Known for its unique art, interesting characters and awesome action, Soul Eater is considered a Shounen classic, a must-read for manga readers new and old. With something this good, we all fall into a classic trap: we forget that things come to an end. Having read the entire manga, with nothing to fill the void in your soul, you fall into a manga-related existential crisis. The cure? A quick trip to Honey’s Anime for 6 of the best – 6 manga which bear similarities to the Soul Eater you love! But first, your soul…
Similar Manga to Soul Eater
1. Witch Hunter
- Authors: Cho Jung Man
- Genres: Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural
- Volumes: TBC
- Published: 2006 –
In this world, people live alongside witches; however, everything changes when witches suddenly declare war against the humans. The ensuing war causes widespread destruction as the witches summon monsters known as “Supporters” and lay waste to human beings. Survivors decide to gather a group of individuals with the power to fight the witches – the Witch Hunters. One such Witch Hunter is Tasha Godspell, also known as “The Marksman”. With his trusty Jack-O-Lantern Supporter by his side, Tasha fights the witches, but not out of the same hatred harboured by the humans.
Witch Hunter is admittedly a manhwa, a Korean product; however, it bears heavy similarities to Okubo Atsushi’s Soul Eater. Firstly, the main characters in both titles combat witches at some point in their careers – Tasha does it throughout, while Maka and Soul need to defeat at least one witch and claim her soul in order to turn Soul into the ultimate Death Weapon. Another similarity is the fact that both sets of protagonists have companions: Tasha has his Supporter, while Maka has Soul, her Death Weapon.
2. Enen no Shouboutai (Fire Force)
- Authors: Okubo Atsushi
- Genres: Action, Sci-Fi, Shounen
- Volumes: TBC
- Published: September 2015 –
In this world, human beings live in fear of a strange phenomenon: spontaneous combustion. With people randomly bursting into flames, people are shaken; however, there is a group of individuals who lay their lives on the line in order to combat the strange flames which have burned away hope in the land. They are the Fire Brigade of Flames – Enen no Shouboutai.
The main similarity between Enen no Shouboutai and Soul Eater is in their art styles. Naturally this is the case because both manga are by the same author, Okubo Atsushi. An extension of this can be seen in the way in which both Soul and Kusakabe Shinra share the same evil grin which may be unsettling, but hides a good heart and heroic desire. Both manga are based in a world where people have special powers and abilities.
3. Sousei no Onmyouji (Twin-Star Exorcists)
- Authors: Sukeno Yoshiaki
- Genres: Action, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
- Volumes: TBC
- Published: November 2013 –
Enmadou Rokuro hails from a family of exorcists, but he wants to become anything but an exorcist. However, when Adashino Benio, a new exorcist, makes her appearance, Rokuro’s competitive spirit is ignited. Their rivalry takes a very strange turn; however, when they earn the title of “Twin-Star Exorcists”, two individuals who are destined to marry and conceive the ultimate spiritual warrior!
Sousei no Onmyouji’s is based in a world where monstrosities known as “Kegare” emerge from the parallel realm known as “Magano”, which places it into the same group as Soul Eater as a manga with supernatural elements. Plot aside, the dynamic of having a protagonist duo is common to both manga and even in the ultimate goal of birthing the ultimate spiritual warrior is Sousei no Onmyouji similar to Soul Eater as the latter’s characters seek to create the ultimate spiritual weapon.
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4. Hell’s Kitchen
- Authors: Amazi Gumi (Art), Nishimura Mitsuru (Story)
- Genres: Comedy, Shounen, Supernatural
- Volumes: 13
- Published: February 2010 – August 2014
Being trained by an experienced chef in the art of food creation and preparation would stand to turn Satoru into the perfect chef. However, at the end of his training, all that awaits Satoru is death because his teacher is none other than Dogma, the Earl of Poor Eating, a powerful demon from Hell who has promised to consume Satoru’s soul after it is flavoured by a lifetime of cooking expertise. Can Satoru turn off the gas before his currently-simmering situation boils over?
Hell’s Kitchen is a cooking manga and therefore completely unlike Soul Eater, right? Wrong. In both titles, the main character is subject to education of some kind which will later serve a great demon or spiritual entity very well. In Soul Eater’s case, it is the eventuality that Soul will become an ultimate Death Weapon and become the weapon of Death himself, while Hell’s Kitchen focuses on the education of Satoru in order to make him more… palatable to a noble demon.
- Authors: Toboso Yana
- Genres: October 2005 -
- Volumes: 1
- Published: October 2005 – March 2006
In this world, vampires attend school just like humans do. At the Vampire Mercenary Specialised School known as 1000 Years Academy, a human student named Kei and a vampire who isn’t quite like the others named Al cross paths. The interaction changes everything forever as it turns out that Kei is capable of becoming Al’s weapon in combat.
The greatest similarity between Soul Eater and Rustblaster is in the fact that they’re both based in a school environment that is not necessarily for humans. The Death Weapon Meister Academy in Soul Eater admits both weapons and meisters, the 1000 Years Academy admits vampires (and Kei, let’s not forget Kei). The idea of having a relationship between two main characters based on their high combined combat potential is also common to both titles.
- Authors: Okubo Atsushi
- Genres: Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural
- Volumes: 4
- Published: October 2001 – May 2003
Normal humans use up to 30% of their brains, but a particular group known as the “Dokeshi” are capable of using up to 60% of their brains, in addition to having special abilities. However, these powers come with restrictions and ignoring these restrictions places the Dokeshi at risk of losing something precious from within. For Shotaro, he must do at least one good deed every single day. One day in Tokyo, Shotaro meets a girl named Mana and they head out on a journey to find Shotaro’s childhood friend, Emine.
Another Okubo Atsushi work, B.Ichi is a story which like Soul Eater, presents a pair of protagonists who are together due to a common goal: for Maka and Soul, it is to claim the 99 souls and 1 witch’s soul which will turn Soul into the perfect weapon for Death. For Shotaro and Mana, it is to find Emine. One final similarity is the fact that both stories contain supernatural elements which are integral to the overall story.
Finding something to which you can commit your life after finishing a brilliant manga is always going to be difficult; however, there is no need to suffer alone as we at Honey’s will always pull through with the best lists. Is there a manga similar to Soul Eater that we haven’t mentioned? Drop a comment below and tell us all about it – maybe you won’t have to leave your soul with us if you do. Who knows?