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by Master_M2K on December 21st, 2007, 2:46am

Rating - 7.6 / 10.0

User rating of this review - N/A out of 5
Story/Plot - 3.5 out of 5
Characters - 4 out of 5
Drawing Style - 4 out of 5
Enjoyment - 3.5 out of 5
Overall - 4 out of 5

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Ai-Ren is a Sci-fi, Romance, Drama about a young man (Ikuru) who was involved in a horrific accident but his life was able to be saved. Nonetheless he will soon die, so to comfort him in his final moments he was given an Ai-Ren (artificially generated humans).

From the beginning this manga is easily comparable to other heartfelt romance about a guy falling in love with a cute, not-so-human, girl. However unlike the ever-so-popular Chobits, this manga story is fairly saddening because the main characterís fates are already sealed. So all you can do is see how the story progress, which is great however the back-story and the side-story (apocalypse) just complicates matters.

Characters/ Drawing Style
The characters may be well-defined but they lack some form of depth to their stale personalities. On the other hand, their developments throughout their mundane lives are able to make up for that. The character designs are pretty good and the artwork used was able to bring forth various emotions. But strangely enough the artwork doesnít dynamic imagery to portray emotional moments but relies on pure dialogue.

Overall/ Enjoyment
Overall Ai-Ren is an interesting manga that has plenty of happy moments to go along with the sad moments. The manga would have been more enjoyable because of its amazing premise but whenever it deviated from Ikuruís and Aií story it felt more like a distraction than building up to something big. Nonetheless this manga is a good read but it is really meant for someone who feels like reading something different.

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