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Angel Densetsu  
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Description
The story is of Kitano Seiichirou, a very kind and pure-hearted young man, with a horrifying, monstrous face. People being what they are, they think he's a terrifying delinquent, and there are plenty of chance misunderstandings (coupled with Kitano's convenient inability to understand what's happening around him) that propel him into the position of "school guardian", a.k.a. head thug on campus.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Легенда об ангеле
エンジェル伝説
冷面天使
Legend of an Angel

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.84 (end) by Manga-Sketchbook (2403d ago)
v.15 c.83 by Manga-Sketchbook (2411d ago)
v.15 c.82 by Manga-Sketchbook (2418d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Ends at Vol 1, Chap 6

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Angel Densetsu by SiLNeT
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5 topics, 75 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1938 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.86 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 14th 2014, 1:19pm PST

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Year
1992

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Licensed (in English)
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Monthly Pos #164 decreased(-15)
3 Month Pos #149 decreased(-13)
6 Month Pos #134 (No change)

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On 1127 reading lists
On 1162 wish lists
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Romance? 425 days, 18 hours, 17 minutes ago
Favorite character 457 days, 1 hours, 45 minutes ago
who can possibly hate this manga? 560 days, 10 hours, 47 minutes ago
Angel Densetsu, have some hopes of an Anime? 711 days, 1 hours, 36 minutes ago
Who would you have chosen? 2206 days, 23 hours, 27 minutes ago

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Close to perfection. Or at least, would have been...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Re1Mu2R3
September 20th, 2009, 9:42am
I read through the first chapter of this manga about a year ago then stopped. I thought it was hilarious but then you guessed it, the art along with how bad I felt for Kitano diverted my attention to other manga, mostly ecchi and mainstream stuff. Having read reviews, I finally convinced myself that this manga might be worth reading so I finally gave it a shot.

First let's talk about art. The art in the first two volumes were honestly mediocre but it gets a lot better. In the 3rd - 9th volumes it looks a bit like Slam Dunk or any other 90's manga. Then finally in the 10th to 15th volumes the author finally had his distinct style. The backgrounds were very detailed and awesome.

Now to talk about the plot. I would easily classify this manga to be more of comedy and romance before fighting mainly because it tells the story of Kitano and the town rather than the typical "protagonist-wants-to-be-the-strongest-bastard-in-the-whole-neighborhood/world" plot.
I don't know if it's the author's style or something but the author doesn't really use the common chibi or SD to emphasive funny scenes; you can't really know what to make out of a scene until you read the dialog.
As for the romance and slice of life part, I'm speechless. It's just pure brilliant. Excellent character development. Great scenarios. Chapters 76-78 are worth reading the whole manga for.

For it's plot though, it would have been great for a weekly digest, shame, it only ran in monthly. What I like about most in this manga is the concept of "the guardian of the school" which in the first half of the manga is defined to be simply the strongest bastard in the school. By the next half Kitano had redefined the term. Although not in physical appearance and strength; by heart, you could say that he really deserved the title more than anyone. Cheesy as it may sound, you can also learn a lot about this manga. I'm sure I did.

Although the ending was good, it's a shame though that this manga had to end so soon. But I'm also glad that the story didn't decline like most mainstream manga these days. This manga without a doubt deserves a 10.
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Great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Rafaelaboy80
January 9th, 2009, 9:06pm
One of the most hilarious manga i've probably read ever. Funny character but some characters might get annoying at times. The art is really bad at first but its starts to get better later on since this is one of the authors first manga series.This manga is one of those gems series that the comedy and plot never gets old even though it more then a decade old already. A must read.
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Dont get put of by the art/synopsis!   
Rating: N/A
by Jhono1
December 2nd, 2008, 1:08am
Let me start by saying that I was put off a long long time by that picture on the top, that and the fact that the synopsis did not catch my eye, at all. I'm sorry having finished all 15 volumes in one go, that it didn't. The first part was pure brilliance, the gags had me laughing every chapter. The misunderstandings and the situations the protagonist got into was also brilliant, the fun just kept bombarding me relentlessly. Some of the best stuff I've read in a manga to this day actually.

Then something happened, it started to slow down, the plot in the middle albums got less and less funny. The same joked were repeated one time to much really. It more or less degraded into an normal (albeit good) high school comedy, but it's still far cry from the first 6 or 7 volumes.

It did redeem itself during the final two volumes though, those were great. The were really well made. The ending didn't suck for once, which made me happy. smile


Does this manga deserve a 10? The answer is simply, no it doesn't. Very very few mangas does, the ratings on this site is in my opinion hugely inflated. It is not a good thing when people gives away 10's to each and every manga, they happen like at the moment.

Still the first part was hands down, amazing. And it was really nice to watch the authors/artists growth during the series. To bad he couldn't keep the steam up for all 15 volumes though, story wise. sad I really have no complaints about the art, it fit the manga perfectly, even if I don't consider it great by any means.

So all in all, an 8. Would actually have considered giving this a 10 if he could have kept going all the way though, and not got the slump in the middle.
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Wonderful   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Geese1
October 9th, 2008, 4:56pm
This was on my "Wish List" for the longest time, yet for some reason, the description never sounded appealing enough for me to actually pull the trigger and download it. Finally, one day when I was all caught up on my current series, and looking for something to pass the time, I decided to go ahead and give it a shot.

All I can say is I'm so sorry I waited as long as I did, as Angel Densetsu is easily one of the most enjoyable manga series I've ever read!

Where to start... I guess the most enjoyable thing for me were the characters. While Kitano is fairly one dimensional, it's all the people around him, and how they all react and interact with one another that is at the real heart of this story. No matter how large the cast eventually becomes, I don't think there was a single character that I didn't find interesting and enjoyable, and it was fantastic to see them evolve and grow over the course of the 15 volumes.

The plot is fairly basic, and I can see where there could be some complaints on how the story gets repetitive. It's a valid comment, as the same themes are repeated over and over with only minor tweaks to change it up. However, for me at least, I always found each new story fresh and enjoyable, and I looked forward to each and every upcoming chapter. A lot of this goes back to the great characters I mentioned earlier, but if you really take the time to look you can see how the plot really does evolve over time. It's subtle, and you often don't notice it until something comes up to actually bring it to your attention, but it's there none-the-less.

Also evolving is the artwork. To be perfectly honest, I didn't have a problem with it even in the earliest volumes. As a matter of fact, I think that the rougher style really helped to bring out the "horror" aspect of Kitano's visage, which actually was softened up quite a bit as the series progressed. Overall though, the art style improves dramatically until by the end it is not only quite distinctive, but very, very good.

So if you've got any interest in the genres, or are just looking for a good manga in general; one that will make you cheer and laugh out loud all at the same time; one that can easily switch between a sweet romance to an action packed fight scenes (oftentimes on the same page); and one that has a great message that never feels heavy handed, than Angel Densetsu is for you.

Truthfully, I can't think of anything I would change about this. It's perfect in every way, which is why it deserves the highest rating I can possibly give it.
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Through to my heart.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by WithinTemptation
December 9th, 2010, 11:29am
It was about 20 minutes ago that i finished reading this manga and the truth is that it almost made me cry. I will be honest when i say that if you look down my 'currently reading' list you'l see one hell of a lot of manga all with one thing in common and that is the art. It would also be a lie if i said i dont judge a book by its cover, as all the manga im refering to in that list follows the Negima and Rosario + Vampire style of drawing, the furthest from it being series such as Bleach and Naruto. But as i continued to search through the Baka Updates Manga database one series continued to crop up, ticking all the boxes i was looking for, Angel Densetsu, and after putting it off a couple of times due to my first impresion of the art i decided to give it a go. I was hooked from chapter one. Sorry if i have lost you with my rambling alredy but there is one very important thing i have to get across, and that is the amount of emotion and geniune heart that is put into this series. I dont know if any of you know the songs Soothsayer by Buckethead or The Ministry of Lost Souls by Dream Theater but this manga brings forth the same feelings within me as these songs, a sort of mix between happy and sad, something that realy makes you contemplate life and the world we live in and relate it to the charcters in the story. This series has realy made me learn one thing and that is definately do not judge a book by its cover.

On a less serious/preachy note this manga is also funny as hell and i would definately reccomend it. Thanks for reading this, i hope it inspires some of you to read this series.
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Looking past the initial artwork...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by XileDragon
March 22nd, 2008, 1:38am
Think there's better out there? Who're you trying to kid? Look, let's not fool ourselves here, the artwork is sub par. But what gives? I mean, when I get complete and utter satisfaction from both its comedy (unique and various types of humor, by the way) and heartwarming moments (very touching, really makes you smile), I couldn't care less for the rest.

The story starts out with a punch, relying on the same concept over and over again to keep things funny and entertaining (Kitano's face getting himself in ridiculous situations). Just when this starts getting somewhat repetitive, the plotline starts unveiling and the main characters start developing some nice chemistry with each other. I especially enjoyed Takehisa and Ikuno's side comments whenever they were present in the later volumes. They are simply hilarious, made me laugh the whole way.

The one thing that stands out in Angel Densetsu is its main cast of characters. They are funny, likeable and entertaining. They are all quite eccentric in different ways, but they complement each other well. And most of all, they all evolve throughout the story: some open up emotionally, some develop feelings for each other, some learn to accept differences, and all of them learn something new from being together. These seemingly mundane day-to-day occurrences really endeared me to the characters, making me feel like I was there with them the whole way, watching them grow as human beings.

While reading the manga, I originally pegged it as a 9/10 because it doesn't have the most complex of plots nor the most beautiful of artworks, but after finishing it, I simply have to give it a 10. Someone said it before, you really won't find a more enjoyable and satisfying manga out there, and that includes its fantastic ending.

Now it's fully scanlated, so I don't see why anyone would deprive themselves of this classic manga. If you're still delaying it, listen to me: GO READ ANGEL DENSETSU RIGHT NOW!! (oh and did I mention, same mangaka as Claymore!! although very different in nature)

... Last updated on March 22nd, 2008, 1:50am
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I should stop judging by cover art.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GreenToes
June 29th, 2013, 7:09pm
Really, I put this off for a total of 8 months because the cover art looked sketchy and bad. I regret all 8 months. If you're like me and you're doing the same thing, read this manga. It's great. smile
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Amazing...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by nail80
May 4th, 2009, 2:23am
The fact that i registered solely to comment on this manga proves that it makes an impact.
Yesterday i finished reading Angel Densetsu and i felt completely satisfied, it's a shame i can only give this a 10, it deserves much more.
With shame i say that i only got to it the second time around because i backed away at first because of the art in the first volume.
Angel Densetsu is the one manga that actually made me laugh out loud, no other accomplished that so far. The situations it presents are ridiculous, funny and heartwarming. The characters are funny and lovable. The lesson it teaches is a most valuable one and one that we should never forget. Yes, despite this being a comedy it has educational value.
While in my first attempt i found the art style to be horrible, it actually gets much, much better and i find it to be fitting for the art to be different on a manga wich is based around appearences.
While in middle volumes things start to lose it's hilarious edge, it gains in heartwarming moments while still maintaining the funny aspect, and the ending...oh the ending was just perfect. Usually i'm not very fond of endings because they take away something i've experienced throughout the stories, but this one was delivered beautifully.
Kitano, satan's right hand man, the indestructible murdering rage in human skin, is truly one great guy bigrazz
Sorry i just had to say it ahaha.

Truly a great manga, i recomend it to anyone.

... Last updated on May 4th, 2009, 2:25am
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Forget the artwork--this is the real deal   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Daedalus
September 24th, 2006, 11:07pm
I cannot contain my excitement! This manga is fantastic...words that I would never use for manga--- "sweet, funny and genuine". Most manga are action yarns and or pure fantasy but this is one of those rare stories that is simply just good. Full of heart and actually funny for western audiences. Knowing that the manga ka did this 1st and then has created another excellent manga in Claymore is thrilling..stop reading and download volume one now. The artwork is raw but story is amazing.
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Fantastic Manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
August 30th, 2013, 5:50am
Easily one of the funniest and sweetest highschool manga I've read. As a fan of delinquent manga, it was especially enjoyable to read a 'reverse delinquent' manga, as it were, seeing as the entire premise is that the main character's natural appearance makes him look like the worst delinquent spawn of satan villain to exist on God's earth, while his true character is that of an angel - hence the title. It's quite similar to Waratte! Sotomura-san in this single sense, in that everything the protagonist does is misread and reinforces their delinquent image despite the intentions. Unlike Waratte! Sotomura-san, which is a 4-koma gag manga on this premise, Angel Densetsu is a full monthly-issue-chapter-size slice of life manga.

This manga has come under a little criticism for the quality of its art, and I can kinda see where they're coming from if they were only talking about the first chapter or the first volume. But the art markedly improves over the course of the manga, to the point that it is clearly recognizable as the same mangaka who created Claymore (for it is he) by the latter stages, I would argue even as early as vol. 5.

Beside that, most people can get over bad art for a good story (case in point - the people that read ONE's original webcomic of Onepunch-Man), and this is a pretty good story. The repetition of "different people see Kitano's face, overreact at his terrifying visage and do stupid things" could get old quickly for some people, but it's a joke that is spun differently with every new person so that it keeps fresh, and soon enough, an assembly of different characters each funny in their own way come together around him and comedy, friendship, characters and relationships develop as naturally as if it was always meant to be like that.

To quote/paraphrase the author - "I'd prefer if people didn't read this as a manga called Angel Densetsu that some guy drew, but as peering into the world of Hekikuu town, a sunny place with little rain, full of silly people who act out silly little events".

If that was his goal, he has succeeded beyond doubt. And drew a darn funny manga called Angel Densetsu in the process.

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As for the ending, it gave more closure than most manga manage to be honest, the obvious parallels between Kitano/Ryoko as a couple and the backstory of Kitano's parents serve as fairly blatant forshadowing for their fate at the very least. Then there's the chemistry between Ikuno and Takehisa, which has the potential to be something more than rivalry, and then Kuroda had that one moment of gallantry with "Ryoko's Friend A", Ikuko so... that could, potentially develop to a possibility of them getting closer in a non-descript manner...

In the end the main couple get together, while the others memebers' relationships are left to intrepertation, which is good enough for a comedy manga that doesn't actually focus on romance. Ties it up better than quite a few other manga I could name at least :p


... Last updated on August 30th, 2013, 6:08am
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