The first series that I’ll be doing weekly write ups for is none other than Owari no Seraph, or Seraph of the End. This is probably one of the most anticipated series, and I feel that there should be enough room for discussion to making it a great anime to blog about.
The episode opens off pretty quickly. Adult humans are quickly eradicated with a simple push of a button, while the surviving children are rounded up as live stock. These kids are used to harvest a supply of blood for the vampires. I’m not completely sold on the virus’ ability to only affect people based on their age. I guess we just need a convenient way for the adults to be taken out of the picture to set up for our main protagonist.
Yuu is a stubborn kid. While most children have accepted their lives as cattle, he dreams of freedom. Rather than give into the vampires demands, he’ll stir up trouble. Mika is the opposite. He’s willing to sacrifice his own happiness in order to live a peaceful life. He’s even been selling his body/blood to the creepy Ferid so that his family could live a better lifestyle.
Mika really believed in Yuu’s words. That one day they’ll be free and defeat the vampires. Even though it looks impossible, he did everything he could in hopes that they would finally succeed one day. Even if it meant visiting the creepy old guy just to keep his family out of trouble. After all this time, he has found a way for them to escape and break free from this caged world.
Everything seemed to be going well, until Lord Ferid shows up at the end of the tunnel. I guess it had to be a set up, who else would just leave an escape map laying around their house? Mika thought he was helping them escape this cruel world, but he actually led them to their doom.
Ferid slaughters the orphaned children one by one, enjoying every moment of despair. Once again, Mika is prepared to sacrifice himself to save Yuu. In the end, Yuu is the sole survivor of his family. Due to his past, he never really understood what a family was. However, only now does he realize that a family doesn’t have to be bound by blood, but by those you cherish. He realizes this far too late since he has taken them for granted and is left alone once again.
To make sure Mika and the rest of his family’s lives aren’t lost in vain, he continues to venture forward and live on. He was powerless to save them, which will probably fuel his desire to become stronger and avenge his family. On the outside of the city, people await him. Allegedly, the child of the prophecy, who will save mankind and exterminate the vampires.
Overall, I thought the beginning of the series felt a bit weaker. Vampires just suddenly appear, and wipe out everyone, except for the main characters. I never really felt a sense of danger, and figured that only unimportant “characters” were killed at that point. I did like the ending though. As cliche as it may appear, the trap that was set by Ferid began making me care more about these characters. Mika who’s willing to sacrifice everything for those he cares about, and Yuu actually cherishing his family were decent glimpses into who they are.
It’s still pretty early for me to actually have a strong opinion on the show. I thought the background art was stunning, with incredible detail. I’m not completely sold on the story yet, but again, it’s only the first episode. There’s definitely a need for explanation which I’m sure we’ll get into as the series progresses.
You can watch Owari no Seraph Episode 1 on Funimation (available on April 11 for free users)