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Iris Zero  
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In a world where every boy and girl has a special power called Iris, Toru who, as a result of not having any kind of special power, was bullied from a young age, lives by his motto "minimal exposure" to live without standing out. But his peaceful school life changes when he receives a certain confession from the school's most popular girl, Koyuki. His motto begins to shake.


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Associated Names
Airisu Zero

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Latest Release(s)
c.41 by Biamam Scans 8 months ago
c.40 by Biamam Scans 8 months ago
c.39 by Biamam Scans 12 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

6 topics, 55 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (1010 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.44 / 10.0
 34% (341 votes)
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 12% (120 votes)
 5% (52 votes)
 2% (18 votes)
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 0% (2 votes)
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 1% (13 votes)

Last Updated
February 2nd 2018, 9:44pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Alive (Media Factory)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
DMG (Volumes 1-5 Digital Only)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #385 (No change)
Monthly Pos #444 increased(+1)
3 Month Pos #441 increased(+18)
6 Month Pos #451 increased(+16)
Year Pos #338 decreased(-10)

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On 6021 reading lists
On 1210 wish lists
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Forum Posts
Iris Zero is back about 1 year ago
This is still going on, right? about 1 year ago
still on hiatus?? over 4 years ago
Chapter 4 Bathroom Trick over 5 years ago
Chapter 15 over 7 years ago

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100% Recommended Light Reading   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cnd
March 13th, 2012, 8:58pm
10/10 For sure, this manga has everything you need for light reading:

-Cute characters
-Likable protagonist and likable love interest
-No stupid fan service
-No annoying childhood friend/tsundere school president/idol fight for affection
-Interesting, albeit simplistic and shallow, puzzle arcs (I did say light reading)
-Well characterized and three dimensional supporting characters that aren't paper cut outs
-Villains that are easy to sympathize with rather than being evil for the sake of being evil
-Minimal use of stupid plot devices to fill in plot holes (not being 300 chapters long helps, obviously)
-Believable dialogue and minimal use of "manga logic"

-Most important of all: great art.

I can go on and on about how great this manga is, but there are a few weaknesses. It is a bit shallow. The hardcore seinen/psychological fan won't be too intrigued by what's going on here. The exposition is lacking, the setting feels a bit forced and almost all background information is given through flashbacks. There are a lot of missed opportunities, especially at the beginning, to emphasize the difference between those with and those without irises. (I can't really fault the manga too much because it was supposed to be a very short series with no plans for a long serialization.) It also isn't very dark, which by itself isn't a weakness per se, but genre fans generally like the dark stuff.

Despite all that I give it a 10/10. There are deep underlying themes within the story; character foils and recurring motifs add to the complexity of each member of the main cast. It's rare that I care about every single character connected to the main protagonist, but this mangaka has done it. The strength of the characters far outweigh the comparably miniscule complaints I have about this manga.

Everyone should give this series a try, at the very least read the first 2 arcs.

... Last updated on July 24th, 2012, 8:24am
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Super powers that improve the plot.   
Rating: N/A
by khawlin
February 20th, 2012, 8:48pm
How can a supernatural school story with no fanservice, no violent action and a rather generic art style keep me so addicted. The characters really shine in this show with superpowers that only make the drama better.
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great one   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Lorska
February 4th, 2012, 5:06pm
One of the few ones that deserve high praise. The characters are wonderful, the idea is really unique, you have sweet and cute, dramatic and shocking and sad and depressing moments. the art is good, the topic is quite serious (if you actually think about it), and you get provided with a background story for every important character in each arc.
In addition the protagonist is someone whom you can really like: he is smart, considerate but still a regular human being.

about to be perfect: 9.5/10

... Last updated on May 4th, 2013, 6:29am
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Epic concept :)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ruidechen123
December 11th, 2011, 3:29pm
This manga is one of the best i've read so far. the concept is basic and the art work are nice. aside from some holes in the concepts, (which i think every manga will have) it is a masterpeice!
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Good Main Character   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by McCasper
November 13th, 2011, 4:00am
This is one of the rare series that attracted me almost entirely by merit of how cool the main character is. The rest of the series, the characters, the setting, and the powers seem a little cliche but the main character pulls it together. Finally an mc that solves problems with his brain and isn't a homicidal maniac.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by YamiRi
October 17th, 2011, 4:29pm
this manga is very good
it's hard to find some manga like this... and the character are developed well and fairly
characters design are cute and I know there will be some serious arc coming up

this manga will make you think a lot and the protagonist is very smart...
the only bad thing is just a long update... hahaha
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by bleeb
July 6th, 2011, 4:04am
I was like OMFG, this series gets higher ratings then Akira, than it must be pretty amazing! Too bad this ain't true. I haven't got the faintest idea why this is called seinen because the characters (high school kids) lack depth as well as development. Without the main character the story would break down like a house of cards. This is because the episodic story is about him deducting riddles about the behaviour of others and their specialities. If you don't expect a masterpiece and feel like reading shounen it would be a good read though.

... Last updated on July 10th, 2011, 3:03am
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Hard to make a judgement at this point   
Rating: N/A
by MatrixM
May 9th, 2011, 9:36pm
There aren't that many chapters out [19th just got released today]. So far, this is very good but it seems like this will be pretty much impossible to keep up for 100 chapters. I suggest you wait to read this until about 20 more chapters are out and check the reviews then. As of now, I'm giving it an 8.

EDIT: Oh, it's a monthly series. 2o more chapters would take a couple of years then, hehe. I guess if you can stand monthly series, go ahead. I usually try to avoid them, though there have been a few i've picked up by accident [like this and sasameki koto]

... Last updated on May 25th, 2011, 4:12am
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a solid read   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by turnip head
April 14th, 2011, 3:43pm
even if the lead female is a notch too 'cute', the storyline is well played. it's entertaining without the weight of some manga and without the over-reach and insanity of even more. it's not on the same scale as 'Monster' or 'Onani'- which is why the ratings haven't gone over the '8's'. but it surely is a high '8'. certainly better than most.
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Rating: 6.7 / 10.0
by TheRandomChocolate
April 12th, 2011, 10:35am
The high ratings of this manga are misleading. The concept of this manga is not original. The characters are quite clichéd (especially the main girl). And so far, the outcomes of each 'arc' have been predictable.

However, I've given this manga a higher rating than I had originally intended to, because I find the observation skills of Toru utterly interesting. The artwork is clean, although not brilliant. I also like how the mangaka emphasises that people rely too much on their powers, whilst ironically the kid 'without power' saves the day. Nice and cheesy moral.

But honestly, if you're looking for a true mind-boggling manga; read Liar Game.
For amazing character developement; read Onani Master Kurosawa.
For analysing the psychological aspect of an insane person; read Monster.

The three manga I've mentioned above are what deserves a '10'. Iris Zero can hardly compare.

... Last updated on April 12th, 2011, 10:56am
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