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Dear Citizen:Thank you for your loyalty. You've no doubt noticed that the world is a troubled place. People are apathetic, lazy, unmotivated. You've probably asked yourselfWHY ISN'T ANYTHING BEING DONE TO STOP THIS SYSTEMATIC DECLINE?Rest assured that measures are being taken. Beginning immediately, we will randomly select a different citizen each day who will be killed wiDear Citizen:Thank you for your loyalty. You've no doubt noticed that the world is a troubled place. People are apathetic, lazy, unmotivated. You've probably asked yourselfWHY ISN'T ANYTHING BEING DONE TO STOP THIS SYSTEMATIC DECLINE?Rest assured that measures are being taken. Beginning immediately, we will randomly select a different citizen each day who will be killed within 24 hours of notification. We believe this will help remind all people how precious life is and how important it is to be a productive, active member of society.Thank you for your continued attention and your cooperation and participation...Congratulations! You have been randomly selected by the government...to DIE in 24 hours!...

Title : Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1
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Number of Pages : 212 Pages
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Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 1 Reviews

  • Deborah Markus
    2018-11-23 21:06

    I wish GR had two systems: one showing how much you actually like a book -- that is, how much pleasure it gave you -- and one showing how good you think the book is. Because this book is brilliant, but considering how incredibly harsh and depressing it is, I feel weird saying "I really liked it."The premise is simple: In our country, there is a law that preserves the welfare of the people. Obedience is the key to happiness, our government tells us. The law is called...the National Welfare Act.(Cut to double-spread picture of blandly smiling women holding the shoulders of seated, frightened-looking children receiving injections. Are these women reassuring the little ones, or making sure they don't get up until they've had their shots?)Each citizen, upon entering elementary school, is immunized against certain infectious diseases. This is called the national welfare immunization. But for our purposes, what's important is that 0.01 percent of the syringes contain a special nano-capsule. About 1 in 1,000 citizens are injected with this capsule. It moves through their body, eventually coming to rest in the pulmonary artery. When the citizen is between 18 to 24 years old, the capsule ruptures on a predetermined date, killing them.Why?Citizens never know who has been injected with the capsule. They grow up wondering if, and when, they will die. This uncertainty makes them value life more and increases social productivity.(Cut to creepy, kitschy-looking picture of smiling men, women, and children. A young man standing in front points inspiringly up and forward. His arm is around a woman who must be his wife. Her gaze follows his gesture. She smiles contentedly, cuddling their baby.)The narrator is a young man whose job it is to deliver an "ikigami" to people who are going to die. (Ikigami: death note.) These cards are printed with the name and a photograph of the victim, along with the exact time and date of their death, which always occurs within 24 hours after receipt of the ikigami.The ikigami serves as a ticket allowing the recipient free use of public facilities and transportation. It's also the family's claim check for their bereavement pension.This volume contains the stories of two such "recipients." The second story was the kind of thing I expected. It's the story of how one young man responds to the news of his impending and utterly undodgeable death. It was brilliant, beautiful, and devastating. It made me decide to read more volumes in this series.But as I mentioned in my first "I'm reading this book" comment, I almost didn't get to that second story, because the first one made me feel ill. Literally, for several days after reading it I couldn't think about it without feeling a wrench of nausea -- and it was hard for me to think about much else for several days.The ghastliness wasn't in the premise of the series. It was in an all-too-believable scene in which a high-school boy is "bullied," and I'm putting that in quotes because this was so foul that I think "tortured" is a much better word for it. The injuries he suffered were the most bearable part of the scene. The casual sadism, the degradation -- hackneyed words like "vile" and "filthy" keep coming to mind as the only ones that can apply. My husband recommended this series to me. I ran into the next room and practically whacked him on the head with this volume after reading the scene in question. "Why didn't you warn me?" I demanded.He didn't warn me, so I'll be a good friend and warn you. That first story is hard to take. To put it mildly. If you have trigger issues, give this book a miss.But that first story is also kind of a baptism of fire. The next one in the book is nothing like it, in terms of content or intensity. And my husband swears that the rest of the series doesn't contain anything nearly so intense. I'll see, I guess...

  • Aravena
    2018-11-28 23:18

    (vol. 1-10 tamat)Bayangkan kau sedang menjalani hidup. Mungkin kau baru saja naik jabatan atau mendapat pekerjaan yang kau inginkan. Mungkin kau baru saja berdamai dengan pacarmu setelah pertengkaran hebat. Mungkin kau sedang sibuk mengejar impianmu menerbitkan buku, menggubah lagu, atau menjadi atlit profesional. Atau mungkin kau menjalani hari-hari dengan biasa dan sederhana saja, tidak memusingkan apa-apa selain mau makan apa hari ini. Lalu pada suatu hari, seseorang mengetuk pintu rumahmu dan berkata, "Maaf, besok Anda akan meninggal." Dunia distopia di Death's Notice (Ikigami) menampilkan skenario seperti itu: sebuah negara di mana sebagian penduduknya ditakdirkan mati pada usia 18-25 tahun. Pemerintah menjalankan program penyuntikan 'kapsul bom waktu' secara acak dan rahasia, mengirim petugas untuk memberitahukan orang-orang yang tidak beruntung saat kapsulnya H-1 sebelum meledak, dan mengumumkan kematian orang-orang tersebut sebagai pengabdian untuk negara. Tujuannya untuk 'menyejahterakan negara dan membuat rakyat lebih memaknai kehidupan', karena sebelum melewati umur 25 tahun mereka tidak tahu apakah mereka yang 'terpilih'. Kebijakan yang sinting dan mengerikan, tapi komik ini dengan sangat cerdik menampilkannya sebagai bagian dari sistem yang sudah mengakar dan diterima sebagai 'kewajaran'. Banyak bagian yang mengingatkan saya pada 1984-nya George Orwell(*buku yang sangat saya rekomendasikan untuk dibaca sebelum atau sesudah baca komik ini), terutama ketika plot menjadi semakin genting dan nasib si tokoh utama berada di ujung tanduk.Tokoh utama tersebut bernama Fujimoto, sang kurir Ikigami/surat pemberitahuan kematian. Mayoritas bab menyorot 24 jam terakhir dari orang-orang yang ia datangi secara episodik, tetapi tidak pernah repetitif karena variasi penokohannya yang sangat luas. Di antara orang-orang tersebut, ada yang pasrah. Ada yang mengamuk dan melakukan tindak kriminal. Ada yang memanfaatkan momen-momen terakhirnya untuk melakukan hal yang berguna bagi orang lain. Ada yang memutuskan melakukan hal yang selama ini tertunda. Bahkan ada yang malah bahagia dan merasa jadi 'pahlawan negara', menandakan otaknya yang sudah habis tercuci oleh propaganda. Pertanyaan-pertanyaan semakin banyak muncul, dan plot utama pun berjalan pelan tapi pasti di tengah berbagai kisah episodik yang terjadi. Secara perlahan, Mase-sensei menyelipkan berbagai dampak sosial, politik, dan psikologi dari premis ini, sehingga dunianya jadi semakin terasa hidup. Walau 'Ikigami' sendiri adalah konsep fiksi, banyak sekali yang paralel dengan hal-hal di dunia nyata:-Analogi antara Ikigami dengan kebijakan wajib militer dan surat perintah untuk pergi ke perang-Jingoisme dan pemahaman 'semua untuk satu' yang mendasari pemikiran ultra-nasionalis, tanpa repot-repot mempertanyakan apakah konsep negara itu sendiri memang layak untuk diperjuangkan-Penggunaan seni dan media sebagai alat propaganda cuci otak oleh golongan berkuasa, sekaligus sebagai alat protes dan penyuaraan aspirasi rakyat yang sudah 'sesak napas'-Konsep Budhisme dan beberapa kepercayaan lainnya yang memaknai kematian sebagai sesuatu yang tidak seharusnya ditakuti Di tengah semua tema besar itu, aspek humanis dari komik ini tetap terasa kuat. Hubungan antar manusia ditampilkan dengan sangat baik; kadang menyentuh, kadang mengenaskan, kadang mengerikan, dan kadang ketiga-tiganya sekaligus. Saya pun mengagumi penulisnya yang memberi 'kekuatan' tersendiri pada sekian banyak karakter yang akan ditewaskan (*pada dasarnya, sebagai penulis akan selalu terasa berat menciptakan karakter yang ujungnya akan kita 'bunuh'). Secara keseluruhan, Death's Notice adalah cerita tentang titik balik; tentang jeritan kemarahan melawan sistem yang tak boleh dipertanyakan; tentang 'kematian jiwa' yang lebih mengerikan daripada 'kematian fisik'; dan tentang secercah harapan dan kemanusiaan di tengah lautan gelap kebohongan dan kemunafikan.

  • Sara
    2018-11-29 00:23

    Wow, I wasn't sure what I was going to make of this manga.Each day, someone in the country is given a notice that they will die in exactly 24 hours. A list is kept of vaccinations given and 1 in 1,000 vaccines given to the children contain a nanocapsule that will kill them at a predetermined day and time.Creepy. (I suspect the anti-vaxers would be all over this!)Creepy. All for the welfare of the people. If they know they might die at any time, they will better serve the State.The interesting part is what people do when they receive their 24 hour notice. Go on a crime spree? Create one last beautiful work of art? Spend the time alone? Or with loved ones?This is also the story of a man whose job it is to hand out the death notices and his conflicting emotions. (Can't be too conflicted, though. Enemies of the state are also killed.)I read this in one sitting, couldn't put it down.

  • Bob Mackey
    2018-12-02 17:17

    I've been looking into more horror manga lately, and the basic premise of Ikigami inspired me to grab it on a whim: It's a dystopian tale about an alternate version of Japan that plants a ticking time bomb in the hearts of 1/1000th of the population (via an otherwise innocent immunization shot). Of course, the system is no secret, and, thanks to its setting in Japan, this population control program requires a massive, multi-level bureaucracy to function. This manga series follow one of its many rank-and-file workers, with the protagonist responsible for delivering an official notice to the damned 24 hours before they're scheduled to die. He's not the biggest fan of the status quo, though.In this first volume, the premise doesn't seem to matter all that much—and the main character is such a non entity that I can't even recall his name. Still, it provides just enough of a framing device to tell short stories about what people do with the remaining 24 hours of their lives, which is certainly some high-stakes storytelling. Ikigami offers intense melodrama, for sure, but, in this first volume, the outcomes are just a bit too predictable. And while certain events make it clear that dissent in this society is eliminated pretty much instantly, I was honestly more interested in seeing how these people act in a setting with government-controlled, impartial death sentences as a fact of life—it seems the concept of "Ikigami" only comes into conversation when the main character enters people's lives. Ikigami has a bit of a rough start, but I think I'll stick with it to see if any of Mase's dark short stories ever reach the heights of Twilight Zone material. It definitely has potential!

  • Mohammed
    2018-11-26 21:15

    This manga is about a very different concept that drew me to try it with the synopsis alone.A national prosperity law has been passed in dystopian Japan resulting in citizens between the ages of 18-24 being randomly selected to die for the good of the nation. These citizens are given 24 hour notification of their impending death. These notifications are known as "ikigami".The first volume at-least was about characters reacting differently knowing it was their last day on this earth. It was a good solid read and enough to try the next volume.

  • Ricardo Triviño Sánchez
    2018-11-23 21:01

    La idea de la que parte este cómic es potencialmente brutal.Para motivar a la población e impulsarla a esforzarse al máximo, se inocula a los niños una vacuna especial. Una de cada mil contiene una nanocápsula que eliminará al portador al llegar a la edad adulta, entre los 18 y los 24 años. A los afectados se les entrega 24 horas antes el "ikigami", u hoja de muerte, que les permitirá de disfrutar a placer de su último día.A partir de un funcionario repartidor de ikigamis, se ven las diferentes reacciones de los personajes ante la muerte. Se reflexiona también sobre esta práctica gubernamental, surgiendo una trama de rebelión encubierta en la que se verá envuelto el protagonista.Sin embargo, de los seis tomos que he leído hasta el momento, la trama de rebelión avanza lentamente, y el análisis del comportamiento de los personajes ante su súbito final no llegan a convencer del todo, del mismo modo que el dibujo, bastante malo.Se trata de una idea genial que hubiera dado una obra maestra si se hubiera llevado a cabo de otro modo.

  • Dewlanna
    2018-11-24 22:18

    I have to admit that I feel a bit disappointed after finishing this this first volume.I had spotted this serie quite some time ago, because the concept sounded interesting : in a near future, the government enforces a system where one person in a 1000 (I think that's the right figure?) get injected a vaccine that will kill them bometimes between their 18-24rd year. One day before their scheduled death, they receive an Ikigami, an advanced notification of death. Each chapter will then follow one of those people that had the misfortune to receive the Ikigami. The underlying principle of this dystopian system of governance is supposed to be that if people are under threat of death, they will live more fully and appreciate every moment. Why not as far as extreme imaginary governement methods goes this is not such a bad justification ! My problem with it (cause of course I found a problem!)? They "only" kill young adults, so besically if you're over 25, you can be sure you didn't receive one of the deadly vaccine, so you should no longer be affected by that than we in the real word. Is there some implicit rules somewhere that dictate that in dystopian universe you should kill the young adults ? For another Japanese story with many similarities, think of Battle Royale for example (the film was also great btw). If you wan't someting more occidental, then Hunger Games is another example... Is there some kind of taboo that dystopian government cannot kill middle-aged or seniors ? Well, I guess I should be happy, I'm past the critical age, should the world explode into one of those science-fiction style system. See, at last I found a perk of aging :D !!!!But back to Ikigami. Actually, what bothered me most was the way the story was told with flash-back and flash-forward, it was confusing.I wasn't really hooked by the Ikigami recepient in this volume. Except maybe the last story which was a notch above the rest.Finally, let's talk about Fujimoto, the one recurring charachter, who is tasked to deliver Ikigami (quite a choice of occupation). I feel that he will be important at some point, but really in this volume he wasn't exceptionally useful or interesting.So will I read next volume ? Probably, but more out of curiosity than because of some love of this first volume.

  • Susan
    2018-12-06 20:59

    There's enough here in the first volume of this dark sci-fi series to spark interest, but it's hard to to know yet how good this is ultimately going to be. The concept is chilling: the government immunizes all of its citizens when they reach the first grade but 1 syringe in 1,000 contains a biological time bomb that will kill the recipient instantly at a pre-set time. With the threat of an untimely demise hanging over everyone's heads, the hope is that the citizenry will straighten up and fly right--or else. Rabble-rousers or anyone who asks questions can be carried off at any moment to get one of the fatal injections, and the doomed get 24-hours notice of their expiration date via cards called Ikigamis ("death papers") that are delivered by special courier. Fujimoto, the protagonist (sort of-more on that later), is employed as one of these death messengers and must somehow reconcile his doubts and ethical pangs with his fear of the State and the consequences of what might happen to him if he disobeys. Fans of Deathnote and Full-Metal Alchemist may be intrigued these kinds of ethical struggles and the dark sci-fi elements of the storyline, but as of the end of the first volume, we don't quite get enough of Fujimoto to know who he really is yet. Every time we get a tidbit of his inner dialogue the story cuts away again to follow one of the doomed. Still, a fast, chiller of a read.Age Appropriateness (15+): While most of the scare-factor is psychological here, one of the doomed in Volume 1 also happens to be nursing a revenge fantasy and makes his last 24-hours memorable in brutally attacking two former schoolmates. One of the attacks is a rape, or at least looks enough like it could be one that it may bump the maturity level up a few notches, and an earlier schoolyard bullying scene is pretty disturbing in itself and features some partial nudity (although all the most scandalous bits are entirely obscured.

  • Robert
    2018-12-04 17:22

    Ikigami is a manga about your last 24 hours. Due to overpopulation and a lack of "living," a future (sometime in the 20XX's) utopian Japan inoculates it's citizens as they enter elementary school. For some kids at the age of eighteen to twenty-four they are "randomly chosen" to die within 24 hours of an "Ikigami," a death-notice.Ikigami's first volume follows a bullied kid that dropped out at the age of 16 from high-school's last 24 hours along with a 20 year old singer that never got the recognition he deserved until he finally dies. The second one, the singers story is a bit more stronger than the firsts. However the first and second stories also set-up how the Ikigami's are made and kept secret from the Japanese population at large so the country truly doesn't know who is going to die in the lottery of the death-pill they are injected with.I really wish the library I borrowed the book from had the second and on volumes but alas, they don't. I may have to go Manga hunting for it in local bookstores now.

  • Paul
    2018-12-07 01:00

    I was looking for a new Manga that would give me the intensity of Death Note. This wasn't it. I won't go too much into the story but it's about a government that injects every child with a capsule that gets randomly activated at any point during there life and kills them. The person gets a notice (an Ikigami) 24 hours before they are going to die so they can live out their last wishes so to speak. Whilst the governments incentive behind this is quite weak (to ensure people value life) to base a story on, you've got to admit the potential of reading about a last ditch rampage before the person knowingly dies (because, why not?) is intriguing.However, Ikigami feels limp with its delivery. The ideas are there; revenge, hatred, melancholy but I just never cared for the characters. It never gripped me. The simple explanation of how the capsule is administered to people became so bloated and overdrawn that it became more confusing than it needes to be.The idea is there, not the execution.

  • Noran Miss Pumkin
    2018-11-30 18:21

    Big brother decides your country does not appreciate life enough and is too lazy--so when you go to your first day school--your whole class gets immunizations. Yet 1 in 1,000 shots has a special nano capsule that will that person between age 18-24 years old. this is to teach the population to live life to the fullest and to happy. There is a delivery service that notifies these people 24 hours prior to their death--so they can spend their final hours with family and live them to the fullest. The card they get is called the IKIGAMI. It seems that the series follows one delivery person on his rounds and we see the impacts of his deliveries. He has doubts about the system--but also has seen what happens to anyone that speaks out against the system. they get a capsule and it kills them soon.Not sure if i will continue with this series--it is well drawn and thought out--just too sad really..........

  • Christiane
    2018-12-05 21:12

    Recommended by a patron who, like me, was a big fan of Death Note. In this society, young children are inoculated with a vaccine, about 1 in 1000 of which contain a capsule that will explode and kill the person when they are between 18-24 years old. Our hero, Fujimoto, has the job of delivering the Ikigami, or death paper, 24 hours before the unlucky citizen is scheduled to die. Even in this first volume he is beginning to express some unease about his job, and perhaps the whole order of his society. Well written and drawn, with an interesting premise. I'll definitely be checking out Volume 2.

  • Ahmado
    2018-11-13 21:09

    To tell you the truth, I would've given it a ten stars out five, but that would be at a young age not now. These kind of stories made living easier for me but I'm coped with my life now. I don't deny the second story was quite touching, but the people or characters displayed in this volume are good not bad or evil this might turn into a boring cliche in the next volumes to come. There's a strong point though the ikigami bureau office's delivery man Fujimoto there's something about him I cannot grasp, maybe he has an ikigami on him, or he will make an end to this movement I'm not sure but I'll follow the story and see what happens..

  • Bernadett
    2018-11-11 21:58

    the last chapters end had me tearing up which is a hard thing to do. I havent cried about a book ever since A.J.Cronins Citadel so its a very promising thing to it. also be complete accident i bought the serbian edition which im reading along the english. I originally bought 1 and 3rd volume but the person who sold it was extremely kind and put in the 2nd volume as gratis.

  • Shatha Shanqeeti
    2018-11-19 00:10

    This was a quick read, many elements are similar to those of the Death Note Manga Series. I am liking it so far, we'll see how it goes.

  • Elizabeth Sullivan
    2018-11-22 19:07

    The book does a good job of showing both perspectives, the messenger, and receiver. What type of person chooses to go into the profession of delivering death messages? Are they some kind of freak, or are they just doing their part? Do they agree with what they're doing?What would you do if you were told you only had 24 hours to live? Would you spend time with your family? Get revenge on those who wronged you? Explore your passions? Go to work? What kind of person are you? Would knowing your fate change how you act? If so, is it for the better? Step into the last day of someone's life.Both deeply beautiful, and depressing in equal measure.

  • ปัณณวิชญ์ นรากุลพิพัฒน์
    2018-12-04 18:27

    รวมๆ หนังสือเล่มนี้ตั้งใจจะเก็บสะสม แม้ว่าตอนจบจะทำให้ผิดหวังมาก แต่ ในระหว่างทางนั้นับได้ว่าสุดยอดอีกเรื่องเลยเมื่อรัฐ เข้ามากำหนดความเป็นความตายของประชากรด้วย บัญยัติเพื่อความรุ่งเรืองของชาติ ประชากรที่เป็นเด็กจะถูกฉีดแคปซูล โดยในแคปซูลนั้นจะมีสารบางอย่างอยู่ และจะแตกออกเมื่อถึงเวลาที่กำหนด เปรียบเสมือน รัสเชี่ยนรูเล็ตที่คุณไม่มีทางรู้ได้เลยว่า คุณจะมีอายุได้เกิน 25 หรือไม่ ทั้งนี้เพื่อให้ทุกคนได้ใช้ชีวิตด้วยการเห็นคุณค่าของลมหายใจของตนตัวเอกคือผู้ส่งสาร โดยต้องส่งก่อน 24 ชั่วโมงสุดท้ายในชีวิตของผู้ถูกเลือก เพื่อให้สามารถใช้เวลาในวันสุดท้ายได้อย่างคุ้มค่าที่สุดตอนจบขอสปอยไว้ที่รีวิวเล่มสิบว่า เหมือนกับหนังสือเรื่องอะไร

  • Ana María
    2018-11-12 23:10

    Increíble la fuerza de este libro. Es fuerza en la historia, en los trazos, en el modo en que se cuenta. Es un acierto en mi vida lectora.

  • Sara
    2018-12-09 23:27

    Weird, but enjoyable.

  • Sandra Delgado
    2018-11-22 18:01

    Tengo que releerlo...

  • Shinji Akechi
    2018-12-01 01:16

    4,5

  • Rebeca
    2018-12-01 01:22

    5 Stars!!!Oh my gosh, this was good!!! Near the end I started crying. I need vol. 2 asap!

  • Anouk
    2018-11-19 22:01

    great story, very deep

  • Nicole
    2018-11-27 21:10

    I've had a lot of great manga finds recently. I bought this on a whim because it looked difference than my usual picks, and I'm SO glad I did. This story takes place in what looks and feels like modern Japan...with one very significant difference. In an effort to curb growing violence and crime amongst the populace, the government has instituted a "National Welfare Immunization" program. All children are "immunized" as they enter first grade. But here's the catch. 1 in 1000 children receive a special microchip as part of their immunization. The process is triple-blind, meaning that the 3 government bodies that manage this program are completely ignorant of which citizens have received the the microchip. If you receive this microchip, you are guaranteed to die between the ages of 18-24. 24 hours before your death, the government cogs click into place, the person's identity is revealed, and an agent arrives at your house with an "ikigami" - a death notice that you have less than 24 hours to live before the microchip ruptures in your brain and instantaneously kills you. The government believes that if all citizens live knowing that any one of them could die between the ages of 18-24, then all will treat life more preciously and will live better.The story itself is fascinating enough. But the way Motoro Mase builds the full storyline of the manga is what really sells it. Readers follow the life of government worker Fujimoto - a man responsible for delivering ikigamis. Fujimoto's journey is the same as readers in some ways - he tries time and again to make sense of the program he is a part of, questioning its merit and challenging the notion that the program actually does what it proposes - helping citizens value life more and eliminating unnecessary violence and crime. While readers question the "big picture" through Fujimoto's eyes, they are also introduced to the stories of featured characters that Fujimoto comes in contact with - namely, the people he delivers ikigamis to. Each volume contains two ikigami feature stories where readers get introduced to 2 ordinary citizens and then follow them in the final 24 hours of their lives. As you might expect, while some people make use of the final moments of their lives to say goodbyes and do one final "good" in the world, many others panic and rage and - with nothing left to lose - go on violent crime and/or killing sprees in their final hours. It is the stories of the ordinary citizens that really drives home the poignant issues of the "National Welfare" program and emphasize the validity of Fujimoto's own struggles. Very compelling reading. In this first volume, we have both kinds of ikigami stories. In one, we find a man who was bullied mercilessly as a child and chooses to seek revenge on all those who made him suffer before his own life comes to an end. And in the second, a young musician about to start a great career regrets the one friend he betrayed and chooses to leave the world in the same way he wanted to live in it - singing the songs that bring him joy...

  • Sarah
    2018-11-17 17:09

    I agree with some of the other Goodreads reviewers that while the idea behind Ikigami is great, the story only just about delivers. At least that’s what I found with Volume One: it’s okay, but there’s a nagging feeling that it could be so much more. Motoro Mase’s mangais set in a dystopian society in the not too distant future. In order to encourage diligence and productivity, the Japanese government have introduced a law by which a tiny percentage of the population will die as young adults. These young adults are picked at random as children, and receive a nano capsule via injection in their childhood inoculations. When they come of age they are given a 24 hours’ notification (or ikigami) of their death. It’s certainly an interesting premise, but Volume One takes a while warming up. For one, there is a frustrating amount of repetition, particularly when it comes to explaining the protocol behind the inoculation. Perhaps it made more sense to repeat the step-by-step instructions when the volume was originally released as six individual issues, but here it really starts to get annoying. It’s also not that hard a concept to grasp, as terrible as the concept itself is. Ikigami focuses on the last day of those individuals who have been served a death notice. This focus has both its strengths and weaknesses. It means that we are able to consider just what an individual might do if they only have 24 hours left to live. From a psychological point of view it’s pretty interesting. However, this somewhat narrow focus means that we don’t really get to explore the implications of the Ikigami on the wider society. Certainly Kengo Fujimoto, the ikigami delivery man who narrates much of the story, will in all likelihood begin to strongly disagree with the Ikigami system as the story progresses, which is why I believe future volumes will improve. However, it would be nice to see more of the effects on society sooner rather than later. I don’t feel in a particular rush to look for Volume Two, but I’m sure I will find my way to it eventually. A worthwhile read if dystopian fiction is your thing.

  • Naya Kyo
    2018-11-23 20:13

    This is a one of a kind manga that illustrates the obedience and loyalty of the ignorant citizens to the government itself and their system that was established for the national welfare organization, a system that vaccinate people with a deadly capsule in a very young age randomly. Thus, an ikigami, a sort of a card that informs you of your death, will be delivered to an unlucky chosen citizen 24 hours prior to their death. The plot here is extremely interesting and totally bizarre and new; however, this was not the only reason why i kept buying the volumes of this manga. Most important aspect among the other, is the story-telling technique and the amount of emotions that were exhibited by the characters and the oppressed citizens. The victims , in a way, deliver a message of liberty and enhance the important of justice as soon as they get an ikigami. The scenario and story line is tremendously deep and rich with quite enough unexpected actions among characters and events. -There were some part where maybe the personalty of characters are repetitive but it is a human personality after all so there has to be a bunch of familiar ones anyway-. The most important thing that i have to mention here is the author's true audience and his own mission that he is trying to accomplish. He is featuring some important aspects that were probably influenced by revolutions and rebellion actions. What is more, the idea of a country that is set by oppressive rules encourages rebels and to finally say ''No'' to unfair judgments. Impressively, there are those who still believe that this is the only solution that will remind people how precious live is and they are proudly willing to give their lives for the sake of the national welfare.

  • Kayla Eklund
    2018-11-15 20:25

    3.5 stars.

  • Irwan
    2018-12-01 22:17

    One thing i like about Japanese graphic novel (manga) is the really breadth of its topics, which cannot simply be discarded as "just comic" implying its being childish or unserious. Ikigami is a good example. It is based on an absurd, though well-intentioned, government policy to make its people cherish life by threatening them with death. The policy is implemented by giving injection to all schoolchildren. Some of the syringes contain a capsule which will rupture 10 years later and kill the recipient. Those unfortunate young people will receive notice 24 hour (Ikigami, death paper) prior the d-day, "death day" if you will. This will remind the people how precious life is and how important it is to be a productive, active member of society. A memorable part of this volume was the chapter titled "The Last Song". It is about a musician who strives for fame by sacrificing his long time friend and partner in the search for "the sound" - the idealistic goal of musicianship. He chooses to join a pop label to get famous faster. When he receives the Ikigami, he realizes what it is all about. He then sang the song written by his old friend in his last minute on the supposed to be a promo talkshow on the radio. The main agent of the story, the Ikigami deliverer, was musing about the dramatic event: "But was it the song itself that was so great? Or was it the Ikigami that made the song great?""Depending on how a person lives his last day, the Ikigami can be a death sentence, or an invitation to really live!"

  • Guy Riessen
    2018-12-10 22:03

    This is a series of short stories set in a world where 1 out of a thousand people are randomly. and unknowingly, doomed to die in a government program designed to make every citizen make the most of their life. As such the stories vary a bit in their overall plot and characterization, even though they are all written by the same author. All the stories are tied together by the sentenced to death concept, and the characters doomed to die get just 24 hours notice that their time is up. At least as far as I've read (through the 3rd book) the fate irreversible regardless of the person's station in life. Each vignette tells the story of the characters last 24 hours and how they make use of it. Outside each individual person's story there is a plot line which is following one of the government workers whose job it is to deliver these "death notices." A bit of Logan's Run conceptually, but seeing the snippets of each person's reaction is very interesting. It's easily kept my interest so far, and I think there is just 5 books, so it'll be interesting to see how the overarching plot wraps it all together.

  • Mikael Kuoppala
    2018-11-29 23:06

    In a near future Japan 1 child in 1000 is secretly given a microcapsule on first grade. This microcapsule is set to cause the host's death at an exact time sometime between the ages of 18 and 24. The subject gets informed of the upcoming death 24 hours before the event with a "Death Paper," Ikigami. This series follows an official who's job it is to deliver these Ikigamis. The main focus so far has been on the subject however; every volume carries two stories of a dying person's last day.The concept is quite phenomenal, and thankfully the realization lives up to that. The first two stories are extremely effective and filled with thoughtful speculation. The only imperfection is the way this future world is presented to the reader. There isn't an organic introduction, only some odd pieces of dialog where the characters speak of facts they would surely be aware of as citizens of the imagined society.I anticipate further volumes of this series with enthusiasm. If the storytelling keeps being this good and the workings of this apparently totalitarian society are explored in more detail this could turn out to be a truly masterful series.