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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 began serialization in Jump Square in 2012. Viz Media began serializing the series as of October 2013 with the subtitle "Vampire Reign".

The manga also has a light novel series titled Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen (Owari no Seraph - Ichinose Guren, Jyuurokusai no Catastrophe). The series is a prequel to the 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 titled Seraph of the End: The Story of Vampire Michaela (Owari no Seraph: Kyūketsuki Mikaela no Monogatari) was released in December 2015. It focuses on Mikaela's story and the origin of vampires. A third novel series titled Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Resurrection at Nineteen (Owari no Seraph - Ichinose Guren, 19-sai no sekai Resurrection) began in December 2017. It takes place three years after the events of Catastrophe.


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. In North America, the series was licensed by Funimation for streaming and home video release. Their English dub premiered in the U.K on Viceland, starting February 14, 2018.

Tropes associated with Seraph of the End:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • As Mika states in Chapter 37, all the Hyakuya kids, including himself and Yu, were subjects of cruel experiments for the "Seraph of the End", due to them possessing the "Seraph" gene. This is implied to be the reason why Mika and Yuu's parents were abusive.
      • Yu: 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 its different types was either simplified or cut out in the anime.
  • Adults Are Useless: Averted. While Yu's team is composed of Child Soldiers and they're typically the ones getting the spotlight, the adults form other and very competent divisions.
  • Adoption Diss: Happens regularly to Shinya in the novels, since he's the adopted yet ignored kid of Tenri Hiragi whose only purpose was to marry Mahiru.
  • 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: Yu towards Mika in the first chapter.
  • A Truce While We Gawk: When whatever was inside of Yu awakens during episode 11, everyone around the area stops fighting. The vampires, who had cut off Yu's squadmate's escape and were even feeding on them, kind of just stare at him along with his friends. Crowley, who was likely the strongest character there, suffers a Curb-Stomp Battle and is unable to stop Yu. Shinoa barely manages to get a "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight moment on him after Mika takes a sword stab for her.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: It's revealed in the Catastrophe novels that Mahiru sacrificed her own humanity so her little sister, Shinoa, wouldn't be experimented on by the Hīragi. Tenri Hīragi knew about this all along, as it was thanks to Mahiru's sacrificed that she completed her experiments on Cursed Gear, something she's later praised for in the Vampire Reign era.
  • Attempted Rape: Happens more than once.
    • In Catastrophe, the Thousand Night Soldiers attempted to rape both Sayuri and Shigure, and Guren tried to rape Mito when he was possessed.
    • In The Story of Vampire Mikaela, Yu and Mika come across a girl who was about to be ganged-raped by a group of boys.
  • 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.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Mika and Yu in chapter 40 when joining an area surrounded by enemies by all sides to protect Shinoa's squad. In JUMP SQ this part had the text: "Trusting someone else to watch your back. That's a sign of Trust."
  • Bodyguard Crush: It's apparently common for retainers (who also work as bodyguards, apart from servants) of the Big Families to fall in love with their masters, like Sayuri and Shigure towards Guren and Aoi towards Kureto.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In chapter 54, when Kureto manages to kill his father, Tenri Hīragi, the latter shows remorse for having killed his 40 siblings in order to become the leader of the family, a fact he used to flaunt about. His last words suggest he's jealous of Kureto since he managed to "become king" without losing his humanity.
  • Badass Army: The Japanese Imperial Demon Army.
  • Badass Longcoat: Some members of the JIDA have these as their uniforms. More evident in the 'Catastrophe novels', when Guren's Squad is given their uniforms they look standard, yet Kureto has a longcoat that differentiates him from the others. Some Vampires also have them.
  • Battle of the Still Frames: The fight scenes between the minor characters in episode ten consists of this. At most they may have an attacking animation, but otherwise the camera pans while showing off the battle. Sequences between main characters are mostly animated, but often consist of a few short clashes of their weapons intermixed with dialogue.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: Aihara orders a "Code 284" after she and her squad mates are surrounded by vampires. They all bite into a poison pill hidden in their mouth to commit suicide and avoid capture. Unfortunately for her, Mika catches on and manages to grab her pill before she can do the same. He is then forced to deliver a Mercy Kill so as to avoid any suspicion after he asks about Yu, and she deliberately feeds the other vampires the wrong intel so Mika can find him.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Yu and his team show up to save Guren just before Mikaela tries to kill him.
  • Big Damn Kiss:
    • In chapter 19 of the Catastrophe manga adaptation between Guren and Mahiru.
    • Chapter 58 sees to it that Kureto kiss Aoi by surprise. It's not a particularly romantic moment, but since Aoi had been in love with Kureto for a while, and Kureto needed to act on his greed and selfish desires in order to give the demon inside of him energy, all the implications are still there.
  • Big Heroic Run: The artist is rather fond of scenes of the heroes heading out to battle as we see in chapter 8 when Yu runs to save a little girl, chapter 9 when Yu runs to save Mitsuba from the vampire, chapter 12 when Yu runs to save Guren and stab Mika by "accident", chapter 27/28 when Yu runs to fight and attack Lucal Wesker, chapter 31 when Guren's squadron is running to save the soldiers they can, chapter 34 when Yu runs to rescue Guren, chapter 35 when Mika runs to confront the Demon Army and to get Yu back, chapter 39/40 when Yu runs to intercept Kureto attack against Shinoa, chapter 52 when Yu runs to intercept an attack against Mika who had his arms cut, etc.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The most powerful clan in Japan, the Hīragi family are totally screwed up, most evident in the Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen 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 Catastrophe. 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 Vampire Reign chapter 45. 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, Hīragi house and Sangu house, participate.
  • Blatant Lies: Some bullies at the school lie about being selected for the army in order to intimidate people.
  • Breather Episode:
    • Episode 12, which takes place a few days after the intense fight during the Battle of Shinjuku from the previous few episodes. The episode mostly follows both humans and vampires as they recover from the battle, with Yu waking up from his coma after a week and realizing for sure that Mika is still alive.
    • Episode 15, in which Shinoa Squad spends some time together cooking and eating, as well as getting to know each other more before the difficult Battle of Nagoya occurs.
  • Bridal Carry: So far in the series, Mika has carried Yu this way a total of three times (chapter 13, chapter 35/36 and chapter 40).
  • The Cameo: Keigo Atobe from The Prince of Tennis makes a cameo in chapter 26 which the author confirmed in one of his tweets.
  • The Cavalry: Guren, Yu, and the others are rescued in episode 11 when Yu's Unstoppable Rage moment delays the vampires who had cut off their escape long enough for the Hīragi family to arrive and rescue them.
  • Celibate Hero: Guren, now that Mahiru is gone.
  • Chaste Hero: Yu 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, Yu 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 Yu to anyone else in the squad is platonic.
  • Childhood Friends:
    • Yu and Mika of course. Chapter 13 is even called "Reunion of Childhood Friends" (幼馴染みのサイカイ), when Yuu and Mika meet again.
    • In the Catastrophe light novels, Narumi and Shusaku are shown to have been friends since they were little while serving under the Ichinose clan together.
    • Everyone in Guren's squad, basically. They've known each other since they were teenagers.
  • 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 Yu after the latter goes berserk from what is presumably his 'seraph' entity.
  • Corrupt Church: The Brotherhood of a Thousand Nights 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 Yu, and in the manga there are glimpses of Mika hugging Yu when they were kids.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Losing their 'family' was this for Yu 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: Yu 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 Yu and Kimizuki fighting and questioning if this was the result of Shinoa supervising them. In chapter 43, Yu and Mika have this look towards Shinoa when Shinoa accuses Mitsuba of not being a virgin.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • Mika and Krul, meet for a private session. No one else is present, it's only them. Mika then thrusts a part of his body in her, and both experience 'a feeling of immoral pleasure', as an exchange of body fluids occur. Krul strokes his hair the entire time and even adds some double entendre, and when they pull away, both are sweating, panting and blushing. Hard. Keep in mind, said action is severely illegal in vampire law. It has a great punishment, yet Krul and Mika don't care. Oh, and they do this EVERY DAY, and have been doing it for the past 4 years. It's pretty blatant. The moaning noises don't help.
    • Lacus' behaviour seems similar to that of someone who suffers from an eating disorder.
    • As noted in Fridge Horror, the vampire bites are similar to sexual assault.
    • The human and vampire war. Keep in mind, the humans are Japanese and the vampires are ethnically European. World War II parallels, anyone?
    • Mika's 'addiction' to Krul's blood can be linked to drug addiction. He also seems to be having a bit if a hangover when they're done.
    • The way Ferid behaves towards Mika is akin to how many abusers and rapists treat their victims.
    • Ferid and Crowley knock Krul unconscious and chain her up, and she is utterly defenceless the while time. To provide some context, Ferid and Crowley are two adult men and Krul is a child. Imagine what they could have done to her...
    • Crowley was 'made' by Saito's blood, without Saito's knowledge or consent. Compare that to man who unknowingly impregnated a women with his sperm without his knowledge and consent.
    • Vampires are said to lose their emotions, lack sexual drive and become stoic on transformation. Anyone with depression can relate to that.
    • The humans want to drive the vampires, 'the invaders', out of their home. 'Invaders' could be seen as an alternative for 'immigrants'.
    • The scene where Mika pounced on Krul in extreme hunger. 'Nuff said.
    • In one scene, a helicopter (a flying vehicle) is smashed in a tall building.
    • Crowley seems to have PTSD.
  • 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: Asuramaru is one for Yu, threatening to take over him should his desire for revenge waver. As a matter of fact, it seems like poor Yu's hit with this twice, and the second one might actually be worse.
  • Evil Stole My Faith: Happens to Crowley Eusford. This is explored in the "Story of Vampire Mikaela" novel, where we're told that Ferid Bathory killed his comrades back in the 14th Century, where he used to be a Crusader. Upon seeing the devastation caused by war and aknowledging his prayers unanswered, Crowley starts to drift away from Christianity, he gets to a point of no return when he is turned into a vampire, which is when he claims God abandoned him.
  • Excessive Mourning: Yu mourned the Hyakuya kids for 4 years without making any new friends or accepting others. Living only for revenge.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Kureto. Even though he's done some terrible things himself, he believes sacrificing lives without a reason is plainly evil, and thinks a king is no one without people to protect. Although if it is for the sake of humanity, he's willing to make as many sacrifices as needed, even if it means giving up his own life.
  • Facial Markings: These occasionally show up, thanks to usage of the cursed weapons.
  • Failed a Spot Check: In chapter 44, Yu 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.
  • Fan Disservice: In Catastrophe book 4, a possessed Guren forcibly kisses a traumatized Mito and rips open her blouse. Once she realizes there's something wrong with him, Noya (his demon) tells her that if she wishes to save Guren, she has to strip and kneel for him. Thankfully, Goshi stops this just in time.
  • 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.
    • Shinoa strips before going to the bathroom together with Mitsuba. Shinoa sends Shikama Doji to rip Mitsuba's blouse exposing Mitsuba's bra just so Mitsuba couldn't find out Shinoa's bra size in chapter 54.
  • 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: Yu 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 Yu. Whereas Yu 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.
  • Forceful Kiss: Guren gives one to Mito in book 4 of Catastrophe.
  • 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 Yu in his new uniform is that he looks really good in it, with Yu returning the compliment.
  • The Glomp: Yu is glomped by Yoichi in chapter 2 and glomped by Mika in chapter 36. In the anime, Yu also glomps Mika in episode 22.
  • Harmful to Minors: Yu's bitter relationship with his parents at a very young age was the start of his anti-social tendencies.
  • Hates Their Parent: Most of the vampires resent their sire, especially those who became such because of Saito. Also seen with the Hiragi siblings towards Tenri.
  • Height Insult: When Shinoa rides "her car" (or so she claims) and quickly realizes she's too short to see past the steering wheel, both Yu and Shiho, who were arguing nearby, burst into giggles and start teasing her about it. Then it cuts to both of them beaten up and promising not to mock her height again.
    Yu: (in a defeated voice) Let's not mock Shinoa about her height anymore.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: To no one's surprise, Yu ends up with a sword for a weapon. Guren and Kureto's weapons are also katanas, though Kureto is far from being a hero.
  • Hidden Heart of Gold: 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.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Yu towards the Vampires and Guren. Especially seen in how even after Guren betrayed him a few times already, killed Mirai (Kimizuki's sister)and Mika, and revealed to Yoichi that he's been keeping his deceased sister's corpse he still decides to trust him against his Squad's advice. Suffice to say, no one is happy about this.
  • Hollywood Tactics: When the vampires attack Shinjuku, they are seen flying AH-64 Apache helicopters. They could easily attack the humans from a very long distance away. Instead they wait until they're within shooting range of a bow & arrow before attacking, and unsurprisingly, are brought down by a Rain of Arrows. They also decide to ram a C-130 cargo plane into one of the walled defenses instead of say, having an air drop of vampires to force the humans to defend multiple points instead of easily defending from one point. One also has to wonder why the humans haven't obtained or kept any anti-aircraft weaponry around if vampires are armed with flying military vehicles. It's not as though anti-aircraft missiles would be difficult to maintain if the vampires are somehow able to get enough fuel to fly those helicopters around.
  • Hope Spot: The Hyakuya orphans were this close to escaping...
  • Horsemen of the Apocalypse: This trope is quite literal, since in this world there are monsters called exactly that. Also called "Four Horsemen of John", they were created by the Brotherhood of a Thousand Nights later known as "Hyakuya Sect". In Shinoa's words: "Horsemen only attack humans. Almost as if they were sent to cull the world's bloated human population."
  • 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: Yu 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 Yu is doing. He's aware of this though.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Several vampires whose sires are known hate them for some reason. Krul and Saitou even lampshaded it while talking in chapter 49:
    Krul: Are you after the First Progenitor as well? He was the one who turned us into bloodsucking, undying monsters. We all despise him to some degree.
    Saitou: A good question. All vampires hate their "parent" at one time or another. Almost like how human children go through a rebellious phase.
  • Internal Reveal: The reader learns relatively quickly that Mikaela is alive and a vampire. Yu 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, Yu thinks of Mika and imagines himself intertwining his fingers with him (Chapter 20 and Episode 14).
  • I Owe You My Life: Yu 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, Yu finally acknowledges them as this at the end of the first chapter as why he can't abandon Mika.
  • It's Personal: Yu 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.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Shinoa, who can come across as aloof and uncaring, has her soft side. Kimizuki, Mitsuba, and Guren also count.
  • Just Friends: Guren friendzones both Mito and Sayuri in the novels.
  • 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 Yu'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 Yu reads too much manga, Yu responds by saying that no, he doesn't and "This is not a manga!"
  • Love Martyr: Literally everyone towards Guren, even though he's leaning toward a rather dubious morality, having betrayed his own squad, as well as Yu's and Kureto.
  • Love Hotels: In the Catastrophe novel, Guren's squad goes to Kyoto in order to kill Mahiru as they were tasked by Kureto, they arrive to a love hotel to spend the night. Guren does note that, as they're six teenagers, three boys and three girls in a hotel room, it would've been a funny situation if they were normal high school students
  • 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. Yu actually takes the lesson seriously.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!":
    • Seems to happen whenever a Vampire noble shows up on the battlefield. Yu and his squadmates quickly learn how much stronger they are when they first run into Crowley, who mostly just toys with them and only lets them escape because he had other matters to attend to.
    • Both vampires and humans have this moment when Yu's Traumatic Superpower Awakening occurs during episode 11. Crowley barely escapes Yu's attacks, and even Shinoa is helpless against him. And even Asuramaru, Yu's contracted demon, seems fearful of whatever non-human thing was inside of Yu that awakened, and even warns him that he should flee with Mika and the vampires.
  • Martyr Without a Cause: Guren in pretty much the entirety of the Catastrophe Novels and even in Vampire Reign, he goes to ridiculous points in order to save his friends, putting his own life at risk half the time and going as far as to provoke the Apocalypse by reviving his friends with the forbidden taboo, he also went as far as to turn into a Namanari, and then a full demon in order to protect his friends and "save the entire world". At some point, he even asks himself on why he wants to protect them so much. Yu is also a good example for this trope, as he would do anything to protect his new family, including letting himself be experimented on and be used by Guren, also working with the Vampires, so we can say this is pretty much a Like Father, Like Son trait.
  • 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.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Basically any vampire noble is this. They are by far tougher than regular vampires since they also have special weapons and are much stronger as well. And you'd better hope there isn't more than one of them around...
  • 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, Yu 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.
    • In episode 16, after dealing with some horsemen, Shinoa deliberately has Shiho avoid picking up Yu when he attempts to jump back onto the vehicle after killing two of the horsemen. However, this horseplay ends up making them late to the meeting, and Guren nearly kicks them off the mission as well as giving Shinoa a "The Reason You Suck" Speech by stating that her not taking things seriously could cause problems. His mock battle with them only further proves the point when their lack of teamwork makes them easy to defeat by Guren and two of his squad mates.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Adult Shinya and Guren have this dynamic.
  • Odd Friendship: Yu 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.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Shinoa gets a few of these:
    • When she gets worried about Yu after he goes berserk into Seraph mode, Guren even points out this is an unusual attitude from her. She even blushes when he suggests she might've fallen in love with him.
    • She grows desperate whenever Yu is in danger, evident when she's about to get posessed by Shikama Doji, since Shinoa had always been able to supress her desires until Yu appeared in her life.
    • We additionally get one from Kureto when he's also about to be posessed by the First, he starts to get desperate and fulfills small desires in order to make Rameiki, his demon, stronger, like kissing Aoi or laughing at stupid things, or even letting himself be mocked by Shinya to quell his self-destructive desires, even Shinya points out this is rare coming from him.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Yūichirō is frequently shortened to Yu, 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 Yu is because he refers to Yu by his nickname.
  • Offing the Offspring: Seen in the Catastrophe Novels particularly. Tenri Hiragi is perfectly willing to have his children killed on numerous ocassions, he doesn't really care about them either.
    • He's actually indirectly responsible for Mahiru's death.
    • He told Guren he was free to kill Seishiro because he managed to trick him into thinking that Kureto had betrayed the Hiragi house when it was actually Mahiru.
    • In Vampire Reign. You can see how little he cares about them when he fights Kureto to death and tells him he could always have more children who won't be failures.
  • 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, Yu 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 Yūichirō. Krul to Mikaela.
  • Parental Favoritism: Tenri towards Mahiru. It's pointed out by Mahiru several times in the novels, she mentions it regularly to make fun of Kureto.
  • Princeling Rivalry: What the Hiragi family is all about. Tenri Hiragi killed his 40 siblings to inherit the throne, and back in high school his children had a dispute, particularly Kureto and Mahiru, on which one would become the heir.
  • 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 Cursed Gears 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).
  • Patricide: Seen in how Ferid and Crowley are trying to kill Saito, their vampire father. Also when Kureto kills Tenri.
  • Prequel: The Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen light novel series is set eight years before the manga story and shows us how the Cursed Gears were created and the origin of the virus.
  • Promotion to Parent: Mika, Yu, 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 Yu's blood and thus became a full vampire, Red Eyes included.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yu and Mika. Yu's fiery, hot-blooded personality contrasts Mika's collected and level-headed attitude. That is, until they meet again.
  • Red Shirt Army: Much of the regular Japanese soldiers are this, and it seems their only purpose is to die to show how horrific fighting the vampires are. It's not much of a stretch however, considering they're using weaker weapons than the main characters, and even then they sometimes have trouble with the vampire nobles.
  • The Rival: Kimizuki to Yu.
  • The Men First: Kureto has shown unprecedented concern about the wellbeing of his subordinates, so long as they are loyal to him. The official fanbook indicates that one of his interests is "An environment where his subordinates can work easily". He's not above killing them for major purposes though.
  • The Church: In this universe, Japan is mostly run by religious organizations, while they might not be considered a Church, we do have one called that: the Hyakuya Church. Other organizations are the Order of the Imperial Demons and the Order of the Imperial Moon, both of these are in less than amicable terms with each other since the latter split up from the main clan 500 years ago. Both are run by the Hīragi and Ichinose families respectively.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Akane and the other members of Yu's makeshift family. Mika, on the other hand, subverts this by ultimately surviving.
  • Sibling Rivalry: There's numerous examples, especially within the Hiragi family. Most of them have one serving as the Aloof Big Brother while the other is the one who Can't Catch Up.
    • Kureto and Mahiru. Ever since they were children, Mahiru proved herself far more skilled and stronger than Kureto despite him being the eldest. Because of this, she became Tenri Hiragi's favorite , a fact Mahiru often brags about to annoy Kureto. Kureto is quite aware and accepting of his position as the weak one, until he realizes Mahiru is slowly going insane and he becomes more than willing to commit Sibling Murder in order to stop her.
    • Seishiro and Kureto. Kureto doesn't think of it as such but Seishiro has a big inferiority complex towards him.
    • Goshi and his brother in the novels, since Norito's family favors his younger brother over him. They start to treat him better when he begins working for Kureto with the rest of Guren's squad. Norito obviously points out the hipocrisy of the situation, especially given his brother had started to become more friendly towards him because of his new position.
    • Shinoa and Mahiru. Not quite a rivalry either, but since Shinoa is The Un-Favourite it's a given she'd feel inferior to her genius, adored-by-everyone sister. She used to look up to Mahiru as a Cool Big Sis before she left her utterly alone, not even caring that Kureto had threatened to have her raped in spite this being a scheme to attract her attention.
    • Mitsuba and Aoi. The latter has always been considered better than her by her family because of her skills and working directly for the Hiragi. It doesn't help so much that Aoi has an antagonistic behaviour towards her.
  • 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.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Since Guren is the Creator's Pet, he and his friends easily attract far more attention from the fanbase since their development is incredibly better than that of the main characters, I mean, Kagami made a bunch of novels of them that explains their backstory far better.
  • 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.
  • Shower of Angst: Mitsuba has one along with Shinoa in Chapter 9, she has horrible flashbacks of his previous Squad's demise before Shinoa tries to cheer her up.
  • Ship Tease: There's some scenes of blushing while looking fondly at other characters (e.g. Shinoa blushing because of Yu in chapter 24, Yu blushing because of Mika in chapter 37, Mika blushing because of Yu in chapter 37), characters teasing other character to have a crush (e.g. Guren teasing Shinoa to have a crush over Yu, Shinoa teasing Mitsuba to have a crush over Yu), romantic tropes, fanbook facts (e.g. Shinoa's favorite teasing target is Mitsuba), etc. The author has made it known in a Q&A that Yu's "unexpected special skill" is to make others love him, outright implying Yu's whole squad has crushes on him. In the novel, Guren have many ship teases moments with his squad members and Mahiru (they slept together).
  • 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.
  • Survivor Guilt: Yu 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 Yu or anything...!
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Guren and Kureto.
  • True Companions:
    • Hyakuya Orphanage kids: (chapter 2) One of the words Yūichirō 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 Junji in book 5 of Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen).
    • Shinoa's squad: (chapter 23) Yūichirō 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) Yūichirō 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: Yu and Mika to each other.
  • Unwanted Rescue: Happens to Mitsuba in two different ocasions, first in Chapter 9, when she's grabbed by the neck by a vampire and gets rescued by the Squad although she asked them to leave her behind, then in Chapter 57 when they're attacked by Crowley and she tries to restrain him by grabbing his leg and yelling for the others to leave, as she didn't want anyone getting killed because of her.
    • 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 Yu's friend.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Yu, 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.
  • Unstoppable Rage: When Yu's squadmates are in danger and being fed on by vampires in episode 11, he loses control and suffers a Traumatic Superpower Awakening. Mika tries to stop him, but whatever was within Yu suddenly makes him extremely powerful. Crowley, who earlier was toying with them and forced Guren to order a retreat when he showed up again, doesn't stand much of a chance either, and barely escapes Yu's vicious attacks. Unfortunately he's unable to tell friend from foe, and attacks Shinoa during his rampage.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Yu 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 Do the Impossible: Shinoa squad in a nutshell. They are often handed tough tasks and due to their inexperience, have trouble fighting stronger vampires such as nobles. However, unlike many other squads, they mostly make it out intact, though having several users of demonic weapons helps too.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Subverted with Yu and Mika. Before discovering Mika had become a vampire, Yu 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, Yu still considers Mika his "family" without question, even though Mika is a vampire (Yu's enemies) and Mika hates the Japanese Imperial Army (Yu's allies). Yu 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 Yu considers them both family. In addition, Shinoa's squad temporarily turns against the Japanese Imperial Army in order to protect Mika since Mika is Yu's family.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After a multiple chapter fight, Yu manages to save an Angel host, excising the angel from him. The very next chapter they are all on the road to their next destination, with said ex-angel nowhere to be seen.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The demons attack Yu, Yoichi, and Shiho mentally when they first attempt to form a contract with them to utilize their weaponry. Yoichi nearly succumbs to his demon, but is rescued by the others. Ironically he ends up mastering his weapon's ability simply because he talked to his demon regularly before going to bed, while both Yu and Shiho had to struggle with their respective demon's mental attacks on them to try and break and possess them. But they both ultimately succeed in not succumbing to the demon's temptations about giving up and letting themselves be consumed by the darkness.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Hiragi family would do anything, despite how cruel it may seem, even torturing and experimenting on children.
  • 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: Yu 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 Yu 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.
  • You Kill It, You Bought It: It's revealed that every head of the Hīragi family is posessed by some sort of god, in Tenri's words: "An old, cursed god. One who cursed the Hiragi Family." Since Kureto kills him, said god goes on to posess him, we later find out its Shikama Doji, the Vampire's First Progenitor, and the demon Shinoa was born with. Averted when Shikama leaves Kureto's body to posess Shinoa's instead.

Alternative Title(s): Owari No Seraph


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