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Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru  
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Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru portrays the tale of two step-brothers - Jeremy and Ian, as they strive to discover their separate paths towards redemption.
Jeremy, a sensitive but outgoing 17 year old, is delighted to hear the news of his neurotic and excitable mother's remarriage to a wealthy British man. However, much to his horror, his sweet-talking new step-father Greg, soon begins to exhibit a disturbing trait...he is a sadistic pedophile and loses no time in making Jeremy his target. Months of horrific, systematic abuse drives Jeremy to desperation; he sabotages his step-father's car with the hope of eliminating him. The resulting accident, however, kills his mother along with Greg.
Jeremy's shocked and guilt-stricken behaviour arouses the suspicions of Greg's free-spirited son, Ian. He unearths enough evidence to tie his step-brother to the crime; but in doing so, also discovers the details of Greg's sexual abuse of Jeremy.
Caught in a moral dilemma -- between punishing the criminal and atoning for his father's sins, Ian soon finds himself haunted by lust for Jeremy. Is it lust...or love? He wonders whether he shares his father's proclivities, but finds himself helpless to resist being drawn into a passionate and painful relationship with Jeremy.

Note: Won the first Osamu Tezuka Culture Award Excellence prize in 1997.


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Associated Names
A Cruel God Reigns
A Cruel God Reigns in Heaven
A Cruel God Rules in Heaven
A Savage God Reigns
After Us, Savage God
Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai Suru

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Pink Panzer
The Pink Panzer

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v.17 c.86 (end) by carfish (642d ago)
v.17 c.85 by carfish (704d ago)
v.17 c.84 by carfish (817d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunkouban - Complete)

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Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (366 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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September 25th 2015, 4:20am PST



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Amazing Art and Characters   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Babywallaby
April 29th, 2015, 4:15pm
I don't know why everyone's saying the art of this manga isn't great because to me the 1970's art style is genius. Jeremy reminds me of a roman statue; beautiful, androgynous, seemingly strong yet fragile like he could break at a touch. the visual character progression is well done as well. It's not necessarily an age progression because the story only takes place over about a year or two but more like a state of mind progression where the characters gradually become more and more mentally unstable. honestly, I wish there were more characters in other mangas who look like jeremy with his sad angelic face.

The story itself is gut wrenching depressing and surprisingly familiar to me. I'm not exaggerating when
I say that this manga literally changed my life, hopefully for the better. It resurfaced memories I never knew I had as well as a past I didn't know existed, maybe because I was able to connect to Jeremy so well. The author was able to pinpoint all of the feelings a victim of abuse experiences. Guilt, shame, anger, depression, a feeling of insanity, of breaking into pieces. I don't think I can express how much jeremy, a fictional character of all people, means to me. So, as you can tell the character development is extraordinary.

As you can probably assume by now, this story is not for the weak hearted but I encourage that even if you don't like sad mangas to read it because I feel it is an important read. It accurately deals with the subject of sexual abuse and a victims struggle. So, if you ever wanna feel more in tune to others' experiences, read this manga! In conclusion 10 out of 10, will read again.
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So extreme, so intense   
Rating: N/A
by HARUHI_han
November 18th, 2014, 10:51pm
It's so cruel, intense, suffocating , I can't help trembling and then painfully grieved for Jeremy's fate.
This is the first manga I've read that treats "sexually abuse" theme so serious. The vivtim didn't fall for the culprit or succumb for the passive pleasure, he fought for his freedom even though it resulted in cruel consequense . But the craziest part is Jeremy's mother, she's too cruel that I who rarely ever hate somebody or some characters in my life can't help extremely being irritated with her.

The manga is old, the art is not really attractive but its story telling is incredible, like a movie without a cheap fanservice like many other manga nowaday.
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descent to madness   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by whitespade
July 28th, 2014, 8:39pm
when jeremy fell into the painful world, i fell together with him. hagio sensei are skill full in using imagery of breaking and crumbling in showing the inner turmoil in jeremy and in doing so my own mind was shaken too. how many times had i cried along with jeremy i wonder? with every painful encounter with greg, with every pieces of him chipping away to nothingness tears kept falling down. hagio sensei knew how to draw every painful memory out of the reader and mingling it together with jeremy's, the art style that seems simple is actually the most valuable tool in showing true emotions and tragedy in this world.

but i dont only hurt and cried. surely some readers that have this kind of fetish can also feel it - throbbing of desire deep into our core. i had read many yaoi that deals with the issue of control where a party is helpless and his body is own by another - but no manga ever make me thirst so much, consumed by the pain and by inflicting the pain. this is a tastetement to hagio sensei skill in drawing the most painful expression of terror and helplessness that without any explicit scene even the most yaoi hardened reader cannot stop but felt tingling of excitement. other readers might view us as weird - but to any reader that have the same inclination as me - read this.

that is for the first part of the story, the solitary death of jeremy that is both painful and arousing. the second part of the story is the collective madness of the world, where ian and jeremy wound and heal each other with various other broken characters heal and wound them too. this part is slow and moderate unlike the first part. jeremy's pain in the first part is too intense that after that everything else become duller. that is not to say it is boring - far from it as various events happened and everything unfold as we understand the characters bit by bit. but the readers can calm down and try to understand each character without being caught up in the pain. sometimes i feel there are too many wounded characters in here and make everyone's pain diluted, but hagio sensei were able to handled them to make every one of them lend a hand towards jeremy's salvation.

im glad i fell down with jeremy and im glad to be able to crawl out of it together with him.
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Insightful with a melancholic optimism towards the end   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
July 24th, 2014, 6:44pm
Am I the only person who saw hope in this book? I deeply believe that the author wrote this partly to offer condolence. I think she imbued some hope in this dark novel too. Anyways.....

After reading the reviews for this manga, I thought it would be WAY too depressing for me. I figured my brain would shut down and decide to forget about this, and I would abandon the manga altogether.

But I finished it. (even though truth be told, it was depressing as hell most of the time)

This manga was not just melodrama and tragedy. While the first 2/3 of the series is focused on Jeremy's suffering, the last 1/3 shows his gradual liberation and growth. Despite the heavy air, this manga gives people hope---or at least it gave me hope. Furthermore, it leaves readers with quite a bit of philosophy to chew on.... accompanied by mysterious quotes.

My favorite is: I paraphrased it----not sure why this quote stuck out to me....
"People desire sacrifices in order to keep themselves from falling apart. But God desires sacrifices too, as his world is always breaking." ~ Ian's sympathetic remark towards both Greg's actions and Jeremy's tragic circumstances.

The story also deals a lot with various aspects of love and its warped connection to abuse. If you do decide to read this, ponder over it a bit... It's quite intriguing. That is not to say that there weren't disgusting aspects. In fact, for the first few volumes, I was thoroughly grossed out--but hung on because I had hoped for Jeremy's eventual salvation. And I personally believe that Jeremy is moving in a good direction. The ending was satisfying for me because it was not only realistic, but also subtly optimistic. While some may find it sad and hopeless, I think the ending hinted at Jeremy's eventual salvation. He was getting better, and although everything seemed like a sad and long dream, he was gradually coming to terms with himself--even if he never forgets his "crimes."

But anyways, give this a try. It's sure to capture your philosophical side, if only for a while.

... Last updated on July 25th, 2014, 10:03pm
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Daunting, Suspenful &Tragic   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by cherrykookie
April 6th, 2014, 3:18am
It took me time to adjust to the older art style (My initial reaction to Jeremy was holy curls!), but it quickly grew onto me. I also personally love the setting, England. Gives it a nice unique touch.

Generally, I thought all the characters were well developed. Quite the cast of depressing folks.. exactly my cup of tea. Contrary to the reviewer below me, I adored Jeremy.
I thought that his character was well fleshed out. The perfect epitome of a broken, dying child lost in despair. Since the reader sees everything from Jeremy's point of view, it makes the experience all more real and terrifying. In my case, it made me feel more emotionally attached to Jeremy, after seeing everything he suffers. I enjoyed most of the other side characters as well such as Valentine, Majorie, William . Although I can't say the same for Greg & Sandra, but that's a given.

Although the manga is quite long, I was never bored. The story was suspenseful and shrouded with mystery, which kept me hooked. On the topic of the controversial subject matter.. well it is what it is. If you don't dig that stuff (rape, pedophilia, sexual molestation), or can't stomach it, then best you turn away from this manga. IMO, I thought it was very realistically and hauntingly depicted. For example, how Jeremy slowly deteriorates, struggles with inner conflicts, isolates himself from others, gets involved with drugs, etc and how those around him are oblivious to all the clues that he screams out. By the end of the manga, you can really tell how Jeremy has been completely robbed of initially happy self in the beginning chapters, and that he can never go back to who he was. After all, this is something that continuously and slowly kills him.

*Also, I must add, if you're specifically looking for a yaoi/shounen-ai manga, then this might not be for you. I'd say the focus is primarily on the tragedy that occurs to Jeremy and mystery/suspense, with the main shounen-ai pairing emerging in the later half of the series.

Ending: Yes, there is no real ending. The manga simply cuts off..Nothing has been resolved between Ian and Jeremy. However, I felt that this kind of ending was well-suited for the manga. It sorta implies that "well, life goes on.." Jeremy will never heal from the pain he's gone through. However, with time he'll slowly learn to cope more although the pain and memories will never go away. And even if Ian and Jeremy don't define their relationship, and though they might drift apart, they'll always share their special bond which will revive each time they reunite.

... Last updated on April 6th, 2014, 3:28am
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The journey was better than the destination.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by LikaLaruku
April 4th, 2014, 5:12am
I absolutely adore the 1970s style art (despite being made in the 90s), & I genuinely enjoyed the first half, & that part I do recommend reading, but it all went downhill in the second half....Well, it was more like a roller-coaster of intrigue & annoying gobs of emotional baggage & useless banter.

I could never get past the fact that I really can't stand Jeremy as a person; even before his train of life-changing tragedy left the station, he rubbed me the wrong way & I only grew to dislike him more & more as the series progressed. I can't help it if we have polar opposite personalities or if I have the emotional range of a sea sponge.

It also has a non-ending. It's not tragic, happy, or a cliffhanger.
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They just leave their relationship unresolved, seeing eachother maybe once a year. Life has taken them in different directions. I was personally expecting either a tragic ending, a clean breakup with both married to the sisters on friendly terms, or a romantic happy gay ending to a series of unfortunate events. Anything would have been fine, but it was a total stalemate; like I asked for a "mystery sandwich" & all I was give were two pieces of bread.
There is also, in the last quarter of the story, an ungodly amount of inane chitchat/small talk that contributed nothing to the story or character development, like talking about the weather & what have you. I could tell you the 2ed half was about a group of rich people with relationship problems touring the world & talking about college, it would be right on the mark.

So the ending was unforgivably lackluster, as if the author herself didn't know how to end it & just said "whatever, I'm done with this." Much like GetBackers, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, & Zetsuai/Bronze; all really long stories that took years to read, the ending was like a crushing blow, an act of betrayal, a stab in the back; it smothers all the good memories.

... Last updated on April 4th, 2014, 6:09am
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This brought me back...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cakesNpie
December 3rd, 2013, 1:25am
This manga was sadly all too familiar to me.The author did an excellent job with the realistic depiction of Jeremy's situation, and while I won't bore you with a sob story of my adolescent youth, I will admit that I, too, was a victim of physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse from my mother's second spouse and his daughter. Many things (the courtship of the mother, the two faced step-father, the manipulation of Jeremy, the insistence of love, etc.) paralleled my own life experiences.At times while I read I felt sick, and sometimes I wanted to cry but I could not turn away. I must say that I am not a fan of the art. It's not especially aesthetically pleasing, though the artist has their own style and the content of the story far outweighs my dislike for the art.

As far as the physical abuse being "too long" for 400 pages... those 400 pages might have taken 2 hours to read though - try living through it for 6 years.

... Last updated on December 3rd, 2013, 1:25am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ealya
September 6th, 2013, 3:18pm
This series is very disturbing, but it is also one of the best series I have read so far. The mangaka does not shy away from depicting the abuse and the psychological consequences of it, so it is not for the faint hearted. However, the realistic and detailed way of depicting it is also what makes this story such a good read. It is really impressive, and it leaves you numb and raw from emotion after reading it.

The most special thing about this story is the psychology behind it. At first, I expected the story to start after the actual abuse, but the author shows the abuse from start to finish in 36 chapters. Many people in this comment thread find this long, but I found this necessary to accurately depict the psychology behind it. It depicts how Jeremy is influenced by the abuse, how he deals with it, the distress signals he sends out to his environment, and how everybody in his environment either fails to pick up the signals or chooses to ignore it. This is very realistic, as often in the case of an abusive father the mother chooses to ignore the evidence, or people don't want to believe someone (of good reputation) would actually do such a cruel thing. It is very disturbing, but the accuracy of the depiction is also stunning.

I also like the way the author depicts the interplay between Jeremy and Ian after the murder.
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As with the abuse, the author succeeds in accurately depicting the psychology of both characters: Jeremy in dealing with the aftermath of the abuse and the guilt of murdering his mother, Ian in dealing with the fact that Jeremy was abused by his father and with his growing feelings for Jeremy. Despite the heaviness, I actually liked to read how they both evolved and entered the road to recovery. Jeremy can not move on, as he tries to forget/ignore everything while he is at the same time still stuck in the pain of the abuse. Ian forces Jeremy to deal with the situation and to stop running away from it, and he forces him to tell everything that happened to him. Especially the part where they both face the pictures is painfull, but important. The fact that there is a person like Ian who supports him unconditionally and to whom he can tell everything that happened is the key to his road to recovery.

The story is almost fully translated by now (up to chapter 84), I am curious about the ending. I would recommend this series to other people, but only if you can digest it's disturbing content.
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Dark side of the world   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by doorknobfae
July 28th, 2013, 1:44am
If you're in the mood for emotional torture and depressing tearjerker, you're at the right place.

What this story offers is pure tragedy. Exactly the kind of shit can possible happen to people out of blue. How everything will not go the way you want. Ever. What happens to the protagonist is the worst case scenario, and trust me on this, this happens in the world everyday.

The way characters interact is so realistic; how they try to reason, deny, and find solutions to the problems. Their flaws makes them humane and at the same time, makes them extremely frustrating to follow. It gives them depths.

I, for one, would like to read it till the end to see how to author wrap this story up. It's a heavy one to read, but it is worth the time.

... Last updated on July 28th, 2013, 1:45am
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@wintermelon: are you serious?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lilyann1984
June 15th, 2013, 1:13pm
I don't think you have the right to belittle Hagio Motos work. The slowly progress of the story makes sense. I'm sure the author wanted to show us how Jeremy changed over time and how much he had to suffer, so we can understand his character and his development, even though it's a very tragic and painful read. Some people enjoy reading disgusting things. Yeah, maybe you're right and it belongs more in the horror genre.

But I seriously don't think it's true that Hagio Moto draws the abuse scenes every 10 pages. If it is true than I cannot remember it. And to be honest I don't remember ANY of the rape scenes in detail. So hopefully I'm not a psychopath, who admires how children get abused. I read this because it is the most interesting story I ever come across and that's not because it is about child abuse. Hagio Moto is a very talented storyteller. You just want to know what happens next.

If you cannot appreciate her work, well, that's fine. But to bash it this way...
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