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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: 8.131 (scored by 4332 users)
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Ranked: #6652
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Popularity: #752
Members: 11,619
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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
Amane8009 (All reviews)
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
Apr 6, 2008
yakusoku (All reviews)
Story: This manga follows a girl, Ayumu, who falls into a lot of drama through high school. I have no complaints for the story. situations and problems the main character go through - they really pull you in and make you want more. the plot is quite unpredictable and the pacing is fast.

Art: The art is explicitly drawn to invoke the deep emotions that Ayumu experiences. It goes in favour with this manga - destructive and full of emotion.

Character: The tough moments that ayumu has to go through are moving and you might be able to relate to it if you had similar experiences. read more
Jan 10, 2015
SakataMaerii (All reviews)
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
Apr 13, 2010
irinthony (All reviews)
LIFE is basically the best manga I've ever read. The story is deep, impactful, emotional, and realistic at the same time. A lot of people may think that it is exaggerated, but in real life acts of extreme bullying DO happen and people are ignoring it so blatantly. The manga also successfully depicts how school life is like especially for girls. It is hard to fit in and girls would do anything to fit in and feel like they belong in the class. Moreover, the aspect I love most about this manga is about the character's relationship with her mother. Honestly it's VERY difficult to read more


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