Seraph of the End – Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen

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English Title: Seraph of the End – Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen
Japanese Title: 終わりのセラフ 一瀬グレン、16歳の破滅 — “Owari no Serafu – Ichinose Guren, Jyuurokusai no Catastrophe”
Author: Takaya Kagami
Illustrator: Yamato Yamamoto
Translator: James Balzer
Genre: Action, Dark Fantasy
Original Run: 2013 – ongoing
English Run: 2016 – ongoing
Volumes: 6
English Publisher: Vertical
Volumes Published in English: 6 (3 omnibuses)
Average Price Per Volume: Paperback – $13

Synopsis: The apocalypse is not only near, but a certainty. Set before the event and the aftermath detailed by the hit manga, this stand-alone prequel light novel series chronicles the inexorable approach of the reign of vampires. Witness the trials of Guren Ichi­nose, who must hide his true strength even as he is trampled on at an academy for the insufferably privileged.

Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen (volume 1)
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Note: This volume is an omnibus which includes volumes 1 and 2 from Japan.

Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen (volume 2)
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Note: This volume is an omnibus which includes volumes 3 and 4 from Japan.

Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen (volume 3)
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Note: This volume is an omnibus which includes volumes 5 and 6 from Japan.

Reviews of Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen
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Suggestions for Further Reading
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Illustrations Sampler

Note: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen is a prequel light novel series for the Seraph of the End manga, which is written and illustrated by the same duo (Takaya Kagami and Yamato Yamamoto).

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10 responses to “Seraph of the End – Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen

    • Thanks!
      The art is quite nice, isn’t it? I am curious of giving this series a shot some time, though I wonder how important it is to be familiar with the manga/anime first.

      • Turns out the author answers this question in the afterword of the first volume: “…this book is being released at the same time as issue one of the manga…It would make me very happy if the fans read the novel and the manga at the same time. But since both the protagonists (the hero of the manga series is named Yuichiro Hyakuya) and the concepts are different, you can definitely enjoy one without reading the other…”

      • Thanks for the information there, Eric! I think this is an interesting setup the author and illustrator managed to put together, running a novel and a manga series at the same time.

  1. I am 4 chapters in and there are things that I know from the manga that pop out at me as I read the LN. Think it could be read first since they do describe what’s going on, though, but hard for me to say given I already have the knowledge. Also note that the anime had an anime only ending and the manga just entered what seems like will be its final arc.

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