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Soul Eater, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 27, 2009

Book 1 of 10 in the Soul Eater Series

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About the Author

Atsushi Ohkubo's debut manga series, B.ICHI, originally appeared in Square Enix's MONTHLY SHONEN GANGAN magazine. Upon completion of the series, his concept for SOUL EATER began as a series of shorts appearing in the same magazine and later became the long-running work that has earned him international renown. In 2011, he began working on a prequel series entitled SOUL EATER NOT!
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Product Details

  • Series: Soul Eater (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Yen Press (October 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0759530017
  • ISBN-13: 978-0759530010
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just....perfection. this book is completely great.
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The subject matter can be very dark but there is a lot of humor mixed in to keep it from being a heavy or depressing story.
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The book was for my son who loves to read manga and watch anime.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 9, 2009
Format: Paperback
Two words sum up "Soul Eater's" overall flavor -- Halloween kitsch. Fortunately Atsushi Ohkubo's horror/comedy manga has a bit more than its silly-spooky style going for it. While "Soul Eater, Volume 1" spends most of its length introducing the trio of main characters (and their talking weapons), it spins up some hilarious characters and plenty of bizarre supernatural confrontations.

Every scythe meister wants to have their shapeshifting weapon/partner turned into a weapon worthy of Shinigami-sama. To do this, the weapon/partners must devour ninety-nine rotten human souls, and one witch soul. In that order. If they screw up, they have to start again.

As the story begins, Maka and her brash partner Soul Eater have nabbed their ninety-ninth soul -- now they just need a witch, and he'll be a Death Scythe. But their battle with the Witch Blair becomes a very complicated one, since she's not only powerful but has some weird secrets of her own. In the meantime, the narcissistic ninja Black Star and his partner Tsubaki have nabbed the last of their souls... but to get a witch, he'll have to fight her bodyguard!

And while these two are struggling, Shinigami-sama's son Death the Kid is on a mission of his own with his twin pistol-partners -- they have to infiltrate a pyramid infested by mummies, and clean it out. Too bad Kid's OCD is slowing them down. And in the main story: Soul, Maka, Tsubaki and Black Star are all called in by Shinigami-sama, who is assigning them a mission. They have to eradicate a former teacher who has become a zombie and is attacking students -- and if the students don't succeed, they'll be booted out of Death's special academy!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Laurahonest on September 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
This manga has an interesting new twist on the idea of "Shinigami" or "Soul Reapers." The first volume introduces three weapons experts called "Meisters" and their weapon partners. Weapons are humans who can magically transform into weapons in order to collect the souls of evil humans. The meisters in this volume are still in school learning to be meisters and how to make their weapons stronger. Once a meister feeds their weapon 99 evil souls and the soul of one witch the weapon is transformed into a "death-scythe" and used by Lord Death. Each of the three meisters introduced in this volume has a very different personality type and each of them use a different type of weapon. The story ends on a rather unsettling cliff hanger and makes you NEED to read the next book.

I personally love this series. The subject matter can be very dark but there is a lot of humor mixed in to keep it from being a heavy or depressing story. The story is well told and easy to follow. The art style fits the subject matter really well. This is a world that I definitely want to know more about.

If you enjoyed Bleach or Death Note you will enjoy this one as well. This one has a different spin from the others and is definitely worth the time to read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Koomie on March 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
This was a splurge on my part. One day i'm passing through my Local Boscoes' and then i stopped inside to look for a particular Series (I need #6 of Yu Yu Hakusho, mine's been practiaclly destroied) and i spied This book. "Generic Supernatural Fighter with middle of the road art, i'll check this out." So i opened it and "loe and behold"! a BEAUTIFULLY flowing art scheme, well written characters (though Black Star can get a little annoying), and it was very fast paced! I read very fast normally and i finished the book in-store. Completely forgot about the origional reason i stepped into the store! So all in all i would definately reccomend this book to Fantasy/Occult-ish/Humor lovers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Aeschliman VINE VOICE on June 12, 2011
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In the world of Soul Eater, there are weapon meisters who have at least one human weapon; as the name implies, a human weapon is a weapon that takes on human form. The goal of a meister is to turn their weapon into a "Death Scythe," a weapon that's fit to be used by the headmaster of the Death Weapon Meister Academy. In order to accomplish this, the weapon meister and their human weapon must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch; the souls must be collected in this order, or the team has to restart from the very beginning.

The first three stories in this volume focus on three individual weapon meisters. The first story focuses on Maka and her weapon partner, Soul Eater. They get their 99th evil soul, and must try to get the needed witch soul. Their story focuses on trying to defeat the buxom witch Blair. The second story focuses on Black Star and his weapon partner, Tsubaki. Black Star is supposed to be an assassin, but he has ego problems, and so he ends up announcing his presence to his target instead of stealthily approaching them and getting his assignment accomplished. The third story focuses on Death the Kid (who is the son of Shinigami-Sama, the headmaster of the academy) and his two human weapons, Liz and Patty. Death the Kid has issues with perfection and symmetry, which can affect his concentration when he's in the middle of a fight.

The final story in this volume brings Maka, Soul, Black Star, and Tsubaki together. Shinigami-Sama has decided these two teams need to take a remedial class. He sends them out on a mission to get the soul of their former teacher, who died and was turned into a zombie.
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