Angel Densetsu

Alt title: Legend of an Angel

Vol: 15; Ch: 84
1992 - 2000
4.221 out of 5 from 1,651 votes
Rank #751
Angel Densetsu

Seiichirou Kitano is a naive and kind boy with the heart of an angel and the face of a devil. Upon entering his new school he is presumed to be a villainous heroin addict, and unwittingly becomes the leader of the schools thugs, all thanks to his frightening face.  His new "friends" have great expectations of him, seeing him as a frightful demon. Kitano himself on the other hand, loathes violence and is blissfully unaware of the situation he is in...

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The first thing that hits you when reading this manga is the fecality* of the art. The perspectives are off, with the desk in the first chapter evoking a Picasso painting, but clearly unintentionally. Hands and faces, the most emotive features, are drawn poorly. Over time, the artwork gets smoother and more palatable, but it never transcends mediocrity. The artwork is forgivable because this is a gag manga. Even though there aren't any pie-in-the-face or otherwise obvious gags, it's still so over the top and ridiculous that it creates a humorous tone. The premise of society judging peoples' personalities based on their looks could be the premise of a serious drama, but not in this case. The overwhelming, abject terror from simply seeing Kitano's face (which isn't even drawn to look that frightening (another failure of the artwork)) and refusal to even consider that fe could have a kind personality makes it humorously absurd. Like a Mr. Magoo or Mr. Bean, Kitano inadvertently wins fights and becomes the unknowing leader of thugs. Thankfully, the story doesn't hold itself to maintaining this "everything happens by accident" perspective and instead shows Kitano winning confrontations because of feir higher-than-normal reflexes, endurance, and speed. Fe is also shown as having superhuman strength, which fe sometimes uses to righteously defeat somebody, always with the goal of defending others. Since Kitano is innocent and pure throughout the manga. These are the main storylines (named after a focal character): Kojima (chs. 3-6) Ryoko (chs. 8-13) Suda (chs. 14-19) Ogisu (chs. 22-25) Ikuno (chs. 28-35) Hishida (chs. 42-48) Kaburagi (chs. 54-62) Sana (chs. 66-70) Leo (chs. 71-75) There are many one-shot chapters as well as two or three chapter storylines, but the main drive behind the manga is the stories with new characters encountering Kitano's villainous face for the first time. Unfortunately, these storylines stand and fall based on how engaging the introduced characters are. Most of them are great! The less appealing ones are "Ogisu," "Sana," and "Leo." You'll notice, two of these occur in the last quarter of the manga; before that point, I would have judged the Story as 10/10. *crappiness


The character design is actually not great at all (although it does evolve throughout the series, just like the old garfield and new one, or the old simpson and new ones, still the same, but a little more refined), but it's the personalities and the story that make them feel alive anyway. There has been a 2 episode OVA on this manga as well, but sadly they never got any further than that.I really would love to an anime of this as well.Having had a phase myself when little children would just start crying at the sight of me, it is also really easy to crawl into the skin of kitano seiichirou. By the way, that problem does not occur for me anymore... Not as much anyway, now it's mostly like "look, that man has long hair" and in some cases still a frightened look, but nothing more... Luckily it's not bad enough to be seen as some criminal, to most adults I apear as friendly and cheerful, eventhough I am actually suffering from depression... Ehm... Wait.... The manga, we were talking about the manga!Hehehe, so anyway...You may have noticed by now, the main character is a scary looking guy that soon becomes known as the devil guardian due to a streek of misunderstandings, because in fact he is indeed a very kindhearted young man, trying to fit in.I have had a lot of laughs and a few sad moments too while reading this manga, it really is very well written and has a nice flow. I just flew through all 15 volumes/84 chapters in 3 days.And that for someone who actually dislikes reading because I make too many mistakes slowing me down. (I actually read faster than my thoughts can handle, mixing up the words I have 'seen' and the ones I actually understandingly read. But that's more personal details about my ADD and stuff, so let's skip that. =PSo, if you like the delinquent settings, a little roughing up, lots of misunderstandings and funny situations and a lot of characters you can't help but come to love throughout the story, you can't skip this manga.

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