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

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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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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
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,
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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Jul 19, 2011
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
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
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.

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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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