Recently I’ve stumbled across some great manga and I felt like I really needed to up my game and write about them. More like obsess about them, but…. hey. Same difference.
At the same time I have over 100 manga that I want to write about and I need to start ^^*
For today, I picked a prior read manga called Gakuen Alice.
AUTHOR: Tachibana Higuchi
READING TIME: 25-30 hours
Gakuen Alice is a pretty old shoujo manga. It’s one of those first few manga that I’ve read, so I guess I really liked it at the time.
Ok, not really. I still like Gakuen Alice.
For Mikan, there was no better friend than Hotaru (though Hotaru sometimes seems to have other sentiments). They often played together. But Hotaru is a very special child, and she agrees to go to a school in Tokyo which the government reserved only for geniuses. This left a very lonely Mikan at home. When Hotaru fails to keep her promise and come home for holidays, her young friend is very disappointed and rather angry. But upon overhearing a conversation between Hotaru’s mother and a teacher, Mikan realizes that her friend’s reasons for leaving might not have been what they seemed. So Mikan takes it upon herself to run away and go to Hotaru’s school. There she discovers the so-called “genius academy” is actually a school for people gifted with special powers called “alices”. Her friend Hotaru is one of these, and after a chance encounter with a teacher, Mikan suddenly finds herself enrolled.
Gakuen Alice is a fantasy manga that touch on topics that include bullying, friendship, family, sacrifice and learning to say goodbye.
There are many elements of the story that hit close to home and all the characters are extremely adorable.
Gakuen Alice is actually a relatively famous manga/anime. Many people would have read/ watched it, so at least I’m spared the need to complain about how people aren’t giving it the attention it deserves.
Age Matters! It really does!
Like I mentioned, Gakuen Alice is a wonderful manga. The art style is good, it covers many genres.
“Hmm…”, you all must be going, “Auri sounds a little… like she’s lying… Hmm…”
So I was trying to save my complaint for the end, sue me. Hmph.
It’s just that all the characters are ten year olds.
The characters are ALL ten year olds.
The characters are all TEN YEAR OLDS.
THE CHARACTERS ARE ALL TEN YEAR OLDS?!!
I can’t believe this nonsense! A ten year old kid saved the world? A group of ten year olds went through THAT story line?!
What is WRONG with that author?!!!
Hey Auri, Just Because YOU Lived in a Protected Environment, Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Possible
Ok, fine. Let’s put away that plot and age issue for a while. Fine. That wasn’t even my main issue anyway.
Now there are two male characters of the story- Natsume and Luca. Both of them love Mikan.
Let’s all take a moment to process that.
A Ten Year Olds Love Triangle. Wh-Why would I want to watch ten year olds kissing? Wh-Why would ANYONE want to watch ten year olds kissing?
Who even thinks of love at ten?! And which ten year old who’s saving the goddamn WORLD would think about love?
When I was ten, all I cared about was chocolates, showing off my wounds, skating and bubblegum (not necessarily in that order)
And even before all that ‘love’, Natsume is infatuated with Mikan. Like-? Dude, can you even spell infatuated?
Hell, I’m SIXTEEN and I needed auto-correct to spell it!
So… Should You Read It?
Like I said, it’s a good story. THE AGES THOUGH!!!!
If you can pretend that the characters are fifteen or sixteen, then yeah, give it a try! It’s a pretty decent read otherwise.
FINAL SCORE: 8/10 ignoring ages.
4/10 counting ages
PICK IF: You got nothing to watch at the moment. (Not that bad)
WHAT I LIKED:
>Pretty Cute Art
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
> TEN YEAR OLD KIDS!!!!!!
Well, here’s another Pseudo-review to keep you entertained.
I’ve got some more serious projects lined up for the week, but also a 0.5 chapter and a special post soon.
Thank you for reading and have a great week ahead!