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Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen  
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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.


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Associated Names
Alive คนผ่าเหล่า เผ่าหายนะ
Alive: The Final Evolution
Живой: последняя эволюция
アライブ 最終進化的少年
얼라이브 최종 진화 적 소년

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v.21 c.82 by Ala Atra Scans & For The Halibut over 10 years ago
v.21 c.81 by Ala Atra Scans & For The Halibut over 10 years ago
v.21 c.80 by Ala Atra Scans & For The Halibut over 10 years ago
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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (1100 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0

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January 25th 2021, 10:15pm PST



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Del Rey (Defunct / 8 Vols)
Kodansha USA (21 Vols - Complete; digital)

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by Miriette Le Fay
July 26th, 2009, 12:50pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
Story = 10
Art = 9.7
Characters = 9

Well... the story developts really well and I'm against comments that say the plot is clichê. No, the mangaka has used some elements already used so many times in storys but he has changed them to shape the story in his way. We can use the fairytales for an exemple. Once upon a time a prince... to typical. What can we do to make it original? Well... the Prince will aparently be the heroe but in the end we will discover he is actually the villain behind the "curtains". It's more original isn't it? The mangaka story was also made in this style. I have no critics (that's why I give it a 10). The manga isn't repetitive and fluids very well I must say...
The art has beganning with some "defects" principally in the Taisuki case, almost unsightly. But again life isn't esthetic. When the story pogress (I would say volume 3 / 4 if I still remenber...) The art was better and almost perfect fit the story.
The part that I think failed was the charactes. Nothing to serious) disagreeing with a comment bellow the villains where better developted. They have interesting and original characters. If it wasn't because of that I would probably give 10 to the story and the rank would ingrese. Sadly it isn't. The three main heroes (even thought they aren't as godd as the villains) aren't bad at all. Take Yuta as a example. The main characters grow with us even thought I think with so much better characters on this story why doesn the author have to choose for main heroe him? The inocent type but that loves his friends and that belive one of the villains is still his friend isn't my type. But again. he grow with us and I don't think it was there he has failed. It was on the second arc on the Tezuka Family. Comparing them with the first arc villains they where no good. I would give them a 7 and (like I think I said below) I would give to the first arc villains a 10. This would give a 8.5 if there wasn't some other elements like main characters, other less important characters like the reporters and the second arc villains (army, souls...). This will give a 9.
The other mistake I found in this was the deaths. There was almost artificial (until what I read) how the heroes or "simpathic people" never die and the other not. I know the story doesn't divide between bad and good people, even the bad has a sad story or something that make use like them but the heroes and the characters that obviously has never done nothing much bad don't die. In a war the two sides have to be hurt.
Other than that is a great story.

... Last updated on July 26th, 2009, 12:56pm
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by wait321
July 4th, 2009, 10:15am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
The series has a promising start. The suicide premise was rather original and interesting. As the story progressed, it became the typical journey found in most shounen series, but it was still entertaining to see the unique powers, history, and trauma of each of the heroes and villains.

Now that the first arc has ended, the story isn't as entertaining. There's a ton of new heroes and villains but not enough background about them to get a good sense of their personalities, histories, and goals to keep me interested.

... Last updated on July 4th, 2009, 10:16am
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by pinUp
June 5th, 2009, 4:47pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
ugh...the story at the beginning are sooOOO~~ typical,a no0b wimp get a Great Power then act like he's the boss,forgetting his friend who always protect him and kidnap the girl....and the hero go on a journey to find them...i've seen a few manga that the story like this in..

but what i didn't like is the hero's/heroine are soo~ Ordinary...meanwhile the enemy have 2 interesting Character such as Kanon and the guy whos power is
Bubble(forget his name,tho)....ugh the artist really can drawn a pretty character, till chapter 13,i've only found Kanon that are pretty interesting thought....

and this manga has alot of pages each chapter...v.V way to go hehe~~

... Last updated on June 5th, 2009, 5:13pm
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love this!!!!!!!!!!  
by oraclegirl
June 1st, 2009, 3:06am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
when i first read the first pages i really found it not so interesting, but i still decided to read further.
and i'm really happy to read it further , because it got more and more exciting. Now i really want more!!!!!!!!
it's just so great. New characters appeared and the art gets more and more adorable!!!
can't wait for the next scanlates!!!!!!!!!
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by XileDragon
May 31st, 2009, 9:14am
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
Well, I rarely give anything above 9.5, but here's one of them. Out of all the mangas I have read, this is the one that has done the best job in mixing seemingly every genre into it. A sci-fi with reasonable amount of action, mixed with detailed art, hints of romance and occasional comedic moments. Mystery, supernatural powers and even time gaps are thrown in as well.

Alive has many cliches, but the thing about cliches is how they are used. Alive's authors do it very well, because instead of making the characters plain, the cliches endears them to the reader. The pace is well done as well, as new developments appear quite rapidly, but the story does not feel rushed either.

Ultimately, this is the first manga that hasn't made me go 'wow', but still forced me to give it such a high rating. In a strange way, it is what I would call a perfectly well balanced manga.

... Last updated on June 3rd, 2009, 1:21am
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Awesomness <3  
by Hina-tan
May 26th, 2009, 9:53am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
One of favorite mangas ever, if not my most favorite manga ever.

I started reading this, mostly because I had free time and wanted to read something.I didn't have a thought that I might end up loving this.At the start it seemed a bit weird to me but as the story progressed the plot and characters became deeper and at one moment I noticed that I'm already loving this XD

I'm always carving for more <3
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great manga  
by Zelly01
May 9th, 2009, 9:25am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
okay... i love this manga but i will stop reading this one because alive will be adapted into an anime series... i´ll finish reading this after I watched the anime...
however alive is really catching i almost spend the whole day reading the manga.
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fucking epic.  
by Hellsayer
April 12th, 2009, 9:53am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
One of my favorites, very well made with an awesome story and cool powers, great characters, and good settings. The enemies are unoriginal but its hard to come up with original ones these days.
and i really don't like that doctor that is obsessed with comrades or the fast girl. theyre assholes. but d2, badass till the end! T-T10/10

... Last updated on January 11th, 2011, 7:21pm
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by U-Jin
April 6th, 2009, 7:20pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
One of the best shounen manga if not top one.
And i want to say this to people that have "oryginality" problem -
naturally most shounen manga are similar, same genre doh..

I have read 11 volumes in one go, so atleast give it a try :3
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by Telecaster
March 24th, 2009, 1:31pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This is one of my very favorite comics. I have some sentimental attachment to it. The main character, Taisuke, is awesome. I've heard people say that this series isn't a lot different then other series, but the characters are awesome and pretty unique. The artwork is also really good. The artist, Adachitoka, is really good at drawing perspectives, especially during fight scenes. The perspectives make the comic really cinematic and fun to read. I also like the jokes alot. Alot of them are puns that were meant for Japanese, but if you read the translation notes they make sense. This is a great comic.
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