Angels of Death (Satsuriku no Tenshi) is an episodic psycho horror adventure game made by Stardust KRNKRN (creator of the Forest of Drizzling Rain) using the RPG Maker VX Ace engine. It is originally a freeware game, though a commercial English-translated version of it has been released and made available on Steam on late December 2016 to support the developer. There are four episodes in total.
13-year old Rachel Gardner awakens to find herself trapped in the basement of an abandoned building. Without any memories or even a clue as to where she could be, she wanders the building in search of an exit, lost and dizzy. During her journey, she had a chance meeting with a murderer covered in bandages, Zack, and, later on in their encounters as she began to discover more about herself, formed an unlikeliest of bonds through an odd promise that theyve made with each other
Does not have anything to do with the nickname for Space Marines in Warhammer 40,000.
Angels of Death contains examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion:
- The Manga adaptation expands some of the characters backgrounds and thoughts. There is also a prequel, Angel Of Death Episode 0, an expansion to how the facility came to be.
- The anime adaptation gives the viewer more details to Zack's backstory.
- For instance, a puzzle in B3 forces Rachel and Zack to briefly part ways, leading to Rachel commanding Zack with the assistance of a map on her end, and Zack getting increasingly angry at being told what to do. The anime replaces this puzzle with one that involves Rachel deciphering a series of clues and commanding Zack to arrange a dollhouse accordingly. The puzzle, and Cathy's taunting, force Zack to relive his troubled past, giving Zack every reason, including hating being commanded, to fly into a destructive rage.
- A God I Am Not: At one point, Rachel announced Zack 'her God'. He found it unsettling. It's an early sign that Rachel is almost as unstable as he is.
- Ambiguous Ending: Whatever happened to Rachel after Zack met up with her after the former went to a rehab facility and the latter escaped from prison is intentionally made unclear. What is confirmed is that they escaped from the facility together, though the final fate of Rachel still remains ambiguous.
- And Now for Someone Completely Different: There are occasions where you play as Zack in several parts of the game.
- Annoying Laugh: One of Cathy's defining traits.
- The Atoner: Rachel for the state of her own self and murder of her father (although it's in self-defense) before later sewing her parent's bodies together to make her own 'perfect family' after finding out that there's no way God would ever accept and bless her. She later comes to terms with it and is no longer seeking forgiveness for herself, though she still wishes to be killed by Zacks hand.
- Big Damn Heroes: Zack, during the ending where he busted Rachel out of the rehab facility that shes been admitted to after the events of the main game.
- Gray, when Danny shot and nearly killed both Rachel and Zack during their escape from the facility they were trapped in.
- Death Seeker: Rachel's overarching motivation during the majority of the story.
- Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: Rachel's default expression, and why her smile doesn't count for Zack to feel good about killing her.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Zack may be an unrepentant serial killer who absolutely loves to murder his victims, especially if its in their last moments, but hey, at least he accepts who he is, is pure about his love of murders and is direct about it instead of trying to make self-justifications for his actions or make them seem noble. Heck, he even calls out other characters (even the MAIN character herself) on this.
- Five-Man Band: The floor masters fit into this pretty well. Gray is the initial Big Bad being the master of the entire facility. Danny is The Dragon being the "first angel" and The Heavy of the game. Eddie is the Evil Genius that likes to create graves and whose floor is filled with puzzles meant to test his victims' intelligence. Zack is The Brute since he physically the strongest but has the lowest intelligence. Cathy is the Dark Chick being 1 of the 2 female floor masters that loves to toy with her victims. Rachel is the Sixth Ranger being the newest floor master, who, funny enough, ends up being a Sixth Ranger Traitor.
- Foreshadowing: Rachel, when she stitched up the two halves of a dead bird to fix it up before burying its body in the first episode. Later revealed that she's not as mentally stable as she seems to be (which is really saying something), as her past has shown her stitching up the dead bodies of a dog and both of her parents to make them perfect and 'hers'.
- Gray, the priest of the B2 floor. His entire floor is filled with religious undertones, doesn't initially seem to harbor any of the main characters any ill intent and is the only one who knows how to descend down the floors of the facility. It turns out that he's the master and 'God' of the entire facility.
- Game Show Host: Cathy acts like a giddy host and condemner to the main characters. She sometimes offers commentary while they try to get past through her trap-filled floor.
- Giggling Villain: Cathy.
- Insistent Terminology: For some reason Danny loves to refer to eyes as "peepers". It was probably done to make him sound creepier.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Zack may curse a lot, is trigger-happy and has a tendency to bash and strike his problems head-on (preferably with his scythe) instead of using his head but get him to care enough about you or make an oath with him and he WILL protect you.
- Love at First Sight: Two cases, towards Rachel. In Dannys case, being obsessed with collecting eyes, he became infatuated with her after laying witness to her dead, tranquil eyes, stating that it was the most beautiful pair of eyes hed ever seen. In Eddies, the child-like gravekeepers, case, he likes her because of her angelic voice, her wish to die (which corresponds with his job as a gravekeeper) and the fact that theyre around the same age.
- Mad Doctor: Danny, whos obsessed with and has a collection of peoples eyes on his floor. He's the one who wants to find and preserve Rachels "beautiful peepers".
- Made of Iron: Zack, full stop. Dude has been electrocuted on a high voltage electric chair, injected with deadly poison, fatally slashed on his own stomach, shot countless times and suffered from an explosion at point-blank range and still, he can move and swing his scythe around to great effect. Granted, Rachel helped heal up his aforementioned stomach wound, but the man still suffers from a lot of brutal physical punishment that could've resulted in death and survived. Its no wonder why the others started calling him a 'monster'.
- Minimalist Cast: Two protagonists, four antagonists (Eddie, Cathy, Danny, Grey). That's it.
- Mythology Gag: In the Anime's Opening, there's a wanted poster of Zack with an image similar to his in-game sprite portrait.
- Only I Can Kill Her: Zack is this to Rachel. It might have started off with him trying to get her off his case and maybe even have a little helping hand to help him escape, but over time, he really does take his oath seriously, even telling her not to die or get herself killed off by anyone else before they escape, as he promised that he's the only one that is allowed to kill her. It's implied that he fulfills his promise to her after the ending.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: With an exception of Gray, each floor keepers are recognized by their nickname instead of actual name. Rachel is Inverted version of this since Zack is the only who call her 'Ray' to help him recognize her name easier while everybody else able to call her real name just fine.
- Redemption Equals Death: The initial end goal of why Rachel seeks death for she discovered the murder of her own parents and her own screwed personality to be sinful and unacceptable to 'God'. She still wishes to die after she has come to terms with it, but by then, she wanted to be killed by Zack out of her own desire.
- Sad Battle Music: On Ray's floor.
- Serial Killer: Zack. The newspapers scattered around his floor, as well as the guy himself, explicitly call him as such. As are all the other floor keepers, minus Rachel (who only killed one person) and maybe Pastor Grey.
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: Zack, oh so very much.
- Spoiler Opening: The OP of the anime airs from the second episode forward. At the time, we think Danny is dead, but he heavily features in the OP, indicating that it doesn't stick.
- Stalker with a Crush: Eddie is this to Rachel on his floor. He even prepared a grand gravestone/burial just for her while making a half-assed job at Zacks "grave", which is just a big stone above a hastily dug hole.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Rachel, downplayed. Her hideously Abusive Parents, followed by her father murdering her mother in front of her, caused her to have a psychotic break and, after killing her father in self-defense, she taxidermied their bodies (and a dog she also killed in self-defense) to create something resembling a perfect family. Downplayed, in that she later comes to understand what she did was wrong and caused her to become suicidal out of shame and guilt; she tries to kill Zack at one point during a Heroic BSoD, but she was not in her right mind at the time and stops after calming down.
- Yonkoma: Satsuten is an official 4-koma series that is usually Lighter and Softer than the games.