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Owari no Seraph  
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Description
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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Associated Names
Owari no Serafu
Seraph of the End
Seraph of the End - Kıyamet Meleği
Seraph of the End - Serafin dni ostatnich (Polish)
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign
Thiên Thần Diệt Thế
Последний Серафим
سيراف النهاية (Arabic)
終わりのセラフ
终结的炽天使
종말의 세라프

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Latest Release(s)
c.87 by Viz & MANGA Plus 22 days ago
c.86 by Podi Scans about 1 month ago
c.86 by Viz & MANGA Plus about 1 month ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol. 1, Ch. 1 (S1); Vol. 7 Ch. 26 (S2)
Ends at Vol. 7, Ch. 25 (S1); Vol.11 Ch.41 - S2 (Details, FlashBack and important things from both S1 and S2 have been deleted)

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Year
2012

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Serialized In (magazine)
Jump SQ (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (18 Vols - Ongoing)

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3 Month Pos #371 increased(+61)
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Year Pos #451 decreased(-26)

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I actually can't read this any more. It's too fucking stupid.  
by Uthred
February 8th, 2020, 10:46am
Rating: N/A
I enjoyed this initially. Nice artwork and an interesting setting. It wasn't exactly burning with originality but it leaned into its genre elements and handled them adroitly. But as the series goes on the characters actions become entirely inexplicable, even within the melodramatic framework of the narrative itself. I won't go into spoilers, the comment below covers most of them. But suffice to say the story basically doubled down on its characters "terrible secrets" to the point where it's become farcical. The secret past of one of the main characters has been revealed and even for this series its just too much.

It's simply inexcusable and it makes no sense that the other characters can get past it. It makes them seem like complete idiots. Literally unbelievable idiots, as in it shatters my suspension of disbelief. It makes the entire series feel like a parody of itself. It also squanders some of what I had thought was subtle foreshadowing but turned out to be nothing at all.

The main character's and their almost slavish devotion to friends and "family" was hinted at being, and one character even speculates, a fairly dark result of their shared history of being involved in various human experiments. Basically that their somewhat exaggerated devotion to shonen tropes was a result of brainwashing. Which would have served as an interesting commentary on the genre as well as a clever explanation for the nonsensical shit they do. Sadly it is not.

It's a shame. What's even worse is how the author seems to expect us to still buy any weight in the melodrama being presented. I can't even say "Read till X" as there's no particularly good stopping point. Honestly I'd either suggest avoiding it entirely or switching your brain off (the latter doesnt even work particularly well as the series is too dialogue heavy)

... Last updated on February 8th, 2020, 7:10pm
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Why so much hate  
by Rinshi7
January 17th, 2020, 8:54pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I don’t really see the dislike on this manga. I enjoy the characters, and the story, though has a flaws like other mangas, doesn’t mean it terrible. It’s basically vampire vs humans, which has been done so manga times. Someone said it like Attack on Titan which I see no similarities to it at all. Experimenting on humans? Been done before? What is Seraph of the end? Well read the manga. My problem with it is that it updates very slowly. But i am enjoying it, and I can’t wait to see what happens. Also, artwork is very beautiful.

... Last updated on January 17th, 2020, 8:58pm
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Beautiful art but an annoying story  
by Top_RunnerDes
September 26th, 2018, 10:48am
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
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Owari no Seraph (OnS) troubles me. I love chuuni stories like these but something about OnS makes me reel and roll my eyes. Perhaps its the fact that the characters are bland, trite, and incoherent. Perhaps its the cluttered setting. Or perhaps its the fact that the narrative twists have little to no build-up (though this is partly due to Kagami Takaya spreading his story over multiple novels). I'll structure this review into 3 parts: (1) characters, (2) setting, (3) narrative that cover my gripe with the series.

1: Characters
The characters are perhaps my biggest gripe and the biggest flaw this manga has. Aside from a few that tickle my fancy (Saito, Felid, Crowley, and Krul; actually most of the vampires), the rest fall into standard cookie cutter molds (i.e. character tropes). Now before I go any further, character tropes are not in and of themselves bad but there is a reason I said "cookie cutter molds" and that's because OnS's protagonists are just that: molds that have nothing to mold. It's as if Kagami Takaya took a character type for a character.

Guren and Yuuichiro are perhaps the most blatant examples of this. Guren's characterization is played out as some dark and twisted hero but the truth of the matter is he comes off as a villainous idiot. And Yuuichiro? Yuuichiro has as much depth to him as a toilet bowl. He's entire raison d'être is to protect his family and leaving aside whether or not that is good (I think it's admirable and a great quality to have) the way it's developed and shown is just painful. For one, Mikaela and Makoto have good arguments why they shouldn't do what they're doing (i.e. trust/follow Guren, Felid, Crowley, etc.) but this is waved aside because (a) the character in question is not entirely bad and (b) they must have had their reasons. The problem with this sort of reasoning is that (a) fails to hold up as a defense of a character prima facie because no one is entirely something (unless you're some sort of reductionist). So Yuuichiro can't coherently defend the characters he does without considering the arguments Mikaela and Makoto present but he doesn't do that (but to be fair Yuuichiro is presented as a sort of an idiot with a heart of gold but idiocy has its limits and stretches our willingness to cheer for him; even Luffy and Goku knew where to draw the line). (b) is just plain bad. Again prima facie there could be said there is always a reason for something but the mere existence of a reason does not necessitate a character as good/just.

So we have it according to Yuuichiro's logic, Guren (or any of Yuuichiro's comrades) could genocide an entire race and as long as it is for a reason then it is okay. I'm not sure about you but that isn't a character I'd like to root for (unless the author makes him enjoyable to see onscreen though Kagami Takaya doesn't do that here). So we have it that Yuuichiro's modus operandi is that the "ends justify the means." More specifically, the protection of his comrades come before anything else which is typical shounen manga values but that's about it. There's nothing really else going on. All actions taken by him are to that end and that's what I mean by Kagami Takaya mistaking a character type (the standard shounen manga hero) for a character.

Guren on the other hand is a hard case. It's hard to root for Guren not because his actions are what led to the start of the series but because his characterization makes it so hard to root for him. There is little remorse or guilt for his actions shown early on and we only see a tinge of this maybe 30 chapters in so it sort of dehumanizes him even if the reason for his actions are entirely human. Finding out he's been manipulated since the beginning and he's fighting back against that does very little to make him admirable. Hell Berserk's Guts is much easier to root for even if he has killed children because even though he commits such obviously heinous things, his remorse reminds us that he is human (though that remorse can not in and of itself justify his actions). Guren on the other hand is a hard-ass pragmatist with a sourness on top. He's rough, ambitious, and full of cockiness with no charisma. Setting aside his fantastic character design (hell the majority of the characters have great design), his lack of charisma is perhaps his second greatest flaw. For a leader character like him, I fail to see him like a leader and more like a puppet (albeit true in the sense that Mahiru more or less directs his actions). So he talks big but acts and looks like a dick.

Mikaela is as bad. He has little character other than trying to protect Yuuichiro and drag him away (though current chapters indicate he might be hesitant in continuing this). (Refer to Part 3 of this review in case of the argument that his character is explored in the spin-off.) The rest of the gang also suffer from a lack of characterization (lol Mitsuba) as stated by another reviewer (again refer to Part 3 of this review). Shinoa is probably my favorite character because although she fits in the kuudere mold she doesn't fit it to a tee. She's playful, smug, and a tad mysterious; in other words its fun to see her on screen. The only aspect I wish was better with her is the romantic subplot between her and Yuuichirou.

2: Setting
A lot of people seem to enjoy the worldbuilding and I can't exactly deny them this. The setting is interesting and the beautiful art helps to convey it (something about dilapidated and destroyed buildings, ruined oceans, and monsters running amok make me remember some of Godspeed You! Black Emperor's albums) but the thing is it's cluttered when we begin. We have (1) vampires, (2) a virus that threatens extinction, (3) angels, (4) monsters, (5)demons, (6) God, and (7) magic all from the get go but the biggest issue I have is between (1), (3), (4) and humans. You don't get a clear sense of who is fighting who and what caused what. We have it that (a) the world is ruined, (b) vampires and humans are fighting, and (c) monsters are wrecking anything and everyone they see. Well okay; I can take (a) at face value but what about (b) and (c)? What is their relation? Is (c) related to the vampires or humans? Who do we root for in (b)? In stories like these, it's good to clearly demarcate the side we should root for because it helps the story move along easier and tightens the narrative focus. Instead we get a cluttered and episodic focus that makes it hard who to root for until, maybe thirty or so chapters later (or at least until Krul, Felid, and Guren's machinations are partly revealed). It only gets worse once they introduce "God" as some sort of antagonist for the patriarch of the vampires. It screams of triteness, of a typical JRPG story that fails to leave me with bated breath.*

3: Narrative
This is less of an issue than the first but still a major one. Kagami Takaya clearly set up a complicated narrative for OnS but he split it up between several spin-off series that ended up taking away from the main series in terms of narrative build-up. In other words, the build-up isn't in OnS but in OnS's spin-offs. Now I can see why he would want to do that: (1) he can easily reduce the amount of time the series is running in a magazine by offloading critical plotlines to other side-stories and (2) potentially increase revenue. (2) is trivially easy why he would do so but (1) makes it a bit harder to justify because it impacts the main series which is the series most read and the series the anime aims to advertise (i.e. the series entry point). So you get things like Mikaela's time spent between the start of the series and the time he met Yuuichirou cut out out where in fact it could have helped establish his character and flesh out the world. Same thing with Guren and his backstory and even the vampires. Hell Shinoa is revealed to have some sort of demon but that isn't revealed until 50-60 chapters in. I mean we know she has some sort of relationship with her sister (who is revealed to be Guren's lover and reason for him being so fucked up) but this isn't really elaborated. Dropping plot points without foreshadowing them (Saito isn't really foreshadowed, just sort of dropped onto us) makes it hard to feel the weight of the twists Kagami Takaya employs.

Overall, it's hard to like OnS on the grounds that it's characters, especially its protagonist and deuteragonist, are so poorly characterized, and its narrative so splintered. If you enjoy typical chuuni narratives with a shallow protagonist and poorly developed characters but with an intricate plot, OnS is a readable (albeit tedious) choice.

*EDIT: While I might have been dismissive in my earlier comments, I am still open minded to seeing what Kagami Takaya has in store for us.


... Last updated on September 28th, 2018, 10:55am
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Typical shounen... or is it?  
by asmageddon
September 13th, 2018, 4:53am
Rating: N/A
NOTE: This is based on the anime adaptation.

With all of the lack of attention to worldbuilding that comes with it, shitty tropes, and plot that's based on "wow look how badass our MC is"... but then it turns out that there's more to it, even if the writing is still mediocre, and even if it's still kinda bland... it's intriguing enough to keep going.

... Last updated on September 25th, 2018, 3:38pm
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I am so lucky.  
by weltall2
December 14th, 2016, 5:21am
Rating: N/A
I am not saying I am lucky cause I found a wonderful manga. For now and till the point I read up to at least up to the latest chapters, I am enjoying the story.

The main reason I said I am lucky, is because I do not require per-se stories to be perfect, so I can enjoy them. I am at an age that I give up on manga/anime easily, but inconsistencies do not affect me.

Most people seem to dislike the manga from the get go, or eventually they get annoyed with cliches. The story seems easygoing and enjoyable and I believe the review I agree with the most here, is the one that compares it to RPG.

There is one thing though that makes me worry, when I end up liking stories like this one. A lot of times the manga get's canceled, even if it gathers a fanbase. Money after all is what moves the world.

Up to the point I have read, it seems quite nice to me and I am enjoying it. If I will not update this review, it means that my opinion about it being enjoyable has not changed and of course it is still ongoing. But like most manga that are light like this one, I can feel the ending of it will be a rushed and fast-forwarded one. Annoying, but I am used to them.

Now, I am going to thank Kamisama once more, for not making me unable to enjoy cheesy/inconsistent/cliche stories.
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What the f---?  
by Mekronid
August 15th, 2016, 8:08pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0


What the hell is even going on? This story is a mess. The art is the only redeeming factor.
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Strange  
by dezin19
April 7th, 2016, 10:47pm
Rating: N/A
It's strange that so many people don't like this manga. The plot isn't as generic as most shounen I've read, and the characters are unique. Yuu is disliked by many, perceived as a stereotypical foolish shounen protagonist, but there is more depth to his character I think. There are hints of it in his past, at least. He needs to believe in his family because if he doesn't he would have nothing to live for. Yes, there are cliches, but that's with any work of fiction. Anyway, I like the manga.

... Last updated on April 7th, 2016, 10:48pm
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Headache  
by CCheshire
April 7th, 2016, 10:27pm
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
Started out fine with vampires but somewhere in the last 10+ chapters it went downhill fast. Yes, the anime is quite terrible despite the nicer art/animation quality it still suffers the same lack of plot and cliches. Also MC is just very ...strange going from one extreme to the other in each scene.

Art is fine but fights can be confusing as there's a lot of magical powers going off all at once.

... Last updated on July 31st, 2016, 2:07pm
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a lost opportunity  
by ramnor
March 8th, 2016, 2:51am
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
this series is a great example of attack on titan rip off done wrong:
x race dominates humanity ,said humanity is almost crushed but survives
mc loses precious loved ones to x race, wants to kill all of them
simple formula difficult to fuck it up
well this is where this "thing" come in
immediately after mc's vow to kill of of the x race he meets up with super leader/ captain of the human army and when you are all hyped up thinking "oh yeah military training and vampire hunting starts now biches"
it throws you in a school
no a military one not a weapon academy not a super people school
a fucking normal school
why the fuck would u you put them in a normal school?
and yeah now a smart will pop up say "it is a military school"
no it isnt
the writing is sloppy
the pacing is bad
the story is bland
the art is standard shounen
the characters are shallow bad cliches
the villains are boring
it could have been something great
but its all too dark and edgy
dont even bother with this mistake
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Must be the GAP!  
by rhin33
March 8th, 2016, 1:43am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I realize that OnS is actually pretty generic and absurd on many layers however I can't help but be entertained. I can't put my finger on the reason why I find it better that the similar titles out there - there is action, snarky remarks from time to time, complete retardness of the characters almost the whole time, eye candy and just a little mystery. Usually that mix would equal the manga's doom, this time however I am in.
Must be a GAP -.- This is the only explanation: The audience expect a level of logic and realism in the story, but instead gets absurd exchanges that are strangely hilarious. It is dissapointing and not so at the same time thus resulting in a gap! Yep, that is! I am so smart LMAO!

PS: Don't take it seriously please XD
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