- Angel Sanctuary
caption = "Angel Sanctuary" manga, volume 1 (Japanese version)
ja_name = 天使禁猟区
ja_name_trans = Tenshi Kinryōku
Fantasy, RomanceInfobox animanga/Manga
publisher = flagicon|Japan
publisher_en = flagicon|United States
publisher_other = flagicon|Germany
Grupo Editorial Vid
Japonica Polonica Fantastica
Hana to Yume
first = February 1995
last = February 2001
volumes = 20 [Ann manga|id=2928. Accessed
2007-02-20.] Infobox animanga/OVA
licensor = flagicon|USA
Central Park Media, Media Blasters
episodes = 3 [Ann anime|id=458. Accessed
May 25, 2000- August 25, 2000
nihongo|"Angel Sanctuary"|天使禁猟区|Tenshi Kinryōku is a
mangaand animeseries created by Kaori Yuki. This 20-volume series was originally serialized in Hakusensha's " Hana to Yume". The manga was adapted as a three-episode OVAseries that loosely covers the first story arc; it was intended to be an introduction to the manga rather than a complete story, and thus ends on an abrupt cliffhanger. Both the manga and anime feature mature content.
A series of
drama CDs based on the other story arcs was also released.
"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. North American distribution rights of the anime have been rescued from Central Park Mediaby Media Blasters(2007).
Organic Angel Alexiel, who is one of the highest and most powerful beings in existence, rebelled against God when, supposedly, she became disgusted by the way angels were behaving. She was captured and faced with the ultimate punishment of heaven, to have her soul reincarnated into human lives, and each of her lives would end tragically. The story follows her latest incarnation, Setsuna Mudo, who is romantically in love with his younger sister.
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 charadeof purityto 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
For her crimes, Alexiel is sentenced to the most severe punishment given to the fallen. Her body and
soulare separated. The body is frozen in an angel crystal and 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 be filled with physical and emotional pain. Everytime Alexiel is re-incarnated, the cycle begins anew. But in every incarnationAlexiel'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.
Setsuna Mudo is a problematic delinquent high school student, who is in love with his sister (thus producing the emotional pain required by her punishment). To add to his problems, he is also discovered as the
reincarnationof a fallen angel, which gets him caught in the complex war between heaven and hell.
;nihongo|Setsuna Mudo|無道 刹那|Mudou Setsuna:anime voice|Kenji Nojima:The current incarnation of the Organic Angel Alexiel, retaining many of Alexiel's high astral powers. Like all of Alexiel's reincarnations, Setsuna is doomed to live a miserable life and die a slow, and very painful death. He has feelings for his sister which can only be described as incestuous.
;nihongo|Sara Mudo|無道 紗羅|Mudou Sara:anime voice|Ayako Kawasumi:Setsuna Mudo's younger sister, who is actually the reincarnation of
Jibril, the Angel of Water. She is in love with her brother.
;Alexiel:anime voice|Ai Orikasa:One of the most powerful angels in heaven, Alexiel was loved by many, including
Urieland Lucifer. Disgusted by the corrupt practices of heaven, Alexiel rebelled against God. As punishment for her treason, Alexiel's soul is doomed to be endlessly reincarnated into miserable lives. Her current incarnation is Setsuna Mudo.
;nihongo|Sakuya Kira|吉良 朔夜|Kira Sakuya:anime voice|Takehito Koyasu:A seven year old who was killed in a car accident. At the moment of his death, Nanatsusaya appeared to him and offered Sakuya another chance at life, if Sakuya would lend his body to Nanatsusaya.
;Lucifer:The Demon Lord of Hell, Lucifer was told by God that he was born with only one reason - to become the Prince of Darkness and rule the demons. As revenge, Lucifer planned to rape Alexiel, believing that she was God's "beloved daughter," but soon fell in love with her, and, though he tried to, could not follow through with his plans to rape her.
;Rosiel:anime voice|Susumu Chiba|Crispin Freeman:The younger twin of Alexiel, once wise, kind and benevolent, Rosiel eventually went insane and became destructive. He asked Alexiel to kill him before this happened, but her feelings prevented her from doing so and she sealed him within the earth instead.
;YHWH:anime voice|Jouji Nakata:The ultimate villain of the story, YHWH, presumed to be God, is actually a being from another universe. He is a
megalomaniacwith no real physical form, who created the current universe in order to test an equation that he had fashioned.
List of Angel Sanctuary soundtracks
* [http://www.centralparkmedia.com/angel/ Central Park Media] Official site for the anime
*ann anime|id=458|name=Angel Sanctuary
*ann manga|id=2928|name=Angel Sanctuary
*imdb title|id=0308974|title=Angel Sanctuary
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