Seraph of the End: Black Demon’s Contract starts out almost right where the last episode left off. We have learned that the vampires actually blame the human race for destroying the earth. Because of this and the multiple attacks that have been made against other vampires, a war on humans has been declared. Mikaela knows about the war that will soon start and vows to do everything he can to protect his old friend. It still seems possible that the humans created the mysterious plague that nearly wiped out all of humanity.
Unfortunately, there is more going on in the human world. There are certain administrative problems with the Japanese Imperial Army. In addition, it seems as if Guren does not get along with most of the other authoritative military members. This reminds me of the same attitude that Yu has. Because of the politics that Guren does not want to deal with, he decides to let Yu sign a demon contract. However, he has made it very clear that he will likely die if he ever lets his guard down with the demon he uses for the contract.
It was good to see Mikaela learning to live with the fact that he is a vampire. I am still surprised that he has been able to keep his humanity and his sanity for this long. He has been thrown over enemy lines and has no choice but to stay there. I wonder how Yu will react once they finally meet again. Will he try to kill Mikaela? Mikaela does not know how to react around the children who are being used as food for the vampires. He tries to be kind towards them. They do not recognize it as kindness so they still try to protect each other from him. He is shunned by the people he is like the most. The way the children react towards him reminds him of his own past with Yu.
Back at the human school that Yu attends with his “friends”, we find out that Yu is not as all knowing as he thinks he is. Despite his extremely high levels of confidence, he still scored a zero percent on the written exam in class. This grade is supposed to reflect the kind of Cursed Gear he gets to use. However, Yu was able to prove himself as a physical candidate for the highest type of Cursed Gear available. Yu failed his exams because he wrote all of his answers in hiragana. Although his English and Latin are quite good, he still has a lot to learn about the Japanese language.
Because of another physical altercation between Kimizuki and Yu, Guren decides to perform a test on the entire class. He uses his weapon against all of his students. Whoever remains standing gets to receive Cursed Gear. The only people still standing after Guren used his weapon included Shinoa, Yu, Yoichi, and Kimizuki. When they are on their way to make the black demon’s contract, Sayuri and Yu express their concerns for Yoichi’s survival. Yoichi thinks about the night his sister died. He refuses to back down. He refuses to hide as he did back then. He wants revenge just as bad as Yu does.
Guren leads them to a special chamber that holds the strongest weapons. The episode ends as soon as Yu chooses his weapon and begins the demon trial. I know that Yu will make it. I am sure that Yoichi will was well. However, I am not sure that Kimizuki has the strength it takes to withstand a demon’s temptations.
I did not mind the high school parts of this episode. In fact, I found it amusing. I love watching Guren and Yu interact with each other. I think that Yu will eventually grow up to be the same kind of man that Yuren is. All of the pieces are starting to come together. I find myself enjoying Seraph of the End more with each episode. Even though some of the episodes have been hit or miss, it is definitely worth checking out. I do not feel as if I am wasting my time by watching Seraph of the End and it will only get better from here.