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Japanese: ライフ
English: Life
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 80
Status: Finished
Published: Apr 13, 2002 to Feb 13, 2009
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Psychological Psychological, School School
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Bessatsu Friend
Authors: Suenobu, Keiko (Story & Art)


Score: 7.981 (scored by 60086,008 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #7842
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1017
Members: 18,513
Favorites: 592


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Ayumu Shiiba has always struggled when it comes to her grades, but decides to study even harder so that she can go to Nishidate High School with her best friend Yuuko Shinozuka. When the results of the entrance exams came out, it turns out that Ayumu herself passed, but unfortunately, Shinozuka did not. Consequently, Shinozuka reveals everything she had felt about Ayumu—nothing but resentment.

Depressed that her closest friend has now deserted her, Ayumu finds a way to make her temporarily forget the loneliness: self-injury. As a result, she chooses to be alone and quickly becomes an outcast at her new school, refusing to socialize with anyone. Yet when her classmate Manami Anzai suddenly befriends her, Ayumu's world seems to brighten—but little does she know that something more horrible would start coming her way.

Life is the story of a certain girl's isolation, a tale filled with despair and persecution enough to bring any person to the brink of insanity. However, only the strongest will find the light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how impossible the odds may seem.

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Life won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shoujo category in 2006, also inspiring a live action TV drama which aired for eleven episodes between June 30, 2007 to September 15 of the same year.

The series has been published digitally in English by Kodansha USA since March 7, 2023.



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 ...
Jul 17, 2009
Although she goes through MANY struggles, Ayuma Shiba definitely shows what it means to be a true heroin. Although weak in the begining, she learns through her hardships and life changing experiences, good and bad, that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and stand up for what you believe in. Excellent story line. Pulls you in the moment you read it. Definite read for those who enjoy dark and slightly sadistic story lines. Characters were created very well, and they carried the plot all the way to the end.
Jul 3, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (14/80 eps)
Story: 6/10
UNBELIEVABLE. This story is harsh. The mangaka must've enjoyed tormenting her characters, especially Ayumu. This story is harsh and sadistic to the point where the plot is almost unbelievable. I didn't cry for her nor did I pity her. The story is just that unbelievable. Still, I like the way that the mangaka didn't
provide a hero for Ayumu. Most shoujo fantasies have heroes, it's overrated.

Art: 8/10
The art isn't bad. I'll give this manga that much. The mangaka's drawing style really fits the plot, so if you must read this manga, you will enjoy that fact. The drawings are probably the only part ...

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