Key points for Manga Recommendation – Soul Eater:
- Soul Eater is highlighted as an underrated shounen manga, often overlooked but deserving of more recognition.
- The manga features a unique setting at the Death Meister Weapon Academy, with a compelling plot involving Meisters forging Death Scythes through challenging battles.
- While the art style may be quirky and not for everyone, it adds uniqueness to the series, preventing it from looking dated and contributing to its overall charm.
Yeah, I have quite the nostalgia trip for some people this week. In my opinion, Soul Eater is one of the more underrated shounen mangas. The series often gets overlooked and doesn’t get the love it deserves. I am not gonna claim that it is the best shounen around or anything absurd like that, but the series does deserve better. I feel like if they make another anime for this manga, it could really take off.
But that’s not what we are here to talk about. I’m here to tell you about this manga and hopefully, convince you to check it out. So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series! This week we are talking about Soul Eater! Let’s get started!
Soul Eater is written and illustrated by Ookubo Atsushi. It was serialized in Square Enix’s Shounen Gangan magazine from June 2003 to August 2013. It has 117 chapters compiled into 25 volumes. The manga also has an anime adaptation. The anime was made by Bones studio but it does not cover the entirety of the manga. The anime is pretty good though so you can check that out as well if you like. Lastly, the manga also has a spin-off called Soul Eater NOT.
The setting of this manga is pretty simple. There is an academy called the Death Meister Weapon Academy run by Shinigami, the god of death. The students consist of people who can turn into weapons, Demon Weapons, and the people who wield them, Meisters. The goal of a Meister is to forge a “Death Scythe” a weapon worthy of being welded by Shinigami himself. To do this, they have to kill 99 evil men and a witch in that order with their Demon Weapon.
So the setting itself is quite intriguing. And I promise you, the plot does not disappoint either. On top of the already good plot, we also have some awesome fights in the series. The plot does a great job of building up the fights as well, making them feel more important. Now, it is a pretty old shounen so the plot does show its age here and there but for the most part, it is pretty good.
Just like any good shounen manga, we have a cast of colorful characters here as well. The main duo of Maka and Soul aside, my favorite character has to be Death the Kid. He is the son of Shinigami and because of that, his life has been rather interesting. He is really well-written. Of course, our main duo of Maka and Soul is amazing in their own right. We have some great character dynamics in general when combined with side characters like Blackstar, Tsubaki, the Thompson twins, etc.
The art style for Soul Eater is not going to be for everyone. It is rather quirky but in my opinion, the art style adds more uniqueness to the series. Some people may not like it, and I understand that. Because of the quirky art style though, the art doesn’t look as dated as some of the other mangas and I do appreciate that.
That is all for now!
Here’s why you should read Soul Eater:
- Good plot
- Awesome fights
- Great characters
So yeah, let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!
Also, check out this week’s anime recommendation here!