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Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen

Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen

Alternative Titles

English: Alive - The Final Evolution
Synonyms: Alive - Last Evolutionary Boy
Japanese: アライブ 最終進化的少年


Type: Manga
Volumes: 21
Chapters: 83
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 2003 to Feb 6, 2010
Authors: Kawashima, Tadashi (Story), Adachitoka (Art)


Score: 8.081 (scored by 6641 users)
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Ranked: #7112
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Popularity: #300
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Volumes: /21
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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. Production was cancelled in 2010 when the studio was delisted from the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

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


Kanou, Taisuke
Kanou, Taisuke
Kusunoki, Nami
Kusunoki, Nami
Takizawa, Yuta
Takizawa, Yuta
Yuichi, Hirose
Yuichi, Hirose
Ochiai, Megumi
Ochiai, Megumi
Takumi, Yura
Takumi, Yura
Mitachi, Kanon
Mitachi, Kanon

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Jul 17, 2009
It may seem like I hand out 10's like crazy, but I don't. The only entries I do are of the absolute best manga. This is one of those. This has a main character, but it doesn't focus solely on that character. Each of the characters, main or not, has either a side story that fits in with the plot, or whenever the main character Taisuke is doing something that somehow relates to what another characters doing, the focus shifts. This allows each of the characters to have their own separate personality, without allowing the reader to be able to predict what they will do. read more
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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 read more
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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 read more
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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 read more
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Kawashima Tadashi, the Story Author of Manga Alive Passes Away

Kodansha announced that Kawashima Tadashi, the story author of manga Alive, passed away on June 15th due to liver cancer. He was 42 years old. When the cancer was fo...read more

ALIVE Anime Officially Canceled

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