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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...
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Don't be fooled by the cover.
As many reviewers mentioned, this manga, despite having a pretty shoujo cover, is in no way a cutesy shoujo type manga. Now, I know a lot of people appreciate these type of unique shoujo mangas without a cliche plot (I do too), but this manga is definitely not something to be taken lightly of. As you can see, psychological is one of the genres for the series, and this is definitely 100% true. This series started out with lots of potential with the mystery aspect fairly well sorted out, however as the plot progresses, it becomes darker and darker and each character becomes more and more insane. I don't know about other people, but I definitely don't think being able to casually harm others (no matter what reasons) is normal at all. To me, this was a very good read at first but then turned extremely unrealistic and insane later, but I'm not going to give the series a bad rating because I believe this manga will be appealing to some readers and I don't want my personal preference to affect others. All in all, read if you are into dark, psychological stuff, but if you are just reading for the mystery, I suggest you skip out on this one.
What the heck...
...is going on. That is what you'll be saying as you read along. It's that crazy. Nothing makes any sense because everything is thrown out of proportions. How can you transfer to your sister's school and take her place when I'm pretty sure the school knows she is in a coma AND what about your school? It's not like anyone else is going to take your place right? AND. WHERE. ARE. THE. ADULTS. IN. THIS. It's like the world is run by kids and you can get away with causing random fires and attempting murder. I'm very sure that's possible. This whole series is completely made up of bullsnot and nonsense. I mean really, shoujo is unrealistic to varying degrees but this one? This gives shoujo a new category. Eww. Just...no. No thank you for this overly dramatic, angsty, unbelievable, piece of nonsense. Arisa earns my cringe of disgust.
Not that I'm saying manga has to be realistic, but the plot seems to be trying to set itself up as a realistic story except that it fails miserably. It's melodramatic and each chapter just keeps trying to shock the reader. I think that's the main problem. It's not as concerned with telling a coherent, logical story as it is with trying to come up with shocking twists. The biggest issue with that is that the story comes off fake and sounds as if it were written by a pre-teen.
There are no considerations for consequences and the students behave like a cult. There's little to no adult presence in the story, even though they appear now and then on the page. Characters also contradict themselves. It's just kind of a poorly executed story. I wouldn't recommend getting too invested in this series, but check it out if you have time for a little bewilderment.
This manga is insane. Basically, almost everyone in the story is craving for love and attention to the extent that they would kill anyone just to obtain their goal.
My thoughts: Just because you're abused or unloved or whatever, doesn't give you the rights to kill/torture others. A total different mindset from Naruto. Pessimistic.
But if you enjoy crazy killing scenes, I guess this is for you.
Became really really really really shitty at around volume 8-9. Particularly became very effing annoying as soon as
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Arisa woke up.
This story became suuuuuuuuuuuuuper unrealistic. The class is effed up and the adults? Well, there are NONE of them around. Lol.. It's not even cliche, because nobody is stupid enough to come up with such a story like this. I used to love this manga. But now I really hate it. Not recommended.
... Last updated on August 30th, 2012, 1:48am
Dragged on too long...
This should've probably been better as say 4-5 volumes than 10+ volumes. The story starts to seem too long, and we're waiting and waiting to find out who the King is, although there is a lot of foreshadowing and random action.
Tsubasa's lack of interest in the boys around her was surprising, especially her little boy buddy who breaks laws to help her investigate. And the boys are the ones who are really doing the work, although Tsubasa is taking the risks... which endlessly backfires and she needs saving.
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hating each other to the point of trying to kill the other
was kind of interesting... although
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the boyfriend was probably the biggest surprise, and I mean his cheating ways among other things.
Regardless, this is not a manhwa sitch where the rowdy twin gets her man and overpowers the school with sheer strength and character (if you read manhwa, you know what I mean), but it feels similar in that respect. Better plotted, more controlled, but similar.
There was a comment about adults being almost completely absent from the comic, and that's true. Where are the teachers and parents in all this? Isn't anyone paying attention to the number of injuries and deaths in that class? Sheesh.
So, if you're looking for something that's shoujo-ish in looks and nature, but has a mystery-thriller type plot, this might be your manga. But, really, there are much better mystery-thriller manga out there. If you're hard up to kill some time, give it a try. But I still think it's too long, and would've done better to have been cut in half...
not for the thoughtful reader
Its good in the sense that its pretty Unpredictable. Except it has some major flaws as pointed out by PrincessVera. The manga feels all over the place thus i cannot give it anything above a 7. Like where is the law in this? It feels like te mangaka is making stuff up as she goes and throwing the plot around.
... Last updated on June 5th, 2012, 7:13pm
YAY!!! Not another typical shoujo!
The plot is really interesting and will suck you in as it is unique and original. The art is not perfect but fairly great and you can tell everyone apart because no one looks the same. I like the mysteries and how there isn't too much drama from wrecking the manga like other. If you love your romance and are a hard-core shoujo, I'm sorry to say this isn't for you. There isn't much romance which is just really good for people like me who extremely hate those cliche romance scenes.
You would think...but no.
By looking at the cover, and the synopsis, that this is an ordinary, soppy shoujo. But no, what it really is is far more sinister. There are so many twists that it is hard to tell lies from the truth, and who to trust. The art is good and tidy. The heroine is strong and likeable. My complaints are that it sometimes leaps from one scene to the next, so that the reader has to fill things in, the heroine's life as herself is erased (as in no one cares that she's suddenly not going to school) without a bat of an eyelash, and characters will suddenly stop showing up. If you are looking for romantic fluff, maybe not this one. Did not make me cry (not that that's easy) like I thought that it was intended to. It kept me guessing. I would definitely recommend it! Just wish it would update more
... Last updated on February 1st, 2012, 10:27pm
Don't judge a book by its cover
This manga is surprisingly better than I expected. At first glance, my initial thoughts were those typical shoujo mangas where the same/similar kind of plot is used. However the twists and build-up of suspense gives a better story-line compared to other shoujo mangas. Definitely doesn't contain those "overly romantic , lovey dovey" scenes where the main couples are involved. Definitely a recommend!