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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...

Note: Extras in volume 6 and 7 have not been scanlated.


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Associated Names
ARISA (German)

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Latest Release(s)
v.12 c.44 + Special (end) by Titania (715d ago)
v.12 c.43 by Titania (766d ago)
v.12 c.42 by Titania (778d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (537 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.83 / 10.0
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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha)

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English Publisher
Kodansha USA (12 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #858 increased(+44)
Monthly Pos #1529 increased(+161)
3 Month Pos #1908 increased(+46)
6 Month Pos #2004 decreased(-3)

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On 1553 reading lists
On 790 wish lists
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Don't judge a book by its cover   
Rating: N/A
by xorisa
January 17th, 2012, 3:57am
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!
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Not bad if you're into shoujo but don't need all the mushy stuff   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
December 17th, 2011, 7:55pm
This is better than much of the shoujo out there, if only because it doesn't rely entirely on romantic drama. It's a shoujo-style young girl's mystery and suspense with a fairly intelligent, strong, and somewhat hot-headed female lead. There's actually not much romance at all, as Tsubasa never ever seems to get close to the two possible love interests and doesn't have truly romantic "doki-doki" moments.

The series depends entirely on plot twists. You will get your chain yanked over and over thinking, "Are they close to catching him? Is THIS character the king?" You'll also see some fairly dark moments in the manga: attempted suicide, attempted murder, a bomb, serious injuries, painful revelations, a death. Judging by Andou-sensei's other works, it'll probably have a bittersweet ending. Some dark themes dealt with, shoujo-style.

Here's some of the big flaws:
- Characters appear and disappear, including Tsubasa's delinquent (?) friend from school Takeru, Manabe the reformed delinquent, his childhood friend Shizuka (who becomes an important character and disappears), and Arisa's 'best' friend Mariko. They're forgotten about for chapters at a time before coming back.
- Tsubasa sometimes does things you'll think are pretty dumb. But she's not colossally shoujo-clutzy and dumb, just a hot-headed middle school girl. Not too bad on this account.
- They all live in the world of no responsibility. Parents and teachers, school rules, laws, etc. may as well not exist. The main character stops going to her own school to attend her sister's... and her dad just lets it go? Then she returns (much later) and it's not that big of a deal, either. The issue of parents does come in later, though, and the parent-child relationship becomes crucial to character backstories.
- The class cult thing feels really undeveloped and stupid. The entire class is just an easily manipulated bunch of middle schoolers who just turn creepy every once in a while. But the characters and events are interesting enough to me to balance this out.
- You get a lot of false leads, bad hints, and misleading foreshadowing. But you may actually like red herrings, if you're into mysteries.
- The titular character Arisa has been in a coma since chapter 2. You know absolutely nothing about her thoughts and motivations... which actually makes it interesting. Again, not a problem but perhaps a gripe for some people.

If you persist, the events and two big plot twists from volume 8 made it all really worth reading to me. Judging from the latest chapter (42) it should be ending pretty soon... possibly with a tragedy tag, seeing what happened in the last volumes of Kitchen Princess. The drama/potential tragedy part of the plot really accelerates starting in the mid-20's or so...

... Last updated on July 8th, 2012, 1:46am
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End it now please...   
Rating: N/A
by Orulyon
October 16th, 2011, 9:47am
It started GREAT. the first 3 vols were amazing. Not the typical shoujo i must say, and for that got my attention. the heroine is also very strong. But after vol.4 started to become repetitive and senseless. this could have been rated by me with a 9 if this kept being like the beggining, but instead ill give it a 7 now, that is, if the author stops dragging the story and end it already...
jeez, so much potential to waste.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by orangitude
September 19th, 2011, 8:53pm
Not exactly what I expected, but it seems like the author is just making it up as she goes. All the twists don't really make sense unless the King is a new character, which is really stupid in these kinds of stories, as far as I'm concerned. I might come back when it is completed, but for now ARISA is dropped. :l
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Nothing Great   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Saons
August 24th, 2011, 10:57am
I actually thought this had something going for it, at the beginning. It was cutesy, Arina Tanemura-like artwork, yet the plot took a step away from its demographic. A rarity, in that aspect, for sure.
In that respect though, it became double the disappointment when the recycled plot devices and plot twists got out of hand. It could've gone much farther, but it appears that the author ran out of ideas very early on. It's not by any means horrible, it's just not what it could have been were the creator more competent. I won't be finishing this one.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Mangafan54
March 16th, 2011, 10:22pm
It really good, i originally started it because it had twins and was worried when i started because i thought it was going to be some cutesy story about switching places. But as soon as Arisa fell out the window, i knew i was wrong. People complain about the story being predicable, but i disagree. i think those people haven't read all the scanlated chapters because they are wrong. The king and the Arisa's connects is still not clear and you wonder if Arisa is the one who started handing out traitor cards. I love this manga and the mystery and psychological issues of all those in the class. I also enjoy the relationship between Tsubasa and Manabe
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
February 15th, 2011, 7:20pm
I agree with some reviewers. It's seriously annoying when the manga implies a character is the KING and all sudden they're not. But I can't wait until it ends so we finally know who the heck is KING!
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Better than I expected   
Rating: N/A
by therandomcatdemon
December 31st, 2010, 3:04pm
At first I thought this was going to be an extremely cliche shojo story about a girl switching places with her sister to see what her life was like and boy was I wrong!

Tsubasa, the main character, switches places with her sister after her sister attempts suicide. Upon walking in her sisters shoes she discovers that the whole class worships a being called the 'king' and on regular basis they ask the king to grant their wishes, and each time the king grants exactly one wish. After Tsubasa discovers the wishes really come true, she decides to find out who the king really is!
I liked the mystery and the drama and can't wait untill I read more!
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Good but keeps repeating stuff   
Rating: N/A
by melon-ramune-freak
October 3rd, 2010, 2:58pm
It was good for the first few chapters, but the author keeps repeating stuff D: She throws in a character and makes the readers think that chara is the king then proves that chara isn't. Then the cycle repeats several times. A potentially good manga if the author would stop doing that haha XD
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started out so-so... but that was only because the author tricked me.   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Tenshi64
August 23rd, 2010, 10:54am
I've gotta agree with most of the comments below... the story seems predictable - you think you've got everything figured out - and you think, man, this story isn't all that special. of course, that is what you think, until you read a little further and realize that you've been played and manipulated up down sideways diagonally and in every single direction there is by this ingenious author. (but still, i exaggerate.)
The suspense, anxiety, and anticipation has been built up significantly better, more effectively in recent chapters than in the earlier ones. Whether or not the author had intended it to be this way (i personally believe that she had. I hope she had.), i don't know. Now more than ever, i find myself waiting impatiently for the next chapter to come out, so that I can get a confirmation on who the king is - and partially,where the romance is going. (thankfully, Mariko is gone now. The story runs so much cleaner -- mostly because there are far too many "Mariko"s already existing in other manga. She has become a cliche rather than a novelty)
The characters are not special. They (as far as I see it) cannot stand alone without the context of the plot line, which brings in so much of the mystery and air of secrecy that keeps you anticipating the next chapter. The secrecy also lends itself to creating intrigue between the characters and their relationships, as without Arisa, the secret, will stay a secret, and no answer is to be easily found.
I do know that this kind of shoujo will not be everybody's cup of tea, but if you do feel up to it... do take some time to try it.
p.s. I did actually go through some parts very fast, mostly because they were "i saw that coming" moments. Ironically, these moments actually did quite well to build the story up as a whole, even though my immediate response was to cringe. So if you can get over that (there are not that many of them), then i think you'll find this story very very enjoyable.

... Last updated on August 23rd, 2010, 11:01am
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