Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen
Alive: The Final Evolution
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Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen

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Synonyms: Alive: Last Evolutionary Boy
Japanese: アライブ 最終進化的少年
English: Alive: The Final Evolution
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 21
Chapters: 83
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 5, 2003 to Feb 6, 2010
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Survival Survival
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Kawashima, Tadashi (Story), Adachitoka (Art)


Score: 7.811 (scored by 92759,275 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #11612
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #620
Members: 24,735
Favorites: 547

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Taisuke Kanou is your average 16-year-old student. He has two close friends, Hirose and Megumi. Hirose has trouble with bullies, but Taisuke is always there to defend him, even though he just winds up getting beaten instead of Hirose. During class one day, Taisuke is hit by something unworldly and for that split second, he sees a vision of the universe. As he's walking home from school, he sees a girl fall and die in front of him, but his first thought is jealousy. He later finds out that the strange sensation that hit him is spreading throughout Japan. Those who are struck by it either commit suicide or "evolve," but the comrades that evolve usually have dark intentions for the rest of the world.

(Source: ANN)


An anime adaptation was planned for Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen and was to be produced by anime studio Gonzo, but the production was cancelled in 2010 when the studio was delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

The series was published digitally in English as Alive: The Final Evolution by Kodansha Comics USA from July 26, 2016 to August 29, 2017. Prior to this, Del Rey Manga had published 8 printed volumes from July 31, 2007 to November 24, 2009 before publication was discontinued.


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Jun 25, 2010
I picked the English translation off the library shelf and read it. So far, it's really interesting and I became really engrossed in this series. The beginning was definitely one of the best moments of the series and I truly liked Yuuta's arc when he was first introduced. That was my favorite moment, along with the eventual romantic hints that slowly but surely emerge.

Admittedly, Alive gives off the Psyren vibe but mostly because at the beginning, you sense that there is some scientific fiction involved such as the great apocalypse. Then, as the novel progresses, it also evolves into what seems to resemble a battle ...
Jan 26, 2016
Brief review: It takes it's time to get started, but overall, it's worth the read.
Ok, let me start by saying that I've read a fair share of shounen when I was younger, but as I grew older I started reading more and more seinen. I think this explains my initial shock.
This is a shounen manga, and it starts really shounenly. I found it boring at first, while the premisse shows potential, you never feel like it's being explored to it's fullest. The story starts out linear, with a lot of shounen tropes and somewhat boring characters; it's a simple good vs evil story.
But ...
Jun 21, 2012
It's been a few months since I finished this manga, but I still am recommending it to friends to try to get them to read this. The manga was AMAZING overall.

I rated the story a 9, the reason is because it was confusing at some points, but it was cleared up (for the most parts) in all ways towards the end. The little confusion I did have at the end, be it because I didn't read something right or didn't understand it or it was never mentioned, it why I gave it this rating.

I rated the art an 9, the reason for this is because ...

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