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.
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.
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. The art has some bad moments, but the still scenes are so fantastic you forget about those. The story is exceptional, and even though it falls a little after *spoiler* Hirose gets the heart, *spoiler end* the rest is still very much worth reading.
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 manga. However, what differentiates those two is that Alive does not rely solely on the battle! train! battle! train! battle! formula that continues to plague most battle-oriented shounen manga. This is what makes Alive so entertaining: the smooth and neat transitions between arcs. Still, Alive resorts to a heavily overused concept of humans with inhuman abilities. It fails to tie back to the reason behind the powers at some moments, when all the characters care about is beating the other side.
Speaking of characters, their pasts and current personalities help reveal the mangaka's basic theme. They have their own obstacles and troubles, but they do grow and develop. The question, though, is this: Just how realistic are they? Both Hirose's and Taisuke's circumstances further elaborate the answer to that very question, as they are the two with the most unrealistic character development (in my opinion). Despite the notion of disbelief, the characters can be well-liked by the readers through their humorous and friendly interactions / relationships. The extra volume and the omake illustrate this point well.
Like all manga, the art does gradually improve over time to the extent that it reminds me of Ga-Rei with its gradient tones. It is good, but nothing too decorative or stunning.
I highly enjoyed this manga. Personally, it held moving suspense, introduced characters smoothly, and the underlying theme kept me going as well. If you have read Psyren or Majin Tantei Nougami Neuro, this series may delight you.read more
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 there is development! The story branches out and more interesting characters are introduced, and the ones that were already there get a proper development.
Overall, the manga changed my mind halfway through, and turned out as a really solid, amusing manga. I'm writing this review because no other informed me about such change, and I kept wondering if it was worth keep reading this manga. And it was, it was an enjoyable experience. read more
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 the art, like in a lot of manga, gets better as the story goes, so I had to take that into consideration. The art does show so much though and it doesn't go over the top, like it could, being a somewhat graphic manga.
I rated the characters a 10, I LOVED the characters. You hated some and you loved others, but they were all believable. Every character had their flaws, for story reasons, and they all had motives. You felt sad when anyone died, even if it was someone you didn't like/didn't see much, because you knew something of the character and had an understanding of them.
I enjoyed this manga so much! The manga has different parts and starts off slow at the beginning of each, but picks up and becomes amazing quickly. Honestly, because I enjoyed it so much is why I read the manga in about 2 months.
Overall, I enjoyed everything about this story and I thought it was fantastic. A must read to anyone looking for an interesting manga. This was my first scy-fy type of manga, but I was by no means disappointed. If you're wondering about reading this, just read the first chapter, like I did. As soon as I read the first chapter, I was hooked. The final few pages in the final chapter is a little chilling, because the writer was writing them on his death bed. Once I realized that the final chapter took a new meaning to me and just completed the masterpiece. I greatly respect the author for his dedication to this manga and I recommend anyone reading this review to try to read this manga, and pass it on to friends!read more