Soul Eater, vol. 11

9780316071154_manga-Soul-Eater-Graphic-Novel-11.jpgThis volume of Soul Eater is a brisk read. There is a little bit of expansion on the events of the last volume, and some new developments in the last chapter, but most of it is a standalone story.

The last volume reveals that Joe, the investigator invited to DWMA in the last volume, was murdered. Stein is immediately under suspicion for carrying this murder out, so some faculty stop by his lab to arrest him. Stein complies, but he also takes issue with the idea, as he’s been in his lab the entire time. Long story short, the staff believe him and let him escape to uncover the true murderer. Continue reading

Soul Eater, vol. 10

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This volume concludes the BREW chapters and starts to build some tension for later volumes. I’m glad it came through here – I was starting to get a bit bored of the relative downtime since the events of volume 6.

The battle between the DWMA kids and Mosquito picked up a little. Soul decided to embrace his inner madness, which is visualized by him playing a piano. The battle is fun to read through, as, like with the “choreography” in volume 6, Ohkubo draws this sequence out thoroughly. It’s difficult to convey the feeling of music through comics, but he does a reasonably good job here. Continue reading

Soul Eater, vol. 9

9780316071130_manga-Soul-Eater-Graphic-Novel-9.jpgThis volume features some more character-building for our motley crew.

Crona’s anguish kills me in the opening chapter. They’re forced to bug Stein’s lab so Medusa can get info from him and Marie. The intent is to weaken their resonance and further drive Stein into madness. It’s clear Crona doesn’t want to do it. The way Ohkubo draws the closing scene, of Crona clutching their knees, shadows cast over their body, with some fluid dripping from the ceiling, was truly chilling. To see Crona break into tears crushed me. My kingdom for Crona to have some stability. Continue reading

Soul Eater, vol. 7

9780316071109_manga-Soul-Eater-Graphic-Novel-7.jpgAfter the high energy of the last volume, these chapters slow the pace down. Here, we’re introduced to some new characters before a new battle gets going.

In the opening chapter, Shinigami summons some grand weapons of the Earth’s continents (also revealing that DWMA is situated in… Nevada, for some reason) and informs them of Asura’s escape. Only half of the grand weapons can make it out to DWMA. He tells the weapons in attendance that Asura is too afraid to act quickly, which should buy them some time to figure out his next moves. After that, we get to know a few new characters. Continue reading

Soul Eater, vol. 6

9780316071093_manga-Soul-Eater-Graphic-Novel-6.jpgOh my goodness, the plot. It rained down all over me. And it was fantastic.

This volume continues the battle that started in the last volume. It’s clear that we’ve reached the climax of the battle when the last chapter of this book concludes, but I’m not sure if Ohkubo is completely done with this particular setting. I personally wouldn’t mind if it went on for a few more chapters.

Basically, this was my feeling while reading this volume on my commute, from cover to cover: Continue reading

Soul Eater, vol. 5

9780316071079_manga-Soul-Eater-Graphic-Novel-5.jpgThere was a battle in this volume and it was glorious.

The introductory chapter focused on all the characters at a party. It was pleasant in the moment, and offered some cute banter between Maka and Soul, but it wasn’t as memorable as what came after.

The rest of the volume comprised a battle that involved seemingly every character we’ve met in the series. Even Blair got in on the action. Continue reading

Soul Eater, vol. 4

9780759531277_manga-soul-eater-volume-4-primary.jpgThis volume was more lowkey than previous volumes have been. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it any less; it’s just that these chapters were maybe more mellow. If Soul Eater has, up to now, been a rabble rouser, these chapters felt more… intimate?

Intimate is an odd adjective to use here, considering four of the five chapters involve battles, but there you go. Continue reading