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All You Need Is Kill (Manga)

All You Need Is Kill

Alternative Titles

English: All You Need Is Kill
Synonyms: Edge of Tomorrow
Japanese: All You Need Is Kill オール ユー ニード イズ キル


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 17
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 9, 2014 to May 29, 2014
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Sakurazaka, Hiroshi (Story), Takeuchi, Ryousuke (Story)
Serialization: Young Jump


Score: 8.101 (scored by 13196 users)
Ranked: #6732
Popularity: #151
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The world is in a war against an alien race called "Mimics," who have taken over most of the world with a mission to eliminate the human race. Keiji Kiriya is a new recruit in the United Defense Force, which is battling against these "Mimics." On his first day of deployment, Keiji and his unit encounter "Mimics" and are all killed... Or was it all a dream? For some inexplicable reason, after every time he dies, he is resurrected and returned back to the day before the battle. Why does this happen to Keiji and how can he escape from this never ending cycle?

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All You Need Is Kill was published in English by VIZ Media in a 2-in-1 omnibus under the Shonen Jump Advanced imprint on November 4, 2014; in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint from June 21, 2014 to September 20, 2014; in Spanish by Norma Editorial; and in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica in 2014. The English version was nominated for the 2015 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia.

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Jun 10, 2014
The manga is now finished, so it's the time to make a review based on full read through and here is what I ended up with:

Story - as far as story and concept goes, I think that's the weakest aspect of this manga..
Concept of the story is pretty much a continued session of 'loops' of the exact same time period happening. Some people who maybe have just started with reading manga may find it innovating, but it really isn't, as such concept was used in numerous manga series already.
Story itself was a bit disappointing too - the story is based on the light novel, read more
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Feb 11, 2014
Some years ago, I found myself bored and searching for something good to read. While I was looking online for something similar to the "Forever War" and " The groundhog day," I came across this book, which story wonderfully mixes the time loops of "the groundhog day" with the war against some nonhuman beings of the "Forever war". I wasn't really expecting something that great, but I was proven wrong.

The story is really well written; I really enjoy reading it. The main concept of the manga is having a time loop during a battle that is taking place between the human race and some kind read more
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Jul 4, 2015
If you've read some of my other reviews, you know one concept that interests me is that of immortality. Time looping is another concept I find enthralling. It's almost like being immortal, except you live the same time period over and over again. In some ways, I feel this could be even worse than immortality, since usually the situation that is repeated is an unpleasant one.

Before we dive into the story, I'd like to mention the artwork. It's absolutely top notch. Every panel has a painstaking amount of detail, from the character designs, to the suits, to the environments. Obata Takeshi is responsible for read more
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Oct 12, 2014
After the release of the live-action movie "Edge of Tomorrow", it was interesting to find that it was actually based on a Japanese light-novel. It came even more as a surprise to see that a manga version had been released, likely coming after the acclaim of the live-action film. The film had some good characters, writing, and some interesting use of the plot's lore. It shouldn't have been a stretch to expect even more from the actual source material, not being held back by the hour and a half length of the movie. However, the biggest surprise came when it became clear that the movie read more
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In these two, death is only the beginning.

Initially average lead characters find themselves confronted with monsters and fight death-matches over and over AND OVER until they become killing machines without fear or doubt. Not even death itself is an escape since characters are revived in Gantz and death results in a never-ending time loop in All You Need Is KIIIIIIIILLLLLLL.

There is no other similar characterisation that I have encountered. There are plenty of survival series out there, for sure, but none where characters grow mentally stronger by dying and gradually abandoning fear. Death being the starting point of both series, rather than an  read more 
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+ A time period of just over a day repeats inifinity and ends each time with someone dying before everything is reset with most people not realizing the repetition is happening
+ The character who remembers every repetition uses that to gain knowledge and skills as they try to find a way out of the repetition

- Hakomari is a novel series and has more than just the repeated schoolday while Kill is a manga that involves humans fighting against alien-like creatures for survival 
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Time travel and has the chance to change history once the mc dies. they start all over at start point if they die and both mc tries to protect the girl they like.  
reportRecommended by Alexlung
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+ A repeated situation full of killing and gore
+ Very psychological and the stress of the situation the characters are in takes a heavy toll on them

- Kill is about a large scale battle of humans vs. alien-like creatures while Higurashi is humans killing other humans and curses in a small village 
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Both are action packed and give off a very intense vibe. The character art looks similar and you can see some of the same expressions between the main characters when they have that evil smile across their face

All you need is Kill will be a strong manga if it continues on it's current path 
reportRecommended by Knieves339
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Both are about a person immersed in a loop that repeats the day they died until they find a way to survive through it. 
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