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Tenshi Kinryouku  
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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
Angel Sanctuary
Обитель ангелов

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-6 by Narciss Scans over 12 years ago
v.20 by Omanga & Hawks over 15 years ago
v.19 by Omanga & Hawks over 15 years ago
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in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 4, Chap 20 (many scenes skiped)

User Reviews
Angel Sanctuary by Cinnamon

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (707 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.03 / 10.0

Last Updated
October 27th 2020, 6:39pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

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by AquarianDemocrat
August 11th, 2018, 2:52pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Angel Sanctuary, in my opinion, is the greatest manga of all time. It combines action, drama, romance, fantasy, science fiction, philosophy and takes place across every corner of earth, heaven, and hell. The cast is full of unique characters from all walks of life. The manga isn't afraid to make bold statements about life, death, religion, and morals. This is a very ambitious story. And yet, when I closed the page on the final volume I felt fully satisfied. This is one of the few mangas I've read that I consider a work of art, and that I think can be fairly compared to a great novel.

... Last updated on September 7th, 2018, 5:47pm
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One of a kind  
by Heroxi
August 27th, 2017, 8:56am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Most of the time mixing lots of things don't bear good outcomes, but this could be one of those exceptions because it has almost every genre and controversial topic blend in without problem and always push you thinking outside of the box.
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Not really a good manga  
by asmageddon
November 20th, 2012, 4:19am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
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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A master piece  
by rosa_black
March 6th, 2012, 9:16pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This manga was fantastic! It broke many taboos and was really disturbing, as I expected of Kaori Yuki sensei. I enjoyed it from the beginnig... charmy characters + twisted story+ beautiful draw+ A LOT of drama= Master Piece

P.D: Rosiel ROCKS!!! Love him from the bottom of my heart biggrin
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Exhausting! but kinda Good  
by fisukisuki
December 30th, 2011, 7:03am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
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!! biggrin
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Forever a love of mine  
by yumechu
September 30th, 2011, 2:51am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
It's one of those rare mangas that I'll never possibly grow out of. I loved it when I was a kid and I still love it now when I'm an adult. I'm aware of the weak points of the story - honestly, it's not that great. But I've loved it for over a decade and I doubt I'll ever stop.
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Very intriguing, but it's not an easy story to digest.  
by SensualSin
September 28th, 2011, 8:36am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I invested heavily into AS, going as far as to buy the whole series, OVA, and art books.
To me, it was a worthy purchase.

Even though the characters were all similar in terms of art, it was still a compelling, deep, and disturbing manga that leaves one excited, upset, utterly confused, and heartbroken.

I give this mangaka a lot of credit for touching on so many uncomfortable subjects, and as long as you don't take this for more than what it is -a manga- you won't feel 'damaged' afterward. (And this comes from a Christian. lol.)

But I would be remiss if I didn't say that many of the complaints people have are true:

If you're bothered by incest -you won't like this.

If a story with 1001 characters bugs you -you won't like this.

If you're religious (and of the Christian faith) and don't have the capacity to separate fact from fiction and view this as a form of entertainment and nothing more -you won't like this.

If you're super picky about art and can't get into androgynous-looking characters -you won't like this.

If a zillion sub-plots irk you -you won't like this.

And this isn't the sort of manga where one can recommend that you read the first few chapters to see if you can get into it; the story becomes too complex and too far away from where it started for that. This is more of a story that you need to just decide that you're going commit to and see where it takes you.
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The Bible is NOT Like This!  
by attaesc
September 8th, 2011, 2:32pm
Rating: N/A
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.
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My first ever horror fantasy manga  
by kujika
August 15th, 2011, 12:08pm
Rating: N/A
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....
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I Liked It  
by Sacheverell
June 11th, 2011, 5:56pm
Rating: N/A
If you can get past the whole brother/sister incest angle which does monopolize the first story arc, this does become a lot less important as things progress. Sure its still there, but it is very insignificant at times considering everything else that is going on.

There are a ton of characters in this one. Some of the Heaven characters are not so nice, and some of the Hell characters are decent folks. There's also plenty of good folks in Heaven and outright evil in Hell, so it's not like this manga makes a blanket statement that evil is good and good is evil. If anything, we're talking about a whole lot of shades of gray of varying degrees.

People who don't like Setsuna, probably should give up on reading this. I'm not saying that to be mean. Angel Sanctuary has 108 chapters that are spread out over 20 volumes. While the story doesn't follow him around to the point that nobody else gets character development if he's not around to see it, he does remain the main character at all times. The manga will continue to revert its focus back to him perodically even if it seems it has forgotten about him for a while.

I do highly recommend reading this one non-stop. I am not suggesting that you do so in one sitting so much as just concentrate on reading only this manga until you've finished it. One of the issues that other commenters have mentioned of the plot getting confusing at times and difficulties in sorting out who is who is a lot less likely to occur if you're not setting it down for long periods of time. [All the volumes have been published here in the US, making this very possible to do now.]

... Last updated on June 12th, 2011, 6:55pm
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