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Manga ALIVE Ends While Its Anime Project In Stagnancy

by dtshyk
Feb 6, 2010 3:38 AM | 22 Comments
According to Natalie, the serialization of manga Alive ended on February 6th. The final volume 21 will be released in May.

Its anime adaptation was announced in July 2008, but the author Kawashima Tadashi revealed in his official BBS on January 13th, 2010 that the project has been stagnating long and he hasn't been informed of any updates. Last October, he also mentioned the bad status of the anime producer due to the economic recession.

Sources: Natalie, Kawashima's official BBS

20 of 22 Comments Recent Comments

It's sad. This was one anime adaption that I was looking forward to.

Apr 28, 2010 6:02 PM by EarthStar

gah why of all, this one had to be delayed like that?! :(
i really like the manga! well anyway.. do we have any more news about a possible adaptation? or is it all still blurry?!

Apr 12, 2010 4:02 AM by JusticeUndone

never got such canceled delayed anime project.
Kagura89 said:
Since Gonzo is out of picture,I hope any studio will pick up this project in future.Bones,Production I.G,Madhouse or Brains Base is few studios that came out of my mind capable producing Alive anime adaptation.

agreed hope the mangaka it self initiative to promote it, if it's possible

Apr 4, 2010 2:54 PM by BRabbit

SweetHeat said:
Oh, come on Gonzo, don't bail out now.

Send them money instead. :)


Actually, I wonder if some kind of fund like, "help Gonzo to animate Alive" could work. I wonder if I could send Gonzo a letter and ask what they think about it themselves. :D

Feb 7, 2010 2:51 AM by seishi-sama

Oh, come on Gonzo, don't bail out now.

Alive!'s finished, so an anime would be good to watch. That's a start.

Feb 7, 2010 2:22 AM by BlackAssassin

How they can actually adapt this manga and finish it now, aint that nice for once!

Feb 6, 2010 1:35 PM by Westlo

I hope this somehow works out; I'd like to see it animated. I also should finish the manga now that's it's complete. I have problems keeping up with currently publishing manga...

Feb 6, 2010 12:56 PM by windy

Well, the full title of the manga is Alive - The Final Evolution.

Anywho, the manga is a rather interesting shounen, so the anime might not be a complete waste.

Feb 6, 2010 9:58 AM by AfterGlow

seishi-sama said:
YoungVagabond said:
How did the live action film do commercially? That should really be the determining factor in whether an anime version is economically feasible or not.

You confuse Alive manga by Kawashima Tadashi (the subject of this thread) with Alive! manga by Takahashi Tsutomu. The latter is the one that got a live action adaptation.


Ah, thanks for the clarification. Clearly, authors should be choosing longer and more unique names for their manga!

Feb 6, 2010 9:40 AM by YoungVagabond

Just two more volumes of scans and it's over... it sure was fun to read this manga, it's a shame there is not anime adaptation.

Feb 6, 2010 9:02 AM by Jure

need to read it

Feb 6, 2010 8:20 AM by Mr_Gutts

I effin LOOOOVE the manga!!!! I hope in any case that it will be made into anime. I can't believe they are animating other totally shitty stuff ... (don't want to mention now.. ) and they won't pick up this one!!! The story, the characters, everything is really amazing!!! *.*

Feb 6, 2010 8:18 AM by JusticeUndone

Need to read this now.

Feb 6, 2010 6:32 AM by wakka9ca

YoungVagabond said:
How did the live action film do commercially? That should really be the determining factor in whether an anime version is economically feasible or not.

You confuse Alive manga by Kawashima Tadashi (the subject of this thread) with Alive! manga by Takahashi Tsutomu. The latter is the one that got a live action adaptation.

Feb 6, 2010 6:14 AM by seishi-sama

How did the live action film do commercially? That should really be the determining factor in whether an anime version is economically feasible or not.

Feb 6, 2010 5:53 AM by YoungVagabond

Ahuri said:
The fact that this was to be a Gonzo & AIC collaboration is most likely the reason behind the cancellation...

AIC resigned from the collaboration long ago. After that, Gonzo continued to work alone on the project, but their financial problems led to the project being "frozen".

I still hope they'll pull it off somehow...but I don't want the project being transferred to other studios.

Feb 6, 2010 4:55 AM by seishi-sama

I definitely need to pikc up the manga now but I really hope the anime gets picked up since I was really looking forward to it.

Feb 6, 2010 4:39 AM by Xephifer

Since Gonzo is out of picture,I hope any studio will pick up this project in future.Bones,Production I.G,Madhouse or Brains Base is few studios that came out of my mind capable producing Alive anime adaptation.

Feb 6, 2010 4:37 AM by Kagura89

Ah, I thought the anime project had been canceled altogether a few months ago already (something about the project being removed from the studios' websites?). Even if nothing has been made official, I'd tend to think that everyone's moved on, since Hiraike Yoshimasa is currently directing Working!!.

The fact that this was to be a Gonzo & AIC collaboration is most likely the reason behind the cancellation... Their last effort together being S.A and its downright terrible sales, they couldn't go and animate yet another averagely popular manga which was bound to sell poorly. This is a real shame, I'm a huge fan of the manga and think Hiraike's a talented director too.

Feb 6, 2010 4:36 AM by Katapan

Ooh, I've had this one on hold for a long while. Maybe its time to pick it up again.

Feb 6, 2010 4:14 AM by Touka

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