For Mikan, there was no better friend than Hotaru (though Hotaru sometimes seems to have other sentiments). They often played together. But Hotaru is a very special child, and she agrees to go to a school in Tokyo which the government reserved only for geniuses. This left a very lonely Mikan at home. When Hotaru fails to keep her promise and come home for holidays, her young friend is very disappointed and rather angry. But upon overhearing a conversation between Hotaru's mother and a teacher, Mikan realizes that her friend's reasons for leaving might not have been what they seemed. So Mikan takes it upon herself to run away and go to Hotaru's school. There she discovers the so-called "genius academy" is actually a school for people gifted with special powers called "alices". Her friend Hotaru is one of these, and after a chance encounter with a teacher, Mikan suddenly finds herself enrolled. Finally, the two friends are reunited, but is Mikan actually one of those so-called Alices?
Gakuen Alice might be a shoujo manga, but it is none like I have ever seen. The story is about a young girl named Mikan Sakura, who had never had a better friend than Hotaru Imai. But, when Hotaru is discovered to have a special ability called an 'Alice', she transfers to a private school named 'Gakuen Alice (Alice Academy)'. Hearing horrible rumors of that academy, Mikan runs away from home without telling her guardian, her grandfather (her parents are deceased and not much is known about them).
When she stood upon the gates of the academy, Mikan discovers she had an Alice as well, and is soon transferred to the academy! But, why is the academy so secretive? Why are the teachers and principal keeping such a close eye on her? And...could this somehow involve her mother?
This is a must-read-manga, for it perfectly blends comedy, mystery, and action all together with a hint of romance.
Gakuen Alice, it's now one of them anime classics. Well, that's what I classify it as. I'm kind of surprised that not many people have reviewed this manga considering the anime was quite popular...
Well, the story is about a girl named Mikan Sakura who finds out her best friend Hotaru Imai has transferred to a 'genius school' called Gakuen Alice or Alice Academy. Desperate on not letting er friend go, she decides to run away from home and join her friend in this new school. Upon miraculously entering this school, she learns that it is a school for kids who have special powers called Alices.
I love the story. I found it very unique with these Alices and how the school has been categorised into different sections, depending on Alices. I have heard many times that the story gets dark. That's very true. As you go through the manga, you discover the secrets of this academy and how dark it really is. Yes Alices look fun to have but with an Alice comes responsibility.
The art is beautiful. Everyone is detailed though looks can sometimes be re-used. I loved how the festivals were drawn. Everything was bright and fun-looking. Not every manga details their festivals. As usual, there isn't much I am able to say about art.
Like the art, it is well done but can be re-used. I mean, if you look at Natsume and Ruka/Luca verse Hotaru and Mikan, you can see how both relationships are very similar, as are the characters. One is cold, the other is more innocent and nice.
Other than that little that one thing I love the characters! There are so many loveable characters in this manga like Natsume, Tsubasa and You-chan. Ruka is very special too. They all have their awsum quirks that make you love them. Natsume himself is very hard to replace. While waiting for a new chapter, I continuously try and find a substitute for him but no character so far is so cold yet very protective as him.
Everyone also develops. You see their emotions, it's not the same emotions throughout the whole series. Mikan, what I like about her is that she's dense but not too dense. I find that the main characters tend to be too too dense for my liking. Everyone goes through their tough times and you learn about what made them who they are now.
Enjoyment and Overall: 9
I love this series so so much. Everything about it is enjoyable. There's basically a bit of everything, action, adventure, romance, drama, supernatural... There are lots. I would increase the score to 10 but that depends if the ending impresses me or not. I'm hoping that it'll be very very satisfying! (:read more
Friendship is a powerful thing between children, never question it. Promising each others loyalty for the rest of their lives, and doing naive things to protect yet prove the undying love between friends. To be blessed with strong bonds between someone to last a life time is so rare and scarce, it's the truly wonderful element about this manga.
I first encountered Gakuen Alice as an anime. The anime itself was cute, refreshing and sweet which had me yearning for more. I didn't end up reading the manga until a few years later, which I'm pretty glad I did. The manga was a huge contrast to the anime, it was more dark and had a lot of mature themes within that you couldn't be sure you were reading the same story. The story divulged more into each main character's story, revealing secrets and hidden back story about the school and the people that run it. The mature elements for a supposedly children's manga really made the series such an original one itself, implementing multiple elements and to create a masterpiece of a manga, one that anyone could enjoy really amazes me.
The art itself was plausible, nothing was out of the ordinary. The way it was drawn really helped with the flow of the story rather than stuttering and hindering the story.
Character development within the story is a huge factor as well and well executed as well, you witness characters changing good to bad, apathetic to empathetic and children growing up faster than they really should.
I thoroughly enjoyed this manga which had me wanting for more, I genuinely expected the longer version of the sweet shoujo anime I saw a few years ago, only to be introduced to more of a intricate written story which surpassed my original expectations, the only criticism I have is the rushed and loose ending it had. Overall, it was a fantastic read which had the perfect balance of love, family, hope, power and most importantly, friendship. read more
"I haven't love so much a girl until I met you" - Luca/Ruka Nōgi
"I don't like that ugly face, so smile" - Hotaru Imai
This manga was the reason I started with anime & related stuff.
I stopped reading it because in Spain they only released until the volume 20 :(
And now, being nostalgic, I finished the anime and right after, reading it.
I'll try not to make spoilers ~
It starts really simple, Mikan (the main character) only wants to follow her best friend (Hotaru) that leaves from her town to go to an elite academy and discovers that if she wants to assist the same school as Hotaru she needs to have an "alice" (special power) like her.
However, there's much more behind this. The teachers, the students and even the academy itself has a big secret and darkness inside.
Between the arcs they are very much plot points that'll make you surprise, sad or any other emotion. And Mikan's past/ future story (well, all character in general) has an emotive development until the end. I'm sure that if you aren't a non-sensitive person, you will feel one with the story.
What I kind of dislike a bit is that it's an open plot, the end makes you feel that there is more, but it isn't.
The art is simple, too. I've seen very bad drawings in other anime/manga, but this one is quite nice. I must admit that the facial expressions and actions in general are perfectly drawn, you really get to know how the characters are feeling. And like they said before, every detail in the background is well drawn (for examples in the Christmas event or sport festival), too.
... Sorry but the character design are not my taste in general --- okay, when I discovered it for the first time I found it awesome~ how obvious was that I never saw other drawings :D
Character and development: 10/10
And this one is very obvious. The four main characters (Mikan, Hotaru, Natsume and Luca-pyon), each of them has their own story. Not only these four, every single character that appears has a function there. They're people who at first you will hate but, at the final arc, you will love them.
I don't wanna say so much about this because spoilers, I can only say that Tachibana did a great job with the development of every character.
I laughed, cried, was angry when things doesn't go well.
This anime starts with a lot of comedy, although when the story goes on, comedy is less, but it's still there. The more I continued reading, the most I wanted to read more, I've finished it in three days I think, lol.
Still, I enjoyed it so much, every arc was interesting and a clue to the final arc.
If it wouldn't be because of the art and the final, I'm sure it'd be a masterpiece.
I really recommend to read this, the anime is too short compared how much deeper it is.
Note: This is my first review, I hope I've done it clear and well ;-;read more