Soul Eater NOT! (ソウルイーターノット! Sōru Ītā Notto!) is a spin-off prequel of the manga Soul Eater, focusing on first-year transfer student and Demon Weapon Tsugumi Harudori, who befriends two first-year Meisters, Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn, as the three enter the Normally Overcome Target (NOT) class at Death Weapon Meister Academy. While attending classes at the DWMA, Tsugumi learns to control her powers so she can live a normal life. Along the way, she also meets major characters from the original Soul Eater manga--and discovers a plot by a witch intending to attack Death City from the inside.
The manga comprises 42 chapters that were collected into five volumes. It was adapted into a 12-episode anime. An extra volume, The Official Fanbook: Need to Know was also released, which features information about the production of the manga and the anime, along with a bonus chapter of the manga.
The DWMA, also known as the Death Weapon Meister Academy, is a school for Demon Weapons, humans who are born with the ability to turn into weapons, and their wielders called Meisters. The school is split into two curricula: E.A.T. (Especially Advantaged Talent) and N.O.T. (Normally Overcome Target). Those in the E.A.T. use their abilities and powers to enact justice, while those in N.O.T. learn to control their powers to avoid being a threat to themselves and others.
When Japanese student Tsugumi Harudori discovers that she is a Demon Weapon, she moves to the United States to attend the Death Weapon Meister Academy. There, she befriends Anya Hepburn and Meme Tatane, who become potential candidates to be her meister. Throughout the series, the young thrush learns the importance of friendship and comes to discover her own strength and self-worth as she tries to choose her meister.
Main articles: Chronology (Manga) and Chronology (Anime) According to Atsushi Ōkubo, Soul Eater NOT! takes place one year before the Prologues Arc, which includes the first three chapters and introduces many of the main characters. However, it should be noted that while the Soul Eater and Soul Eater NOT! respective mangas are consistent with one another, the respective animes and their relationship with the mangas may not or aren't always consistent with one another.
Atsushi Okubo has explained that, when he began Soul Eater, he already had the plot and details like the DWMA fully formed and shared with his editors. He thought too many manga had characters who were developed through flashbacks, which he considered too clever. Therefore, he decided to develop his characters in the present rather than referring to their pasts, and to focus on "action and momentum," so he could "write freely." But as he was about to publish his twentieth volume, Okubo realized he has been too late to thoroughly explain certain details, and he did not want to introduce extensive exposition as backstory or appendices in the manga. Therefore, he started Soul Eater NOT! to introduce details about the settings of Death City and the Death Weapon Meister Academy, while still telling a story "through an alternative presentation that really moves in a different direction from the main Soul Eater series."
Main article: Volume 1 (NOT)
Main article: Volume 2 (NOT)
Main article: Volume 3 (NOT)
Main article: Volume 4 (NOT)
Main article: Volume 4.5 (NOT)
Main article: Volume 5 (NOT!)
The January 2014 issue of Monthly Shonen Gangan announced that an adaptation of the prequel spin-off series Soul Eater NOT! would be produced by Studio BONES, the producers of the original Soul Eater anime. The first episode premiered on April 8, 2014, and the final episode aired on July 2, 2014.
- ↑ "Soul Eater NOT! Volume 4.5." CD Japan. Accessed 23 Oct 2015. http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/NEOBK-1672747
- ↑ Ōkubo acknowledges this fact on his Twitter account. Click here
- ↑ Soul Eater GAIDEN 20: Volume 20, Yen Press English translation