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Taken from Solaris-SVU:

Ikuru is a boy who doesn't have long to live. Growing up questioning the purpose of his life and the reason for his impending death, he's constantly confused and lonely. After learning that he doesn't have much time left, he requests that a special "girl" called a AGH-RMS (Artificial Genes Human Regenerated for Mental Support) be given to him. These people are genetically made so that they help heal and ease the mental burdens of the terminally ill.

This manga is cute, sad, and ultimately a story about life, death, and humanity.


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Associated Names
愛人 (田中ユタカ)

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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.40-43 by Solaris (3737d ago)
v.5 c.39 by Solaris (3758d ago)
v.5 c.38 by Solaris (3766d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
2 Volumes (Aizouban - Complete)

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Ai-Ren by cryptic
Ai-Ren by Master_M2K


User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (503 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.11 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 3rd 2015, 10:53am PST



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Young Animal (Hakusensha)

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Weekly Pos #766 increased(+177)
Monthly Pos #1255 increased(+15)
3 Month Pos #1260 decreased(-52)
6 Month Pos #1244 decreased(-82)

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On 777 wish lists
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Death brings Life   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Kamugin
May 2nd, 2009, 5:05pm
This is an story about birth, life and death, filled with sorrow and love. I was really sad reading the last chapters but I realized that the end could be no different. The cycle of life is the same for all of us. Life couldn't exist if there is no death.
Ai-Ren is not perfect because there is some side plots unsatisfactory developed till the end and the whole plot about world crisis is superfluous, but this manga is a remarkable work. Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou readers may notice some influence of Ashinano Hitoshi's masterpiece on Ai-Ren. Thank you Solaris-SVU staff for translating this one.

... Last updated on May 2nd, 2009, 5:31pm
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Must read   
Rating: N/A
by Nomad
April 2nd, 2008, 1:44am
If you like seinen you cannot miss this.

Very sad, yet sweet romance.Who would have thought Tanaka, who mainly does ecchi/hentai was capable of such a thing, just goes to show you, don't dodge a book by its cover.

Love it, one of the best seinen.
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A must read!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by wiction
February 14th, 2012, 1:55pm
This is the Manga I was looking for, there is some skinship but that add to the story and the protagonists love, where as in other manga it cheapens it. It is the second time a manga made me cry and this story will remain with me for a very long time.
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thx for the great manga   
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by danker
December 10th, 2011, 10:38am
great manga.. made me crying alot and think to be more appreciating life and to love even more people around me.
thx Mr.tanaka
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by devioustrevor
October 9th, 2010, 3:51pm
My god nothing other than the death of my grandfathers has ever moved me to tears before, but this story did....multiple times. I wish this was licensed and published in English so I could buy a bunch of copies to give to friends and family. It's just so touching and moving that as I type this I'm blubbering like a child and as a 6'2" 280 lb concrete worker I'd probably be mercilessly taunted if anybody seen me as such but I don't really care I was just so moved by this manga.
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one of the best   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cubelet
December 18th, 2009, 12:55am
This story when read from a perspective of thinking about what it means to be human is absolutely amazing. There's so much it says about humanity as a whole, and is really powerful. It easily draws your emotions out making you feel pity at all the right times, and love for the characters in it. it's extremely well written, and i plan on reading it again in the future.
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A masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by milque
January 27th, 2009, 10:57am
At first I was skeptical about this series, what with the 'ecchi' tag in it, but since I was strongly recommended to read it, I gave it a go. And I'm glad that I did.
Ai-ren is truly a beautiful story that explores life and death, and ultimately- love. What made this manga great is the masterful stroy-telling by Tanaka Yutaka that compels readers into laughter as well as tears, moving across a range of emotions to portray loss, destruction, hope etc...
Also, despite it being labelled as 'ecchi', the nudity and ecchi parts are rendered beautifully, and add to the general atmosphere and tone of the manga.
Bottom-line: a must read!
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My 2 Cents   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Phiiyrael
May 11th, 2007, 12:03pm
Really tragic, makes you realize how inescapable death really is. I loved this series alot, tragic romance of 2 people fated to die but making the best of their time and regretting nothing, truly it is something inspiring and maks you feel that you really should make the best of your life.
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The first...   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Auwx
June 1st, 2011, 3:43pm
... manga where i actually cried. I mean sometimes i do get sad and my eyes get a little wet, but this time i had to use the handkerchief. It was really beautful but the end was just so saaaaaaaaad sad I didn't really care for the whole world-crisis thing and I didn't really try to understand it, I only wanted to read the events between Ai and Ikuru, and it is these that I rate here.

So if you don't mind crying and you like heart-breaking stories, read it, you won't regret your decision.
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by barny
May 10th, 2007, 10:07pm
Nice manga... The portrayal of death is just stunning. Gave me goosebumps though(not that its bad)... Deals with human existence and purpose pretty much like battle angel alita. Although i feel that the sci fi part was taken forgranted. A+ read nevertheless.
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