Tsubasa and Arisa are twin sisters who haven't seen each other for three years due to their parents' divorce. They have communicated through letters, but finally decide to meet each other again. Arisa, the more gentle of the twins, suggests that Tsubasa take her place at school for a day, just for fun. However, there are things about Arisa and her school that she hasn't mentioned to Tsubasa -- dangerous things.
This manga is new so there isn't that much to write on. I'll update later once more chapters are out ^^
I randomly came upon this manga when searching mangaupdates, and I decided to read it. I thought it was going to be something like she gets jealous of her sister or their relationship grows as they meet secretly a lot behind their parents back. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting. It's a shoujo, but it's also a mystery and a psychological type.
You don't really know what to expect with this. Tsubasa, one of the twins, switches places with her sister for the day and goes to her school. The events afterward make Tsubasa come to the conclusion that she has to solve the mystery to help her sister. You don't really know who to suspect or who could be the "King". It makes you wonder what will happen to Tsubasa next.
I really like the art. It may not be the top-notched, most awesome drawings ever, but it's pretty good. It can be cutesy sometimes, yet dark other times. You can tell the mangaka took their time ^^
The characters are enjoyable. They're unique, in my opinion. There aren't that many that really annoy me. It also makes you wonder what secret each character could be holding. You don't really know what each of them is truly like.
Overall, I have enjoyed this manga immensely. Every new chapters makes me want to know what's going to happen next. I recommend this to any mystery lover out there. The only thing I hope for is that as the story goes on it stays great ^^
By the way, this was my first time writing a review, so I hope I didn't mess anything up :Pread more
This manga is new, so I'll update this review later when I have more material to work with...
So far, the story has developed pretty quickly. We know that there are two twin sisters named Uehara Tsubasa and Sonoda Arisa. At first the series seems like a typical shoujo cutesy manga, but turns out to be a psychological detective-mystery. ARISA at times has charm, appeal, and comedy but also manages to send a chill down your spine. It definitely has a dark undertone and hidden meaning to it. The plotline captures interest and is pretty original. I admit I got sucked more and more into the story as it progressed. It's difficult to get bored reading this, as it is fast-paced and not slow at all. After reading a couple chapters, you will definitely want to know how the story ends.
The art is very good and fresh, the kind of art that you don't get tired of looking at. The characters look their age and events can be seen clearly from the reader's point of view. I love the backgrounds and the detail put into drawing the characters. None of them look similar (except for the twin sisters, of course, but you *can* tell the difference). I admire the steady pace that Andou Natsumi works at with her art.
The characters seem well-developed so far. They act their age and have distinct personalities; they suspect others and make mistakes in judgment. In other words, everyone acts human. Even the antagonists manage to be likeable on some degree. It leaves you wondering what everyone's "secret" is. I can't say much else for this category at the moment.
ARISA has moved at a rapid pace in only eight chapters, so I'm not quite sure if the manga will be long. For me, it's pretty impossible not to like the series. I enjoyed reading this and recommend it!read more
I always found myself fascinated with the premise of this manga even before I began reading it, because it had the "psychological" and "shoujo" tags on MyAnimeList but not a tag for romance, despite the girly art. That, along with various recommendations online for this manga really got me intrigued, and I ended up speeding through Arisa in a couple of days.
The story of Arisa was never a simple shoujo school romcom. From the very beginning, a mystery is presented in the form of Arisa's attempted suicide and Tsubasa's resulting desire to find out why her twin tried to kill herself. The subsequent twists and turns shape this manga into a very interesting psychological thriller, albeit involving middle school kids. Now, I'm not going to pretend that Arisa's story didn't have flaws. I won't doubt that many people will pick up on various plot holes and bullshit moments in this manga. However, I found myself so engrossed in the story that I overlooked a lot of these finer details, and I feel that anyone else who gets really into this manga like I did will probably experience the same thing. Arisa is also not your typical shoujo manga, as it relies on mystery and suspense rather than romance to advance the story. The demographic may be shoujo, but much of the drama in Arisa focuses on non-romantic elements.
One of the main reasons I was able to forgive some of the plot conveniences in Arisa was because I was so invested in the characters. Tsubasa really is an endearing lead, and I loved that no matter how tough things got for her, she would always get right back up and try to fix things. She was such a refreshing change from the average helpless shoujo protagonist, and in some ways I disliked Arisa (the character) because she reflected the latter archetype a lot more. There were times when the characters' motives were rather far-fetched, to the point of being ridiculous for a bunch of 13-14 year old kids. But that didn't hinder my enjoyment of the manga, and there were numerous moments in Arisa (the manga) that were genuinely mature and insightful.
Arisa has absolutely gorgeous artwork, if you enjoy very girly shoujo-styled artwork. The lines are crisp and clean, and the female characters' eyes are all sparkly and huge. I especially loved how the mangaka drew the sisters' hair, as it was always portrayed to be perfect and flowing regardless of the situation they were in. I didn't really care for the male character designs, but I probably would have found them attractive if I was a bit younger. Also the mangaka likes to feature Arisa (the sister) and Tsubasa in various outfits and hairstyles on the covers and on the pages before the manga, which was really beautiful. The only small gripe I have with the art in Arisa is when certain characters would make evil faces, as these were always overly twisted and hideous for a bunch of middle school kids. But then again, Arisa isn't exactly perfect in its realism (or lack thereof), which I will get to a bit later.
For me, Arisa (the manga) was love at first sight. Everything from the perfect girly art style to the psychological exploration of its characters was exactly what I wanted from this manga. Arisa isn't deep or complex, but it's interesting and immensely enjoyable. I loved reading this manga, and that's why I've rated it so high and why I now have Arisa added to my favorites on MAL.
However, I understand that Arisa may not be for everyone. In many ways, Arisa is a rather unrealistic portrayal of middle school life. Some of the characters' actions in this manga would seem drastic even for adults. But in a sense, Arisa does touch on many aspects of human nature, just in a very melodramatic fashion. For example, the idea of "groupthink" and the diffusion of responsibility that often occurs in preteen and teen social groups was over-exaggerated to extremes in Arisa, but the manga was highly effective at conveying the message that young people need to think for themselves and take responsibility for their own actions.
Overall, I think Arisa is a very good manga when you simply enjoy the story for what it is and don't try to pick apart every little plot device in the story. I would definitely recommend Arisa to shoujo fans, but I would also like to recommend this manga to fans of mystery and psychological thrillers who would like something lighter but in the same vein. Of course, that isn't to say Arisa is light and happy. In fact, much of the story is quite dark. But if the summary (and this review) has you thinking that Arisa might be a good read for you, then I would go ahead and start reading. Hopefully, you'll be sucked into this story as I have been for the past few days.read more
Though this seems like a "i love my sister so much" type of mushy shoujo manga, it is actually dark and sinister. The protagonist in trying to live the life of her sister is thrown into a strange classroom with creepy classmates that are all too perfect. She has no one she can trust or rely on, even the ones that seem trustworthy might turn out to be her worst enemy. So far it feels like a horror movie... I cant comment on the romance yet but in terms of mystery i will say that this is recommended