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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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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!
Must read it
Nothing more to add. I even didn't sleep so that i can read it. Great manga, don't miss it.
This story made me cry alot,but of sadness AND happiness.The love between the 2 main characters is really beautiful and an example of true,unconditional love.The ending was really sad but was a ending that needed to be made.There is alot of joy in this series and it can be quite peaceful sometimes.I'd highly recommend it,if you think you can take the sadness at some times.This is most definitely the best manga I've ever read so far
... Last updated on January 2nd, 2009, 5:36pm
Sad, Touching, and Great manga
This manga.... very sad, touching, and can really put you through a myriad of emotions for the charaters. To be honest, this is not the type of manga i'm particulary into and out of sheer will i picked it up, and i'm glad i did.
This manga seriously left a impression on me, execellent job by Tanaka-sensei.
... Last updated on March 12th, 2009, 5:23pm
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I would have liked it better if they left the ending open for interpretation or wrote an alternate ending. I like happy endings ;( - still this is a great story
Must get seinen
Really reccommend this. Think it's awesome, the slow progress, the feel of being in it, the fact it makes you continue reading and reading and reading... and then you complete it and you cry as a small child...
I have read it as scanlation... but going to buy it, even in Jap. It's well worth it.
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.
An incredibly happy, incredibly sad manga. A beautiful story for the ages. Don't miss it. And make sure you have tissues.
can't take it anymore...
If you really want to cry, just read this manga. Do not concern about the art too much as if it will get better along with your growing tear.
I never cried while reading manga before, this was my first time and you should too XP
i never cried so much in my entire life, honestly. the bond between the protagonists is, although clouded by the death, not desperate, but free and fulfilling in a way which'is just overwhelming.
It's not drawn too well, but you get really used to it. You know what will happen to the two main characters, but in the end, you just dont even dare to think about it.