Seraph of the End: It’s like Attack on Titans… but with vampires.
In A Nutshell
Seraph of the End is set in a world where a virus has ravaged the global populace, leaving only children under the age of thirteen untouched. At the same time, vampires and other supernatural creatures start appearing from beneath the earth. The story follows Yūichirō Hyakuya, a kid who sets out to kill the vampires after one of them kills almost all the members from his orphanage.
Meet the Characters
Yūichirō “Yu” Hyakuya is the protagonist of the series. He was abandoned by his parents and he ended up at Hyakuya Orphanage, were he met Mikaela and the other kids. Yu hates vampires for what they did to humanity. Yu cares very deeply about his friends, and is also very brave. He doesn’t like taking orders from others and he’s also very reckless, which leads him to make rash decisions that get him and others in trouble.
Mikaela “Mika” Hyakuya is the deuteragonist of the series. Unlike Yuu, and despite his circumstances, Mika used to be more kind, optimistic and cheerful as a kid. He’s able to keep smiling and hoping for a better future because of his love for his adopted family. However, after certain events take place in the first episode, Mika takes an unexpected route that leads him to a change in attitude.
Guren Ichinose is a Lieutenant Colonel of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army and the commanding officer of the Vampire Extermination Unit, Moon Demon Company. Even though he was lazy and carefree as a kid, Guren grew up to be disciplined, hardworking and someone who takes his job seriously. He values cooperation and teamwork very highly, which causes him to butt heads with Yu often.
More relevant characters are introduced later on, but we tried to keep this list as spoiler-free as possible.
A Brief History of Seraph of the End: The When, Where and How
Seraph of the End (Owari no Seraph in Japanese) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto with storyboards by Daisuke Furuya. It is currently published by Shueisha on Jump SQ. An anime adaptation by Wit Studio premiered in Japan during Spring 2015, with the second part following in Fall 2015.
Why It’s Awesome
Seraph of the End is the ideal anime to watch for shounen lovers with a particular love for post-apocalyptic settings. When it first came out, the anime was originally compared to Attack on Titan both for its “revenge” storyline, and for the resemblance of the main character to Eren Jeager.
Seraph of the End surprisingly follows many shonen tropes and clichés that, while might become a bit tiring for some, will be appealing for die-hard fans of the genre. Season 2 is arguably better than Season 1 since the characters have already been established, the stakes are higher, and the arcs are more entertaining. Other than, don’t expect many original elements or unpredictable twists. If there is one thing that makes the series stand out is its portrayal of vampires, a supernatural creature that, aside from Hellsing, has often been pretty cheap and cliché. Overall, if you’re into post-apocalyptic stories, Seraph of the End is a fun watch with a good amount of likable characters.
Other than that, Seraph of the End is also a visually-appealing anime, which is really no surprise considered it’s been done by Wit Studio. The battles are well-animated and look pretty cool and exciting, and the use of painting-like art for the backgrounds is also a very nice touch.
|Animation & OST_||8.5/10|