This series originally aired on TV Tokyo in Japan from April 2008 to March 2009.
The Grim Reaper goes by the title Lord Death in this universe and runs a school called Death Weapon Meister Academy—DWMA for short—located in the fictional Death City in Nevada, United States. The students at this academy (and other characters in this word) are capable of using supernatural powers by channeling the wavelengths of their souls. There are two groups, humans who have the ability to turn into demon weapons and humans who can wield these weapons, called meisters.
The school is a training ground for the weapons and meisters to grow and strengthen their skills. It is also an organization to defend and protect the world from evil. This includes monsters, witches, and demon gods.
The show starts with focusing on Maka Albarn and her scythe partner Soul Eater Evans. Maka is a young and serious student whose parents were also meister and demon weapon partners. Her father, Spirit, was turned into a death scythe by Maka's mother for cheating on her. This leads to a very tense relationship between Maka and Spirit. Maka's goal is to turn Soul into a death scythe that is far greater than her father. However, Soul is much more laid back and easy going about life and school.
As the show progresses, you meet the other main protagonists in the story line. There are several other students at the school that have very intriguing pasts. Black Star and his demon weapon, Tsubaki Nakatsukasa, Death the Kid (Lord Death's son) and his twin pistols, The Thompson Twins (Liz and Patty) come from different and amazing backgrounds.
Soul Eater tells the stories of this universe through the adventures of the students at the Death Weapon Meister Academy. This is not a quiet show and the sound track is peppy and spirited. A very well paced plot line with fascinating characters, this show is definitely a treat for the Halloween season.
Soul Eater is streaming online for free at Funimation.com in both English dub and subtitled Japanese flavors.