To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts

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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts
The Abandoned Sacred Beasts, volume 1.jpg
The cover of the first volume
かつて神だった獣たちへ
(Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e)
GenreAction,[1] dark fantasy[2]
Manga
Written byMaybe
Published byKodansha
English publisher
MagazineBessatsu Shōnen Magazine
DemographicShōnen
Original run9 June 2014 – present
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byJun Shishido
Written byShigeru Murakoshi
Music byYoshihiro Ike
StudioMAPPA
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, MBS
English network
Original run 1 July 2019 16 September 2019
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
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To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Japanese: かつて神だった獣たちへ, Hepburn: Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series written and illustrated by Maybe. The series is published by Kodansha in Japan and by Vertical in North America. An anime television series adaptation by MAPPA aired from 1 July to 16 September 2019.

Plot[edit]

100 years after settlers on the continent of Patria established a democratic nation, the discovery of an energy source called Somnium ore sparked a conflict. The nation of Patria split between the industrial Northern Union and the mining towns of the Southern Confederation, and began fighting a civil war. While the South had greater numbers, the North had a secret weapon: The Incarnates, soldiers who could transform into giant mythical beasts and single-handedly destroy enemy emplacements. However, when the war ended and a peace treaty was negotiated, the Incarnates were supposed to be destroyed. Instead, an officer named Cain betrayed his superiors and fled with the surviving Incarnates across the continent. Two years later, an Incarnate named Hank has made it his mission to hunt down the surviving Incarnates, assisted by a young woman named Char who blames him for killing her father.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Hank Henriette (ハンク・ヘンリエット, Hanku Henrietto)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[3] (Japanese); Ray Chase[4] (English)
Former Captain of the Incarnates who was left for dead near the end of the war. Two months later, he became a Beast Hunter, hunting down the surviving Incarnates across Patria before they cause more destruction. He is capable of transforming into a werewolf under moonlight, and fights with a giant spear.
Nancy Schaal Bancroft (ナンシー・シャール・バンクロフト, Nanshī Shāru Bankurofuto)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma[3] (Japanese); Erika Harlacher[4] (English)
The daughter of John William Bancroft, she holds Hank responsible for his death and tries to shoot Hank the first time she meets him. Schaal wields an elephant gun and reluctantly decides to help Hank in exchange for learning the truth of the Incarnates and what caused them to go insane.
Cain Madhouse (ケイン・マッドハウス, Kein Maddohausu)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura[5] (Japanese); Mick Wingert[4] (English)
Formerly a nobleman named Cain Withers, he was Vice Captain of the Incarnates who betrayed Elaine near the end of the war, shooting her through the chest before fleeing with the surviving Incarnate soldiers. He is called the vampire Incarnate, the immortal king of blood and the night.
Elaine Bluelake (エレイン・ブルーレーク, Erein Burūrēku)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto[5] (Japanese); Allegra Clark[6] (English)
A doctor whose research gave birth to the Incarnates, and also developed a means to kill them at the end of the war. However, she was shot through the chest by Cain before she could do the job. Later in the series, she is held in a glass container by Cain Madhouse.
Claude Withers (クロード・ウィザース, Kurōdo Wizāsu)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa[7] (Japanese); Billy Kametz[4] (English)
A human and the Captain of Coup de Grace, an Incarnate Extermination Squad authorized by the government. He takes his job seriously and swears he will not smile until he has killed every Incarnate beast. Unknown to most people, he is the younger brother of Cain and has sworn to kill him for his rebellion.
Liza Runecastle (ライザ・ルネキャッスル, Raiza Runekyassuru)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[7] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh[4] (English)
A spy from the Northern Union who feeds information to Hank about the Incarnates.
Miglieglia (ミリエリア, Mirieria)
Voiced by: Kana Ichinose[8]
A young white-haired girl with gold eyes and a black dress who travels with Cain.

Incarnate Soldiers[edit]

John William Bancroft (Nidhogg) (ウィリアム(ニーズヘッグ))
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa[9] (Japanese); Todd Haberkorn (English)
A man who ran a local orphanage with his daughter. After the war he returned to continue caring for the children even though he was stuck in his Beast form, but after a while started to scare the local villagers when he would start screaming in the middle of the night which had the orphans taken away for their safety. He was killed by Hank with his daughter witnessing the shooting, but not the events before then.
Edgar (Basilisk) (エドガー(バジリスク))
Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto[10]
A former Incarnate soldier who used his power to rob people's house after the war is over, as well as killing people who lives there, he was the first Incarnate to be killed by Hank after took an oath.
Daniel Price (Spriggan) (ダニエル(スプリガン))
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana[11]
A relatively easygoing young man. He attempted to return to a normal life in his hometown of Barn Wood, but Hank revealed that he was suspected of robbing nearby caravans to provide for his family.
Theodore Sherman (Minotaur) (セオドア (ミノタウロス))
Voiced by: Kōki Uchiyama[12]
A cowardly young man who joined the Northern Army before he was inspired by Hank. After returning home to Rogue Hill, he grew increasingly paranoid and turned the town into his personal labyrinthine fortress to defend himself from all perceived threats.
Arthur Allston (Behemoth) (アーサー (ベヒモス))
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda[13]
A soft-spoken soldier who rarely talked about himself and followed orders without question. As the Behemoth, he wanders East for reasons unknown, while trying to avoid heavily-populated areas.
Christopher Keynes (Gargoyle) (クリストファー・ケインズ (ガーゴイル))
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama[14]
A young man who often found solace in the teachings of the Church before joining the Army. Currently stuck in Gargoyle form, he metes out his own version of justice to the "sinners" of White Church.
Elizabeth Weezer (Arachne) (エリザベス)
Voiced by: Maaya Sakamoto[8]
Beatrice Serrault (Siren) (ベアトリス・セロー (セイレーン))
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[15] (Japanese); Tara Sands (English)
A former lounge singer whose joined to end the war quickly so people can enjoy songs again. Her ability puts people to sleep making them incapable of resisting. One of the few Incarnates who tried to avoid hurting humans after the war.
Rex Brock (Garm) (ロイ (ガルム))
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki[16] (Japanese); Ben Diskin (English)
Known commonly as "Roy", he was formerly a field soldier for Northern Union of Patria on the front lines of the Civil War where his platoon was wiped out with him as the only surrivor. Sometime later, he met up with Cain and Hank where he became close friends with Hank as a fellow wolf Incarnate.
Miles (Centaur) (マイルズ (ケンタウロス))
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[17] (Japanese); Keith Silverstein (English)

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Manga artist duo Maybe launched the series in the July 2014 issue of Kodansha's shōnen manga magazine Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on 9 June 2014.[18][19] The series took a one-month break in August 2015 (it was not published in the September issue on 8 August) before resuming serialization in the October issue on 9 September 2015.[19]

North American manga publisher Vertical announced their license to the series on 27 August 2015, scheduling the release of the first volume for May 2016.[2][1][20] Before they selected the series' current title, Vertical was originally going to publish the manga as The Abandoned Sacred Beasts.[21][2]

Ten volumes have been released as of July 2019,[22] and the first volume was published in English in May 2016.

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 9 December 2014[23]978-4-06-395262-917 May 2016[24]978-1-942993-41-4
  1. "Beast Hunter" (獣狩り, Kemono Gari)
  2. "The Minotaur's Fortress (Pt. 1)" (ミノタウロスの要塞 ①, Minotaurosu no Yōsai Ichi)
  3. "The Minotaur's Fortress (Pt. 2)" (ミノタウロスの要塞 ②, Minotaurosu no Yōsai Ni)
  4. "March of the Behemoth (Pt. 1)" (巨獣ベヒモスの猛進 ①, Behimosu no Mōshin Ichi)
  5. "March of the Behemoth (Pt. 2)" (巨獣ベヒモスの猛進 ②, Behimosu no Mōshin Ni)
2 9 June 2015[25]978-4-06-395410-416 August 2016[26]978-1-942993-42-1
  1. "Beasts Unbound" (解き放たれた獣, Tokihanata Reta Kemono)
  2. "Gargoyle's Judgement (Pt. 1)" (ガーゴイルの断罪 ①, Gāgoiru no Danzai Ichi)
  3. "Gargoyle's Judgement (Pt. 2)" (ガーゴイルの断罪 ②, Gāgoiru no Danzai Ni)
  4. "Gargoyle's Judgement (Pt. 3)" (ガーゴイルの断罪 ③, Gāgoiru no Danzai San)
  5. "Lord of the Beasts" (獣の王, Kemono no Ō)
3 9 December 2015[27]978-4-06-395552-122 November 2016[28]978-1-942993-64-3
  1. "The Dragon's Daughter" (竜の娘, Ryū no Musume)
  2. "Coup de Grace" (クーデグラース, Kū de Gurāsu)
  3. "Returning to the Road" (旅の再開, Tabi no Saikai)
  4. "Songstress of Sleep (Pt. 1)" (眠りの歌姫 ①, Nemuri no Utahime Ichi)
  5. "Songstress of Sleep (Pt. 2)" (眠りの歌姫 ②, Nemuri no Utahime Ni)
  6. Target (標的, Hyōteki)
4 9 August 2016[29]978-4-06-395682-514 February 2017[30]978-1-945054-03-7
  1. "The Night of the Hunt" (狩りの夜, Kari no Yoru)
  2. "The Hound of Hell's Gate (Pt. 1)" (冥府の番犬 ①, Meifu no Banken Ichi)
  3. "The Hound of Hell's Gate (Pt. 2)" (冥府の番犬 ②, Meifu no Banken Ni)
  4. "Reunion (Pt. 1)" (再会 ①, Saikai Ichi)
  5. "Reunion (Pt. 2)" (再会 ②, Saikai Ni)
  6. "Reunion (Pt. 3)" (再会 ③, Saikai San)
5 9 February 2017[31]978-4-06-395836-228 November 2017[32]978-1-945054-20-4
  1. "The Beacon of Rebellion" (反乱の狼煙, Hanran no Noroshi)
  2. "Immortal Beast (Pt. 1)" (不死身の獣 ①, Fujimi no Kemono Ichi)
  3. "Immortal Beast (Pt. 2)" (不死身の獣 ②, Fujimi no Kemono Ni)
  4. "Immortal Beast (Pt. 3)" (不死身の獣 ③, Fujimi no Kemono San)
  5. "Immortal Beast (Pt. 4)" (不死身の獣 ④, Fujimi no Kemono Yon)
  6. "Immortal Beast (Pt. 5)" (不死身の獣 ⑤, Fujimi no Kemono Go)
6 8 September 2017[33]978-4-06-510201-519 June 2018[34]978-1-947194-05-2
  1. "Fortress of the Dead (Pt. 1)" (死者の要塞 ①, Shisha no Yōsai Ichi)
  2. "Fortress of the Dead (Pt. 2)" (死者の要塞 ②, Shisha no Yōsai Ni)
  3. "A Moment's Peace" (空隙の寂静, Kūgeki no Jakujō)
  4. "Replicator of Oblivion (Pt. 1)" (亡失の複製者 ①, Bōshitsu no Fukuseisha Ichi)
  5. "Replicator of Oblivion (Pt. 2)" (亡失の複製者 ②, Bōshitsu no Fukuseisha Ni)
7 9 March 2018[35]978-4-06-511070-624 December 2018[36]978-1-947194-53-3
  1. "École (Pt. 1)" (エコール ①, Ekōru Ichi)
  2. "École (Pt. 2)" (エコール ②, Ekōru Ni)
  3. "École (Pt. 3)" (エコール ③, Ekōru San)
  4. "The Voice of God" (神の声, Kami no Koe)
    • Side Story: "The Winds of Hrcesvelgr" (フレスヴェルグの風亡失の複製者, Furēsuvu erugu no Kaze Bōshitsu no Fukuseisha)
8 9 August 2018[37]978-4-06-512324-925 June 2019[38]978-1-947194-62-5
  1. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 1)" (はじまりの記憶 ①, Hajimari no Kioku Ichi)
  2. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 2)" (はじまりの記憶 ②, Hajimari no Kioku Ni)
  3. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 3)" (はじまりの記憶 ③, Hajimari no Kioku San)
  4. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 4)" (はじまりの記憶 ④, Hajimari no Kioku Yon)
  5. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 5)" (はじまりの記憶 ⑤, Hajimari no Kioku Go)
9 8 February 2019[39]978-4-06-514422-027 August 2019[40]978-1-947194-94-6
  1. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 6)" (はじまりの記憶 ⑥, Hajimari no Kioku Roku)
  2. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 7)" (はじまりの記憶 ⑦, Hajimari no Kioku Nana)
  3. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 8)" (はじまりの記憶 ⑧, Hajimari no Kioku Hachi)
  4. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 9)" (はじまりの記憶 ⑨, Hajimari no Kioku Kyū)
  5. "Memories of the Beginning (Pt. 10)" (はじまりの記憶 ⑩, Hajimari no Kioku Jū)
10 9 July 2019[41]978-4-06-516284-228 April 2020[42]978-1-949980-18-9
  1. Gurifon no Kogane Ichi (はじまりの記憶 ①)
  2. Gurifon no Kogane Ni (グリフォンの黄金 ②)
  3. Gurifon no Kogane San (グリフォンの黄金 ③)
  4. Gurifon no Kogane Yon (グリフォンの黄金 ④)
  5. Gurifon no Kogane Go (グリフォンの黄金 ⑤)

Chapters not yet in tankōbon format[edit]

Anime[edit]

An anime television series adaptation was announced on 5 February 2019. The series is animated by MAPPA and directed by Jun Shishido, with Shigeru Murakoshi handled the series composition, Daisuke Niinuma designed the characters, and Yoshihiro Ike composed the music.[3][43] The series aired from 1 July to 16 September 2019 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS.[44][45] The opening theme song is "Sacrifice" (サクリファイス) by Mafumafu, while the ending theme song is "HHOOWWLL" by Gero×ARAKI.[45] Crunchyroll streamed the series.[46] It ran for 12 episodes.[47] On 1 October 2019, Crunchyroll announced that the series would receive an English dub.[4]

Reception[edit]

The first volume of the series reached 39th place on the weekly Oricon comics rankings, with 22,468 copies sold;[48] the second volume reached 31st place, with 18,638 copies sold;[49] the third volume reached 39th place, with 28,018 copies sold;[50] and the fourth volume reached 24th place, with 32,728 copies sold.[51]

Works cited[edit]

References[edit]

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