Things wind down with the final episode of the season for Owari no Seraph.
Owari no Seraph Episode 12
A bit of time has passed since the battle and Yuu still has yet to awaken. Shinoa had been going along with the army without much resistance until this point, but seeing what happened to Yuu began to concern her. Despite being in such a powerful family, she was completely unaware about the human experimentation and the experimentation on the vampires.
The seem much more cruel than the vampires. While the vampires rallied the humans and used them as livestock, they still let them live and roam relatively freely within their enclosure. Humans, on the other hand, imprison the vampires and put them through all sorts of crazy experiments to mutate themselves.
When confronted, Guren seems unapologetic for what has happened to Yuu. I can see some experimentation being required to adapt to the virus that killed off humans in the past, but humans are naturally curious creatures. They continue to dig deeper into things, even if they’re better left untouched. Their curiosity and can lead to destruction and chaos. Rather than accept their fate, the humans have begun their adapting for survival, even if it means unleashing this so called “seraph of the end”.
It seems that all of the nobles escaped unscathed from the battle. Mika would have done anything to stay with Yuu, but it seems like he is still powerless in the vampire society. Ferid had enough with the teasing and quickly puts Mika back in his place. Mika’s identity also still seems to be a mystery to the other vampires who are unaware that he used to be a human.
Yuu finally wakes up in the hospital and the events finally begin processing for him. Everything must have been a shock for him, seeing his dead friend several years later, and as a vampire. He also had to watch as his friends and comrades were being wiped out right in front of him. It wasn’t until now, after the fight, where it finally hit him that Mika is still alive. Even if they’re on different sides, they still share a bond and for now that’s all Yuu can ask for.
Shinoa also continues to develop feelings for Yuu. It seems that his stubborn attitude has made her value actual human relationships and her friends. She also chose to withhold the information about what had happened to him, as that would probably overwhelm him at this point.
As the season draws to a close, we get a glimpse of things yet to come. Ferid is seen talking to an apparent human and passing along information to him, opening up even more conspiracy theories. Things are more complicated than they appear since both sides appear to be involved in someway.
You can watch Owari no Seraph Episode 12 on Funimation
Owari no Seraph Season 1 Review
I guess I wouldn’t really call this a “review” since we’re only half way through the series, but I thought I would share some of my thoughts on the season so far.
I found that the first few episodes didn’t leave much of an impression on me. There was a lack of explanation (which is fair) regarding the whole extermination of humans, combined with a huge change of tone within the first few episodes. Here we had this messed up world, yet we had kids going to school without a care in the world.
Things progressively got better, albeit a little repetitive. Each week we would introduce a new squad member, share their tragic back story, and then have them understand the value of friendship. It took a while, but once we headed out into the fields things started to pick up a bit more. They had quite a lot of information and facts to cover to set up the rules of the world, but now that’s out of the way, I am expecting a faster paced second season.
Animation and Art
Being produced by WIT studio, was expecting some high levels of animation quality, but was pretty disappointed with the series. There were noticeable drops in animation quality throughout the series, as well as low budget fight scenes (unless it was an artistic choice to use stills).
The background art was gorgeous, but something about it always irked me. I think the high attention of detail in the background clashed with the simple designs of the characters in the foreground. On top of that, with each background looking like a painting, there was little movement in the background itself. There were no trees swaying or clouds drifting which made the whole animation feel a bit lacking for me.
I get that this is a shounen series, but some of these characters felt too forced in my opinion. I found that they would often repeat the exact same thing, no matter the situation which grinded my gears. Mika constantly mumbling about how much humans suck, Kimizuki always trying to act like a cool guy by calling Yuu an idiot and one upping him, and Yoichi just being so nice but never authoritative.
I’ll admit that there was some character development, especially for Yuu. He went from being a complete idiot to a more compassionate comrade. Maybe it’s a bit overboard at times with how much he cares for his friends now, but I prefer this over the idiot who should have gotten killed running head first into a battle!
The second season of Seraph will begin in the fall 2015 season so that’s some time away. Overall, I thought the series had some entertaining moments (primarily towards the end) but had a weaker start. Now that they got all of the technical info drop out of the way, I’m expecting to see more development in the second half. We started seeing more of the inner workings of the societies and had quite a bit of set up.
I know the series is still ongoing, so there is still a lot of room for questions to be answered, but they have barely scratched the surface in the first season. If I were to rate this season, I would probably give it a 6/10. I personally wasn’t that invested in it, but it definitely had a few entertaining moments. It was a decent series, but nothing really struck me as memorable. I have higher hopes for season 2 as this was just an introduction to their world.
Anyways, that wraps up my thoughts for this season of Owari no Seraph. It’s been an interesting ride, but it was worth the watch. We’ll have to wait until the fall for our weekly dose of Shinoa…