Owari no Seraph First Impressions

Owari no Seraph – First Impressions

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.

Owari no Seraph Episode 1 Review

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.

Seraph of the End anime First Impressions

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.

Owari no Seraph Anime Ep 1 Impressions

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.

Seraph of the End Ep 1 Reaction

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.

Seraph of the End Episode 1 Synopsis

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.

Owari no Seraph Ep 1 Summary

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)

Jikman

I'm a marketing student who got back into anime in 2012. I decided to start blogging as a way to improve my writing as well as my ability to express myself. I generally write whatever comes to mind as I'm watching anime!

2 thoughts on “Owari no Seraph – First Impressions

  1. LoL. I like how you point out that Micha might have also sold his body as well as his blood. I do not think they mention it in the manga or anime series but I think he might have had to. I thought WIT’s animation was very nice but I was more concerned over the pacing of the story. I knew I should not have read the manga series. Now I cannot help feel things are off left and right. It definitely could be detracting from my enjoyment. But like you point out this is only a first glimpse of the Seraph of the End anime. It could improve.

    1. That’s interesting, I haven’t been following discussions too much for the series, but I’m curious how different the anime’s pacing is from the manga’s.

      I generally avoid reading series that just received their anime adaptation as well. I think the only time I read ahead was with Tokyo Ghoul (anime piqued my interest), but I definitely didn’t regret reading it since it turned out to be one of my favorite series.

      I wasn’t really sure what I was expecting going into Seraph, but the episode alone didn’t get me interested enough to want to read ahead, so I’ll just sit back and enjoy the beautiful animation and the music done by Sawano Hiroyuki.

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