Seraph of the End’s opener is a powerful one that captures the essence of post-apocalyptic works like lightning in a bottle. There’s a dire atmosphere that puts the likes of Black Bullet to shame. There’s a protagonist with a lofty goal in Yuichiro Hyakuya, whose conviction is so infectious you forget how absurd it is in actuality.
…And now that I’ve praised the show’s pilot to high heaven, I’m sure glad I waited until the second episode before writing about this one because it’s time to play killjoy for a bit. I won’t deny Seraph of the End’s potential to pull a Tokyo Ghoul and explode in popularity thanks to a successful animated series, but I will say the follow-up knocked its level of promise down a few pegs.
– Clark A.