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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.
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 Alive คนผ่าเหล่า เผ่าหายนะ Alive - Last Evolutionary Boy Alive: The Final Evolution
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I personally loved this manga and was so amazed when I heard the story of its author( who died from cancer in a good way...). I didn't think there were so much people hating it so, now, I'm kind of reflecting on what I thought. I read some of the hate comments just to be sure and now I've made my mind. I won't back down that this could be considered a masterpiece. Though the first part is better than the second the story held itself good. Hirose should have had his character developed better than that, it's true. And, the ending had some confusing parts I think. But what I truly loved and which didn't bother me at all though it seems to have bothered some is that this manga, just as dramatic and crazy may the situation get, it kept itself as a bright kind of story. through good and bad times, never did the story become dark and too mysterious to be understood. That's the best way I coulp put it into words, period. and, about the art, it's top notch. especially starting vol 7 or so. It's a shame the author died, he could have brought an even better piece. May he rest in peace ~
... Last updated on January 22nd, 2012, 2:23pm
All I can say is that I love this manga. Just by chance I checked it out from the library and before I knew it, I was addicted to it. I love the storyline because it did not bore me, and personally I like the artwork. I love the characters in Alive. Each character has his/her issues but they're not depressed or anything. Yeah the suicidal thing is kinda weird but it's ok. It's now one of my favorite manga. I'm planning to buy all the volumes.
I don't see how this is bad
I for one loved it. It made me cry, laugh, sigh, and smile. This is in my top favorite mangas and I don't see how its bad. I actually liked the story plot and the artwork at first was okay but it improves a lot in time. The characters were amazing, and the villains were great too. So this is a must read!
I loved it - so what?
I loved the manga. It took me two tries to finish it, that's true, but it still has become one of my favourites. So who cares about the comments badmouthing it, just read it. If you like the genres, there's no reason to avoid it. The rating is good as well, so what's stopping you?
Fear because there might be a lot of gore? Or because it's partly also about suicide? There's no reason to, it's a shounen manga after all, not some seinen. Fear because it's not original? Veto! In my opinion, it's farly original for a shounen - especially near the end! Try it out, especially if you like shounen! (Romance and shoujo fans might feel a little neglected though)
Other than Naruto and Bleach, I've never tried Shonen mangas much. This one actually was interesting and had me hooked. But that's mainly because of my interest in a lot of fights, blood, action etc. And the plot line is really good-- at least to me.
One another note I especially liked it because
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there was a sufficient amount of angsty, one sided romance in the first arc, which I liked. Being a mainly shoujo reader, I gotta see some romance. And this series had it. I liked how crazy Hirose goes when Megu isn't with him/ thinking about Taisuke. I'm not sure if there are any couples that get together, but if there are I am hoping for Hirose and Megu! >.< Mainly because he seems to need her.
Hopefully it still keeps me engaged later in the series.
This has gotta be the stupidest, laziest, cheesiest, panels I've ever read in my history of manga-reading. I seriously want to fly to Japan and feed the author's children to cannibalistic hookers for the reconstructive surgery I had to undergo after my palm collided with my face. I'm usually good at keeping away from horribly-executed mangas, but I gave this one a shot because of the interesting beginning and its false hopes of potential
To sum it up, this manga is an enormous piece of shit, disguised as a potentially good read. Don't stray too close, unless you wanna end up with shit stains on your face for the rest of your life
P.S. I highly recommend Parasyte if you've already suffered from this manga. It's about the same concept (parasites coming to earth) but MUCH more well-done
... Last updated on August 9th, 2011, 2:15am
So i agree with the rest that the first arc was amazing. I really liked it, and the second arc was much weaker in comparison. Putting that aside it was still a very good story. The only real flaw I saw, which others stated, is the goals/desires of the characters...some were never explained and others changed. The one thing that bothered me the most was Hirose. I mean at first it made sense that he resented being helped all the time and never doing anything...and that he wished he could atract Megu, but in the end it seemed that he was truely just trying to kill Taisuke....I think that if Hirose was more clear of a character in the second arc, along with some of the emotions that were brought out from the first arc this story would be much better. But I still give it a 8 out of 10
Like many said the first arc is very good. I really liked the suicide thing. If that would have continued elaborating more on the aliens and having the story take place amid the apocolypse it would have been much better. The second arc i am having to force myself to read. I dont really understand the point of anything going on. I am also finding the point of the chatacters having powers to be really useless. No ones motives really make any sense and the story is loosing all of the potential it had. And thats sad because it had alot... Oh well
I liked this manga a lot. Taisuke is a very likeable protagonist and while I didn't really like most of the villains all that much, they were interesting in their own way that I didn't get bored whenever the manga's point of view shifted to show us what they were doing.
The first story arc does follow the monster of the week... err... comrade of the week formula to some extent where Taisuke runs into another comrade who he invariably ends up fighting. In some cases, this leads to a truce or alliance while others remain enemies that vow to get him later due to being already allied with Katsumata.
There are a few points, particularly in the second story arc, where things drag a bit, but it's wasn't dragging to the extent that I found myself considering the idea of dropping this manga from my reading list without finishing it. Yes, I do agree with the sentiments that the ending felt a bit rushed and could have used more chapters to let things develop more slowly. However it is also known that the author finished writing this manga from his death bed. If going for a few more chapters would have meant risking the possibility that he would have died before finishing this manga, leaving it forever incomplete unless someone else finished it off without knowing his intentions, I think that rushing it to the conclusion was the way to go.
... Last updated on June 12th, 2011, 6:43pm
a little bit more to be a real masterpiece
This series deserves the spot, so I don't kinda understand some of your complaints. The coherency is somehow messed up at times, but fine overall. The only regret is the ending pairing. Should be the other girl you all know.
Reading this and some others, like Biomeat, ARMS or Parasites which I like a lot, I wonder how the likes of Bleach and Naruto can be so popular? because they are for kids, not quite right? Hope fanboys don't kill me