Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 7 is set in a world where vampires rule the earth and have enslaved children to use as a food source. A boy named Yuichiro escapes from the vampire city and is found by Guren. Yuichiro is now 16 years old and serving in the Japanese Imperial Demon Army.
Volume 7 opens with Shinoa Hiragi, along with the other members of her squad, heading for a rendezvous point for their upcoming mission. Unfortunately, Shinoa and Mitsuba decide to play pranks on Yuichiro and Shiho, and this causes them to arrive late at the rendezvous point. In addition, Yuichiro and Makoto Narumi, the leader of Narumi Squad, start off on the wrong foot.
Much of Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 7 focuses on Shinoa needing to learn to take her role as a squad leader seriously, and on Yuichiro having to gain the trust of Makoto and the other members of his squad. These are important lessons that both of these characters need to learn, since they’re about to embark on a very important mission that requires teamwork and seriousness.
Speaking of teamwork, Guren orders two of his squad members to help him take on Shinoa’s squad in a sparring match. By doing this, he’s trying to make a point to Shinoa that her squad currently lacks teamwork and coordination. Besides making this point, this scene helps to add some much needed action in a volume that focuses a lot more on characters talking to one another and setting the stage for the upcoming mission. Outside of this sparring match, the only other action in Volume 7 takes place right at the end.
This volume also gives the reader a scene featuring Mika and the vampires that he’s with. During this scene, we see Mika struggling with the fact that he doesn’t want to become a full-fledged vampire, yet struggling to keep himself from drinking the human blood that he’s starting to crave. I admit that I felt a little sorry for Mika in this volume. He’s been trying so hard to not drink human blood, since he himself used to be a human child that was enslaved by the vampires. As a reader, I could really feel Mika’s struggle coming through in both the writing and the art.
While I understand that time needed to be spent getting ready for the mission and imparting important lessons to some of the characters, there were still times that the story in Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume 7 felt like it was bogging down. However, if you’re willing to read through the entire volume, you’ll be rewarded with some very important action right at the end of it. If you can go into it realizing that it’s more of an exposition volume than an action-oriented one, you’ll probably be able to better appreciate it.
The reviewer was provided a review copy by VIZ Media