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Soul Eater NOT!, Vol. 1 (Soul Eater NOT! #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  641 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Ding-dong! DEAD-dong! Class is about to begin, and you don't want to be late on your first day of school! Join Tsugumi Harudori in the NOT class at Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school dedicated to training transforming Weapons like Tsugumi and the Meisters who will wield them. Many NOT (Normally Overcome Target) students aspire to join the elite EAT (Especially Advantag ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by Yen Press (first published September 22nd 2011)
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Nov 06, 2015 Chitsuki rated it liked it
I loved Soul Eater's main series so I tried out this sequel/spin-off. What I personally like about the main series was all the drama, fight scenes, hilarious adventures but this series is WAY too shoujo, WAY too pink and rather different from the main series. I read the first 2 chapters of this and I gave up. I can't really like this series after the halloweenish, badass, humorous main series. I would rather recommend you read this series first if you have these same 'Cannot accept the shoujo ge ...more
Apr 24, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this. The characters are interesting and the storyline was good for the first one.
Caitlin K
Dec 03, 2015 Caitlin K rated it really liked it
Soul Eater Not! is a spin-off series to Soul Eater, sporting new protagonists as they live and work among the familiar faces of Death City. Founded by the Grim Reaper himself, Death City is home to DWMA, the "Death Weapon Meister Academy," a special school where humans capable of transforming into living weapons are paired with "meisters," weapons experts who use their partners to battle evil.

Tsugumi Harudori, a fledgling weapon, finds herself attending the Academy for the first time in search
Avril Anderson
Jan 06, 2014 Avril Anderson rated it really liked it
A really nice spin-off of one of my favorite anime: Soul Eater. It's really funny and the characters are not that bad. It's more like Soul Eater with moe added to it.
Theresa ♫
Sep 24, 2012 Theresa ♫ rated it liked it
Alright, this is my first review from my iPhone's goodread's app!

You know...the same app that updates the wrong status to the wrong book at the worst of times...T_T For this review, I hope for the best!

Anyway, if this does end up being a pretty lengthy review, it just proves that I handled all the ninjetic typing over an iPhone screen. (Keyboards are way more comfortable!)

Anyway...Soul Eater NOT...

My dearies, I started Soul Eater (the anime) not too long ago. IT WAS AWESOME!!! It ranks as #3 on
Many spinoffs have trouble standing on their own. They're usually just more of the same stuff as the original, and the reader needs to be a fan of the original to enjoy the spinoff and know what's going on. This closure to new readers is frequently what dooms them. Soul Eater Not does not have that problem. Someone who has no idea what Soul Eater is could read and enjoy Not. They would obviously miss some of the cameos and other treats like that, but they could understand what's going on just fi ...more
Megan Sanchez
Jan 05, 2013 Megan Sanchez rated it it was amazing
If you haven't read or watched the original SOUL EATER, you are missing out on one of the best series in a long time. (And at the time of this post, all 51 episodes are streaming on Netflix and the manga series is being released in English from Yen Press.) My boyfriend and I fell in the love with the series a couple of years ago and when I heard that a companion series had been released, I knew I needed right away. Soul Eater NOT! follows Tsugumi Harudori, a brand new weapon student at the Death ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Josh rated it it was amazing
Soul Eater NOT! is a spectacular manga that takes place in the same world as the original series, Soul Eater. I was excited when I first saw that there was a new series of Soul Eater, as it was the first manga I ever read. After reading the first volume, I wanted to read it again, and again, and again. It was truly spectacular how it kept the same spirit of Soul Eater, but added new problems and a whole new perception of The DWMA (Death Weapon Meister Academy). Atsushi Ohkubo continues to impres ...more
Mel Staten
Mar 25, 2015 Mel Staten rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books, 2015
As someone who wants to explore the world of Soul Eater, but who couldn't get through the actual series because of the gratuitous and gross fanservice, I appreciate Soul Eater NOT! a lot. It's sort of K-On meets Soul Eater, so there's really nothing to dislike. The characters are a lot less badass and a lot more cutesy, but they're likable, and I'm looking forward to reading more. The Soul Eater character cameos are pretty great, too.
Aug 03, 2014 Shaun rated it it was amazing
I've seen the anime and I want to read the original Soul Eater manga, but Soul Eater Not! is a pretty fun read. I like seeing the DWMA from a different perspective. The three girls are funny and I have to admit it cute. I do feel this manga focuses more on the social life of the DWMA students and not the battles. I guess this is why it is called NOT (Normally Overcome Target).
Sarah Hayes
Jul 06, 2014 Sarah Hayes rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-lns-misc
It was adorable, fluffy, entertaining, enjoyable, and everything I didn't think I would enjoy from this pastel pink and purple spin-off of Soul Eater. And I loved the main trio of girls, especially pouty-faced Anya. I hope the anime adaptation is as enjoyable!

My full thoughts (with a probably unnecessary comparison to LOST) on the premiere volume of SOUL EATER NOT! can be read at my manga blog.
Amanda Wallace
Jun 15, 2014 Amanda Wallace rated it liked it
Good beginning, nice introduction of characters. I don't think I'd be a fan of this if I weren't so obsessed with the original Soul Eater series! but for the sake of that obsession, I will see where this series goes, hopefully Soul and Maka are re-occurring characters in it.
Bethany Gallagher
Jun 04, 2014 Bethany Gallagher rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014books
I thought this was a really interesting read! It is the first manga I have read and it lived to the expectations I needed. I loved the graphics and the drawings, they were so detailed was just amazing!
Read this last night and it explained betterly since i had only read the second book first. Let's just am looking forward to more, and am hoping that there is a third book in the process.
Feb 17, 2014 Westerville rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen, graphic-novels
If you like Full Metal Alchemist, you'll like this. - Jess, Adult Services

Reserve a library copy.
Allison H
Jul 17, 2016 Allison H rated it it was ok
This is the first manga I've ever read and I thought that it was just okay? I didn't realize it was a spin-off when I picked it up so maybe that had something to do with it?
Dec 03, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing
If you love the anime Soul Eater or even the Manga I swear you'll love this twist.

I have enjoyed reading Manga for awhile now and this is one of my favorites
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Non è un 5 pieno perché alcune cose non mi sono del tutto piaciute però buon inizio :)
Inoltre penso che lo apprezzi di più se hai già letto Soul Eater
So happy to find this continuation of the Soul Eater series. Read Soul Eater first! If you like Full Metal Alchemist, you'll like this.
Sep 02, 2012 Jay rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2012
My son recommended this book, but then said (once I had started it) that I might want to read some of the related "Soul Eater" books first.

Of the 6 sections in here, I really enjoyed two of them. My thing with mangas: I like the background story, but I'd like one frame that says "they fight" and then move to the end of the battle. I really don't need to see all the details of the battle, no mayyer how vcool the drawings are.

I do really like the main three female characters and their relationship
Aug 09, 2015 Leia3771 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas
Great start to the series, and I love the cameos from Maka and Sid.
Oct 13, 2014 Chichy rated it really liked it
I really like that its not just a copy of the original soul eater.
Apr 01, 2016 Claire rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, this-year
This looks like it is going to be a really cute series!
Dec 05, 2015 Kasura rated it it was amazing
I need to own this manga. It's adorable, and I love the cameos.
May 09, 2016 Jennette rated it really liked it
I liker it alot
Alisha Feiloakitohi
Jul 21, 2014 Alisha Feiloakitohi rated it really liked it
it was ineresting
Kat (Lost in Neverland)
Oct 10, 2012 Kat (Lost in Neverland) rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This takes place around the same time the regular Soul Eater manga takes place, except it follows different main characters.
Every once and a while though, you'd see your old favorites (Maka, Soul, Black Star, Kim, Ox, etc. No Kid for this volume though. :( ) and that was a nice touch.

I really enjoyed this manga, but the artwork was extremely poor. However, Atsushi Ohkubo is known to have crappy artwork, so I ignored it.
If you love Soul Eater, pick up this charming spin-off series.
Aug 04, 2012 Kayla rated it really liked it
im not sure how he does it, but this series has the distinct flavor of his wit and style, but has a completely new sound. i love love love his art, and the storyline so far is brilliant! its pretty cool too because i remember asking myself in the original series "where is the third gorgon sister?" and now she has lace hair, and shes not too creepy and her boobs dont go down to her waist. so yayy! i also love how he captured the young girl butterflies so well. i cant wait for more!
Jan 27, 2013 Jenna rated it did not like it
Finished volume two. Need to look this series up and see if it's supposed to be a reboot / Alternate Universe for Soul Eater or if it's the sequel, because I wasn't sure how to take each of the main SE characters (whether or not the events that happened in the SE storyline had happened to them yet). The drawing style doesn't seem as dynamic and dramatic as in Soul Eater and is a rather wishy-washy storyline so far. It started to pick up the pace slightly but still..
Jan 17, 2016 Emma rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, manga, read-2013
I picked this up expected a cute, fun Soul Eater spin-off, but there's some sturdy world building behind this volume that adds a lot to the anime and original manga.

It seems to be working hard to tackle themes the original series didn't, and it's a fascinating read because of that.
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Atsushi Ōkubo (大久保 篤 Ōkubo Atsushi?), also romanized as Atsushi Ohkubo, is a Japanese manga author and fantasy artist known for his work on the manga series Soul Eater, which has been adapted into an anime. Okubo worked as an assistant under Rando Ayamine, on the manga series Get Backers. He also created artwork for various cards for the Lord of Vermillion game.

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