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Seraph of the End Vol. #16 Manga Review

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This volume has two big parts to it, and they're both interesting in their own way.

Up against the overwhelming Ky Luc!

Creative Staff
Story: Takaya Kagami
Art: Yamato Yamamoto
Translation: Adrienne Beck

What They Say
The battle to save Ferid and Krul Tepes from Ky Luc and the vampires begins in full force, but victory isn’t going to be easy. Ky Luc is a Fifth Progenitor and it’ll take a lot of coordination and teamwork to take him down. But Shinoa Squad and Guren have a plan—use the Seraph inside Yuichiro to overwhelm the vampire! But can Yuichiro keep himself in control of it long enough to defeat Ky Luc?!

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
As the volume kicks off, we launch right into our heroes going over the plan for their fight with Ky Luc. As soon as that bit of strategizing is over, we head right into the action proper! And it sure does end up as an interesting encounter, as it really highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of the series when it comes to combat. Which is to say… Ky Luc is so stupidly, insanely strong that it frankly feels like most of the heroes are essentially just gnats buzzing around him. But that said, in turn it means they need a multi-layered plan involving some serious teamwork just to be able to manage their goal of rescuing hostages from him, and even then they only just barely get Ferid while Ky Luc escapes with Krul Tepes. So ultimately, this feels like perhaps the clearest example of how power levels are utterly out of control in the series, but this scene in particular actually manages to make it work pretty well.

From there, Yuichiro ends up finding himself in his inner world alongside Asuramaru again. I do have to say, the relationship between the two is actually getting pretty amusing by this point, considering the insane powers inside Yuichiro and his similarly ridiculous adherence to friendship and family leave his inner demon kind of at a loss and feeling a lot less demonic than you may expect. And in a way, that’s a lot more interesting than the relationship with demons that was pitched at first in the series, as it really does leave Asuramaru feeling a lot more like an actual character rather than a mere plot point. Plus on top of that, he even gets a glimpse further into Yuichiro’s muddled past, which leaves even him at a bit of a loss.

We do get a definite cliffhanger at the end of the book that makes for a nice teaser for next volume, too. But in addition to that, we also get an extra bonus story, and it’s kind of an odd one. In theory it’s a simple tale of Yuichiro and Shinoa in a high school in Ikebukuro, where eventually they uncover and wipe out a vampire. However, it has a bit of an odd flow to it, and I can’t find any notes stating whether it is or not, but it really feels like a rough draft for the start of the series. As a result, it makes for a sort of interesting little oddity to cap off the volume.

In Summary
This volume has two big parts to it, and they’re both interesting in their own way. First off is the fight with Ky Luc, and I have to say, despite feeling a bit ridiculous in a number of ways, it really does make for a fun time. It’s easily the best part of this volume, and is certainly one of the better battles the series has had thus far in general. After that, we shift over to more of a focus on Yuichiro’s character, which is frankly a bit rougher. I’m still interested because it feels like he’s being taken in some interesting directions, and I do sort of like how Asuramaru is being handled in particular. But at the same time, everything surrounding our main character here feels like it’s starting to get a bit ridiculously convoluted, and I feel like that’s starting to become a bit of a weakness for the series. There really are elements that have me both hopeful and concerned for the future of the title all throughout this book, so it will be interesting to see how things develop from here on out. But it at least for now, this volume in particular makes for a pretty solid read.

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+

Age Rating: 16+
Released By: Viz Media
Release Date: September 4th, 2018
MSRP: $9.99

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