Angel Sanctuary

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Setsuna Mudo is a problematic delinquent high school student, who is in love with his sister. To add to his problems, he is also a reincarnation of a fallen angel, Organic Angel Alexiel, which gets him caught in a messy war between heaven and hell. The angels fighting the war are corrupted, committing vile crimes and murders under the name of God and righteousness. This deeply goes against Alexiel's morals. She feels that the Evils are more pure in their actions since they do not put up a charade of purity to cover their crimes. She joins the Evils' side of the war and declares an official revolt against God. For her crimes in joing the Evils', Alexiel is sentenced to the most severe punishment given to the fallen; her body and soul are separated. The body is frozen in an angel crystal, it is then locked away in the deepest depths of angel security, and her soul is sentenced to be incarnated into a human mortal. Enter Setsuna Mudo. The anime consists of only three episodes because of the controversial topics included in the show. Main Characters: Setsuna Mudo: Setsuna is headstrong, rebellious, and impulsive, but he has a good heart and is fiercely loyal to his friends. He is hopelessly in love with Sara, and hated by his mother. He also has no memories of his previous incarnations, and at first resents his role as the chosen "Savior," wishing only to protect his and Sara's happiness. He matures as the series progresses, eventually surpassing Alexiel herself. Sara Mudo: The younger sister of Setsuna Mudo, who is actually the reincarnation of the soul of the former Great Cherub, Jibril, one of the Four Elemental Angels, the Angel of Water. Sara has a pure, innocent heart, but she has a fierce temper and sharp tongue. She is in love with Setsuna. Her soul was returned to her original body by Raphael, who claims to love her. Sakuya Kira: When Sakuya was six years old, he died in a car accident with his mother. However, the spirit of Alexiel's seven-bladed Holy Sword Nanatsusaya saves him. The two make a deal. Within Sakuya resides the soul of the demon Lucifer, which takes on the form of Nanatsusaya. The Sword has followed and protected Alexiel in every one of her lives because he loves her. Later, Lucifer was to reawaken but he retains memories of Kira Sakuya and Nanatsusaya. He still regarded Setsuna as a friend. Alexiel: Organic Angel Alexiel is the twin sister of Rosiel. One of the most powerful angels in heaven, she has three wings. Alexiel was loved by many, including Uriel and Lucifer. Alexiel is imprisoned by the heavenly army and put on trial for her actions. In punishment for her treason, Alexiel's soul is separated from her body, doomed to be endlessly reincarnated into a human on Earth; each of her lives are to be miserable and end in a painful death. Rosiel: Inorganic Angel Rosiel is the younger twin of Alexiel. He was wise, kind and benevolent, but knew he would eventually lose his sanity and become destructive. He is also obsessed with his beauty; because everyone calls him beautiful. The reason behind this obsession is because Rosiel was born as an old, hideous creature. His body doesn't age; instead, it becomes younger and younger as time went by. Rosiel's most loyal follower Katan secretly uses forbidden black magic to break the seal and brings Rosiel back. By this time, Rosiel has already lost his mind. Katan: Loyal to Rosiel, and obidient. He loves his sister and will do anything to prevent damage to her. Kurai: The deamon king and dragon master. She was rescued by Alexiel during the first great war. She swore to be be Alexiel's side. She ends up falling in love with Sestuna. She's spunky and playful, but cares deeply for her kingdom. Arachane: He claims to be Kurai's older cousin, when in reality, he's her older brother. He likes to pretend he's a girl. He's jealous of Kurai and, in the manga, ultimately drives Kurai to the deepest level of hell to marry Lucifer.moreless
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  • Angel Sanctuary is a manga and anime series created by Kaori Yuki. This 20-volume series was originally serialized in Hakusensha's Hana to Yume.

    8.5
    Setsuna Mudo is a problematic delinquent high school student, who is in love with his sister. To add to his problems, he is also a reincarnation of a fallen angel, which gets him caught in a messy war between heaven and hell. Angel Sanctuary is one of Kaori Yuki's most celebrated works. Among other things, it discusses the morality of incestuous relationships, the nature of God, and other philosophical topics. The background story is that of Organic Angel Alexiel, who is one of the highest beings in existence, third only to God himself and the primordial man known as Adam Kadamon. She is, in rank, equal to her twin brother the Inorganic Angel Rosiel. Before the beginning of the series God has fallen asleep to "gather his powers" which indicates that he is, in this series, very powerful but not omnipotent. In this series Assiah (Earth) and the upper levels of Hell (Gehenna) are mirror images of each other. As mankind polluted and destroyed the Earth the lands of Hell also began to weaken. Taking advantage of their creator's sleep and the weakening of their enemies the angels of heaven wage war on the Evil race (a group of beings that are demons who have turned away from the Devil, Lucifer, and God; they live in Gehenna and worship "Holy Dragon Gods"), wiping most of them out. In doing this the angels fighting the war are corrupted. They commit vile crimes and murders under the name of God and righteousness. This deeply goes against Alexiel's morals. She feels that the Evils are more pure in their actions since they do not put up a charade of purity to cover their crimes. She joins the Evils' side of the war and declares an official revolt against God. The war comes to a climax and end when Alexiel fights against her brother Rosiel. Earlier, Rosiel had found out that he is decomposing and that his mind will rot. He went to Alexiel to ask her to kill him before he goes crazy, which she agrees to. But when she is about to deal the killing blow to him, he yells "Would you kill your own twin brother, Alexiel!?". She then is filled with pity and remorse, so she seals him within the Earth using a barrier of forbidden magic. However in doing this she used every ounce of her power and shatters Nanatsusaya (the "Holy Sword of God", that made every bearer before Alexiel go mad with its power and kill themselves and countless others). The result is that Rosiel is now sealed inside Assiah and Alexiel is captured and tried by the Angel of Judgment, Uriel. For her crimes, Alexiel is sentenced to the most severe punishment given to the fallen. Her body and soul are separated. The body is frozen in an angel crystal, it is then locked away in the deepest depths of angel security on the fourth circle/layer of Heaven, Machonon. Her soul is sentenced to be incarnated into a human mortal. That mortal's life is sentenced to end in a violent and painful way at the end of every incarnation. After which Alexiel is re-incarnated again and begins the cycle anew. But in every incarnation Alexiel's personality is still present under specific, e.g. dangerous, circumstances, which causes her incarnation to have strange spiritual patterns and powers at times; it is as if the incarnation has a multiple personality disorder. In the storyline she is incarnated into a boy named Setsuna Mudo.moreless
  • Not as great as manga

    9.5
    Although it is a great anime, it is nowhere near as good as the manga. However, I gave it a high score because if it weren't for the anime, I wouldn't have read the manga. This is really worth watching, unless you are offended easily, because there are a lot of disturbing themes in this. However, I love Kaori Yuki's work, and if you like this anime or if you like the manga version of it, you should definitely get the rest of Kaori Yuki's work. I really wished that they did go on with making this into a fully grown anime though.moreless
  • its a show about angels and demons and humans that have angels and demons in them and one of the teenage boys is in love with is blood sister but that doesn't stop him and the boy has one of the strongest angels locked inside of himmoreless

    10
    I believe the show was awesome and I really hope that they continue with a series to it because they way they left it off with him tring to get sara back with barly anything done they need to have him save her and bring her back and then save the world and get rid of the corrupt angels and help the demons to survive I think it would make a really good series and like I said I really hope they continue it or if they have already I hope i can find the next series of it i really like itmoreless
  • the manga is much better....

    6.9
    the angel in disguise.... Setsuna, an ordinary angsty teen who has two major taboos, falling in love with his sister, and being an angel reincarnated. not only does he have to deal with the pressure of fitting in highschool, he falls in love with his younger sister. Try keeping that a secret to the world. Setsuna's incarneted angel will bring death and destruction to the world with his awaking. after watching the anime, its best to stick with the manga.... its so much better. it'll show feelings and all the emotions setsuna and his sister go throw. Watch it and read it... you really won't waste your time.moreless
  • Angels and their battle on for heaven and Earth. It was a great Manga and it was a much too short lived anime

    9.4
    I have to admit the small series (only three eps) is what made me getinto the manga for Angel's Sanctuary. It's a very good story. Granted there are some disturbing things that happen in the course of the story telling but thats what makes the story and the characters of it so good. I just wish the anime was longer.
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