Taisuke Kanou is a student who's lived alone with his sister since the death of his parents years ago. Though he's often in the middle of a fight, Kanou lives a fairly typical life alongside his bullied friend Yuichi and the lovely Megumi - that is, until the suicides begin. Suddenly, around the globe, people have begun to kill themselves in throngs thanks to what people are calling a ‘suicide virus.' Once ‘infected,' a person either dies by his own hand or evolves and gains a special power. As Taisuke soon discovers, he's one of the evolved, as is Yuichi; but Yuichi, coerced by other ‘comrades' with similar powers, kidnaps Megumi and leaves with his newfound friends. Taisuke must now head north in an attempt to find Megumi and Yuichi, all the while encountering new friends and dangerous enemies along the way.
When high school student Ageha Yoshina finds a red calling card in an isolated, ringing pay phone, he believes he's merely stumbled upon the game 'Psyren', a curious urban legend. He initially intends to trade information about Psyren to the world's foremost fortune teller for a famous reward, but after his childhood friend Sakurako – who happened to possess one of the cards – disappears, Ageha rushes into the game's dangerous world to find him. Now trapped in a post-apocalyptic landscape and pursued by Psyren's deranged inhabitants, Ageha must fight to survive and unravel this world's mystery before the game takes his life.
A group of people with special powers trying to save the world, fighing with group of evil people with special pwoers trying to "purge it". Similar level of serious content, and explicit content (well Psyren is slightly less brutal I guess). Both start in high school setting, but with all the action twists move to other stages. Both are dark, battle mangas that aren't focusing that much on battles and more on a solid and engaging storyline.
Psyren and Alive ,hands down, have the most similar atmosphere and feel. The world will end unless a force of kids with super human powers destroy the source that is threatening the world's existence. Awesome/memorable powers, incredible enemies and emotional moments flood both action packed manga. Definitely read both if you already have not.
Psyren and Alive have quite similar atmosphere and concept. It involves a group of kids with super powers fighting off the mysterious evil that is threatening the world's existence. They both make a similar transition to more mature concept, though it doesn't hurt in either one. Great action is what defines both of them... so don't hesistate to try the other if you liked the fist one...
Ichigo Kurosaki is an average high school boy with a not-so-average ability to see spirits - something that hadn't affected his life much until a strange woman entered his room one day. Named Kuchiki Rukia, she's a shinigami who was sent from the spirit world to destroy a hollow - a dead-soul-turned-monster; and much to her surprise, Ichigo can see her. When the hollow suddenly attacks his family, Rukia intervenes and is injured in the process, leaving Ichigo to fight it himself. But when Rukia lends him her shinigami powers - which is forbidden - he inadvertently drains them away and has no way to return them. Now, Ichigo is a full-fledged shinigami who must juggle his studies with his newfound duty of fighting hollows; but having gained his powers through forbidden means, the spirit world isn't going to leave Ichigo alone. Ichigo and Rukia must keep their situation a secret from the other shinigami, or the consequences could be dire.
Yuki has isolated himself from his high school student life; even his cell phone reflects his detachment, since it only contains information about his surroundings. In his fantasies Yuki is chosen by his friend Deux Ex Machina to participate in a survival game of twelve people, each with a clairvoyant personal diary. The remaining survivor will become the new Lord of Time and Space. However, Yuki wakes from his fantasy to find that his dreams have become reality; his diary now has entries from the future about his surroundings, and he learns that his classmate Yuno is also participating. Even worse, Yuki finds an entry for his imminent Dead End. To stay alive he becomes Yuno's partner, but her diary only contains what will happen to her beloved Yuki. Yuno swears to protect Yuki and uphold her unwavering love for him; she will protect their bond, no matter who she has to get rid of.
In both Mangas main character is a high school student who suddenly was given extraordinary power. Along with him, there is a number of other people who got similar power. For one reason of another they battle against each other.
Both mangas have very dark and bloody theme, and lot of serious content. In both cases most of the powerful characters are total psychos. The drawing style and the mood is also similar.
In secret, alien parasites drift downwards toward Earth. Their directive: to take control of a human body and thrive in secret. When a parasite attempts to take over Shinji, an ordinary high school student, he stops it in his arm to save his mind. With the strange power of amorphous muscle, the curious parasite strikes an uneasy truce with Shinji: it will keep him alive and strong so that it may continue living, and will help protect him from the other parasites that might not take kindly to Shinji's mind still actively working. Can Shinji gain the courage to face the parasites and protect humanity? And would it even make a difference if he did?
Parasyte and Alive - The Final Evolution are about a teenager who aquires a special ability from an alien substance entering their bodies and others who are corrupted by it entering theirs.
While Parasyte focusses on more adult themes like whether the power should be used and what it means to be human, Alive - TFE focusses more on the action and adventure side of fighting those who use the powers for evil.