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Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai suru (Manga)

Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai suru

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Synonyms: A Cruel God Reigns, A Cruel God Rules in Heaven, A Savage God Reigns, After Us, the Savage God, Zankoku na Kami ga Shihaisuru
Japanese: 残酷な神が支配する


Type: Manga
Volumes: 17
Chapters: 55
Status: Finished
Published: May 26, 1992 to May 26, 2001
Authors: Hagio, Moto (Story & Art)
Serialization: Petit Flower


Score: 8.321 (scored by 561 users)
Ranked: #3402
Popularity: #2629
Members: 1,618
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Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai suru portrays the tale of Jeremy, who is sexually abused by his stepfather. Mentally disturbed by this, Jeremy goes down a path of murder - however he accidentally finds himself the murderer not only of his stepfather, but also his own mother.

Soon his stepbrother, Ian, begins to suspect him, as well as discover the twisted truth about his own father...


Butler, Jeremy
Lowland, Greg
Lowland, Ian

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Jun 15, 2011
Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai Suru. "A Cruel God Reigns," in English.

Some call this a "Boys' Love" series. But that's a lie. Because there is no love. This is not a fluffy bunny shounen-ai or yaoi. This is a chilling, horrifyingly realistic story of long-term sexual abuse. It is the life inside a nightmare.

Never has my blood boiled so much in anger while reading a manga. Greg, the man who came from abroad to marry Jeremy's widowed mother isn't just interested in her. He's also interested in Jeremy. A two-for-the-price-of-one marriage. He says he loves read more
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Nov 3, 2013
I've been itching to write this for a long time by now.

Story 10/10
Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai Suru is a catching story about a high school boy trying to cope with his stepfather regularly abusing him. He's suffering, running away, crying and losing it, then he faces it and solves his problem only to find another one. He is constantly giving up and trying to vanish, then being forced to live and try again.
It's not 'BL' as such, but certainly a piece full of love, desire, overlooking, suffering and regret.

Art 8/10
This manga started in 1993. That is a year before I was even read more
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This is essentially like a male version of Bitter Virgin, it is about a normal boy who is raped by his pedophile step-father. It is not graphic sexually and this is a really good story, but be warned about the realness of this before you read it. It is not yaoi, or BL - it is not about love, but about someone dealing with being raped and abused by someone who has power over them, and his feelings of insanity because of what is happening to him. It is psychologically deep going into how abuse breaks a person's psyche and spirit. This is rather darker than Bitter Virgin, but it handles a very difficult and similar subject well.
They both deal with violent MxM rape and the mental consequences for the victims. Install is a (hard to find) one-shot by Chi-Ran while Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai Suru (A cruel god reigns) is over 84 chapters long (so far) and written by Hagio, Moto.

The artwork in Zankoku is definitely older when compared to that of Install, but as the series progresses it starts to improve. It never really becomes "modern", but things look less rough and over time the story distracts you from the dated drawing style.

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