is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Atsushi Okubo. The manga is published by Square Enix and was first released as three separate one-shots serialized in two Gangan Powered special editions and one Gangan Wing issue between June 24 and November 26, 2003. The manga started regular serialization in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan manga magazine on May 12, 2004. The first bound volume was released by Square Enix under their Gangan Comics imprint on June 22, 2004 in Japan, and as of June 2008, twelve volumes have been released. The manga has been licensed for distribution in North America by Yen Press. The English translated version of Soul Eater is serialized in Yen Press' Yen Plus manga anthology magazine starting on July 29, 2008, and the first manga volume will be released in October 2009.
A single drama CD was produced on August 31, 2005 which came bundled with an art book. An anime adaptation produced by Bones first aired on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 7, 2008, and is set to contain fifty-one episodes. An action-adventure video game by Square Enix for the Wii is to be released in September 2008, and an action video game for the Nintendo DS will be released in October 2008. Set in the shinigami technical school for weapon meisters, the series revolves around three groups of each a weapon meister and a human weapon. Trying to make the latter a "Death Scythe" and thus fit for use by a shinigami, they must collect the souls of ninety-nine evil humans and one witch.
Soul Eater primarily revolves around students classified as at the , or for short, located in the fictional Death City, in Nevada, United States. The school is run by Shinigami, the God of Death himself, as a training facility for weapons and the human wielders of those weapons, the meisters. Each meister has at least one demon weapon companion which has both a weapon and human form. Shinigami created the school as an organization that enforces peace in order to prevent the rebirth of the "kishin", the evil demon god that nearly destroyed everything by plunging the world into chaos. Human souls that have become evil by straying from the path of humans have a high risk of becoming kishin, so evil humans are constantly being hunted down and killed by the students trained at Shibusen. The ultimate goal of the students with their weapons is to have their weapons defeat and absorb the souls of ninety-nine evil humans and one witch, which will dramatically increase the power of the given weapon and thus be capable of being used by shinigami. In order to ensure this is done in a timely manner, all students and weapons attend classes regularly and are given homework or supplementary lessons to further their training. The meisters have a rating system that goes from one to three stars which usually measures soul energy. It is important that the meister and weapon can tune their "soul wavelength" to perform high level attacks and bring out the weapon's full power.
Maka Albarn is Soul Eater Evans' meister. She is the more level-headed of the two but when her anger gets the better of her, she will put her foot down. Where Soul Eater seems to be the brawn, Maka is the brain. She always tries to think of a way to beat their opponent by exploiting the opponent's weaknesses. Soul Eater, or simply Soul, Maka's Demon Scythe partner, has a personality which mainly consists of what he considers "cool". Being a "cool" guy, he almost always uses the direct approach which most of the time fails. He sometimes becomes too driven by the idea of eating souls, which leads him to bicker with Maka, but in the end they remain friends and partners.
Maka is friends with a meister named Black Star who is Tsubaki Nakatsukasa's meister. He comes from a family of ninjas known as the Star Clan, and uses ninja tactics during battles. His biggest weakness is that he is a total show-off and thinks that he is some kind of star, which he happily proclaims, defeating the purpose of the ninja arts. Black Star hates it when someone gets more attention than him and is determined to show them who the real star is. He is also able to use his soul wavelength in hand-to-hand combat. Tsubaki, Black Star's Dark Demon Blade partner, can change into multiple ninja weapons when in battle. She is considered a "tool" like weapon since she is able to transform into different types of weapons, unlike the others. She is most of the time disheartened by Black Star's loud (and often obnoxious) antics. Despite this, she quietly puts up with his mistakes because she likes his brave and bold attitude. She has a very forgiving personality and always tries to help everyone even when she has no idea how to help.
A third meister, Death The Kid, is Patty Thompson's and Liz Thompson's meister and Shinigami's son. Otherwise known as simply Kid by his friends and family, he is completely obsessed about everything being symmetrical and takes the idea of perfection to the extreme, which seems to indicate that he has obsessive-compulsive disorder. To him, anything symmetrical is beautiful and if it is off by any measurement, he will try to correct it right away. Showing Kid anything that is too asymmetrical or mentioning his hair will send him into a state of massive depression (which normally takes encouragement from Patty and Liz to break). Patricia and Elizabeth Thompson, commonly "Patty" and "Liz", are Death The Kid's Double Team Demon Pistols. Patty is the younger of the two and is naïve compared to her more mature older sister Liz. She and her sister used to live on the streets of Brooklyn before being found by Kid. Both Patty and Liz admire Kid's dignified soul, due to their being from the streets. Even without Kid around, they are able to use each other's transformed state as a single gun, switching places to avoid attacks.
The anime is regularly broadcast Mondays at 6:00 pm on TV Tokyo. The official Japanese website of the Soul Eater anime series has announced that each episode will air in two different versions: the regular Monday 6:00 p.m. version and a late-night "Soul Eater Late Show" version. Special footage is added at the start and end of the commercial break; the next episode preview is also different from the regular version. The dual broadcast of this supernatural action series is being billed as the "world's first evening and late-night resonance broadcast". The "resonance" term refers to a story concept in which the characters, such as the heroine Maka and her living weapon partner Soul Eater, achieve maximum power by synchronizing their souls.
The first character song maxi single sung by Chiaki Omigawa (Maka) and Kōki Uchiyama (Soul) was released on August 6, 2008 by Aniplex. The second single by Yumiko Kobayashi (Black Star) and Kaori Nazuka (Tsubaki) was released on September 3, 2008, and the third single by Mamoru Miyano (Kid), Akeno Watanabe (Liz), and Narumi Takahira (Patty) was released on October 1, 2008.