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From Dan of Population Go:
One day, a mysterious virus appeared on Earth which killed every infected human over the age of 13. At the same time, vampires emerged from the world's dark recesses and enslaved mankind. Enter Hyakuya Yuuichirou, a young boy, who along with the rest of the children from his orphanage, are treated as livestock by the vampires. Even in captivity, Yuuichirou dreams big. He dreams of killing vampires. He dreams of killing them all.
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Offers exactly nothing to the demographic...
...and that's something I could tell from chapter one. I've read far too many trite shounen series, and from just one chapter of this mess, I could already tell it was on the fast track down to Overused Shounen Clichés hell. Before I even reached the end of that first chapter, Iíd already uttered the Eight Deadly Words and had my mouse hovering over the little X on its tab. I donít entirely know how to describe it outside of a visceral gut feeling, but I could just tell with that opening that this series would be insipid, uninspired, and a complete waste of my life. Actually, it wasnít visceral at all Ė I was working off my carefully and lovingly honed Hack Detection Interface, and the readings were simply off the charts!
But far be it from me to deny a work a second chance. So I nosed around on the Internet and read reviews for both the manga and the anime. And, exactly as Iíd surmised, this manga doesnít pull a miraculous recovery and prove itself to be deeper than it initially appears. No, it stays exactly the same Ė boring, cliché-ridden, hackneyed, and pandering to the lowest common denominator. So as far as Iím concerned, this thing was DOA.
But you might like it if you enjoy (Iíll repeat) uninspired, follow-the-leader trend-chasers whose only aim is to be The Next Big Thing (TM) so that their creators can pull in the cash. And I, personally, have very little respect for such endeavors.
Edit: Just realized the author is actually primarily a light novelist. I am exactly 0% surprised.
... Last updated on October 14th, 2015, 10:30pm
Not bad. Anime is not as good.
Standard "dark-themed" shounen stuff. Naive, overconfident hero with nakama on the brain and a "mysterious" power within himself. All adult characters are arrogant manipulative assholes save a small few who still have to do whatever their asshole counterparts say. Demonic weapons, vampires, some minor butchered themes from Christian theology regarding the apocalypse (what IS it with some Japanese mangakas and their fetish for things "Christian"?) and lots of fight scenes. Cookie cutter stuff.
As for the anime, well the pacing is kinda (really) slow and somehow or rather the adults feel even more asshole-ish with voices lol. They tweaked some notable scenes just enough for me to not like the change. I'd say wait till the anime finishes before watching it. Focus on the manga instead.
shounen cliches as far as the eye can see
Owari no seraph is definitely not a unique story. It has a shounen appeal though, and that's the major draw to the story. The art is nice as well, so that adds to it I guess.
The two main characters are likable. The plot is unlike most of those typical vampire manga (No romance here).
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I like the fact that when Yuu found Mica to be on the vampire's side he didn't go all "You betrayed me!" But rather still treated him as a friend. (Which is so rare...)
The art is so pretty however the majority of the female population looks loli.
cheesy and cliched, but enjoyable nontheless
If you're looking for a masterpiece plot, this probably isn't for for you. Seraph of the End is filled with cliches such as "I'll protect everyone" and "Let's be friends" and is inconsistent in its pacing and tone at times, and definitely has many plot holes, but despite all that it's carried through because its shounen themes have widespread appeal. Don't think too hard about this one and you'll enjoy the ride. Did I also mention that the art is very pretty?
... Last updated on April 12th, 2015, 11:39am
not that bad
i'm surprised there's many varied opinions about this manga. i honestly think the story is not that bad. actually it's good. well, because the theme is about vampire, it doesn't mean it's boring or what. and because the protagonist is a bit self-centered, it doesn't mean he's bad or anything. hell, not many protagonists are like him, who can really overcome his dark side and his enemies. actually, he's pretty cute and strong. yeah, gotta agree the initial chapters are a bit cliche. but towards chapter 10 and so on, it gets very interesting. i even check the raws because i cannot stand waiting. lolz
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and there will be many destruction there and there. well, it's good rather than being aimlessly gory. and just check the writer who is responsible for the story. there will be many plot twists. i'm quite sure about it judging from his previous works.
and the art..... do you still need to ask? it's flawless. in color or monochrome. i like the mangaka from when he wrote Kure-nai.
seriously, as people say, just prove its worth on your own.
PS: don't forget check the anime in 2015~
... Last updated on January 20th, 2015, 8:57am
slow-paced, but interesting
At first I was like "meh, dark fantasy revenge and sh*ts?" But I thought it might turns interesting in the future, so I held back from giving a score. But then, the plot thicken starting from chapter 10++., so I guess I'll give it 8-9 of 10 for now, since I'm still waiting for the plot to be fully developed.
And for some dipsh*t who were badly judging a manga just from reading less than 10 chapters; do you think every single manga in this world is a 'one-shot'? Get a grip, dolt. It's like judging a whole novel after reading only 10 pages of it.
Kind of disturbing for weird reasons.
This manga has a really odd habit of doing things in a creepy manner. The first chapter basically set the tone for me with one of the characters essentially being a male (and child) prostitute to a vampire.
After that, it still keeps the tone in this dissonant state. It even toys a lot with a peaceful school setting, but it never leaves the mentality that every character in the cast could be killed off on the next page. It's mysterious without having much mystery, and it feels like much of it is just going through the motions without any real idea of why.
I'm kind of in the opinion that it will live or die by it's tone, because that is about all it has going for it.
The premise is very interesting and the art is nice. It seems to be developing at a good pace, too. Unfortunately, I can't bring myself to like the protagonist very much (he's been built well as a character IMO, it's just my personal preference). Other than that though I'd give it a 8 or 9 at least.
Not too bad...
Like others have mentioned before, the entire prophecy thing isn't even mentioned again (as of chapter 11). Also, the first time Yuu fights vampires with in the squad, I expected the vampires to be stronger. Yeah, I know, the demonic weapons made humans stronger, but they said that vampires were 7x stronger and faster. I assumed this was about the normal vampires, and that the higher leveled ones would be even more pro. I guess I wanted the fight to be more thoughtful than a simple charge, slash, and kill. Also, I wish they expanded more on the vampire weapons and the different levels they have. Why is my rating so high then? I'm just biased towards manga where friends are pitted against each other<3. Also, since the plot seems to be just beginning, I'm hoping any other questions I have will be answered whenever appropriate.