Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign Vol. 3 (Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto, Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya) (a J!-ENT Manga Review)
December 7, 2014 by Dennis Amith
“Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign” kicks off the first major mission with Yuichiro and his teammates. But will his impulsiveness get in the way of fighting with the team? find out in another action-packed volume of “Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign”!
© 2012 Takaya Kagami, Yamato Yamamoto, Daisuke Furuya. All Rights Reserved.
MANGA TITLE: Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign Vol. 3
STORY AND ART BY: Story by Takaya Kagami, Art by Yamato Yamamoto, Storyboards by Daisuke Furuya
FIRST PUBLISHED IN JAPAN: SHUEISHA, Inc.
PUBLISHED IN USA BY: VIZ Media, LLC/Shonen Jump Manga
RATED: T for Older Teen
RELEASE DATE: December 2, 2014
Yuichiro has undergone the strange and dangerous ritual to acquire Cursed Gear – demon-possessed weaponry that is humanity’s only hope for combating the vampire scourge. But times are dangerous, and instead of getting to celebrate his newfound power, Yuichiro and his friends are given their first mission: head to Shinjuku and investigate vampire activity. Unbeknownst to him, his best-friend-turned-vampire, Mika, is headed for the same place…
Under the leadership of Mitsuba Sangu, Yuichiro and his teammates must go on their first mission against the vampires in Harajuku.
With the orders to stay in formation, when Yuichiro sees a human girl fleeing from the vampires, Mitsuba orders all of them to stay put as it is a trap. But not wanting to see any human die by vampires, what happens when Yuichiro disobeys orders on his first mission to save the girl?
Meanwhile, a fight is breaking out between the Japanese Imperial Army vs. the Vampires.
Find out what happens in the third volume of Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto’s “Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign”!
What is “Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign” all about?
In 2012, mangaka Takaya Kagami (“The Legend of the Legendary Heroes”), artist Yamato Yamamoto (“Kure-nai”, “Denpa Tei na Kanojo”) and storyboard artist Daisuke Furuya teamed up to work on the dark fantasy manga series “Owari no Serafu”.
The series which has a total of six tankobon volumes released in Japan, has been released in the U.S. courtesy of Viz Media with the title “Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign”.
“Seraph of the End” began with an introduction of how an unknown virus brought the world to a sudden end. Only children under 13-years-old survived and those children were enslaved by vampires.
The story introduces us to an impulsive boy named Yuichiro Hyakuya who wants nothing more but to kill vampires. But his friend Mikaela Hyakuya is a boy who is more levelheaded and tries to get his friend to think straight and know they are not powerful enough to defeat them.
For Yuichiro, he wants nothing more but his fellow friends to escape captivity from the underground city of Sanguinem and reach the outside.
And one day, all of them decide to make their escape…but will they be successful?
In volume 2, Yuichiro Hyakuya wants nothing more but to get his revenge on the vampires who killed his friends, especially his best friend, Mikaela Hyakuya, who sacrificed his life in order for Yuichiro to escape.
Fast forward years later and as Yuichiro is wanting to become a member of the Japanese Imperial Demon Army, the army responsible for fighting against the vampires, he needs to learn discipline and train for combat. But first he must go through the various tests in school which include being friends with others and being a team player, all are hard for Yuichiro to try and do.
But now is his chance to pass the test to advance, but it means having to partner with another hot-headed teen like himself, who doesn’t mind getting into brawls…Kimizuki.
Will Yuichiro, Kimizuki and Yoichi be ready for their next test?
Meanwhile, what happened to Mikaela Hyakuya after Yuichiro escaped from the Vampire lair has been revealed!
In volume 3, as the team has trained and learned to work together, Yuichiro, Yoichi, Kimizuki and Shinoa Hiragi are assigned a new leader named Mitsuba Sangu. An impulsive girl who is also the rival of Shinoa.
As the team goes on their first major mission to fight vampires in Harajuku, will they be ready or will their impulsiveness get in the way?
As the first two volumes were used as introductions to the characters and also setting up the background of Yuichiro, volume three of “Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign” puts the team on their first major mission to fight the vampires but also to learn how to take orders and work as a team.
But what happens when Yuichiro’s impulsiveness of wanting to save everyone and thus attack first, starts to impact his other team members?
And despite having better skills this time around, are they really ready to fight the vampires as a team?
This is the premise of volume three as each of the people on this team can be impulsive but they must work as a team in order to be anywhere near successful. But can they do it?
The storyline by Takaya Kagami is enjoyable, humorous and it has its dark, violent moments that easily drives up the ratings to “Older Teen” but for the most part, it’s not a horror manga series, nor is it too dark that it’s twisted or scary partly because of the comedy due to its hardheaded protagonist. The artwork by Yamato Yamamoto is well-done and characters are very expressive.
Overall, “Seraph of the End – Vampire Reign” is entertaining, humorous and so much fun! I look forward to volume 4!
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