Ranked #953
Seizon (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: LifE
Synonyms: Seison Life, Seison LifE
Japanese: 生存―LifE


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 23
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 7, 2000 to Sep 8, 2000
Genres: Mystery, Drama, Seinen
Authors: Kawaguchi, Kaiji (Art), Fukumoto, Nobuyuki (Story)
Serialization: Young Magazine Uppers


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Ranked: #9532
Popularity: #1895
Members: 2,444
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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)


Takeda, Masao
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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Both manga are short series that are heavy on realism. They're very similar because both are about discovering what happened to 14/5-year-old (iirc) girls. Even the artwork of the two is quite similar; both artists being skilled at drawing adults, which gives the titles mature looks.

In Seizon, the lead is a man with cancer who, with only six months or so left to live, sets out to find the person who murdered his daughter many years before in order to atone for what he views to be his sins as a husband and father. He retraces the steps of his daughter in a desperate attempt to discover what lead her to be killed before his time runs out.

In 'The Quest for the Missing Girl' (the English title of Sousakusha), the daughter of the lead's deceased best friend goes missing and, in order to keep a promise to his friend and atone for what views as his sin, he leaves his mountain refuge in order to find her, investigating by retracing the steps she made before she went missing. He ends up searching for her by delving into the seedy world of child prostitution.

The Quest for the Missing Girl is far more straight-forward, without there being constant twists occurring in order for justice to prevail, where as Seizon has a more likeable lead. I feel The Quest for the Missing Girl could've used more 'down time' in order for increased character development and I think I would've preferred Seizon if the author had just got on with the story rather than dragging it out at times. The titles are pretty much equal in my mind.

Going on the small amount of people who've read it, you might believe that The Quest for the Missing Girl' isn't out in English. That's incorrect. It was released around a year ago, and I got my copy in the post today. I don't believe it’s on the net, though, and that's why so few have read it - because no-one pays money for anime/manga.

(I was going to try my hand at a review, but I feel too lazy, and my back is hurting after struggling to read an awkward to hold (it's big!) book under the light. This will have to do, I'm afraid.)
Seizon-Life feels like another Monster side story. You could put most of it somewhere in Monster and it won't feel like you're reading something else. Both contain suspenseful mystery-uncovering, realistic characters, and so on.
Not only are both of these mangas created by the same duo, they also have many things in common - people in desperate situations, murder of a girl in the past - though many similar themes are explored in a different way.
Both are short series that deal with a complicated or even troubled father-daughter relationship. Although in Seizon's case the daughter is deceased and the father is learning about her while trying to solve her murder and in Jinbe's case the parent and child aren't related by blood, both have similarities in tone and presentation by taking the father's perspective and exploring his view of his daughter.
In both mangas the protagonist is a grown man who is trying to solve a crime... to find a certain man who, in a way, ruined his life. And in both cases the answer is buried deep in they're memory's. The art is similar too(or so I remember)
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A father who goes to great lengths for the sake of his daughter

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