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Alive: The Final Evolution

Manga, vol.21 (2003)

 

Information:

Genres: Action, Drama, Science-Fiction, Slice of Life, Supernatural, Adventure, Shounen
Tags: Contemporary Fantasy, Present, Psi-Powers
Release Date: 04.2003 ‑ 06.02.2010
Studios: Kodansha Ltd.
Type: Manga (2003)
Volumes: 21, Chapters: 83

Alternative names:

アライブ 最終進化的少年
Alive: Last Evolutionary Boy
Alive: Saishuu Shinkateki Shounen
A strange virus is making its way around the globe, causing its victims to commit suicide–and becoming a lethal pandemic in less than a week. Now a group of Tokyo teens who have survived the outbreak are wondering why they are still alive.
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 have evolve usually have dark intentions for the rest of the world.
Taisuke Kanou is a student who's lived alone with his sister since the death of his parents years ago. Though he's often in the middle of a fight, Kanou lives a fairly typical life alongside his bullied friend Yuichi and the lovely Megumi - that is, until the suicides begin. Suddenly, around the globe, people have begun to kill themselves in throngs thanks to what people are calling a ‘suicide virus.' Once ‘infected,' a person either dies by his own hand or evolves and gains a special power. As Taisuke soon discovers, he's one of the evolved, as is Yuichi; but Yuichi, coerced by other ‘comrades' with similar powers, kidnaps Megumi and leaves with his newfound friends. Taisuke must now head north in an attempt to find Megumi and Yuichi, all the while encountering new friends and dangerous enemies along the way.

Production:

Tadashi Kawashima (Story),
Toka Adachi (Art)

Related characters:

Taisuke Kanou
Taisuke Kanou
Yuta Takizawa
Yuta Takizawa
Hirose Yuichi
Hirose Yuichi
Youko Kanou
Youko Kanou
Megumi Ochiai
Megumi Ochiai
Morio Kenichirou
Morio Kenichirou
Yura Takumi
Yura Takumi
Katsumata Shigeki
Katsumata Shigeki
Nami Kusunoki
Nami Kusunoki
Kanon Mitachi
Kanon Mitachi
Aoi Tezuka
Aoi Tezuka
Carl Adler
Carl Adler
Yukie Tezuka
Yukie Tezuka
James McPherson
James McPherson
Jun Tezuka
Jun Tezuka
Gou Okada
Gou Okada
Asou Hideo
Asou Hideo