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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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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.
my number one all time favorite manga ever
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.
has one of the best illustartion ever! super cool story!
Gripping but convoluted and heartbreaking
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
One of my most treasured mangas
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.
I assume when Yuki Kaori drew this manga she did it with the intention of shocking the audience. Throughout the whole manga every taboo is mentioned, from incest to crossdressing... I have to admit it did put me off a little at first... and I say only a little, because personally the story drew me in so much I couldn't stop reading, and was sadly disappointed when it ended. The artwork got better as the story went on, so was very nice to look at. The only real problem I had with this manga was sometimes so complicated I had to go back and ead certain parts to catch up to what I was reading then and there.
I'd provide a summary, but looks like it has been done for me, so all I have left to say is... read it!
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
i felt like reading the bible after this...
i wholeheartedly agree with zeusosphere....i will never in my entire life re read this manga...it was 1. super confusing 2.i am sorry i hated the Setsuna/Sara relationship....
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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...
I'd rate it 11 if I could :S
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.
I liked it. ^^
Angel Sanctuary's art is great but like all of Kaori Yuki's stuff, the plot can be a bit twisted and isn't going to be for everyone. If you can get past the incest plotline between Setsuna and his sister at the beginning, you're going to find yourself with plotlines that involve a whole lot of religious blasphemy that only seems to increase. The themes of this one are too mature for the fact that Viz released it in the US as being just "shojo" manga without any shrink wrap.