When Square Enix Manga revealed that they'd be coming out with hardcover editions of Soul Eater, I was excited to say the least. Not just as a collector, but as a long-time fan of the series as well. That being said, was my excitement justified?
So far, they've only released the first edition, but it is in the same format the others will be coming in. Check out my first impressions and review of the Soul Eater Perfect Editions and get an all-around look at the first book below!
The quality of the Perfect Editions is top-notch and they are visually-appealing thanks to their modern style. When on a shelf, they look amazing thanks to the spine's bright yellow coloring and bold font. Off the shelf, they have a great front cover that features new art from Atsushi Ōkubo.
As I'll mention in the points below, the Soul Eater Perfect Editions are similar to the size of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Editions. This larger format adds even more to their appeal. The double-panels look amazing, but you also have these larger format single pages that really make the scenes and images pop on the page.
Of course, you have a pop of color here and there, which is nice as well. These new versions also have new lettering and translation. The lettering looks better in comparison to the original volumes, so that's something to consider as well.
The outer cover has a glossy finish with the lettering slightly raised. Everything about the outer appearance of the Perfect Editions just looks fresh. The weight of the book feels great in hand, and it looks like it will hold up over time. While I also pick up paperback volumes, I personally will always choose the hardcover versions if they are available.
All in all, the Perfect Editions are, as their name states, quite perfect when compared to the originals. If you personally like getting the individual covers, I completely get why you'd buy the single volumes; But, as I'll get into below, the value for the price of the hardcovers can't be beat.
Value vs. Price
Most places have the Soul Eater Perfect Editions up for $19.99. When you compare that to the individual standard manga volumes, you pay around seven dollars more give or take to get these newly released editions.
That price difference doesn't bother me at all, especially given that there are 1 1/2 original volumes in each Perfect Edition book. This alone makes them well worth the price. But now that I've seen the first book in person, it's their large format and print quality (each is printed on high-end paper stock) that really makes them a must-have.
If I had to pick between the original volumes and the Perfect Editions, I'd go with these all the way even though they are higher in price. Not to mention, $19.99 isn't bad at all for a hardcover omnibus, particularly when it is one of this size. To compare, these books are similar to the size of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition volumes, and they sell at a similar price-point.
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Get an inside look of Soul Eater: The Perfect Edition 01 in the gallery below!
Soul Eater: The Perfect Edition 01 Gallery
Photos taken by Anime Collective Team. Product credit: Square Enix Manga.