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
DemographicShōnen
MagazineBessatsu Shōnen Magazine
Original run9 June 2014 – present
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byJun Shishido
Written byShigeru Murakoshi
Music byYoshihiro Ike
StudioMAPPA
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, MBS
English network
Original run 1 July 2019 – present
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 premiered on 1 July 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 comrades 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 Nancy who blames him for killing her father.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Hank Henriette (ハンク)
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi[3]
Former Captain of the Incarnates who was left for dead near the end of the war. Two years 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 (シャール)
Voiced by: Ai Kakuma[3]
The daughter of John William Bancroft, she holds Hank responsible for his death and tries to shoot Hank the first time she meets him. She wields an elephant gun and reluctantly decides to help Hank in exchange for a chance to end his life after his mission is complete.
Cain Madhouse (ケイン)
Voiced by: Yuichi Nakamura[4]
Former 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 appears to have the powers of a vampire.
Elaine (エレイン)
Voiced by: Mamiko Noto[4]
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. Her body was never found.
Claude (クロード)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa[5]
Liza (ライザ)
Voiced by: Yōko Hikasa[5]
A spy from the Northern Union who feeds information to Hank about the Incarnates.
Miglieglia (ミリエリア)
Voiced by: Kana Ichinose[6]

Incarnate Soldiers[edit]

John William Bancroft (Dragon) (ウィリアム(ニーズヘッグ))
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa[7]
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[8]
Daniel Price (Spriggan) (ダニエル(スプリガン))
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Tachibana[9]
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[10]
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[11]
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 (Gargoyle) (クリストファー (ガーゴイル))
Voiced by: Jun Fukuyama[12]
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[6]
Beatrice (Siren) (ベアトリス (セイレーン))
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[13]
Roy (Garm) (ロイ (ガルム))
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki[14]
Miles (Cenetaur) (マイルズ (ケンタウロス))
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita[15]

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.[16][17] 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.[17]

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][18] Before they selected the series' current title, Vertical was originally going to publish the manga as The Abandoned Sacred Beasts.[19][2]

Ten volumes have been released as of July 2019,[20] and the first volume was published in English in May 2016.

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 9 December 2014[21]ISBN 978-4-06-395262-917 May 2016[22]ISBN 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[23]ISBN 978-4-06-395410-416 August 2016[24]ISBN 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[25]ISBN 978-4-06-395552-122 November 2016[26]ISBN 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[27]ISBN 978-4-06-395682-514 February 2017[28]ISBN 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[29]ISBN 978-4-06-395836-228 November 2017[30]ISBN 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[31]ISBN 978-4-06-510201-519 June 2018[32]ISBN 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[33]ISBN 978-4-06-511070-624 December 2018[34]ISBN 978-1-947194-53-3
8 9 August 2018[35]ISBN 978-4-06-512324-925 June 2019[36]ISBN 978-1-947194-62-5
9 8 February 2019[37]ISBN 978-4-06-514422-027 August 2019[38]ISBN 978-1-947194-94-6
10 9 July 2019[39]ISBN 978-4-06-516284-2

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 handling series composition, Daisuke Niinuma designing the characters, and Yoshihiro Ike composing the music.[3][40] The series premiered on 1 July 2019 on Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS.[41][42] 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.[42] Crunchyroll is streaming the series.[43] It will run for 12 eposodes.[44]

No. Title Original air date[45]
1"To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts"
Transcription: "Katsute Kami Datta Kemono-tachi e" (Japanese: かつて神だった獣たちへ)
1 July 2019 (2019-07-01)
The Northern Union attempts to attack a fortified stronghold held by the Southern Confederacy in the Patria civil war. After taking heavy casualties, the North unleashes its secret weapon: a unit of shape-shifting soldiers called Incarnates who transform into mythical beasts and destroy the enemy base. The Incarnates, led by Hank and his childhood friends, Cain and Elaine. Elaine is the human scientist who created the Incarnates. The Incarnates rapidly help North achieve victory after victory but everytime they shapeshift into beasts, it becomes a little harder to return to human. Eventually, tragedy strikes after one battle when an Incarnate goes berserk, indiscriminately attacking allies and enemies. The Incarnate is killed by Union troops. Hank commands his unit to swear to put down any of their comrades who lose their humanity. As the Incarnates prepare to strike a final blow against the capital of the South, Elaine pulls Hank aside and tells him the North and South are already negotiating a peace treaty. She then shoots Hank with a special bullet designed to destroy Incarnates, saying she cannot return the Incarnates to humans and they will eventually all become beasts. The only way to save them is to kill them before that happens. She hands a gun to her co-conspirator, Cain, to help her eliminate the rest of the squad before committing suicide, but Cain shoots her instead, unwilling to give up his powers. Two years later, Hank wakes from a coma in Union territory where a Northern intelligence agent named Liza tells him Cain and the surviving Incarnates spread out across the continent wreaking havoc in their beastly forms, and Elaine's body was never found. Hank swears to complete the oath from two years ago: to destroy Incarnates who went berserk, and begins his new mission as a Beast Hunter.
2"The Dragon's Daughter"
Transcription: "Ryū no Musume" (Japanese: 竜の娘)
8 July 2019 (2019-07-08)
John William Bancroft ran an orphanage in a small village with his daughter Nancy. The village and orphanage were both poor, partially because of the war with the Confederacy. Union soldiers drafted Will one day as he was compatible with Elaine's Incarnate research, and he willingly went as the government promised to give money to the orphanage and town, which would help everyone. Nancy promises she'll be here when he returns. He eventually does after the war but is trapped in his Incarnate form, a large brown dragon, though his mind remains human. Everyone accepts her father back anyway, the villagers considering him a war hero. After awhile, he began to scream in the middle of the night, troubling the villagers, and eventually ten cows were torn to shreds. The orphans are taken away for their own safety. Nancy refused to believe her father was behind it as no one had seen him. That night, she is woken by gunfire and runs towards it to find her father lying dying and Hank standing over him. Hank shoots Will and kills him, then walks away, leaving Nancy to grieve at the unprovoked murder. Vowing revenge, she takes Will's elephant gun and leaves to track Hank. When she catches up with him in a town she shoots him, but a normal bullet can't kill him. Hank asks who she is and Nancy tells him she's Will's daughter, saddening Hank. An Incarnate, Danny, suddenly returns to town and Hank approaches to kill him. Nancy defends Danny as there's no proof he's done anything wrong but Danny admits he has been killing anyone he finds and bringing their blood-stained money back to help the town prosper, smiling. He then attacks Nancy, but Hank kills him. When Hank starts to walk away, Nancy asks if he's going to kill more of his comrades. He tells her of the oath but refuses to say anything more. Nancy decides that since her father died before she could learn anything, she would accompany Hank to see with her own eyes why her father had to die.
3"The Minotaur's Fortress"
Transcription: "Minotaurosu no Yōsai" (Japanese: ミノタウロスの要塞)
15 July 2019 (2019-07-15)
4"March of the Behemoth"
Transcription: "Behimosu no Mōshin" (Japanese: 巨獣の猛進)
22 July 2019 (2019-07-22)

Reception[edit]

The first volume of the series reached 39th place on the weekly Oricon comics rankings, with 22,468 copies sold;[46] the second volume reached 31st place, with 18,638 copies sold;[47] the third volume reached 39th place, with 28,018 copies sold;[48] and the fourth volume reached 24th place, with 32,728 copies sold.[49]

Works cited[edit]

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