ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

OVA Anime Review: Angel Sanctuary

Updated on August 18, 2016

Setsuna Modo is a typical boy, with not-so-typical problems. His parents are divorced, meaning that he's separated from his sister Sarah, but the two agree to meet up with each other regularly on what are basically platonic dates. He falls in both love and lust for her, but hides his feelings because he feels guilty about them. Setsuna is often bullied and beaten up, caught up in some gang activities for reasons that are not entirely clear in the OVA (original video animation, or a direct-to-video anime), but I'm guessing are shown in the manga.

Oh, and he also is the reincarnated spirit of a hot female angel, Alexiel, who rebelled against God because she found that people on His side, including angels, had become too corrupt. Now, various parties are hunting Setsuna to try to get him to awaken as Alexiel and take part in an epic war for the fate of the planet. So yeah, not your typical adolescent male problems.

Angel Sanctuary (OVA)
Source Material:
manga by Kaori Yuki
Hal Film Maker

How pitiful. Is this what angels have become? Their spirituality is weakened by lust and violence. The wicked have more integrity in their lack of pretense.

— Alexiel


In western animation, "straight to video" is code for "totally sucky in every way", meaning it was not good enough for a theatrical release or TV run. But with anime, OVA or original video animation series are often good. Without the constraints of censorship rules imposed on network television, original video and original web content is free to explore themes that are taboo, like in this case, an incestuous romance. Basically, with no network and no advertisers to please, an OVA has about as free of a creative hand as you can get. The unbound creative potential of the OVA format is a great way to tell the story of the Angel Sanctuary manga. The manga might go into more detail and give more information about the characters, but it was amazing to me how serious and epic this story could be in just three 30-minute episodes. This is an anime that manages to say a lot in a small amount of time, making it the opposite of those annoying long-runner shounens with tons of filler. Angel Sanctuary might be an acquired taste, and the manga is probably the better version, but the OVA does not disappoint in terms of excitement, mystery, and originality. I really like that Setsuna is unlike your typical male anime protagonist. He's troubled by deep guilt over his feelings for Sarah, and yet unable to stop those feelings from purely taking hold of him. In some anime, male heroes don't have feelings this strong, period, and regular anime usually don't deal with the pain of falling for someone forbidden. Setsuna's emotional nature makes him an interesting character, because he appears to feel much more deeply than everyone else. Add this interesting romance drama with the epic and chilling larger drama of the supernatural conflict, and you have one compelling story.

Rating for Angel Sanctuary (OVA): 7/10


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)