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For years the rash tomboyish Tsubasa had communicated with her twin through letters. She had formed the idea that the gentle Arisa led a joyful school life. But upon Arisa's sudden suicide attempt, Tsubasa vows to find the reason behind her twin's actions by taking her place at school. But will this supposed joyful life be too much for Tsubasa to handle? What does it have to do with the people disappearing from Arisa's school...

Note: Extras in volume 6 and 7 have not been scanlated.


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Associated Names
ARISA (German)

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.44 + Special (end) by Titania (718d ago)
v.12 c.43 by Titania (768d ago)
v.12 c.42 by Titania (780d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

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User Reviews

2 topics, 10 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (537 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.83 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 6th 2015, 4:12pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (12 Volumes - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #793 increased(+88)
Monthly Pos #1524 increased(+166)
3 Month Pos #1904 increased(+50)
6 Month Pos #1970 increased(+31)

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On 1551 reading lists
On 790 wish lists
On 717 completed lists
On 128 unfinished lists
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Arisa Ends In Japan 944 days, 16 hours, 50 minutes ago
Kings 1505 days, 21 hours, 0 minutes ago

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jenangelx3
September 4th, 2014, 7:48pm
I can finally say I finished this manga. It's been on my hold list for years as I got sick of the cliff hangers and suspense and having to wait months before finding out what happens. It has been a tough road of suspense and drama and it really tugs at the heart strings. I can't say I liked the ending, but at least it felt complete. I want to keep my rating at a 10 because it's been a great manga, but it is definitely confusing. Parts of it still do not make as much sense to me, but overall, not a bad read.
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false advertising   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
September 16th, 2013, 2:05am
Why are so many tagged as when there's not romance. Just because a character in a story has a crush on another character, this doesn't automatically qualify the story as romance. To me, romance is when one character actually admits their feelings to another which in turn leads to a romantic moment. When your girlfriend tells you she wants to have a romantic evening, it doesn't mean she wants to go out and solve a mystery together. It means she wants to spend time just the two of you while showing your affection for each other. The manga publishing industry needs to re-examine what it classifies as romance. They need a new classification for stories about members of the opposite sex that fall short of romance. Call it almost romance or something like that.
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support Tsubasa battle   
Rating: N/A
by otakulalaland
August 20th, 2013, 11:43pm
The story overall doesn't have much romance, but there is some here and there. The mystery and action itself is entertaining. Even when you know who the KING is, its difficult to understand their motives, goal, and plan. And though Tsubasa isn't the smartest, she makes progress following her instincts and is brave enough to face the cruel KING, is determined enough to protect others.
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Drags on much too long   
Rating: N/A
by Bronia
May 27th, 2013, 5:42pm
Other people have covered the absolutely unbelievable plot twists and the thoroughly psychotic characters, so I'll add my biggest complaint. Not only is it rough on my wallet, as a person buying the manga as it's released in North America, but the length of this series almost wrecks it. The story is really interesting and enjoyable for a few volumes, but at some point the author starts seeming to just be throwing in really stupid twists and turns to the plot just to keep the series going a little longer. This makes it get really melodramatic and a bit cliche and predictable as the series goes on. It would have been better if it was shorter.
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An "OK-ish" Read...   
Rating: N/A
by Kuma-Bear
May 19th, 2013, 8:24pm
This manga wasn't my best read, neither was it bad either.

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I was really anticipating on some romantic development between Manabe and Tsubasa--or at least a hint of "something," but in the end there wasn't.

It was just a make-up-with-each-other-and-get-together moment with Arisa and Tsubasa.

With that, in my opinion, it does not deserve being in the "romantic" category.

The only "romance" that I saw within this manga was the little moments between Arisa's boyfriend
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(that is now deceased)
and herself, and how there was unrequited love.

Asides from that, there was a lot of psychological elements, but they were extremely too unrealistic to believe.

But, when the characters were in that state, the mangaka did a pretty good job emphasizing that. (Looking madly crazy).

But the drawing style is really deceiving at first glance.

At first glance I would think that it is some cutesy manga.

Of course, it is not.

It is a manga filled with psychotic antagonists driven by a horrible past, jealousy, obsession, and selfishness and an adamant protagonist trying to solve the mystery of why her sister fell into a state of a coma.

... Last updated on May 19th, 2013, 8:28pm
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interesting but i wish there would've been more romance ;P   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by strawberriee106
May 18th, 2013, 8:21pm
the whole plotline is quite interesting for me
the concept of having a king being worshiped by the class and even drive the students crazy and have people murdered is awesome XD
Yet there are SOO MANY plot twists that makes my mind tired -.-
All the betrayal and hatred just makes the story less nice but addictive
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EX: How Arisa suddenly backstabs Tsubasa drove me bonkers D: i was like omfg why does something good always turned bad DX
OMG it would've made the manga way better
& the background of Arisa's boyfriend (i forgot his name)was rlly sad. How his family left him and how his brother died leaving him all alone made me tear up T^T

overall, it was worth reading XD
the mystery and emotional aspects were interesting wink

... Last updated on May 18th, 2013, 8:23pm
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by lily_kitty15
April 15th, 2013, 2:01pm
ok was good at first i was expecting enough of romance which was hardly in this manga only crazy and low life people only thinking of them self and blamed others when something went wrong about how they were used not even thinking about what they did.

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plus when Arisa eventually woke up i knew the things would go the way they did, that she would lose her memories cuz of thw shock or she pretending to forget her memories
and Arisa telling her sister at school her wish is for Tsubasa her twin to disappear made me want to beat the shit out of her!
only thing bugged me was that our main heroin Tsubasa had no boyfriend at the end even though she was starting to have feeling for her sister's boyfriend but only cuz he was misleading her of course. i thought Manabe and Tsubasa would be a pair or something but didn't seem like that even though they did have a very nice chemistry together....

i was hoping to see them paired up at the end oh will this was many way not the romance kind of manga to being with
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as heavy as shoujo gets   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Astur
April 14th, 2013, 11:35am
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this series. Honestly, I went in with the feeling that I would just get some typical twin sister love story (because that's what I needed) but then I found out it's a very long, drawn out plot about psychotic people.

Also, the faces actually scared the crap out of me.

Obviously this is not an in-depth analysis, but I found it impossible to really sympathize for any of the characters after the things that happened. It left a very sour taste in my mouth. And yet, I would suggest that if you can stomach all this, to read it. It really was interesting, but it just wasn't what I wanted to read.

Moral of the story: don't place your unrealistic expectations on something or someone you don't know! You'll just disappoint yourself. However, Arisa, for what it was, surprised me and I did enjoy reading it. I had to marathon it because of all the cliffhangers :/

Also, I'm stupid because I didn't read the tags, but I try not to because it spoils the story :S
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Rating: N/A
by doki-doki-kimochi
February 25th, 2013, 8:54pm
At first I thought pretty highly of this manga. I loved that the characters were so twisted and unpredictable. But then it reached this point where it seems as if the mangaka is trying to make it unpredictable, constantly inserting twists into one chapter until if becomes predictable. Slightly disappointed.
For example:
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In the latest chapter (43) you'd think everything was solved when Arisa declared her love to Midori to keep him from suicide. And then some random kid goes up behind him and stabs him. I was seriously expecting that -.-
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It's Crazy, It's Unrealistic, yet Somehow, It's Enjoyable   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by crazyboutcute
February 22nd, 2013, 12:17am

I don't think I've ever read such a frustratingly convoluted pass-the-Idiot-Ball-around manga in my life. As another reviewer pointed out, the world is apparently run by high school students. Yes, it's an adult-free dystopia in the world of Arisa! There are no teachers, the police are useless, confidentiality means nothing, and it seems like everyone's hopped up on some hip new designer drug half the time the way they get on. All the adults in this manga suck, and so it's up to a couple of delinquent kids to set everything straight so that they can stop the string of disappearances, accidents, and even murders that are all connected to their school and that have been mysteriously overlooked by anyone of consequence. Yeah, it's that kind of manga.

Still, it kept me reading the whole way through. I'm not sure I can exactly explain how, but I can certainly point to a few factors that helped. The art is clean and sparkly, reminiscent of Arina Tanemura's trademark style that I've always been a sucker for. Unlike Tanemura's works, however, Andou's manga is much darker in tone and content in spite of the fluffy, eye-candy artwork. Yeah, you read that right. This manga is downright dark, especially for a shoujo title (and especially especially for something out of Nakayoshi). In fact, the aspect of the story that really did keep me hooked was the building mystery. Sure, there were way too many "Kings" to really be plausible, but the escalation of 2-B's crimes and the urgency of Tsubasa and Manabe to find the culprit really added that dark layer of suspense and intrigue that this kind of story needs. Speaking of Tsubasa and Manabe, I found them both to be particularly gripping characters, even though the latter seemed to drop off the radar for a good portion of the final volumes. One of my pet peeves in any work of fiction is when a character is introduced as tough but is shown to be exactly the opposite. Tsubasa really does earn the right to be called tough throughout the manga. She is both incredibly feminine (her looks, her aspirations, her emotions) and yet at the same time, she takes a very active role within the story and doesn't play second in command to the male lead (thank God). Overall, I found her to be a well-rounded character who never got overtly distracted by romance (as shoujo heroines tend to do) or gradually reduced to cheerleader. She starts as the protagonist and ends as the protagonist. Though she has her fair share of Idiot Ball moments, she takes it up no more often than any of the rest of the cast. And, hey, I liked her so much that I was even hoping for a little extra romance between Tsubasa and Manabe. You know, because they actually had some chemistry and weren't mooning over their love lives the entire time (or any of the time, really). But at least they didn't become a romantic plot tumor. As for the titular Arisa, I'm more divided. I feel like if I wanted to go back and trace her motivation throughout the series, it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense in regards to where she ends up. Oh well.

So anyway, don't take this one too seriously because if you do, you'll find yourself smashing your head repeatedly against the keyboard by the multitude of inane and unrealistic developments the story takes. But if you're bored one day or are just looking for a good, darker shoujo mystery that's not as tight as it could be, I recommend you give this one a shot. While it's certainly not the best manga out there, it's far from the worst.

I'll give it a 7 out of 10. It entertained me, and I definitely feel like I got something good out of reading it.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2013, 12:20am
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