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Angel Sanctuary V10

by kaori Yuki
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Product Details

  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publishing date: 11/10/2005
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781421500584
  • ISBN: 1421500582


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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  • Beautiful Artwork, Mediocre Story
    From Amazon

    Kaori Yuki isone of the best manga artists out there, there's no question about it. Her beautiful, detailed drawings call to mind some of the better works of manga from the the 70's-90's. Whether it's beautiful winged men, voluptuous girls, or gruesome dismemberment, she puts a HUGE amount of effort into making sure that all the artwork is amazing, rarely (if ever) relying on screen tones any more than absolutely necessary. However, art aside, Ms. Yuki lacks much technical storytelling ability. Of all the manga artists I've seen, her concept of pacing and panel layout is one of the weakest. Action scenes will inevitably be crowded into a scant few pages, leaving the results confusing at best. Dialogue exchanges, however, will drag and frequently be used to explain what the crowded panels didn't clarify. As far as the story goes, much of the actual plot revolves around the main character's incestuous love for his younger sister. Disturbingly, Ms. Yuki makes it clear that "Incest is 'wrong' only because God says it is." And since God and the angels are the villains... well... Sadly, the backstory is far more interesting, and contains much more appeal than the onscreen action. The universe of Angel Sanctuary can swing from complex to disappointingly mundane. Ms. Yuki's taken a liberal interpretation of Abrahamic Mysticism. The structure of the universe God created is fascinating and the architecture (particularly in Hell) is one of the higher aesthetic points. In contrast, heaven is little more than standard SciFi "advanced civilization" with a few marble columns to remind us where we are. And there's something decidedly underwhelming about angels using pistols, driving cars and wearing modern military uniforms. The characters themselves vary from likable to uninteresting. The protagonist Setsuna is a cliched "troubled idiot hero" while Sarah is his short-tempered, borderline-tsundere little sister. That's about it. Thankfully, the supporting cast members have a bit more to say for themselves - Princess Kurai is a downright lovable girl whose inevitable crush on Setsuna is more sweet than trite. Kira is surprisingly complex once his role emerges and Katou swings quite endearingly from cowardly to noble and back again. Side characters frequently steal the show, the forerunners being Zaphkiel and Belial. The tormented Rosiel would be a lot more tragic if Ms. Yuki could just stop telling us he's tragic. To sum it all up, if you're into pretty art, this manga is full of it. If you don't care about art and want a compelling story, then Angel Sanctuary will inevitable disappoint you.

  • Kitsch
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    It's about time someone reviewed this stuff who isn't under the strange spell it seems to weave over certain readers. This is simply terrible junk. Like many mangas, it has a really disturbing view of the female sex - females of school age are presented in a sickly, pedophiliac style, and woman in general, unless they're pretty and willing to have their lives run by males, are worthless. There is some line like 'when a girl allows herself to be protected by a man, she becomes beautiful'...gruesome!! I don't want my daughter to absorb lines like that, thanks. The worst of it is that this stuff is written by women, at least for the most part. Certainly in this case. Anyway - the much-vaunted 'artwork' is kitsch. And very little different from many other mangas I've seen. The plot is a mess, and not worth the effort of following. And she doesn't understand at all the various concepts that she has taken from e.g. Jewish mysticism. Much of it is a boring and annoying read... The incest plot appears in many other mangas, complete with such details as the ring purchased for the infant sister...yes, this theme in itself can be very interesting if intelligently handled, but it seems to be in the nature of junky literature (cf 'Twilight') that it is parasitic of wonderful themes and ideas, but handles them in a clumsy and stupid way, like a troupe of monkeys acting 'Hamlet'. It's a striking fact that so many people write rave reviews of such material (cf also 'Vampire Knight', once again with a 'kiddie porn'-style portrayal of schoolgirls...). What they are getting in 'Angel Sanctuary' and the other mangas like it are dim, broken, sullied reflections of the great art that is out there, waiting for them to find it. Don't be fobbed of! Give this stuff a miss.

  • One of the best manga series I have ever read
    From Amazon

    This series is a true gem. This is manga storytelling at it's finest, a true epic saga that I haven't seen the likes of in manga. The premise is an Orpheus and Eurydice-like tale, of the main character, Setsuna, doing anything and going anywhere (including Heaven and Hell) to find his love (and also younger sister), Sarah. This would have been interesting enough, except that he is the reincarnation of a powerful angel who rebelled against God, and he's attracting the attention of both angels and demons for the power sleeping inside of him. But there's more! Not only do we get this plot, but there is subplot after subplot with the minor characters, interesting twists of loyalties with the main characters, making it a complex web of plotlines and connections. The true joy here (and what is lacking in the extremely short animated version) is not Setsuna and Sarah's relationship (it became a driving force after a while, and heartfelt dedication for that longs gets a bit dull) but the minor characters. And you get the big wigs here: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel (by another name), Uriel, Lucifer, Belial, etc. You known them all by name and even what they represent, but they will not be what you expect. And the line that we separate angels and demons so definitely is nothing but a gray blur in this series. And that's just the way it should be. Kaori Yuki's storytelling is detailed, complex (but not complicated), and truly wonderful. You will fall in love with almost every character that you meet, and their personalities and quirks will give you an incentive to continue on to the end. Yes, it's long--20 volumes--but it is worth every penny and every second that you read (and reread, and reread) it. The only way that I could see someone not liking this is if they take religion too seriously and can't get past that. For the rest of you, pick up a volume or two (or all twenty) and have a look. You won't be disappointed.

  • An AMAZAING manga series
    From Amazon

    Kaori Yuki is a manga goddess(LOL), her artsic abilties are phenomenal and the story archs she creats are as good as Death Note, if not better!This is one of the best manga series ever...EVER!!! I love Angle Santuary more the any other book(although it's very close on my list to God Child and Death Note but still it trumps both XD). i hope you like it beacuse i sure did!

  • 4.5 stars if I could
    From Amazon

    This was actually an amazon suggestion based on some other manga that I had searched for and some that I bought, and I picked up volume 1 to see if it was any good. I found the story and characters to be interesting and the artwork to be superb as well. I am interested to see where the story progresses at least enough to buy volume 2 and see where it goes from there. This is more than I can say for the "Loveless" series which is also a five-star rated item on amazon. The author/artist breeches some interesting topics and you can tell while reading that the imagination behind this story is vast and there will be much more creativity poured into the rest of the series as well. I give this one a high reccomendation, 4.5 stars if I could. The 1/2 point deduction is only because i had a bit of trouble following some of the characters, but i think this is a fault of my own for being a newbie manga reader.

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