Gakuen Alice Chapter 001 jp
Title- Don't Go, Hotaru!

Date- ?

Volume 01

Previous Chapter → 001

Next Chapter → 002


Mikan Sakura is a 10-year-old orphan who lives in a small village with her grandfather. The chapter starts off with Mikan hurrying to meet with her best friend, Hotaru Imai, who has been accepted to a school called Gakuen Alice in Tokyo. Mikan is mad because she was the last person to learn this, but Hotaru, after hitting Mikan with her invention and calling her a dummy for crying, tells Mikan to never cry and smile. In a flashback, Hotaru enrolled in Mikan's school one year ago after moving around so much. At first, Mikan did not like Hotaru because she was so serious and greedy, but when Hotaru asked Mikan to join in a singing and dancing contest, which they won, they became best friends. Since then, Mikan has been devoted to Hotaru and follows her around, despite their frequent bickering. The scene shifts back to the present, with Hotaru telling Mikan that they will keep in contact with each other, but Hotaru contacts her for six months in a rather cold letter. While in school, she learns that Gakuen Alice is a school for people with special abilities called Alices. She discovers two reasons for Hotaru's actions from Hotaru's parents. The first reason was so that their school would not close down. The second reason was so that Mikan would not be sad about her leaving. That night, Mikan made a decision to leave the village and go after Hotaru. She makes it to the main entrance to the school and is tricked into being kidnapped by strangers. A teacher from the school named Narumi, who is standing by the gate, saves her. Mikan tells him that she wishes to enroll in the school, but confesses that she is not sure if she has an Alice, which she thinks is simply a gift. Narumi explains that Alices are natural born powers. He then tells her that he enroll her because he suspects she also has an Alice. As he tries to tell Mikan what he thinks her Alice could be, a boy with a black cat mask creates a fire that blasts the gate and them away. Narumi tells Mikan that the boy is Natsume Hyūga, who is a powerful elementary school student with the Alice of Fire. Mikan is stunned by the boy's appearance. As Natsume jumps, Narumi easily defeats Natsume with a bean string. Mikan runs to aid Natsume, who appears to try to attack her before Narumi uses his Alice to knock Natsume out. Narumi has the gate open to the school and the three arrive into the academy.


Volume 1, First Chapter


New Characters

New Alices

Cultural References

"easter eggs"

Unanswered Questions

  • What is Mikan's Alice?

Memorable Moments


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