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Alive: The Final Evolution

|} is a manga written by Tadashi Kawashima and drawn by Adachitoka. The manga was originally published by Kodansha in Japan and is published in English by Del Rey Manga. So far, fifteen volumes have been published in Japan, five in America and nine in Indonesia. The series is being made into an anime.

Plot

A young student named Taisuke stands up for his friend, Hirose, who often seems to be picked on. Besides that, he lives a rather normal life with his childhood friend, Megumi. His older sister who works as the nurse of the school. Both of his parents are killed in a car accident. An unknown pathogen starts making people commit suicide. Taisuke witnesses one of these suicides and is gifted suddenly with a strange ability. He soon finds out that Hirose has left school, and Megumi has been kidnapped. In order to find his friends, Taisuke sets out on a journey. Along the way he encounters people who have abilities, like him, and as he continues his journey the mystery of these people and the virus slowly starts to unfold.

Characters

Major Characters

The Group

Taisuke Kanou is the protagonist of the story. He is depicted as a loyal and bold person who would stand up for his friends even though it may cost him his life. Despite this, he is actually plagued by guilt because he believes that he killed his parents when he accidentally dropped a juice can under the brake pedal of the car his father was driving. Both of his parents were killed in the car accident, but he lived. Afterwards he was raised by his older sister. He is one of the few people who gain a special ability after being infected with the virus. He later sets out to find his missing friends, Hirose and Megumi, when they disappear. He meets up with Yuta and Nami, two other people with abilities and they encounter many dangers. In the end of part 1 of the manga, it is revealed that Taisuke's ability is actually the ability "to regenerate and exterminate", however Taisuke's manipulability on fire remains unexplained. In the second arc, Taisuke was alive, saved by the Tezuka Family. However, he loses his memory after his fight with Yuichi Hirose. He seems to vaguely remember Nami and Yuta. He regains his memory soon after his sister arrives. After remembering everything, Yukie Tesuka approaches Taisuke asking him to retrieve the "Heart of Akura" before returning back home. The "Heart of Akura" seems to be in some sort of military research facility with soldiers guarding the place. Taisuke proceeds into the base with Ray Tezuka and Nami but are intercepted by D4. The team, wounded by rubber bullets that D4 shot, is captured. Taisuke, obsessed with Hirose, melts his handcuffs and escapes from the vehicle that held them. D4 tries to shoot him again with rubber bullets but they are melted py a special ability. They proceed to find the "Heart of Akura". The rock (fusion of Hirose and the "Heart of Akura") reacts with Taisuke. As Taisuke approaches the rock, it uses Hirose's ability and creates holes, injuring/killing some of the soldiers. He is stopped by Aoi Tezuka when she warns him that all ability users will die after touching the "Heart of Akura". The plan fails but everyone successfully escapes. Later, he goes on to stay at Nami's house as he doesn't want to return home until he has dealt with Hirose. He is determined to kill Hirose, stating that he isn't the same as before. Shortly after his stay at Nami's house, he receives a message from Michele - a paper with a flower that he once gave Megumi before his fight with Hirose. Taisuke is satisfied with her being safe, not knowing that she is in the hands of Shigeki Katsumata.Yuta Takizawa
Yuta is a young boy who gains his powers after his mother commits suicide in front of him. Taisuke meets Yuta when Yuta tries to force Ryou to stay with him as she had an uncanny resemblance to his deceased mother. After Taisuke saves Yuta from killing himself, he soon joins up with Taisuke to help him look for his friends.
His power is isolation, where he can hold an object inside a small space which from the outside seems invisible. He can cut off all signals and air supply which can kill a living creature by suffocation.Nami Kusunoki
She has the power to freeze the water from anything (ground and air) into whatever shapes she wants, such as projectiles (including wolverine claws). Her younger brother, Satoru, was killed by the "comrade" Konan after he accidentally bumped into her and proceeded to run down an ally, at which point Konan used her ability and caused the vehicle beside Satoru to explode. He burned to death before Nami's eyes. She seems to be an expert fighter with a grudge against Yuta and Kanou, with intent to kill. She hates fire and other people with powers because of that. She tags-along with Yuta and Kanou so that she can kill the woman who killed her brother. She intends to kill them both after she finishes her quest. However, the kindness of Taisuke changes her from an avenger to a kind-hearted person. It's also possible that she has some feelings for Taisuke as she names him as her reason for living in the second arc.

Comrades

Hirose is Taisuke's best friend. He is small and timid for his age and is picked on by bullies. Taisuke and Megumi often help him out with bullies and animals, as seen in the omakes. Although small, he himself is infected with the virus and is given powers. At first he doesn't know how to control them but later learns to control them better. He lives with his mother, who is his last living family member. His mother soon commits suicide due to the virus and he ends up congratulating her on her death due to mind altering by the police inspector.
Hirose changes drastically over time, probably an effect of the virus, and gains the ability to make anything "disappear" by creating holes. He seems to later resent Taisuke and turns ambitious and rather cruel. He seeks to destroy everyone in the world and be the only person alive on the planet. During his fight with Taisuke at the end of part 1, he was able to fuse with the "Heart of Akura" making him invulnerable to physical attacks. Shigeki Katsumata
Inspector Katsumata is the lead investigator of Hirose's incident. At first glance he seems to be a kind person who is widely regarded but soon reveals that he's one of the few who received powers. He teams up with Yura and starts recruiting other comrades. He rarely uses his powers but uses them once on Hirose to change his thoughts. After his plan to control Hirose fails, he decides to retreat and captures Megumi. In the second arc, he has Megumi take care of "The Ghost" and is looking for ways to retrieve the "Heart of Akura".
His powers include the ability to control other people's minds and to kill with a blink of an eye.Yura Takumi
Yura is one of the few people who've gained powers from the virus. He is a vicious man who dresses in overalls and often pokes out his tongue before a kill. He is an artist who destroys his work as soon as it's finished. He teams up with Katsumata and often talks about "The value of death" and how "humans are fossils". He kills quite freely and doesn't seem to be bothered about the consequences of his actions. During the fight at the end of the 1st arc, he loses his arm when his power goes berserk. He was shown being alive during the second arc, obsessed with the "Heart of Akura" and wanting to see it again. He felt rather betrayed by Katsumata after he was used during Arc 1.
His powers is the ability of pressurized air that explodes when he wants it to.Morio Kenichirou
Morio is one of the "comrades" of Katsumata. He has the power called kamaitachi, which is the ability use to wind to slice objects. During his first meeting with Taisuke and Yuta he tries to kill them. They manage to fight back and escape and in the process Taisuke burns one side of Morio's face, permanently scarring it. After Hirose absorbs the "Heart of Akura", he commits suicide with his own wind blade.Kiyomitsu Misaki
Kiyomitsu is an elderly man, born blind; he is not a part of the group following Kanou. He is wise and kind, he knows Kanou's future and knows the weight Kanou must bare. His power is "senrigen" or "thousand mile eye". When people touch him he can see their past and future. He tells Kanou that he must choose between a difficult life or death. He sees his power as a curse, never to be used. After Hirose absorbs the "Heart of Akura", he commits suicide by falling down a long flight of stairs.Utsunomiya Yoshikatsu
He has the power of "Illusions", he can see a person's thoughts and memories, and uses them in his illusions, though he lies and says it is "total Control". Utsunomiya can create them in any space, including Yuta's barrier. He was friends with Katsumata at the police academy and knows much of their goals for revolution. Utsunomiya kills his wife and has the intent of killing his kids too. However, in the end he can't go through with it and erases their memories and replaces them with false ones right before he jumps off of a bridge. He saw his way as the right way in that killing his family was to protect them from the future of suffering and pain.Okada Gou
A fat, typical otaku man who is part of "comrades" recruited by Katsumata. Due to his appearance, he alway feels inferior to others, especially those who tease and ridicule him. His power is "Shinigami's Contract", in which the shinigami will kill anyone once that certain person has broken their "injunction" bounded to them beforehand, in which they are usually tricked or swayed by Okada to do so. He allows himself to be killed by his own "Shinigami's Contract" after Hirose's absorbing of the "Heart of Akura".Mitachi Kanon
The "red haired girl" who Nami seeks for killing her brother. A carefree, yet insane and immature girl who kills without second thought, mostly for her own amusement. Her power is an "Invisible Bomb" which can denotes almost anything in her range with the control of her palm at first sight. It is revealed later that she actually needs a metallic object to do so with the help of her rings and any object nearby, thus she's easily defeated after Nami lured her to the forest, which had no metallic objects nearby. She is also an egotist, and tries to kill Ochiai out of jealousy, after seeing how she was treated so special by Hirose and the others. She was torn apart by the power of the "Heart of Akura" after trying to absorb it.Asou
A pastor who is known to be traveling with Ron-kun. Asou seemed to have been affected by the virus when it was "Nightmare Week" and he, Ron and another child were hit together by the virus. Unfortunately the child tries to hang himself. When Asou tries to save him he turns the child into stone. When the other people see this they become afraid of him and lock him inside the church. He says he "Cursed" himself. Then he meets Katsumata and tells Katsumata to kill him. Katsumata uses his power and alters Asou's mind into thinking that he "Saved" him. When they met again, this time with Taisuke he tells Katsumata that he dosen't want to fight which later Katsumata alters his mind again to help the weak have a "Long good battle". After Hirose absorbs the "Heart of Akura", he turns himself into stone, believing he is returning to his parents.
His power is petrification and he is good at martial arts too.

Other Important Characters

Yoko Kanou is Taisuke's older sister. She works at his school as the nurse and is often visited by her brother, mostly because of his fights. After the death of their parents, Yoko has to take care of her brother and learn to sew. She earns the money and pays for her brother's schooling. She makes Taisuke clean and cook for her as she says that she gets the money so he has to do chores. She is a very confident older sister that trusts her younger brother, even though he later leaves home.
Megumi is Taisuke's childhood friend. She has known him since his parent's death and has always been there for him. Megumi is quite loud and is easily angered. She has always looked out for Hirose and Taisuke since an early age. She sometimes comes to confront Taisuke's sister for help. It seems like Megumi likes Taisuke. She is later kidnapped and then loses her memory, though she manages to recover them one by one by remembering Taisuke and Hirose. And is later taken again from Katsumata.Akuro
Appears to be the "master" of the group creating the revolution. He seems to be in two pieces, his heart "the heart of Akuro" is in Hokkaido and his "will" is in the body of an owl which is his own "comrade".

Minor Characters

Ryou
Ryou is a truck driver that Taisuke encounters after just leaving his home in search for his friends. She has a husband and a daughter that she adores.Yoshiteru Yoshikatsu
Picks up Kanou and Yuta in his car after running over their bike. He is driving with his sister Rin. They are soon followed by their father who is intent on killing them. Teruyoshi witnessed his mother's "suicide", caused by his father, and saved his sister from him. He tries very hard to protect his oblivious sister from their father.Rin Yoshikastu
She is Teruyoshi's younger sister. She appears to be a nice child and loves fun and cute things. Teruyoshi saved her from their father after their mother committed suicide.Amamiya and Oda
Reporters chasing after Taisuke in order to investigate the strange happenings surrounding him. Amamiya is eager to get to the bottom of the mystery surrounding Taisuke, whilst Oda is far more reluctant. Their interaction creates comic relief.

New Characters In Arc 2

The Tezuka Family
Yukie Tezuka
Ray Tezuka
Jun Tezuka
Anzu Tezuka
Aoi TezukaMilitary
McPherson, SFC
D2
D3
D4
Dr. Horner
Captain
Senator
Danial FriedkinShigeki Katsumata Group
"The Ghost"
Michele
Hang

Glossary

The Virus The virus is the cause of the first week of deaths ("The Nightmare Week") and the basis for the story. The virus is revealed to have arrived from outer space. The virus has three effects:

  • Thoughts and increased motivation of suicide.
  • Power-hunger and a hunger for death.
  • Gain powers without the lust for death.

The last effect is thought to be caused only when the virus fails to take hold of a person completely. These people are often called 'failures'.Abilities Out of the millions that contract the virus, the few who survived are those who had secrets and regrets inside their hearts. For example, Taisuke, as he had caused his parents' death with an indisposed drinking can. Most of them had secrets, regrets or guiltiness in their past, if their guiltiness is great, not even the virus that "occupied" their heart could make them commit suicide. The few that got the virus and survive then gain the ability to manipulate the world around them in a supernatural way that is called "Power". In most cases these powers are used to cause death and destruction. For 'failures' these powers are used to achieve their personal goals. All comrades can sense the presence of other comrades as one of their abilities. Without explanation or just as an element of jokes, Taisuke is the only known comrade that can not do so. Comrades The word comrade means something along the lines of 'friend'. Everyone who gained powers is generally considered to be a 'comrade' to any other people with powers and so they all call each other 'comrade'. This removes the need for them to get to know each other as they can assume that their goals are the same.Nightmare week Nightmare week was the first week in which the virus started to infect. Millions of people committed suicide and the few that got it and didn't commit suicide became 'comrades'.

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