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English: Arisa
Japanese: ARISA 〈アリサ〉


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 48
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 29, 2008 to Aug 3, 2012
Genres: MysteryMystery, DramaDrama, SchoolSchool, ShoujoShoujo, PsychologicalPsychological
Authors: Ando, Natsumi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Nakayoshi


Score: 7.591 (scored by 76137,613 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #20732
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Popularity: #809
Members: 15,853
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Tsubasa Uehara and Arisa Sonoda are identical twin sisters separated by their parents' divorce three years prior. Having only been able to communicate through secret letters, the two arrange to meet up with each other at a park in which they used to play. Nicknamed the "Demon Princess" of her middle school, the tomboyish Tsubasa struggles to get along with the other students in her class. In contrast, the feminine Arisa is the perfect class representative who achieves good grades and has many friends. Learning of her twin sister’s envy, Arisa proposes to Tsubasa that she attend school in her place.

Upon returning from school that day, Tsubasa recounts how amazing her experience was to Arisa, who is horrified to learn that she is still jealous of her life. Telling her sister that she knows nothing about her classmates' secrets nor her own, Arisa attempts suicide in front of Tsubasa's eyes. Determined to uncover the truth behind Arisa's suffering, Tsubasa decides to go undercover to find out.

Now posing as Arisa, Tsubasa witnesses her very first "King Time"—an event that takes place every Friday during fourth period where a wish of Arisa's classmates is randomly granted. Believing the occasion to be a strange joke, Tsubasa does not take it seriously until someone is hurt in the process. Seeing the extent to which the "King" will go to fulfill these requests, Tsubasa must uncover the King's identity and how all of this involves her beloved twin sister.

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Arisa's first volume was placed on the 2011 "Great Graphic Novels for Teens" list by the Young Adult Library Services Association. The manga's second, fifth, and sixth volumes each placed on the New York Times Bestseller list for manga.

The series was published in English by Kodansha Comics USA from December 15, 2012 to January 21, 2014. It has also been published in Chinese by Sharp Point Press and in German by Carlsen Comics.

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Jan 4, 2015
_mahoushoujos_ (All reviews)
Wow. What a ride.

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. read more
Jan 24, 2017
aguecheek (All reviews)
Have you ever read a shoujo manga and thought "We should put these characters in a psychological thriller"? If so, Natsumi Andou has got your back.

First things first: This is not a romance. This is a story about a girl who loves her sister more than anything and also a thriller. It gets a little macabre. Not gory, but pretty horrible at times.

It's a thriller first and foremost, and that's where it excels. Characterization can be weird and arbitrary in the way people suddenly act illogically in a way that's convenient to the plot, and the author's prone to a lot of half-assed, unearned swipes read more
Nov 25, 2016
JinseiKuu (All reviews)
This manga is unpredictable.

I read this when I was like 9 or 10 and it was amazing, it's a physiological manga.

It has many twists that make you flip, although this is a shoujo, I can see males enjoying this manga too (if they're not picky). This has VERY, VERY, VERY light romance.

It focuses on the plot rather than useless conversations or actions that don't contribute to the story. The art is beautiful and simplistic, the covers are wow.

In terms of character development, it progresses steadily. I gave an 8 as an enjoyment because I would have enjoyed some Tsubanabe, but I guess read more
Mar 28, 2013
grsh (All reviews)
I got shallowly interested in this manga because it has quite high of a rating here and decided to read it to fill my nothing to do moments. In the begining i thought it was a spinoff of that Erich Kastner novel about separated twins, but then it surprised me the realisation of genre (psychological, mystery) also the depiction in the undertone of the plot of the psychological group processes, group thinking.... yeah, social psychology stuff.

So the plot is interesting, kept my eyes glued to the pages, mystery was good and suspense, even made me do making my own theories who the read more

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