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Afterschool Charisma, Vol. 1 (Houkago no Charisma #1)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,088 Ratings  ·  95 Reviews
SHIRO KAMIYA (2XXX– )
The only non-clone at St. Kleio Academy, a school dedicated to the clones of great historical personages. Shiro's father is a professor at the academy. Why is a regular kid taking classes at the school? Nobody seems to know for sure.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 15th 2010 by VIZ Media LLC (first published May 29th 2009)
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Miriam
Jul 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm surprised I enjoyed this because it is chock full of Things That Make No Sense and I usually am unable to turn off the part of my brain that points out bad science and asks, "But why would...?"

I think it helped that there were many hints about nefarious plots and enemy conspiracies but they were so vague that I couldn't even begin to assess what exactly they were or whether they were plausible.

Not sure I'm sold on the characters as clones (assuming they really are clones and it isn't some de
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Sesana
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not quite sure what I think of this series yet. The central premise is intriguing: in the distant future, human cloning is possible. St. Kleio Academy is full of these clones, all cloned from famous historical figures. It's a pretty fantastic idea. The execution is not up to par, though.

The structure of the opening volume is... odd. The story starts abruptly, then just as quickly shifts focus from one crisis to the next. And then the pace slows to a crawl, as the school is kind of explored,
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Tracey
Here I am, yet again. I keep telling myself not to read new manga series that I stumble upon but I can't help myself. The cover and premise were too good to pass up. And I'm glad I picked it up because I enjoyed it.

It definitely could have been a more engaging beginning but it laid some solid ground work for the convoluted story to come. The famous clones are mostly likable and kinda funny. The reveal of Hitler took me a bit by surprise. I didn't think this story would go dark and with a clone
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Kat
rated it it was amazing
Jul 19, 2011
L.A.
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
An interesting premise weighed down with clutter and clunk.

Shiro's dad teaches at St. Kleio's, a school for clones. Yes, you read that right: all the other students are clones of famous historical figures, including Napoleon, Mozart, Freud, Joan of Arc, and other notable personages. The teenage clones are at St. Kleio's to develop into mature adult versions of their original selves, but nobody's really sure why Shiro's there with them (assuming it's not the tuition break he's most likely get as
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Kereesa
Afterschool Charisma is basically Clone High minus the comedy. The story revolves around this school full of clones of famous historical people, except for our main character, Shiro who's father is one of the scientists working there. Conspiracy, of course, shows up, and everyone, scientists and clones included, aren't what they seem. As the clones and Shiro struggle for identity in a world where their entire lives and careers are dictated to them, Shiro and his friends try to find out what's re ...more
Kaleigh Robbins
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Eh... could have been a great story if they focused more on how clones of famous historical figures would affect society, rather than making it a typical Japanese school drama. Ridiculously stupid bully? Check. Ridiculously large-chested, brainlessly emotional girls? Check. Ridiculously contrived situations that are just uncomfortably weird? Check-o. Lots of pointless fanservice? You guessed it.

They could have played this idea for lots of comedy too. I mean, you have Hitler and Elizabeth the Fir
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Jean-christophe Boudreau
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This one I enjoyed and the premise wasn't something I was expecting with was good. At the start it follows our main character in a high school. The only thing that is different here is that instead of it being a regular high school like in most mangas its actually a high school for clones of famous historical figures. Later on in the series though it gets much darker and goes in a direction that I didn't see coming. The art felt like the cold be realistic and it was well drawn, I would recommend ...more
Lola  Reviewer
Not bad. The graphics are nicely done and the plot is promising. I especially liked the mysterious atmosphere of this manga. Thought I think the author should've made Marie Curie stay a bit more in school and let us miss her more before making her disapper.
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After binge reading the first three volumes, I have to say that overall the series feels very unimpressive. A long-wind up to the actual plot, vapid characters, a level of implausibility that is surprising even for manga, and over-the-top silly melodrama make for a rather uninspiring read.

Story: Shiro is the only non-clone (son of a professor) at a private school that raises clones of famous historical figures. What is t
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Alexandra
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
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Tianna
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
In all honesty, I found it a little hard to get into. The art-style was pleasant and the characters were interesting, but I was very confused by the plot a few times and overall, didn't really become too enthralled by it for that same reason.
Amy
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, manga
2.5 stars
Krista Ivy
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
A great premise of an academy of genius and historical figures cloned in modern times. Throw in an 'ordinary' teen and the fun begins. When it gets too serious, they go funny with it. Good balance.
Akemi Suzume
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awesome idea, awesome characters, really good design...
Love it.
Daken Howlett
Afterschool Charisma è praticamente la versione nipponica di clone high, ma con meno umorismo e molti più omicidi e cospirazioni...e un pizzico di sette occulte e terrorismo...
La serie ruota intorno ad un'istituto che sembra essere l'ultima speranza per un mondo ormai sull'orlo della distruzione, frequentato dai cloni di tutti i più importanti personaggi della storia del mondo, nella speranza che una volta cresciuti e dopo aver ricevuto un'adeguata educazione possano donare al mondo la loro cono
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Lovekitty
Afterschool Charisma vol. 1 by Kumiko Suekane. This is one of my unanticipated library finds, and I sprung on it when I saw that they had the first four volumes. I just got volumes one and two, though.
So, I read this today, and it was quite entertaining.
It was fun to see these famous, historical figures as teenagers all attending the same school; that's essentially what this is. Not saying it's bad, I find this concept intriguing; and the story, for the first installment, was executed nicely. Y
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Alison (AlisonCanRead)
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Can you imagine a school made up entirely of clones? Not just any clones, but the clones of infamous historical figures. From the revered (Florence Nightingale) to the talented (Mozart and Marie Curie) to the hated (Hitler). St. Kleio Academy has them all. Except for Shiro. He's the son of the academy director and the only non-clone in school.

The first volume of this series is intriguing, but raises far more questions than it answers. The volume started off abruptly. It felt like I came in the m
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Cornerofmadness
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
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Anne Freya
Feb 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Manga yg sangat menarik. Sekumpulan kloning tokoh2 terkenal menjalani kehidupan mereka di sekolah khusus utk para manusia klon. Mulai dari JFK, Napoleon Bonaparte, Sigmon Freud, Einstein, Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale, Queen Elizabeth, Empress Dowager, Joan of Arc, Mozart dan masih banyak lagi. Namun hanya ada 1 siswa yg bkn klon, Shiro Kamiya. Alasan keberadaannya di sana karena ia adalah putra dari ilmuwan yg menciptakan para klon tsb.

Dlm manga ini, kita akan melihat bagaimana para klon d
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Shoshana Frank
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed all of the historic characters, the idea that they were clones was interesting. There was a lot left open and unanswered for the following volumes. Great for people who feel like an outsider in their own community and are struggling to fit in and be themselves.
Susan
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
It's not unusual for a manga series to hinge on a dramatic gimmick, but as gimmicks go, this is kind of a cool one. At this elite boarding school, all the students are actually clones of famous figures from history. This could end up disintigrating into Hetalia-esque manic goofiness, but while it has its moments, the heart of the story lies with what's going on at the Academy: what is the Academy's real agenda for the clones, and exactly how much of a clone's destiny is really predetermined? The ...more
Gabrielle
I was chillin at the town library when I saw this in the manga section, I read the summary on the dust jacket and was intrigued. I am not that impressed with the overall reading, rather than putting it down and move on I forced myself in finishing the good book. The book jacket already explained to you the whole premise of the book so you kinda know what to expect. A whole school full of clones of historical figures, most presented are mostly read in HS History textbooks, and the protagonist is ...more
Selena
This was actually a lot better than I thought it would be.

I'll admit, most of my knowledge of history does not originate from my public school career (the same American history every year, and then a year of obscure European in high school for AP). Most of what I know comes from watching far too much history channel. Needless to say, a few of the historical clones (Himiko and Ikkyu) I had to go running to wikipedia to understand. In fact, keep wiki close to you for this one.

Afterschool Charisma
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Dylan Murphy
Mar 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lysiane
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
I wasn't in first place very convinced about the plot that seemed to be just too much but it still made me curious so I decided to borrow the first 4 volumes. It has some really stupid points but the plot becomes good enough to keep you hooked on it. The only thing that really bothered me is that some characters are a good enough manga/kawaii/soft version of their originals but some...it seems like they barely tried. Napoleon for example, sure the character is handsome but have you actually seen ...more
Maxwell
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is about a young boy named Shiro Kamiya that attends a school full of clones of societies greatest figures. Shiro has to deal with not being a clone himself, and is quickly cast away by the majority of them. However, he does share friendship with a small group of them, including Napoleon Bonaparte, Florence Nightingale, and Marie Curie. As he continues to attend the school, he uncovers dark secrets about the school, his own father, and even himself.



This book has a GREAT premise. I also
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Urania
Nov 25, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
The concept of a high school full of historical-figure clones isn't entirely new, but I like the idea anyway and wanted to see how it would be implemented here. I was a little disappointed that the first volume doesn't introduce anything especially intriguing or thoughtful, and the main character is annoying and bland as hell. Still, it's an enjoyable enough read with pleasant enough art that I'm still interested in continuing to read the series to see where it goes. Maybe it gets better.

Random
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Tiffany Noel
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Damn, this volume has me hooked! I seriously need the other volumes asap. I loved the intriguing storyline, artwork, characters and, of course, the eye candy (so many bishies! *coughiloveunapoleoncough*). Some of the predicaments the characters got themselves into at times seriously made me laugh out loud XD but even with all these bright moments, there's still a sense of foreboding for the darkness that's soon to come, which I like. I was expecting the ending before I even turned the page but i ...more
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SUEKANE Kumiko: スエカネクミコ

Kumiko Suekane worked at a video game company before becoming a successful mangaka. Besides Afterschool Charisma, her other work includes Blood+ A, Once Upon a Glashma (Hajimari no Gurashuma), and Seijou Koucha–kan no Jijō (The Seijou Teahouse Affair).

Doujinshi circle: Little Garden

Writes doujinshi under: Macho
Other pseudonyms: Cinnamon
Published boys' love under the alias: R
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