Seraph of the End

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Seraph of the End
Seraph of the End.jpg
Cover of the first manga volume
終わりのセラフ
(Owari no Serafu)
GenreAdventure, dark fantasy, science fiction[1][2]
Manga
Written byTakaya Kagami
Daisuke Furuya (storyboard)
Illustrated byYamato Yamamoto
Published byShueisha
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
MagazineJump Square
English magazine
Original runSeptember 3, 2012 – present
Volumes18 (List of volumes)
Light novels
  • Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen
  • The Story of Vampire Mikaela
  • Guren Ichinose: Resurrection at Nineteen
Anime television series
Directed byDaisuke Tokudo
Written byHiroshi Seko
Music byHiroyuki Sawano
Takafumi Wada
Asami Tachibana
Megumi Shiraishi
StudioWit Studio
Licensed by
Original networkTokyo MX, MBS, TVA, BS11, AT-X, TV Asahi Channel 1
English network
Original run April 4, 2015 December 26, 2015
Episodes24 (List of episodes)
Manga
Serapetit!〜Seraph of the End four-frame manga〜
Written byTakaya Kagami
Yamato Yamamoto
Daisuke Furuya
Illustrated byRen Aokita
Published byShueisha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineJump Square
Original runApril 2015January 2016
Volumes1
Manga
Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen
Written byTakaya Kagami
Illustrated byYo Asami
Published byKodansha
DemographicShōnen
MagazineMonthly Shōnen Magazine
Original runJune 6, 2017 – present
Volumes5
Game
Seraph of the End: Bloody Blades
DeveloperBandai Namco Entertainment
GenreRPG
PlatformiOS, Android
ReleasedSeptember 28, 2015
Game
Owari no Seraph: Unmei no Hajimari
DeveloperBandai Namco Entertainment
GenreTRPG
PlatformPlayStation Vita
ReleasedDecember 17, 2015
Original video animation
Seraph of the End: Vampire Shahal
Directed byHironori Aoyagi
Written byAttatory
StudioWit Studio
ReleasedMay 2, 2016
Runtime23 minutes
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Seraph of the End (Japanese: 終わりのセラフ, Hepburn: Owari no Serafu) (also known as Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto with storyboards by Daisuke Furuya. It is published by Shueisha on Jump SQ and in English by Viz Media on Weekly Shonen Jump.

The series is set in a world that allegedly comes to an end at the hands of a "human-made" virus, ravaging the global populace and leaving only children under the age of thirteen untouched. It is at this time that vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth, likely followed by age-old horrors of the dark thought only to be myth. A young man named Yūichirō Hyakuya joins a vampire extermination unit to avenge the deaths of his orphaned family and reclaim his best friend Mikaela Hyakuya from the vampires.

An anime adaptation by Wit Studio was announced on August 28, 2014. The first cour of the series premiered in Japan on April 4, 2015 and ended on June 20, 2015. The second cour began on October 10, 2015 and finished on December 26, 2015. The series was later broadcast in the United Kingdom on Viceland, beginning February 15, 2018.[3][4]

A series of light novels focused on Yu's superior, Guren Ichinose, has been written by Kagami and illustrated by Yamamoto.

Plot[edit]

In 2012, the world allegedly comes to an end at the hands of a "human-made" virus, ravaging the global populace and leaving only children under the age of thirteen untouched. It is at this time that vampires emerge from the recesses of the earth, likely followed by age-old horrors of the dark thought only to be myth. The vampires sweep the earth and claim it in a single violent stroke, subjugating the remnants of humanity and leading them beneath the surface to safety. This "protection" comes at the price of "donating" blood to their captors unknowingly that they are vampires. At the age of twelve, Yūichirō and his friend and fellow orphan Mikaela plotted to escape along with the children in Hyakuya Orphanage. However, this resulted in their deaths and Mikaela sacrifices himself in order for Yūichirō to escape and be saved by members of the Moon Demon Company, an extermination unit of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army. Four years later, Yūichirō dedicates his life to destroy vampires and seek revenge against them for murdering his "family." At the same time, it is revealed that Mikaela is still alive and wants to find his friend.

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Seraph of the End has been serialized by Shueisha in its Japanese monthly shōnen manga magazine Jump SQ since September 3, 2012. On October 7, 2013, Viz Media announced that it has licensed for North American release and added the series to its manga to its lineup of the company's Weekly Shonen Jump digital magazine.[5]

A voice comic (vomic) was also produced and published by Shueisha and its first episode was featured by Sakiyomi Jum-Bang! on February 1, 2013.[6]

A spin-off gag manga to commemorate the anime adaptation titled Serapetit!〜Seraph of the End four-frame manga〜 (せらぷち!〜終わりのセラフ4コマ編〜, Serapuchi!〜 Owari no Serafu 4-koma-hen 〜) has been serialized by Shueisha in Jump SQ from April 2015 to January 2016 after being serialized in 17th and 18th volumes of Jump SQ.19. It also has been published on the Seraph of the End official website.[7]

A manga adapting the Guren Ichinose light novel series started in Kodansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine on June 6, 2017.[8]

Light novels[edit]

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen (終わりのセラフ 一瀬グレン、16歳の破滅, Owari no Seraph - Ichinose Guren, 16-sai no Hametsu) is a prequel focusing on Guren Ichinose as the main protagonist, detailing the series of events that occurred eight years before the start of the manga. Written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto, it consists of seven volumes and was published by Kodansha from January 2013 to December 2016. On February 15, 2015, Vertical announced that it has licensed the light novels for North American release and will be releasing it in an omnibus with two volumes per omnibus in January 2016.[9][10][11] The novels have also been translated into other languages, such as German and French by Kazé.[12] A drama CD was released on October 30, 2015 bundled with volume 6 of the light novel and is written by Takaya Kagami.[13]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 January 4, 2013[14]ISBN 978-4-06-375279-3January 26, 2016[15]ISBN 9781941220986
2 July 2, 2013[16]ISBN 978-4-06-375311-0January 26, 2016[15]ISBN 9781941220986
3 January 31, 2014[17]ISBN 978-4-06-375354-7May 31, 2016[18]ISBN 9781942993742
4 July 2, 2014[19]ISBN 978-4-06-375396-7May 31, 2016[18]ISBN 9781942993742
5 April 2, 2015[20]ISBN 978-4-06-381451-4November 8, 2016[21]ISBN 9781942993056
6 October 30, 2015[22]ISBN 978-4-06-381491-0November 8, 2016[21]ISBN 9781942993056
7 December 2, 2016[23]ISBN 978-4-06-381572-6September 25, 2018[24]ISBN 9781945054303

A new light novel series about Mikaela's story and the origin of vampires titled Seraph of the End: The Story of Vampire Mikaela (終わりのセラフ 吸血鬼ミカエラの物語, Owari no Seraph: Kyūketsuki Mikaela no Monogatari) began publication by Shueisha on December 4, 2015. The story is written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto.[25]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBN
1 December 4, 2015[26]ISBN 978-4-08-703358-8
2 May 2, 2016[27]ISBN 978-4-08-703395-3

On October 20, 2017, it was announced on Kodansha's light novel blog that a second spin-off series about Guren, titled Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Resurrection at Nineteen (終わりのセラフ 一瀬グレン、19歳の世界再誕, Owari no seraph: Ichinose Guren, 19-sai no sekai Resurrection) would be released in December. It is written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yo Asami.[28] On March 11, 2019, Vertical announced that it has licensed the novels for a northern American release, saluted for December 2019.[29]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 December 27, 2017[30]ISBN 978-4-06-381636-5December 31, 2019[31]ISBN 9781949980059
2 November 30, 2018[32]ISBN 978-4-06-514385-8TBA

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation was announced on August 28, 2014, and premiered on April 4, 2015, which consists of a total of 24 episodes. It is produced by Wit Studio, directed by Daisuke Tokudo, and screenplayed solely by Hiroshi Seko.[33] Additionally, the original manga's writer, Takaya Kagami, is personally drafting the original story for episodes with material not yet serialized in the manga and supervising the scripts until the anime's final episode.[34] On December 12, 2014, it was announced the series would be split in two parts (quarters of the year). The first half (12 episodes) would air in 2015 from April to June and the second half (12 episodes) from October to December.[35] The series premiered on Tokyo MX, MBS, TV Aichi, and BS11 at their respective time slots. NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan will be releasing the first 12 episodes on Blu-ray and DVD formats in Japan starting on June 24, 2015 across four volumes. A six minutes omake anime specials adapted from the omake featured in the original manga, included in each Blu-ray/DVD volume titled Seraph of the Endless (終わらないセラフ, Owaranai Serafu).[36]

On March 31, 2015, it was announced that Funimation has licensed the series for streaming and home video release in North America.[37] Hulu will also be streaming the series. On May 13, 2015, Funimation announced that the English broadcast dub will stream every Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. EDT on its "Dubble Talk" streaming block.[38][39] In the United Kingdom, the English dub was broadcast on Viceland, beginning February 15, 2018.[3][4]

An OAD bundled with volume 11 of the original manga titled Seraph of the End: Vampire Shahal (終わりのセラフ 吸血鬼シャハル, Owari no Serafu: Kyūketsuki Shaharu) was released on May 2, 2016. It was first screened at the Jump Special Anime Festa 2015 event on November 2015.[40]

Hiroyuki Sawano produced and co-composed the music, as well as the opening and ending themes, "X.U." and "scaPEGoat", respectively, with Takafumi Wada, Asami Tachibana, and Megumi Shiraishi. As part of Sawano's vocal song project "SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]", for the first 12 episodes, the opening song is performed by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Gemie, while the ending song is performed by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]:Yosh. Both themes were released in Japan on a CD on May 20, 2015.[41]

Video games[edit]

A PlayStation Vita strategy game, titled Owari no Seraph: Unmei no Hajimari (終わりのセラフ 運命の始まり), was released by Bandai Namco Entertainment and Activision on December 17, 2015.[42]

BNEI also released a smartphone game titled Seraph of the End: Bloody Blades (終わりのセラフ BLOODY BLADES, Owari no Seraph: Bloody Blades) on September 28, 2015.[43]

Reception[edit]

Volume 1 reached the 24th place on the Japanese weekly manga chart,[44] and, as of 13 January 2013, has sold 62,434 copies.[45] It also reached the 3rd place on the New York Times manga bestseller chart.[46] Volume 2 reached the 15th place on the weekly manga chart,[47] and, as of 12 May 2013, has sold 91,095 copies.[48] Volume 3 reached the 9th place[49] and, as of 15 September 2013, has sold 121,235 copies.[50] Volume 4 also reached the 9th place on the chart,[51] and, as of 19 January 2014, has sold 160,444 copies.[52] Volume 5 also reached the 9th place,[53] and has sold, as of 11 May 2014, 155,139 copies.[54] In 2015, the series sold 2.8 million copies.[55] As of May 2017, the manga had 7 million copies in print,[56] and as of April 4, 2018, the manga had 8.5 million copies in print.[57] In March 2019, the whole franchise combined had 9 million copies in print.[58]

The Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen light novels reached 21st place as one of the Top-Selling light novels in Japan, with 128,690 copies sold in May 2015, and it additionally reached 29th place in 2016, with 100,077 more copies sold. The Story of Vampire Mikaela novels also reached 21st place, having sold 127,373 copies in May 2016.[59][60]

The manga was nominated for the 40th Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen category in 2016.[61]

The prequel manga's second volume reached 25th place on the Japanese's weekly manga chart, with 30,147 copies in print.[62]

On Anime News Network, Rebecca Silverman gave volume 1 an overall grade of B+.[63]

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