Created by Tachibana Higuchi, Gakuen Alice ss a Japanese anime story of a young girl named Mikan Sakura who set out to find her childhood best fried, Hotaru Imai, and eventually ended up in Gakuen Alice Academy. The story revolves inside the Academy and on a power found only on special humans called Alice. Mikan Sakura first emerges as a normal girl stuck inside the Academy but was later on found to acquire the rare Nullifying Alice, an Alice so dangerous for its ability to cancel out any kind of Alice.
In this Academy, she was reunited with Hotaru, who has the Invention Alice. Here, she meets the notorious special star student in the name of Natsume Hyuuga a.k.a Black Cat (Kuro-neko in Japanese) famous and feared for his powerful fire Alice, an Alice that Mikan would later on learn to tame. Because of this reason, Natsume grew first a feeling of hate towards Mikan but then changed due to her loving and caring nature. Other characters includes Ruka Nogi, (Animal Pheromone Alice) Natsume’s best friend, Kokoro Yome (Mind-reading Alice), Sumire Shouda (Cat-dog Alice) a die-hard Natsume fan and also president of the official Natsume-Ruka Fan Club, Ana (Cooking Alice), Yuu Tobita (Illusion Alice) president of their class, Mochu (Levitation Alice), Nonoko (Chemistry Alice), Kitsume (Flying Alice), Aoi Hyuuga (Fire Alice) Natsume’s long lost sister believed to be kidnapped by the AAO, Youichi Hijiri (Demon-casting Alice) who has no relation to Natsume but was considered as a little brother.
Gakuen Alice ranks students by star ranks. No star being the lowest, and special star being the highest. Mikan Sakura, by unlucky fate, first started as a no-star but eventually climbed up the ranks. Students also take part in groups determined by their alice. In the Academy, students are not allowed to go outside the walls unless they finish studies or obtain high marks during exams, which is why students stay in dorms. Stars determine much of a student’s life. The higher the star, the better the food, dorm, allowance and reputation is. However, powerful students (high star-ranked ones) are forced to participate in missions that the Academy and the organization behind it orders ‘for the common good’. Natsume being a special star alice is blackmailed into missions using Aoi (his lost sister). The enemy is introduced in the name of the AAO (Anti-Alice Organization). It was later found out that Mikan’s, never-before-seen mother, was actually the leader of the AAO.