Review by: Rob Caprilozzi
Seraph of the End Volume 1
Story by Takaya Kagami
Art by Yamato Yamamoto
Synopsis: After trumpets of the apocalypse proclaim the fall of humanity, vampires arise from the shadows to rule the earth. Yuichiro wants just one thing—to get revenge by killing each and every vampire. Yuichiro’s dream is near-impossible, given that vampires are seven times stronger than humans, and the only way to kill them is by mastering Cursed Gear, advanced demon-possessed weaponry. Not to mention that humanity’s most elite Vampire Extermination Unit, the Moon Demon Company, wants nothing to do with Yuichiro unless he can prove he’s willing to work in a team—which is the last thing he wants!
Our thoughts: A mysterious virus was unleashed upon humanity killing almost everyone over 13 years of age. The vampires came from the shadows, rounded up the remaining survivors, took them underground and use them as food. One child, Yu, plots his escape out of this hell.
After finding a map, Yu and his friends plan a daring escape to the outside world. Everything goes well until one vampire stops them. Most of his friends are killed as Yu is the only one able to escape. As he escapes he sees a human outside saying that they are rebuilding their world.
Yu joins up with the man and he is taken to a safe place where he can learn and hopefully join their army. Vowing revenge, Yu wants to be a member of humanity’s most elite Vampire Extermination Unit, the Moon Demon Company.
After a while, Yu proves his worth and begins to learn about the demon-possessed weaponry and how this can make humans the equal to vampires.
Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign is a book that took me by surprise. I really liked this one. The ending was fantastic and it definitely set up the rest of the series.