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English: Life
Japanese: ライフ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 80
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 13, 2002 to Feb 13, 2009
Authors: Suenobu, Keiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend


Score: 8.171 (scored by 3500 users)
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Ranked: #5552
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Ayumu Shiiba is studying for the all-important high school entrance exams. She is struggling to get by, but thankfully has help from her best friend Shii-chan, who is at the top of their class. Test results come back and their friendship falls apart when Ayumu surpasses Shii-chan's scores and gets into her high school of choice while Shii-chan doesn't! Losing Shii-chan is so painful for Ayumu that she starts cutting her wrists for comfort. Hoping for a fresh start, Ayumu arrives at her new high school and finally opens up to a new friend, Manami. But will Manami prove to be the friend that Ayumu truly needs or send her further in a downward spiral?

(Source: Tokyopop)


Life won the Kodansha Manga Award in the Shoujo cetegory in 2006.

Tokyopop published the first nine volumes in English from April 1, 2006 to June 10, 2008 before becoming defunct. The series was also published in Spanish by Norma Editorial from April 2009 to April 11, 2016.

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Feb 9, 2011
This Manga really touched me. I can't express enough gratitude to the Mangaka.

Story 10/10
This story contains so many mixed vibes, but i mean that in a good way. There is Bulling,suicide,friendship,true friends,cutting,self harm,sexual assault, and so much more. *may contain mild spoiler* We find Ayumu our main protagonist making a new friend at her new high school named Manami, she is seemingly nice and ayumu is really starting to think things are going very good. Manami's boyfriend breaks up with her, she trys to commit suicide by jumping infront of a train. Ayumu saves her and manami makes her help her get katsumi(bf) back because read more
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Dec 20, 2010
"In my heart...it's always raining."

I literally ran into this manga while searching for something...interesting. I can honestly say this manga creeped me out a little bit and made me angry an awful lot all while keeping me interested.

The main thing it was about was learning how to deal with your sadness and anger. All of life's curve balls. It gives you a look at what a person feels and what drives someone to hurt themselves. What they're willing to do in order to ease their pain, even if it's for a little while.

Getting into high school is important for best friends Ayumu and Shii. Getting read more
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Oct 4, 2007
The drama isn't too exaggerated so it protrays what a high school girl would be likely to go through in her time. Making friends, getting stabbed in the back, exiled and tortured. The main character is mentally weak till she meets a true friend that lifts her up out of the she's in. She helps the main character believe in herself and enables the main character to stand up to the bullies. It sends a message that all you really need is ONE good friend to get you through the bad times rather than a whole bunch of fair weather friends. It's an excellent read. read more
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Jan 10, 2015
I bought the manga for Life Volume 2, it was the typical bullying and blackmail thing in a manga I could read, but something urged me to buy or at least read the first volume so as to understand the main point, or from where everything started.

The store didn't have the first volume, so I had to read it online.

Then it suddenly hit me, after Volume 1, I went to Volume 6, and so on and so forth. It was beautiful.

Simply fantastic.

The friendship between Hatori and Ayumu touched me. How they risked their lives for each other. I actually even felt the " Yuri Sense read more
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