Owari no Seraph (Seraph of the End), is a shonen manga series that takes place in the year 2012, when a human-made virus infects and kills humans over the age of 13. The human race is brought to the edge of extinction. At the same time, vampires rise and take control of what’s left of the surface. They lure in the surviving children below the Earth, seeing them as livestock, harvesting their blood.
The manga is written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto. The storyboard for the series was done by Daisuke Furuya. So far, there are 20 chapters posted on various online manga sites, which calculates to about 6 volumes that have been physically released. The manga got its debut in the 2012 Shonen Jump issue.
The series has done well with anime/manga fans everywhere, that in August 2014, it was announced that there will be an anime adaptation coming soon. The directors of the anime are Daisuke Tokudo, also the director of anime series such as Attack on Titan and Guilty Crown, and his deputy Masashi Koizuka, who has also worked on Attack on Titan.
The series focuses on young Yuichiro Hyakuya, who lives underground with other kids that have become his only family. His closest friend/brother is Mikaela Hyakuya (nickname: Mika). Tired of being a tool for the vampires, Yuichiro gathers his family and attempts to escape to the surface. But they are caught by Felid Bathroy, a vampire elite. Felid attacks the children, including Mika, slaughtering every one of them. Yuichiro is the only one who manages to escape to the surface, swearing vengeance upon the vampires.
He is given his chance at revenge when he is recruited to the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. He goes through years of training until he is ready to wield a demon weapon and go out to fight the vampires with his team. He is assigned to the Moon Demon Squad, along with his superior, Shinoa Hiragi, and his teammates, Shihou Kimizuki, Yoichi Saotome, and Mitsuba Sanguu. Throughout the manga, his comrades and family refer to him as “Yuu”.
As the protagonist, Yuu is a hard worker and very brave. As stated previously, his only goal is to destroy all of the vampires, as revenge for what they did to his family. Before he was taken by the vampires, Yuu’s parents claimed he was a Demon spawn and tried to kill him. When his mother went insane and killed herself, Yuu was sent off to the Hyakuya Orphanage. This is where he met Mika and the other orphans. He was distant from them at first, but Miak assured him that they were all the same because they both were born into abusive families.
While fighting for the Imperial Demon Army, Shinoa and Glen explain to Yuu that he has to unleash the full power of his demon weapon. Their weapons contain demons within them, and the soldiers must tame them in order to control them in battle. If they don’t, the demon will feast on their soul and possess them. Eventually, Yuu manages to tame his demon weapon and sees the power he can unleash with its help. Having this power, Yuu becomes more confident that he can reach his goal and kill the vampires, in order to reclaim Earth for the humans, as well as avenge his family.
Later in the manga, it is revealed that Mika wasn’t killed during the slaughter. Instead, he is taken to the Head Vampire, Kururu, and is turned into a vampire against his will.
As a vampire, Mika refuses to drink human blood. Instead, he requests the blood of Kururu whenever he feels his hunger rising. Because of this, his transformation is incomplete and still ages. He doesn’t smile like he used to as a child, and is set on protecting Yuichiro when the vampires declare war on the humans. Yuichiro is the only one he cares about. Besides Yuu, Mika has admitted to hating humans and vampires. He distances himself from the other vampires, ignoring whatever they say to him. But if any vampire mentions anything about hurting Yuu, Mika retaliates with threats to kill anyone who harms Yuu. Despite growing a hatred for humans, Mika doesn’t see them as livestock like other vampires do. When it comes to combat, Mika rushes in without thinking. He wears an expressionless face as he fights, showing no remorse for harming humans when he goes against them.
The manga creators have released a Japanese voice cast for some of the main characters:
The three voices listed have been in well-known anime shows, movies and video games. Miyu Irino has been the Japanese voices of Astral from Yu-Gi-Oh! ZeXal, Haku from the famous movie Spirited Away, and is the Japanese voice of Sora from the Kingdom Hearts video games.
Kensho has done voices for Hakuryu Ren from Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, Brinda Jr. from Ghost in the Shell: Arise, and he was even the Japanese voice of Andy in Toy Story 3!
Finally, Yuchi Nakamura has been the voice of Gray Fullbuster from the Fairy Tail series, Greed in Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Rex Raptor from Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters.
It has been announced that the anime is set to air in April 2015. It is also known that VIZ Media will be publishing the English translation of the anime, and that a trailer has been released recently on YouTube. To keep up with the news about Owari no Seraph, follow the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OwariNoSeraph