Ranked #1426
Ai-Ren (Manga)


Alternative Titles

Japanese: 愛人


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 43
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 11, 1999 to May 24, 2002
Authors: Tanaka, Yutaka (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Animal


Score: 7.861 (scored by 1722 users)
Ranked: #14262
Popularity: #1107
Members: 4,055
Favorites: 111
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Ikuru is a boy who doesn't have long to live. Growing up questioning the purpose of his life and the reason for his death, he's constantly confused and lonely. Now, learning that he hasn't long to live, he requests that a special "girl" called a AGH-RMS be given to him. These people are genetically made so that they help heal and ease the mental burdens of someone who hasn't long to live. This manga is cute, sad, and ultimately a story about life, death, and humanity.

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Yoshizumi, Ikuru
Carelen, Camalo
Nagi, Haruka

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May 19, 2008
Before reading any of my reviews, please keep in mind that I am a VERY harsh critic. I do not hand out 10's easily and anything I rate 7 or higher I consider recommendation worthy.

Story: 7/10
The main story in itself would get a 9/10 from me, but I found that the cryptic, apocalyptic side story wasn't really necessary and took away from the overall story which is a shame because the main story is absolutely amazing. There were a number of sensual/sexual scenes in the story, but when you are reading you need to keep in mind that they are living in an age where read more
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Dec 18, 2007
Ai-Ren is a Sci-fi, Romance, Drama about a young man (Ikuru) who was involved in a horrific accident but his life was able to be saved. Nonetheless he will soon die, so to comfort him in his final moments he was given an Ai-Ren (artificially generated humans).

From the beginning this manga is easily comparable to other heartfelt romance about a guy falling in love with a cute, not-so-human, girl. However unlike the ever-so-popular Chobits, this manga story is fairly saddening because the main character’s fates are already sealed. So all you can do is see how the story progress, which is great however the back-story read more
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Jun 14, 2010
This manga had so much to offer and decided to screw it all up by dragging the story with elements it didn’t need.

Enjoyment: 7/10
The first 10 chapters were really powerful in terms of emotions. The angst of a teenager boy about to die while accompanied by an artificially made girl that was made to love him was a premise that felt more serious and emotional than most other run of the mill romances or dramas out there.
But then it just couldn’t stick to that, could it now? They just had to ruin it all by adding to this great premise an alien contact, an read more
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User Recommendations

The two stories feature young couples whose love endures through the hardships of war. Expect lots of drama and tragedy. 
reportRecommended by Yuunagi
Two slice of life titles with similarities in their premises. Both stories show human civilization as we know it coming to an end and through the course of the series, the characters learn to treasure apparently mundane experiences and to value life for its evanescence. While Ai-Ren is much more didactic with it's somewhat verbose narration and extreme situations, Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou makes use of more subtle imagery and dialogue to deliver it's message. 
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While nausicaä is an epic adventure and ai-ren is a "mono no aware" meditation, they are both exploring the existentialistic questions about the nature of humanity. Both are masterpieces. 
reportRecommended by txrxgxu
Ai-ren and the music of Marie are both in the philosophical post apocalyptic sci-fi genre, and both are incredible in the way the story is executed. Two of my absolute favorites. 
reportRecommended by txrxgxu
Both Ai-ren and Sankarea are about artificially created girlfriends with an uncertain time span. Both are really god and worth reading. Beware though, even if Sankarea actually contain more fan service than Ai-ren (which isn't fan service centered at all), Ai-ren is still "seinen" and darker. 
reportRecommended by txrxgxu
There's a lot of obvious similarities here, especially the post apocalyptic world, young MCs and the artificially created humanoid. Alice in hell is Matsumoto Jiro styled messed up, even if this appears to be his take on shounen (it's not though, but the MC is not high on drugs and/insane all the time), so Ai-ren is a bit more sweet and innocent. Both are a treat for "post-ies", so be sure to read them both! 
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