In a bizarre fantasy world, students known as meisters are trained at the illustrious Shinigami Weapon Meister University; but the tools they wield are no ordinary weapons! Each meister is paired with a human-like being who can transform into a weapon at will; and after defeating a pre-kishin - a human whose soul has darkened - the weapon eats the soul within it. A meister's ultimate goal is to collect ninety-nine pre-kishin souls and one of a witch so that his or her partner will become an all-powerful Death Scythe. Maka and her partner Soul Eater; Assassin Black Star and his partner Demon Blade Tsubaki; and Shinigami's son Death the Kid and his partners the Demon Twin Pistol Thompson Sisters each vie for their ultimate goal, but plenty of challenges and adventures lie in their way!
I watched the anime of Soul Eater about a year ago. I enjoyed it a lot, and thought it was a very solid, above-average, but slightly flawed anime series. I heard from one of my friends later that the manga source material of the series takes a much different turn about halfway through that ends with a much more satisfying ending, which interested me since I sort of felt the ending of the anime was a bit lackluster. So I read it and I am very glad I did. There is so much more depth in manga, so many loose ends (I won't spoil anything) that kind of get ignored in the anime are tied quite beautifully here. There are also a ton more awesome characters we never see in the anime, such as Gopher and Noah, and many more emotional scenes and plot twists. Also there is much better character development, especially for the great Black Star. In the end I actually found Soul Eater to be quite touching, and I feel that the series can be viewed as somewhat of an allegory of growing up and the difficulties and triumpths involved in it. I would even go as far as to say it's a masterpiece. Now we just need a reboot of the anime and I'll be completely satisfied. (Also I put a 10 for art, but I'm going just by how it was by the end. The art at the beginning is somewhat meh, but improves immensely throughout the series.)
I hate when anime adaptations stray from really good manga. The characters were created with good backgrounds. I especially liked some of the panels of the characters because they were drawn in great detail. Key points were left out of the anime that left many loose ends.
This is, without a doubt, one of the 2 best mangas that I have ever read in my life. The characters are engaging and even dynamic. Every one of them has something unique to them that they are known for, and they stick to that. It's not just to pull the reader in in the beginning, but it is kept constant and even plays pivotal roles in the storyline! The art has a very comical feel to it most of the time, but it has a very versatile style. When there is cause for it, it has a very comical feel and adds to the humor. When the situation in the plot is moving more quickly, though, it also has a very real quality that draws the reader in. I absolutely love this manga. <3<3<3 Death the Kid Forever!!!
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