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Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru  
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Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru portrays the tale of two stepbrothers - Jeremy and Ian - as they each pursue their separate paths towards redemption.

Jeremy, a sensitive but outgoing 16-year-old, is delighted by news of his neurotic and excitable mother's remarriage to a wealthy British man. But his sweet-talking new stepfather, Greg, soon begins to exhibit disturbing traits... He is a sadist and a rapist, and loses no time in making Jeremy his target. Months of horrific, systematic abuse drives Jeremy to desperation, and he sabotages Greg's car. The resulting accident, however, kills his mother along with her new husband.

Jeremy's shocked and guilt-stricken behaviour arouses the suspicions of Greg's free-spirited son, Ian, who quickly sets about unearthing evidence to tie him to the crime. But in doing so, he also discovers the details of Greg's abusive behaviour.

Caught between the desire to punish a murderer and the obligation to atone for his father's sins, Ian slowly finds himself developing feelings towards his stepbrother. Is it love? Or lust and a desire for conquest? He wonders whether he shares Greg's proclivities, but is unable to resist being drawn into a painful but passionate relationship with Jeremy.

Note: Winner of the first Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award for Excellence (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, the Savage God
Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai Suru

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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.86 (end) by carfish over 4 years ago
v.17 c.85 by carfish over 4 years ago
v.17 c.84 by carfish over 4 years 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 (404 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.72 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 14th 2018, 8:28am PST



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Petit Flower (Shougakukan)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #304 increased(+40)
Monthly Pos #394 increased(+1)
3 Month Pos #428 increased(+58)
6 Month Pos #469 decreased(-5)
Year Pos #442 decreased(-16)

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Surreal and epic, second half + ending grew on me   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dystq
May 5th, 2018, 10:04pm
I've read this manga five or six times now. It is my most treasured manga series and I set aside 2-3 days every few months to devote to rereading it in one sitting.

The first time I read it, I, like others, found the second half to drag, and was sorely disappointed with the ending, which didn't feel like an ending at all. In retrospect, I had been reading the series as a BL love story. Once I let go of that, and started seeing the story as a psychological exploration, with the sexuality and romance serving as a prop rather than a focus, the whole story clicked and felt like an absolute masterpiece.

Rather than being poorly thought out, I think everything in this manga was done with carefully deliberation and preparation. If you read Hagio Moto's other works, or some of her interviews, you may come to agree. The first half the story is the descent into darkness, with a fast-paced, focused plot that gives the feeling of a world that is becoming smaller and closing in on the protagonist.

I think the second half of the story serves an contrasting function. The pacing is noticeably slower, almost meandering. There is a gradual increase in the introduction of new characters and plots, some of which seem only loosely related to the main characters. All this feels very intentional and supportive of the "redemption" aspect that defines the second half of the narrative. As the reader, it feels like the world slowly opens back up, and life goes on, never quite in the same way, but in some way.

I personally find the ending brilliant. It took me some time to get over the lack of closure and satisfaction, but I think this is what contributed to my desire to reread the manga again and again. Rather than being the result of thoughtless impatience on the mangaka's part, I think it is a well-designed gesture to tie up all the loose ends of the plot, while leaving the overall character development and narrative experience open-ended.
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Amazing manga   
Rating: N/A
by Marlymi90
April 20th, 2018, 1:27pm

This manga has brought me to tears, you really feel so sympathic towards Jeremy, when going through the rape he experienced you hope someone will notice his pain, but many turn a blind eye. I have never before read a manga where i wished so much for the MC to be happy.

I know this is a yaoi manga, but i still wish he ended up with Vivi in the end only because she seemed to have such big love for him and even when she thought he had cheated on him with a guy she still wanted to forgive him, i think he deserve a girl like that who seemed to love him unconditionally. I feel like he would really end up happy if the two ended up as endgame instead of Ian who did fell for him, but hurt him a lot throughout the manga.
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Great manga, but becoming boring towards the end   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tekiteki
January 6th, 2018, 3:11pm
The best review imho is by LikaLaruku. The ending was dissapointing and honestly spoiled one of the best and longest yaoi stories for me ^^;. There were ALL conditions for a happy BL ending, but the author chose the most incoherent one. Still will rate it highly, because i liked most part of the story and it's still worth reading (many thanks for all the scanlation groups and carfish especially).
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I will never finish this one   
Rating: N/A
by sarin68
January 8th, 2016, 3:48pm
I have a problem with sad stories and I feel too much sympathy for Jeremy to continue this one. The sexual abuse was terrible and treated well, but it was just so well done that I just can't bear to continue with the story. It's done well and the art is decent and I wish I could continue but I just can't.
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Emotionally Provoking, Logical Irrational   
Rating: 7.6 / 10.0
by KaoriNite
December 23rd, 2015, 9:14pm
There are many things the manga does well. I think it accurately depicts the feelings of someone being sexually abused. It's dark, but I appreciate that it does this realistically. A lot of manga in the Shonen Ai/Yaoi genre treat rape like it's a mosquito bite or something. The victim gets over it and forgets it quickly. But this shows thee damage that sexual abuse actually causes.

However, logically this manga is a mess. I can't really bring myself to believe the reason why the abuse starts.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Jeremy decides to make a deal with his future step-father that he'll sleep with him if the man marries his mother. Why would you want your mother to marry a guy who is trying to force you to sleep with him?

There were many things that made me go "this isn't how things would really be handled", which takes away greatly from a manga that is trying to be realistic.
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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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