Story: Takaya Kagami
Art: Yamato Yamamoto
Translation: Adrienne Beck
What They Say
After trumpets of the apocalypse proclaim the fall of humanity, vampires arise from the shadows to rule the earth. Yuichiro wants just one thing-to get revenge by killing each and every vampire. The attack on Nagoya continues. The Japanese Imperial Demon Army descends on the vampire nobles, aiming to exterminate them completely. The nobles fall one by one until Crowley Eusford takes twenty human hostages. He aims to lure Guren out and capture him for information. Can Guren, Shinoa and Narumi squads work together to rescue the hostages and defeat Crowley and his minions!? Find out in volume 9 of Seraph of the End!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As the volume kicks off, we get Kureto talking down to another Hiragi, as he openly plots his rebellion. At the very least, it serves to reinforce the fact that Kureto isn’t a very nice guy, to say the least. But yeah, things rapidly turn into a brawl with Crowley, first against Guren and Shinya, and then adding the rest of our heroes into the fray. And yet all their efforts result in failure and a forced retreat, leaving Guren in the hands of the enemy.
After a flashback to help Yuichiro’s unquenchable desire to save Guren feel a little less irrational and over the top, our hero overdoses on the pills in an attempt to head back in. Which it turns out was an incredibly stupid idea that would have killed him were the Seraph not in him, so that certainly speaks highly of our hero. But in the end he does indeed live, and gives in to Asuramaru way too much. This turns into an incredibly intense fight, up until the point that Yuichiro pushes things too far and ends up getting predictably possessed.
With things having degraded this far, will the rest of the cast be able to drag Yuichiro back to his senses? Oh, and we also get a bonus chapter further showing Yuichiro and Guren’s past together, which is fitting considering the contents of the rest of the volume.
To be perfectly honest, how you feel about this volume will likely come down to how you feel about Yuichiro holding so fast to his convictions. Personally, I don’t mind a character who acts heavily on emotions, but Yuichiro pushes things too far even for me this time around. It’s all well and good that he cares so much about his family, but in this volume he acts full on stupid as a result more than once, which really isn’t the greatest. But on the other hand, if you like that about his character, then you may not find any fault here, and applaud how far he pushes himself. So as I said, ultimately, your mileage may vary here. And for what it’s worth, the book at least doesn’t let him off easy for his actions, so that’s nice. Outside of that, you also do get some nice action, so that certainly helps matters if the rest of the book isn’t to your tastes. Ultimately, from how I see it, matters are pushed a little too far and aren’t handled the way I’d like, so I’d rank this a middle-of-the-road volume overall. But if you felt Yuichiro’s actions haven’t been problematic in the past, then this may well still prove a stellar volume for you, so feel free to still give it a shot.
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: June 7th, 2016