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Product Details

  • Series: Seraph of the End (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (June 3, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421571501
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421571508
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr 7 Up—A mysterious virus kills adults but spares children, causing human society to collapse. Unfortunately, this makes way for vampires to take over, enslaving the human children and bringing them down to an underground city. Yuichiro is a single-minded protagonist, a boy who yearns to destroy the vampire overlords, but who lacks a plan to achieve that goal. His friend Mikaela acts as though he is a willing victim, but he uses his time with powerful vampire Lord Ferid to get information that will help Yuichiro escape the city and ultimately discover that there is still life in the human world after all. This story is filled with action and conflict, both physical and emotional. Readers looking for action will be thrilled by the vampire fight scenes, while readers looking for emotional conflict will be moved by Yuichiro's attempts to connect to his fellow humans. Yamamoto's black-and-white illustrations are eye-catching and powerful, capturing architectural details of crumbling cities, extreme close-ups of conflicted characters, explosions, and fight scenes with equal skill. By the end of this story, readers will be eager to get to the next titles in this series to find out what will happen to the human race and what role Yuichiro will play in the war to come.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

About the Author

Takaya Kagami is a prolific light novelist whose works include the action and fantasy series A Dark Rabbit Has Seven Lives, which spawned a manga and anime series, as well as The Legend of Legendary Heroes, which has also been adapted into manga, anime and a video game.

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This has a very promising start and wow!
Nicola Mansfield
The story promises quite a bit and it will be interesting to see where the authors will take the story.
Talvi
The story is pretty interesting if you like vampire type series' and etcetera.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Talvi TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 12, 2014
Format: Paperback
Seraph of the End:Vampire Reign begins a new series originally appearing in Weekly Shounen Jump's October 2013 issue. The story is a post apocalyptic urban fantasy featuring vampires, demons, angels, and more. The story promises quite a bit and it will be interesting to see where the authors will take the story.

Plot: A virus has killed off the adult population of the world. At the same time, vampires appeared from below ground and claimed all the remaining children to be enslaved as cattle: blood donors for the cities. Yichiro and Mikaela dream of escaping back up to the top of the world and away from the vampires. Mikaela makes it happen through great sacrifice - their entire orphanage 'family' including Mika are murdered during the attempt, leaving only Yichiro Hyakuya surviving. But it turns out things aren't as they were told by the vampires and Yuichiro will grow up with one single purpose in life: to get revenge and kill as many vampires as he can.

Our main character Yuichiro is your typical young, hot blooded, doesn't follow orders type and that gets him in a lot of trouble. We also have the older, accomplished, 'big brother type and a tsundere girl who alternately smacks Yuichiro with his own obstinancy or guides him in his new life.

Three long chapters give only a peek at the mythology and worldbuilding but they look to be quite interesting. Demon cursed blades, monsters, and a humanity reduced by 1/10th all fighting to take control of the greatly changed Earth. As of the first volume, Yuichiro doesn't have any special powers but it will be interesting to see a) what the 'seraph' is in the name and how it relates to him and b) the hint of a huge conflict to come relating to his former 'family' member Mikaela.

In all, a decent start and I look forward to the second volume. Reviewed from an ARC.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Mansfield on June 13, 2014
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Well, I just totally loved this! This is the first time I've read a shounen vampire manga. So far, I've only come across shoujo manga with vampire themes and so far they've proven too romantic for me. This has a very promising start and wow! was it a quick read. I was hooked from the opening pages. The orphans home setting pulled me in, then the virus apocalypse, and what a great set-up for a first volume. Not many characters are introduced, just the main ones (2 males and a female plus a male superior) and we get the whole backstory of this world, at least as far as the main characters know it. Due to the few characters to start with we get to know them quite well for a first volume and see some good action which promises good things to come; we've got demons, cursed power weapons and an awesome vampire battle scene. Since the people who survived the original virus were children under 13 we are dealing with some young people in these violent scenes, both as villains and victims,which makes them pretty creepy. The art is pretty, backgrounds quite detailed, some frames are a bit heavy on black ink, but not overdone. This could prove to be something quite special. Let's see where volume 2 takes us!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K . Zak on July 10, 2014
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I really enjoyed it. I was never bored and went through it surprisingly fast. I liked the hints of comedy to help break up some of the more serious moods. Looking forward to see where this series will go.
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By Jenna on September 16, 2014
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(Pleasantly) surprisingly light on the action and heavy on the Fujoshi bait, though neither so much that a shounen fan wouldn't enjoy it just as well. the cast are likable, with the potential to become lovable with time, and there's enough character development over the first two volumes that it's reasonable to expect them to get there.

The basic plot isn't hard to predict (if you don't see the 'plot twist' at the end of the first volume from miles away, I worry about you!), but the execution is solid and the details and setting are different enough to keep things interesting. There's also some promising political subplots.
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This lead protagonist has to be my favorite character. His purpose and ambition maybe cheesy but the way he stands up for his friends and what he believes in is what makes him the lead character.

The art-style has a somewhat playful and intense type of style. You'd have to read for yourself what I mean by that.

The story is pretty interesting if you like vampire type series' and etcetera.
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