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Japanese: ARISA 〈アリサ〉
English: Arisa
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 48
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 29, 2008 to Aug 3, 2012
Genres: Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery
Themes: Psychological Psychological, School School
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Nakayoshi
Authors: Ando, Natsumi (Story & Art)


Score: 7.541 (scored by 84478,447 users)
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Ranked: #26482
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Popularity: #1054
Members: 17,853
Favorites: 369


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Volume 1


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.



Jan 4, 2015
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. ...
Jan 24, 2017
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Dec 2, 2022
I am angry enough to write a review, yes.

What started off as a promising story full of thrill and plot twists turned into utter shit the last 20 or so chapters. First of all, what a letdown when Arisa finally woke up. Her attitude was terrible. She was built up to be this kind, generous, optimistic girl and all I saw was a pathetic, selfish, ungrateful brat. And Tsubasa went from being a badass delinquent who stood up for what really mattered to a complete pushover for someone she tried saving the entire goddamn series who didn't give a shit in the end.

The ...

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