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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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Well, I rarely give anything above 9.5, but here's one of them. Out of all the mangas I have read, this is the one that has done the best job in mixing seemingly every genre into it. A sci-fi with reasonable amount of action, mixed with detailed art, hints of romance and occasional comedic moments. Mystery, supernatural powers and even time gaps are thrown in as well.
Alive has many cliches, but the thing about cliches is how they are used. Alive's authors do it very well, because instead of making the characters plain, the cliches endears them to the reader. The pace is well done as well, as new developments appear quite rapidly, but the story does not feel rushed either.
Ultimately, this is the first manga that hasn't made me go 'wow', but still forced me to give it such a high rating. In a strange way, it is what I would call a perfectly well balanced manga.
... Last updated on June 3rd, 2009, 1:21am
One of favorite mangas ever, if not my most favorite manga ever.
I started reading this, mostly because I had free time and wanted to read something.I didn't have a thought that I might end up loving this.At the start it seemed a bit weird to me but as the story progressed the plot and characters became deeper and at one moment I noticed that I'm already loving this XD
I'm always carving for more <3
okay... i love this manga but i will stop reading this one because alive will be adapted into an anime series... i´ll finish reading this after I watched the anime... however alive is really catching i almost spend the whole day reading the manga.
This has great epic action scenes, a good balance of comedy and drama, cool characters, and an exciting story. The art is a bit messy in the first chapters but it improves with every new chapter. Also if you like manga with split personality or events where protagonists turn evil, you should check this manga out.
... Last updated on April 24th, 2009, 8:01pm
One of my favorites, very well made with an awesome story and cool powers, great characters, and good settings. The enemies are unoriginal but its hard to come up with original ones these days. and i really don't like that doctor that is obsessed with comrades or the fast girl. theyre assholes. but d2, badass till the end! T-T10/10
... Last updated on January 11th, 2011, 7:21pm
One of the best shounen manga if not top one. And i want to say this to people that have "oryginality" problem - naturally most shounen manga are similar, same genre doh..
I have read 11 volumes in one go, so atleast give it a try :3
This is one of my very favorite comics. I have some sentimental attachment to it. The main character, Taisuke, is awesome. I've heard people say that this series isn't a lot different then other series, but the characters are awesome and pretty unique. The artwork is also really good. The artist, Adachitoka, is really good at drawing perspectives, especially during fight scenes. The perspectives make the comic really cinematic and fun to read. I also like the jokes alot. Alot of them are puns that were meant for Japanese, but if you read the translation notes they make sense. This is a great comic.
If you understand the fear of eternity, and how natural evolution of a species may end, you will consider the idea of the story much more than "okay".If you know why the comrades were grant power, and about the holes in their hearts, you will not think their powers are outrageous or unreasonable ( the powers do have principles and weakness). How can a person suffered, then got special power, doesn't act superior ? you may think they are conceited, but it proves that their minds are NORMAL (to some extent, though). And to someone who thinks "Like common, treachery is such a simple thing, everyone can live with it and it is so easily to be forgiven" then you must be living in a deviating and twisting society(at least that's what ya think about it). yeah, i don't like the protagonist's character, either.It's a bit similar to naruto, but it consistent with the plot.As long as Taisuke realized that hirose is a senseless murderer (when he blew up the girl with the braid into dust), they were no longer friends and to think that's brainless, i doubt that you understand anything. well, i highly recommend this manga for ones who read Gantz or Air gear (lol),for a change in the atmosphere.And i just assess the manga, not the mangaka or whateva so i don't care if it's original or not( artwork is really awesome, especially the cover illustration!), may be it's under rated in Japan.Up to now, this is definitely more than an average manga, i hope it won't let me down in the future.
It is so so
The art is fine, the story is okay, but the villains that have power to kill kinda =_= i dont really like the way they are. They just have the power and started to act like god or something, quite conceited....
... Last updated on March 9th, 2009, 5:02am
Fun ride and definitely not typical brainless shounen fluff
This manga is an enticing read. The manga touches upon various themes revolving around social interactions and life decisions, and how it affects people's lives, ranging from familial interactions to interactions with strangers, to bullies to friends. It connects characters in a subtle way. To me, it manages to pull off character interactions charmingly.
I've also read that some consider it shounen, but based on the themes it touches on which essentially revolves around life in spite of death, it is definitely seinen.
Younger readers might not get it (god knows why), but the manga is about more than super powers colliding with each other. It offers a variety of insights into life and what it means to be a good person.
The character interaction in this manga might seem stiff and brainless the first few volumes because the protagonist appeared like the typical shounen lead who'd show mercy to anyone and everyone, but in the later volumes (I'm up to 9), when it gets deeper into the plot with more characterization built up and back stories revealed, the protagonist stops seeming so typical because there's more to his actions than just being good-natured. As for the reasons behind his actions, I suggest you read the manga.
Also, as of the end of volume 8, or when the second phase began, Taisuke's probably one of my favorite protagonists right up there with Guts and Kurono.