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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 (959d ago)
v.12 c.43 by Titania (1010d ago)
v.12 c.42 by Titania (1022d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (550 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 18th 2015, 12:23pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha USA (12 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #693 increased(+183)
Monthly Pos #1268 increased(+147)
3 Month Pos #1466 increased(+125)
6 Month Pos #1599 increased(+62)

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On 1527 reading lists
On 792 wish lists
On 767 completed lists
On 137 unfinished lists
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Arisa Ends In Japan 1186 days, 12 hours, 59 minutes ago
Kings 1747 days, 17 hours, 9 minutes ago

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Intriguing, but cops out in the end   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by NoOneSpecial75
September 16th, 2015, 12:23pm
When I first read this, I have to say I found it quite gripping, and was continually shocked that such a gritty shojo plot ran in, of all things, Nakayoshi (targeted to elementary school kids). In a lot of ways it seemed like the shojo Mirai Nikki, although it's not nearly as graphic.

But in the end, perhaps because it IS a Nakayoshi title, the story never fully embraces it's dark potential and goes the redemption route instead…. It's worth reading the once if you like shojo horror/psychological stories that aren't gory, but you may be disappointed by
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the character's quick forgiveness of each other and finding out that past incidents were highly exaggerated, such as various characters implied to have been murdered were simply living elsewhere in fear...

I usually enjoy reading a series again a few years later to revisit the characters, but reading Arisa a second time didn't do much for me. I guess when you already know what's going to happen in a thriller, it loses it's, well, thrills…

But I respect the fact that the main character, Tsubasa, was not given a love interest. In a lot of ways, she's just "too cool" for it.
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Enjoyable but shallow   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
May 30th, 2015, 12:34pm
At the surface, this shoujo seems revolutionary. It actually has a plot beyond that of simple romance and pettiness--it tries to tackle some dark themes, and manages to make it entertaining. However, this manga doesn't stand to logic or depth, because so much of the manga is just SO unlikely.

Nonetheless, it was an interesting read.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Jenangelx3
September 4th, 2014, 7:48pm
I can finally say I finished this manga. It's been on my hold list for years as I got sick of the cliff hangers and suspense and having to wait months before finding out what happens. It has been a tough road of suspense and drama and it really tugs at the heart strings. I can't say I liked the ending, but at least it felt complete. I want to keep my rating at a 10 because it's been a great manga, but it is definitely confusing. Parts of it still do not make as much sense to me, but overall, not a bad read.
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false advertising   
Rating: N/A
by jeffreymgibson
September 16th, 2013, 2:05am
Why are so many tagged as when there's not romance. Just because a character in a story has a crush on another character, this doesn't automatically qualify the story as romance. To me, romance is when one character actually admits their feelings to another which in turn leads to a romantic moment. When your girlfriend tells you she wants to have a romantic evening, it doesn't mean she wants to go out and solve a mystery together. It means she wants to spend time just the two of you while showing your affection for each other. The manga publishing industry needs to re-examine what it classifies as romance. They need a new classification for stories about members of the opposite sex that fall short of romance. Call it almost romance or something like that.
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support Tsubasa battle   
Rating: N/A
by otakulalaland
August 20th, 2013, 11:43pm
The story overall doesn't have much romance, but there is some here and there. The mystery and action itself is entertaining. Even when you know who the KING is, its difficult to understand their motives, goal, and plan. And though Tsubasa isn't the smartest, she makes progress following her instincts and is brave enough to face the cruel KING, is determined enough to protect others.
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Drags on much too long   
Rating: N/A
by Bronia
May 27th, 2013, 5:42pm
Other people have covered the absolutely unbelievable plot twists and the thoroughly psychotic characters, so I'll add my biggest complaint. Not only is it rough on my wallet, as a person buying the manga as it's released in North America, but the length of this series almost wrecks it. The story is really interesting and enjoyable for a few volumes, but at some point the author starts seeming to just be throwing in really stupid twists and turns to the plot just to keep the series going a little longer. This makes it get really melodramatic and a bit cliche and predictable as the series goes on. It would have been better if it was shorter.
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An "OK-ish" Read...   
Rating: N/A
by Kuma-Bear
May 19th, 2013, 8:24pm
This manga wasn't my best read, neither was it bad either.

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I was really anticipating on some romantic development between Manabe and Tsubasa--or at least a hint of "something," but in the end there wasn't.

It was just a make-up-with-each-other-and-get-together moment with Arisa and Tsubasa.

With that, in my opinion, it does not deserve being in the "romantic" category.

The only "romance" that I saw within this manga was the little moments between Arisa's boyfriend
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(that is now deceased)
and herself, and how there was unrequited love.

Asides from that, there was a lot of psychological elements, but they were extremely too unrealistic to believe.

But, when the characters were in that state, the mangaka did a pretty good job emphasizing that. (Looking madly crazy).

But the drawing style is really deceiving at first glance.

At first glance I would think that it is some cutesy manga.

Of course, it is not.

It is a manga filled with psychotic antagonists driven by a horrible past, jealousy, obsession, and selfishness and an adamant protagonist trying to solve the mystery of why her sister fell into a state of a coma.

... Last updated on May 19th, 2013, 8:28pm
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interesting but i wish there would've been more romance ;P   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by strawberriee106
May 18th, 2013, 8:21pm
the whole plotline is quite interesting for me
the concept of having a king being worshiped by the class and even drive the students crazy and have people murdered is awesome XD
Yet there are SOO MANY plot twists that makes my mind tired -.-
All the betrayal and hatred just makes the story less nice but addictive
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EX: How Arisa suddenly backstabs Tsubasa drove me bonkers D: i was like omfg why does something good always turned bad DX
OMG it would've made the manga way better
& the background of Arisa's boyfriend (i forgot his name)was rlly sad. How his family left him and how his brother died leaving him all alone made me tear up T^T

overall, it was worth reading XD
the mystery and emotional aspects were interesting wink

... Last updated on May 18th, 2013, 8:23pm
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by lily_kitty15
April 15th, 2013, 2:01pm
ok was good at first i was expecting enough of romance which was hardly in this manga only crazy and low life people only thinking of them self and blamed others when something went wrong about how they were used not even thinking about what they did.

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plus when Arisa eventually woke up i knew the things would go the way they did, that she would lose her memories cuz of thw shock or she pretending to forget her memories
and Arisa telling her sister at school her wish is for Tsubasa her twin to disappear made me want to beat the shit out of her!
only thing bugged me was that our main heroin Tsubasa had no boyfriend at the end even though she was starting to have feeling for her sister's boyfriend but only cuz he was misleading her of course. i thought Manabe and Tsubasa would be a pair or something but didn't seem like that even though they did have a very nice chemistry together....

i was hoping to see them paired up at the end oh will this was many way not the romance kind of manga to being with
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as heavy as shoujo gets   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Astur
April 14th, 2013, 11:35am
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this series. Honestly, I went in with the feeling that I would just get some typical twin sister love story (because that's what I needed) but then I found out it's a very long, drawn out plot about psychotic people.

Also, the faces actually scared the crap out of me.

Obviously this is not an in-depth analysis, but I found it impossible to really sympathize for any of the characters after the things that happened. It left a very sour taste in my mouth. And yet, I would suggest that if you can stomach all this, to read it. It really was interesting, but it just wasn't what I wanted to read.

Moral of the story: don't place your unrealistic expectations on something or someone you don't know! You'll just disappoint yourself. However, Arisa, for what it was, surprised me and I did enjoy reading it. I had to marathon it because of all the cliffhangers :/

Also, I'm stupid because I didn't read the tags, but I try not to because it spoils the story :S
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