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Soul Eater Manga was first published by Square Enix and was first released in 2003 as three separate one shots, the first two published in two Gangan Powered special editions and the last one in Gangan Wing. The manga was then regularly serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine from May 2004 to August 2013, with its chapters collected in 25 tankobon volumes. Soul Eater Manga have a 51-episode anime television series adaptation produced by Bones and was broadcast in Japan on Tv Tokyofrom April 2008 to March 2009. The series has also spawned a drama CD, an art book, and three video games. A manga series spin-off, titled Soul Eater Not! was serialized in Monthly Shonen Gangan from January 2011 to November 2014.
Soul Eater Manga has been licensed for distribution in North America by Yen Press. The English translation of Soul Eater was serialized in Yen Press’ Yen Plus manga anthology magazine starting in July 2008, and the first manga volume was released in October 2009. The anime series has been licensed by Funimation.
Soul Eater Manga starts off with Maka and Soul battle the witch Medusa, who forces Crona, her child and meister of the demon sword Ragnarok, to collect non-evil human souls and eventually transform into a kishin (鬼神), an evil god. Medusa and her cohorts attack DWMA to revive Asura, the first kishin who nearly plunged the entire world into madness before being sealed beneath DWMA by Shinigami.
Despite the combined efforts of Maka, Black Star, and Death the Kid, Medusa’s group successfully revives Asura, who leaves to spread chaos around the world after a brief battle with Shinigami. Medusa is seemingly killed by meister and DWMA teacher Franken Stein, while Crona surrenders to DWMA and enrolls there. As a result of Asura’s spreading madness, Medusa’s sister Arachne comes out of hiding and reforms her organization, Arachnophobia, which poses a serious threat to DWMA. Shinigami calls in death scythes from around the world to aid in the fight against Arachnophobia.
During this time, Medusa reappears with her soul possessing the body of a young girl, and forms a truce with DWMA so they can annihilate Arachnophobia together. The DWMA students and Medusa’s entourage infiltrate Arachnophobia’s headquarters, where Maka kills Arachne, only for Medusa to betray DWMA, possess Arachne’s body, and brainwash Crona into rejoining her.
Meanwhile, Death the Kid is captured by Noah, an artificial construct created from the Book Of Eibon. Following this, Maka uses Arachne’s soul to turn Soul into a death scythe. The duo become part of the newly formed meister unit Spartoi along with their friends, who rescue Death the Kid and defeat Noah.
Crona resurfaces in a city in Russia, destroying it and the death scythe stationed there, before being provoked by Medusa into killing her and getting taken by insanity. Maka is ordered by Shinigami to hunt down Crona; while searching for Crona with her powers, she unwittingly detects Asura’s location on the cartoonish moon within the atmosphere.
DWMA launches an attack on the moon to defeat Asura, aided by the witches after Death the Kid convinces them to establish a temporary alliance. During the battle, Crona absorbs Asura’s body before being overtaken by him. Maka, Black Star, and Death the Kid eventually restore Crona’s sanity and defeat Asura by sealing him on the moon with his own blood; Crona willingly remains with Asura to keep him imprisoned, and Maka promises to one day rescue Crona. The DWMA forces return to Earth, where Death the Kid becomes the new Shinigami following his father’s death, and establishes a peace treaty with the witches.
Trying to make the latter a “death scythe” and thus fit for use by the academy’s headmaster Shinigami, the personification of death, they must collect the souls of 99 evil humans and one witch, in that order; otherwise, they will have to start all over again.