Monday, March 24, 2008

Alive: The Final Evolution

Written by Tadashi Kawashima
Art by Adachitoka

High school. Japan. Alien Virus. Suicide.

This starts out like most Shonen manga. The setting is the local high school. You have friends, bullies, girls with short skirts that barely conceal. You throw in an alien virus that makes people commit suicide and some guys with semi-apparent, evil glimmers in their eyes, and you've got Alive. Strange powers begin to manifest, like the ability to vaporize people. Mmmmm, bloody mist. So, these people with powers call each other 'comrade'. Our hero, Taisuke, is pretty resistant to the whole idea. I haven't seen his powers just yet, but all the bad dudes seem to recognize him as one of their own. Can't wait to see how things shape up in the next volume! Three volumes have been released in the U.S. and fourteen in Japan! I don't think I'd recommend this for our younger readers. It's loaded with fairly gruesome death, and just the right amount of exposed panties.

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