Soul Eater (ソウルイーター, Sōru Ītā) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. The manga is published by Square Enix and was first released as three separate one-shots serialized in two Gangan Powered special editions and one Gangan Wing issue between June 24 and November 26, 2003. The manga started regular serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan on May 12, 2004, and ended August 12, 2013. It is complete in twenty-five volumes. The first bound volume was released by Square Enix under their Gangan Comics imprint on June 22, 2004 in Japan. The manga has been licensed for English distribution in North America by Yen Press and serialized in Yen Plus manga anthology magazine starting on July 29, 2008, and the first manga volume will be released in October 2009.
A single drama CD was produced on August 31, 2005 which came bundled with an art book. An anime adaptation produced by Bones first aired on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 7, 2008, and is set to contain fifty-one episodes. An action-adventure video game by Square Enix for the Wii was released in September 2008, and an action video game for the Nintendo DS was released in October 2008. Another action game will be released in January 2009 on the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable.
Soul Eater Not! (ソウルイーターノット!, Sōru Ītā Notto!) is a spin-off manga of the main series, Soul Eater, taking place prior to the events of the manga. It began serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan magazine on January 12, 2011 and ended November 12, 2014, completing up to five volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Bones aired on TV Tokyo between April and July 2014 and was simulcast by Funimation in North America.
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Set in the "Death Weapon Meister Academy", the series revolves around three groups which consist of a weapon's "meister" and (at least one) human weapon trying to make their human weapons a "Death Scythe", a powerful weapon fit for use by Death himself. To do so, they must collect the souls of ninety-nine evil humans and one witch.
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The Death Weapon Meister Academy (DWMA) is a special institution for humans who are born with the power to turn into weapons and the wielders of these weapons, called meisters. While the students of the EAT (Especially Advantaged Talent) class train themselves to become warriors of justice, the NOT (Normally Overcome Target) class is for those who just want to control their powers with the intent to not become a threat to others and to themselves. Tsugumi Harudori is a halberd demon weapon who takes part in the NOT class and befriends two meisters, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn, becoming indecisive about which one of them to choose as her partner. The series follows the daily lives of Tsugumi and her friends as they learn the ropes of the DWMA and have occasional encounters with the characters of the main series.
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