Thursday, March 25, 2010

Gakuen Alice

Today,I´ll introduce Gakuen Alice written by Tachibana Higuchi.
This is the comic for girls. I lent this comic from my friends and read. It was really interesting one! So, I decided to introduce it. It was also adopted in anime series. Then, I´ll show you the summary of this comic.

Best friends Mikan and Hotaru grew up in a small town in the remote countryside.They are elementary school students. However, in one day, Hotaru moved to a school for genius without explaining Mikan why she will move to that school. Therefore, after Hotaru left, Mikan began bearing a grudge against Hotaru. She felt really lonely because she felt like betrayeded by Hotaru. Then, one day, Mikan heard Hotaru`s mother and principal of the school was talking in the schhool, in coincidence. Then, she knew the truth why Hotaru moved to the school for genius. If Hotaru allows to enter that school, government will give her family a great amount of money as a gratitude. The school Hotaru and Mikan spend their school life was really poor and almost closed down. The principal said `Thanks to your daughter, Hotaru. Our school has financially recovered.` Then, Hotaru`s mother responsed,
`That is my daughter`s wish. My daughter was really fond of this town. Transferring school many times ( to escape from the teachers from school for genius who followed Hotaru`s family to let Hotaru enter to the school) had left her without friends. But sahe finally found the true friend at this school. She wanted to save this school...even if she meant that she had to go.`
From this conversation, Mikan realized that Hotaru went to the school for genius for the sake of her school. At first, Mikan thought Hotaru didn`t care about her classmate any more. However, it was her misunderstanding. And also, Mikan realized that the real reason why Hotaru left Mikan without enough explanation. She realized the message from Hotaru which says
`If I`m going to become only the bad memory for you, then, I`d rather have you get mad, and forget about me. `
Mikan cried and said, `Hotaru,,you love is too difficult to understand.`
Then, Mikan missed Hotaru so badly and decided to travel to Tokyo herself to find Hotaru. She finds Hotaru in a school called "Alice Academy", and finds that the school is actually for people with special powers called "Alices". Mr. Narumi, a teacher at the school, discovers that Mikan also happens to have an Alice, and Mikan is admitted into the academy. Finally, she could meet Hotal and both of them were glad to see each other again. But, unfortunately, the students who enter to this school is not allowed to go out from school until graduate from the school. So, at first, she really missed her grandfather and became homesick. The environment of her classroom was horrible and it was almost classroom distintegration. And also, she became enemies with a boy who is the boss of the classroom with a fire alice, Natsume. So, at first, she couldn´t enjoy her school life there. But, because of her cheerful characteristic, she began to change the environment surrounding her by herself. Then, the later, she finds friends, love, and a life that she will never forget during that time Mikan uncovers the surprising past of her life.
( Some of this summary is from wikipedia

There are a various kinds of alice. For example, Teleportation,Telekinesis,Super Speed, Human Pheromone,Shadow manipulation, Doppelganger Alice,Nullification Alice, Stealing Alice, Mark of Death Alice, the Fire Alice. Some of the students get suffer by having Alice. (ex. the person who has stealing alice is being afraid from everyone and can not make friends) Actually, many students are suffering in their school life. Mikan´s cheerful characteristic changes such a people´s school life. Mikan experiences a various kinds of things through her school life with her friends. It is really good story ^^

I really recommend you to read ¨Gakuen Alice¨. ( Alice Academy in Japanese)
These sites show about it in details. ( in English)
Thank you (●^o^●)


Alisha Stafford Feitosa said...

So is "alice" here something like a superpower? I'm not sure I completely understood. Does the person with the stealing alice steal? or is he aware of people who steal?

akig said...

Yes, alice is a superpower.
The person with stealing alice can steal other´s alice. That´s why people are afraid of the person with stealing alice.

Alisha Stafford Feitosa said...

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akig said...

I added some other information and put the resource. Please check it.

Thank you.