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"Who's Pulling the Strings?" (黒幕はダレダ Kuromaku wa Dare da?) is the twenty-ninth chapter of the Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign manga series, written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto.

Synopsis[]

Thirteenth Progenitor, Crowley Eusford, and his aides, Horn Skuld and Chess Belle, wait for Lieutenant Colonel Guren Ichinose's arrival while the Moon Demon Company regroups after their battles. Guren Squad, Shinoa Squad, and Narumi Squad team up and leave to challenge Crowley, Chess, and Horn.

Sergeant Aiko Aihara of the Moon Demon Company waits for the remaining survivors. When two vampire choppers arrive, she orders them to flee and regroup at Nagoya Airport. After she destroys one helicopter, Lacus Welt, René Simm, and Mikaela Hyakuya jump down and confront her. Mika states he has questions for her.

Characters[]

List of characters in order of appearance:

Summary[]

In Nagoya City Hall, Thirteenth Progenitor Crowley Eusford and his aides wait for Guren to come charging forward to rescue the hostages made out of the Moon Demon Company soldiers. Seventeenth Progenitor Chess Belle drinks too much of one of the hostage's blood, and Horn Skuld points out that Chess just killed him. Horn scolds Chess for her carelessness, but Crowley says one or two hostages do not matter. An array of Moon Demon Company soldiers tied to crosses that are at least a few meters above ground decorate the courtyard outside their office window. Chess calls Horn out on being stuffy, but Crowley says that Chess could do to be a little more serious, too.

Horn asks Crowley what he thinks about the humans attacking a vampire stronghold. Crowley, takes the dead soldier's sword and draws it. He asks Chess to block his swing, and she does but still ends up forming a crater in the wall. She informs him that any weapon is super strong in his hands.

He wonders why the humans are gaining power so quickly and asks if a high-up vampire is giving knowledge to humans. He intentionally cuts his left index finger on the blade and notes that his wound is not healing. When Horn asks to see to his wound, he offers to let her lick the blood from his finger. She blushes, and Chess claims that that is no fair. Horn reminds Chess that she already drink a ton of human blood, so it is her turn now.

On the streets of Nagoya, Shinoa Squad and Narumi Squad wait for the survivors to regroup. Sergeant Aiko Aihara arrives with a bruised, battered, and bleeding face. Kimizuki notes that Aiko Aihara's squad only has seven survivors, so eight of them died. Yu offers to have his squad take watch while hers rests, and she takes him up on it. Guren and his squad come above ground, but they are all worse for the wear. Narumi reports that Shinoa Squad did very well.

Guren orders Shinoa Squad and Narumi Squad to join his squad and hunt down Crowley, Chess, and Horn. Major General Shinya Hīragi asks Guren if he is okay about all of these deaths, and Guren claims he will cry later but not during a mission. Guren orders them to stage an attack on Crowley that will last ten minutes. If they cannot kill him during that time, they will retreat and tackle the next mission with those numbers. Guren orders Aiko to hold position for thirty minutes and pass on orders to any late teams to report to Nagoya Airport. Anyone late is presumed dead.

Half an hour later, five more soldiers limp to their regroup spot. She orders them to flee to Nagoya Airport as two vampire choppers appear overhead, and she claims she will hold them off. She manifests a bow Cursed Gear and fires an arrow at the first chopper, piercing it and making it crash. Three vampires leap out of the remaining one.

Mikaela Hyakuya lands before Aiko and coolly tells her he has questions for her. He no longer appears to have overwhelming thirst.

At this point, only 47/101 of the Moon Demon Company appears to be alive, but only 28 are free while another 19 are hostages. Over half of the Moon Demon Company is presumed to have been killed off, one-fifth of the MDC captured, and only a quarter still mobile. Only 4/10 nobles are confirmed dead; 3/10 are confirmed to be alive, and another 3/10 are currently unknown.

Gallery[]

Image gallery: Who's Pulling the Strings?

Manga panels provide a visual overview of the events of chapter 29 with depictions of the characters, Seraph of the End world and scenarios.

References[]


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Chapters
Volume 1 Chapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3
Volume 2 Chapter 4Chapter 5Chapter 6Chapter 7
Volume 3 Chapter 8Chapter 9Chapter 10Chapter 11
Volume 4 Chapter 12Chapter 13Chapter 14Chapter 15
Volume 5 Chapter 16Chapter 17Chapter 18Chapter 19
Volume 6 Chapter 20Chapter 21Chapter 22Chapter 23
Volume 7 Chapter 24Chapter 25Chapter 26Chapter 27
Volume 8 Chapter 28Chapter 29Chapter 30Chapter 31
Volume 9 Chapter 32Chapter 33Chapter 34Bonus chapter
Volume 10 Chapter 35Chapter 36Chapter 37Chapter 38
Volume 11 Chapter 39Chapter 40Chapter 41Chapter 42Chapter 43
Volume 12 Chapter 44Chapter 45Chapter 46Chapter 47
Volume 13 Chapter 48Chapter 49Chapter 50Chapter 51
Volume 14 Chapter 52Chapter 53Chapter 54Chapter 55
Volume 15 Chapter 56Chapter 57Chapter 58Chapter 59
Volume 16 Chapter 60Chapter 61Chapter 62Chapter 63Bonus chapter
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Volume 19 Chapter 75Chapter 76Chapter 77Chapter 78Chapter 79
Volume 20 Chapter 80Chapter 81Chapter 82Chapter 83Chapter 84
Volume 21 Chapter 85Chapter 86Chapter 87Chapter 88Chapter 89
Volume 22 Chapter 90Chapter 91Chapter 92Chapter 93Chapter 94
Volume 23 Chapter 95Chapter 96Chapter 97Chapter 98
Volume 24 Chapter 99Chapter 100Chapter 101Chapter 102
Volume 25 Chapter 103Chapter 104Chapter 105Chapter 106
Volume 26 Chapter 107Chapter 108Chapter 109Chapter 110
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