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  • Angel Sanctuary (Manga) Review

    Manga Review: Angel Sanctuary

    In this world, manga like this can be summed up in about 1 or 2 sentences. I’m going to try to make this lengthy but not too long at the same time. Angel sanctuary is pretty good. It’s one of the only manga with an incest story that I can actually say I like. Usually when I give a negative or mixed review it hard to explain exactly why I feel this way about it but on to the review.

    If I had to sum up the theme of this series it would be, “exactly what are the thresholds of love?” This isn’t because the main romance which is between a boy and his sister. Rather, across the whole cast because they all see to have some love that is deemed unacceptable in the eyes of society and God. There are two reasons I can come up with to why this series gets put down. The first is based on how mature you are. This is a manga the has blood, transgendered issues, incest, rape, homosexuality, religion and death. Most people have a jerk reaction to the writers way of approaching these issues as disgusting. To be straight forward, if you aren’t mature, stay away from this manga. The other reason is the identity crisis in the early volumes. It also jumps around on its focal point and doesn’t lay out the story clearly for the reader. Volume 1 is particularly guilty of doing this. However if the reader is willing to work past this then you may be surprised with the result.

     

    Angel Sanctuary Plot

    Angel sanctuary is divided into about 3 arcs. The earth arc, hell arc, and heaven arc. They all shed light on the complex world of angel sanctuary. From the deadly depths to the hypocrisy and morbid politics of heaven. Besides the main char there are about 20 other characters that get equal face time and there own back stories. This is a part of the great things about this manga. Normally a large cast means no development. Which leaves some of the characters as empty shells. But the writer did a good job of developing these characters. They were all touched with perfect detail. They are all given a task and something to overcome. They are each given a chance to grow and develop in such a way that you end up caring for the characters as much as you care for the main character.

     

    Angel Sanctuary Characters

    Most of these characters are incredibly morally ambiguous. The line between good and evil is just not there in this manga. Characters you believe to be good act unforgivably and the villains end up becoming victims. Redemption and corrupted innocent are kinda repetitive in this manga though. But it works well. It also raises questions about God and heaven, the origins of evil and the lack of limitations for love.

     

    Final Thoughts

    This is a manga that has the ability to touch anyone as long as they are open minded. It is bloody and action packed. Although it’s a Shoujo series, it can appeal to women but also to men too. Though it had it slight faults in the beginning there are not nearly serious enough to take away from enjoying this manga. This is one manga you should take a look at just to see if you can get through it.

    Story: 8

    Characters: 8

    Art: 7

    Enjoyment: 8

    Overall: 7.5

    But if you have read this and have anything different to say or just want to talk about the manga in general, comment, like, send me a hate message. Whatever you like. Thanks for reading.

    -Manga Llama-


  • Anime’s Divine Comedy: Angel Sanctuary Review

    Angel Sanctuary

    angel sanctuary

    The 3 episode OVA is just a tease to what a TV series would look like. The OVA is rushed and incomplete. The story is there and so is the passion of the characters, but the lack of motivation to finish it was not. The manga of Angel Sanctuary, on the other hand, was phenomenal. Kaori Yuki’s artistic ability lures you into the characters life and the plot of the story. The main story is a bit much to get over at the beginning, but the story about heaven and hell is quite impressive. While the story is not only wrong (the incest), sacrilegious, and a questionable theory about the after life, it is also, beautifully drawn, well thought out, and well researched.

     

    The Plot of Angel Sanctuary

    Angel Sanctuary Plot
    Sara and Setsuna

    The plot of Angel Sanctuary is somewhat hard to follow at first. So much happens because alot has to be told. With 20 volumes, Kaori Yuki only had so much she could fit into the volumes. I read the series a few times just to make sure I caught everything. Plot of the story was amazing. While the story is incestuous, the love for two people will always find a way to each other. It is basically an in-depth anime form of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Setsuna is an angel that has been re-incarnated. His sister happens to die and he goes to hell to find her.

     

    The Characters of Angel Sanctuary

    Angel Sanctuary
    Angel Sanctuary Characters

    The characters in Angel Sanctuary, are again, beautiful. Kaori Yuki wants you to focus on each character individually and as a whole. They all have their story line and part to play in the main quest to help Setsuna. Setsuna is the main character. He is the troubled teen and in love. He doesn’t know it, but the angel Alexial. She was an angel that God banished from Heaven and punished her by placing her in human bodies only to die over and over. Sara is Setsuna’s sister, whom is also in love. She is a quiet girl and lives with her mother while Setsuna lives on his own.

    There are the character’s from Hell, which usually dress in darker clothes. Belial is the most beautiful of the Seven Deadly Sins. He/She is always in different clothing that is elaborate or barely nothing. Kurai is the princess of the Gehennan Royal Family. She has control over dragons. Boyz and Noyz are twins that also are from the same race. Kurai also has a cousin, Arachne, which is a cross dresser. Lucifer is obviously in the manga as well. He has very little to do with the story until you get hit with the most amazing twist ever!

    In Heaven the characters are more brighter with their clothing. Mostly you have Nazi looking uniforms, but then characters such as Michael wears goth like clothing while Raphael wears suits and womanizes people. Heaven is more corrupted than Hell at some points. With the perversion of Angel experiments and many other things, Heaven has untrustworthy people.

     

    The Art of Angel Sanctuary

    Angel Sanctuary
    Setsuna

    Kaori Yuki knows how to draw characters. Even better, she knows how to draw you into reading one of her manga’s. No matter which one you pick, the way her characters look is realistic and beautiful. The artbooks of Angel Sanctuary are amazing. She takes certain characters and places them in different settings and styles making the character’s personality come out better. Even though she does put some one such as Setsuna in a Nazi uniform, not showing his personality, it is still nice to look at.

     

    Grade: 9/10

    Check out this AMV of Angel Sanctuary by Sabrina Murray: