I remember hearing about Seraph of the End last year and wanting to check it out as the images and trailers I saw of it looked interesting. I’m happy to say I was right after receiving a review copy of Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Season One Part One, as it’s a great series told across twelve episodes on two discs that will catch the attention of anime action fans and lovers of vampires alike.
Taking place in modern times, a terrible virus is released on the world that kills all of the adults but leaves anyone under thirteen alive. It isn’t long before the vampires that have stayed hidden and bided their time arrive to take advantage of this tragic turn of events. Enter Yuichiro Hyakuya, a young boy that was captured during the terrible event and is growing tired of being under the heel of the vampires. After making a plan with some of his friends, he manages to escape from the underground world they’ve trapped him in and is found by some renegades known as the Moon Demon Company. They take him in and over the course of some years, train him to fight with demonic weapons known as Cursed Gear in order to kill vampires and take back the world. Just when things seem to be going well, Yuichiro comes across an old friend that has joined with the vampires, forcing them to fight each other. And if that wasn’t enough, they want Yuichiro and some dark power that’s inside him known as “Seraph of the End”, which may spell the end for both vampire and humankind.
I know this has all been done many times before, and quite possibly even better, but I was still drawn into the story and action of this series. Watching Yuichiro having to suffer through the world falling into chaos and then finally having the strength to fight back was all I needed to get behind the show and keep viewing. The other characters and his friends play out like most anime tropes, but still I couldn’t help but like them as I watched. Thanks to the wonderful high definition release, everything looks, moves and sounds great here.
There’s also quite a few nifty extras here for viewers to take a look at when the weapons have been put away. There’s audio commentaries on select episodes by some of the staff that are always fun to listen to. “Seraph of the Endless” are cool little omake or “bonus” videos that are a treat to watch, and lastly there’s some trailers and promo videos that round out the special features.
If love watching action packed anime or anything dealing with vampires, you can’t go wrong with Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign – Season One Part One. A good story, great characters, and a nice balance of action and drama serve to make this one of the better anime shows to sink your fangs into. Now if only season one part two can hurry up out of the shadows, as it can’t get here soon enough.