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A strange virus is making its way around the globe, causing its victims to commit suicide. In less than a week, it's become a lethal pandemic. Now a group of Tokyo teens who have survived the outbreak are wondering why they are still alive.
アライブ アライブ 最終進化的少年 最終進化少年 最终进化少年 Alive คนผ่าเหล่า เผ่าหายนะ Alive - Last Evolutionary Boy Alive - The Final Evolution Alive: The Final Evolution
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you're missing out if you haven't read this
I started reading this because of a friend (seriously, this manga has way too little love... it deserves SO much more) and today, I read it up-to-date. As in, all 15 volumes (found some Chinese raws for the later ones that weren't translated.) And I have to say, after 15 volumes, I DEFINITELY want more. It is just that good, I'm telling you.
I don't know why the heck people would call this "unoriginal" and "save-the-princess" or whatever. I for one have no complaints. I think the plot is definitely interesting and fresh, with lots of plot twists, action, and a lot of depth. The characterization is so realistic, and I don't think any of their angsty pasts were overdone. There's also some good humor added in once every few panels, so it's not all gory and depressing like you'd think from reading the summary.
I, personally, am IN LOVE with the art. Aside from some shonen-ish short miniskirts and big boobs or whatever, it's really good art. I really like the mangaka's style, he's amazing at the perspectives and the angle shots and the action scenes. Some mangakas, you can totally tell they have no idea how to draw a person punching or throwing a high kick, but with Alive, it's just PERFECT.
Now I just wish that they could release the next volume soon 'cuz THAT WAS A CLIFFY!!!!111 I really hate those.
It Looks Awesome
I haven't read it yet and I don't rate anything I haven't actually read a few pages of.
This looks like a great manga to me. The art is awesome and the main char,. kinda reminds me of Kyo from Blood+! XD Reading the summary, I'm instantly pulled into this and can't wait to start reading. Horror/Mystery is literally my fav because it always keep me on edge wanting to see what will happen next. And I like making guesses and solving things on my own.
This kinda gives me the feel of Death Note for some reason... -.- heh hehh Anyway, I'm totally giving this a try and I hope anyone who comes across this page reads it too!
P.S.(to "Trov") - GANTZ makes me feel like barfing... -.-; I can't get the intestines outta my head. I regret watching the series on Anime Network, but the storyline is very GOOD as well as the art in the anime.
Pretty good so far. Definitely worth checking out.
Why U Cancel Anime Adaptation?!
loved the manga. I have read this over and over again for the joy of it. It took me two tries to finish it, that's true, but it still has become one of my favorites. If you like the genres, there's no reason to avoid it. There is never enough gore, but this was good. It allows people who don't like gore to enjoy it too. SO, it made me really mad to hear that the planning of making this into an anime was canceled. In 2008 they announced it, and my feels when through the roof. Then they turn around and said No... T.T "According to the Monthly Shonen Magazine editors, production on the anime project was suspended last year due to the delisting of the Gonzo anime studio from the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Gonzo was co-producing the anime with another studio, AIC. The people involved did their best to revive the project after Gonzo's delisting, but to no avail." - ANN (Anime New Network)
I hate to say
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that the ending has failed me. Not because it is not a typical shonen's happy ending where all problems are resolved and everybody's friend again, but rather because I'd hoped for mutual destruction. really, I think that way it would have created a huger impact. As the way it's done, it feels rather half-assed to me. Oh, well, on the other side, the author did a good job deceiving me (if I had guessed the ending right, that would mean the story's too predictable, don't you think?)
I personally loved this manga and was so amazed when I heard the story of its author( who died from cancer in a good way...). I didn't think there were so much people hating it so, now, I'm kind of reflecting on what I thought. I read some of the hate comments just to be sure and now I've made my mind. I won't back down that this could be considered a masterpiece. Though the first part is better than the second the story held itself good. Hirose should have had his character developed better than that, it's true. And, the ending had some confusing parts I think. But what I truly loved and which didn't bother me at all though it seems to have bothered some is that this manga, just as dramatic and crazy may the situation get, it kept itself as a bright kind of story. through good and bad times, never did the story become dark and too mysterious to be understood. That's the best way I coulp put it into words, period. and, about the art, it's top notch. especially starting vol 7 or so. It's a shame the author died, he could have brought an even better piece. May he rest in peace ~
... Last updated on January 22nd, 2012, 2:23pm
All I can say is that I love this manga. Just by chance I checked it out from the library and before I knew it, I was addicted to it. I love the storyline because it did not bore me, and personally I like the artwork. I love the characters in Alive. Each character has his/her issues but they're not depressed or anything. Yeah the suicidal thing is kinda weird but it's ok. It's now one of my favorite manga. I'm planning to buy all the volumes.
I don't see how this is bad
I for one loved it. It made me cry, laugh, sigh, and smile. This is in my top favorite mangas and I don't see how its bad. I actually liked the story plot and the artwork at first was okay but it improves a lot in time. The characters were amazing, and the villains were great too. So this is a must read!
I liked this manga a lot. Taisuke is a very likeable protagonist and while I didn't really like most of the villains all that much, they were interesting in their own way that I didn't get bored whenever the manga's point of view shifted to show us what they were doing.
The first story arc does follow the monster of the week... err... comrade of the week formula to some extent where Taisuke runs into another comrade who he invariably ends up fighting. In some cases, this leads to a truce or alliance while others remain enemies that vow to get him later due to being already allied with Katsumata.
There are a few points, particularly in the second story arc, where things drag a bit, but it's wasn't dragging to the extent that I found myself considering the idea of dropping this manga from my reading list without finishing it. Yes, I do agree with the sentiments that the ending felt a bit rushed and could have used more chapters to let things develop more slowly. However it is also known that the author finished writing this manga from his death bed. If going for a few more chapters would have meant risking the possibility that he would have died before finishing this manga, leaving it forever incomplete unless someone else finished it off without knowing his intentions, I think that rushing it to the conclusion was the way to go.
... Last updated on June 12th, 2011, 6:43pm
a little bit more to be a real masterpiece
This series deserves the spot, so I don't kinda understand some of your complaints. The coherency is somehow messed up at times, but fine overall. The only regret is the ending pairing. Should be the other girl you all know.
Reading this and some others, like Biomeat, ARMS or Parasites which I like a lot, I wonder how the likes of Bleach and Naruto can be so popular? because they are for kids, not quite right? Hope fanboys don't kill me