See also: Chapters Soul Eater began as a manga series written and illustrated by Atsushi Ōkubo. The manga initially began as three separate one-shots serialized between June 24, 2003 and November 26, 2003 across two manga magazines published by Square Enix: first in the summer 2003 special edition of Gangan Powered, followed by the autumn 2003 special edition of the same magazine, and finally in Gangan Wing. The manga started regular serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan manga magazine on May 12, 2004. The first bound volume was released by Square Enix under their Gangan Comics imprint on June 22, 2004 in Japan, and as of August 12, 2013, all twenty-five volumes have been released in Japan. The manga has been licensed by Yen Press for distribution in English in North America. The manga was initially serialized in Yen Press' Yen Plus anthology magazine, the first issue of which went on sale on July 29, 2008. The first English volume of the manga was sold in October 2009.
The final chapter of the manga, Chapter 113, was released in Japan on August 12, 2013. The final volume however, just recently released in Japan on December 12, 2013.
As of November 19, 2013, the first 17 volumes of the manga have been released in English in North America. The 17th volume just recently released on November 19, 2013. The next volume scheduled to be released in English is volume 18, on January 21, 2014.
Art Style Evolution
Atsushi Ōkubo's original style of art greatly differed from that of the TV Anime adaption of Soul Eater, however, over a certain period of time, Atsushi Ōkubo's work seemed to change in a huge direction towards the Anime. This can be clearly seen through Maka's original appearence when the manga first started compared to her current outlook.The only difference between the Manga's style of art and the Anime's is how the noses are drawn from frontal view. In the Manga, they appear as small dots or lines, however, in the Anime, they are drawn in what looks like a slanted oval shape, on order to show the shadow from under the nose. If Atsushi Ōkubo were to draw these, the Manga's art style would be reasonably no different from the Anime's. Fans state that they like that Atsushi Ōkubo's art style moved towards the Anime's, for many say that upon watching the Anime for the first time, the artstyle was a breath of fresh air. More recently, Atsushi Okubo has dove into popular feedback and drawn the character designs exactly like the Anime almost all the time. He does this most often with his Manga book cover art, noticeably from volume 8 and on. He does this in painted work as well. But he still mixes in his initial dots and lines.
- ↑ Summer 2003 issue of Gangan Powered (Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
- ↑ Books section at manga's official website (Japanese). Square Enix. Retrieved on 2008-04-20.
- ↑ Yen Press Announces Titles to Run in Anthology Mag. Anime News Network (2008-04-19). Retrieved on 2008-04-19.
- ↑ Soul Eater manga English volumes. Yen Press. Retrieved on 2008-08-11.