From the onset, Ange Vierge seemed very much your standard “female warriors come together to battle evil,” spliced with fan service and cheesecake. However, there’s an element within that makes for a fascinating and dark psychological study. That element is the series’ main character.
Based on the card game of the same name, Ange Vierge takes place in a world where five different realities face imminent destruction when they are somehow connected through a mystic gate. Female warriors, called “Progresses,” emerge with special abilities based on the realities they come from and compete against each other to fight the mysterious Ouroboros which threaten all realities.
Note: This article contains minor spoilers for Ange Vierge.
The main character of the series, Saya Sōgetsu, is a young girl from The World of Blue (our reality) who was living a bland and aimless life until one day when her powers as a Progress manifested. Bestowed with the ability to control and manipulate light, Saya discovers that she isn’t just a faceless nobody, blankly coasting through life without purpose or drive. She is chosen. Special. And this fact becomes her obsession.
Upon entering the Seiran Academy where Exceeds train their powers, Saya discovers that she isn’t a unique flower. She is just one among a legion of super-powered warriors. Worse than that, she isn’t even that powerful. Among the ranks of C, UC, R, SR, and EXR, (it’s based on a card game, go with it) she is a rank UC. In her own eyes, she is nobody again.
Ange Vierge starts out showing us Saya’s obsession with becoming more powerful so that she can increase her rank to an R, an SR, or an EXR. While it seems a noble goal, you can see her obsession is one that is highly destructive and indeed, has the potential to go to some very dark places. She’s reckless to the point of endangering her teammates and her single-mindedness completely blinds her to everything around her.
This blind obsession makes Saya a fascinating character, and at the same time, a very dangerous one. The five worlds are protected by the energies unleashed when Progresses use their abilities against each other, which is why they compete. But this is a band-aid solution at best. If the Progesses stop fighting each other for whatever reason, the energies that prevent the five realities from colliding disperse and the worlds head toward collision and their destruction. The problem isn’t being solved; it’s just being delayed.
Saya defines herself by being “special,” something that she can only be as long as the five worlds are in danger. I can only imagine what might happen if they somehow discover a way to save all five realities and end the need for Progresses. Without going into detail, a character like Saya has the potential to literally sabotage saving the world just so she continue her fight and remain “special”…
Maybe I’m just thinking too deep into this. I doubt the series will address this psychological conundrum during its run, but realizing that this facet may lie underneath it all is actually kind of chilling.
Ange Vierge can be viewed with English subtitles on Crunchyroll.