D-Live!!

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D-Live!!
D-Live!! cover Volume 1.jpg
Volume 1 of D-Live!! as published by Shogakukan on April 15, 2003. Satoru Ikaruga is featured riding a jetski in the sewers.
ドライブ!!
(Doraibu!!)
Genre Action, Adventure
Manga
Written by Ryōji Minagawa
Illustrated by Ryōji Minagawa
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday
Original run 20022006
Volumes 15 (List of volumes)
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D-Live!! (ドライブ!!?, DoRaibu!!) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ryōji Minagawa. It was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from 2002 to 2006. The manga tells the story of Satoru Ikaruga, a high schooler nicknamed "genius driver" who can operate almost any vehicle and works for a multinational specialist company called the Almighty Support Enterprise (ASE). Ikaruga is called whenever ASE is hired to solve a case which involves vehicle driving, most of the time working with other ASE agents to resolve situations assigned to them by various clients.

Plot[edit]

Satoru Ikaruga is just an ordinary high school student who enjoys eating food. Unknown to most of his classmates and teachers, he is an operative of the Almighty Support Enterprise as a vehicle driving specialist. He is deployed worldwide while being supported by various ASE agents in accomplishing cases assigned to them by their clients.

Characters[edit]

Satoru Ikaruga[edit]

A high school boy who do part-time job with ASE Japan Branch as a vehicle driver specialist. His father was a friend of Hajime Mozu and also an ASE driver who died in doing his job.

Hatsune Shimizu[edit]

A high school girl, the mechanic specialist of ASE Japan Branch. Her dream is to make her late father's motorcycle racing team wins the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race. She almost made it with Satoru riding her bike, but an accident happened that made Satoru did not finish the race.

Hajime Mozu[edit]

Chief of ASE Japan branch. He is an ex-ASE vehicle driver specialist, Satoru was trained by him. He is sometimes cruel to Satoru by cutting his payment if Satoru made any mistake in doing his job.

Clever Owl[edit]

He is ASE USA branch's specialist in spying and infiltrating. He is also a playboy and thinks that he is the next James Bond. He always gets sick if traveling in a vehicle, especially if the driver is Satoru. Only Mozu can make him not sick in a vehicle.

Rika Karasuma[edit]

ASE Japan Branch's specialist of geology. A beautiful woman who is lecturer in a university in Japan.

Hato[edit]

He is ASE USA branch's specialist in detonating bomb and CQB. An ex-SWAT Team member. Joined ASE after Satoru saved him from an exploded building he was trapped.

Publication[edit]

D-Live!! has been published with 15 volumes under Shogakukan after being serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine from April 15, 2003 to November 8, 2006. For France and French-speaking countries/territories, it was published by Editions Kabuto with five volumes published prior to its termination.[1][2] In Hong Kong, Jonesky is responsible for publishing all of its volumes in Chinese.[3] Planet Manga published four volumes of D-Live!! in Italian prior to its termination.[4] It is published in South Korea by Samyang Comics.[5][6] Tong Li published the manga in Taiwan.[7]

Reception[edit]

D-Live!! had been selected among one of the most recommended manga to read at the 9th Japan Media Arts Festival in 2005.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "D-Live!!" (in French). Archived from the original on 2008-12-27. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  2. ^ "D-Live !! Vol.1 (Kabuto - SIMPLE)" (in French). Manga Sanctuary. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  3. ^ "D-LIVE!! #1 (For Hong Kong customer only)". Jonesky. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  4. ^ "D-LIVE!!" (in Italian). Anime Click. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  5. ^ "드라이브!! - D-LIVE!! 01" (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  6. ^ 드라이브!! (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  7. ^ "D-LIVE!~生存競爭 1" (in Chinese). Archived from the original on 2005-04-14. Retrieved 2011-03-24. 
  8. ^ "9th Japanese Media Arts Festival Winners". Anime News Network. 2005-12-22. Retrieved 2009-01-20. 

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