Afterschool Charisma, Vol. 1
Afterschool Charisma, Vol. 1
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Series: Afterschool Charisma Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Shiro Kamiya, the son of a teacher at St. Kleio Academy and the only student who is not a clone of a famous historical figure, wonders what he is doing there and what the real purpose of the school might be.
Catalog Number: #4975361
Format: Paperback
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Manga Manga
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2010
Pages: 202 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-421-53397-9
ISBN 13: 978-1-421-53397-1
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Starred Review for Publishers Weekly
With a title right out of a romance manga and a premise that sounds like Clone High, at first glance Afterschool Charisma doesn't seem promising. But that first impression is most emphatically wrong. Suekane's story of a school full of cloned historical geniuses and a very ordinary boy who observes them is another success for Viz's experimental manga line. Cloned for undisclosed and morally dubious reasons, the students include not only the great and the good (Mozart, Marie Curie, Elizabeth I) but also the world-shatteringly brilliant and driven of every stripe (Napoleon, the infamous Dowager Empress Cixi, Hitler). But locking would-be world leaders up in a boarding school and disappearing the more rebellious students to ""another school"" works about as well as you might expect. Unlikely alliances and conspiracies form%E2%80%94Napoleon will hardly go tamely to his fate, for example, and Sigmund Freud revels in using his cynical psychological insight to be the perfect power behind the throne. Suekane's art is all clean lines and expressive faces, even if the characters look disconcertingly little like their historical counterparts. Tensely plotted and sparkling with sharp dialogue, the story succeeds by not underestimating the intelligence of teenagers, in both its characters and its readers. (June)%0D
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Reading Level: 3.0
Interest Level: 9-12

History repeats itself... Or does it?

R to L (Japanese Style). History repeats itself... Or does it?

St. Kleio Academy is a very exclusive school: all of the students are clones of famous historical figures such as Beethoven, Queen Elizabeth I, Napoleon, Mozart, and Freud. All of them, that is, except for Shiro Kamiya. As Shiro struggles to adapt to this unusual campus, St. Kleio's first graduate, the clone of John F. Kennedy, is killed. Are the clones doomed to repeat the fate of their genetic progenitors, or can they create their own destinies? And how does a normal boy like Shiro fit in? 

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