokunin Senmon Gakkō) is a school founded by Death to train meisters and demon weapons, maintain world order, and prevent the uprising of another Kishin.[10][11]



Over eight hundred years ago, former Eight Reaper Legions member Asura defected and became a Kishin, Death intervened and fought against the newly-made being. Eventually winning the battle, he skinned him alive and used the pulled skin to create a sack capable of holding both Asura's soul and Madness within him and then bound his soul to the land to suppress and seal him away from the world. Finding himself immobile beyond the bounds of his own soul, Death then created Death Weapon Meister Academy on April 2. A building was built around the sealing area and the land around his soul eventually became Death City.[12][13]

Strife with Witches[]

Over the course of centuries, both Death Weapon Meister Academy and the Witch Order fought one another. Many of their attacks involved creating new Spells capable of hurting Meister and Weapons within the academy, with the school coming up with another technique to counter it and vice versa. Eventually, Soul Perception was developed to detect Witches and in turn, the Witches created Soul Protect and have since used it to their advantage in attacking the DWMA.[12]

World War I[]

Death Weapon Meister Academy became involved in World War I at some point. In the aftermath of the war, it was mandated that a Prime Minister of Japan was to be a DWMA graduate as a requirement.[14]

Star Clan Purge[]

Thirteen years ago prior, the assassin clan known as the Star Clan was destroyed by the DWMA due to its avarice and exorbitant violence in it's activities. However, the DWMA and one of its members, 12-year-old Sid Barrett, allowed one survivor, who was then taken to the Death Weapon Meister Academy under their care: the infant Black☆Star.[15]

Recent Surveillance[]

In DWMA's recent prior activities, the academy's central intelligence branch monitored a potential young witch slip into the student body though opted to allow the witch to reveal her intentions without intervention.[16] Around this timeframe, the DWMA experiences around fifteen incident involving Traitors.[17]



Death Weapon Meister Academy serves a multitude of purposes; it exists to teach individuals from when they're young, as well as supervise them, to ensure the prevention of another Kishin rising[18] and maintain world order.[19] In addition, it is to teach Demon Weapons to control their power in an effort to prevent their power from accidentally hurting others as well as for them to properly integrate into society.[20]


Death Weapon Meister Academy is ran by the headmaster, though is supported by trusted instructors and faculty members within the school.


In the Academy, there are two general advancement curriculum. These curriculum decide the purpose of both the student body and teachers present in the school:

  • Normally Overcome Target Class: The curriculum for non-combatants teachers and students. Ninety percent of the students in the DWMA make up and follow this curriculum.[21]
  • Especially Advantaged Talent Class: The curriculum that involves the students and teachers to use their power to fight against evil. The last 10% of the student body make up and follow this curriculum.[22]

Rules & Punishments[]

An academy agreement.

Per being a school, there's various rules unique to the academy:

  • If two students are dueling on school grounds, at least one of the faculty members must be present to witness.[23]
  • Taking souls not on Shinigami's List is forbidden.[23]
  • Over-hunting souls is forbidden.[23]
  • An execution order from the headmaster is needed to actively hunt a witch.[17]

Both the headmaster and experienced teachers of the academy are capable of expelling students .[24] Acts that result in expulsion include:

  • Failure of all class subjects.[25]
  • Poor performance in soul collecting and remedial lessons.[26]


Many members can attain military and/or ordinary, organizational rank such as captain, general, chief, etc. It can be assumed these rankings are attained based on experience and capability[27] while the N.O.T Class follow ordinary, school-leveling. With students being from Freshmen to Senior and staff members and instructors being up in the hierarchy of the school.[28] Instructors can even access Level 3 books within the DWMA library.[29]

By far the most powerful ranking of the DWMA comes from all it's E.A.T-Level operatives and the entire E.A.T Class. This is done via a star ranking system presented with a ID Card of a member of the E.A.T Class.[30]

Star Ranking/Titles Privileges
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  • Access library materials at Level 1[31]
  • Perform 1 Star Ranked Missions
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  • Access materials at both Level 1[31]
  • Perform 2 Star Ranked Missions
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  • Access materials at Level 1 & 2 (student)[31]
  • Access materials up to Level 3 (instructors) [31]
  • Access materials up to Level 4 (Death's Weapons and few Elite Meisters)[31]
Death's Family Three-Star Privileges

Threat Levels[]

Death Weapon Meister Academy's threat level is arranged in letters starting from "D","C","B","A", and finally "S", the highest and most severe ranking. The only known "S"-level threat was Crona's making of the black globes with black blood due to it's madness-inducing effects.[32][33]

Student Life[]


An age requirement is in place for joining the DWMA,[34] and although it is unknown, it seems that the those even in middle school in grade are eligible to join the DWMA.[35] Individuals even as young as twelve years old may join the academy.

Upon joining the DWMA, the student starts in the Normally Overcome Target Class and attempt to find a Meister/Demon Weapon partner. Various social events are held such as a "Feeling Partner" game to further assist them in finding a partner.[19]

Housing and Living Expenses[]

While not in lessons, students live either in rented apartments or school dormitories (first year students are required to stay in dormitories as part of their joining the school). Each student receives a "weekly allowance" of $200. However, if for some reason, they spend all of it, they will not be able to get any more money until the next week.[36] Because of the large amount of students that end up penniless, many shops in Death City cater for students wanting to work part-time to earn money.[36]


Death City has various part-time job shifts available for students, especially those who have spent all their weekly allowances from the DWMA. Jobs offered to the DWMA students are paid by the day due to the high job demand of penniless students seeking employment. Students seeking part-time work must submit an employment form to the DWMA.[37]

Jobs include waitress at Deathbucks Café, delivery at Death Shipping, cleaning the city's community pool, and working at other positions at Death Records, Restaurant Munehisa, and drugstores.[38]


The DWMA is a academy in which has no set uniform. However, there are a variety of preset uniforms one can choose from, and one can match any top with any bottom. While a student within the academy can select the uniforms and switch around match to their liking, they're also allowed to wear their own clothes.[39]

Students have additional uniforms specific to certain tasks, whether related to schooling, such as for physical education classes, dojo training, and extracurricular work at the Reception, or related to military missions, such as the Spartoi uniforms. Students working in Reception wear dark knee-length pants, light-colored high-length socks and light-colored shoes, checkerboard vests with ties held by skull brooches, and pill hats. These Reception vests also include skull-shaped belts on the back to provide a slimmer figure and curves to female employees. Dojo uniforms include a gii with dark pants, shoes if desired, and headbands if desired with skull logos. Physical education uniforms are similar for both male and female students. Students wear sleeveless shirts and gym shorts, with a zipped-up warm-up jacket featuring a skull logo on the breast and on the jacket's back. Spartoi uniforms vary across all members but are united in by color scheme and the Spartoi logo on some uniforms.[40]

Stage Names[]

In addition, the DWMA is a rather special school in that students may actually change their names upon entering into a stage name. Once a student has changed their name, they are stuck with the same name for a minimum of two years. Some examples include Eternal Feather and Soul Eater.[41]

List of members[]

Name(s) Occupation Branch(es) Status
Death the Kid Headmaster None Active
Death Headmaster None Deceased
Franken Stein Instructor E.A.T Class Active
Akane☆Hoshi DWMA-CIA agent E.A.T Class & DWMA-CIA Active
Clay Sizemore DWMA-CIA agent E.A.T Class & DWMA-CIA Active
Spirit Albarn Death Scythe E.A.T Class Active
Dr. Medusa Nurse None Fired
Librarian Librarian None Active
Blair Transceiver None Active
Gen Engineer None Active
Joe Buttataki Internal Investigator None Deceased
Feodor Death Scythe's Partner DWMA's Eastern European Branch Deceased
Alexandre Death Scythe's Partner DWMA Africa Branch Active
Enrique Death Scythe's Partner DWMA South America Branch Active
Zubaidah Death Scythe's Partner DWMA West Asia Branch Active
Marie Mjolnir Instructor & Death Scythe E.A.T Class Active
Sofia Owl Tour Guide & Stewardess None Active
Auntie Receptionist & Soldier Airborne Division Deceased
Mira Naigus Instructor, various others DWMA-CIA, various others Active
Sid Barrett Assassin, various others DWMA-CIA Active
Azusa Yumi Death Scythe, various others DWMA East Asia Branch, various others Active
Justin Law Death Scythe, various others DWMA Western Europe Branch Defected
Dengu Dinga Death Scythe, various others DWMA Africa Branch Active
Jinn Galland Death Scythe, various others DWMA West Asia Branch Active
Tsar Pushka Death Scythe, various others DWMA's Eastern European Branch Deceased
Tezca Tlipoca Death Scythe, various others DWMA South America Branch Active

Student Body[]

Name(s) Curriculum Status
Maka Albarn E.A.T Class Active
Soul "Eater" Evans E.A.T Class Active
Black☆Star E.A.T Class Active
Tsubaki Nakatsukasa E.A.T Class Active
Akane☆Hoshi E.A.T Class Active
Clay Sizemore E.A.T Class Active
Patty Thompson E.A.T Class Active
Liz Thompson E.A.T Class Active
Kim Diehl E.A.T Class Active
Jacqueline O'Lantern Dupre E.A.T Class Active
Ox Ford E.A.T Class Active
Harvar D. Éclair E.A.T Class Active
Kilik Rung E.A.T Class Active
Fire E.A.T Class Active
Thunder E.A.T Class Active
Crona E.A.T Class Defected
Ragnarok E.A.T Class Defected
Hero E.A.T Class Active
Tom E.A.T Class Active
Dante Rockbell E.A.T Class Active
Selim Pride E.A.T Class Active
Watson E.A.T Class Active
Tsugumi Harudori N.O.T Class Active
Meme Tatane N.O.T Class Deceased
Anya Hepburn N.O.T Class Active
Ao Hoshino N.O.T Class Active
Hao N.O.T Class Active
Raid N.O.T Class Active
Eternal Feather N.O.T Class Active
Aaron N.O.T Class Active
Kana Altair N.O.T Class Active


  • According to DWMA student Akane☆Hoshi, it is because of Death Weapon Meister Academy's profound power and absolute trust that the DWMA is very prosperous. Most of it's funding is received around the world in most countries.[42] Specifically, this money comes from taxes the countries give to the academy.[43]
  • Death Weapon Meister Academy is considered a Japanese-based organization.[44]


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  21. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 4 — Sid: 90% of the student body is placed in the "NOT" (Normally Overcome Target) Class, which is for non-combatants
  22. (Yen Press)Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 6 — Sid:The other 10% is the "EAT" (Especially Advanced Talent) Class for agents who use their powers to battle evil.
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  33. Soul Eater Volume 20 - Volume 20's afterword explains that the threat level ranking is based on Japan's ranking of earthquakes.
  34. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 42
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  39. (Yen Press) Soul Eater Not! Manga: Chapter 4 — Maka:There's a real variety of uniforms here, isn't there? You're free to mix and match top & bottoms...or you can just wear your own clothes.
  40. Soul Eater Not! Chapter 19, Soul Eater Chapter 45, Soul Eater Chapter 62
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  43. Soul Eater Volume 1; Chapter 1, page 22 - Booklet:An academy, funded by taxes around the world....
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