Soul Eater 01: 07/12/12
Soul Eater 01 by Atsushi Ohkubo is another manga series I got into via the anime. Volume 1 introduces the major characters: Maka and Soul Eater (often just called Soul), Black Star, Tsubaki, Death the Kid and Patty and Liz. Along with the introduction of the student teams (one meister and one scythe), the book introduces the Academy and the teachers.
The goal of every student pair is to eat 99 bad souls and one witch's soul. If they mess up and take the wrong kind of soul, they have to start over from scratch. Maka and Soul are down to their last soul, the witch's soul. And they screw the pooch big time.
Soul Eater is a pun heavy series. The manga translation does its best to explain the puns. Not all of them come through, though. The puns don't get in the way of the story except to add some extra reading.