Name: Soul Eater NOT!
Author: Atsushi Ohkubo
Published by: Square Enix (Japan), Yen Press (English)
Studio BONES’ anime adaptation of Atsushi Ohkubo’s Soul Eater manga may have ended in 2009 (yes, it really was that long ago) but it is clear that there is still a lot of love for the franchise – the original manga finally came to a close this August and a spin-off manga, Soul Eater NOT has been published since February 2011.
Unlike the main series which focuses on the DWMA’s EAT classes and the protagonist duo Maka Albarn and Soul Eater Evans, Soul Eater NOT!‘s focus is on Tsugumi Harudori, a student of the NOT (Normally Overcome Target) classes, which have a focus on teaching students to control their powers so that they may lead a normal life. Set before the events of the main series, while NOT! still explores some of the mysteries of Death City, it is notably lighter in tone, with an apt description being “Soul Eater meets K-ON!“.
A few days ago, Square Enix’s Monthly Shonen Gangan magazine, which serialised the Soul Eater manga and currently serialises Soul Eater NOT!, revealed that an announcement relating to Soul Eater NOT would be coming in their January issue (due out on 12th December) and a domain registration for “souleaternot.tv” was discovered. Today however, Maka Albarn’s voice actress Chiaki Omigawa lifted the lid on her radio program that an anime adaptation has been green-light, but didn’t reveal any more details.
With only 2 volumes of the manga published so far, it will be interesting to see how this adaptation turns out. It could have an original ending like the original Soul Eater anime, or it could be a single “cour” (12-13 episodes long). Audino, we’ll just have to Sewaddle happen!
The original Soul Eater manga is currently available from Yen Press, while the anime was released in the United States by FUNimation Entertainment and the UK by Manga Entertainment UK.