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Manga: Angel Crush
Left to Right: Gale, Faye Willow, Daniel Thace Peregrine, AKA Cupid
Angel Crush is a fantasy adventure comedy Manga about the daily life of a girl named Faye Willow and Gale, an angel who crashed through her roof and into her life. Suddenly she learns that she is tasked by Heaven to teach and guide Gale how to be a normal person so he can achieve his potential to be able to succeed in his secret, unknown mission.

To help keep them safe from outside forces, another angel is sent down to protect them: the rebellious and blunt Cupid. So much for a simple life.

AngelCrush explores themes of friendship, bonding, growth, and getting along with others. There is also a pervading theme of moving on from the past, as most of the characters have endured something sad in their lives that continue to affect them in the present.

Written by Ace Vitangcol, illustrated by Jed Siroy and Ferdenee Mempin, with co-writers Ryan Cordova and Glenn Que, and produced by Studio Studio and Alturia Hill Publishing, it is a Filipino comic drawn in a manga style.

Angel Crush is currently in production, with three volumes already published and a fourth on the way. The comic's Facebook page can be found here.

Another series by the same authors is Love Is In The Bag, which is set in the same universe.

Tropes employed in this series:

  • Action Girl: Marion Hemlock. She is brave and skilled in combat, due to her being an Irin.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: Vera Willow.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Lady Di is said to possess great power. Most likely because she is actually The Grim Reaper. Alongside Metatron, Lady Di can also be categorized as Moe Anthropomorphism.
  • Badass: All male leads that have angel forms are this when they transform, usually for SwordFights and cool battle scenes.
  • Bad Dreams: Faye has these constantly.
  • Bash Brothers: Mardy and Marin, AKA the MarMars, always do things together. While they don't literally engage in combat, their attempts at finding dates can be interpreted as going to battle.
  • Because I Said So: Often Daniel's main reason when arguing with Faye.
  • Bespectacled Bastard Boyfriend: Daniel Thace Peregrine, AKA Cupid, fits this trope perfectly. He is the most popular character, mostly because he is such an unapologetic badass with a super sexy smirk.
    Due to his abrasive and arrogant nature, he can be White Hair, Black Heart, but it is subverted by his alignment with Good.
  • Bishie Sparkle: Michael Finch's locks of blond hair sparkle. Like all the time. Even at night.
  • Big Fancy House: The Oak Estate and the Alder Manor.
  • Book Ends: Each volume has an opening monologue by Faye that is quoted again at the end of the same volume, but with minor changes to have a different meaning.
  • Bring It: Daniel does this. A lot. Also Trash Talk.
  • Butt Monkey: The MarMars (Mardy and Marin), especially due to Sandy's bad advice.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Many of the angels' special attacks have names. Often called out or identified by Afriel. Julien does this, too, when he faces off against Cupid in Volume 2 and tells him he knows all his techniques.
  • The Centerpiece Spectacular: Every volume has one scene like this.
    • Volume one has the Irin chase between Marion and Faye.
    • Volume two has the big battle between Cupid and Julien.
    • Volume three has two such scenes: Sandy's charity event for the orphanage, and the big Dreg battle near the end.
  • Character Tics: Plenty of characters have signature actions.
    • Daniel Thace Peregrine AKA Cupid has his signature smirk.
    • Faye's eyes become emotionless when she is calm in public.
    • Mardy's face turns into a weird mask-like grin when he's around women.
    • Sandy points a finger at her lips when someone is raising their voice at her, or when she is about to jokingly ridicule someone.
    • Sandy opens her eyes when things get serious.
    • Maria makes a shocked face whenever she enters Maria Vision.
    • Michael loses his smile whenever Cupid trolls him.
  • The Chew Toy: The MarMars again.
  • Cliff Hanger: At the end of Volume 3, where Gale blocks with his sword, which is hinted at to be the legendary second divine blade needed to create the True Radalia sword.
  • Combat Commentator: This role is usually performed by Afriel, but Faye, Marion and Julien have had their moments, too.
  • Cool Sword: The Radalia. I mean, c'mon; it's the sword of the Archangel!
  • Cross Over: Plenty of characters from Love Is In The Bag have had guest appearances in Angel Crush.
    In volume 1, Gale accidentally bumps into Mark Spencer on the stairs.
    In volume 2, Mardy and the other main characters watch a basketball game against Saint Xander, featuring Louis Vee.
    In volume 2 again, the main characters attend an event in Saint Xander high school, and are greeted by Chloe Karan, Lorelei Wang, and the pink-haired girl.
    In volume 3, Louis is shown on a TV show hosted by Rick and Tina.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Cupid disposes of Marion in volume 1 and Michael completely destroys Julien in volume 2 with little or no effort.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Cupid, after his sister was killed and he was punished for avenging her.
  • Death Is Dramatic: Faye thinks Cupid is still reeling from the traumatic death of his younger sister so many centuries ago.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Faye offers Marion a truce after her defeat at the hands of Cupid in Volume 1, to which she eventually accepts and they become True Companions by the end of Volume 3.
  • Determinator: Gale has shown shades of this trait, which has become more and more prominent as he matures through the story.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Daniel has pupils that have a "light-burst" look.
    When "powering up," Michael's eyes briefly turn into something similar.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Sandy, although she tends to open them when things get serious.
  • Fake Action Prologue: The opening of Volume 3 which shows a teaser trailer from the movie Driving Machete.
  • Four Girl Ensemble: Kim and her BFFs, Caroline, Francesca, and Samantha.
  • Friendly Enemy: It is implied that Michael and Daniel have worked with each other in the past, though they are clearly not friends.
  • Guile Hero: Archangel Michael may be a powerful warrior, but he would rather resort to reasoning than force.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Cupid is difficult to deal with, and has a rebellious streak to him. Most probably due to how his sister was killed, and that he took revenge by destroying two evil armies.
    It is revealed later in the story that Gale may suffer from this trope as well.
  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: While the Irin tend to wear some form of headdress (such as Marion's hood and Julien's metal head brace.) the main angels don't have any head gear.
    Although Michael wears a very thin band on his head, this hardly counts as protection.
  • Hero of Another Story: Sandy Oak seems to have a lot on her plate most of the time. She's often shown on the way to some school meeting as the student council vice president, or a family activity as she is part of the influential Oak clan. Sometimes the main characters join her events, such as the charity day for an orphanage in volume 3.
    Sandy is also a Cross Over character in Love Is In The Bag, where she plays a supporting role as Kate Mennella's cousin.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: The MarMars yet again, especially when it comes to Sandy.
  • The Hunter: The Irin are a special class of celestial beings whose main purpose is to maintain balance between realms by eliminating things that should not be on earth.
  • Ideal Hero: The first phase of Gale's mission is to become this. Since he is also a Blank Slate, he'll need Faye's guidance and help.
  • Important Haircut: In order for him to fit in, Gale goes to a barber and has his long hair cut short in volume 1.
  • Informed Ability: Cupid keeps claiming he is the most powerful angel, yet there is no way of proving that.
  • It May Help You on Your Quest: Faye is often given Cherub Feathers with which to summon her guardians to her side.
  • Just in Time: This has happened in every book in the series so far.
    In volume 1, when Cupid arrives just in time to save Faye from Marion.
    In volume 2, when Gale and Afriel arrive to protect Faye and Cupid from Julien and again near the end of the book, when Cupid stops a dreg right before it strikes Faye.
    In volume 3, when Marion leaps out to save Faye from being swatted by the giant dreg's hand and again at the very end of the book, when the famed second holy sword appears so Gale can block the dreg's attack.
    In the upcoming volume 4, when Michael saves Faye and Marion by blocking the rampaging Gale's attack.
  • Like Brother and Sister: While they have no blood relation and despite some 'ship moments, Faye and Gale pretty much see each other in this light.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Julien Alder is presumed to be this.On the third episode of Sandy Sessions, Sandy teases Julien about him having no friends and no mentor to teach him any irin skills .
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Michael Finch has long flowing golden locks and a gentle smile. Though when push comes to shove, he can be pretty intimidating.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: It's insinuated in the first three volumes that Faye was often verbally abused by her boyfriend Rafa, but her love for him made her look past such moments.
  • Lured Into a Trap: Cupid is drawn into a trap by Julien Alder in volume 2, when the Irin kidnapped Faye and tied her to a tree in the forest.
  • Meaningful Look: Faye and Daniel share these frequently, though Faye commits this more often, and towards multiple characters.
  • The Medic: Afriel has grown into this role, as he constantly uses spell tags to patch Gale up after every battle as Gale often collapes.
    This also happens to Faye in volume 2, where she collapses soon after touching Cupid's wound.
  • Mr. Exposition: Afriel, though Daniel, Michael and Metatron have played this part, too.
  • Ms Imagination: Maria Redwood has a very interesting imagination often involving other characters in romantic or risque scenarios. This also makes her a bit of a Covert Pervert.
    Often lampshaded: Maria Vision
  • Named Weapons: Michael's sword is called the "Radalia, Sword of Light", while Cupid's bow is the "Erfyng, the Bow that Moves the Universe." Marion wields Yphastion, while Julien Alder wields the Umbralon. Gale's weapon is also most likely named.
  • Oblivious Younger Sibling: Kim, Faye's younger sister. Either she is sheltered from it, or she doesn't realize how heavy the situation is.
    She is also a Plucky Girl.
  • Odd Friendship: Cupid and Lady Di, AKA Death.
  • Ordinary High-School Student: Faye literally just wants to be this—study hard, go to college, and find a good job. Yet circumstances force her to be something a bit different.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Angels in this series do not behave like their Bible counterparts. Daniel is the ultimate antithesis of how heavenly angels should act.
  • Perpetual Frowner: While she is also considered stoic, Marion never smiles. Often her frown is her only expression.
    She also doesn't react to jokes or warm greetings, which may qualify her as an Emotionless Girl.
  • Promotion to Parent: Since Faye and her sister Kim live away from their parents, Faye is responsible for her. And Gale...and Afriel...and Daniel...
  • Proper Lady: Serena Oak
  • Punch Clock Villain: The Irin have their powers activated only when they sense something otherworldly in the area. Otherwise, they are normal people with normal lives.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Daniel points out why Gale is a horrible "Egg" in volume 3.
  • Reverse Harem: Almost all the male leads gravitate towards Faye.
    They are also all PrettyBoys or Bishōnen.
  • Running Gag: There's a guy that appears in every volume who gets "pwned" everytime. Just before he gets pwned he says "What the - ". It's a Homage to a friend of the author.
  • Secret Identity: Many of the angels assume regular student identities. Gale takes on the surname Willow and introduces himself as Faye's cousin from Finland. Apparently, this disguise also includes the ability to cook a foreign delicacy: Karelian pies.
  • Shirtless Scene: Both Gale and Daniel often have these moments, much to Faye's displeasure/pleasure.
  • Show Within a Show: Many of the characters watch shows by the in-universe actors Conrad Allan and Atom Lambert, most notably their upcoming movie Driving Machete.
  • Shower of Awkward: Faye walks in on Gale and Daniel in the bath in Volumes 1 and 2, and played with in Volume 3.
    Faye also shouts this to Daniel in Volume 3.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Sandy Oak. Despite being extremely wealthy, she remains sweet, helpful and humble to most people. She seems to be the most approachable character in the series.
  • The Stoic: Faye at the start of the series, and when she's in study-mode. Marion also fits this trope.
  • Stop Motion Lighting: When an especially violent blow is thrown and blocked/absorbed, or when Michael mows down Julien's shadows in Volume 2. Mostly used to tone down the level of violence and keep the series appropriate for younger audiences.
  • Theme Naming: Characters either have surnames based on trees, or on birds.
    For example, Willow, Birch, Oak, and Finch, Peregrine.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Metatron is very partial to cake and bemoans its absence during his visits to Earth if he isn't offered any.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gale and Faye call out Cupid about his decision not to go after the giant dreg in volume 3.
  • Will They or Won't They?: The series is rife with this, but none more prominently than Faye and Cupid, whom the authors continue to Ship Tease with interesting moments, but often leave the readers hanging.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Metatron. While it's hinted he's very old, he resembles a small child.
  • The Worf Effect: Julien Alder benefits from this with his surprise back-stab on Cupid in volume 2.
  • You Can Barely Stand: Cupid in Volume 2, and Gale in Volume 3.
    Cupid showed great Heroic Resolve.
    Gale gained his Heroic Second Wind.

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