Flawed, Owari no Seraph is still amazing, and let me tell you why.
Not sayin’ it’s the MVP (see what I did there?), not saying that it’s as deep as say, Dragonball Z, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece, and I’m not saying that it’s as different and rapidly exhilarating as Attack on Titan or One Punch Man.
Instead, it’s a different anime … because it gives a sense of familiarity. But not in the same atrocious level as Aldnoah Zero gives you after watching Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans (or vice versa, if that’s how you watched it).
It’s different because it combines vintage vampire anime with Highschool of the Dead-level apocalyptic scenario, added with adopted Sword Art Online battle mechanics.
What else? Hatred and desire for vengeance is perfectly normal and encouraged. The characters do find more reasons to fight later on, however. The vampire anime elements are very obvious. You might have watched Chibi Vampire Karin, or Vampire Knight, or Rosario x Vampire or perhaps you watched Overlord and think that the non-humans are cooler. Not so here, you’re more likely to fall in love with the human characters and despise the vampires. Might not be that significant a thing to some but to me, it’s noteworthy.
Deaths can happen at any time. Who knows who you might lose? This definitely reminds me of Attack on Titan. On the very same note, humans aren’t all innocent in this anime either. That said, not all vampires are evil. A nice touch of reality, I’d say.
Also, the relationships between the characters are dynamic and all worth appreciating.
It’s worth mentioning that the student-teacher interactions the main character has might amuse you.
The fights are amazing. In the battles all the characters deeply rely on teamwork, intellect, and real fighting skills. The mechanics of the fights are similar to those in Sword Art Online.
It does have a Vampire Knight-ish feel to it. That’s undeniable. The vampires seem all high class, and therein lies the feeling of déjà vu. However, I found it quite refreshing considering how mainstream anime these days really deviate from the old vibes. If you enjoyed the old romanticized vampire or demon anime, you might want to try this. Even the animation closely resembles that of the said anime of about 10 years ago.
I’m not going to spoil anything here. This is more of a teaser. You might or might not like it. Still, I’m sure you can see why the anime is refreshing. While it’s not shallow, the anime doesn’t feel as deep as, say, Naruto.
It has surprises, pleasant ones. There’s always something different as each episode progresses, unlike in the case of Dragon Ball Super (it hurts to say this, considering how much of a Dragon Ball fan I am) …
What else? There’s both vampire and human main characters. Though, the vampire character can be considered the ‘second’ main character in the series. The relationship between the two is bound to make you cringe and get you excited as you watch. It might also give you mixed feelings. Hmm … aren’t you curious now? You should really take a look.
After the first episode you’re likely to be interested and perhaps hooked. However, you’re unlikely to take the anime very seriously until the second episode is over. As a side note, as of now two seasons are completed.
So, should you watch it? If you’ve got nothing to watch, I suggest watching JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures, and then Ushio to Tora (why isn’t this popular enough outside Japan!?), and then Owari no Seraph. Though in my case I did it the other way around.