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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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Pink Panzer
The Pink Panzer

Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.86 (end) by carfish (146d ago)
v.17 c.85 by carfish (209d ago)
v.17 c.84 by carfish (321d 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 Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (323 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.7 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 10th 2014, 1:59am PST



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Petit Flower (Shougakukan)

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Weekly Pos #403 increased(+43)
Monthly Pos #481 decreased(-74)
3 Month Pos #369 decreased(-54)
6 Month Pos #316 decreased(-118)

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On 728 reading lists
On 601 wish lists
On 220 completed lists
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Jeremy look alike IMO 723 days, 20 hours, 19 minutes ago
Thoughts and reactions 878 days, 14 hours, 48 minutes ago
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nervous energy, anxiety, suffering, sorrow, darkness...   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by luminousbrink
June 24th, 2012, 5:03pm
I've been reading this manga for OVER TWO YEARS. Initially, the story was contained and full of possibilities for me because I had only read one volume. I was saddened by the lack of what I had available to read and decipher. However, as more chapters were translated, I was drawn in by the intense energy and emotion. I knew from the summary what tragedies would occur and that Jeremy's horror with Greg would only be a small length of the story that would create a large impact on his character and the rest of the volumes. It seems like happiness is ephemeral and short lived for these characters, which is sad. I am currently on volume 11, and it is madness and so forth on what has happened to these characters.

The reason I have given this an 8/10 is because
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of what has happened with Ian and Jeremy's relationship. It is actually somewhat uncomfortable and unfortunate to see what has become of Ian and how he and Jeremy are continually haunted by Greg. I actually thought that they would commence their sexual relationship through some kind of understanding with each other rather than Jeremy soliciting money from Ian. BUT I know it will probably change and develop differently and that right now the story is like this to build up character changes and the plot line. So honestly, I'm not angry but it still feels sad and frightening how Ian has lusted after Jeremy and how Ian has kept his sexual and romantic relationship with Nadia while still sleeping with Jeremy
Since I'm not finished with the manga, my view will surely change but right now I'm a bit put-off by the characters...

All in all, this is truly a landmark in manga by the amazing Hagio Moto, who has created so much depth and darkness.

... Last updated on June 24th, 2012, 5:04pm
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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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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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Addicting, Suspenseful, Great, but.......   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Kishu
March 21st, 2011, 1:39pm
I don't like Shounen Ai at all, and the sexual abuse is incredibly disturbing, but other than those 2 things for me this is a very suspenseful manga that relates to things that happen in real life. It is a very different read than what i'm used to (shoujo, romance, supenartural, shounen, etc.) but I like it so far.

... Last updated on March 21st, 2011, 1:40pm
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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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Rating: N/A
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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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Misochan
May 3rd, 2009, 12:39pm
Classic. Absolutely classic. I read all the raws I could find in 1 day. Seriously addicting. Beautiful and tragic story. The mangaka is a genius. One of the absolute best bl out there.
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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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