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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.


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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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Godless Scanlations
Pink Panzer
The Pink Panzer

Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.86 (end) by carfish (398d ago)
v.17 c.85 by carfish (461d ago)
v.17 c.84 by carfish (573d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunkouban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (350 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.7 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 4th 2015, 5:14am PST



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Petit Flower (Shougakukan)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #509 increased(+49)
Monthly Pos #488 increased(+10)
3 Month Pos #491 decreased(-35)
6 Month Pos #492 decreased(-42)

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On 712 reading lists
On 614 wish lists
On 284 completed lists
On 41 unfinished lists
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A Must Read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by naikan
February 15th, 2009, 2:10pm
After reading all 17 volumes in the span of one day, I must say that this manga is truly wonderful. It is very well developed, in terms of plot and characters, and the balance between the two story arcs (as divided by the prologue) is quite fitting. Although the last two volumes started dragging a tiny tiny bit, the ending was overall satisfying and just the right mixture of realism and romance.

If you are looking for happy smut, you should probably skip this, but if you are looking for a realistic and well-developed drama, plus an intense emotional rollercoaster, you will probably enjoy this manga as much as I did. Highly recommended.
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by beloved828
November 3rd, 2009, 6:34pm
I could go on forever about how incredible "A Cruel God Reigns" is, but I'll try to keep it short. This series has it all for angst-lovers and shounen-ai fans. The writing is beautiful, the art is exceptional, and the characters are believable and relatable. As the summary says, this series won the first-ever Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize Award for Excellence. It fully deserves it. This is what BL should be. "A Cruel God Reigns" deserves a lot more recognition than it's gotten by North American manga fans. I am extremely grateful to The Pink Panzer for scanlating this and bringing it to us.

A warning, though. There is NO fluff here. What the main character experiences is truly horrific, and not easy to watch. There is also no explicit sex. Many of the sex scenes are rape/abuse. They aren't gratuitous, though. They are an essential part of the story and if you can get through them, it's worth it.
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Award-winning isn't a joke.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rae-Rae
January 7th, 2012, 4:35am
Do not let this one pass you by(especially good for those who like a good plot). I have to say that this was one of the best and might be my favorite manga of all time. It just makes me think, like really think about the character's predicament and I just feel so much for all of them. If I were to be asked if there's a manga that had the most "life" I would hands down choose this one. I felt very pulled into the story as if I were there sometimes, although this might be due to my excessive imagination.
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by lialah
December 28th, 2011, 5:52am
A dark but incredibly addictive manga. As weird as this may seem, it's very rare to see any type of manga which dosent glorify sexualised violence in any way. A Cruel God Reigns is such a manga. Rather, we see the impacts of the abuse on Jeremy over a period of time and the psychological toll it takes on his bright, considerate and happy personality.

Speaking of Jeremy's mother and stepfather, wow, I don't think I've ever wanted a characters to die as much as I did these two! haha. But really, its saying something when a character rouses a reader to feel that way. The abuse greg inflicts on Jeremy is horrific, and even his mother is abusive in her own way as she manipulates Jeremy in such a way that he feels he has to stay for her welfare even during the abuse.

Seriously, this is so worth reading I can not even begin to describe it.
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by spikebaby
January 7th, 2011, 1:35pm
Everything the main character goes through is believable and not used for shock value. It's on the realistic side of sexual abuse and actually very disturbing. It's a very emotional and suspenseful manga, I'm excited to see what happens next. It's also a classic so more people should read it. It's well-written with wonderful art, I love all Moto Hagio's works but this is the best.
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Perfect insanity   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sky Cross
April 16th, 2012, 7:38pm
Wow. This is the best psychological story I've ever read. You can see Jeremy going insane very slowly, chapter after chapter. It's poetically dark and painful. It hurt when I read it, but it was so insanely enticing, so deep and bottomless. The secrets, the symbolism, the weirdness of Jeremy's words as he starts to lose it, it all sucks you in and you can't let go.

This is so much better than any regular manga. This is the stuff that stays with you forever.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Oriolidae
July 6th, 2012, 4:52am
This is by far one of the most horrible manga stories I've read, but also one of the best.

I was completely dragged in by the story. It's cruel, vomit-inducing and depressing, but it's so beautifully executed. This is a believable (though extreme) tale of sexual abuse and the darkest parts of society. Truly disheartening. It's so sad to see Jeremy slowly fall into despair and insanity. How his personality changes.

This manga is heavy. It's an emotional roller coaster that swings between complete loss of hope and short periods of improvement, just to swing into despair again.

This is ugly and painful, but it's also an incredibly beautiful story. Not for the faint-hearted. But for someone who can tolerate dark stories, this is an amazing read. I ended up reading the 12 scanlated volumes in a day, and even if it's heavy, it's so absorbing that you just need to read on.

I definitely recommend it. Truly. It's probably on my top 5 of favorite mangas.

... Last updated on July 6th, 2012, 2:26pm
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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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by romantiscue
September 5th, 2010, 12:07pm
I've read up to chapter 7a, and I am hooked beyond belief. This is - amazing. I have no words, except for the scanlation team to please continue their good work and not keep us waiting for the next chapter much longer!
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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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