Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign by Takaya Kagami is one of the best mangas I’ve read in a long time. It has a great combination of external and internal conflicts. We spend a lot of time inside a 12-year-old boy’s head, learning why it’s so hard for him to trust other people and why he reacts so badly to the idea of a family. But we also get lots of action in the form of vampires, and there are plenty of exciting scenes that will keep readers on the edge of their seats!
In the future, a mysterious virus kills most of the Earth’s population. It kills the adults but leaves the children alive. With all of the adults gone, human society starts falling apart.
And that’s when the vampires take over.
The vampires capture the human children and bring them underground. They let the children live, but only to be used as a permanent blood supply. Yuichiro is a 12-year-old boy who hates vampires. He dreams of having enough power to fight and defeat them, which is almost impossible because vampires are so much stronger than humans. But before Yuichiro can defeat the vampires first he must escape the underground city and find his way back to the human world. He doesn’t know it yet, but the human world is a lot different than he remembered, and a lot different than he expected.