Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign // First Impressions

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“That Spring, anime remembered: the terror of being dominated by Attack on Titan, and the shame of being nothing but a carbon copy.” Yeah, let’s be real: Attack on Titan is big. Colossal. And when something this mega-popular comes, there will always be imitators that will attempt to recapture the same success.

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, a Studio Wit adaptation of Takaya Kagami’s manga, is set in the not too distant future where a catastrophic epidemic breaks out, killing anyone that isn’t either a vampire or a human younger than 13 years of age. The children left alive are captured by vampires and held as livestock for them to harvest their blood in exchange for special perks. The story follows Yuichio Hyakura, the last survivor of the Hyakura Orphanage, manages to escape from vampire captors and learns that he is genetically enhanced by the orphanage to fight vampires.

So I take it that Seraph of the End is gonna be, if not is, that new show everyone is overhyping. And I guess I can see why. It totally screams Attack on Titan everywhere: Produced by Studio Wit, music composd by none other than Hiroyuki Sawano, even the premise says so. However, all the high production values and such can’t exactly carry unimpressive execution filled with JRPG cliches, which Seraph has to a T. I’ll keep watching, but I honestly have no expectations for this.

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