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The cover of the first volume.

Soul Eater Not! (ソウルイーターノット! Sōru Ītā Notto!) is a spin-off prequel of the main series focusing on a freshman transfer student named Tsugumi Harudori, who befriends two other Meisters named Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn as three take part in the "NOT" meaning the Normally Overcome Target class at DWMA. She wants to learn how to control her powers in order to overcome her difficulties to have a normal life.

Plot

The story and pace of Not! is drastically different from that of Soul Eater's but instead having the focus on Maka Albarn, protagonist of the parent series, it is leaded by Tsugumi Harudori, a Japanese, 14 year old girl who finds herself with the ability of a magic Demon Weapon who then transfers to the American Shibusen or Death Weapon Meister Academy campus in order to control her powers. Tsugumi finds herself with two friends named Meme Tatane and Anya Hepburn, these girls eventually become candidates to be the single meister of Tsugumi and along the way, Tsugumi occausionally runs into characters of the first Soul Eater such as the as forementioned Maka Albarn and her partner, Soul Eater, or Black☆Star and Tsubaki Nakatsukasa. Some characters from Soul Eater actually become series regulars like Kim Diehl, and Sidney "Sid" Barret. Throughout the series, the young thrush learns the importance of friendship and bonds as well as knowing her own strength and her self-worth; It's a cruel but wonderful world.

Timeline Placement

According to Atsushi Ōkubo, Soul Eater Not! takes place during the prologues time frames, in which are the first 3 chapters and 3 episodes of the series in which introduce the characters.[1] A common misconception is that it takes place a year before Soul Eater.

The first 2 episodes (4 chapters roughly in the manga) of the series seem to take place before the first and second episode/chapter of Soul Eater. However, since both Death the Kid hasn't teamed up with Liz and Patty until the end of the anime series[2], It can be assumed that part of Soul Eater NOT! takes place before and after episodes 1[3] & 2[4] but before episode 3(prologue chapter 3 in the manga) of Soul Eater.

Anime

Main article: Soul Eater NOT! (Anime)

Chapters

Albums

Characters

Tsugumi Harudori

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.

Meme Tatane

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.

Anya Hepburn

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.

Eternal Feather

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.

Akane

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.

Clay

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.

Connection with Soul Eater

As well as being a spin-off, Soul Eater Not! takes place between the Prologue Chapters but before the actual Main Storyline starts.

  • 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.

References

  1. He admitted this on twitter. Click here
  2. Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 12
  3. Soul Eater NOT Anime: Episode 3; Double checking for the manga is needed but in episode 3, you can see Maka angry at Soul probably for the events in episode 1/chapter 1 of the prologues. This means the first 2 episodes took place before that event and then the rest after.
  4. This is only an assumption since we're not given hints on Black Star's mission in the anime.

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