*:・゚✧Manga Spotlight: Alive – The Final Evolution is the Writer’s Ode to Death

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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.

From MAL

Written by Tadashi Kawashima
Illustrated by Adachitoka
Published by Kodansha
English publisher Del Rey Manga (#1–8)
Kodansha Comics USA (#9 on)
Volumes 21

This is a special post because today is my birthday, growing old and aging, nearing death slowly. And what better than talking about this series?

This is a hard series to talk about. First I read it with a friend, and second the mangaka wrote it while he was sick and knowing he was going to die, and the manga has a lot of those feelings embedded, and third the mangaka did die right after finishing it. So feelings. I had them, I still have them. I can’t reread this because I’m too close and need distance to forget all that to be able to engage again.

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