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Book Title: Alive Last Evolution, Tome 1|
The author of the book: Tadashi Kawashima
Date of issue: April 9th 2008
ISBN 13: 9782845998483
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 35.19 MB
Read full description of the books Alive Last Evolution, Tome 1:Alive is to its core a fighting shounen. Yet it differs from the usual formula by offering some really gore moments and deep immersion to its characters. This is what made it both good and bad.
ART SECTION: 8/10
The art has some really big fluctuations as it sometimes bad and sometimes great. There are moments that you think the mangaka is an amateur and moments you think he is top notch. It’s a weird feeling. The backgrounds do have some variety albeit they never feel awesome. It’s mostly rural areas, some city sceneries and military bases. At the few times it could show a lot more innovation, it preferred to stick to simple stuff. So it kinda feels repetitive and unimaginative at times.
There is a great variety in body anatomy, facial expressions and funky clothing, making the characters easily eye catchy. Being a shounen manga, expect lots of naked females and sexual teasing, but it never gets to ridiculous harem levels; so it is nice bonus without feeling lame. But down to it, the thing that makes them unique is the way they express their feelings and that is what makes them great to look.
The action itself feels a bit stiff at moments; part of the mangaka’s weird fluctuation in quality. Said battles are never really great as choreography or visual effects. In fact, they will feel to the most part very simple and average. What makes it more interesting is how many types of cinematics are used to continually show the characters’ disturbed mentality; even during battles. Thus the action feels less interesting as the fight each one of them has with his/her inner fears. You rarely get to see so much attention given to the angst in ones mind. It is also interesting to notice that there is a hell of a lot of gore and splatter in this series, most of which is usually not vomitingly gross and offers some really heavy shock value to the viewer. The graphic violence is not that high if you have read some heavy action titles like Berserk, but it’s still very high around Elfen Lied level.
STORY SECTION: 6/10
Although by no means original, the core of the story is very intriguing. If you have read any X-Men or watched Heroes on tv, you will feel something familiar. It’s about several people around the world gaining mysterious powers that drive them to suicide or madness, and unleashing their resentment on others. Turns out it’s all part of an alien conspiracy involving evolution, but I will not say more just to save you the spoilers. It is not original but it is well though of. Just think of it as partly fighting shounen and partly psychological thriller.
There is a big number of characters involved in the story, some of which move in non-linear to time ways, and some have different agendas. This creates a huge complexity in the way the story progresses. It’s always that fulfilling but it really does feel like the story does not revolve around three people only.
Some parts are very interesting, some are boring and fillerish and make you wanna give up. The plot has many side characters and likes to slow as much as possible the actual story; so in all about half of the chapters felt unnecessary long or unneeded to me. You could take out half of the secondary cast without damaging the actual story.
All situations are resolved too conveniently and the author clearly creates mass slaughter of the cast every time he feels like he is in a dead end. He even used bad elements like amnesia, mind control and reset buttons to slow the plot even further. Thus the good idea of the story is practically ruined by bad directing.
There is a solid ending but it’s not something they couldn’t get to 50 chapters before! The story until then has reveiled all its mysteries long ago, the characters will have been running in circles and the final battle will feel like a repeat of what was unnecessarily stopped during the first half of the story. Another effect of the bad directing.
CHARACTER SECTION: 5/10
They are all extreme cases of cute, scary, pitiful or otherwise extreme cases of every mental disorder you can think of. Most feel like archetypes and that takes out some of their interest to you but they are otherwise well made archetypes and thus that is not a problem. I just want to warn you that most have a tragic past concerning close family and it may feel quite far fetched after awhile, as if there isn’t a single normal family in the world.
Well, they all came from somewhere and they all have pasts and goals based on that. It is usually simple and happens through flashbacks but they all get one, so it’s a good part about having a backdrop.
Although most character mature or generally change looks and perception of things, it never happens in a believable way. It’s always about being pulled by the nose to go find something they never chose, brainwashed, killed when no longer needed and generally not being in control of their own lives. Heck, when you get exposition moments before they die, you just see how bad and rushed it is all made to be.
ENJOYMENT & OVERALL SECTIONS: 5
I really liked how each one of the characters was given a spotlight at some point, how their mentality was presented and how they came to terms with their personal issues. At the same time I didn’t like how unnecessary long the story was and how ridiculous all battles were resolved. The pacing of the story is terrible and you don’t feel the characters have control over what they do. They are puppets at the hands of the mangaka and that damaged the overall a lot. As for the gore and splatter, it was a nice extra but after finishing the story I see how it was mostly flashy shock value to pull you in.
Read information about the authorKawashima made his professional debut with Daughter Maker, which ran in Kōdansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine Zōkan Great. From October 2003 to October 2009, Kawashima collaborated with Adachitoka to create Alive -Saishū Shinkateki Shōnen (Alive- The Final Evolution), which was published in Kōdansha's Monthly Shōnen Magazine. Kawashima succumbed to liver cancer on June 15, 2010 and died at the age of 41.
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