Soul Eater Zeta is a Soul Eater fanfic written by CertainDestiny that can be found here, here, or here. Soul Eater Zeta is a prequel to Soul Eater: Troubled Souls and one (albeit fanmade) to the Soul Eater series itself, set 23 years in the past.
The story begins on Monday, March 1st during a day of orientation for new students. Among them is a young girl named Kami Okubo, who begins to meet new people as soon as she finishes her first steps up the Academys infamous staircase. However, her first day isnt all sunshine and rainbows. Right in the middle of it, an incident revolving around The Bloody Shield happens, and it seems a group called The Zeta has started to become active.
Like with Soul Eater: Troubled Souls, Soul Eater: Saeculum is supposed to help explain and/or expand upon stuff that may be glossed over in the story itself.
This fanfic is divided into the following story arcs:
- Adjusting to School Life Arc (Chapters 1-5)
- Vlad the Impaler Arc (Chapters 6-ongoing)
This fanfic contains examples of the following tropes:
- Academy of Adventure / Extranormal Institute: Death Weapon Meister Academy, natch.
- All There in the Manual: Similar to how Soul Eater Not! was to Soul Eater, Soul Eater Zeta provides some extra information to help flesh out the setting in Soul Eater: Troubled Souls, such as how curriculum and career choices are handled.
- And, of course, the author has his DeviantArt account to provide character profiles and glossaries.
- Antagonist Title: Its too early to tell, but it appears The Zeta are the core antagonists in this story named Soul Eater Zeta.
- According to the author in Chapter 4, their logo is in the main image!
- Awesome Mc Coolname: Sabrina Cornelia Albert Vittadini.
- Badass Family: Legacy Families. These are families or clans that have permanently impacted DWMA in its very long tenure. The term is a catch-all for those with decorated and respected backgrounds, but five Legacy Families in particular are identified as the top dogs:
- The Olmett Family. Not only have they been around since the original generation of Academy students, but they are responsible for setting combat standards.
- The Vladingham Family. Known for winning the organization many critical battles in the struggle against the Witches.
- The Nakatsukasa Clan. They discovered Soul Resonance, the most fundamental part of Meisters and Weapons. Also, according to Isaiah, they set the standards for the roles of Demon Weapons.
- The Moncharmins. This family has used their wealth and affluence to help expand and develop the DWMA.
- House Shuzen. The first individuals to create Death Scythes.
- Bring My Brown Pants: Spirit literally shits himself when he collides into Noel in Chapter 2.
- Call-Forward: In canon, Lord Death teaches that fear is the most important tool a fighter can have, that it keeps you sharp and strong. Amagai basically summarizes this belief, conveying it to all the freshmen, before he takes on Noel.
- Combination Attack: Archon Eos and Gratia pull off one in Chapter 4, combining the formers Anthelion with the latters Notus. That didnt keep Katrina and Braxton down.
- Defeat Means Respect: Rosalind and Kami start getting along immediately after the conclusion of their intense standoff at end of the dodgeball game.
- Demon Weapon Wrongs Group: The Zeta.
- Dodgeball Is Hell: The second half of Chapter 3 is devoted to a hardcore dodgeball game that the narration likens to a simulation of hunters and the hunted.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: This exchange.
- Doomed by Canon: Dont get used to any Vladingham or future Vladingham in this story.
- Fanon: The name Kami actually comes from a mistranslation. But, you know, dont let that stop you.
- Fantastic Rank System: Just like in canon and the original fanfic, Meisters and Weapons can be ranked either Three-Stars, Two-Stars, or One-Stars (highest to lowest). NOT students are Zero-Stars.
- FBI Agent: Braxton and Gwendolyn are prospective members of the DWMA Global Bureau of Investigation, which is basically an Academy-exclusive version of the FBI, in the same vein as the canon DWMA CIA.
- Foregone Conclusion: As a prequel to both a fanfic and the source material, some things are inevitable. The question is how its going to happen, if its going to be shown.
- We all know Spirit and Franken are gonna break up, Kami is gonna become his partner, shes going to rise up in the ranks to become the top of her class, and make Spirit a Death Scythe.
- Speaking of Franken, no matter how many badasses get their chance to show their credentials, hes going to graduate with the title of the strongest meister in Academy history.
- Every Death Scythe shown as students in this prequel will (or should) become Death Scythes in the future. Nobody else, nobody new.
- Noel will get better. Much better.
- Foil: Spirit and Roger. Two Lovable Sex Maniacs vying for the same girl. One is a Demon Weapon with a psychotic Meister, the other is a Meister with an equally brusque Demon Weapon. Factoring in Foregone Conclusion, Spirits habits lead to some family drama whereas Roger (so far) is single but fine.
- Freudian Excuse:
- Edward and Rukia suspect that Noels got one or something to make him act the way he does.
- Francis has the first official one. He literally had a Morality Pet in the form of a bird named Lana. Then some assholes had to go and kill her before his very eyes while giving him a Breaking Lecture. Its why he is so detached and rude.
- Friendship Moment: Kami and Francis have one towards the end of Chapter 5, finally culminating in the latter getting over what happened to him.
- Generation Xerox: It was already established in canon that most of the adults knew each other as classmates/students. In this story, in addition to that, the parents of Caius, Claudia, and the Ricardsen Twins are part of the circle in some way, shape, or form.
- OC Ramses Nygus is the father of Mira Nygus. His job is being the PE Coach. Not only does Mira work for the Academy when she gets older, guess what she usually supervises?
- Gratuitous Latin: The Zeta ends their demonstrations with the phrase absit invidia which means let there be no envy or ill will. The Zeta are basically asking listeners to not interpret their words as hubris or offensive.
- Groin Attack: Roger is on the receiving end of one during the dodgeball. It was accidental, and it was meant for Rukia.
- Harmful to Minors: The ending scene to Chapter 2 involves a jack-in-the-box and a little girl. This trope is listed for a reason.
- Held Gaze: Kami and Spirit do this in the middle of a primal dodgeball game, no less! Too bad it got ruined.
- Improbable Weapon: Discussed. Katrina, Braxton, Eos, and Gratia are talking about their fight with Eos and Gratia. Gwendolyn offhandedly hopes Eoss weapon form isnt a flashlight. Braxton contends he wouldnt be surprised considering Gratia was a Fuma Shuriken.
- Limp and Livid: Noel.
- Love at First Sight: The first time Spirit and Roger see Kami is when they officially get smitten. May double as an Amazon Chaser moment because this happened when she made a big play during Chapter 2s volleyball game.
- Megaton Punch: Marie The Pulverizer strikes again in Chapter 2. Her victim? A hapless volleyball. Everyone wisely got out of the way.
- Moment Killer:
- In Chapter 4, Katrina, Braxton, Eos, and Gratia have an intense stare down, complete with Battle Auras and Chunky Updraft. When they move to clash, finally going all-out Cyra appears out of nowhere in grand, Genki Girl style to interrupt the fight. You can almost hear the record-scratch sound effect going off.
- In Chapter 3, Kami saves Spirit from a dodgeball, resulting in her being on top of him. They stare at each other, and Spirit tries to act cool but the Ship Tease moment is interrupted when Rosalind blitzes Amagai in the face. Naturally, Kami goes to check up on her first friend. Spirit isnt pleased.
- Mood Whiplash: In the very first chapter, no less! Things are going good, Kami getting admitted like normal. Then, bam! Two students get knocked through a wall, and everyone starts freaking out when the The Bloody Shield enters.
- My Name Is Inigo Montoya: When its just Kami and resident superathlete Rosalind during the dodgeball game, Kami introduces herself as part of a gambit to catch Rosalind off-guard to finally end the game. It works.
- O.C. Stand-in: Kami is a proper example given that shes The Ghost in canon.
- Ominous Music Box Tune: Pop Goes the Weasel plays during that creepy moment at the end of Chapter 2.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Noel gets slashed across his torso in Chapter 1 by Amagai. When the fight ends, he walks out as if he got a splinter in his finger instead.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Kami. Wont last long.
- Original Characters: Amagai, Rukia, Noel again If youre reading Troubled Souls too, this shouldnt be a surprise.
- Original Generation: Inevitable, really. It is a prequel after all. The canon characters themselves wouldnt be enough to justify the large setting.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Rosalind. Miras portrayed this way too.
- Picked Last: For the volleyball game in Chapter 2, team captains Claude and Amagai face quite the dilemma regarding who has to pick the final student. Who is it, you ask? None other than good-old, infamous, unstable Noel Isaac Ricardsen.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
Rosalind: Okay! Anyone else want some?
- A non-combat example (dodgeball game).
Kami: I do. (springs into action, ultimately setting the stage for their showdown)
- Prequel: To Soul Eater: Troubled Souls.
- The Rival: Spirit and Roger, and thats before Kami entered the picture.
- Scary Jack-in-the-Box: The end of Chapter 2 involves one.
- Second Episode Introduction: Well, Second Chapter introduction, but you know.. Anyway, while Chapter 1 introduces Kami and other main characters, the succeeding one gives a before-class introduction of other supporting characters.
- Sempai/Kohai: Amagai and Rukia are sempais to Kami.
- Shaking the Rump: A no-name student does the taunt variation to Claude during the dodgeball game but got hit before Claude could do the honors himself.
- Snark-to-Snark Combat: Braxton and Gratias banter quickly becomes this in Chapter 4.Gratia: (intercepted a blow from Braxton) Didn't your parents teach you to let people finish talking?
Braxton: Leave my mother and father out of this.
- Tennis Boss: Non-video game example. Spirit and Roger become one to each other during the volleyball game, being rivals and all, at the expense of everyone else. It took Spirit accidentally bumping into Noel for it to stop.
- Trash Talk: Especially during moments of competition. Heres this gem during the dodgeball game.Ramses: You guys had better hurry up. Ten minutes are left in class, and you still need to shower and change.
Rosalind: We'll finish this in 2 minutes. Not a second over.
(Later, after Claude is eliminated)
Claude: It appears you didn't finish this in two minutes, Miss Waldo.
- Vague Age: Meta example. In the author notes for Chapter 3, the author laments this trope in regards to the canon Soul Eater adults, praying that the ages he gave them here dont break the readers Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
- Wacky Homeroom: Class Crescent Moon consists of individuals such as Amagai, Franken, Tezca, Roger, Noel, and Marie. The relatively normal Kami looks so out of place.