Complicated Connections is the second episode of Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya and the fourteenth overall in the Seraph of the End anime series.

Short Summary Edit

Yoichi eliminates five horsemen with one attack, and Yu begins the next step of his training. Yu battles against Asuramaru in his mind and defeats Asuramaru by asking to become friends.

At the Progenitor Council meeting, Ferid discusses the battle at Shinjuku and has Mika present a video showing Yu's transformation. Krul strikes at Ferid and intentionally misses. Ferid explains that she cannot kill him.

Kimizuki struggles in battle against Kiseki-o and faces memories where he was told to kill his sister. He breaks free and is victorious by remembering Yu's feelings for Mika, who are family even though they are not related by blood.

Kimizuki and Yu show off their new techniques, and Shinoa and Mitsuba learn the files on the three boys have been erased.

Long Summary Edit

Differences with the Manga Edit

Manga Anime
The manga takes more time introducing the two broad categories of demons (possession and manifestation). Yu facing Asuramaru, Kimizuki facing Kiseki-o, and the Progenitor Council meeting all have their own chapters. More time is spent looking into their pasts. The anime moves at a much faster pace and does not give nearly as much detail about possession and manifestation, training, or the characters' pasts.
The manga explains manifestation and possession. The anime does not explain manifestation and possession in much detail and fast-forwards to Yu and Kimizuki moving onto the next level of training.
The training begins during daytime. Shinoa and Mitsuba discuss where to begin training. The training begins at night.
Yoichi scouts for horsemen before Shinoa and Mitsuba explain about possession and manifestation, and Yoichi shoots down three horsemen first. Yoichi shoots down five horsemen after Shinoa explains their training to them.
Yoichi says he and his demon talk when he goes to sleep. He mentions talking about their favorite colors. Yu asks Asuramaru about his favorite color, but Asuramaru ignores him. Kimizuki lies, and Yu challenges him to prove he can talk to his demon easily. Kimizuki attempts and fails, leading Yu to make one of the funniest facial expressions yet in the series. Yu calls them partners in failure. Yoichi mentions talking to his demon when he goes to sleep, but the rest is not shown.
When Mitsuba mentions the boys going mad with rampaging demons, they all glance at Yu. Yu asks why they are looking at him. Kimizuki only has an expression of concern.
Shinoa and Mitsuba explain acclimating to gear as well as possession and manifestation. Mitsuba and Yu spar to explain the ranges set to certain weapons. Shinoa demonstrates the weakness of limitations with Yu and pouts when Yu sends her flying. She explains that bearers of manifestation-type weapons require a "knight in shining armor" to defend them while they are weakened after using their techniques. Yu helps her stand up. The explanations are not given, and the demonstrations are not shown. The rest of the scene is left out as well.
Shinoa mentions it will take twenty hours or so to fully fuse with the demon. She recommends starting a campfire. No time expectations are given.
Kimizuki mentions that he and Yoichi already discussed being tortured. He says he will not be Shinoa's knight if they refuse to tell Yu about the battle at Shinjuku. Kimizuki and Yoichi did not discuss it beforehand. Kimizuki only mentions holding back his nausea.
Shinoa mentions it is chilly, and Yoichi offers to run back to the city to grab some blankets. Kimizuki puts his jacket over Yu to keep him warm, surprising the others. Kimizuki says his training will be delayed if Yu gets sick. After a moment, Shinoa and Mitsuba pretend to be Kimizuki and Yu and act out a romance, ending it by hugging each other and saying, "To be continued." Kimizuki asks Yoichi if he can kill them. The jacket is on Yu, but that scene is not shown.
When Yu makes contact with the demon, horsemen arrive, and Kimizuki leaves to fight them. The horsemen do not appear while Yu is battling his demon.
Asuramaru reveals that all vampires turn into demons in the end. He goes mad for Yu's blood and attacks him before the curse binds him down. He mocks Yu's amnesia and explains the rules to loosen the curse. After the explanation, he breaks free of the chains and attacks Yu. Yu sees illusions of the dead Hyakuya orphans and young Mika and Akane blaming Yu for turning Mika into a vampire. Yu breaks free as Asuramaru bites him. Not shown.
Yu's father's face is always in shadow. He is enraged when he approaches Yu. Yu's father's face is shown. He tries to act friendly while approaching Yu.
Yu only sees Mika and Akane in the hallway before his father stabs him. Yu sees the other dead orphans as well.
After Yu wakes up, he commands the sword to come to him. He talks to Asuramaru before tossing his sword back between them. He refuses to give Asuramaru those same nightmares and convinces Asuramaru to become his friend. Asuramaru allows Yu to possess him. Asuramaru attacks Yu as soon as he wakes up. Yu tosses the sword himself. They have drastically less dialogue.
When Yu wakes up, Shinoa asks him if the demon hurt his heart too much. He says he is fine since he is not alone anymore. Not shown.
The council meeting is shown through a flashback after Mika attacks Krul. The council meeting is shown chronologically. Mika is not shown attacking Krul and asking for more blood.
The council meeting uses portrait-like images for discussion. Krul's meeting room looks different. Only Lest Karr's face appears during the meeting on the monitors.
Mika is present at the meeting the entire time. He has never seen the video of Yu transforming and has a concerned expression when he sees it. More of Yu's transformation is shown. Krul does not react to Mika's presence. Mika walks in after Ferid summons him. Krul is surprised when he appears. Mika plays the video of Yu's transformation.
Ferid describes Mika has his favorite servant, from whom he cannot bear to be separated from. He is scolded by one of the council members, especially since Ferid's ranking is too low to attend the meeting under normal circumstances, but another says Ferid's "flights of eccentricity" are nothing new. No one explains who Mika is.
Krul has two half-up twin tails with the rest of her hair down. Krul wears three pony-tails.
Ferid hides behind Mika after Krul attacks him. He holds Mika in place. While prattling about sharing the same secret, he touches Mika's shoulder. Mika looks at Ferid's hand with an annoyed expression. Ferid puts his arm around Mika's shoulders.
Ferid pats Mika's bottom before walking away. Does not occur.
Not shown. Krul walks away from Mika after Ferid ticks her off.
Shinoa mentions they passed the 30-hour mark with Kimizuki. Mitsuba says the chance of his demon taking over is increasing. Not shown.
Kimizuki and Kiseki-o are shown fighting and talking more. Kiseki-o refuses to submit to the weak. Not shown.
Kiseki-o catch's Shiho Kimizuki's blood in the air. Kiseki-o licks it off Shiho's face.
Shiho and Mirai talk about their circumstances before the other children arrive. They talk about food, and Mirai says she would not mind if Shiho had to leave her behind. He says he would never leave her behind. She says she hears him crying every night because he wishes he could just abandon her. Shiho calls this out as an illusion, but Kiseki-o reveals these are his own memories. Shiho watches over her, but the rest does not occur.
Shiho just opens the door. Shiho uses a step-ladder to look through the peek hole of the apartment he is in.
The children with Shiho say they need him because he can drive. They talk about the world being destroyed, monsters being everywhere, vampires hunting people, the adults being dead, and them being the oldest left in the town. The children mention protecting the "little ones" instead of his ability to drive. The anime mentions Mirai's illness is progressing quickly, which is odd when one considers that it killed all of the other victims within seconds.
Mirai thanks Shiho for ending her life when he stops responding to Kiseki-o's taunts. Shiho tells Mirai about Yu and says how much he hates him but says he respects his willingness to save his family. The discussion is shorter.
Kiseki-o as Mirai stays in the bed while taunting Shiho. Kiseki-o as Mirai stands up and hugs Shiho from behind.
Kiseki-o discusses Shiho's darker nature and willingness to betray his comrades. Shiho says there is no human without darkness. Kiseki-o says this is why he likes humans and is willing to lend Shiho his power. He calls Shiho, ugly, young, and naive. Not shown.
Kimizuki knocks Yu's Asura-kannon away. Kimizuki knocks the manifested katanas into nearby cars and windows.
Shinoa and Mitsuba are shocked that Kimizuki and Yu can do manifestation techniques when they have possession-type demons. This should be impossible. The girls are surprised, but no explanation about possession and manifestation are given.
Kiseki'o's coffin has a glowing smile to go with its glowing eyes. Only the glowing eyes are shown.
Shinoa casually mentions that the three boys had their files deleted. She calls them Guren's handpicked secret soldiers. Mitsuba asks if this means the power struggle among the higher-ups is going to begin for real. Shinoa and Mitsuba look up the deleted files on a computer themselves.

Characters in Order of Appearance Edit


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