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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.86 by Podi Scans 22 days ago
c.86 by Viz & MANGA Plus 23 days ago
c.85 by Viz & MANGA Plus about 1 month ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
19 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 (17 Vols - Ongoing)

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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
Warning: Heavy spoilers ahead

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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A good take on a classic formula  
by ayaneru
November 30th, 2015, 1:32am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
If you were to summarize this manga into a few words, it would be "RPG plot". It has all the hallmarks of being an RPG game, from the cruel origins to the breeding ground and even the unrevealed past. The plot is quite standard, the art is simply fantastic, but the characters more or less make or break this series.

[I do not use spoiler tags but I write lines before spoilers indicating it is one]

If you don't like bright I-can-do-it-all MC's to the point of doubting his sanity, you might hate this series immediately from the beginning because a lot of it will focus on him.

I look forward to what the writer does with some of these characters, and I don't write the manga off based of some moronic delusions of grandeur that I am a master of shounen manga and can judge a manga just by throwing out cheap insults. In a nod to some on here, I'm not dumb enough to think it's a good idea to leave a review when I just read 1 chapter and take my review from other people's reviews, and neither am I so self-important that I would spread a layer of mundane sophistry over the sentiment "I don't like it". So with that passive-aggressive remark out of the way, I'd like to address some things more closely.

Character development isn't spread out equally. Some characters will receive dozens of chapters that further the readers' impressions on them, and others will receive four or five and poof we (sometimes both the reader and the writer) don't really care anymore. The dynamic of the MC and his childhood friend on opposite sides brings an actual interest into the antagonistic vampire side, instead of putting all their eggs into the human story.

There is nothing extremely complicated or intriguing about this plot, aside from "what's going to happen next?" When you look at it solely from a story perspective, this story lines up very well to RPG standards, albeit not an exceptionally well done one. One of its more critical problems in this sense is the lack of build-up to certain events. Some events (such as Guren's big reveal recently) has been hinted somewhat sufficiently, but others such as what Owari no Seraph really was, was rather abruptly dumped on the readers. The following is a spoiler for chapter 38: Notably this prompts a jarring response when it's revealed what is happening to Kimizuki's sister.

Some stories are party-bonding time, and most of the time their endeavours lead to battles. This is a rather straightforward storyline when compared to writer's past works. In the interest of avoiding spoilers, this line is a spoiler (Ch14): When MC goes berserk, obviously Shinoa can calm him down by hugging him and appealing to his human side, derp.

World-building though, is pretty great. The art does wonders to this since you can see the detail they put into the design. If you've been to or live in Japan (i.e. Shinjuku, Nagoya), it's actually easier to relate and believe in such a world. The uniforms are sharp and, well, uniform, and the manga puts some effort into showing us what life is like in different factions. EDIT: Actually, it would have been nice to see other human factions and encampments or normal squad missions in play, but considering the pacing of this series, that would probably push the main plot back by 20 chapters. This is why I felt this was more of an RPG story as the settings begs for exploration much like in RPG's.

People say the tone is dark or unstable, but I can't fathom how this is "dark". If this was dark Itou Junji might as well retire. If anything it's extremely optimistic (前向き) how the main party goes about reconciling its issues when confronted with big revelations.

In 40 chapters (each containing 40 pages or more), Owari no Seraph has yet to fall into the realm of ridiculous drawn-out manga. New characters are rarely introduced and prominently featured unless for very specific plot reasons (i.e. one of the Hiiragi, Makoto to create a more realistic and relatable sense of the squads, etc), although it has numerous unimportant supporting cast members. A big problem though is that it suffers from a very abstract sense of powerlevels. For a battle shounen, the readers don't actually have a good idea how strong MC is as compared to this or that vampire.

And to be completely honest, one of the big reasons I've enjoyed this is the action and the 'vanilla' party, which is not to say I find the party bland, but that sometimes I'd like to eat Meiji vanilla ice cream over Movenpick. Some character interactions and relationships are interesting, but the main focus of the series comes back to Mika and Yuu (MC). There is almost no spotlight on the politics that goes into this, as very well it shouldn't, as the story focuses mainly on the perspective of the children. The art helps tonnes and the attention to detail keeps my imagination. The design of the separate factions were well thought-out and actually fleshes the world out in more ways than an infodump ever could. Let me just say that the first thing that prompted to read this manga was Shinoa's smug face so THANK MS. SHINOA.

That's all I can think of really. This is in no way a full review as I'm just shooting out thoughts from the top of my head.

This review was just a gag reflex on the sad and disparaging mightier-than-thou review before mine. I always thought the quality of reviews on this site weren't the best, but that was a new low. Throwing insults and stroking your ego, before finally ejaculating all over light novel authors for no reason. That was a new low, and I hope my review could enlighten you to whether or not this manga is worth your time.

Thanks!

P.S. If you want to make a half-decent review, leaving it short is fine, but you must provide evidence or moments in the manga which will back up your claim. Is the series unimaginative? Bring up other series you think are creative with their interpretation of Shounen cliches. Do you think a blindly-optimistic MC is bad? Tell us the reason why, even if it ends up being "My opinion is that I dislike MC's like this".

... Last updated on November 30th, 2015, 1:45am
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