And so began the battle at the end of the world, between vampires, angels, demons... and us.
Years ago, a lethal virus spreads across the world, wiping out most of humanity
and allowing vampires to enslave the human race. From there, Yuuichirou Hyakuya and his fellow orphans at the Hyakuya orphanage are treated as livestock, only being allowed to live for their blood. Desperate for freedom, Yuuichirou 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
, Yuuichirou allies himself with the Japanese Imperial Demon Army—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, illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto, artist of Kure-nai
, and serialized in Jump Square
. Viz Media
began serializing the series as of October 2013.
The series also has a prequel light novel series by the same name, focusing on Guren Ichinose, eight years before the start of the manga.
An anime adaptation has been announced.
- Abusive Parents: Apparently common among the Hyakuya orphans. Yuu's father tried to kill him and his mother kept raving about how he was demon spawn, and Mika's parents got sick of him and threw him out of a moving car. Shinoa's family also treat her very badly, as shown in the prequel light novel.
- Action Girl: Shinoa and Mitsuba. Any female member of the Imperial Demon Army qualifies.
- 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.
- After the End: The series began after a virus has decimated most of mankind.
- Aloof Big Brother: Kureto, to all his younger siblings.
- Anger Born of Worry: Yuu towards Mika in the first chapter.
- Anti-Hero: Yuu is fundamentally a good person, but moody and anti-social.
- 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 Founders, who are the leaders and most powerful of the Vampires.
- Bad Dreams: Ashuramaru repeatedly inflicts these on Yuu.
- Badass Army: The Japanese Imperial Demon Army.
- Badass Boast: Yuu, to a vampire who claims humans to be "despicable" after revealing that Yuu and co.'s informant lied to them in order to protect her family:
Yuu: "Humans are despicable? Ready to betray their own brethren just to save a family member who's been taken hostage? That's correct. Humans would do anything to save their family. They're ready to lie, and turn themselves into devils and demons. If that is what you mean by despicable, then tremble in fear, as this despicable human kills you, vampires!"
- Berserk Button: Mika really doesn't take well to people messing with Yuu.
- Big Brother Instinct: Kimizuki is motivated largely by his desire to protect his little sister, who contracted the virus.
- Big Damn Heroes: Yuu and his team show up to save Guren just before Mikaela tries to kill him.
- Big Screwed-Up Family: The Hiiragi family, who are the most powerful clan in Japan even before the virus attacks 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 people, which was what caused the virus.
- Bishōnen: Mikaela and Shinya.
- Blade on a Stick: Mitsuba wields a polearm.
- Blatant Lies: Some bullies at the school lie about being selected for the army in order to intimidate people.
- Book Dumb: Yuu. Completely failed all of his exams, in a complete contrast to Kimizuki.
- Bridal Carry: Michael attempts to make off with Yuu this way in chapter 13.
- Bully Hunter: Subverted. Yuu speaks up to the bullies picking on Yoichi... but it's really more that he's looking for a fight than that he's angry on Yoichi's behalf.
- Celibate Hero: Yuu starts off as this. After shedding his Ineffectual Loner image, however, there's been Ship Tease between him and Shinoa.
- Child Soldiers: A fair amount of the major characters.
- The Chosen One: Glen mentions a prophecy about Yuuichiro when he finds him escaping from the Vampires' underground city, but another eight chapters later and we still have no idea what this means.
- The Clan: In this series' universe, there are many different families with varying authority in the country. The largest and most powerful are the Hiiragi, which Shinoa belongs to. Guren belong to the Ichinose family, which are a splinter family from the Hiiragi.
- Colonel Badass: Lieutenant colonel Guren Ichinose.
- Cooldown Hug: On Guren's demands, Shinoa gives one to Yuu after the latter goes berserk from what is presumably his 'seraph' entity.
- Cowardly Lion: Yoichi, who shows bravery and skill despite being rather meek compare to Yuu or Kimizuki. After getting his Demon Weapon, he's a lot more confident.
- Crapsack World: The world after being decimated by the virus. Humans are usually kept as livestock to provide blood for the vampires and as long as they don't rebel, the vampires will keep them alive. Those who rebel will be killed without mercy. There's a chance you can join the 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. The Imperial Demon Army themselves aren't exactly saints, with the top brass being comprise of members or subjects of the Hiiragi Family who will destroy anybody who tries to defy them, be it human or vampire.
- Cynicism Catalyst: Losing his 'family' was this for Yuu. See My Greatest Failure for Mitsuba's.
- Dark and Troubled Past: In a world like this, most characters have one.
- Demonic Possession: What happens if you touch a cursed weapon but lack the willpower to overcome the demon within it.
- Determinator: Yuu, who can shake off a demon's attempt to control him with barely any effort.
- Dual Wielding: Kimizuki.
- Dysfunction Junction: Almost everyone here has a dark past and unhappy life.
- 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.
- Family of Choice: The Hyakuya Orphanage was this.
- 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 Hiiragi and Major general Shinya Hiiragi.
- Friendly Sniper: Shinya, who is one of the few Hiiragi family member who gets along with Guren, it does help that he's only adopted and not related to them by blood.
- Feuding Families: The relationship between the Hiiragi family and the Ichinose family is not exactly great.
- The Gadfly: Shinoa.
- Girlish Pigtails: Mitsuba, the resident Tsundere, has these.
- 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.
- Guile Hero: Mika in the first chapter, as a Foil to Yuu.
- 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 weapon are also a katana, though Kureto is far from being a hero.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Yuu and Mika. The whole 'being on opposite sides' thing complicates it slightly, though.
- Honor Before Reason: Subverted with Mitsuba, who makes an active attempt to not be this, having suffered for it before. She and Yuu, who is this, clash because of it.
- Hope Spot: The Hyakuya orphans were this close to escaping...
- Hot-Blooded: Yuu, so much.
- Heroes Prefer Swords: Both Yuuichiro and Guren's demon weapon are a katana. Same goes to Kureto, though he's far from being a hero.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Demons and vampires seem to believe this, at least.
- 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.
- Idiot Hero: Yuu.
- Ineffectual Loner: Yuu. The first arc of the manga or so is primarily about him learning to cooperate with others.
- Internal Reveal: The reader learns relatively quickly that Mikaela is alive and a vampire. Yuu doesn't get to know until Chapter 12. After ramming him through with a sword. Ouch.
- I Owe You My Life: Yuu feels that he owed Guren his life, this is one of the reason 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 orphan 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.
- 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 at times, but has her soft side. Kimizuki and Guren also counts.
- 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.
- 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!" You keep thinking that, Yuu.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Yuu, in a mixture of being Hot-Blooded and a case of Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right. Mitsuba, having once been the same, hates him for it.
- A Man Is Not a Virgin: Averted by Yuu, which Shinoa and Guren like to remind him of all the time. As Shinoa explains, they need people to procreate and rebuild humanity!
- My Greatest Failure: Mitsuba acted out of formation in an attempt to save her teammate, resulting in her squad leader dying to protect her. It's why she's very fussy on people staying in formation now.
- The Napoleon: Making fun of Shinoa's height is not a smart idea. Yuu and Kimizuki learn this the hard way.
- Never Be Hurt Again: As Shinoa notes, the reason why Yuu's so anti-social is because he's afraid of losing the people important to him again.
- Nice Guy: Yoichi.
- 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 as well, so it all ends well.
- Odd Friendship: Yuu and Yoichi have very little in common, but are still each other's first friends at school.
- Offing the Offspring: Yuu's dad apparently tried to kill him in the past.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Yuuichirou is frequently shortened to Yuu, and likewise, Mikaela gets shortened to Mika.
- Ordinary High-School Student: The kids at Yuuichiro's high school think that they're this, but it's actually a recruiting ground. Despite having been personally trained by an elite member of the Imperial Demon Army for most of his life, he 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.
- Out-of-Character Moment: After the fight in Shinjuku, relieved to know that his friends are still alive and touched that they were worried about him, Yuu tells his team that he's blessed to have friends like them. Their reactions say it all:
Kimizuki: "Hey hey, are you sure you don't need more treatment?"
Mitsuba: "Please stop the nice kid appeal."
Yoichi: "He obviously hit his head."
Shinoa: "No no, couldn't it be that he has been a nice kid from the start?"
Yuu: "Do you bastards want to get your asses kicked?"
- Parental Substitute: Guren to Yuuichiro, he was the one who take care of and train him after finding him escaping from the Sanguinem.
- Prequel: The light novel series is set eight years before the manga story and show us how the demon weapons was created and the origin of the virus.
- Revenge: This is Yuu's main—and initially only, as far as he's concerned—motivation in life.
- The Rival: Kimizuki, to Yuu.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Akane. Mika, on the other hand, subverts this by ultimately surviving.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Being a member of the Hiiragi family, Shinoa can get away with breaking the rules.
- Ship Tease: There's some very strong Yuu and Shinoa vibe after the battle in Shibuya.
- Sinister Scythe: Shinoa wields one.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: While Kimizuki can occasionally be as Hot-Blooded as Yuu, he did get a perfect score on all of his exams.
- Sole Survivor: Yuu, of the Hyakuya Orphanage. Needless to say, Survivor Guilt accompanies it.
- Star Crossed Lover: Guren and Mahiru, Shinoa's older sister, who is now a demon and reside inside Guren's weapon.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Yuu, as the titular Seraph of the End, has one.
- Supporting Leader: Guren.
- Survivor Guilt: Yuu suffers 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.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: It's not like Kimizuki was worrying about the comatose Yuu or anything.
- Tall, Dark and Handsome: Guren and Kureto.
- Tears of Blood: Yuu cries these after going berserk.
- Took a Level in Kindness: After dropping the Ineffectual Loner shtick, Yuu's a much friendlier person, especially after the battle in Shibuya.
- Troll: Shinoa loves riling up other people, especially Mitsuba.
- True Companions: Yuu's team becomes this and Guren's team are also this and he encourages this way of thinking to those under him.
- Tsundere: Mitsuba.
- The Unfavourite: Shinoa, especially when compare to her older sister Mahiru, who was a candidate for the leadership of the Hiiragi clan.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Yuu and Kimizuki, once they get over their initial dislike towards each other.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Felid Bathory, the Vampire's Seventh Founder, so very much. He's the one who killed all the children from the Hyakuya orphanage. Subverted with Shinya, who is one of more affable member of the Hiiragi family.
- Yandere: Mika has shades of this towards Yuu.
- Zettai Ryouki: Shinoa in her army uniform.