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Gakuen Alice  
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From Tokyopop:
Young Mikan runs away to Tokyo to follow her best friend, Hotaru, who has been enrolled in an exclusive, secretive private school for geniuses. But it turns out that Alice Academy is a lot more than meets the eye. If Mikan wants to stay by Hotaru's side, she has to both pass the strange "entrance exam" and face the even greater challenge of befriending her very odd new classmates. Whether it's Hotaru's gift for inventing gadgets, the cranky Natsume's fire-casting ability, or Professor Narumi's control of human pheromones, everyone at the school has some sort of special talent. But what ability, if any, does Mikan possess? Mikan is going to have to rely on her courage and spunk if she's going to stay in school, or even stay alive!


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Associated Names
Академия Алис
أكاديمية أليس
퍼니퍼니 학원 앨리스
Alice Academy
Alice: Escuela de magia (Spanish)
Học Viện Alice
L'Académie Alice (French)
Perguruan Alice
Skolen Alice

Groups Scanlating
Aerie Scans
Alice Dreams
Dragon Voice
Dragon&Fly Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.31 c.179 by bienenstich (690d ago)
v.31 c.178 by bienenstich (747d ago)
c.177 by bienenstich (881d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
31 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 29

User Reviews
Gakuen Alice by Plaiid-Tiisue
Gakuen Alice by aquamarinecharlotte

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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1040 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 23rd 2015, 7:41pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (16 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #698 increased(+56)
Monthly Pos #916 increased(+75)
3 Month Pos #1041 decreased(-23)
6 Month Pos #923 decreased(-75)

List Stats
On 2731 reading lists
On 906 wish lists
On 840 completed lists
On 231 unfinished lists
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Ending 551 days, 15 hours, 21 minutes ago
Pairing 688 days, 1 hours, 33 minutes ago
Latest Chapter 170 Translation 1102 days, 15 hours, 57 minutes ago
Gakuen Alice About to End 1178 days, 9 hours, 43 minutes ago
Chapter Up to in Gakuen Alice 1366 days, 9 hours, 9 minutes ago

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Shoujo fantasy with a complex appeal   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
March 3rd, 2012, 1:05am
This series brings to mind Harry Potter in both its development and in its set-up, albeit a cutesy Harry Potter with different characters and villians... its own appeals. On the level of plot and setting, it’s deceptively simple and un-complex: you have a bunch of kids in a magic school with a variety of intrigues, from romantic drama to nasty classmates to silly goofs and dangerous adventures. The world is fairly self-contained—you get glimpses and hints of what’s on the outside, and it’s not like they’ve forgotten the world exists—but it takes place mostly inside the school. This is where the resemblance to Harry Potter ends.

As for the characterization and development, you have young characters to start, and they’re clearly very immature in many ways. They’re all variations of stereotypes: the kind, ditzy, naïve girl, the cold genius, the tsundere male lead, the kind-hearted male lead, the irritating “love rival”, and so on. So it’s not their base personalities, but when they break out of these types or when they show how valuable those personality traits of theirs are that you feel touched by them; they all have strong personalities and unique gifts which they must use to struggle and survive in an increasingly dark adult world.

As the series goes on, the story becomes more complex and the tone becomes darker. You begin to get more flashbacks, exposition, and deep, deep drama. (Again, very Harry Potter-like). If you’re someone who read this series within a short time-span or if you’ve reread it, then you probably realized that the darkness was lurking there to begin with: Hotaru’s parents are coerced into sending her to school, Natsume is punished with physical abuse and physical constraints, Narumi’s cheeriness hides a lot of darkness, and so on.

The pace picks up (rather awkwardly) as the manga moves closer to the hundreds (in chapters). It appears to be the final / culminating arc, but this arc has been going on for at least 1/3 of the series now; the mangaka set it up so that things are not going to be easily resolved by beating one bad guy. Most recently she has thrown in a disorienting rapid-fire set of heavy punches plot-wise (non-spoiler tip-off to current readers: the things happening around the time Reo returning), with everyone doing big important things, and to the reader it’s just that feeling—you wish it would end already because you’re shocked and disoriented all the time, but you really can’t even begin to see how it’s going to end and know it’s going to take a while.

My two biggest problems are the current state of the never-ending rapid-fire plot (although all the events and flashbacks are useful, they are nonetheless disorienting) and the pervertedness of some of the stuff. Seriously, I don't think it should be normal for ten-year-olds to grope others, steal panties, and whatnot. But this is a Japanese series, so it'd probably be even odder for NONE of the sort to be there... unfortunately.

A warning to readers of scanlations: a few of the chapters are low-quality translations, and the scanlators have switched around over the years, so you may find variation in terminology (I used to have a lot of trouble keeping the Japanese names of the classes apart) and occasional confusing moments. I never had a problem following the plot and figuring things out from context, though, so I don’t mind this so much.

... Last updated on July 5th, 2012, 1:57am
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Rating: 8.1 / 10.0
by Pomegranate
February 21st, 2012, 2:36pm
Although this series has turned into a much darker and much more complex story as of late, I have to disagree with everyone to say that its extraordinary. Of course it starts out almost like a children's story but children grow up. And what makes this story so remarkable is that the characters have to go through and experience the horrors and corruption of the adult world even at such a young age.
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It was okay.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
February 15th, 2012, 8:14pm
It was great at first, but some of the later parts of the story really just dragged. The action scenes around chapter 120-135 in particular were really bad. Now we're into what is apparently the final arc, so I'm looking forward to hopefully seeing it wrap up nicely.

Alice Gakuen's art is alright, but it's also nothing really amazing. I have some difficulty telling the minor characters apart, and lots of scenes are really confusing to read, where you have no idea who's saying what or what the flow of the text is.

That said, it's pretty cute sometimes. It does also tend toward the randomly illogical, like being bare-shouldered on a snowy winter night and not feeling cold, but the characters are sweet and the concept is entertaining.
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Rating: N/A
by ayanechan
January 19th, 2012, 8:22pm
I feel really bad because now days i can't say GA is my favourite manga. The arc where they
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*looked into the past* was great, amazing; if a bit cliched here and there. But then after that it went downhill. The story is so complex i can't keep up with it or that may be the translating...i don't know :) GA is an amazing manga i just hope that the mangaka finds her feet because she's really extending it too long. I can no longer say this is my fav manga as i said above but don't let that stop you from reading this amazingly, cute, gutsy manga.
I'll keep reading but for now its an 8 from me
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lightningstorm
January 14th, 2012, 12:27pm
I'm really enjoying reading this series. I'm up to volume sixteen. But I just read somewhere that it's not being translated to English anymore, past volume sixteen. Tragic! How will I find out what happens next?
My favourite character is Natsume. And I think it's one of my favourite manga series ever, if only I could keep reading!
Oh and the art! It's beautiful. The characters are distinct easy to tell apart at a glance, something that perhaps strangely uncommon.

... Last updated on April 26th, 2013, 3:25pm
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Good turned Bad   
Rating: N/A
by hirika
January 14th, 2012, 5:57am
It was so much better when the plot was much simpler. I really liked reading Gakuen Alice then! But now it's so dark. I thought this was a manga made for kids... but now it's just so dark with so many plot twists that I can't keep up with any more. I just keep reading out of habit now.
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by airin gata
December 21st, 2011, 8:30pm
I started reading this then I was so attached to it I stayed up till morning just reading it.
You have to read this, it's got everything a shoujo manga needs. The characters are different yet cute and the plot is interesting.
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One of the best!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sakura29
November 18th, 2011, 5:23pm
It is beautifully drawn with a great plot. I like how the main leads are children not teenagers because this story with teens would just mean a trainwreck. The plot is so interesting and it had me on the edge of my seat. It was so interesting and unique. Beautifully drawn the art to me was unique in it's own way.

The only thing I didn't like was how in the first few volumes it took so long to get to the good parts. Reading those parts were nice but it took just way to long!
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In the Above   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Sphear
October 23rd, 2011, 3:22pm
Beautiful art, funny, sad, cute -the story has all necessities. For those who like to just quick-flip and just get to the fun parts (like me) it isn't the best choice for you. This story is positively slooow, smartly made, and sometimes can have lots of words. But for those who like to savor every page and think it through after, I guarentee an amazing experience...
As the story progresses, its no longer the calm, friendly life shoujo at alice academy, this manga proves to have some action and mystery and other mish mash, which I guess, could be a good thing.

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2011, 3:25pm
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Really good!   
Rating: N/A
by SteReo_R
July 16th, 2011, 2:38am
For the first few 50++ chapters, I wasn't really interested, then I tried continue-ing to read then I cried intensely. Seriously, this is manga made me cried/teared alot alot of times. It's as though as, it really touches your heart, all the pain and the happiness, you could feel it. Although the translating team abit ..... But still its a must read!
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