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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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An Addictive, Delightful Mess
If I have to be unbiased, then it must be said that "Angel Sanctuary" is a convoluted, twisty mess. Yuki Kaori clearly goes with the flow as far as plot development is concerned, and it does make the series at times very difficult to follow, take seriously, or finish. But I still can't help loving "Angel Sanctuary". The characters, with all of their flaws and concerns, are terribly fascinating; the politics and setting of Heaven and Hell are extremely intriguing; and I love the mix of cyberpunk and Judeo-Christian (and Japanese) mythos that forms of the basis of the story. Like any cult series worth it's salt, the reader will either love "Angel Sanctuary" or be unimpressed. And while I see why there are many people who don't care for it, I'm happy to admit that I adore it...about 99.5%.
... Last updated on December 1st, 2008, 8:45pm
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
I didn't like it
Sorry, but I found reading it boring. It has a slow development. Also, that brother/sister love it was kind of sick.
Not really a good manga
The art is unpleasant, panels always show too little - usually a closeup on something or, surprisingly often, a flashback. It also contains a lot of text, and I mean a lot, which, even worse, usually doesn't even properly explain what is going on. I found myself eventually ignoring the insignificant panels - text described everything anyway - and just reading through it and reading and reading until I eventually realized that there isn't anything captivating in this manga. Just shallow characters, a dumb story I couldn't care less about and poor art combined with poor writing.
All in all, I'd say I give this manga 3/10
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First of all, art of this manga is very nice, the proportions and lines are a bit off and messy at times but it stays very constant.
Storywise I think this is one of the best, the incest theme doesn't feel sick to me, later on in the series it gives you a more tolerable explanation to the whole relationship, if you bothered to read and appreciate the story as a whole that is. Infact the theme matched the story quite nicely, the fact that no one in the whole world accepted them makes a huge contrast to Kira's relationship with Setsuna. Kira's actions and what he does for Setsuna, etc, are explained later on, which leads to past and backstories, not only with setsuna but also with his angel's half.
Character developments were the best I've ever read in a manga, everyone of the characters had a perfect ending, like it or not. It didn't feel confusing at all since everything in the manga was explained, hence I think it's pretty perfect. =) One of my favorite manga of all time.
The Bible is NOT Like This!
First off, the Bible is nothing like this. It comes purely from man-made traditions and mythology, misusing the names in the Bible and the identity of all the people in the Bible. In fact, some of the places are derived from Greek, Persian, Babylonian, and Pharisaic influences, coupled with the unnecessary jargon that the Catholic Church has developed.
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It became a bit too annoying because I just knew, just knew, that at the end most people will mostly attain their happiness since that is Setsuna's motto.
ANGELS & DEMONS
Kaori Yuki's works are kinda dark and full of angst, but i like it. Angels Sanctuary
ARTS: The artwork grows and as the manga progress so is the artwork, ALEXIEL is beautifully drawn likewise to ROCIEL. I love the manga cuz, it has all the details and URIEL, RAPHAEL and MICHAEL sure is not your ordinary Four GREAT ARCHANGELS, the first being disturb and quite scary (but i love him still), 2nd being a chauvinist lecher well.... he hits every female angels... hehehe and the 3rd having height and brother name problem... hahahaha!!! i like all their art forms and aesthetics, so is LUCIFER!!! WOW!!! I like the dresses!!! Zaphikel really is sexy... hahaha. and what i like about the manga is not not every character are HUMAN, i mean, Prince Abaddon is a dragon, NidHegg and so on and on... really Kaori Yuki rocks...
THEME/ PLOT: Very good and very deep!!! The story is not your typical im in love with my little sister and that im the earth saviour... but rather im in love with my twin sister and i dont care bout the lots of you, but the hell, sure save the earth for my sister... hahaha, i like setsuna's attitude and crankiness! he sure can get URIEL's vein pop and can cause the other ANGELS be amaze and give him stupid looks!!! hahahaha
ALL IN ALL: Its one dark and very good manga. And if you come across the OAV - please listen or buy the OST. Fall of the roses one of the best music and so is Rociel the Inorganic Angel...
I read AS a few years ago. I don't like Kaori Yuki's works that much anymore, but there are a lot of good and bad points in AS.
First, the topic (love between siblings) is interesting, I'm glad it was approached. It was also nice to see her version of the angels/demons, etc., she even made it look interesting to an atheist like me.
One of the less enjoyable facts is the load of characters... it's hard to keep track of every one and I have to admit that I didn't even recognize Arakune when he appeared again around volume 10...
Now that I think back, there were some really touching scenes, but overall, I forgot a lot as well, because the storyline tends to be confusing sometimes... there are just so many things I sometimes lost overview, just like with the characters.
awful, really awful
unlike most people, i have no problem with all of the taboo subjects in the story. what bugs me is the broken taboos merged with a story of angelic wars, combined with some romance. i made it halfway into the 2nd volume when i realized i didnt have the slightest clue what was going on. im sure its a good story if you can follow it, but i just couldnt get into it
A great story that is hard to follow ^_^
Story/Plot:- It has a very interesting plot about forbidden love and the lives of Angels and Devils however it is extremely hard to follow, making it easy to get lost .
Artwork:- It has a unique artwork with beautiful characters however some characters are so beautiful is hard to tell the guys from the girls .
Final Thoughts:- AS is an interesting manga with a completely original view of heaven & hell and their different societies. The story is very exciting and full of plot twist to keep it going but it makes AS confusing and herd to follow :?. I didn't mind how they portrayed the angels and devils but the way in which God was portrayed is offensive to Christians.