Soul Eater volume 1 cover
Book Data
English Title Soul Eater
Romaji Sōru Ītā (Hepburn)
Alternate Title(s)
Author(s) Atsushi Ōkubo
Publisher(s) Gangan Comics (Japan)
Yen Press (USA)
Release Date May 12, 2004
Genre(s) Supernatural, Fantasy, Comedy
Original Run May 12, 2004 – August 12, 2013
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Soul Eater (Japanese: ソウルイーター, Hepburn: Sōru Ītā) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by series creator Atsushi Ōkubo. The series revolves around a three teams consisting of Meisters and Demon Weapons as they attend Death Weapon Meister Academy ran by the headmaster, Death. They defend the world from the forces of evil as well as attempt to craft a Death Scythe, a weapon fit for the headmaster, by hunting down 99 evil human souls and one Witch soul.

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 in 2003. The manga started regular serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan manga magazine from May 12, 2004 to August 12, 2013. The manga has been licensed for distribution in North America by Yen Press. The English translated version of Soul Eater is serialized in Yen Press' Yen Plus manga anthology magazine starting in July 2008, and the first manga volume was released in October 2009.


After finishing B. Ichi, Okubo went on to create Soul Eater originally as a one-shot series (Prologue #1. Due to the reception, he later created two more one-shots (Prologue #2, Prologue #3. Gangan Comics then asked Ohkubo to create a series based off his one-shots, in which turn became prologues to his series.

In an interview with producer Atsushi Ohkubo, he stated that the series was greatly inspired by ideas from Tim Burton's animations, and by concepts from Harry Potter. Ohkubo also stated he made the hero (or heroine) of the series, Maka, a female to differ from the traditional male hero found in most Shonen manga. He also said the series' title, "Soul Eater", was intended to refer to the Asura and his desire to eat innocent souls, and not to the character, Soul.[1]

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B. IchiEdit







  1. Interview with Atsushi Okubo

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