Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign is an action fantasy Anime based off the Manga “Seraph of the End” created by Takaya Kagami. In Vampire Reign much of humanity was instantly wiped out by a mysterious virus only children under the age of 13 are immune to the virus. At the same time monsters called the Four Horsemen of John decimates what is left. This apocalypse left Humanity in the hands of vampires who use humans as cattle in exchange for protection from the Four horsemen of John. Humanity’s only hope is the Japanese imperial demon army which fights against vampires with cursed weapons however, these cursed gears have some dark secrets.
The story and the dynamic between the two main characters Mikaela and Yūichirō are the strongest parts of Vampire Reign. See Yu’s man motivation for wanting to kill all the vampires is seeing his family, including Mika, slaughtered by a vampire while they were trying to flee from the vampire controlled orphanage (which was more of a blood farm). Yu’s only desire in life is to gain enough power for his revenge. Mika only survives due to the vampire queen (who happens to be a loli) who turns Mika into a vampire against his will. Personally, I find Mika’s situation a lot more interesting than Yu’s. Not only has Mika become the thing that he and Yu hates the most, but Mika must work, live and serve under these vampires all while fighting the urge to consume human blood. While Yu only lives for revenge Mika seeks to liberate Yu from the humans and their experiments.
The show looks great, the action scenes have great direction and the effects are cool. The backgrounds look as if they were all hand painted. This gives the show a unique look and keeps it visually interesting. The music is nothing to write home about I frankly forgot the show had music at times and the English dub is only passable and I stuck with the sub. The anime was produced by Wit studios and Directed by Daisuke Tokudo.
My biggest gripe with the Vampire reign is Yūichirō. Yu is an Impatient brat that who’s selfish and Impulsive fits become annoying quickly. The supporting cast is average, (Guren is pretty badass though) but no matter what they often take a back seat to Yu’s fits and he often jeopardizes himself and his entire squad because he “doesn’t want to lose any of his family”. But if you can look past Yu’s childlike behavior you’ll find a couple of decent characters.
My favorite part of Vampire Reign was its world building and lore. It’s not often that humanity isn’t at the top of the food chain. And combine this with the morality of human experimentation for the sake of survival and the humanity of Mika are all concepts that keep Vampire Reign from being an average anime. The world crafted here is ugly as vampires kill children and innocents alike with no thought to it. Soldiers are forced to witness their comrades killed and eaten alive and this show pulls no punches and shows the brutality of Mankind struggle to survive. This show is not for the weak of heart.
Overall, I enjoyed Vampire Reign the deeper I got into the story and the dark dealing of the Japanese demon army. The show left on kind of a cliff hanger but the source material is still ongoing so what do you expect? I wouldn’t say this is a great anime but if you’re hungry for a good action show this might satisfy your appetite for a while.
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