English: Angel Sanctuary
Published: Feb 1995 to Feb 2001
Authors: Yuki, Kaori (Story & Art)
Serialization: Hana to Yume
Score: 8.091 (scored by 6839 users)
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Oct 1, 2010
There are two reasons why people put this series down, and many people do. The first is based on the reader's maturity. This is a manga that deals with blood, incest, transgendered issues, rape, homosexuality, religion, and death. I have spoken to several people who's knee jerk reaction to Kaori Yuki's approach on these issues as "ewwwwwwww". To be frank, not every reader is mature enough to read a story that presents these topics in an open minded way.
The second reason is a bit more easy to understand, and that is that In Angel Sanctuary's early volumes, it went through a bit of an identity crisis. While still being excellent and gripping, it also jumps around in it's focal point and doesn't clearly lay the story out for the reader. Volume 1 in particular is guilty of this and leaves one wondering what exactly the focus of the story even is. However, if the reader is willing to work past this, they will find themselves pleasantly surprised.
Angel Sanctuary is divided up into three arcs. The first few volumes are known as the Earth Arc. The middle is the Hell arc. The last leg is known as the heaven arc. These are all based on the primary location of the main character Setsuna. All three shed a different light on Angel Sanctuary's incredibly complex world; from the deadly depths to the hypocritical and morbid politics of heaven.
Beyond our main character, the primary cast of the series consists of about 20 characters, who are all given equal face time, and their own unique backstories. This is part of the elegance of Angel Sanctuary. Normally, such a large cast of characters offers little chance of development, leaving most of the characters as cliche shells for the main character to interact with.
In Angel Sanctuary's case, every single character is touched with perfect detail. They are all given a task or something to overcome, and each of them are given the chance to grow and develop in such a way that you end up caring just as much for the side characters as you do the main character himself.
Most of these characters are incredibly morally ambiguous, and the line between good and evil is absolutely invisible in this manga. Characters that you believe to be good act unforgivably, and characters that may seem like the most horrible monsters in fiction can become great victims. Redemption and corrupted innocence are both major themes that come into play repetitively. This series also raises great questions about the divinity of God and heaven, the origins of evil, and of course, the limitations (or lack there of) of man's love.
This is one series that has the ability to touch just about anybody as long as one is willing to take it on with an open mind. It is bloody and actioned packed, so though it is a shoujo series, it could also easily appeal to men as well as women. Though it has slight faults within it's first few volumes, those are not nearly serious enough to take away from the value of the series as a whole; and even those first few volumes are quite good by manga standards. This is one manga that everybody should take a crack at at least once just to see if they can handle the ride.
Nov 1, 2009
The premise of this series is about a boy(Setsuna) who is a reincarnation of a rebel angel named Alexiel whose crimes against heaven have her reincarnated until the end of time. Each of her lives ends in tragedy until her brother Rosiel is awakened which also in turn drags Setsuna into the middle of things. Confused yet? Just wait, it gets more convulted with political intrigue in Heaven and what is happening in Hell.
The way the story unfolds makes for some interesting characters who are all sympathetic and repulsive in some fashion. Nearly every character has some sort of motivation which will either make him/her hated or loved. So can be said of the side characters.
Setsuna, the main character, is a rather cookie cutter reluctant hero. I found nothing endearing nor did I relate to him. Of course, that could be because of the impossibility of the premise of this series. I found the parts with him as the focus plain boring.
I can also say the same of Setsuna's sister Sara. She was feisty but still couldn't help being the damsel in distress. I will applaud her for being faithful to Setsuna though.
The things that could be taken or left for some readers are the shock-value of the love between Setsuna and Sara who are indeed blood siblings, gender-bending, a bit of a sympathetic Satan, and the fast-paced story which goes from one arc to the next without much of a breather.
Mar 4, 2008
Sep 18, 2009
This manga is similar to Neon Genesis (the whole god, Armageddon thing). yet unlike neon genesis, angel sanctuary actually made me quite quezy and not all that enjoyable (not just because of the whole incest thing). If you do read this be warned
* Also don't watch the Anime, it's a complete mess and misses a whole lot of things (it is only 3 episodes) read more
Feb 27, 2008
Also am not that serious of religious because people who are would hate this story about devils and angels. Its a war between those two. Its like reading from how reality in a different world can be if we saw it.
for other characters, I love almost every minute of it. I laughed and I cried including never know who betrays you that grown to love. I can't say who but you will be surprised. read more
Oct 20, 2009
I picked this up one day because I was curious, the plot seemed a bit strange when I read the back of the book, but I thought I'd give it a try and found that I could not put the book down. I have yet to read something better, but I'm sure there is something out there that will rival my love of this story. read more
Oct 18, 2009
Jan 21, 2009