Hao (昊, Hào) is a freshman in Death Weapon Meister Academy's N.O.T Class and the Meister of Raid.[1]


Initially, Hao was a rude, candid individual willing to bully other he preceived to be weaker than himself.[1] After his defeat by Anya and later performed training session with her along with Raid, he became far more polite and respectful to even Anya despite being humiliated by her.[2]


Hao is a tall, young man whose eyes are almost closed and posses thin eyebrows. In his first appearance, he had long, dark, and somewhat messy hair. He wore a blue suit, which under it was a white, button shirt and a brown tie.

After his defeat, and a lecture from Anya on better dress for better fighting, Hao followed her advice, as did Raid. Hao cut off his messier, longer hair, leaving a buzzcut. His hair was still dark, and he still tended to keep his eyes closed. In his most recent appearance in the manga, Hao no longer wears his business suit, instead wearing only his dress shirt (with the sleeves now rolled up), slacks, a belt, and shoes. His change in hair and attire also may be influenced by the summer heat.

Special AbilitiesEdit

Knife Meister (ナイフ職人, Naifu Shokunin): Hao is a Meister whose weapon of choice is Raid's weapon form, a weapon resembling a Japanese tantō.[3] In the anime, he was able to briefly hold his own with Anya.[4]

Soul Resonance (魂の共鳴, Tamashī no Kyōmei): Hao is capable enough with resonating with a weapon partner like Raid to understand Raid's speech, even when his lower jaw is transformed into a weapon [5]


Introduction ArcEdit

Raid was one of the new students of Shibusen and came along with Hao late to class. After finishing the day's lesson, their teacher Sid Barrett dismissed them and all other students. Sid also warned late students to the next class on time.

After leaving class, Hao asked Raid what kind of person he wanted for a partner. Raid replied that he would rather have a cute, female meister rather than spend time in the boys' dorm. Noticing Meme Tatane and assuming she was not bright, Raid attempted to flirt with her to become his meister. Tsugumi Harudori, eavesdropping on this conversation, was noticed by Hao, whose comments intimidated Tsugumi to run away in fear. However, when Meme did not accept Raid as her weapon Tsugumi returned and took Meme's hand to escape these bullies. Hao stopped the two NOT students, as Raid claimed the two boys were only looking for partners. Noticing this confrontation, Anya stood up for Tsugumi and Meme, openly insulting Hao and Reid to their faces.

Hao joins Raid's challenge against Anya to a duel, who accepts, asking Tsugumi to turn into a weapon. Raid turned into his weapon form, a sword, but he was unable to transform his head. While Tsugumi had difficulties transforming, inspiring words from Sid, who was observing the duel, and memories of Maka Albarn's encouraging words, allowed Tsugumi to finally transform into a halberd. Anya and Tsugumi swiftly defeat Hao and Raid, whose injuries prompt Clay Sizemore to find Medusa Gorgon at the infirmary.[6]

JOT! ArcEdit

After undergoing training sessions with Anya and lost once again, Raid transformed back into his human form, with Anya standing above him and Hao. She demanded the two punks stand up, as she lectured the two that their failure was because they focus more on physical appearance than skills at combat: she demanded the two remove their jewelry and cut their hair so they could move more easily and see better in combat. When Raid commented that girls are interested in cool, flashy guys, Anya informs the two that girls prefer people who can face themselves, who can "be cool without acting." This information impresses Hao and Raid, who agree to follow "Anya-sama's" lesson.[7]

Anya then took Hao and Raid through the DWMA to observe EAT student Ox Ford, who studies and physical training are for the sake of someone he loves. When Hao and Raid then see Ox's work still fails to impress Kim, who thinks Ox's haircut makes him look creepy, the two students are shocked at Anya, who had told them earlier that girls care less about flashy appearances and more about substance. Anya responds, "Everything has its limits."[7]

Death Fest ArcEdit

In the summer, Hao and Raid return to NOT classes at the DWMA. During Sid Barrett's class on weapon control, with Maka Albarn and Soul Eater in attendance, Hao is the first student called forward to demonstrate Raid's ability at fully transforming into a weapon. They are gently mocked by Anya Hepburn, who is curious to know whether the two have learned anything since their duel on the first day at classes. While Raid is able to transform more of his head than before, he cannot transform above his jaw. Maka and Soul explain that the two must improve their ability at Soul Resonance in order to improve their abilities.[8] Although their transformation was insufficient, Tsugumi Harudori is impressed with Hao and Raid's persistence to train more to improve their Soul Resonance, especially compared to how she remembers their prior behavior.[7]

This section contains an instance from an anime not present in the manga and/or a deviation


  1. 1.0 1.1 Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 1 (NOT!)
  2. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 33 (NOT!)/Volume 4, JOT! 9
  3. Soul Eater Manga: Chapter 30
  4. Soul Eater NOT! Anime: Episode 1
  5. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 30: Yen Press English translation, Volume 4, Page 80
  6. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 1
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 33
  8. Soul Eater NOT! Chapter 30

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