Ranked #1418

Ai-Ren (Manga)

Ai-Ren

Alternative Titles

Japanese: 愛人

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 7.831 (scored by 1883 users)
Ranked: #14182
Popularity: #1145
Members: 4,521
Favorites: 125
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Synopsis

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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Characters

Ai
Ai
Main
Yoshizumi, Ikuru
Yoshizumi, Ikuru
Main
Nagi, Haruka
Nagi, Haruka
Supporting
Heishi
Heishi
Supporting
Carelen, Camalo
Carelen, Camalo
Supporting
Kilit
Kilit
Supporting

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Master10K
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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Quintessence
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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Recommendations

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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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The two stories feature young couples whose love endures through the hardships of war. Expect lots of drama and tragedy. 
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Manga: Kaze no Tani no Nausicaä
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
Manga: Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku
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. 
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Manga: Sankarea
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
Manga: Jigoku no Alice
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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