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Soul Eater   
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From Yen Press:
Maka is a weapon meister, determined to turn her partner, a living scythe named Soul Eater, into a powerful death scythe — the ultimate weapon of Death himself! Charged with the task of collecting and devouring the tainted souls of ninety-nine humans and one witch, Maka and her fellow meisters strive to master their weapons as they face off against the bizarre and dangerous minions of the underworld. But the meisters’ own personal quirks may prove a bigger obstacle than any sultry enchantress.


Related Series
Soul Eater Not! (Side Story)
Soul Eater Soul Art (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
Пожиратель душ

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in Country of Origin
25 Tankoubon Volumes (Complete)
17 Kanzenban Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 10, Chap 37 (Many hanged from Ep 36-47, original content from Ep 48)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (1528 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.07 / 10.0

Last Updated
January 26th 2023, 5:36am



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Serialized In (magazine)
Shounen Gangan (Square Enix)

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English Publisher
Square Enix USA (4 vols - ongoing | print; kanzenban)
Yen Press (25 vols - Complete | print & digital; tankoubon)

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by wait321
November 14th, 2009, 3:52pm
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
I have some mixed reactions about this series. On one hand, it's very stylish. Not only the artwork, but the characters and battles styles are very distinct and polished. You can tell that the author put in a lot of creativity and effort when creating them.

On the other hand, there's too much focus on the style. There's a constant addition of new characters with no development for most of them. There's almost no story background so it's difficult to understand how the characters' actions fit into the bigger picture.

Overall, it feels like the story was created to show off the stylish artwork and battles. The premise of the story seems promising, but everything is just so focused on the current event/battle that, after awhile, it feels like you're just looking at a picture book.

... Last updated on November 14th, 2009, 3:55pm
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Great Art, Lame Story  
by Molenir
November 10th, 2009, 10:06am
Rating: 2.0  / 10.0
If you're looking for cool, if you're looking for art, this is a great one to read. If you're looking for a good story, a deep story, one that is well told, rather then just that just trite and shallow, then this is not the story you're looking for. Basically, it poses, it preens, it walks around like a model on a runway. But while it looks nice, just like the model, theres no real depth here. Worth looking at once at best.
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Great Battles  
by jnatsumi
October 29th, 2009, 8:07pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
I first watched the anime first then started reading the manga.
The thing I like most about the series is the battle scenes. This manga has the coolest and most dynamic fight scenes I have ever seen. I love it.
Someone said previously that the plot develop slowly. However, the plot becomes more and more complex as it goes.
We see significant character development. Subtly, but noticeable enough.I am absolutely attached to the characters. They are not perfect. My favorite character is Maka. She's not a perfect character, but she has the most kick-ass battle style. Oh, and I also love the Docter's fighting style, too. It makes you squirm at how much they improve since the beginning of the manga. Oh wait, sorry. Did that count as a spoiler? Nah.

I also love the art. The art is nothing too complex, like CLAMP's style; the illustration is easy to the eyes and does its job well in adding the right effect. Jagged lines, smooth lines, great explosions, cool characters.

One thing that ticks me off is the scenery. It's like--in the middle of no where. It has this fairytale kind of feeling to the place, but also kind of too desolate. I don't like it that much. I supposed, this is what it makes the manga unique.

I also look forward to the next chapter.
This manga is definitely worth a try!!

... Last updated on October 29th, 2009, 8:10pm
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try it !  
by windshadow
August 4th, 2009, 9:25am
Rating: 8.0  / 10.0
Almost passed this due to the ecchi tag. I'm not too big on fanservice.

Still, it's been a compelling read. I know there are those who find it too messed up, jumping between characters and sequence, but for me, i think it's really part of the charm of the series. The plot needs to be tighter though.

Besides, the artwork is nice and clean. Nice designs, wacky buildings and such. There's a tim burton feel to some of the stuff. Also love how he employs different techniques to express different moods. The character designs are unique, which is a huge plus since some mangaka seem to draw everyone looking exactly the same sans hair.

As of now, the characters are developing, a tad slowly, but still.. But i enjoy how character backgrounds are being told in bits and pieces. Furthermore, what i like is how the characters are given a strong enough personality, even the side characters are unique enough for you to remember them. Soul is totally awesome, cant say the same about Maka though, i'll kill her off if i could.

Anyway, quite an interesting read. It's unlike the usual fare you can get out there. A not-so-linear-plot, cute-to-moody art, unique character personalities. Worth taking some time to check out.
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Love it  
by RayeSesshyFan
June 26th, 2009, 7:42pm
Rating: N/A
With a manga like this, people can hate it, love it, or both. I can see either side. I find it absolutely hilarious to read. The humor is close to mine and it never fails to make me laugh. All the characters are great - even if some of them can be annoying which is fine with me since that is realistic.

The characters have personalities that you may love or hate - just like in real life. What really pulls me into the story is how the creator made it. I love the dark feel of it and the moon and sun is a joy to see. Even makes me smirk at times.

It's true that the anime and manga are different but both of them are very well done. Give it a try if you're curious.

... Last updated on June 26th, 2009, 7:42pm
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hells yeah!  
by robbit
March 3rd, 2009, 6:03pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
for some reason, when i was in this phase of watching a whole bunch of different animes, soul eater was like one of the last i tried. good thing i decided to. i have never laughed so hard at an anime. of course i had to read the manga after that and i was not disappointed! this is now one of my favorite manga. since discovering, i have purchased all of the current tankobon in japanese and am very satisfied. definitely worth the read!

... Last updated on August 13th, 2010, 12:01pm
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Extremely weird  
by Hanjae
February 25th, 2009, 5:09am
Rating: 5.0  / 10.0
It might be little unfair to write off something that I've only read a volume or two of and obviously has so much room to expand, but for now, this is going into the On Hold list.

The story (thus far) is where it lost me. The way it jumps back and forth from seemingly unconnected/barely connected characters and their weapons (who have human forms) throws me off and prevents me from getting to know them better, particularly at the beginning of the manga, where the easiest way to get into the story is to be attached to a particular character. The actual material - collecting souls - is interesting and has a lot of potential, though.

The characters, I can say very little about, except that I like Death the Kidd, the little shinigami who's obsessed with symmetry. He's pretty awesome. The Demon Scythe seems cool as well.

Yes, the art is pretty wacky, but it's quite unique, and I like the oddness of it. It's also fairly easy to tell the different characters apart, which is a good thing, considering the chapters jump back and forth between the different soul collectors. For a story that's totally centered around death and killing people to collect their souls, the art's surprisingly clean and lacks gore, which I like. There is WAY too much fanservice, though. There was a page during the first Death the Kidd story where Liz and Patty's clothes were almost completely stripped off. One minute they're battling a mummy, and next minute, you've walked into the middle of a hentai doujinshi.

That's probably the biggest weakness, plus the jumping back and forth between the characters. Soul Eater already seems quite random, with a wacky sense of humour, and combined with the above, reading just one chapter of it gave me a headache. Perhaps I'll come back to this one, perhaps not.

... Last updated on February 25th, 2009, 5:16am
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One of the best mangas out there.  
by MLE
November 8th, 2008, 12:57pm
Rating: N/A
I love the humor in this series XD it has it's serious side to it. but the humor is plain great. I love death the kid and his "little obsession" about symmetry. I recommend reading it if you want a good laugh smile Wonderful originality by the way.
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by jina
August 24th, 2008, 9:28pm
Rating: N/A
well, i can't exactly say something, cause i've only read the first chapter in Yen Press. but i can tell that it will be type of manga.
has originality and pretty cool art...
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Weird But Funny and Addictive....  
by albeitalways
June 12th, 2008, 10:20pm
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
Soul Eater has wacky art (as somebody said, reminiscent of Tim Burton's work) but it presents an original storyline and interesting characters. The three main meisters and their weapons are presented equally--nobody gets left out.
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