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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 5 years ago
v.12 c.42 by Titania over 5 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
12 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

2 topics, 10 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (587 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 25th 2018, 11:17pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Nakayoshi (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Kodansha Comics (12 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #467 increased(+246)
Monthly Pos #1273 decreased(-5)
3 Month Pos #1933 increased(+82)
6 Month Pos #2051 increased(+136)
Year Pos #2249 decreased(-69)

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On 1519 reading lists
On 795 wish lists
On 864 completed lists
On 148 unfinished lists
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Arisa Ends In Japan over 5 years ago
Kings over 7 years ago

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not for the thoughtful reader   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by xdeLiiRiOus
June 5th, 2012, 7:05pm
Its good in the sense that its pretty Unpredictable. Except it has some major flaws as pointed out by PrincessVera. The manga feels all over the place thus i cannot give it anything above a 7. Like where is the law in this? It feels like te mangaka is making stuff up as she goes and throwing the plot around.

... Last updated on June 5th, 2012, 7:13pm
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YAY!!! Not another typical shoujo!   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by Sakura29
March 16th, 2012, 8:33pm
The plot is really interesting and will suck you in as it is unique and original. The art is not perfect but fairly great and you can tell everyone apart because no one looks the same. I like the mysteries and how there isn't too much drama from wrecking the manga like other. If you love your romance and are a hard-core shoujo, I'm sorry to say this isn't for you. There isn't much romance which is just really good for people like me who extremely hate those cliche romance scenes.
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You would think...but no.   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by CurlyJoe
February 1st, 2012, 9:17pm
By looking at the cover, and the synopsis, that this is an ordinary, soppy shoujo. But no, what it really is is far more sinister. There are so many twists that it is hard to tell lies from the truth, and who to trust. The art is good and tidy. The heroine is strong and likeable. My complaints are that it sometimes leaps from one scene to the next, so that the reader has to fill things in, the heroine's life as herself is erased (as in no one cares that she's suddenly not going to school) without a bat of an eyelash, and characters will suddenly stop showing up. If you are looking for romantic fluff, maybe not this one. Did not make me cry (not that that's easy) like I thought that it was intended to. It kept me guessing. I would definitely recommend it! Just wish it would update more sad

... Last updated on February 1st, 2012, 10:27pm
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Don't judge a book by its cover   
Rating: N/A
by xorisa
January 17th, 2012, 3:57am
This manga is surprisingly better than I expected. At first glance, my initial thoughts were those typical shoujo mangas where the same/similar kind of plot is used. However the twists and build-up of suspense gives a better story-line compared to other shoujo mangas. Definitely doesn't contain those "overly romantic , lovey dovey" scenes where the main couples are involved. Definitely a recommend!
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Not bad if you're into shoujo but don't need all the mushy stuff   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PrincessVera
December 17th, 2011, 7:55pm
This is better than much of the shoujo out there, if only because it doesn't rely entirely on romantic drama. It's a shoujo-style young girl's mystery and suspense with a fairly intelligent, strong, and somewhat hot-headed female lead. There's actually not much romance at all, as Tsubasa never ever seems to get close to the two possible love interests and doesn't have truly romantic "doki-doki" moments.

The series depends entirely on plot twists. You will get your chain yanked over and over thinking, "Are they close to catching him? Is THIS character the king?" You'll also see some fairly dark moments in the manga: attempted suicide, attempted murder, a bomb, serious injuries, painful revelations, a death. Judging by Andou-sensei's other works, it'll probably have a bittersweet ending. Some dark themes dealt with, shoujo-style.

Here's some of the big flaws:
- Characters appear and disappear, including Tsubasa's delinquent (?) friend from school Takeru, Manabe the reformed delinquent, his childhood friend Shizuka (who becomes an important character and disappears), and Arisa's 'best' friend Mariko. They're forgotten about for chapters at a time before coming back.
- Tsubasa sometimes does things you'll think are pretty dumb. But she's not colossally shoujo-clutzy and dumb, just a hot-headed middle school girl. Not too bad on this account.
- They all live in the world of no responsibility. Parents and teachers, school rules, laws, etc. may as well not exist. The main character stops going to her own school to attend her sister's... and her dad just lets it go? Then she returns (much later) and it's not that big of a deal, either. The issue of parents does come in later, though, and the parent-child relationship becomes crucial to character backstories.
- The class cult thing feels really undeveloped and stupid. The entire class is just an easily manipulated bunch of middle schoolers who just turn creepy every once in a while. But the characters and events are interesting enough to me to balance this out.
- You get a lot of false leads, bad hints, and misleading foreshadowing. But you may actually like red herrings, if you're into mysteries.
- The titular character Arisa has been in a coma since chapter 2. You know absolutely nothing about her thoughts and motivations... which actually makes it interesting. Again, not a problem but perhaps a gripe for some people.

If you persist, the events and two big plot twists from volume 8 made it all really worth reading to me. Judging from the latest chapter (42) it should be ending pretty soon... possibly with a tragedy tag, seeing what happened in the last volumes of Kitchen Princess. The drama/potential tragedy part of the plot really accelerates starting in the mid-20's or so...

... Last updated on July 8th, 2012, 1:46am
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End it now please...   
Rating: N/A
by Orulyon
October 16th, 2011, 9:47am
It started GREAT. the first 3 vols were amazing. Not the typical shoujo i must say, and for that got my attention. the heroine is also very strong. But after vol.4 started to become repetitive and senseless. this could have been rated by me with a 9 if this kept being like the beggining, but instead ill give it a 7 now, that is, if the author stops dragging the story and end it already...
jeez, so much potential to waste.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by orangitude
September 19th, 2011, 8:53pm
Not exactly what I expected, but it seems like the author is just making it up as she goes. All the twists don't really make sense unless the King is a new character, which is really stupid in these kinds of stories, as far as I'm concerned. I might come back when it is completed, but for now ARISA is dropped. :l
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Nothing Great   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Saons
August 24th, 2011, 10:57am
I actually thought this had something going for it, at the beginning. It was cutesy, Arina Tanemura-like artwork, yet the plot took a step away from its demographic. A rarity, in that aspect, for sure.
In that respect though, it became double the disappointment when the recycled plot devices and plot twists got out of hand. It could've gone much farther, but it appears that the author ran out of ideas very early on. It's not by any means horrible, it's just not what it could have been were the creator more competent. I won't be finishing this one.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Mangafan54
March 16th, 2011, 10:22pm
It really good, i originally started it because it had twins and was worried when i started because i thought it was going to be some cutesy story about switching places. But as soon as Arisa fell out the window, i knew i was wrong. People complain about the story being predicable, but i disagree. i think those people haven't read all the scanlated chapters because they are wrong. The king and the Arisa's connects is still not clear and you wonder if Arisa is the one who started handing out traitor cards. I love this manga and the mystery and psychological issues of all those in the class. I also enjoy the relationship between Tsubasa and Manabe
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
February 15th, 2011, 7:20pm
I agree with some reviewers. It's seriously annoying when the manga implies a character is the KING and all sudden they're not. But I can't wait until it ends so we finally know who the heck is KING!
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