"The Moon Demon's Orders" (月鬼のゴウレイ Tsuki Oni no Gōrei?) is the fourth episode of Seraph of the End: Battle in Nagoya, sixteenth episode of the first season, and sixteenth episode overall of the Seraph of the End anime series.
Shinoa Squad travels to the Ebina rest stop, dodging Horsemen as they drive. Shinoa and Mitsuba ditch Yu, and their squad arrives late. Yu takes the blame for making them be tardy.
As punishment, Guren, Mito, and Shinya fight against Shinoa Squad and handidly defeat them. When Makoto Narumi says he cannot trust his lives to those kids, Guren assigns them to be part of Narumi's squad for their mission.
Elsewhere, Mika and Lacus collect stray human children as a gift for vampires in Nagoya. Krul's blood is ineffective at sating Mika's thirst, and he attacks a human child. However, he soon releases her, and Lacus comments about how weird Mika is.
Kimizuki is driving squad Shinoa squad though the ruined cityscape on a main road to their mission destination. As Yu notes it has begun to get colder, Shinoa jokes about going to Hakone to enjoy hot springs, but Mitsuba says the true destination is Ebina rest stop to prepare for the multiple ambushes on vampire nobles in Nagoya. Yu wonders out loud to himself whether Mika will be there. The car suddenly jerks as they themselves are intercepted by the sudden appearance of a Four Horseman of John. They swerve to avoid it but multiple ones of various types appear. Mitsuba summons Tenjiryū from her cursed gear battle axe in an attempt to fend them off. Her attack connects slicing one down the middle. Yoichi also makes proficient use of his archery cursed gear, using Gekkōin's power to dispatch the enemies whilst the vehicle continues forward. Calling on Asuramaru gives Yu the strength to bound forward and deal with the foes in their path.
After the ambush has been repelled and further engagements have been avoided, under the pretext of dodging an enemy, Shinoa gets Kimizuki to swerve to the right so that Yu lands in the middle of the road rather than the vehicle he was aiming to land in. The car promptly drives off without him, with the team jokingly waving their regards.
Guren has finished scouting the rest stop with Shigure and Sayuri behind him. Goshi emerges, having discovered a magazine with bikini models within. He seems disappointed that the ladies in their team don’t wear bikinis though Sayuri, blushing says she will if Colonel Guren wants her to. Goshi tells him that Mito is surveying the area for vampires, and she arrives with confirmation that there are none present. Ignoring the bikini related talk, Guren moves to address the Moon Demon Company members gathered before him. He then notices the arrival of a red sports car that Shinya has commandeered and is now using. Shinya is present after hearing that they are essentially meant to be sacrificial pawns with one hundred men pitted against vampire nobles.
Though they went back to regain him, leaving Yu behind as a joke has meant that Shinoa squad are late for the meeting, of which Kimizuki says he will say it was Shinoa and Mitsuba’s fault. They arrive as Guren is issuing the missive, they are all to depart at 0700 and arrive in Nagoya by 1300. The army have been issued a directive with strategic details concerning the mission. He pauses mid explanation after he spots Shinoa trying to sneak in without him noticing. Shinoa’s attempt to laugh it off are rejected by a stern Guren telling her to leave if she can’t follow the armies rules, emphasising the serious situation at hand. Makoto Narumi is but one of the people present who do not appreciate the younger members attitude. Stepping forward, Yu accepts the blame for being late; using the semi truth that he took it upon himself to fight the Four Horseman of John. Guren orders him to line up, but punishment will be given for him later. The next mission, Guren considers will be the most dangerous one of all for everyone. He acknowledges that many of them may die, but attempts to rally the crowd by saying that the completion of the mission is worth it. The mission is not to come back alive, but to come back with victory.
After Shinoa taps Yu and says sorry, that is was her fault, Shigure arrives calling for Yu. Both Shinoa and Mitsuba offer to go as well, and then Kimizuki and Yoichi. Yu waves them off and goes by himself, entering the ruined rest stop, a Christmas tree still standing, and he walks up the non moving escalator to find Guren and the rest of his squad. Guren is impressed with Yu taking the heat for his comrades, aware that it wasn’t his fault. Yu manages to express that he remembers Shinya and vice versa. Guren initiates the punishment by calling on Goshi who uses his cursed gear Kakuze to issue forth a blanket of white smoke. Upon hearing Yu yell the rest of the squad enter to find a tied Yu dangling over a burning pyre. The illusion mist Goshi had created does not fool Shinoa and using her scythe, she slices through it dispelling the enchantment. Guren announces that this is in fact Shinoa’s punishment, he points out Shinoa let Yu come here alone and that a lesson that one slip up can result in a comrade being killed is in order. Guren explains that Shinoa she has never had the fear of losing someone and so does not understand the lesson. Shinoa insists she understands that her fooling around can get comrades killed to which Guren retorts she does not. Dealing with the reality of a great threat, Guren arranges himself; Mito and Shinya to fight them. Shinoa orders them to gain distance between their match ups, but Yu does tell Guren not to be so hard since Shinoa is trying pretty hard herself.
At that point, Yu embraces the challenge; Shinoa’s plan involves pitting the long-range fighters against one other, Yoichi versus Major General Shinya, her scythe and Mitsuba’s demon war axe to hold of Colonel Jūjō, and close combat fighters Yu and Kimizuki for the Lieutenant Colonel Guren. Guren initiates the showdown by getting Shinya to summon and fire Byakkomaru, a rifle styled sniper weapon. The fiery spectral tiger projectile makes it’s own way actively seeking out the target. Yoichi see’s it and returns fire with a three arrowed Gekkōin attack, but Byakkomaru is capable of instantly dodging this, and reappearing to crash into both Shinoa and Mitsuba. To compound the situation further, Byakkomaru continues onward to Yu and Kimizuki. Noting that they are already breaking formation after one (albeit very diverse) attack, Guren himself begins combat accompanied by his selected back up. Shinoa orders everyone to fall back, and Mitsuba creates a diversion that Guren cuts through, Shinya fires again but this time Yoichi’s return fire connects and the green spectral bird projectiles destroys the white tigers. Guren bounds through the smoking aftermath of the attack and as planned both Yu and Kimizuki intercept him. Capable of fighting both sword users at the same time, Guren engages the both of them. Shinoa and Mitsuba spar with Mito who is also capable of blocking, and evading their joint attacks. Guren then sends forth a red vortex of energy that blows a hole through the side of the building itself, scattering them all.
Yu manages to land on the car Shinya acquired before an aerial attack from Guren cleaves it clean in half. With Yu resuming the sword fight with Guren, Shinoa orders everyone to get into formation with Yu in the centre. Members of the army comment on the fight, with Aiko Aihara remarking that this must be the punishment for the new members, whilst Tarō Kagiyama points out that Yu is responding to all of the Lieutenant Colonels attacks, though Shūsaku Iwasaki thinks that power alone is not enough to defeat him. Guren adopts a new tactic by placing an explosive spell tag on Yu’s forehead. Shinoa is prevented from disenchanting it by Mito pinning her scythe firmly on the ground with her foot. Not willing to give up against Guren, but unable to pull of the tag, Yu chooses to charge at Guren to take him down as well if Guren opted to detonate the tag. Guren feigns surprise at this development before moving to reveal Shinya covering him, who reluctantly fires at Yu. He manages to deflect the projectiles with his sword but at that point Guren has managed to get through the formation where he declares his victory. Yu turns and a minor explosion from the tag prevents him from interfering. Guren knocks Mitsuba over, disarms Shinoa when she breaks free from Mito, and declares an attacking Kimizuki and Yoichi that they are too late when they intervene.
When the smoke clears, everyone is down save Shinoa who Guren is scolding on account that she has three Black Demon holders but could not do well against them, let alone far the upcoming stronger nobles. Guren is encouraging to Yu, rubbing his head and saying he can become stronger with teamwork. Narumi requests to speak, and shares that he is against bringing them to the battlefield since they cannot follow rules and don’t have teamwork. Guren says he has a point then says that Narumi’s squad can take care of them. He asks Shigure to rearrange the squad to pair Shinoa’s squad with Narumi, Rika Inoue, Taro Kagiyama, Yayoi Endo and Shūsaku Iwasaki who are also formerly introduced to them. Shinoa says sorry to the team, feeling that they lost as a result of her incompetence.
In a ruined neighbourhood Mika comes across children running from vampires, Lacus feeds from a girl and Mika longingly contemplates the blood. The captured children are loaded into helicopters as a tribute for the noble vampires in Nagoya. Mika tells Lacus that he is not interested in human blood, instead sustaining himself on vials of Krul’s blood. However he does recalls what she said about her blood not able to sustain him forever. The cravings taking an increasingly extreme toll on him, exemplified when Mika lunges and pins a girl to the ground preparing to drink her blood. He manages to contain the urges when Lacus comments and they depart via the aircraft.
Differences with the manga Edit
|The jeep is standard with only a back seat. The driver sits on the left side.||The jeep has two rows of bench-like seats in the back facing each other. The driver sits on the right side.|
|Yu comments about the sky being so blue and says it is hard to imagine the world being destroyed on a day like this. Shinoa says that is hard to believe. Yu mentions that this road (the Tomei Expressway) goes to the Hakone hot springs and asks Kimizuki for confirmation. Kimizuki says he does not know because he did not grow up in Tokyo. When Yu teases him for not knowing where they are going despite being the driver, Kimizuki tells Yu to drive instead. Yu responds eagerly.||Kimizuki asks about where they are going, and Shinoa jokes about the Hakone hot springs.|
|Yoichi spots three horsemen up ahead. Kimizuki says he can probably dodge around them, but Mitsuba says they cannot turn or break suddenly since army vehicles are too valuable to wreck. When Yoichi volunteers to kill them, Yu insists on doing it instead and jumps to kill them himself.||There are many more horsemen, and Kimizuki has to swerve around them. They were not spotted in time. Yu jumps out later. No one says anything about wrecking army vehicles.|
|After they pick up Yu 10 minutes after ditching him, Shinoa greets him by calling him a "pretty lady." She asks if he needs a lift, and he swears he is going to kill her someday. Mitsuba begins scolding Yu about hotheads leaving their team behind, and Yu accepts the scolding until the two girls confess they just ditched him because it was funny. Kimizuki throws the keys to Yu and begins teaching him how to drive because Yu is "extra annoying" when he is bored. When Yu cheers that he is going to bust out his mad driving skills, Kimizuki says he is going to drive safely first. Yu amends his statement by saying he will bust out his safe driving skills and get them there a-okay. Shinoa and Mitsuba acquire robotic expressions and tell Yu to start the engine and get them away quickly. He pauses before driving away and leaving Kimizuki in their dust. Kimizuki draws his swords and summons Kiseki-o's power. As the girls jeer at him, he reaches the jeep and holds his swords at their throats. When they comment that girls will not like him if he behaves like that, he states that he has never given two craps if either of them like him. Yoichi welcomes him back. Suddenly, the girls state this was all Yoichi's idea in the first place.||Not shown. Yu does not drive.|
|After Yu asks Kimizuki about his driving skills, Shinoa briefs them on their mission. Shinoa says that the rest of the Moon Demon Company consists of highly cooperative team players with incredible teamwork. Yu and Kimizuki say they must be mature and responsible people who would never do things like prank their teammates by leaving them behind.||Not shown.|
|Guren enters the rest stop with Shigure and Sayuri.||Guren stands outside while they talk.|
|Ichinose Squad chats more inside of the rest stop. When Goshi tries to get Guren to command Shigure and Sayuri to wear bikinis, Guren asks what the point of swimsuits is and states that the ocean is filled with acid rain. Goshi talks about the ocean not being the only place to wear bikinis and points out that his magazine is the Christmas issues. When Goshi brings up love hotels, Guren tells him to shut up. Twice.||The conversation is much shorter.|
|The engine on the sports car Shinya picked up is covered with sound-muffling tags because it was so loud it kept attracting horsemen. When Guren reminds him that this is a stealth mission, Shinya says he revved the engine just for him. Guren calls the car a "pointless waste" and says it is set so low that it cannot even drive up shallow steps.||The tags are not present. Shinya does not make any comment about the horsemen. They do not chat about the car.|
|Guren gives some words of encouragement while standing on top of the sports car. Shinya and Goshi make fun of him for it, so Guren attacks Goshi. Embarrassed, Guren then demands a different stage for his speech later.||Guren does not stand on top of the sports car and is not teased for it.|
|When Shinoa Squad arrives late, Kimizuki says he will sell Mitsuba and Shinoa out immediately. When Yu asks if they are going to sneak in the back, Shinoa plans to sneak in from the front so they can avoid being caught. Her squad informs her they will definitely be caught.||Not shown. The anime picks up when they are sneaking behind the other soldiers.|
|Yu says his squad is late because he was learning how to drive.||Yu says his squad is late because he killed some horsemen on the way.|
|After Guren's speech, Shigure passes out the official orders for each squad.||Not shown. It is implied that Shigure passes out the official orders after the mock battle.|
|Only Shinoa and Mitsuba insist they should be the ones punished.||All of the squad members want to attend Yu's punishment with him for "collective responsibility."|
|Shigure makes an ultra-serious expression when summoning Yu and says that the lieutenant colonel is furious.||Not shown.|
|Yu chats with Guren and Ichinose Squad more. Guren asks if Yu's squad is feeling like family, and Guren says he likes his new attitude. He says the only thing that used to be on Yu's mind was revenge. Shinya asks what Guren thinks of his squad and asks if they are his family. Goshi joins Shinya in teasing Guren, and Guren eventually orders Sayuri to "shut Goshi up." She sends him flying across the room after Goshi requests a headlock. When Yu asks Guren if those people are Guren's friends, Guren confirms it. When Yu is the one to ask if they are family, Guren hesitates before asking if he really has to say it out loud. Shinya teases him. Mito reveals they have been partnered with Guren since they were fifteen years old. Yu realizes they were together for nine years and asks why they would be in a squad before the world was destroyed. Since they were older than thirteen then, Yu also asks how they survived the virus. Sayuri says she already taught him about that in class and says they used a vaccine. Yu realizes that Sayuri is his teacher. He also realizes that Shinya was with Kureto. When Shinya asks if Yu has improved, Yu says he could probably win this time. Shinya says he is adorable when he acts tough, just like Guren at his age. Mito asks Guren who Yu is and says it is strange he would let a subordinate talk to him like that. Guren orders Yu to be more respectful. Shinya asks Guren to be more respectful during meetings and says he has to smooth things over afterward. Guren tells Shinya to return to Shibuya since he is a nuisance, but Shinya says Guren wants him there.||The scene is drastically shortened. Yu recognizes Shinya quickly.|
|Goshi starts an illusion of a naked Yu crying with a set of thin bricks on top of his folded legs. Yu is embarrassed, and Guren orders Goshi to make the illusion beg for his mommy. Goshi makes the illusion beg for his mommy and keep saying that he peed his pants. Yu is mortified and asks Guren to stop. Guren calls the illusion a perfect representation. Shinoa Squad dashes in, and Shinoa quickly notices that this is an illusion. She cuts through it.||Only Shinoa Squad's reaction is shown. The illusion shows Yu tied up over a burning flame and screaming about the heat.|
|When Guren challenges Shinoa Squad to a mock battle, Mito is says they need to remind those rookies of their place. When Shinya comments about Shinoa Squad having three Black Demons present, Mito is alarmed. Shinya says they will look impressive if they win.||Not shown.|
|Everyone goes outside for the mock battle. Kimizuki points out Guren has detailed reports on everything they can do, but they do not know anything about them. Yu says Shinya uses a gun. Shinoa orders Yoichi to handle Shinya but says he also uses a Black Demon. Shinoa explains her ability is to detect anything that comes within the attack radius of her scythe, and she will take out anything Yoichi fails to shoot down. Mitsuba explains that her axe can spawn multiple weak demons and attack with them, but they are only good for decoys. Shinoa makes a large circle with her scythe and orders them to stay within that circumference. Yu and Kimizuki do not have time to explain their abilities. Guren, Mito, and Shinya come out, attracting a crowd excited for some rookie hazing.||The battle is inside, and Shinoa had more time to carefully give out orders. They also have time to station themselves inside the rest stop. However, no one's abilities are explained, and the detailed plan is not given.|
|Mito wears standard white gloves. She punches through Mitsuba's decoy demons easily.||Mito wears gloves with orbs on the back to fight in.|
|The mock battle is faster and more decisive. Kimizuki does not have the opportunity to fight Guren.||The battle takes some more time. Kimizuki fights against Guren, but Yu soon has to take Kimizuki's place.|
|Shinya opens the fight by using a special attack with Byakkomaru. He shoots in one direction, and the tiger appears behind the location where he shot. This catches Yoichi and Kimizuki off-guard and makes them watch their backs for the rest of the battle. At the end, Shinya explains that he can only use that attack once, but Shinoa Squad was unable to regroup after it.||Shinya opens up the battle by firing a tiger downstairs. It attacks all of the locations where Shinoa Squad is hiding. Shinya neither uses nor explains his special shot.|
|No vehicles are involved.||During the mock battle, Guren ends up cutting the sports car in half, which Shinya says is cruel.|
|The explosion tag never actually explodes.||The tag bursts into a plume of smoke on Yu's face.|
|Only Mitsuba is sent to the ground by the end of the mock battle. Yoichi and Kimizuki jump in to attack Guren too late, and he says their squad is already done for.||Yoichi, Kimizuki, and Mitsuba all end up on the ground by the end of the mock battle.|
|Guren introduces Shinoa Squad as sixteen-year-old newbies. Since Yu tricked Narumi earlier into think Yu was twenty, Narumi becomes irritated and scolds them. Narumi Squad encountered Yu, Kimizuki, and Yoichi earlier, and Narumi introduced them.||Guren only introduces them as newbies. All of the age jokes are left out.|
|After the mock battle, Shinoa Squad discusses their loss with Ichinose Squad. After chatting with Narumi, who reminds them to pack their diapers, they talk about the upcoming battle and their teamwork. When Shigure orders everyone to form up into their groups, Yu talks to the sky and says they are headed to Mika.||Not shown. Only Yu says he is thinking of how to win next time.|
|Narumi Squad and Shinoa Squad already knew they were going to work together once they received their assignment from Shigure.||Guren rearranges the squads to have Shinoa Squad and Narumi Squad work together after Narumi complains about trusting the newbies.|
|Lacus chases a girl who trips, and he lifts her to his mouth to take a sip of her blood but accidentally kills her. Mika desires blood and says this means he is no longer human. Mika says he thought Lacus said they do not kill livestock. Lacus says he enjoys drinking blood so much that he forgets to stop before his prey dies. Lacus says that city guards like them only have the chance to drink from the source while outside. Mika says he does not need any, and Lacus comments on Mika's teeny appetite. When Lacus tells this to René, René says it is fine as long as he does his job, which is currently herding livestock to take as presents to Nagoya.||Lacus intentionally kills a child, and Mika does not say anything about it. Mika's thoughts are not shown. City guards are not mentioned, and René is not shown at all in this episode. The conversation is much shorter. Mika says he does not desire blood, and Lacus does not believe it.|
|Not shown and never took place.||Mika has a flashback of Krul saying "that day" will come before he goes mad over his thirst.|
|When Mika is struggling with pain from thirst, Lacus approaches him again and tries to convince him to take a sip. He says the nobles in Nagoya have different laws, so they probably will not be free to drink. At this point, Mika says he is not interested in human blood, and Lacus asks what he is interested in.|
|When Mika attacks a young girl, Lacus smiles and says that Mika will drink after all. However, Mika freezes when he hears that. A hooded vampire tells him to be quick. They have their quota of humans and need to take them to Nagoya. When Mika releases her, she runs crying to her elder brother, who is also very young. The hooded vampires ask if Mika will drink anything, and Mika tells them no.||The girl does not cry much or say anything about her brother. No one says anything to Mika.|
|After the chopper leaves, René says it is time for the three of them to head to Nagoya as well. Mika reflects on not being human anymore and has a discontinued thought beginning about him waiting at least until he rescues Yu from those humans.||Not shown.|
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