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Alice Academy, Volume 1 (学園アリス / Gakuen Alice #1)

4.23 of 5 stars 4.23  ·  rating details  ·  13,345 ratings  ·  115 reviews
Die 10-jährige Mikan reißt von Zuhause aus, um ihrer Freundin Hotaru auf die Alice Academy zu folgen, eine Eliteschule, in der nur Schüler mit einem Alice - einer angeborenen Gabe - unterrichtet werden. Und Mikan hat Glück: Auch bei ihr wird ein Alice entdeckt! Doch aller Anfang ist bekanntlich schwer, besonders auf dieser ungewöhnlichen Schule. Aber Mikan ist ganz sicher, ...more
Broschiert, 192 pages
Published October 31st 2006 by Carlsen Verlag (first published January 1st 2003)
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Lucia
Omg. Ever since I watched the anime for like more than three years ago I wanted to read this for sooo long, but I never found the books, so I finally decided to read it on the internet. Just as I thought, it's already great!
Ashley Chen
Hey Sarah! An actual physical copy! :P Told you I will request the hell out of the library.

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I should've read this a long time ago but yeah...kind of got dragged into more manga/anime stuff with my friends. So where do I begin with the review...

I really liked the manga. The characters seemed interesting...some odd but definitely interesting.

Mikan...well she was really your typical manga type of girl. She was ummm...the happy, bubbly character. But she cried a lot as well. I mean i know her best
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Sesana
Here is another manga that I haven't decided yet if I will continue following. The premise is pretty simple, and pretty familiar. Mikan is trying to get into a special school for Alices, because her best friend Hotaru is going there now. As she discovers, Alices have a magical ability that can be powerful and even destructive. Her Alice is a mystery to her until the end of the volume, but most readers will figure it out very early on. So yes, it is rather like X-Men in some ways, except that the ...more
inga
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Jody Mena
This is actually much better than I expected! It's like a cute, shoujo cross between X-men and Hollowfeilds. I have to wonder why they refer to a child's special ability as an "Alice", since that seems like such a random name for it; the only reference I can think of is Alice in Wonderland, falling down the rabbit hole into a place where the rules are upside down and inside out. The cutesy friendship-centered surface of the story belies the depth of the plot. The children are surprisingly violen ...more
Robin
I kept hearing that this was the "next Fruits Basket" as that's what TP wants you to believe, and though I was dubious I was charmed right away by this first volume. It skews a bit younger than Fruits Basket, by virtue of the fact that it's about elementary school students, but the cute art, silly sense of humor, and magical circumstances do give it a similar appeal to Fruits Basket. I was initially unsure as to whether teens would be put off by the young age of the heroine (she's 10) but I don' ...more
Jeffrey
Mysterious school? - Check
Optimistic if not too bright heroine - Check
Dour, cynical, yet good hearted sidekick - Check
Super strong living teddy bear - Ch-

What?

While the series doesn't appear to be subverting the mysterious school genre, it at least has some interesting bells and whistles. Worth taking a shot.
Theresa ♫
Oct 26, 2011 Theresa ♫ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fellow humans in search for a cute and hilarious fantasy manga
I began this series YEARS AGO, like back when I was in the 7th grade. I always passed the shelf with this series in the library and I never took notice of it until one day when I pulled out volume 2 (yes, I started with volume 2 because I couldn't find volume 1).

And now that I'm reading volume 24, I can easily say . . . I LOVE GAKUEN ALICE!!!!
I LOVE this series!! I am madly, passionately, and irrevocably in love with it! Which is why I'm super happy to say that Gakuen Alice is my first 5-star-ra
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Cashew
Gakuen Alice is such a great manga! After reading "Fruits Basket" barely anything could satisfy my standards but this did. It is my second favorite manga of all time. The characters: Mikan, Natsume, Hotaru, and Ruka, are all so captivating and heartwarming. You come to love them all despite their sillinesses. Mikan can be whiney and dumb, but she's determined, saucy, sweet, and adorably persistent! Natsume first seems...well evil. But come on--you knew Mikan deserved it (well not always) but aft ...more
Genie
This is the reason why I do not get enough sleep!!!!!!!!!!
I wish I had my own book.
I JUST became a manga fan last week:)
HAHAHA..
And I'm reading thru mangafox...

I know I have many books to catch on. But this is one hell of a start.
The story, the characters, and the dialogue are very well-written and conceptualized.

I want to meet Tachibana Higuchi. He's a very good artist and a very creative writer. whoaaaaaaaaaaa... I really like the story... so much...

If you like romance, comedy, adventure, acti
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Therese
a few years back when I was kid (7-9 yrs old??) I watched the anime version.. I was really amazed by it! even though I never knew the name of the show or who the people were, I didn't even understand what was going on for that matter! (it was japanese so yea...) but I really wanted to watch it again, everytime I see the show (because my older cousins used to watch it) I found myself trying to pin down the time it airs and the channel it was so I could watch it again.. sadly, I never really got t ...more
Melody
One word: AWESOME
Gakuen Alice fluently ties together "kid life" and "adult life" perfectly! At first glance you might think that this book is just another silly kid story, but once you get into it there's a good chance you will forever be hooked! This was actually the very first manga that I had ever read and it is still one of THE best ones so far.
Clemon
The world of this book reads like a mix between Harry Potter and X-men. Despite that (and me likely both), it's really really good. Mikan is your typical plucky shojo hero, but she is compelled with a force of determination that you don't typically see. Her friend Hotaru is really the one that adds that added entertainment value; between mocking and taking care of Mikan, they have a fun relationship. It's really interesting to see Hotaru's relationships with the other characters change and grow ...more
Selena
This was definitely one of the... stranger manga I've read recently.

Basically, this is the story about elementary school student Mikan Sakura who runs off after a "friend" who barely warrants the title to an exclusive prison school in which everyone has special abilities known as "Alice" and is known as an "Alice" (part of me thinks this is just poor translation on Tokyopop's part). Once there, Mikan is abused by her future bestest friend/love interest Natsume, who tries to burn her to a crisp w
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Mayank Agarwal
Read up to 50 chapters and decided to drop it. Realized it's Shoujo and not meant for me.
The Art is Horrible, seems to be just novice sketches - still could have worked if the story and plot were good. In the initial 20 chapters the weird relationship between the characters created good humor. That is the only strong point of the writing. The Story seemed confusing and random. Didn't like any of the main characters, its the side characters which made it a bearable read - Hotaru and the mind read
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Joyzi
Oct 28, 2010 Joyzi rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Suckers of Shoujo
Recommended to Joyzi by: Crunchyroll
I have read this manga because I became really addicted with the anime and because it only has season one and I'm craving for more I decided to read scanlations on the internet.

At first I really think that the anime was better because I'm not use with the drawing sometimes it's confusing and crappy at times. But as I get used to it I was surprised that in the midpart of it there is a big difference in the storyline. Believe me the story line in the manga is more interesting, darker, more romanti
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Samantha Balliet
I watched the anime about a year before I began reading the manga. All I have to say about the comparison between the two is that there IS no comparison. Sure, the anime is cute and funny, but the manga is so much better, that I have to call it great.

Nearly all books and mangas are driven by either characters or their own plot(s). Gakuen Alice is unique because I can't tell which element is driving the story. During the first thirty volumes, I would have definitely said the former, but once one
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Doreen
Oct 25, 2008 Doreen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of graphic novels, kids books, humor.
I came to these manga by the anime, having been introduced to the charming series by my boyfriend, who is always trying to broaden my anime-horizons (I'm not the biggest fan, to be honest, as most anime tends to be either too perverse or opaque for me. My manga experience has also been limited to, I'll admit, the entire run of SailorMoon, even when it got boring and stupid, and a copy of Dragonball Z here and there.) The Gakuen Alice series, of a 10 year-old girl whose love for her best friend h ...more
Kshema Kurup
It's a really good Manga. Though I didn't like at first since I had watched the Anime as a kid, but after you go past the point where the Anime stops (which is really early on- maybe only 20 or so chapters) it becomes really interesting.

You have a wide range of characters who are unique in their own way. I especially love the way they all bond together like a family. All of them are thrown into a life that they never wished for but still come together to rise above all the sadness, anger and hel
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Kate
The manga trend in my reading continues as I add yet another series to the dozen or so that I am already following. Gakuen Alice is a series that I've heard quite a bit about and decided to try when I saw my local library has the first few volumes.

Elementary school student Mikan is best friends with Hotaru, who has just transferred to an elite school for geniuses. Mikan misses her best friend so much that she decides to run away and attend the school as well. But, will she even be admitted, if
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❅ (t.c) (hiatus: school)
I have 1 star rated these series up to volume 15 or so, because IT WAS SO FUCKING DRY AND STUPID. this story is basically a bunch of kids (literally 12~year olds) who have these supernatural powers/abilities (also known as "Alices") And this academy known as "Alice Academy" where the teachers and principals board and teach these kids how to use and control their "Alices". Parents do not know that their kids have these (and some only do because they passed on their alice to to them) Mind, you it ...more
Sabrina (Soter) Sally
"Ogni potere può rivelarsi distruttivo o salvifico, a seconda di chi lo usa."

Ho trovato l'anime semplicemente adorabile, seppur un po' infantile, e avevo iniziato a leggiucchiare il manga online (spoiler inclusi) quando finalmente è stata annunciata la tanto sospirata pubblicazione italiana. L'anime che ho visto segue abbastanza fedelmente questo primo volume che quindi non mi ha rivelato nessuna sorpresa ma trovo i disegni molto carini e adatti alla storia, considerando la lunghezza della serie
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Lisa
Mysterious, slightly sinister boarding school for talented kids, or "alices." Each "alice" has a special talent or power, also called an "alice." They are protected by the government, and some see themselves as "chosen people" and non-Alices as "drones." But they are under the gov't's tight control. Their school badges double as tracking devices, and they cannot see their family until graduation. Some are clairvoyant or telekinetic; one has such strong pheromones that he can charm anyone he choo ...more
Nick
Having seen episodes of the anime, I wanted to read the manga, and I enjoyed it more than I expected. The central character's ditziness isn't as confusing in the manga version as it felt in the anime.
Mikan and Hotaru were best friends at their small rural school. Hotaru suddenly accepts an offer to go to a very strange school in Tokyo, and rumors fly about the nature of her new school and the the reasons for her leaving. Mikan's loneliness causes her to follow, leading to a strange encounter and
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Sarah
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Melon Manis
Mikan was very surprised when she found out that Hotaru, her bestfriend, went to a boarding school named 'Alice Academy' without saying goodbye.
Left alone with no news arriving yet and after knowing the circumstances that made Hotaru leave her hometown and her parents, Mikan decided to visit Alice Academy to find her dearest friend.

Her arrival only at the school's gate already led to lots of happenings in just one day. Most of it due to a certain student, Natsume, trying to escape the school.

Mik
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actual death
Officially the first manga book I had ever read in 5th Grade. Though now I tend to read Shōnen Mangas most of the time, I still remember enjoying it although I don't understand everyone's clear obsession with Mikan…
Either way, it's funny, has got really beautiful art, the plot a little complicated to understand in later Chapters (although that may just be me, I've read these in French and at the time I wasn't 100% fluent yet).
Rosie
A story about an elementary school girl, Mikan, who chases after her friend, Hotaru, who is forced to attend an "elite" school known as "Gakuen Alice."

However, the secret is actually a school for children who have special abilities. A teacher, Narumi, who teaches at this school, finds Mikan trying to enter the school who unknowingly knows what you have to be in order to enter the school, and finds out that she possesses a special ability, also known as an "Alice," called a "nullification" alice
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Mikaela
Oh my gosh! I just love this story. I think it's really interesting. I've watched the Anime of this first before reading the manga so i know the differences of what happened here and in the Anime. :) I'm looking forward to the following chapters.. ...more
Madeleine - Tei
I changed my rating to 5 stars after I read past the first book. So this is more like my rating of the whole series. The plot is great, and apparently goes beyond the 20th volume. The love triangle is so great. I always wanted Hikan to get with Luca/Ruka, but it's obvious she'll get Natsume. (view spoiler) ...more
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[[If you're looking for a French translation, search under "L'académie Alice", with the engine set to amazon.fr.]]

Tachibana Higuchi (樋口 橘, HIGUCHI Tachibana), born 1976-03-16 , is a Japanese manga artist. In year 1996, she first made her debut work in Bessatsu Hana to Yume's 5th issue, entitled 5 Gatsu no Sakura (『5月のサクラ』?).

During an interview with Tokyopop, she gave a detailed account of how she
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学園アリス / Gakuen Alice (1 - 10 of 31 books)
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