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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 over 4 years ago
v.12 c.43 by Titania over 4 years ago
v.12 c.42 by Titania over 4 years 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 (584 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 5th 2017, 8:27am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (12 Volumes - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #778 increased(+9)
Monthly Pos #1195 increased(+357)
3 Month Pos #1843 increased(+87)
6 Month Pos #2087 increased(+100)

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Arisa Ends In Japan over 5 years ago
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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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Rating: N/A
by doki-doki-kimochi
February 25th, 2013, 8:54pm
At first I thought pretty highly of this manga. I loved that the characters were so twisted and unpredictable. But then it reached this point where it seems as if the mangaka is trying to make it unpredictable, constantly inserting twists into one chapter until if becomes predictable. Slightly disappointed.
For example:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
In the latest chapter (43) you'd think everything was solved when Arisa declared her love to Midori to keep him from suicide. And then some random kid goes up behind him and stabs him. I was seriously expecting that -.-
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It's Crazy, It's Unrealistic, yet Somehow, It's Enjoyable   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by crazyboutcute
February 22nd, 2013, 12:17am

I don't think I've ever read such a frustratingly convoluted pass-the-Idiot-Ball-around manga in my life. As another reviewer pointed out, the world is apparently run by high school students. Yes, it's an adult-free dystopia in the world of Arisa! There are no teachers, the police are useless, confidentiality means nothing, and it seems like everyone's hopped up on some hip new designer drug half the time the way they get on. All the adults in this manga suck, and so it's up to a couple of delinquent kids to set everything straight so that they can stop the string of disappearances, accidents, and even murders that are all connected to their school and that have been mysteriously overlooked by anyone of consequence. Yeah, it's that kind of manga.

Still, it kept me reading the whole way through. I'm not sure I can exactly explain how, but I can certainly point to a few factors that helped. The art is clean and sparkly, reminiscent of Arina Tanemura's trademark style that I've always been a sucker for. Unlike Tanemura's works, however, Andou's manga is much darker in tone and content in spite of the fluffy, eye-candy artwork. Yeah, you read that right. This manga is downright dark, especially for a shoujo title (and especially especially for something out of Nakayoshi). In fact, the aspect of the story that really did keep me hooked was the building mystery. Sure, there were way too many "Kings" to really be plausible, but the escalation of 2-B's crimes and the urgency of Tsubasa and Manabe to find the culprit really added that dark layer of suspense and intrigue that this kind of story needs. Speaking of Tsubasa and Manabe, I found them both to be particularly gripping characters, even though the latter seemed to drop off the radar for a good portion of the final volumes. One of my pet peeves in any work of fiction is when a character is introduced as tough but is shown to be exactly the opposite. Tsubasa really does earn the right to be called tough throughout the manga. She is both incredibly feminine (her looks, her aspirations, her emotions) and yet at the same time, she takes a very active role within the story and doesn't play second in command to the male lead (thank God). Overall, I found her to be a well-rounded character who never got overtly distracted by romance (as shoujo heroines tend to do) or gradually reduced to cheerleader. She starts as the protagonist and ends as the protagonist. Though she has her fair share of Idiot Ball moments, she takes it up no more often than any of the rest of the cast. And, hey, I liked her so much that I was even hoping for a little extra romance between Tsubasa and Manabe. You know, because they actually had some chemistry and weren't mooning over their love lives the entire time (or any of the time, really). But at least they didn't become a romantic plot tumor. As for the titular Arisa, I'm more divided. I feel like if I wanted to go back and trace her motivation throughout the series, it wouldn't make a whole lot of sense in regards to where she ends up. Oh well.

So anyway, don't take this one too seriously because if you do, you'll find yourself smashing your head repeatedly against the keyboard by the multitude of inane and unrealistic developments the story takes. But if you're bored one day or are just looking for a good, darker shoujo mystery that's not as tight as it could be, I recommend you give this one a shot. While it's certainly not the best manga out there, it's far from the worst.

I'll give it a 7 out of 10. It entertained me, and I definitely feel like I got something good out of reading it.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2013, 12:20am
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It's like a k-drama, but not as good.   
Rating: N/A
by Fogelifil
February 12th, 2013, 12:09am
Drama. SO MUCH DRAMA. There's always a tragic backstory. Or hidden agenda. And super secret secrets. I felt like I was watching Korean drama, but even those (usually) aren't this ridiculous. There is no sense to the plot.

The world is basically run by several sociopathic high schoolers. Not just run-of-the-mill sociopaths, but the ones you'd see on the evening news because they murdered their entire family or emptied rounds at a mall, and shake your head at while wondering what the world was coming to. All the adults are ignorant, selfish, or just outright absent. Seriously, this is a world were you could hack and assault and murder and break into homes as much as you please, and the only person who might even try to stand in your way is an idealistic and peppy teenage girl. I don't even think the author understands the meaning or gravity of death (or the teenage psyche, for that matter).

The only sane people in this manga are Tsubasa's deliquent friends. She should have just stuck with them; her life wouldn't be so angsty and IN DANGER all the time.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Also, the sister is an asshole.

... Last updated on February 12th, 2013, 12:16am
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Don't be fooled by the cover.   
Rating: N/A
by Chibiwind
January 1st, 2013, 4:16pm
As many reviewers mentioned, this manga, despite having a pretty shoujo cover, is in no way a cutesy shoujo type manga. Now, I know a lot of people appreciate these type of unique shoujo mangas without a cliche plot (I do too), but this manga is definitely not something to be taken lightly of. As you can see, psychological is one of the genres for the series, and this is definitely 100% true. This series started out with lots of potential with the mystery aspect fairly well sorted out, however as the plot progresses, it becomes darker and darker and each character becomes more and more insane. I don't know about other people, but I definitely don't think being able to casually harm others (no matter what reasons) is normal at all. To me, this was a very good read at first but then turned extremely unrealistic and insane later, but I'm not going to give the series a bad rating because I believe this manga will be appealing to some readers and I don't want my personal preference to affect others. All in all, read if you are into dark, psychological stuff, but if you are just reading for the mystery, I suggest you skip out on this one.
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What the heck...   
Rating: N/A
by Aoi-Tenshi
December 19th, 2012, 6:23pm going on. That is what you'll be saying as you read along. It's that crazy. Nothing makes any sense because everything is thrown out of proportions. How can you transfer to your sister's school and take her place when I'm pretty sure the school knows she is in a coma AND what about your school? It's not like anyone else is going to take your place right? AND. WHERE. ARE. THE. ADULTS. IN. THIS. It's like the world is run by kids and you can get away with causing random fires and attempting murder. I'm very sure that's possible. This whole series is completely made up of bullsnot and nonsense. I mean really, shoujo is unrealistic to varying degrees but this one? This gives shoujo a new category. Eww. No thank you for this overly dramatic, angsty, unbelievable, piece of nonsense. Arisa earns my cringe of disgust.
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Wildly unrealistic   
Rating: N/A
by timenchips
December 5th, 2012, 4:27pm
Not that I'm saying manga has to be realistic, but the plot seems to be trying to set itself up as a realistic story except that it fails miserably. It's melodramatic and each chapter just keeps trying to shock the reader. I think that's the main problem. It's not as concerned with telling a coherent, logical story as it is with trying to come up with shocking twists. The biggest issue with that is that the story comes off fake and sounds as if it were written by a pre-teen.

There are no considerations for consequences and the students behave like a cult. There's little to no adult presence in the story, even though they appear now and then on the page. Characters also contradict themselves. It's just kind of a poorly executed story. I wouldn't recommend getting too invested in this series, but check it out if you have time for a little bewilderment.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by yennyenn
August 30th, 2012, 2:42am
This manga is insane. Basically, almost everyone in the story is craving for love and attention to the extent that they would kill anyone just to obtain their goal.

My thoughts: Just because you're abused or unloved or whatever, doesn't give you the rights to kill/torture others. A total different mindset from Naruto. Pessimistic.

But if you enjoy crazy killing scenes, I guess this is for you.
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Annoying manga   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by RaeBabeeyx3
August 30th, 2012, 1:46am
Became really really really really shitty at around volume 8-9. Particularly became very effing annoying as soon as
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Arisa woke up.
This story became suuuuuuuuuuuuuper unrealistic. The class is effed up and the adults? Well, there are NONE of them around. Lol.. It's not even cliche, because nobody is stupid enough to come up with such a story like this.
I used to love this manga. But now I really hate it. Not recommended.

... Last updated on August 30th, 2012, 1:48am
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Dragged on too long...   
Rating: N/A
by ZL11
July 17th, 2012, 6:31pm
This should've probably been better as say 4-5 volumes than 10+ volumes. The story starts to seem too long, and we're waiting and waiting to find out who the King is, although there is a lot of foreshadowing and random action.

Tsubasa's lack of interest in the boys around her was surprising, especially her little boy buddy who breaks laws to help her investigate. And the boys are the ones who are really doing the work, although Tsubasa is taking the risks... which endlessly backfires and she needs saving.

And twins
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
hating each other to the point of trying to kill the other
was kind of interesting... although
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
the boyfriend was probably the biggest surprise, and I mean his cheating ways among other things.

Regardless, this is not a manhwa sitch where the rowdy twin gets her man and overpowers the school with sheer strength and character (if you read manhwa, you know what I mean), but it feels similar in that respect. Better plotted, more controlled, but similar.

There was a comment about adults being almost completely absent from the comic, and that's true. Where are the teachers and parents in all this? Isn't anyone paying attention to the number of injuries and deaths in that class? Sheesh.

So, if you're looking for something that's shoujo-ish in looks and nature, but has a mystery-thriller type plot, this might be your manga. But, really, there are much better mystery-thriller manga out there. If you're hard up to kill some time, give it a try. But I still think it's too long, and would've done better to have been cut in half...
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