|Soul Eater Not!|
ソウルイーターノット！Sōru Ītā Notto
|Genre||Action, Adventure, Comedy, Supernatural|
January 11, 2011 – ongoing
Soul Eater Not! (ソウルイーターノット！, Sōru Ītā Notto) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Okubo. The manga is published by Square Enix and began regular serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan on January 12, 2011.
|“||"SOUL EATER NOT!" is a story that takes place just a little bit before the events of "SOUL EATER". I drew it with the motto "It's a savage but super-fun life!" in my head, so it would make me very happy if everyone has a great time reading it. To my American fans, please enjoy "SOUL EATER NOT!" alongside "SOUL EATER" !||”|
—Author, Atsushi Ohkubo, Special Message to American Community, Square Enix and Yen Press
The story and pace of Not! is drastically different from that of Soul Eater's. It revolves around the life of first year DWMA students Tsugumi, Meme, and Anya, and their experiences at attending the Academy. Unlike the original Soul Eater, there is very little action, and the majority of the story so far has been revolving around a boarding school-drama theme, colorized with the world of Soul Eater. There are some signs that point to a bigger adventure happening, like the unvealing of a possible antagonist in the form of Gorgon sister, Witch Shaula.
The main protagonist of the spin-off manga Soul Eater Not!. She is a timid yet cheerful student from Japan who firmly believes DWMA is a school to train the world's heroes. She is a demon halberd, but does not learn to turn into her weapon form until after she enrolls at DWMA. She models her appearance after Maka Albarn, the first student she meets at DWMA, by wearing her own hair in two ponytails.
A meister who suffers from short-term memory loss, causing her to forget even her own name on occasion. She becomes friends with Tsugumi after she helps save her from a pair of bullies. Although clumsy most of the time, she is proficient in a kind of martial art called "Sleeping Fist," which she can only perform while she is asleep.
A meister with a wealthy upbringing who escapes from her constrained life and goes to DWMA in the hopes of emulating the behavior of those she considers to be "commoners." She views Tsugumi to be the most normal of all her classmates, and thus shows interest in becoming her partner.
A glasses-wearing upperclassman with black ponytails, she is Tsugumi and her friends' senior, and often provides them useful advice during their first days at DWMA. She dislikes her nickname, "Eternal Feather," which was forced on her by Kim Diehl and left unable to change it for two years under a DWMA contract.
A claymore-meister partnered with Clay. He works at a part-time job as a waiter at the DWMA café with Clay, Tsugumi, Meme and Anya.It seemed like he could transmit his wavelength as shown in Chapter 5. Apparently,during chapter 7 it was revealed that he studied the techniques of the Hoshi (Star) clan that Black*Star belongs to. Furthermore when his glasses are removed his pupils take the shape of broken stars.
A demon claymore and Akane's weapon partner. He works at a part-time job as a waiter at the Café shop with Akane, Tsugumi, Meme and Anya.
Maka makes a brief cameo in the first chapter, when Tsugumi Harudori, on her first day at Shibusen, is struggling to climb up the stairs leading to the school building. She looks at Maka in awe as she is able to scale the stairs without even being out of breath. Maka stops, turns to Tsugumi and cheers her on, saying that it is not long until she reaches the top. Tsugumi, moved by her encouragement, thinks that Maka is cool and looks up to her, and starts wearing pigtails to match with Maka. As she finally reaches the top of the stairs, she finds a note left from Maka along with a can of juice, welcoming Tsugumi to Death City and telling her to look behind her to enjoy the view of the city.Tsugumi's thoughts on Maka later helps her to bring out her courage to help stand up to some boys harassing Meme.
Connection with Soul Eater
As well as being a spin-off, Soul Eater Not! takes place before the events of Soul Eater happen.
- Sid is still seen alive, not as a zombie.
- Medusa is still working undercover as a nurse.
- Kim Diehl is not yet outed as a witch, nor was she as acquainted with her partner than in the series proper.
- Patti and Liz seemed to had recently become Death the Kid's weapon partners.