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From Viz: The angel Alexiel loved God, but she rebelled against Heaven when she saw how disgracefully the other angels were behaving. She was finally captured, and as punishment sent to Earth to live an endless series of tragic lives. She now inhabits the body of Setsuna Mudo, a troubled teen in love with his sister Sara. Setsuna's misery mirrors the chaos among the angels, and their combined passions threaten to destroy both Heaven and Earth.
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After quite a long reading with 2-3 breaks I finally managed to complete this series. First of all I'll point out that I'm not a shoujo reader. This is only a second shoujo series that I read (first one being Haou Airen which I hated) and I guess I somewhat liked it.
Well, to start with, the first thing that catches your eye when you start reading is of course the art. I really appreciate that this manga didn't had a typical shoujo artwork for that would surely be a huge let down. Art is beautiful, detailed and rich and it appeals to you in away.
First, to make a remark that I really liked this story epic factor. It really kept me going from a volume to a volume. I didn't like very much that whole romantic aspect and it felt a little boring after a while but that's my personal taste. If you read plot description for this one you will notice that whole setting and war between heaven and hell, good and evil would also fit for some shounen title, just add more fighting scenes and you're close. But the focus of the story is on main character Setsuna and the love he has for his sister. So if you problem with incest in this title stay away from it. The rest of you will surely notice another aspect of the story upon reading. I am talking about the plot gets very complicated with time. This manga is surely the most confusing title I have read so far, so this is the second obstacle for someone trying to finish it. I can see a lot of people reading this and wondering what the hell is going on. But still you should have no major trouble to hold on to this series until the very end.
Oh, the ending. I'll just say that if you're reading this manga and think "Oh this is so confusing", wait till you reach the end. When the story starts to unravel, half the time you'll be asking yourself what the hell is going on. By this time you will probalbly hold on till the very end as you will have only like 2 volumes left.
Now, another point that I would like to make is that the author of this manga obviously lost herself couple of times while making this. If you read carefully you will notice slight dyssynchrony of the beginning and the later volumes. Couple of changes made to the story later on, caused for this series to have plot holes, inconsistencies and some rather illogical developments. For me, this is quite bothersome, but most of you probably wouldn't even notice these things.
The character in this manga are many, and what's especially confusing is that bunch of minor one's often make a comeback after a shit load of volumes. As for the major characters I found a great deal of them unintresting and boring. I could only connect with a few of them like Setsuna, Kira, Rociel, Sevotharte and Zaphikel.
To cut this short, the rating I give to this one is based solely on my personal tastes. Shoujo fan will probably give this a higher rating. Still I found this manga entertaining enough to carry on with the reading till the end and I do not regret this. So be sure to give this one a go in the near future, presuming you already haven't.
10 out of 10
This is the best manga I have ever read. Finaly something different in the manga world.
The plot is interesting , drawings awesome ... WoW
Exhausting! but kinda Good
Really Exhausting!!! Parts that make tired is part love between Sara with Setsuna. It was very very tiring! Strange and obscure origins! Not that I hated Sibling Love/incest, but the manga is different. Forbidden love between Setsuna and Sara was very strange!
I didn't tell the story in this manga all bad. There are quite a lot of good parts. As various scenes where Setsuna becomes very soft, like his old self. Section where he helped many people. Or cry because they feel guilty.
My favorite part is where Setsuna looks very very sweet, pretty, and cute! Where he looks strong and soft. Although he was a guy, but I liked him on that one.
Okay, it's enough to be recommended!!
My first ever horror fantasy manga
I liked that it wasn't actually incest in the end (but some kind of weird shoujo-ai? lol) Not planning to spoil anything, but if you only refuse to read this because it says "incest", you will miss out on a lot.
Angel Sanctuary combines various myths with the horror element.
Some parts are very confusing, some motives and goals not really clear.
My favourite part was the Raphael-Sara one ^.^ Though it ended quite....
I really liked the beginning and I thought this had great potential. I picked this because I heard it was similar to a favorite manga of mine called Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru. And it was, the beginning at least.
At first it started simple, without any confusion. I can tell that until volume 5, it was an 8/10 for me. I was excited to continue, but as the story proceeded, I lost interest and it became super confusing. I couldn't even take some things seriously... The manga has shounen-ai tones, rape and incest. Still, I didn't mind, but I felt bored of the story later. It was all about SetsunaxSara love and it was getting ridiculous at times. I was expecting something more intriguing. I know it is a romance title, but I didn't like the certain relationship. Also, I detected a few plot holes that were never explained.
I didn't like any of the characters. Setsuna was a mediocre character, being all obsessed with Sara and Sara was just... Super annoying. As for the others, many of them are not memorized that well, especially on the beginning. The author keeps introducing new characters without being able to remember the past ones.
Many male characters look like girls and I never liked Yuki Kaori's artwork, personally. She makes all of her characters so similar.
Too bad, it disappointed me. Also, if you are a Christian, you will be very offended by the content, because it introduce Angels as the bad guys.
I Love This Manga
This manga has amazing art as well as great dialogue and an amazing and original story. Sure it gets a little weird and can be confusing at times but I would definitely recommend this to anyone. If you can get past the whole incest thing it's one of the best mangas you'll ever read.
I don't know why but for the life of me I just could not get into this manga. I really have no idea why. I read a lot of shoujo, supernatural, romance, etc etc, I really usually find stories involving angels like the ones in AS pretty interesting. But I read the first 8 volumes and just could NOT get interested in it. It took me at least a week to read those first 8 volumes when if I was actually interested I'd have probably read at least that far in the first day. It was a struggle to keep reading and eventually just got completely pushed aside by other manga and finally 3 weeks later I've realized I have no interest in going back to it. I wish I had something specific to say I didn't like about it, but considering it sounds exactly like something I should enjoy, I really can't pin down what about it I couldn't take.
A very intersting story that shows demons and angels in a different yet realistic light. For its 20 volumes it isnt long breathing in the least. It seems the whole plot was planned out from the beginning. everywhere are plottwists, drama, new encounters, old connections and interesting outturns. An artistic master piece. Its one of those titles you are not allowed to miss if you are into manga.
Disturbing but Nice
Another twisty, angsty, dark and disturbing manga from Kaori Yuki. This manga is very long, with part questioning sexuality and social stigma. That being said, it is one of my favorite manga.
Kaori Yuki has a very lovely art style, it feels gothic but shiny. The characters and setting are all illustrated with extreme attention of detail. The outfits vary from simple to extravagant with fantasy and rock music inspiration(?).
The plot does get a bit confusing at times but is a general get from point A to point B and save the princess sort of thing. There are many subplots/backstories going on during the main plot that are quite interesting to read. I didn't really like the use of "forbidden love", but it's not done badly, there was no choking at the level of clichés used because they were well incorporated to the plot with adjustments and twists. The main character and many of the supporting characters have good development and motivations; especially the main ones, that seem to go through a continuous chain of events without rest and come out leaving a much different impression than what I first thought of them. The plot may be lost at times in a sea of subplots but it always manages to rise back to the main focus.
Overall the art is beautiful, the character are well rounded and the plot is interesting and (for the most part) appropriately complex.