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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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Associated Names
Обитель ангелов
Angel Sanctuary

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-6 by Narciss Scans (3134d ago)
v.20 by Omanga & Hawks (4116d ago)
v.19 by Omanga & Hawks (4116d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 20

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Angel Sanctuary by Cinnamon

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (687 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.03 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 15th 2016, 12:55pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #660 increased(+47)
6 Month Pos #699 increased(+27)

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Loved it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by TwilightSchism
October 29th, 2009, 11:52pm
Some people might complain that the plot was confusing or that it veered off topic, but I thought it gave the story a realistic quality. Life is never as simple as a storybook plot, but I think this manga did a good job showing how in a big picture its the little things that are important.
The beginning and ending weren't that great but the entire story was awesome because of the character development.I loved the madhatter and the story of Alexiel and Lucifer.
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my number one all time favorite manga ever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by p00k
December 31st, 2006, 11:57pm
fantastic art - first few volumes are okay, but later volumes are just beautiful.
epic setting - earth, heaven, and hell, filled with monsters, angels and demons.
diverse cast - characters that you can really cheer for, sympathize with, cry for, or absolutely hate.
deep plot - complex interesting even after several read-throughs, not predictable, well paced and rarely stagnant (i thought it was intriguing right from the start).
and of course, a solid ending that feels justified without seeming too convenient.

i've heard people complain about the length, but at 20 volumes, i find it long enough to have some meat to it, but not so long as to feel old or repetitive. plot can get a bit complicated at times, so it's not a quick read - you can't really just skim through. a few more mature themes may not appeal to some, but i loved it.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Jayof9s
May 25th, 2007, 8:15am
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.
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Rating: N/A
by lipad
November 16th, 2005, 4:12am
has one of the best illustartion ever! super cool story!
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Gripping but convoluted and heartbreaking   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by zeusosphere
March 23rd, 2010, 2:34pm
This was the first manga I ever read online... because I had access to paper copies up to the 19th volume or something and it was impossible to stop there.

... Then I finished it and swore never to touch it again.

Mind, this is only my personal taste. Angel Sanctuary has a gripping but immensely convoluted plot, plenty of taboo subjects, and in-depth characterization. It's not bad at all, just hard on the heart.

... plus, my favourite character was Lucifer... >___> and, mind you, that's a very good argument for never reading the series again.

... Last updated on March 23rd, 2010, 2:35pm
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Bjango
September 7th, 2006, 6:34pm
One thing I will say is that I really liked the art. Buuuut... that's about all I really liked about Angel Sanctuary. The characters weren't very memorable for me, and the plot was unnecesarily confusing at times. Also... the incest just wasn't really believable for me. In general, I didn't really care for this manga. If you're looking for something dark and fantastical, I'd go check out something cooler like "Death Note" or "20th Century Boys."

... Last updated on September 7th, 2006, 6:40pm
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i felt like reading the bible after this...   
Rating: N/A
by Da Red One
March 25th, 2010, 5:23pm
i wholeheartedly agree with zeusosphere....i will never in my entire life re read this was
1. super confusing
2.i am sorry i hated the Setsuna/Sara relationship....
Spoiler (highlight to view)
i honestly wanted Sara to STAY dead...she was annoying

3. I loved Kira...
4. It was just too much...
i put this on hold for 2 years...and i am glad i did...i finally picked it up again as a Freshmen in college...and i still think it is God awful...but i'm glad to cross this one off the list...great art...miserable plot...and KIRA....and like Yuki Kaori's other works...full of angst and tragedy...heavy on the Tragedy...
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by cyttonmyface
August 30th, 2008, 12:11pm
The biblical text itself can probably tell a more interesting tale. borrowing the concept of angels and twisting it way out of context can probably make this a bit less desirable read for those who are religious. it's an interesting manga but unfortunately, that is all it amounts to. Theres nothing fantastic about it as the plot centers on a fallen or condemned angel who loves his twin sister. taboo love story is a common occurrence for a manga plot these days. if i were to sum up this manga in 1 word, it would be "quaint". i would say its still a good story to read for teenagers but any older, would find this story rather dull and repetitive. giving it a 7 out of 10. and im being rather generous with the points.

... Last updated on August 30th, 2008, 12:14pm
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One of my most treasured mangas   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Lally
May 24th, 2008, 7:42am
OK, I realise this manga may not be for everyone: there's incest, the plot is convoluted, there are about a thousand characters (and some of them look kind of alike). But it's one of my personal favourites. Why? Because I like each and every one of the characters (even Sevy). They're all distinctive and have personalities. I believe in all their motives. Most of all, the plot always has direction and it makes sense (at least to me). Needless to say, the art is beautiful.

Oh, and Sakuya Kira is the hottest thing on paper.
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I'd rate it 11 if I could :S   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lillian
March 11th, 2009, 3:00am
I liked how the heaven was not heavenly at all and partly more rotten than hell that wasn't all bad either.
I can sympathize with most the chars, evil or good - well there's no real evil anyway.
The story is nicely twisted.
Very good fantasy shoujo, best I've read so far.
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