Soul Eater Not
is a manga from Atsushi Okubo, the same mangaka
who did the original Soul Eater
, and is set in the same universe. In fact its something of a prequel to the main series, though focuses on different characters. It has been picked up for an english release by Yen Press
, which includes both the collected volumes and a serial release in their online magazine YenPlus which is simultaneous with the Japanese release.
14-year-old Tsugumi Harudori is a new student entering Death Weapon Meister Academy. She is a Weapon, but is unable to transform just yet. But, after encouragement from Maka, Tsugumi attempts to face her first year in DWMA with high hopes.
- Academy of Adventure: As
- All There in the Manual: This actually is the manual for Soul Eater as we learn far more about how life goes for regular students such as dorm rules, money management, why some kids wear uniforms and others don't, and several other things that help to flesh out the world of the original Soul Eater.
- Blond Brunette Light-Brunette: Anya, Tsugumi, and Meme.
- Call Forward: Sid hits Maka with a book ("Sid Chop") in chapter 4, to which she returns the favor latter in the original manga.
- The Cameo: Several of the main cast of Soul Eater show up this way, given that it's a spinoff / prequel type thing of the series. For instance, Kilik can be seen on a poster here.
- Continuity Nod: In chapter 7, one of the students in the EAT class was mentioned to have completed a 100-meter dash in just under six seconds, something Black Star was mentioned to have done in Soul Eater shortly before the Baba Yaga's Castle arc.
- Cool Sword: SUBVERTED TO HOLY HELL with a weapon shown in the first chapter, who turns into a head with a dinky little blade sticking out of the top.
- Crash into Hello: Meme and Tsugumi's first meeting combines this with Funbag Airbag.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Anya and Tsugumi versus the big guy and the guy who can't change his head only takes three panels.
- Exotic Eye Designs: Akane has Star pupils. Since he trained with the Star Clan.
- Eyes Always Shut: Misery, the dorm manager.
- First Episode Spoiler: Tsugumi transforms into a Halberd, and is in a Love Triangle between Meme and Anya.
- Funbag Airbag: This is how Tsugumi first meets Meme.
- Imagine Spot: Tsugumi claims she's surrounded by pretty boys at the academy, but she snaps out of her thoughts once she sees Black☆Star punching a guy in the face.
- In Love with Love: According to Tsugumi, anyway.
- Lady of War: Anya, in all probability.
- Lighter and Softer
- Lovable Sex Maniac: Even without appearing yet, Spirit still manages to sleaze his way into the story, by being the reason behind the cafe's... flattering waitress uniforms.
- Love Triangle: Tsugumi had a desired Imagine Spot of being in a sort of "threesome" with two boys vying for her as their weapon, but it didn't quite go as planned, as Meme and Anya want Tsugumi to be their partner.
- Mood Dissonance: Anya tends to look pleased while saying seemingly insulting things and annoyed while saying seemingly approving things due to her inability to be honest about what she likes.
- Not What It Looks Like: Anya wakes up one morning to find Meme in bed with Tsugumi, who is tied up with rope, all for totally non-sexual reasons. She of course assumes something kinky was going on.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: It's specified that many DWMA students may choose (or unwillingly receive) a nickname that's treated as their actual name. One particularly unlucky student had Kim submit a request in her name to call her "Eternal Feather."
- Power Incontinence: A major reason why NOT classes are required for all weapons—without training weapons may simultaneously undergo a Partial Transformation, making them a danger to others even if they're not trying to use their power.
- Power Trio: Id - Meme; Ego - Tsugumi; Superego - Anya.
- Prequel: Not immediately spelled out, but Sid isn't a zombie yet, Medusa is still a nurse, and Kim and Jacqueline hadn't become partners by the first time we see them.
- Sempai Kohai: Maka, Eternal Feather and others are sempais to Tsugumi, Meme and Anya.
- School Uniforms are the New Black: The Academy has as many school uniforms - female students can even choose between sweaters and sailor-style - and casual clothes are fine too.
- Shout-Out: Misery-san, looks like Annie Wilkes and is a huge fan of a novel, similar to how Annie was. Of course, it's not surprise that Ohkubo is a Stephen King fan.
- Kana Altair, who wears a light-colored hood and cape. Hmm.
- Check out the bottom left of page 181 - Where's Wally? Oh, wait, there he is.
- Stein pulls a prank that involve a head coming off a fake body then crawling away like the monster in The Thing (1982), except instead of growing legs it moved around with Prehensile Hair.
- Shrouded in Myth: "The Witch of the Dorm." Is it the psychotic housemistress Misery? The enigmatic and rude fortune teller Kana? It's actually the relatively normal Kim Diehl, who saves Tsugumi from Misery and then demands her week's allowance as payment. 'Course, this is before we learn she's an actual witch...
- Also Harudori saw a Tanuki statue and it immediately reminded her of Kim, who Animal Motifs is said animal.
- Spinoff: Of Soul Eater.
- Title Drop/Fun with Acronyms: 4 chapters in we find out "NOT" is the abbreviation for "Normally Overcome Target", the name of the class taken by the majority of the students who aren't actively fighting.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Those waitress outfits.