Angels of Death (video game)
|Angels of Death|
Cover of Satsuriku no Tenshi volume 1 by Media Factory
(Satsuriku no Tenshi)
|Publisher||Den Fami Nico Game Magazine|
|Engine||RPG Maker VX|
|Platform||Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, Android, iOS, Steam|
|Written by||Makoto Sanada|
|Illustrated by||Kudan Nazuka|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Magazine||Monthly Comic Gene|
|Original run||January 27, 2016 – present|
|Angels of Death Episode.0|
|Written by||Makoto Sanada|
|Illustrated by||Kudan Nazuka|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Original run||March 3, 2017 – present|
|Written by||Makoto Sanada|
|Published by||Media Factory|
|Magazine||Monthly Comic Gene|
|Original run||February 27, 2017 – January 27, 2018|
|Written by||Kina Chiren, Makoto Sanada|
|Original run||July 30, 2016 – April 27, 2018|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Kentarō Suzuki|
|Produced by||Alpha Alan|
|Written by||Yoshinobu Fujioka|
|Original network||AT-X, Tokyo MX, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, Sun TV, BS11, TVQ|
|Original run||July 6, 2018 – September 21, 2018|
|Episodes||16 (12 episodes aired on TV, last 4 episodes online)|
Angels of Death (殺戮の天使 Satsuriku no Tenshi, lit. "Angels of Slaughter") is a Japanese horror adventure game by Hoshikuzu KRNKRN (Makoto Sanada) for Microsoft Windows and Nintendo Switch. It was created using RPG Maker and was originally released as freeware via the Den Fami Nico Game Magazine website on August 14, 2015. It is also available on Steam in Japanese, Chinese, Korean and English on December 20, 2016.
Two manga adaptations, one based on the game and one on the prequel, written by Makoto Sanada and with art by Kudan Nazuka, began serialization in Media Factory's shōjo manga magazine Monthly Comic Gene in 2015 and Kadokawa Pixiv in 2016, respectively. The first manga has been collected in seven tankōbon volumes and has over 1 million volumes in print while the prequel has been collected in two volumes. Following the adaptations, a two-volume 4-koma manga series titled Satsuten! and the three-volume novel series are published with art by negiyan and written by Kina Chiren.
The series is licensed in North America by Yen Press, who published the first volume on November 14, 2017. A 16-episode anime television series adaptation by J.C.Staff began airing from July 6, 2018.
13-year-old Rachel "Ray" Gardner is taken to a hospital for counselling after witnessing a murder. However, she wakes up to find herself on basement Floor B7 instead with no memories apart from her name and the reason she came to the hospital. A series of mysterious broadcasts and scribbled messages on the wall set the scene as a game where each participant is designated a floor of their own, and anyone who trespasses on another participant's floor has the chance to be killed.
Ray, ignorant of the details, is almost killed by serial killer Issac "Zack" Foster, the owner of Floor B6, and captured by Daniel "Danny" Dickens, the owner of Floor B5 and the doctor who examined her. Danny, who has a maniacal obsession with eyes, desires Rachel's blue, once-blank eyes. During this time, Ray recovers her memory during the night when the murder occurred, just as Zack kills Danny for her, but spares Ray after losing interest in her lack of emotions. As Zack has killed someone that was not on his floor, the broadcast designates him as a "sacrifice" along with Ray, where they can freely be killed by any floor master. The two, in the same situation, form an alliance where Zack can use her intelligence to escape, and upon doing so will fulfil Ray's desire to be killed by him.
Ray and Zack continue to go to the upper floors to find a way out, defeating the two other floor masters, Edward "Eddy" Mason at B4, who has an unhealthy obsession with graves, and Catherine "Cathy" Ward at B3, a sadomasochistic former jail guard, in the process. When Zack gets injured during the fight against Cathy, Ray encounters a reverend Abraham Gray at B2 who reveals himself to be the one who designed the game in order to figure out the definition of "religious faith" in people's hearts, appointing the various floor masters as "angels" that are not afraid to kill without hesitation. Although Gray lets Ray return to B5 to get medicine, she must pass through a trial to determine her identity before she can proceed to the next floor. Meanwhile, back on B2, Zack discovers that Danny is still alive, the latter having faked his death.
Ray is forced to confront her selfishness in the trial, but survives through it to save Zack. When the duo arrive at B1 though, they come to a room filled with fake flowers and the stitched corpses of a couple, driving Ray hysterical and desperate for Zack to kill her immediately. Zack tries to look for clues about her sudden change of behaviour until Danny arrives and locks the room with her, ultimately finding out that she is actually the floor master of B1 after Danny used his authority as an "angel" to bring her to B6. As Zack finds out the truth, Ray, disillusioned from the trial and her twisted faith in God, shoots Danny and attempts to kill Zack, but Zack manages to convince her to go through with the oath they made.
Just as they reach the exit, Danny lights the building on fire and critically wounds Ray with a gun. Gray, having completed his experiment, appears and kills Danny, allowing Zack and Ray to escape just as the building burns down. The police promptly arrive and Zack lets himself be arrested to save Ray's life.
Zack is sentenced to death for his murders of Ray's parents as well as Ray's kidnap, while Ray is taken to a rehabilitation centre due to her apparent delirium and attachment to him. Never losing faith, she pretends to get better while clinging to the hope of the oath they made. A few days later, Zack escapes from prison and breaks into Ray's room to fulfill his end of the oath. The two escape together, with Ray once again asking him to kill her. By the time the police arrive, the room is already empty with the window broken and a trail of Zack's blood.
- Rachel Gardner (レイチェル・ガードナー Reicheru Gādonā) / Ray (レイ Rei)
- Voiced by: Haruka Chisuga (Japanese); Meg McClain (English)
- The 13-year-old female protagonist of the story. After witnessing a murder, she is taken to a hospital for counselling, only to wake up on Floor B7 with no memories from her past. She later recovers them after a scuffle with Danny, the doctor responsible for counselling her, and reverts to an apathetic character. Believing death will be her salvation, she requests Zack's help to kill her in exchange that he can use her intelligence to help him escape the building. Under her emotionless and calm exterior though, Ray harbours a morbid interest in stitching up animals or people she deems imperfect and a twisted perception and blind faith in God.
- Her interests stemmed from her parents, who hated each other. Ray then witnessed her father kill her mother, and in terror, killed her own father with a gun, before sewing them to reincarnate them as her perfect parents. Taken to the hospital, Danny develops an interest in her blank blue eyes, and uses his authority to make her the floor master of B1. Ray's floor is filled with many deadly traps for exception of her bedroom and living room where the stitched corpse of her parents are placed.
- Isaac Foster (アイザック・フォスター Aizakku Fosutā) / Zack (ザック Zakku)
- Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (Adult), Ryo Nishitani (Child) (Japanese); Dallas Reid (English)
- The male protagonist of the story. Once an infamous serial killer, he is now the floor master of B6. He is noticeable for his body being completed covered in bandages and wields a grim-reaper-like scythe. Bloodthirsty, Zack delights in destroying the happiness of his victims and filling them with despair. As Ray showed a severe lack in emotions, he found no interest in killing her and let her stay alive for him to use her intelligence to escape the building, in return that he will kill her once they escape.
- Zack grew up only knowing how to kill due to being treated abusively as a child. Abandoned by his parents, his father tried to burn him and his mother to death, wounding his body with burns that he covered up with bandages. His mother then left him in the care of an illegal orphanage that trafficked children, where he faced subsequently more abusive treatment, becoming a tool of labour. Upon watching a slasher horror movie left by the head of the orphanage, Zack was inspired to go on a murder spree, with the heads of the orphanage being his first victims. He is subsequently found by Gray, and became a floor master.
- Daniel Dickens (ダニエル・ディケンズ Danieru Dikenzu) / Danny (ダニー Danī)
- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (Japanese); Derick Snow (English)
- A counsellor who has an insane obsession with eyes, especially Ray's blank, blue ones. Due to being born without a right eye, he was bullied for most of his childhood. His missing eye also caused fights between his parents until they divorced and his mother committed suicide. From there, Danny began to find blank, dead eyes like his mother's beautiful, becoming a counsellor to search for eyes that could satisfy him.
- Prior to the series, he was a counsellor for prisoners and met Gray, who offered him the chance to become a floor master. Believing it could satisfy him, Danny took on the offer and subsequently used his authority to bring Ray into Gray's experiment and make her the floor master of B1, hoping that he could live close to her eyes. He is ultimately killed by Gray in his pursuit for Ray. In the prequel manga Episode.0, he becomes the main character.
- Edward Mason (エドワード・メイソン Edowādo Meison) / Eddie (エディ Edi)
- Voiced by: Natsumi Fujiwara (Japanese); Brittney Karbowski (English)
- A young boy characterised by his pumpkin mask and love for making graves. Born a child of grave-makers, Eddie was proud and skilled at his job, but became discontent with the fact that he was never given anything that could truly belong to him, for most of his things were hand-me-downs passed from one child to the next. He then began to kill his pets and bury them in his own graves, feeling that things only truly belonged to him once they were put in graves dug by him.
- When he was invited by Grey and became the floor master of B4, he began building graves for those killed by the other floor masters, hardly ever killing anyone himself. However, he took it upon himself to kill Ray and bury her in a beautiful grave after falling in love with her at first sight. Due to constantly building graves in the dark, Eddie got used to seeing in a dark environment, which gives him the advantage when he kills. He is killed by Zack when Ray turns on the lights, and buried in the grave originally meant for her.
- Catherine Ward (キャサリン・ワード Kyasarin Wādo) / Cathy (キャシー Kyashī)
- Voiced by: Mariya Ise
- The floor master of B3, who is known widely as the "Condemner" due to her past as a former jail guard, with Danny as her prisoners' counsellor. A sadomasochistic woman, Cathy delights in uncovering her criminals' crimes and delivering punishment to them through torture, often killing them. Those who survive are then confined as her playthings.
- She is the most formidable of all the floor masters due to her wide range of death traps and torture instruments. Viewing Zack as an exemplary sinner, she attempts to punish him thoroughly to her amusement but is killed when Ray catches her off guard with a gun.
- Abraham Gray (エイブラハム・グレイ Eiburahamu Gurei) / Gray (グレイ Gurei)
- Voiced by: Hōchū Ōtsuka
- The floor master of B2 and a reverend who created the facility as an experiment to determine the definition of "religious faith", including gathering all the various floor masters and providing them with victims. He is extremely eloquent, able to mesmerise his listeners through words, and harbours a cold and logical heart without mercy. Gray also employs the use of drugs to make his victims hallucinate in order to see their true inner selves.
- Lucy (ルーシー Rūshī)
- She is a character introduced in the manga adaptations. She attended the same school as Cathy and is one of her admirers. Her fascination for Cathy goes far to the point she would kill anyone whom she thinks is insulting her or being viewed as a sinner by Cathy. After graduating, she works as a jail guard together with Cathy, following her orders to torture the prisoners into confessing their sins until they died, with Lucy the one who always deals the finishing blow while Cathy is watching. She's eventually killed by Cathy after she is invited by Gray, Cathy deeming her a sinner as well for all the prisoners she had killed.
- Shin (シン Shin)
- He is a character appeared in Episode.0. Shin was originally a pair of twin brothers who owns a furniture store selling furnitures that are made from human flesh. Deeming the twins fits the criteria to become an angel for Gray's experiment, Danny invites them. However, Gray would only accept either one of them, deeming their dependency towards each other as imperfect. Driven by the idea that only one being is perfect, the twins decided to kill the other. It is unknown which twin succeeded killing the other as the survivor reappears and reintroduce himself as the "one complete" Shin.
A manga adaptation by Kudan Nazuka and Makoto Sanada began its serialization on the Monthly Comic Gene magazine on January 27, 2016. The prequel of the game, Episode.0, also by Kudan Nazuka and Makoto Sanada began its serialization on the MFC Gene Pixiv series on March 3, 2017. A two-volume 4-koma manga series titled Satsuten! by Makoto Sanada and Negiyan began its serialization also on the Monthly Comic Gene magazine on February 27, 2017.
A novelization of the game written by Kijiri Chiren and Makoto Sanada and illustrated by negiyan is published by Kadokawa label, Enterbrain. The novel series consisted of three volumes.
|1||Until Death Do Them Part||July 30, 2016||ISBN 978-4-04-734115-9|
|2||Blessing in Disguise||April 24, 2017||ISBN 978-4-04-734437-2|
|3||Once in A Blue Moon||April 27, 2018||ISBN 978-4-04-734930-8|
A 16-episode anime television series by J.C.Staff premiered in July 6, 2018. The anime is directed by Kentarō Suzuki with scripts overseen by Yoshinobu Fujioka, music composed by Noisycroak at Lantis and character designs handled by Miki Matsumoto who is also serving as chief animation director. Masaaki Endoh performed the opening theme titled "Vital," while Haruka Chisuga performed the ending theme titled "Pray" under her character name Rachel. The series is also streamed on Crunchyroll with English subtitles, and Funimation in an English dub.
In November 2017, it was announced that the game had achieved 1M downloads in Japan.
In a review of the game's PC version, Hardcore Gamer rated it a 4 out of 5, while noting the ’wonderfully odd chemistry’ between Rachel and Zack. The game's creativity, storyline and gameplay were praised while its brevity, belated character development and low resolution graphics were criticized.
Roundups of the first volume from ANN note that it is short on tension, suspense and horror and somewhat confused in its delivery; its characters seem unnatural and are perhaps more appropriate to a game than to this format; and while the environment art often works well, overall the illustrations do not serve the story.
First impressions from ANN found the early episodes to be a campy romp while appreciating the show's connection to its video game roots, and while lauding the voice acting performances expressed concerns over the show's pacing.
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