Time of the Season Spring 2015 Edition: INTRO / SERAPH of the End: VAMPIRE Reign

TOTSSpring2015Anime fans!!!! Welcome back to TIME OF THE SEASON where we look on this season’s new anime season and see what’s worth watching and what’s worth throwing away in the garbage.

The spring season is upon us and while I still say that spring of last year was a massive letdown for anime (Mahouka, No Game No Life, Mushi-Shi [yes, I consider that show a letdown]) and some other forgettable anime but I’m hoping that could turn around this year, specifically one title that I hope to cover once the release date is revealed.

Now, let’s get into the fray with this first title…..it’s about VAMPIRES!

Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s Seraph of the End: VAMPIRE REIGN.

Director: Daisuke Tokudo

Series Composition: Hiroshi Seko

Screenplay: Hiroshi Seko

Music: Asami Tachibana/ Hiroyuki Sawano/ Megumi Shiraishi /Takafumi Wada

Original creator: Daisuke Furuya (storyboard) Takaya Kagami (story) Yamato Yamamoto (art)

Character Design: Satoshi Kadowaki

Art Director: Seiko Yoshioka

Animation Production: Wit Studio

Internet Streaming: Anime Limited (UK, Republic of Ireland, Isle of Man, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland and Norway) FUNimation Entertainment (North America)

Licensed by: FUNimation Entertainment

 

Plot Summary: After an unknown virus wiped out all adults on earth, vampires appeared and ruled over the surviving children, treating them like livestock. Yuichiro Hyakuya survived along with other orphans by giving their blood to vampires, until Yuichiro escaped four years ago. Now he is a member of the Moon Demon Company, a unit in the Japanese army dedicated to hunting down the vampires he blames for the death of his family.

First thoughts: Wow, first episode coming in and let all the clichés of a shonen-like anime commence!!! The plot of vampires ruling the world in a sort of post-dystopian style world can keep someone tuned in but most of that felt predictable like you see it coming from a mile away and it makes the reveal seem unsurprising. From the main character being this hot-headed kid who had some bad shit happen to him and everyone around him in the past, you can surely tell that the writing is not really that groundbreaking but yet I find myself tuning into it week after week. Hey, it’s dumb but at least it isn’t a waste of a watch. Oh, and I know people keep telling me it’s a AoT / Blue Exorcist rip-off yet I can see why. Hell, it’s made by WIT Studio (who really need another good anime after duds like Hozuki, Rolling Girls and especially HAL) and music by Hiroyuki Sawano, who we hear every other anime season so far.

The show isn’t the best and maybe a little overhyped but it’s serviceable for what it can bring.

It gets a CONTINUE (but on a Medium Priority). That means I’ll watch it week after week but not when it just got posted.

 

And that’s the first out of the way…..Lots more where that come from.

 

This is MAK2.0 aka The Blue Hybrid, hoping that this season doesn’t suck.

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