Seraph of the End (Redefining the ‘Vampire-Human Anime Dynamic)

 

(Manga Written by: Takaya Kagami Illustrated by: Yamato Yamamoto Anime written by: Hiroshi Seko Original run: April 4, 2015 - ongoing Genre: action, dark fantasy, drama)
(Manga Written by: Takaya Kagami
Illustrated by: Yamato Yamamoto
Anime written by: Hiroshi Seko
Original run: April 4, 2015 – ongoing
Genre: action, dark fantasy, drama)

Typical night in the city. Sudden explosion. Entities cloaked in red coats.

The set up is brilliant. It’s short, appealing and intriguing.

No words were spoken. But the sound of the burning fire, screams of the people who were caught in it, and the audible footsteps of the cloaked entities as they approached the wreckage were enough to set the mood for an intriguing start. 

What happened? Who were they? What’s next? – all of which are answered in the 12 – episode series. Best thing is, it never gets you bored.

We’ve seen several vampire-themed anime like Vampire Knight and Black Blood Brothers, but they all seemed to portray vampires as superior. Very superior in fact. Well, technically, they are.

But Seraph of the End added an awesome twist by making human struggle a major driving force in the entire series. In fact, it could be argued that they’re portrayed as more superior than the vamps. You’ll see.

And for this dark, heavy, thought-provoking theme being placed in a short 12 episode series, I’d say its quite admirable. Kagami and Seko-sensei know exactly what they are telling the audience.

Watched the anime? What do you think?

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