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Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen (終わりのセラフ 一瀬グレン、16歳の破滅 Owari no Seraph - Ichinose Guren, Jyuurokusai no Catastrophe) is a fantasy and paranormal fiction light novel prequel series narrating Guren's story in the year leading up to the Apocalypse, approximately eight years prior to the start of the manga series Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign.

Both the light novel and manga began within a few short months of each other and are ran concurrently at almost the same speed. The series began on January 4th, 2013[1] and ended on December 2nd, 2016.[2] Like with the manga and Seraph of the End: The Story of Vampire Michaela, Takaya Kagami is the writer while Yamato Yamamato does the illustrations.

It is published in English by Vertical, Inc. with two books per omnibus, except for volume seven which was released independently as a single novel. Three omnibus volumes with the independent novel were released through January 26th, 2016[3] to September 25th, 2018.[4]

A Seraph of the End: Catastrophe at Sixteen Manga adaptation was announced on May 1st, 2017, and the first chapter was published on the 6th of June 2017 in Kodansha's Monthly Shounen Magazine.

AboutEdit

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.

PlotEdit

"Hey, Guren? Do you think... when we grow up, we can still be together like always?"

Just before the world fell to ruin because of mysterious virus that appeared on Earth which killed every infected human over the age of 13, vampires conquered the surface - in that one last spring.

Guren Ichinose had entered a Sorcery Training School in Shibuya. This school was full of elites from famous families in the world of sorcerers. As he himself was of modest origin, Guren held a great ambition in his heart, even despite being labelled as trash. But among his classmates, a girl appeared who introduced herself by the name of the fiancée he had traded vows with a really long time ago... In that world slated for ruin, the boy sought power; and the girl sought power as well. A magic academy fantasy story begins!

Main CharactersEdit

BooksEdit

Book 1Edit

  • Japanese Release:
    • Published — January 4th, 2013[1]
    • ISBN — 978-4-06-375279-3[1]
    • Length — 292 pages[1]
  • English Release:
    • Published — January 26th, 2016[3]
    • ISBN — 978-1-94-122098-6[3]
    • Length — 176 pages[n 1]

Book 2Edit

  • Japanese Release:
    • Published — July 2nd, 2013[5]
    • ISBN — 978-4-06-375311-0[5]
    • Length — 260 pages[5]
  • English Release
    • Published — January 26th, 2016[3]
    • ISBN — 978-1-94-122098-6[3]
    • Length — 174 pages[n 2]

Book 3Edit

  • Japanese Release:
    • Published — January 31st, 2014[6]
    • ISBN — 978-4-06-375354-7[6]
    • Length — 260 pages[6]
  • English Release:
    • Published — May 31st, 2016[7]
    • ISBN — 978-1-94-299374-2[7]
    • Length — 176 pages[n 3]

Book 4Edit

  • Japanese Release:
    • Published — July 2nd, 2014[8]
    • ISBN — 978-4-06-375396-7[8]
    • Length — 268 pages[8]
  • English Release:
    • Published — May 31st, 2016[7]
    • ISBN — 978-1-94-299374-2[7]
    • Length — 156 pages[n 4][n 5]

Book 5Edit

  • Japanese Release:
    • Published — April 2nd, 2015[9]
    • ISBN — 978-4-06-381451-4[9]
    • Length — 292 pages[9]
  • English Release
    • Published — November 8th, 2016[10]
    • ISBN — 978-1-94-299305-6[10]
    • Length — 180 pages[n 6]

Book 6Edit

  • Japanese Release:
    • Published — October 30th, 2015[11]
    • ISBN — 978-4-06-381491-0[11]
    • Length — 260 pages[11]
  • English Release:
    • Published — Novemebr 8th, 2016[10]
    • ISBN — 978-1-94-299305-6[10]
    • Length — 200 pages[n 7]

Book 7Edit

  • Japanese Release:
    • Published — December 2nd, 2016[2]
    • ISBN — 978-4-06-381572-6[2]
    • Length — 308 pages[2]
  • English Release:
    • Published — September 25th, 2018[4]
    • ISBN — 978-1-94-505430-3[4]
    • Length — 178 pages[n 8]

NotesEdit

  1. In the first omnibus, the first half (book 1), made up the first half from 176 pages.
  2. The second half (book 2) of the first omnibus made up 174 pages, making 350 pages overall.
  3. The second omnibus had the first half (book 3) overall make up 176 pages.
  4. The second half (book 4) of the second omnibus had 156 pages, adding up 332 pages altogether.
  5. There was an error in the number pages on the website, mistakenly writing 400 pages instead of 332.
  6. The third omnibus' first half (book 5) consisted of 180 pages.
  7. In the second half (book 6) of the third omnibus, 200 pages were collected, making up in general 380 pages.
  8. Released as its own novel, book 7 alone in English was 178 pages.

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