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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 59755,975 users)
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Ranked: #7932
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Popularity: #994
Members: 18,351
Favorites: 593


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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.

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Feb 25, 2024
The story is about a girl who is bullied with so many insane characters. I didn't have any doubt giving this manga a 10/10 rating.

The most appealing factor of this manga is it's story since it's unique and interesting. It even has notes on the psychologists. The main character relies on other people's thoughts about her too much that she can't do anything without getting stressed about getting disliked. It captures her anxiety, fear of not fitting in, self hatred well. In one of the first chapters, she asks herself, wouldn't it be better to be alone instead of being friends with people that will ...
Sep 25, 2021
When reading the description of this manga, I was curious but also worried that I would be reading something far too edgy to take seriously. I was pleasantly surprised that the story had a mature, fleshed out take on the topics discussed. I ended up hooked and binge read this in one sitting. I was near tears at some of the low points (although I am admittedly an emotional sucker for most plots similar to this, like the opening to the Kotoura-san anime).

A few warnings: this story isn't for the faint of heart. It doesn't shy away from the topics it discusses, which include bullying, ...
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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