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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.
Alive - Last Evolutionary Boy Alive คนผ่าเหล่า เผ่าหายนะ Alive: The Final Evolution Живой: последняя эволюция 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
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Look promising at first, but ...
The beginning was promising: suicides, mysteries ... I thought maybe there was something psychological and seinen, but, turns out it's just sci-fi, and insted of advance technology, the aliiens brought us special abilities like magic, sort of like Flame of Recca, you know, fire, ice, gravity and stuff. I continued reading just to see why people kill themselves smilling. I had to endured reading until I got the author's message in the last chapter, because it was hardly enjoyable:
CONS: - Plot: an MC destinied to kill the main antagonist, but unlike in Berserk, Monster, or 21 century boys, this one just has no plot at all. The MC could have just killed the anta in the first 10 chapters and call it a day, but somehow, it lasted almost 90 chapters, just explaining unrelated stuff and introducing more and more characters doing uncessary things. Everything in the beginning was to lead to their decisive battle, but then nothing happened, and the anta just slept for 2 years so the author can introduce more characters serving no plot purpose whatsoever... and in the end, nothing happened either. All abilities are gone. Buff. We return to chapter 0, yeah, before chapter 1 when the story started, everyone just goes about their daily like as if nothing ever happened.
MC: just your typical stupid, easy going goody 2 shoes. His role is to defeat the devil and save the princess, but instead of fighting the boss, he just wished for it. or something along the lines. He has no character growth at all, from beginning to end, it was like this: 'the anta's gone too far, i've got to stop him', then when they met: 'why can't we just all be friends', then the dude kills more people, he goes 'the anta's gone too far, i've got to stop him' again. Yes, in the end, he doesn't even let others kill the anta for him and still wished things never changed.
Heroines: The main is heroine is exactly like Peach from Mario. She has no characters. Just a pretty face waiting to be rescued. And as if she weren't bland enough, she were brainwashed, to be even more empty and silly: she doesn't try to run away from the bad guys, she stick to them. The second heroine, Nami, is your typical tsundere, the idol of the school who somehow got the hot for the MC. About 1/3 of the story was about their romance, since her attractiveness is a pull to keep readers continued reading. Besides that, she also serve no plot purpose, the story would be the same if she weren't there, as the MC chose the first Peach anyway.
Main anti: a loser. He's such a loser you don't wanna bother dealing with him. A bullied kid who doesn't fight back, because he doesn't wanna do stuff to others which he doesn't wanna done to him. Yet, deep down, he wants to kill them all, so it's just that he doesn't have the guts to fight. He loves the Peach heroine, but doesn't have the balls to even express his feelings, and just blame the MC, who helps his useless ass, for his suffering, until he received a power from outer space which lets him kill people like ants, he feels all better and superior, and kipnap Peach himselve, though he never touches her, so the poor kid may be impotent, sexually frustrated, or bisexual and is actually in love with the MC but knowing he can't have his love realized either way, he wants to kill everyone to be alone. Not sure if he knows this or not, fastest way to achieve that is for him to just kill himselve save us our time.
Sub anti: I feel sorry for the old man. He schemes, plans, manipulates others to die for his goal. He does that until his death by a falling telephone pole while never achieving his goal.
PROS: Good art work. ~3-5 hot gals.
CONCLUSION To save you time, I'll just tell you the author's message: Life sucks. But go on living anyway.
There, I just save days to read through ~90 chapters of this manga. Seriously though, do read this manga, if you have nothing better to do with your life.
I hate the couple
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For God Sake, I LOVE THIS MANGA! Nice story twist, AWESOME DRAWING, I dont mind the ending but I kinda hoped Taisuke would end with Nami instead with Megu. I know Megu is Taisuke's childhood friend and probably the two of them had been in love since long time ago, but maaaaannn Megu's line always sounds cheesy and she's so stupid and tried to look like an angel -_- I just hate her for no reason. Nami is way better.
A Reason For the Ending
Know this before you judge the ending when you finish reading this amazing manga: the mangaka wrote the final chapters of this manga on his death bed.
I would like to quote the typesetter's note from the FTH-AAS translations of the final chapter: "There is some poignancy in the way the last page of the last chapter were written. As some of you may know, the author 'Alive' finished the series on his death bed. The narration you have been reading probably contains the author's exact thoughts as he faced his own death. Sort of like someone speaking to you from the grave."
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?)
it was ehn. Taisuke pissed me off a lot. your typical 'one punch spew morality' bullshit 'hero.' just 'i have a power that i wont use to stop bad people i want to stop because they're killing people but i wont do anything because i dont want to get blood on my hands because i'm a good guy. i'm so sad people are dying oh look i'll PUNCH this murderer because i got a little upset.' for christs sake it's like authors can't bear to dirty their precious little protagonist because even hurting a mass murderer will be end of the good guy's morality. god it's like the main characters are just made of cake and honey gee that's great why don't you guys just go have a tea party or something instead of trying to save all of humanity.
Idea: Great! execution: mediocre shonen crap realism/excitement/believability: 0 fucks i give for rereading this: 0
Too many convenient resolutions in the story. Makes me wonder why I bothered to read so much of the stuff leading up to it.
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like when taisuke loses his memories and everyone's sad and we're led to believe he has to gradually remember stuff with the help of others and im getting caught up like 'oh no howre they gonna remind him' and starting to feel sad: but NO his memories conveniently flood back in like 2 pages and he's just all like 'omg sorry i forgot you guys i remember EVERYTHING now. okay im ready now let's go get the bad guys.' and everyone's like 'haha okay welcome back!' seriously? wtf. and like how every freakin supporting character miraculously survives all these mind-blowing catastrophes and mass destruction where buildings collapse and everyone else dies. and like a single death of a side character needs an entire arc and everyone STOPS the battle to mourn and give taisuke time to get 'mad' and do some heroic punch or something. freakin great. the bad guy kills everyone and wipes out an army but you're going to run up so you can throw some stupid punch at him because you're sad you couldn't get off your dumb ass to do something useful earlier but you still dont want to resort to using your powers because they might HURT someone. and taisuke conveniently and miraculously is able to dodge attacks that can wipe out BUILDINGS because that's his 'talent.' and and ... you know what? no no screw it. ALIENS. ALIENS explain everything. that's why. you know why?? because ALIENS.
... Last updated on July 18th, 2012, 1:49pm
Good? Yes. Epic/amazing? NO.
An OK story by an OK mangaka. Premise is the whole "alien-god-thing comes to take over the earth, and in doing so, gives humans supernatural powers." It was excusably executed.
i don't know what the hell had the others been reading, because the second arc rock my socks off! i feel this is even better that the first arc. just because it dont have a perfect happy ending you all diss it? what the hell? i love it especially because it don't try to sugar coat things. i know i'm a monster for saying this, but in a way i'm glad the mangaka write the last chapters in his death bed, it give such depth of feelings to the conclusion.
all the other aspect of the manga is amazing too. the art is pretty at the start and became progressively beautiful and detail until the end. the picture of destruction and death on the last few chapters were done in such detailed and artistic manner. the characters are interesting, from the villains to the hero. well, i feel the side characters are more interesting than the main character, but i always feel the same with most of the manga i had read. their thought, quirk and motivation...it pleases me they are dynamic and flexible with their emotions and actions. the fights are pretty cool. the pacing is brilliant, i was at the edge of my seat throughout and i finished this manga in one swoop. the theme from the first until the last chapter never waver, and the conclusion tie up nicely with the title.
the only real hangup for me is that in the second arc, the 'family' is hazy in origin. i can't understand how such family come into being, from such a person...but it just a minor issue. but others may feel the inconclusive romance a bigger hangup but since i don't care about that, it don't matter to me. this is very heavily recommended!
... Last updated on March 22nd, 2012, 7:01am
Mann I love this manga. Really interesting and the drawings are beautiful. The first ark is well plotted touching, and sometimes funny. They did a good job with the character backgrounds, each character had their reasons to be who they were. But arc 2 was truely a fail, there was many fail characters and had powers they didn't deserve. The little speedy girl really got.on my nerves man I would have liked it better if it ended at arc 1
Unique and Addicting!
Wow, yesterday, I wanted to pick up a new manga just for fun, but little did I know I would finish all 82 chapters in one day! It was THAT addicting. At first, I was tempted to drop the manga after the first few pages because the art didn't appeal to me that much, but boy am I glad that I kept going! The art gets SOOO much better, that I read more slowly because I wanted to look at the drawings more.
Plot wise, I really liked the story. Granted, the man character like many people said before is a lot like Naruto, or your average shounen hero. However, I still like Taisuke a lot. The whole suicide virus thing I thought was very original, and I kept wanting to find out what happens next. I also liked the first arc better, but the second arc was still good. There were a few times when I actually laughed out loud, which doesn't happen for me usually.
I don't think anyone should complain about the ending, because I think if you've read enough mangas, you would know that EVERYONE complains about endings, usually anyways. It's hard to end a really great manga, and everyone's expecting something crazy. But I liked the ending, because it's very nice and calm--I think it's a perfect closure. Plus, we all know the writer of the story finished this manga on his deathbed, so the ending really reflects what he was thinking and going through. Of course, I also had few questions about a lot of things that happened, because it seems like everything was so complicated with Mitama, and in the end, things ended up way more simply than I thought would have happened, given the complexity of the plot and the rising action/climax...but yeah, that doesn't change the excitement I had reading it, and I wouldn't rate it lower because of few what seems like plot holes/ambiguities.
So what are you doing? Go and read this exciting manga!