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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 (1237d ago)
v.31 c.178 by bienenstich (1293d ago)
c.177 by bienenstich (1428d 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 (1076 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 22nd 2017, 9:33pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Hana to Yume (Hakusensha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (16 Volumes - Defunct)

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Weekly Pos #515 increased(+110)
Monthly Pos #958 decreased(-22)
3 Month Pos #961 increased(+23)
6 Month Pos #1000 increased(+49)

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Ending 1098 days, 1 hours, 24 minutes ago
Pairing 1234 days, 11 hours, 36 minutes ago
Latest Chapter 170 Translation 1649 days, 2 hours, 0 minutes ago
Gakuen Alice About to End 1724 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes ago
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Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by aiish
May 25th, 2017, 9:04pm
The manga was great, still a bit messy and unorganize with the drawings, but the storyline was good. Then we get to the part after the whole elementary school principal shenanigans and the whole thing flops. I still like the manga regardless but the ending did not make a whole lot of sense to me and it definitely dragged on longer than it should. Even though it was a happy ending I didn't like it and would've expect something better.

... Last updated on May 25th, 2017, 9:05pm
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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by hkanz
April 24th, 2017, 1:27pm
This manga was much better than I thought it would be based on the description and the first chapter. The setting is dark and convoluted: you have innocent kids who are removed forcefully from their families and trapped within a compound, their letters to their families are burned, and some are forced to perform unscrupulous missions outside the compound to the detriment of their health. Some of the teachers care about the students (yet mostly turn a blind eye to the school's policies) while others simply use them for personal gain. Meanwhile, the students are plied with bread and circuses and given advantages and better food based on their obedience. They only have other students to depend on, so they form strong bonds that in essence keep them trapped to the school in a kind of stockholm syndrome type of way. The author does a great job at depicting this creepy atmosphere, and the innocence and gradual loss thereof of Mikan.

The romantic development between the two leads is one of my favourites of any manga as it portrays so well the way in which their conflicting personalities and experiences eventually reconcile. My favourite parts are when they're sitting in awkward silences and Mikan is feeling stifled and confused, because I don't think I've ever seen this type of experience portrayed so seriously and so well in manga before. As for the rest of the romance though, I really disliked it. You get two instances of grown men impregnating teenage girls, and two instances of a man being hopelessly in love with a female for a ridiculous period of time and then becoming a replacement when her boyfriend dies. I kept wanting to say, 'IT'S BEEN EIGHT YEARS, GET OVER IT' or 'YOU'RE ELEVEN, GET OVER IT'. But when you fall in love in this manga, you're never allowed to fall out of love NOT EVER.

There were a ton of characters, which I don't mind, but some definitely got forgotten in the later half. This may have been because their alices weren't condusive to the plot (it seems like the class rep would have been awfully useful during the fighting) or just because there were too many others to keep track of. I wanted more about the 'dangerous' class too, I felt like it could have been more interesting than it was.

I didn't mind the ending as much as many of the other reviewers did, though I didn't like the last image (because of what it implies). It was a sad ending IMO (again, because of the implication) and the manga was also pretty depressing, which is to be expected from this kind of setting. I got teary through most of the second half, probably like 50+ chapters. I'm an easy crier, but yeah, don't read this manga if you're just looking for a nice romantic comedy. There's some good comedy, but overall the story is a serious one.
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Dalis
February 20th, 2017, 11:44pm
It seems like there were at least 5 bad things for every good thing, the main characters were screwed the whole time, and the icing on the cake is that they were little kids. I added the Tragedy tag because for some stupid reason it wasnt there before I read it, and trust me, it shouldve been. It was great but this was like Titanic but it was the ship sinking scene put in loop. Wish i never touched it, its like the most tragic of all Tragedys. Only thing i got to say, you lookin for something thats gonna make you have tissues by you everytime you try to read it and you feel like challengin this post, please be my guest and leave your feedback please😊😉
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I loved it (mainly)   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by hotarusasaki
September 24th, 2015, 3:44am
So this one had a great start with great ideas and a fun plot that just takes you along and makes you laugh. However, for me who read it while it was still ongoing, it was incredibly hard to keep track of all the characters and their abilities and relationships to other characters...Overall that just made me steadily lose interest in the plot. Another point is that I found the ending and the ending arc overly dramatic and quite a drag to read, I liked Gakuen Alice for it's touching moments, funny moments and the interaction between characters which were all beautifully executed at the start. Unfortunately, near the end everything was just plain frustrating to read and the ending felt almost axed with all the things leading up to it and then bam it's over and time skip and the end... I suppose if you want to read this, be prepared to fall in love with it at first sight and then be eternally disappointed at how it ends bigrazz
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wonderful but went downhill.   
Rating: 8.1 / 10.0
by noticing
August 20th, 2015, 9:29pm
This series started off so so wonderfully and started to go downhill a little around chapter 70~80 I think. I love dark, twisted stories, I just don't think Higuchi had the capacity for putting together the complicated interlaced past relationships of students/teachers/organizations/etc. AND at the same time manage the storyline that is happening in the present. I think Higuchi used the 'New mystery character -> Secret Past Revealed-> Surprises/Shocks -> But it isn't what they think it was! -> Make up' type of repertory way too many times, it got old after a while. Another con to that is how there were so many characters introduced using that method, I lost track of some characters and I think the author sort of.. forgot about them as well after a while when they were put in the back burner. Because of so many intertwined pasts and present shoved to the readers back and forth 24/7, the story got really messy.
The ending was so terrible, I was not satisfied and it felt too quickly wrapped up and unfinished. Sometimes it was hard to understand the characters, like the things they did/said were so extreme or the complete opposite and out of character's original personalities.

Those were the things I wasn't too happy with this series, but there's a lot of good things too. I really loved the chemistry between Mikan and Natsume, I always will. They're one of my favorite couples. My favorite scenes were the 'School Festival' and 'rapunzel' scene. Individual characters had a life into them, I felt that Higuchi put interesting characteristics in everyone and that's really hard to do since there are SO many characters. It was easy to relate to them and love them. The setting and the storyline is so creative, so fresh. It's so interesting. It makes you want to read more of that. It has the lighthearted and dark element to it. I really like that it started out lighthearted and gradually mixed the dark element in, so that all types of audiences (young or mature) could enjoy. A lot of character growth, beautiful friendships.

... Last updated on August 20th, 2015, 9:30pm
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The manga gets depressing later   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by choji7
June 12th, 2015, 9:31pm
So the manga starts off lighthearted and fun but gets darker and darker. Characters get killed off and bad things just keep happening. The ending feels only half finished, almost like there should be more chapters or a sequel series, but there isn't. I personally don't recommend reading this as it just gets too dark/depressing towards the end and finishes with a lackluster ending.

... Last updated on June 12th, 2015, 9:33pm
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It's alright   
Rating: 7.6 / 10.0
by naruto_1493
March 23rd, 2015, 4:06pm
I feel that the author rushed the ending. The way the plot was put together could have been better but overall it was decent. It was funny but at the same time some of the stories was dragged on to create more chapters.....
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Used to really love it...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Feliona
May 15th, 2014, 3:42am
To make it short, I totally agree with Childofsecrets, I used to really love this manga but it just didn't feel right for the second and last arc. It's too dark and depressing
I'm not a fan of lovey-doovey innocent or typical cliche shoujo manga. I even am a fan of dark kind of stories. However, this story is just too depressing. The strength of this manga, as can be found in many manga of Tachibana's sensei, is that the plot is fun to read, funny, and the main character's bright and never-give-up personality that can get through any hardship. But at around the last arc, the stories became too dark, so much different from the plot half way before. It contains hardship, troubles, sadness, and many more (too much) dark feeling. So the manga lost its original charm. This doesn't even count the fact that all characters are just elementary school kids! ( I mean, come on, even in realistic, kids don't have so many dark n depressing things in their life)

Regardless of all said, I still recommend new readers to give this manga a try
It's character, plot, and setting overall is still good to read. It just is not my top fav manga like it used to be at the beginning as when I read
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueseeker
April 27th, 2014, 2:03pm
I have been addicted to this series for so many years and there were times I wondered if the end would live up to my expectations. I'm hoping for an extra chapter but after the many tears in the last few volumes it was satisfying to read such a story and love its characters.
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loved it but was depressing   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lily_kitty15
December 11th, 2013, 3:10am
love this one have been waiting to read it after it was finished scanlating since already seen the anime, BUT i noticed that the last volume was almost finished... guess what too bad the group working on this is taking way longer then i thought in releasing the chapters now just finished the latest chapter even though 2nd to the last chapter was out like in June 2013 but still no where to be seen very cruel

i finished reading but got 2 more chapters who knows when they will be out... i expecting the last arc to have things changed like the enemy i thought would turn out to be....

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Mikan's dad who everyone thought was dead but the ESP brainwashed him since he was weak after getting attacked and made him his puppet, but no he really was dead (the reason this thought came to mind was cuz when everyone was trying to protect Yuu-chan telling him to run and tell Mikan and others they saw someone with the ESP in his room/office) made me excited ... dont know if anyone else would have given that thought.... i was only thinking this cuz Mikan and her mom and many others would have been shocked and happy to see him alive :)

then it got me annoyed that Mikan's mom was killed and almost Narumi-san too (i was so upset cuz after Yuka and Narumi finally would have been a couple she died T_T)

and i felt sorry for Shiki-san too he waited and couldn't win her....

ok i just hate this story where their are 3 guys out of 3 one dies then 2 left and she chose then next and she her self died and left both behind what a heck!! 2 guys loving 1 girl i get it but i hate when more and more people fall for the same girl plus to top it they dont get a partner or dont want to love anyone anymore!

last Natsume dies ... but will Hotoru saves him but now the question what happend to her and her brother?

the hell iw this ending it didn't feel like it ended... maybe a 2nd part may come cuz that last chapter and last pages dont make sense to me... i mean it does but the way that ended im just puzzled

... Last updated on September 16th, 2015, 5:23am
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