The Battle of Nagoya is about to begin, but first the Moon Demon Company meets up to strategize.
Afraid that the vampires are planning an all-out attack on the human cities in the ruins of Tokyo, the Japanese Imperial Demon Army sends the Moon Demon Company under Lieutenant Guren to Nagoya to neutralize the vampire nobles there before they can attack. However, it is near impossible to kill one vampire noble, let alone a group of them, and the mood is tense as the soldiers know that they are faced with a suicide mission.
Seraph of the End would most likely appeal to fans of other action-packed suspenseful shounen series.
This volume of Seraph of the End began with Yuichiro and company driving to meet up with Lieutenant Colonel Guren and the rest of the Moon Demon Company for what is seemingly a suicide mission to take out the vampire nobles living in Nagoya. As I mentioned in my review last volume, it seemed like the plot was about to get to a fast-paced and exciting action-y point in the story, but unfortunately this was not to be. If anything, this was the biggest problem this volume, the lack of action, primarily because during the extended preparation for what is to come the biggest flaws in the writing that plagued earlier volumes were once again apparent.
The most obvious issue, as I just more or less mentioned, is that the story treads water. I felt like the battle of Nagoya was about to happen, but this entire volume pretty much just takes place in the staging area as the army ‘prepares’. The lack of action in and of itself wouldn’t be a problem if what was there instead was still quality reading like the past couple of volumes have been, but what was there felt lacking in intrigue. I put ‘prepared’ in quotations earlier because the army didn’t really prepare at all, despite the story thinking so. In getting ready for what is supposedly a suicide mission, you might imagine a bit of strategy, maybe people being serious. The strategy, as usual, is mostly just ‘this group targets this thing, stay in formation!’, and while Shinoa’s squad gets chewed out for being tardy and screwing around, even Guren spends more time messing around than actually acting concerned.
Fortunately, while I had had difficulty suspending my disbelief in terms of the gravity of the situation the group was in for the previous reasons, there were still fun and interesting moments in the volume. In order to discipline Yu and Shinoa’s squad, Guren challenges them to what is obviously a very one-sided battle, which provides for some action. Additionally, new members of the Moon Demon Company are finally brought into the story, including Guren’s own team as well as the group that will be partnered with team Shinoa, Sergeant Makoto Narumi’s squad. While none of them have been fleshed out past one-dimensionality so far, they definitely added a bit of the sense of the larger army that the Moon Demon Company is (and likely provided some relatively minor characters for the narrative to kill off with ease).
Going back to my dilemma with some of the writing issues, it’s worth mentioning that the occasional campy dialogue (the ‘we fight for JUSTICE!’ kind of stuff) is more prevalent than usual this volume as Guren gives many of those types of speeches throughout the book. That being said, not all the speeches or ‘serious’ kind of dialogue is bad, just some of it, and if you’re still reading Seraph at this point you should probably expect a certain level of it. After all the speeches are said and done though, the army actually does begin its invasion of Nagoya and the final fifth or so of the volume does make me more excited for what is to come.
Seraph of the End has had some frequently observable flaws in its occasionally spotty writing, including campy dialogue and suspension of disbelief issues, and honestly they take up the bulk of this volume as very little progress is actually made with character development or plot. However, it was nice to see more of the Moon Demon Company, and the actual battle for Nagoya had just begun at the end, so there is much to look forward to. Overall, I would say that if you want to hold out until the story has made more progression then wait to pick this one up until volume 8 releases in February, but if you just want to see your favorite characters return then by all means go for it.
Seraph of the End Volume 7 was published by VIZ Media on December 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 the Fall 2015 season. The 8th volume will release in English on March 1st, 2016.
Also worth noting: the light novel prequel series, Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at 16, is being released next month by Vertical Inc. If you’re a Seraph of the End fan, be sure to check it out!
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