Flock of Angels

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Flock of Angels
Flock of Angels Manga Volume 1.jpg
English cover of Flock of Angels volume 1
天使の群れ
(Tenshi no Mure)
Genre Science fantasy
Manga
Written by Shoko Hamada
Published by Asahi Sonorama
English publisher
Demographic Shōjo
Original run October 2003December 2005
Volumes 3
Anime and Manga portal

Flock of Angels (天使の群れ Tenshi no Mure?) is a shōjo manga by Shoko Hamada and published by Asahi Sonorama. It was licensed and published into English in for release in North America by Aurora Publishing in 2007. Reception of the English release of the series has been mixed. The artwork has overall been called crude and the plot was the focus of criticism, but reviewers praised the story for its message.

Plot[edit]

A pop band called Angelaid creates a fashion amongst their fans to wear angel wings. This permits sufferers of angelosis, a stigmatised disease which causes angel wings to sprout from people's backs, to hide their affliction. Shea suddenly sprouts angel wings, and his brother tapes Shea's wings and sends it into the news, so Shea becomes a government spokesman on accepting angelosis.

Release[edit]

In 2007, Aurora Publishing confirmed it had the license to publish Flock of Angels into English for release ion North America.[1] The first volume was released in August 2007 and concluded with the third volume in June 2008.[2][3]

Reception[edit]

Casey Brienza from Anime News Network gave the English release of the manga a B rating. He states that there is an "Intriguing socio-political commentary buried beneath an improbable plot premise" but that the narrative is poor and the characters are not developed well.[4] Greg Hackmann from Mania gave the first two volumes reviews. For both volumes he criticizes the artwork calling it "poor and crude". The first volume he describes as having large plot holes with large parts of the plot being "completely nonsensical". Greg calls the second volume a mild improvement over the first but still cites poor elements such as the plot.[5][6] Johanna Carlson from Comics Worth Reading gave a review of the third English release volume of the series. She says that for those who have read the other volumes the third is the most enjoyable. She states that the message about kids accepting diversity in the story is "beautiful".[7] Katherine Dacey from pop culture shock also gave the first English release volume a review. She gave the volume a C+ rating citing the "story’s glaring weaknesses" from the long speeches in the storyline to the quickly resolved conflicts.[8] In his review Jason Thompson gives the series 4/5 stars. He describes the artwork as crude, but praises the story for its message and completeness.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aurora confirms manga licenses". Anime News Network. April 4, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  2. ^ Carlo Santos (June 30, 2007). "Aurora Publishing". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Flock of Angels: Volume 3". www.aurora-publishing.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2008. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  4. ^ Casey Brienza (October 3, 2009). "Flock of Angels GN 1-3 (Complete Series)". Anime News Network. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ Hackmann, Greg (June 20, 2008). "Flock of Angels Vol. #01". Mania.com. Archived from the original on February 7, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ Hackmann, Greg (July 22, 2008). "Flock of Angels Vol. #02". Mania.com. Archived from the original on July 19, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ Carlson, Johanna (July 8, 2008). "Flock of Angels Book 3". Comics Worth Reading. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  8. ^ Dacey, Katherine (October 31, 2007). "Manga Minis, October 2007". PopCultureShock. Archived from the original on May 31, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  9. ^ Thompson, Jason (December 29, 2009). "365 Days of Manga, Day 105: Flock of Angels". Suvudu.com. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 

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