Manga Review: Ikigami

Drama,Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen

Mangaka:  MASE Motoro
Year:  2005
Original Publisher:  Shogakun
Serialized in:
Big Comic Spirits
Young Sunday

Volumes:  7 (Ongoing)

Licensed!  Viz Media

The japanese government has launched a brand new law: because of the lazyness and apathy of Japan’s people it was decided that someone, daily and randomly, will be chosen and killed with a poisoned capsule in order to “bring to life again” and wake up the others.

The person elected will be warned with an ikigami (or death’s notice) and after this he/she will have only 24 hours left to live.

What will those condemned think and do during this short time?

My Impressions:

Brilliant!  😀

Love a good “Psychological Mystery!”  Ikigami gives you that, plus more.   I mean,almost a frightening thought that this could actually occurred in the “Reel World.” 

Some readers may not agree with my enthusiasm with this review.  Oh well… can’t be helped.  I just like books, manga, stories that can have a thought provoking appeal to them.  It caters to my imagination. *Shrugs — go figure.*

Anyway, when a child soon enters school, they are innoculated and without the child knowing, he or she could have been innoculated with the poison that’s going to kill him or her before their 25th birthday.  This child will go through life getting an education, having fun, enjoying school life, college and even perhaps that first job of becoming a Salary man or woman and then in walks a government official flashing aIkigami,telling him or her that he or she has only 24 hours left to live.   Within this time, all arrangements — if any should be made.


After this person receives this Ikigami, what’s next?  This was the big question for me when I first volume one.  I was reading and then it dawn on me. How the heck is ANYBODY supposed to act after been told you only had 24 hours left to live?!

Well, you could act calm about, but I seriously doubt that.  As I’m reading how each character received the Ikgami, I think they acted in a fashion that is to understand: Fill with angered and do something crazy!

This is a really compelling story.  I would hate to be in the main character shoes – Fujimoto-san.  One of the officials who have to carried out the deed of delivering the Ikigamis.  Fujimoto-san is your regular run-of-the-mill typical guy who has a daunting position.

However, Fujimoto-san does something he’s not supposed to:question the job.  He’s been warned by his superior that spies are all around them, and that if he’s reported he would be reprogrammed.  Lo, behold, one evening as he is walking with his superior and a female co-worker, Fujimoto-san made a remark about the job in a negative way.  The two men continues on, and she makes that dreaded phone call.

–That’s as far as I’ve gotten with the story.  It’s pretty good.  I enjoy reading it.  Totally recommend it.

So, that’s about it.  Until next review.  😀

Laters!  😉





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