The Man-Killer Virus: a lethal disease that has eradicated 99.9% of the world's male population. Mizuhara Reito has been in cryogenic sleep for the past five years, leaving behind Tachibana Erisa, the girl of his dreams. When Reito awakens from the deep freeze, he emerges into a sex-crazed new world where he himself is the planet's most precious resource. Reito and four other male studs are given lives of luxury and one simple mission: repopulate the world by impregnating as many women as possible! All Reito wants, however, is to find his beloved Erisa who went missing three years ago. Can Reito resist temptation and find his one true love?
Shuumatsu No Harem, or in English translation World’s End Harem is that type of story that’ll only attract the audience of male teens and young adults, as the manga presents itself as a male fantasy with a few men left alive on Earth to help reproduce with the vastly outnumbering females. This manga was inspired by other anime and manga titles with the same “one male, infinite girls” concept like Nagasarete Airantou and Infinite Stratos. Like the said two anime/manga titles, this manga shares a mutual element with them and that’s a dense MC.
The base of the story is that a few males
who have been affected by a disease without a cure, so society decides to put them into cryostasis for five years until they can come up with a remedy to cure it. Five years later, the main character Mizuhara wakes up from his five year sleep only to find out that not only has he been cured, but a virus known as the MK (male killer) was spread. As the name implies, it killed nearly all of the males, save those in cryostasis. Then he’s assigned an agent, Suou Mira to help him in his daily life as a servant of sorts, and create an atmosphere he’s comfortable in, assigning him chosen females to mate with and begin recuperating humanity. However as I said, this manga has a dense MC and he constantly shoots down every proposal, refusing to help repopulate just because he wants to be with his girlfriend from five years ago before he went into cryostasis. It’s respectable to stay loyal to a fiancée, but come on, the world is on the brink of extinction and the world needs the MC’s desperate help to restore humanity and he decides it’s not important to him. This is the reason why readers of this manga hate him so much. Heck, another male that pops out later on is 100x more likable than the MC.
I don’t have much to say about the characters. All I can say is that they are so bland and boring. You can’t find a single piece of connection or feeling between you and them. There’s an exception for the male I mentioned a few seconds ago who has an interesting and sympathetic backstory of being bullied in high school, but is now enjoying his peaceful life five years later without a single bully in sight,
There isn’t much enjoyment so to say in this manga. It doesn’t have any moments or cliffhangers that make you want to read the next chapter right away in suspense and find out what happens. All you feel what you finish a chapter is “Okay that chapter is done.” You don’t feel any excitement in any way. The only enjoyment at the moment is the fan-service with nudity and R18+ scenes for the male audience.
This manga has the potential to become better with more character developments, exciting moments and make the main character a more likable person for the audience. I don’t recommend this manga if you’re after a good story.
This already has two reviews that say enough about this manga, but I feel like I should make a review for it anyways, even though I don't normally make reviews. Warning: There's spoilers. But I can't tell what's early into this story or late, so be warned. I'll also put a tl;dr in the end.
This manga is a pain in the ass to read. Even though I enjoyed it, I can't give it a good rating, simply because it's just bad.
Hear me out. If you enjoy tiddies and butts, with no more than implied sex (I can't remember if
any sex scenes were drawn, stopped reading a while ago) then by all means, read this; in fact, I encourage you to read this, if that's your reasoning.
But if you're expecting any type of story, for the meanwhile, stay away. Far away.
While the actual story is good and the plot is above average, the mangaka never bothered going into detail and instead has been milking the fact that everyone wants to see naked women.
I seriously liked the plot behind this. I actually told a whole bunch of my friends that I've found the fated "Hentai with Plot" I've long searched for; but it only ended in disappointment when, not even after 10 chapters, the story is put on an absolute halt. Instead of getting the actual pulp and flesh of the story, we keep getting sidetracked with fan content that just showcases one of the other 5 survivors.
They're all assholes, too. Except what seems to be two of them. One is basically a rapist, who has fucked every single girl and a half that he's laid his eye on since finding out he's among the last 5. Another is someone who instantly accepts his position, and also uses it to fuck literally anyone he wants, even to the point where he points out girls he wants to fuck on the street, and has them basically get abducted. Another is a nerd who never had life fair, but gets excited with his situation and fucks someone he's loved for a long time (to be fair, she wanted it as much as he did, but he could've been less of a prick about everything.) Don't remember/don't know about the last guy.
Then there's MC. MC is saving his penis for a girl named Elisa. Elisa was someone who found out about the virus that killed every man, and finds out it's man made. MC gets suspicious of everyone around him, and now we're waiting for the rest of the story.
Now, the story is great, but there are way too many variables to have to maintain an eye on this early into the story. For starters, we have the "instantly accepts his position" guy interacting with MC's sister, who he sees on the street and asks the lady to get her to fuck him (aggravating cliffhanger which will probably only turn for worse seeing as 50% of the entire story so far is fanservice and NTR has a disgustingly (and extremely disappointingly) high demographic).
But when I said "waiting for the rest of the story", I didn't mean waiting for more pages. I really mean the story is at another halt, yet again. Constant fanservice chapters and randomly snapping into the lives of the other 5 men alive is getting beyond annoying. At first, I thought "It's pretty cool that the mangaka thought of not making the entire series revolve around the only one alive". Any one of them could be the MC's, but they're all pretty much ruined because they're all absolute dickheads ('cept for the nerd kid and MC, obviously.) Once that happens, I don't want to see them anymore, and I can guarantee that nobody else who actually looks forward to the story wants to either. They're nuisances. You could say "Well, that's the intention, isn't it?" Yes, the guy wanting to fuck MC's little sister is an intended aggravation, but that's it.
So, TLDR time. Basically, the entire story so far (that's translated, at least) is: MC wakes up, immune to man-killer virus, we find out it's manmade, only 5 alive, latest chapter includes MC unlocking a thesis by his lover Elisa, his sister is about to be NTR'd by one of the other 5 guys, only 2 of the 5 seem to be fine people, one of those being really good (MC), and the other two are absolute dickheads who should be put down at the world's earliest convenience, as well as the people who run the onahole hellhole (I had to make that joke, I'm so sorry but it's genuinely true).
Basically to the basically, the story is good, but after an entire year, when you sum up the entire plot, it's literally just "immune man wakes up to find the world is full of girls who want to fuck him but he refuses because he wants to find this one girl who not only does he love but has potentially uncovered the secrets of this virus that wiped out all of 'man'kind."
Extremely shortened review and recommendation: Stay for the art, leave for literally everything else, ever.
My review is based on having read 7 chapters (that was all I could stand). There are some slight spoilers.
It seems like this manga was created solely with intention of creating the most spineless MC possible. I'm used to wimpy MCs, but Mizuhara Reito is on a whole 'nother level. It's like the author has some kind of extreme paraphilia involving men being absolutely useless. Mizuhara's spinelessness ventures into the realm of delusional.
The story begins with our "hero" confessing his love to Elisa. The impetus for this being he is diagnosed with a terminal illness of some sort. But all is not lost. All he
has to do is go into cryosleep for 2–5 years while an AI figures develops a drug specifically tailored to him. Needless to say when awakes things are not as they should be.
While he slept somehow a virus has killed all the men in world. The only ones left alive are those who were also placed into cryosleep. However, of those in cryosleep only those who were specifically being treated for whatever illness befell the MC are immune to the MK (literally Man Killing) virus. The other remaining men who have survived in cryosleep will should they awake. It is therefore Spineless MC-kun's job (along with the 4 other random people who just happened to have his exact circumstances) to impregnate as many women as possible to ensure the future of the human race.
So the situation seems pretty dire, right? The reasonable thing to do would be to politely start impregnating women, right? MC's handler even went though the trouble of finding fertile attractive who want to have sex with them. It wasn't like she just went around with a picture of him and asked "u wnt sum fuk?" to every girl. No, she constructed rigorous surveys which featured pictures of other random men in addition to the MCs. The MC received favourable results. From this selection of women who would consent to be impregnated by the MC only the most genetically fit were selected. Resources like food are also scarce. Bearing and raising MC's children is basically the only way to ensure a stable lifestyle. It makes sense to prioritize the allocation of resources towards those who are helping to guarantee the future of humanity. We've got hot, nubile women, who aren't being overtly coerced or anything, waiting for MC to come give them some dick so that they can secure a future not only for themselves, but also humanity, and what does the MC do? He rejects this offer, saying he is saving his dick for Elisa (who has conveniently gone missing during the time he was asleep). Rather than having sex with all these girls, he is going to single-handedly cure the virus.
There are so many problems with that setup. Firstly, despite being around Elisa for 10 years straight, Spineless MC-kun only manages to confess when the possibility of him potentially dying comes up. It's even an incredibly weak confession—in the translation I read the MC simply says, "I like you". In the future world MC inhabits working isn't even necessary. Despite this he pledges to become a doctor along with Elisa in order to fulfill some stupid dream. Despite this "I like you" is the best he can do. Because of his absolutely tenuous commitment to Elisa, he won't have sex with all these other women—despite the fact that it absolutely benefits everyone. He additionally claims that his dick doesn't matter because he could only impregnate about 100 women per year. If he only had sex once per day, everyday, with women who were ovulating, 100 women is about the number you'd expect to get pregnant (assuming the chance of pregnancy 27–33% during ovulation). But why would he be doing so little dicking? His research can't take up that much time; or is it only possible for him to have sex with 1 woman per day because he needs 8 hours of foreplay in which his partner has to reassure him that he is a nice, special guy, before he can get hard? Also, how does he expect to develop a vaccine for the MK virus, when all the other lady-scientists who have been working on it for the last 5 years have failed? He's only a medical student. Does his dick somehow make him more capable? If we look at the manga, that may actually be the case. Apparently all the technology has broken down because all the male engineers died (thus leaving only female engineers). In the year of 2040 wear working is optional, they apparently haven't figured out how to get more women into STEM. The one's do get into it are apparently beyond incompetent. I think the manga , actually mentions them not understanding the principles behind the technology. So not only are they stupid, they are apparently incapable of learning. I never expected this manga to be a shining paragon of feminist virtue, but this just seems like such an absurd way to be sexist.
Shuumatsu no Harem is just terrible. It is actually probably the least erotic I have read, that isn't trying to deliberately disgust or horrify the reader through its use of sex and nudity. It's actually just incompetent. I didn't think it would possible to take such a lurid and easily exploitable setup, and then make it incredibly boring. Sure, there is a fair bit of T&A, but watching Mizuhara's superlative spinelessness is sufficient remove any enjoyment gained through seeing naked anime girls.
Many reviews here are nearly a year old, and the series is finally translated enough to see much much more development.
While it says one guy, there are actually three. Interestingly enough, they begin to follow all three rather than the main character alone. While most people complain about the "weak" main character, his is interesting in the fact that he is capable of sticking to his morals, regardless of the situation. He does realize he is being used in a political power struggle in addition to the other problems, and the so called "virus" is considerable more than it seems.
The series uniquely visit
the three males, all three of which reach different behaviors.
** Some spoilers **
The one male who decided to just indulge in several women a day began to find it boring, and is slowly going down a more sadistic route to sate his pleasure, in addition to pursuing the MC's sister, who refused him, so he wants her just because he not allowed to have her. The other male was utterly bullied, both physically and mentally, and is now taking revenge on the girls that are still alive that bullied him by, get this, NOT having sex with them (women who are pregnant become extremely wealthy and successful) , but having them around to see him in a position of power. While he hasn't gone as far off the deep end as the other male, he also realizes he is being manipulated, and the world is far more than it seems.
The MC meanwhile is searching for his lost love ** MAJOR SPOILER ** who is one of the main leaders of a rebel movement against the current world order that the MC suspects created the virus and killed anyone who got close to a cure.
Anywho, I really look forward to seeing this series develop more, it has certainly gone far beyond the harem trope I thought it would be.