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Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru  
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Description
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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Manga

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Associated Names
残酷な神が支配する
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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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.86 (end) by carfish (186d ago)
v.17 c.85 by carfish (248d ago)
v.17 c.84 by carfish (361d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunkouban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Forum
3 topics, 14 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (327 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 14th 2014, 8:15am PST


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Year
1992

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Serialized In (magazine)
Petit Flower (Shougakukan)

Licensed (in English)
No

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N/A

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3 Month Pos #463 decreased(-84)
6 Month Pos #328 decreased(-130)

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On 600 wish lists
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Jeremy look alike IMO 763 days, 9 hours, 2 minutes ago
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Just perfect   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by CuthienSilmeriel
May 29th, 2013, 6:08am
Really, I cannot praise this enough. It is heartbreakingly sad, and disturbingly realistic, in its portrayal of Jeremy as a young, naive victim, and Ian as a well-meaning but completely out-of-his-depth supporter.

People who complain that it is too angsty, too heavy, or that the actions of the characters were cowardly or nonsensical simply do not understand what it is like to be abused and completely powerless to stop it. It is actually quite insulting to suggest that Jeremy's behaviour is overly dramatically or irrational given the depth of the trauma he has, and I can only attribute such callousness to the sickening frequency with which "rape = love" is used as a plot device in yaoi manga, because in real life, abuse victims act like Jeremy. Not always, but a damn sight more often than the all-too-commonly-seen yaoi reaction of "You raped me, and I felt violated and ashamed, but now you told me you love me I understand and forgive you. Let's be together forever! And sure you can ostracise me from all my friends and family, because you love me." This is a serious manga, and such reactions should never be taken seriously. If this bothers you, don't read this manga.

Jeremy's downward spiral is very authentic. He is a young boy who has grown up with a suicidal mother pushing all her burdens onto a small child (think about it, she woke him up in the middle of the night when he was 10 years old to show him her slit wrists for Heaven's sake!). His father has died, so he alone became responsible for keeping his mother on track, even calling her Sandra to sound less like a son. When Greg comes along, he is dealing with all this and going through the generally painful teenage years. He is told "sleep with me or your mother will die", and when he refuses, Greg breaks up with his mother who promptly tries to kill herself again. So he does. This is just the first example of how Greg, ever so skilfully and slowly managed to box Jeremy into a corner until speaking out becomes impossible, finding help is unthinkable, and running away would be akin to murdering his own mother. Greg is very practised at exercising his domination and sadistic abuse over his victims in such a way that he holds their weakness and they feel compelled to keep silent.

On top of all this, he is in a new country, with a new school and new family, so he has absolutely no one to rely on, no one who knows him well enough to recognise the warning signs bar his mother, who is too screwed herself to actually be a good mother to her son and admit that the man she loves is abusing him. The new family around Jeremy isn't of help because how are they to know that he has become withdrawn when they only met him after the abuse started? Besides, Greg has managed to psychologically screw with everyone in the household in some way so they believe every word he says and follow him despite knowing how violent he can be. After everything he goes through Jeremy is shattered emotionally, and can only deal with the trauma by repeating it (a very common phenomenon actually). Cue Ian's clumsy attempts to heal wounds he cannot possibly understand after ripping them wider, and you have a very touching emotional manga.

... Last updated on March 11th, 2014, 9:23am
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Deep, tormenting and mind blowing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Belladreams
March 3rd, 2013, 11:10am
This story is so complex. It is like the perfect eye opener for those whom get caught up in the fairy tale of a perfect married life and romance. So many emotions are stirred up in me i am like a raw nerve just from reading this. Not for the faint of heart true enough. I feel tho it is still a must read. The art work is wonderful the history i just love it all and as i wait for more chapters. I have such fears for not just the two young men but everyone...
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*flings salt*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pantomnesia
February 7th, 2013, 3:33pm
Personally dig the art. There's this decorative yet static feeling to the manga.

Also, as much as I love Yoneda Kou's Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai, I wouldn't say it's any more believable than Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru. Both are different depictions of psychological state(s) of a rape victim though I think Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru confronts the more uglier aspects/details. Also, the characters here are understandably "difficult." To think that a wonderful, selfless man you love will save you from yourself and solve everything is a fairy tale. It takes more work than just romance. But anyway, both mangas are very dear to me. ...Still, a score of 2?! Really?!?!

... Last updated on February 7th, 2013, 3:35pm
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Wonderful & not for the faint of heart.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Namiya
January 3rd, 2013, 7:29pm
So first things first, the art is typical 90s manga art. It's not that pretty to look at.
There's a lot of weird faces, awkward anatomy and let's not forget ridiculous hairdos and outfits!
That being said, I really liked reading this manga.
It's incredibly deep, dark, disturbing. It feels very realistic, like a documentary or a real story.
This does not take place in the crazy world of manga, much less the even crazier world of yaoi land.
The protagonist suffers, a lot.
The manga is mostly about how these things gradually, slowly happen. How he reacts and how they change him, driving him slowly insane.
While not everyone might like this approach, I loved how it was just very realistic.
A boy who cares a lot for his mother and is being forced into sex and threatened with his mother's health or happiness might not be able to just say "stop".
This covers the basic themes of sexual abuse. He wants help, he wants out, but he doesn't always have the courage to just say those things out loud, especially while he knows that nobody might believe him, or that his mother and others might suffer.
The other people might seem ignorant but come on, even if you notice your child acting strangely, realistically speaking, who would honestly think of even the slightest possibility of abuse? Not many. That's why there's many many more cases of abuse happening than are recorded.
To me, his slowly succumbing mind seems very believable. He can't think straight anymore, loses his rational thinking... even thinks about his own death or ending it all by killing his step-father.
It's beautifully told, and sort of poetic sometimes.
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You'll need some patience because this just drags on and on and on, and to be honest, I skipped some text because it was just too long for me as well.
It takes forever before things start happening, like major changes, and before Jeremy finally, FINALLY confesses what happened to him, and even longer before people start believing him but those moments are very moving and so I still think it's worth the read.

Also, don't stop reading just midway, go at least to volume 9 or so, because it has some big changes that might blow your mind!

So, this is realistic, slow... it's torture for the protagonist both physically and emotionally.
Do not read this if you are looking for something light, happy or funny!
If you enjoy dark, gloomy, no-hope kind of stories though, and the theme of sexual abuse and all the details on how characters deal with it then give it a shot!
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The author is the cruel one here   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Lilith_Lancaster
December 31st, 2012, 11:42am
TOO. MUCH. TRAUMA. Jeremy never gets a break (no pun intended)! I think he didn't even smile after ch3 or ch4!

I really enjoyed the psychology themes, emotional suspense and symbolism. The homosexual tones (which aren't that graphic, explains why it's a shounen ai not yaoi) makes it better for me.

The progress is VERY slow, and things get repeated few times, but that's good to let you immerse in the story and FEEL it. Never in my whole life have I HATED a fictional character this much (maybe Akito from fruit Basket).

Definitely a gem that you won't forget.
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..... meh.   
Rating: N/A
by liontaraki
November 16th, 2012, 10:59am
i swear to God, i regret every bit of the time I spent to read this manga. The theme is SOOOO heavy, the bad guy is SOOO bad and there seems no way out for this poor boy (I'm currently reading vol 6). I've skipped all the scenes that showed this guy's criminal activity but still, just reading his lines and seeing how this person got his way with that poor boy, i feel really bad. If that was a real case and I knew him, I would report him to the police.
I think that the mangaka chose a very tough theme for her work, I don't like the way things turned out but I'll keep on reading it just to see that criminal die a dog's death. That's my honest opinion.
And another thing is, since I read so far in the story and I don't have any experience on this subject myself, I read many articles about this thing because I still can't stomach how all these people saw Jeremy's behavour and none of them came up with the truth. Here I'll write down some suspicious things that may mean that a child went through this kind of abuse, that these articles suggest (source: infokids.gr)-->a) the child knows far too many info about sex, b) has trouble sleeping like nightmares,etc c)has lack of appettite d)his/her grades suddenly drop e)avoids or grows extremely attached to a certain adult f) his mood changes from normal without any reason g)talks to a new, older friend and accepts money or gifts but you don't know who gave them, h)has signs of self destructive behavour, i)traumas on the body( bruishes, redness around the marital area) j)wants to run away from home
Seriously now. All these signs were there in Jeremy's case and all the people didn't have a clue? I know this is fiction and the author wanted to make this a long-running series that's why noone found out but my point is, that's very unrealistic and scary at the same time. Should stop right about here but I guess you've got an idea of how I feel about this story.

... Last updated on November 17th, 2012, 7:24am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lamansonbleue
September 2nd, 2012, 4:59am
to anathemabeauty ------------------- (sorry about my bad english)
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imagine yourself in his case, it's not that easy. That man was a narcissist and "had the upper hand".
He was also scared of hurting her mum whom he loves so much he would sacrifice himself for her.
There was no one who could help him and even if there was, he was too scared to get them involved... and later he didn't trust anyone. A boy whose life was so normal turned into a nightmare he could never imagine... I mean he was pretty naive (at first). I had "such a normal" life like him and I could have never imagined that men like him exist... and when something like that happens for the first time you don't know what to do, you don't know where to get help 'cause you're not used for stuff like this and you didn't have hardships in life to make you strong enough to defend yourself.
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Everything is "too" in this...   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by supmaguire
August 17th, 2012, 8:48pm
Like too exaggerated and too odd and too weird. If you want an amazing yaoi about characters trying to navigate their way in the present with their damaged pasts, go with Yoneda Kou's Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai; I promise, it is a million times better (and more believable) than this fossilized, early 90's manga. Also, Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai's characters are much less than annoying and realistic.

... Last updated on August 17th, 2012, 8:51pm
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Loved and Hated it   
Rating: N/A
by Neko Lover
August 10th, 2012, 3:08am
I loved it I really really did but

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I wanted his fathewr and mother to just die already because honestly I was tired of throwing up after the rape sences I mean can ypou say scary It's so sad that that really happens to people. But ethier way I just found the 6 months before Greg death a little drawn out and boring at points.


In the end the story won my heart though.
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*sigh*   
Rating: N/A
by Ginny
July 26th, 2012, 10:12pm
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I didn't like it at all. I thought I could finish it but couldn't. I personally disliked it so much, because of the way I was raised. Some poor kid who had a normal life is seriously traumatized and becomes mentally diseased because of one man. He is being raped continuously by his step- father, but doesn't want his mother to get hurt so keeps quiet. One person finds out, but is also too scared to tell. I didn't understand this, he is one human man! Not van hellsing or a powerful crime syndicate member. Eventually, the kid reaches his max point( I would've been reach mine) and kills the crazy rapist, and accidentally his mother. Anyway, the child has seriously become demented after committing murder. I was so eager to hurry and finish it, but the author procrastinates the series Pointlessly. Really, the kid should've got professional help or told his mother. If she can't handle it and kills herself or gets a heart attack. In my opinion she should have taken the role as a parent. Everyone in this catastrophe of a family had something wrong. The child for keeping it a secret, it a parents job to take of the child. The mother not being adequate or competent enough for her child to trust her with her own responsibilities. The step-father for being a selfish and childish rapist. Natasha for being scared of a single man. Ian wasn't really at fault, because none of this was to his knowledge nor is it under his responsibility. Though, I believe if he was more attentive to his family or knew his family he could have prevented this, but it not common for a child to doubt their guardian especially if their a single parent. The characters to me needed improvement and a better details to get to the main events. As it was also unnecessarily prolonged even if the events happened over a large span of time the reader should have to see the frivolous actions. I didn't finish it so maybe it got better after chapter 39. However, I doubt it. For the first shounen ai I've read in two years this is a dissapointment. I will stick to yaoi and heterosexual romance. This book seems to prove without the sexual interaction of a gay male couple, the author has to fill the pages with redundancy.


... Last updated on July 26th, 2012, 10:34pm
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