Manga / Seraph of the End

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And so began the battle at the end of the world, between vampires, angels, demons... and us.

Years ago, due to the Trumpets of Apocalypse, a lethal virus spreads across the world, wiping out most of humanity. Afterwards, the surviving humans are either terrorized by the Horsemen of Apocalypse monsters, which exist to kill humans only, or vampires, who emerged from their underground world after the Apocalypse to preserve and enslave what's left of humanity. Yūichirō Hyakuya and his fellow orphans at the Hyakuya orphanage are captured by the vampires and treated as livestock, only being allowed to live for their blood. Desperate for freedom, Yūichirō and his best friend Mikaela hatch a plan to escape with their family to the outside world, hopefully free from vampires—only for their attempts to end in tragedy. As the only one to make it out alive, Yūichirō aligns himself with the Japanese Imperial Demon Army (JIDA)—Japan's only hope against the vampires—in order to avenge his fallen friends.

Seraph of the End (Owari no Seraph) is a manga series written by both Takaya Kagami, author of The Legend of the Legendary Heroes and Itsuka Tenma no Kuro Usagi, and Daisuke Furuya. It is illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto, artist of Kure-nai, and is serialized in Jump Square. Viz Media began serializing the series as of October 2013 with the subtitle "Vampire Reign".

The manga also has a light novel series entitled Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen (Owari no Seraph - Ichinose Guren, Jyuurokusai no Catastrophe). The series is a prequel to manga and focuses on Guren Ichinose, who is the main protagonist of the light novel series. It details the series of events that occurred eight years before the manga.

A second light novel series entitled Seraph of the End: The Story of Vampire Michaela (Owari no Seraph: Kyūketsuki Mikaela no Monogatari) was released in December 2015. It is focuses on Mikaela's story and the origin of vampires.

An anime adaptation by WIT Studio was announced on August 28, 2014. In December 2014, it was announced the series would run in two split cours (quarters of the year). The first cour aired in April as part of the Spring 2015 Anime season and the second cour aired in October as part of the Fall 2015 Anime season.

Tropes associated with Seraph of the End:

  • The Abridged Series: Yup. It has one.
  • Abusive Parents:
    • As Mika states in Chapter 37, all the Hyakuya kids, including himself and Yuu, were subjects of cruel experiments for the "Seraph of the End", due to them possesing the "Seraph" gene. This is implied to be the reason why Mika and Yuu's parents were abusive.
      • Yuu: His parents were paid to allow the Brotherhood of the Thousand Nights (Hyakuya Sect) to conduct experiments on him, and he was around seven years old when his father tried to kill him with a knife and his mother tried to burn him alive in the apartment fire while yelling that he is a devil's spawn.
      • Mika: When he was five, his father blamed his mother's insanity on him, started to drink, and beat him everyday. His mother became insane after getting involved in some cult; it's hinted to be Hyakuya Sect. Eventually, his mother threw him out of a speeding minivan, leaving him to bleed out in the street after she claimed that he is a bearer of the "Mikaela" name and thus, a chosen one who, in her own words, should "fly". Mika's father ignored his pleas for help.
    • The Hīragi family is known to be ruthless and only cares about having power and the strongest bloodline at any cost. They also put themselves under harsh training to endure even torture.
      • Shinoa and Mahiru: Both were born from a woman who was possessed by a demon due to the experimentation done by the Hīragi Family. This is why both were born with demons inside themselves. Those demons are always trying to possess them and often attack the weaknesses in their hearts.
      • Shinya: He was sold by his parents to the Hīragi Family and forced into a survival competition, with the winner getting the right to become Mahiru's fiance. As the last survivor of the competition, he ended up being adopted into the Hīragi family at the age of ten and became Mahiru's fiance.
  • Action Girl: Shinoa and Mitsuba. Any female member of the Imperial Demon Army qualifies.
  • Adaptation Distillation: Explanation about the cursed gear and it's different types was either simplified or cut out in the anime.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. While Yuu's team is composed of Child Soldiers and they're typically the ones getting the spotlight, the adults form other and very competent divisions.
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Guren has a few moments of literally petting Yuu on the head.
  • After the End: The series began after a virus has decimated most of mankind.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Yuu towards Mika in the first chapter.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: The higher ranking members of the Imperial Demon Army such as Guren, Kureto and Shinya are also easily its most powerful fighters. The vampire nobles are also more powerful than ordinary vampires, especially the Progenitors, who are the leaders and most powerful of the vampires.
  • Bad Dreams: Ashuramaru repeatedly inflicts these on Yuu. All of the demons do this to their masters.
  • Badass Army: The Japanese Imperial Demon Army.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Yuu and his team show up to save Guren just before Mikaela tries to kill him.
  • Big Heroic Run: The artist is rather fond of scenes of the heroes heading out to battle.
  • Big Screwed-Up Family: The most powerful clan in Japan, the Hiragi family are totally screwed up, most evident in the prequel Light Novels.
  • Bio-Augmentation: A staple of Kagami's works. It's implied from the very beginning that the Hyakuya Orphanage was running experiments on children, which was what caused the virus.
  • Bishōnen: Mikaela and a lot of vampires qualify. On the human side there is Shinya.
  • Black and Gray Morality: The vampires are merciless and amoral beings who think of themselves as superior to humans. They keep humans contained like cattle for their blood and will spare them as long as they don't rebel. In addition, the vampires place little value in everything (except blood) and therefore don't care if a "small" number of humans, and sometimes their own kind, die. However, the human organizations that fight against them keep vampires locked up to do experimentation on and are not above doing similar things to humans; the most obvious proofs can be seen in Chapter 14, 36, and 39. Although humanity as a whole isn't as warped as the vampire race, the non-Muggles from various magic organizations who subtly control humanity behind the scene are willing to risk committing blasphemy and start an apocalypse just for the sake of power. It is heavily implied and later confirmed that humanity, specifically the Hyakuya Sect and Mahiru Hīragi, is responsible for the viral outbreak that eradicated 90% of human population due to a failed experimentation that is later resumed by the JIDA and other human magic cults. While the vampires can be unsympathetic, they at least want to preserve humanity, seeing as how they protected the humans inside their territories from the Horsemen of Apocalypse monsters, how they are actively trying to prevent another Apocalypse, and how they forbid drinking blood directly from humans in order to avoid accidentally sucking them dry. In fact, two Seraphim, the angels based on the Book of Revelation, pointedly mention of wanting to smite humans for their sins, not vampires.
  • Black Sheep: Shinoa and Mitsuba are both shunned and considered useless by their own respective families(houses). Both were also abandoned by their sisters. Shinoa, who was neglected by her family and was always overshadowed by her successful older sister Mahiru, who also abandons her at some point in Guren's LN. Mitsuba, who is considered a worthless soldier since her reckless actions led to the death of her comrades in the past, is easily discarded by her older sister Aoi in chapter 45(manga). Shinoa and Mitsuba both have a lingering attachment for and feelings of abandonment from their sisters. Currently both are considered traitors and fugitives from JIDA, a military organization where their families, Hiragi house and Sangu house, participate.
  • Blatant Lies: Some bullies at the school lie about being selected for the army in order to intimidate people.
  • The Cameo: Keigo Atobe from Prince of Tennis makes a cameo in chapter 26 (The author confirms it's him in one of his tweets). [1]
  • Celibate Hero: Guren, now that Mahiru is gone.
  • Chaste Hero: Yuu shows how ignorant he is about the differences between boys and girls by asking where the girls have gone (to the toilet) while Kimizuki and Yoichi get it quickly(chapter 25). In the game Owari no Seraph Unmei no Hajimari, Yuu is uncaring when looking at the girls who are only wearing towels. When Yuu is asked in the fanbook who in Shinoa's Squad (Shinoa, Yoichi, Kimizuki and Mitsuba) concerns him the most, his answer is: "Eh, everyone". This shows that he has no romantic feelings for anyone inside the squad, and anything that could imply romantic feelings from Yuu to anyone else in the squad is platonic
  • Childhood Friends: Chapter 13 is called "Reunion of Childhood Friends" (幼馴染みのサイカイ) when Yuu and Mika meet again.
  • Child Soldiers: A fair number of the major characters.
  • The Clan: In this series' universe, there are many different families with varying authority in the country. The largest and most powerful is the Hīragi family, which Shinoa belongs to. Guren belongs to the Ichinose family, which are a branch family of the Hīragi.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Guren is totally fine with fighting dirty to win against the vampires. The only thing he will not do is hurt his comrades.
  • Cooldown Hug: On Guren's demands, Shinoa gives one to Yuu after the latter goes berserk from what is presumably his 'seraph' entity.
  • Corrupt Church: The Brotherhood of a Thousand Night in the novels is a crazy cult. The Order of the Imperial Demons organization established by Hīragi Family is equally depraved
  • Crapsack World: The world after being decimated by the virus. Humans are usually kept as livestock to provide blood for the vampires, while the vampires keep them alive. There's a chance you can join the Japanese Imperial Demon Army and get a Demon Weapon that can kill the vampires, but this requires getting a contract with a demon who will take over your body if your will should waver, not to mention it won't stop the more powerful vampires from killing you. In addition, the Demon Army themselves aren't exactly saints either, with the top brass being comprised of members or subjects of the Hīragi Family who will destroy anybody who tries to defy them, be it human or vampire. Even before the start of the apocalypse, the Japanese government itself was essentially a tool for the Hīragi Family, Hyakuya Sect and various magic cults to control the Muggles. The rest of the world are implied to have a similar situations; magic organizations and cults around the world hold tremendous powers over governments and Muggles.
  • Cuddle Bug: The fanbook states that Mika had a habit of hugging Yuu, and in the manga there are glimpses of Mika is hugging Yuu when they were kids.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Losing their 'family' was this for Yuu and Mika. For Mika, becoming a vampire and seeing humans doing blasphemous experiments that could wipe out humanity made it worse. See My Greatest Failure for Mitsuba's.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: In a world like this, most of the characters have one.
  • Declaration of Protection: Yuu and Mika to each other.
  • Demonic Possession: What happens if you touch a cursed weapon but lack the willpower to overcome the demon within it.
  • Disapproving Look: In chapter 4, Guren has this while watching Yuu and Kimizuki fighting and questioning if this was the result of Shinoa supervising them. In chapter 43, Yuu and Mika have this look towards Shinoa when Shinoa accuses Mitsuba of not being a virgin.
  • Dysfunction Junction: Almost everyone here has a dark past and unhappy life.
  • Downer Beginning: The series starts out with a major tragedy as a virus killed off a vast majority of the human population and vampires take the survivors as cattle. The first chapter/episode ends in a major Tear Jerker when the Hyakuya Orphanage children try to escape Sanguinem but are all horribly killed aside Yuu and Mika, who is later revealed to have survived after been turned into a vampire.
  • Enemy Within: Ashuramaru is one for Yuu, threatening to take over him should his desire for revenge waver. As a matter of fact, it seems like poor Yuu's hit with this twice, and the second one might actually be worse.
  • Facial Markings: These occasionally show up, thanks to usage of the cursed weapons.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In chapter 44, Yuu says that he didn't notice Ferid (who was right beside Mika) in the Shinjuku battle because his mind was entirely focused on Mika after meeting him again. Until the Shinjuku battle, he believed that Mika died with the other Hyakuya kids at Ferid's hands. In the anime however, he spotted Ferid right away after the latter attempt to cut off the humans' retreat.
  • Family of Choice: The Hyakuya orphans considered themselves this. Shinoa Squad eventually becomes this too. Guren has also put himself in the position of being Yuu's father. Krul also calls herself Mika's surrogate mother.
  • Fanservice: Shinoa and Mitsuba's shower scene, which also mysteriously cuts away.
    • We also get a shower scene that shows the reader how well Mika's grown up. His two vampire comrades also get an obligatory shower scene.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: We have vampires, demons, angels, horsemen of the apocalypse, cursed weapons, supernatural human experimentation, and superpowerful magical religious organizations.
  • A Father to His Men: Guren cares for his troops more than he likes to admit and tries his hardest to make sure as many of them survive as possible, at great personal risk.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Yuu had the same nightmare every night for four years, which is the one where he sees the Hyakuya kids dying, with emphasis on Mika dying in Ferid's hand (stated in chapter 2 and in the Ikebukuro kyuuketsuki kari-hen extra chapter).
  • Flaw Exploitation: Kureto's Modus Operandi. He regularly controls Guren by threatening to hurt his subordinates.
  • Foil: Mika to Yuu. Whereas Yuu is Hot-Blooded, prefers brute force over wit, and has a dark colour scheme, Mika is composed, prefers using his head, and has a light colour scheme. Oh, and one of them's a human and the other's a vampire.
  • Four-Star Badass: Lieutenant General Kureto Hīragi and Major general Shinya Hīragi.
  • Feuding Families: The relationship between the Hīragi family and the Ichinose family is not exactly great.
  • Good-Looking Privates: Shinoa's first comment upon seeing Yuu in his new uniform is that he looks really good in it, with Yuu returning the compliment.
  • The Glomp: Yuu is glomped by Yoichi in chapter 2 and glomped by Mika in chapter 36. In the anime, Yuu also glomps Mika in episode 22.
  • Harmful to Minors: Yuu's bitter relationship with his parents at a very young age was the start of his anti-social tendencies.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: To no one's surprise, Yuu ends up with a sword for a weapon. Guren and Kureto's weapons are also katanas, though Kureto is far from being a hero.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Yuu and Mika want to be, but the whole 'being on opposite sides' thing complicates it slightly, though (there's also the fact that neither were confirmed heterosexual). Fortunately, Mika wasn't really on the vampires' side to begin with since he hated the vampires as much as he hated the humans. By chapter 41, Mika completely leaves the vampires to join Shinoa's team so he can be with Yuu.
  • Hope Spot: The Hyakuya orphans were this close to escaping...
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: Demons, vampires, and angels seem to believe this at least. The human magic cults and organizations in this story are depraved at best and sickeningly atrocious at worst. The tendency of humans to engage in immoral experimentation and push boundaries that should not be pushed when left on their own is remarked on by several vampires, and in the Chapter 43, Shinoa's squad agrees that the JIDA is actually a more dangerous than the vampires, who for the most part only care about their next meal.
  • Hurting Hero: Virtually all of them.
  • Hypocrite: Yuu tells Yoichi that his sister's death wasn't his fault and that the boy shouldn't live for revenge—that is, advice opposite from everything that Yuu is doing. He's aware of this though.
  • Internal Reveal: The reader learns relatively quickly that Mikaela is alive and a vampire. Yuu doesn't get to know until Chapter 12 after stabbing him with a sword. Ouch.
  • Intertwined Fingers: Looking for emotional strength to keep going against Asuramaru, Yuu thinks of Mika and imagines himself intertwining his fingers with him (Chapter 20 and Episode 14).
  • I Owe You My Life: Yuu feels that he owed Guren his life. This is one of the reason why he sticks with Guren even after finding out that Guren is planning to use him for his own ends.
  • Ironic Echo: After being repeatedly told by the other orphans at the Hyakuya orphanage about how they're family and repeatedly denying it, Yuu finally acknowledges them as this at the end of the first chapter as why he can't abandon Mika.
  • It's Personal: Yuu during the Battle of Shinjuku when he realized Ferid was the vampire who killed his family years ago. He goes off the deep end when Ferid and the other vampires start hurting his new family.
  • Jerkass Façade: Guren acts rude and arrogant all the time, but the Light Novels, which give backstory from his perspective, show that he deeply cares about the people close to him and will always try to protect them to the best of his ability.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Yuu, who veers into male Tsundere territory at times. Similarly, Shinoa, who can come across as aloof and uncaring, has her soft side. Kimizuki, Mitsuba, and Guren also count.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Mikaela is alive and a vampire. It's not revealed until the end of the first volume, after which all art—including the cover of the second volume—makes no attempt to hide this.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Shinoa does this often. In just two chapters, she's already pointed out that Yuu's in no position to get preachy with the school bullies after one of them snuck into the training facility under the school and also points out the absurdity of the high school situation in the post-apocalyptic world they live in.
    Shinoa: Give me a break. Did you really think a normal high school life existed in a world such as this?
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In response to Mika claiming that Yuu reads too much manga, Yuu responds by saying that no, he doesn't and "This is not a manga!"
  • A Lesson In Defeat: Chapter 26 has the squad get Curb Stomped by Lt. Guren's squad after which they receive a lecture about just how and where they went wrong. Yuu actually takes the lesson seriously.
  • Missing Mom: Literally every character. Few mothers are even mentioned to exist, let alone given screentime.
  • Muggles: The people who had no connections to any of the magical religious organizations prior to the apocalypse. These were the ones who were hit the hardest by the virus.
  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: The Hīragi family shows disturbing similarities with the Nazis with their fervent belief in Social Darwinism and supremacism, their status as absolute rulers of the JIDA, and their tendency to engage in "scientific" human experimentation.
  • Neck Lift: Ferid to Guren in the Battle of Shinjuku and Crowley to Guren in the Battle of Nagoya.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Subverted. This seems to be the case at first, with one civilian pointing out that by killing the vampires keeping them captive, that group of people, forced to live outside of city walls, no longer has any means of surviving. However, Yuu replies that it's better to try and be free, no matter how difficult it might be to live afterwards, and Shinoa believes that there might be room for them to be protected by the Japanese Imperial Army, so it all ends well.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Adult Shinya and Guren have this dynamic.
  • Odd Friendship: Yuu and Yoichi have very little in common, but are still each other's first friends at school.
  • One-Man Army: All Black Demon Series wielders and vampire nobles (the Progenitors and their direct progeny). The hosts of Seraph of the End even more so.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Yūichirō is frequently shortened to Yuu, and likewise, Mikaela gets shortened to Mika. This is nodded to in canon, where Mika is able to inadvertently convince a human to tell him where Yuu is because he refers to Yuu by his nickname.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: The kids at Yūichirō's high school think that they're this, or at least as ordinary as you can get in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but the high school is actually a recruiting ground for the vampire resistance. Despite having been personally trained by an elite member of the Imperial Demon Army for most of his life, Yuu gets sent there in order to find some partners to join him in his squad in the army; albeit, he doesn't learn this until later on.
  • Parental Substitute: Guren to Yuu. Krul to Mika.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: All the "Seraphs" are implied to be this once triggered.
  • Playing with Syringes: All human magic cults and organizations in this story have a chronic fixation on human experimentation, to the extent that vampires and demons associate it with one of the defining traits of humanity. Those experiments are "quite" inhuman to say the least.
  • Power at a Price: The demon weapons give users power at the cost of getting a mental demon roommate that's always there to take over your body if you're not careful and keeps you from sleeping with nightmares of the past. It's not even easy for humans to successfully form contract with demons, especially with Black Demons, which requires various bio-augmentations to even have a slight chance to succeed. Furthermore, to stand a chance against stronger vampires and nobles, it's necessary to consume doping pills to increase the amount of power that could be drawn from the Cursed Gears; taking more than two pills at once could rupture the internal organs. Less is known about the weapons of vampires, but they seem to give power in exchange for blood at the very least.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The novels reveal the vampires attempted to stop the virus that wiped out most of humanity, but only because if the humans die out, so would they. This is also why they oppose the forbidden research of the Seraphs of the End who go after sinners (i.e. Humans).
  • Prequel: The light novel series is set eight years before the manga story and shows us how the demon weapons were created and the origin of the virus.
  • Promotion to Parent: Mika, Yuu, and Akane to the other Hyakuya orphans after the collapse of the world.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: All the demon and vampire characters, sans Mika. It's implied Mika doesn't have red eyes yet as he has not drunk human blood.
    • As of Chapter 37, Mika has drunk Yuu's blood and thus became a full vampire, Red Eyes included.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yuu and Mika. Yuu's fiery, hot-blooded personality contrasts Mika's collected and level-headed attitude. That is, until they meet again.
  • The Rival: Kimizuki to Yuu.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Akane and the other members of Yuu's makeshift family. Mika, on the other hand, subverts this by ultimately surviving.
  • Sacrificial Lion: When Guren's squad is trying to rescue the hostages from Crowley and there's no chance of winning, Guren tells everyone else to run and leave him behind. Luckily Crowley had no interest in anyone other than him anyway and lets them escape. Guren reveals that this is all according to plan.
    • More generally, this is how Kureto uses Guren in his strategies. Guren's team is usually handed the most dangerous task of keeping the enemy distracted and occupied while the main force completes its objective.
    • Turns out the whole mission in Nagoya would eventually lead to this as the survivors of the DMC were always meant to be sacrificed in order to control the Seraph of the End.
  • Scenery Gorn: The series doesn't skimp when portraying the state of post-apocalyptic Japan.
  • Scenery Porn: Both the manga and anime have some very detailed backgrounds. The anime especially, with its hand painted backgrounds, looks amazing.
  • Sealed Inside a Person-Shaped Can: The Seraphs heralding the end of the world are implied to have been kept inside all the Hyakuya orphans.
  • Ship Tease: There's some very strong Yuu and Shinoa vibes after the battle in Shinjuku (from Shinoa at least) and other hints with Yuu and Mika throughout the manga, the anime, and the offical art. The author has made it known in a Q&A that Yuu's "unexpected special skill" is to make others love him, outright implying Yuu's whole squad has crushes on him. That's not getting into the ships outside of Yuu either. Yuu himself, however, hasn't shown any romantic interest in anyone and focuses only in killing vampires and protecting his comrades and Mika.
  • Shoot the Dog: What's left of humanity has to get its hands dirty to stay free. Although, many humans are getting more and more willing to kick the dog.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Guren and Mahiru, Shinoa's older sister, who is now a demon and resides inside Guren's weapon. They don't live happily ever after.
    • The show’s producer, Kentaro Hattori, compared Mika and Yuu to Romeo and Juliet, saying that, “Just like Romeo and Juliet, Yuu and Mika have been torn apart.” [2] [3]
  • Survivor Guilt: Yuu and Mika suffer from a case of this, as does Yoichi, who survived while his older sister died protecting him. Mitsuba also seems to suffer from this, as she would rather die than have someone be killed because of her again.
    • Pretty much everyone has lost friends or family, due to the premise of the story.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: It's not like Kimizuki was worrying about the comatose Yuu or anything...!.
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome: Guren and Kureto.
  • True Companions:
    • Hyakuya Orphanage kids: (chapter 2) One of the words Yuuichirou uses to describe them is "nakama" (comrades), also "tomodachi" (friends) and "kazoku" (family) (the director told them to refer to themselves as family, but the kids are ready to see themselves getting adopted when Mahiru goes to the orphanage to take Juni in Vol.5 of Guren's Light Novel).
    • Shinoa's squad: (chapter 23) Yuuichirou declares that he sees the squad as his family. Yoichi and Kimizuki agree with this notion, and Shinoa decides to apply the motto of "Family takes care of family" for their squad. Mitsuba is implied to be agreeing with them.
    • Guren's squad + Shinya: (chapter 25) Yuuichirou asks if Guren considers them his family, and Guren confirms. Guren also encourages this way of thinking to those under him as we see in chapter 7.
  • Tsundere: There are quite a few in this series, in a variety of flavors.
  • Undying Loyalty: Yuu and Mika to each other
    • Shinoa squad as a whole, to the point that they outright attack Shinya and the rest of the Moon Demon Company to save Mika, who they don't know and who had just attacked them, solely because they know he's Yuu's nakama.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Yuu, Yoichi, and Kimizuki all have Black Demon Gear, but for all that power they're still inexperienced. Their mock battle with Lt. Guren's squad is used to display this.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yuu and Kimizuki, once they get over their initial dislike towards each other. Shinoa and Mitsuba fall into this as well, though they can still be more than a little hostile.
  • Walking Spoiler: Vampire Mika, basically.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Subverted with Yuu and Mika. Before discovering Mika had become a vampire, Yuu declares he will kill all vampires and even stabs Mika when he doesn't recognize Mika and thinks he is an evil vampire trying to kill Guren. After discovering Mika had become a vampire, Yuu still considers Mika his "family" without question, even though Mika is a vampire (Yuu's enemies) and Mika hates the Japanese Imperial Army (Yuu's allies). Yuu and Mika are somehow never forced or tempted to go against each other. Funny enough, Mika and Guren have both tried to kill each other, yet Yuu considers them both family. In addition, Shinoa's squad temporarily turns against the Japanese Imperial Army in order to protect Mika since Mika is Yuu's family.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Ferid Bathory, the Vampire's Seventh Progenitor, so very much. He's the one who killed all the children from the Hyakuya orphanage. Averted with Shinya, who is one of the more affable members of the Hīragi family.
  • The Worf Effect: Guren's squad is supposedly much stronger than Shinoa's, but they get hit the hardest in pretty much all the real conflicts.
  • Worth Living For: Yuu doesn't succumb to Asuramaru when he tries to possess him because he has a new reason to live, that reason being to rescue Mika, as shown in Chapter 20 (Episode 14). Mika's reason to endure his bloodthirst and keep living as a "filthy vampire" is to meet Yuu again.
  • Yandere: Mahiru for Guren.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Presumably most of the characters have lost their homes. A particularly tearjerking example is Mika visiting his old home in the vampire capitol only to see that new children have occupied it and see him as just another vampire.

Alternative Title(s): Owari No Seraph

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