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Zankoku na Kami ga Shihai suru

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: 8.361 (scored by 1021 users)
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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.


Butler, Jeremy
Butler, Jeremy
Lowland, Ian
Lowland, Ian
Lowland, Greg
Lowland, Greg

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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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Apr 26, 2011
This is one of the earliest BL mangas out there, I believe, and you can definitely see the striking differences between the shounen-ai emerging 30 years ago compared to today. The visuals especially are different. Boys look like boys (kind of. Still have bambi eyes, still hairless. And Ian, who appears a bit later, is a definite bishonen.) There is a nice amount background and not a lot of skimping on the characters' details.

What struck me most about this manga was how disturbingly realistic it is. The abused protagonist is not a helpless creature. He's just a normal boy with normal friends and a normal 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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Jan 8, 2009
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.
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