In war, men become beasts. War makes gods out of beasts. When war ends... where do the gods go? Wolves walk the forest of despair, the wasteland of lamentation, the sea of bitterness, in the time of dark and light. To kill those that were once their friends.
To the Abandoned Sacred Beasts (Katsute Kami Datta Kemonon-tachi e) is a manga by Maybe set in a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of the U.S. after the Civil War. To win the war the North brought into existence the Sacred Beasts, also known as the Incarnates. A special group of soldiers were chosen to become these monsters. Now the war is over and the peace has been restored, or at least it should have. The surviving Sacred Beasts are losing their humanity, becoming a threat to the population. Now his old captain must uphold their vows and kill his former comrades.
Nancy Sharl Bancroft is the daughter of one of those soldiers, and after failing to kill the Beast Hunter, she ends up traveling with him, and comes to understand his reasons for upholding that vow.
A anime adaptation premiered on July 1 2019.
- Absolute Cleavage: The only time Liza doesn't have her shirt completely open is in cold weather.
- A Load of Bull: There's Theodore the Minotaur.
- Adaptational Early Appearance: Thanks to Adaptation Expansion, most of the Sacred Beasts who were introduced long after the platoon had dissolved, appear on the first episode of the anime, if only briefly.
- Big Bad: Cain Madhouse is the main antagonist and source of conflict in the story.
- Bishōnen Line: Cain the Vampire barely looks different than his original human form, and is one of the most dangerous Sacred Beasts.
- Cain and Abel: Cain to his brother Claude's Abel.
- Chameleon Camouflage: Edgar the Basilisk could do this. He also has a prehensile tongue like a chameleon.
- Enthralling Siren: Beatrice the Siren can use her beautiful voice to hypnotize her enemies, like a siren from myth.
- Evil Counterpart: Garm serves as this for Werewolf.
- Fur Against Fang: The main conflict in the story is between Hank the Werewolf and Cain the Vampire.
- Healing Factor: Sacred Beasts recover so quickly Hank uses special bullets to counter it.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Even as Siren, Beatrice was much smaller than her partner Daniel the Spriggan.
- Kaiju: Arthur the Behemoth is easily the biggest Sacred Beast seen in the story.
- The Lost Lenore: Elaine, the creator of the Sacred Beasts and Hank's love interest, was killed before the start of the story. Cain seems intent on reviving her.
- The Magic Comes Back: The creation of the Sacred Beasts is seen as this by people, and their powers certainly invoke that.
- Miss Fanservice: Mostly Liza, but Sharl has her moments.
- Name of Cain: Cain Madhouse is a vampire and the Big Bad of the story.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Okay, who thought it was a good idea to bestow immortality and crazy powers on a man named Cain Madhouse?
- Our Dragons Are Different: Nidhogg/William Bancroft, looked like a huge, non-flying dragon.
- Our Gargoyles Rock: Christopher the Gargoyle looks like a typical gargoyle, looking like he's made of stone and using his appearance to hide within buildings.
- Power Dyes Your Hair: Hank's hair turns white at night, signifying he can transform into his werewolf form.
- Reality Ensues: The same way veterans have difficulty readjusting to civilian life, being transformed into inhuman monsters took a huge toll on the minds of the Sacred Beasts, especially those who looked far from human.
- Rhino Rampage: Spriggan looks like a gigantic humanoid rhino.
- Sanity Slippage: The Minotaur was so afraid of dying, he began seeing enemies everywhere, building a gigantic fortress to hold them off.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Most surviving Sacred Beasts became this after the war.
- Spider People: Arachne looks like a monstrous centaur-like spider.
- Starter Villain: In the manga, Danny "The Spriggan" Price, is the first Sacred Beast Hank kills. In the Anime it's Edgar the Basilisk instead.
- Tragic Monster: The Sacred Beasts only wanted to serve their country and protect their loved ones, but now most have turned into monsters that need to be put down.
- Was Once a Man: The Sacred Beasts all were soldiers who voluntarily became monsters. Hank is so far the only one who can return to his human form mostly intact.
- Weird West: The series takes place shortly after the setting's equivalent of the American Civil War, but with rampaging shapeshifters that possess powers based on mythological creatures.
- Windows of the Soul: Scharl notices that Incarnates that retain their humanity keep their human-like eyes, but turn animalistic when they lose control.
- You Killed My Father: The story begins with Sharl trying to kill Hank for doing the same to her father William. The reason behind is more complicated than just that.