Yuichiro Hyakuya’s fight to become stronger and avenge his family continues.

Yuichiro and Kimizuki have begun the process to form deeper bonds with their cursed gear. However, forces on both sides of the war are concurrently fashioning their own plans for domination, and the ‘Shinoa Squad’ seems to be doomed to be pushed right back into the thick of things.

Seraph of the End is a series that would most likely appeal to fans of other action-packed suspenseful shounen works.

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Seraph of the End has been one of the more interesting series for me to review, as I mentioned before, primarily because my view of it has changed so substantially as the series has progressed. Much of the initial setup and character development in the series felt very shoddy to me at first both because of the feeling of unoriginality I got from it and because of the numerous plot holes. However, the series began to turn it around after a few volumes, and continues to be intriguing this time around as Yu and Kimizuki both attempt to form deeper bonds with their cursed gear.

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The first half of the volume is spent with Yuichiro and Kimizuki being forced (once again) to face the darker side of themselves as they increase the bond they have with their demons. If this sounds familiar to you, it should, because there has been a continuing theme of the same characters facing the same internal dilemmas highlighted for them by the vampires and demons. While it would normally be frustrating for the same feelings to be rehashed over and over again, what instead happens is that each time the same struggles are approached in new and more direct ways, and the character development that results is actually well done. That being said, there are still very hammy moments with the whole ‘I fight for my family!’ kind of shounen keyword bingo, but it doesn’t harm the effect of the narrative too substantially.

Following the internal confrontations, the story shifts to the leadership of both the vampires and the humans, the portion of Seraph of the End that I would argue is the strongest right now. As much as the series felt very black-and-white in terms of morality at first, calling it grey now would be very much an under-representation of how the two armies’ leadership has been developed. In truth, the rulers of both sides seem to very much be positioned in internal power struggles between the obviously evil higher-ups and their morally indeterminate comrades. Both sides have members both blatantly evil and potentially evil, and this structure makes for interesting reading, to say the least.

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In the end, the primary purpose of this volume, much like the previous one, is to set up for the major conflict that appears to be about to occur in the next book. If you were hoping for loads of action, then you might be better off waiting for the next installment, although the artwork is wonderful regardless. Fortunately for us however, the book manages to do the setup well without the blatant plot holes of the earlier books and manages to develop the opposing factions and individual characters appealingly. Even the demons within the cursed gears themselves get development, and the world feels like it has much more depth than I would have imagined it getting when I first started reading.

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While the sixth volume of Seraph of the End wasn’t intended to be an epic and thrilling piece to the current arc in the story, it was riveting for how it set up for just that. I wouldn’t call it one of the greats, but the series has seemingly begun to hit its stride. If you were unsure but leaning toward trying it before, I would recommend doing so, you likely won’t regret it.

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What do our scores mean?

Seraph of the End Volume 6 was published by VIZ Media on September 1st, 2015. Authored by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto, the series is currently ongoing and published by Shueisha’s Jump Squareimprint, as well as VIZ Media’s Weekly Shounen Jump in North America. Seraph of the End received an anime adaptation by Wit Studio in the Spring 2015 season, and will have a second cour of episodes this Fall.

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