Jumyou wo Kaitotte Moratta. Ichinen ni Tsuki, Ichimanen de. focuses on a twenty-year-old with little hope for the future. One day, he discovers a shop that buys lifespan, time, and health. This is a story dealing with the consequences of doing so.
I decided to read this manga on a whim and read up to the 12 chapters that had been released at the time in one sitting. From the very moment it pulls you into a world where the supernatural aspect of selling your life feels well established and natural to the progression of the story.
The feeling of a depressed and desolate 20 year old man can be felt through his actions and dialogue and the way the author has drawn the world around him makes it feel empty and desolate. This feel is established from the very outset with the mc selling all his stuff
to try and have a meal. Although the desperation and sadness that comes with living feels very real we begin to see him change as he spends the rest of his days.
It's hard to talk about some of the other aspects without spoiling too much but the change the characters undergo is incredibly bitter sweet
The art is pretty good, character design is varied and distinguished. Really fits the mood of manga with the shading and tone work. And the way some scenes are drawn are quite beautiful. (Thinking of one in particular)
I should mention that after I read all the released chapters I went ahead and read the light novel volume to see what happens.
It's honestly a great story leaving you with that bitter sweet feeling at the end of it.
This is my very first review, as usually I just too lazy to review even the best series I think. But, I just can't help seeing this masterpiece didn't even get the attention it should. So, here it is:
Warning! Contains minor spoiler.
Story 9/10 - It's about a guy who were worthless to society and ended up selling his 30 years of life. Times by 10K (as the title mentioned), thus, he get his ¥300,000. And so, the story about how he spend his ¥300,000 start... or so it seemed.
The tours that the author gave were really made you forget your time reading it. It
has a nice pacing, no cliche or whatsoever, and the thing that really catch me is, while it gave the vibe of YOLO and describe how depressed he is, how lonely he is, and how he was so trying hard to make at least something right, it was still gave you the romance vibe, and that was a nice thing! It adds up a little by little, and, boom, chapter 12 really made my tears (as I can really relate to the protagonist, the only difference is that I've got no woman like him (*sad*)).
Art 8/10 - I really like the realism of the background, really, i like it, but sometimes the character itself has its flaws a bit here and there. But, it can be excused as this is story based and how the mangaka draws it really can match the atmosphere of the story that it tells.
Character 9/10 - The protagonists way of thinking are unique. I like his YOLO style, and after a few incidents, though he didn't that much changed, he gradually become a more likeable character. It was really balanced since they didn't really introduced too much character, but with only just a few from the start, the story still go on and the protagonists development really something you might like.
Enjoyment 10/10 - As the above said, I can really relate to the story, plus few points that I've written above: How the pacing is good, how the development is great, and how the story isn't pleonastic.
Overall 10/10 - Even though there are the minus', I still wanted to give this gem 10/10. A worth-to-read story from novelist that will write loundraw's 夢が覚めるまで (see this if you don't know yet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u79x7HzB9SQ). I hope I can read all of her work, as they all seem so interesting!