Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai suru
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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
Genres: Boys Love Boys Love, Drama Drama
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Petit Flower
Authors: Hagio, Moto (Story & Art)


Score: 8.211 (scored by 20652,065 users)
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Ranked: #3762
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Popularity: #2043
Members: 7,128
Favorites: 334

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The story follows 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.


In 1997, Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai suru won the Excellence Award at the 1st annual Tezuka Osamu Cultural Award Prize.



More reviewsReviews

Jan 8, 2009
ShySorrow (All reviews)
The artwork is really eye-catching at times, great detail, very beautiful and distinct. A dramatic story that really grabs you from the very first pages. I come across this manga by accident, and was so glad I did.

It's a detailed story although the page count isn't high, a lot of info is discussed for a manga and things go on. It is a continuing series, so I will look forward to reading more from this writer.
Nov 3, 2013
Fabe (All reviews)
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
Aug 3, 2012
wolfgiselle (All reviews)

Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai Suru, otherwise known as A Cruel God Reins in its English translation, is much more than just your ordinary story. What's astonishing about this is that the plot is not extraordinary at all. It has no fantasy elements, no sci-fi, no action, and it's definitly not even close to being what many would consider a romance. No, what is most appealing about this manga is not any form of grandeur but the realism of it's plot and characters.

This manga takes a serious plot line and actually portrays it and its subject matter in a true-to-life fashion. Rape, torture, emotional read more
Dec 6, 2014
Chalis (All reviews)
Vulnerabilities are like glass threads. Communicating, the desire to understand one another- there's always a risk of breaking. The world is filled with people in the process of breaking. If you want to go through life without getting hurt, the only option is isolation. If its one or the other, in order not to break and not be broken, is choosing isolation equal to death? If so, is death something to be so afraid of in the first place?

Maybe there's someone out there who doesn't fear death, in that vein, isolation. We don't really hear from them, so they seemingly don't exist. Surely they exist. read more

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