Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Volume 1 is an apocalyptic tale with an interesting horror twist. Kagami blends two genres well to create a most interesting narrative. The foundation laid in this first volume sets the stage for the continued series and makes the reader want more. For those who are avid readers of shonen manga, there are recognizable character types. Even so, there is much to enjoy in this volume. The world that Kagami has created is rather interesting to see (especially the vampire "technology"). Yamamoto's artwork is very clean and really supports the narrative. Fight scenes are really well done and it is easy to differentiate characters and follow the action. The modification to the Japanese Imperial Army uniforms was interesting touch. This title is for teens and adults and does include some violence (vampires can be so cruel) and mild language. Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign is an action packed romp through a post-apocalyptic world that leaves you not sure who to cheer for.
You can find Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Volume 1 by Takaya Kagami on the VBPL Catalog. If you enjoyed Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, you may want to try Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara or Tokyo Ghoul by Sui Ishida.
Review by Michelle L. Chrzanowski, TCC Norfolk Campus Library