Buck-Tick in Manga, 003, Angel Sanctuary
by Yuki Kaori
She was a professional bangya, loved lots of bands ranging from the enormously popular ones to pretty weird and underground ones. She has draw a Buck-Tick doujinshi called “Die” with lots of BT references, it’s available on many manga sites.
But besides Die, BT made an appearance in her famous manga series Angel Sanctuary, vol. 4
I only found the online English one
the translator didn’t translate Yuki-san’s words, I don’t blame her/him, the writing is not very easy to read ↓
So basically what she said is, she was in love with a band, wanted to fill all pages with LOVE LOVE things, she only knew their very old songs before, but recently she heard their new songs and those songs were so cool! But she loved both old and new songs. Why didn’t she find out more about them before? She didn’t want to sound presumptuous to their old fans, so she would not say their name.
“I’m not the Yuki you know anymore!!”
“Yuki will never come back, please don’t look for her.”
(To Aku no Hana Imai) “I love ○○sama in this era.”
Then in vol. 5
She said many readers guessed wrong.
Maybe because her readers are generally younger than the BT generation, maybe because in that era without internet, some people only know the black hair Acchan, plus the Acchan she drew is not that similar to the 3D one…
(The drawing on the right is Setsuna and Rosiel)
Japanese one ↓
The English translator didn’t translate things like the song that inspired Yuki-san was Dress, many people thought the band was Luna Sea, the person who said “Don’t write their name!” didn’t get the name of the band right, Yuki-san wrote a “すべて誤解”, I think it’s from “見えない物を見ようとする誤解全て誤解だ (Mienai Mono…)”, etc.
Also Yuki-san didn’t say the band members look androgynous, she just said “おキレイな兄ちゃん達” (pretty niichans), “男なのに、女なんかよりぜんぜんキレーっす” (They’re men, but they are a lot prettier than women), because even DEG and Pierrot are Androgynos, Hoshino HIdehiko has never…bad joke?
I personally find saying a man is “pretty than a woman” to be a bit weird, what exactly does it mean? Women don’t look the same.
Models of Angel Sanctuary characters is always a topic, Yuki Kaori didn’t make most of them clear, maybe many characters don’t have a certain model, she just took Visual Kei materials here and there, so I can’t be sure. Many people say Kira Sakuya/Lucifer is Acchan, Rosiel is Hyde, but when she began to do the character design of Angel Sanctuary, she wasn’t a BT fan, L’arc haven’t made their debut, so it’s a bit doubtful.
Anyway, later in the series, Kira Sakuya indeed resembles Acchan.
According to Wikipedia, model of Mad Hatter/Belial is Full, from Guniw Tools (singer, video editor, PV diretctor etc, I know lots of BT fans are more familiar with him than me) But perhaps Yuki-san borrowed some elements from Imai, like the black and white squares
It’s just my guess.
I need to confess, I’m not a big fan of Yuki-san, I don’t remember what Angel Sanctuary is about, so I could be wrong somewhere and probabaly there are others things to be find.
In the end, another thing, Yuki-san mentioned Issay in Angel Sanctuary too, vol.17:
She said Issay had a small face and was very beautiful, he was a fan of Angel Sanctuary, she got their signs and CD, was invited to their concert.