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Angels have 3 wings?

  • Feb 25, 2005
Pros: Definitely different

Cons: Definitely not complete

The Bottom Line: The fate of Heaven, Hell, and Earth always seems to rest in the hands of an angered youth?

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie's plot.

Ok, so I lied – only the highest angels have three wings. But still – who knew?

Angel Sanctuary is definitely different in it’s content. It combines several elements you probably never though you’d ever see together: angels (many of which look the same and are jerks), nice demons, a revolt lead against God by um, not Satan, and the kicker, a female angel trapped inside a young man’s body and the young man is totally in love with his sister.

Yes, that’s right.

Ok, now that I definitely have your attention, I’m going to go into the story.

This very short series (if you can even call it that really) is only 3 episodes long, and all connect together in such a way that it could have just been a long movie. We start off with learning briefly about Alexiel, an angel who lead a rebellion against God, but was caught and imprisoned within a special crystal. From then on, her spirit was continuously stuck inside of a human for a long, long time.

Now, there are those who are trying to free Alexiel in order to begin the rebellion again. There’s just one problem though. Alexiel’s soul is now stuck inside a young man named Setsuna Mudo. Setsuna isn’t the most popular guy, and whenever the older guys try and beat him up, he can hold his own (he has some pent up rage) unless his sister Sara shows up or his friend, an upperclassman, named Kira stops them. Setsuna is just trying to be a regular guy, but there are some problems with that.

Poor Setsuna is hopelessly in love with his sister Sara. But he knows it’s wrong and tries his best to avoid any situations that might complicate their normal brother-sister relationship. That’s not all. There are a couple of demons (not-so-ill-tempered as you might expect) trying to wake Alexiel up from Setsuna’s body, but for some reason she seems content to stay where she is. Which confuses everyone. And then there’s Alexiel’s blood brother, Rosiel, who is searching for her as well. Finally everything is coming together.

Everyone wants Alexiel to wake up and begin Hell on Earth and overthrow God, and Setsuna just wants to be normal and be with the woman he loves, wrong though it may be. So now the questions are will Alexiel wake up? If she does, who will get to her first? What will happen between Setsuna and Sara? And wait – just what does Kira have to do with all this? And…where is God?

This has the potential to confuse a lot of those who watch it. Angel Sanctuary is based on a manga, therefore the manga explains a lot more than this ever will. There are a lot of questions that are left unanswered at the end, such as, who was that weird chick with the fin ears? But, as a whole, this anime was definitely interesting and hard to tear away from. Which is fine considering you can watch it in a day. Haha.

As for the animation, it’s less detailed than some others I’ve seen, but nonetheless, it’s still quite good. Thoroughly enjoyable. My personal favorite is more of a picture than anything – almost manga-llike, but if I told you what part it was, I’d be dishing out a small spoiler.

Sub vs. Dub? Meh. The dub is okay, but it definitely could use some work. The voices themselves aren’t all that bad, but the lack of emotion or the wrong emotion at certain times just messes things up and doesn’t sound right at all. Come on, it can’t be that hard people. They had potential…

And for the record, this is definitely not kid-worthy in content, and the plot would most definitely go over their heads. It’s difficult enough to follow as it is. If the concept of incest creeps you out then you might want to avoid this as well because Setsuna has major issues with that. There’s also plenty of blood and some definite weirdness. But I still think you should take a look at it. Besides, it might even get you into manga, which is pretty fun to read, and the art is pretty fabulous as well.

Well? What are you waiting for? The end of the world?

Haha…ok yeah so that wasn’t that funny…



Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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review by . June 17, 2012
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An over the top, self indulgent, melodramatic unmitigated disaster
Punished for her rebellion against God and heaven, the mighty angel Alexiel is forced to inhabit the body of Setsuna Mudo, a teenage boy struggling with incestuous feelings toward his sister, Sara. While demons and angels try to awaken the warrior within, Alexiel -- whose spiritual troubles mirror those of the earthly adolescent -- finds herself growing accustomed to her new life as a human boy in this three-part anime series. - summary courtesy of Netflix      Angel Sanctuary …
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The director of SABER MARIONETTE J presents this tale of a fallen angel named Setsuna. A beautiful angel, Setsuna waged a war on God and, of course, fought a losing battle. Doomed to be reborn human, Setsuna comes back as a boy who, as he grows older, must deal with bizarre visions and supernatural powers. As he strains to find out the source of these visions, heaven and hell battle for his soul, as Setsuna could ultimately lead humanity to either salvation or the apocalypse.
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Release Date: 2000
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: Central Park Media (July 10, 2001)
Runtime: 1hr 30min

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