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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.

Note: Won the first Osamu Tezuka Culture Award Excellence prize in 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 3 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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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (402 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.72 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 17th 2017, 7:43pm PST



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Petit Flower (Shougakukan)

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Weekly Pos #390 increased(+44)
Monthly Pos #490 decreased(-9)
3 Month Pos #482 increased(+9)
6 Month Pos #488 decreased(-30)

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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:>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 Jalapeno-san
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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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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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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It's not bad...   
Rating: N/A
by ZL11
July 1st, 2012, 12:44am
...but the tragedy/drama of it all can become rather exhausting. I don't know... I thought it was exhausting, but I read the whole thing in one go, raws and all. Someone commented that the main characters' sexuality was not given any depth, but
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the author actually does try and cover her tracks by saying Ian had had a bit of adventure in Greece, whereas Jeremy admits he has no experience with girls so doesn't know how to deal with them. This makes sense, when you consider that boys in that situation will be rather afraid to approach the opposite sex for several reason, plus, they also find a way to discover their own control by using their sexuality against other men. It's a rock and a hard place, really.

On the other hand...
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I found Jeremy's decent into "homosexuality" because he has no experience with girls and because of the sexual abuse a bit demeaning, given that at the beginning of the manga, the author has the boys talking about whether or not homosexuality is a 'choice.' And, basically, Jeremy makes the 'choice' to stay with men when he was 'originally' heterosexual.' Of course, I can't say what the author was thinking, but this really bothered me. Although there are many people who experience such abuse (sad, I know) who no longer really know how to relate to the opposite sex, that doesn't make them 'gay' or even 'bisexual.' So, because of the strong psychological aspect to this story... I want to argue that Jeremy wasn't gay, but made to not understand relationships with 'females' very well at all. This shows true by the end of (what for me was an understandable but still unsatisfactory) the story.

As for Ian... he was given a kind and blithe personality, which, by the middle, is twisted by revelations about his father and his love for Jeremy. Or, perhaps, we are going the other end of the spectrum and, as 'Greg's' phantom persists, it's because Ian is HIS son... I really felt for him because trying to help someone with severe PTSD is extremely hard. Meanwhile he's trapped by his own lust/love for Jeremy... which was only funny because, BAM! out of the blue, he just admits it.

I think this tumultuous tale is a hard read because from about 10+ volumes, Jeremy becomes more and more unstable, punctuated with periods of lucidity. He's surrounded with people with mental disorders and suicidal tendencies, drug addicts, some very ODD portrayals of gay men... and the whole thing is interesting... but exhausting.

I enjoyed it, but I was glad it was over.
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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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