Ranked #963

LifE (Manga)


Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Seison LifE, Seizon
Japanese: 生存―LifE


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 23
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 18, 1999 to Jul 19, 2000
Genres: Mystery, Drama, Seinen
Authors: Kawaguchi, Kaiji (Art), Fukumoto, Nobuyuki (Story)
Serialization: Young Magazine Uppers


Score: 7.961 (scored by 1219 users)
Ranked: #9632
Popularity: #1892
Members: 2,808
Favorites: 32
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Takeda is diagnosed with cancer and feels that he has nothing to live for. Hopeless, he decides to end his life. But when he is about to hang himself, the phone rings: the police have just found the corpse of his daughter, Sawako, who disappeared more than 14 years ago. Under Japanese law, the statute of limitations for murder only lasts 15 years. Takeda has only six months left: six months to live, six months to find his daughter's killer and deliver him to the authorities. After 14 years of silence and obscurity, the family ties are reborn...

(Source: ANN)


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Takeda, Masao
Takeda, Masao
Takeda, Sawako
Takeda, Sawako

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Apr 11, 2009
It’s rare for a manga to elicit such strong feelings from me, but Seizon-Life succeeds with its ruminations of filial responsibility, love, and the search for truth and understanding, for redemption.

Redemption even if you've only got six months left to live. Takeda is told this and is wracked with fear and guilt. Guilt because his wife died of the same illness in the past and he realises he wasn’t there for her enough at the time. Now that he feels the same unrelenting fear of impending death, he feels disgusted with himself, with his past behaviour to his family, his deceased wife read more
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