Kominato Riku is a high school student who aims to be a game designer. The girl next door is his childhood friend Haju, is in love with him, but he has fallen head over heels for the school idol Riko. And lastly, there is the transfer student, Nodoka. With that all said you'd think this is the start of some love-comedy harem, but a rumor spreads that Nodoka's received a message that says, "you will die soon." Riku and the gang's fate will change in a major way. Who will live, and who will love?
A thousand times we die in one life. We crumble, break, and tear apart until the layers of illusion are burned away and all that's left, is the truth of who and what we really are. Is what you’re living for right now is worth dying for?
This manga undeniably will send chills down on your spine. I just though this is just some your average harem manga but seem like I mistakenly judged it. With completely dark side story brought in a new horror you will never expect. Don’t stop yet, because our nightmare is just a beginning. The true nature of this dark side story really startled me. You want to ask, what does that mean? It's simple, no matter how awful it may seem, it is still the gore genre. It’s just defining the reality of our world face now. Our world is already messed up. Some people are depressed because don’t have an Iphone, while on the opposite, there people who cry because doesn’t have money to feed for their family. See the difference? Back to the main plot. The theme of this manga is “Survival of the fittest”. Little by little, one by one, consumed by their own selfishness, love, hatred and desire to live in this cruel world. Truth to be told, I’ve never seen manga so brutal. It even successfully defeated anime Elfen Lied in gore genre. This manga will leave you speechless. I have mixed feeling while I try to write this review but let put the emotion aside.
Let’s get to main story shall we?
The story revolves around daily life of a high school boy name Riku Kominatio. Riku harbors romantic feeling towards his classmate Riko Kissei who look like idol in the school. While Riku's childhood friend Haju is deeply in love with him. Suddenly, a new transfer name Nodoka, Kishin gets transferred to Riku's high school. Could this be a harem? It would be good if it goes like any harem story but sadly this is the starter of nightmare they will go through. Some weird rumor has been spread out of nowhere. It about a game called "Die Any Day". Riku and all girls will play one dead game. Riku can choose only one girl as his true love. The other girls will be a sacrificed to the true love girl. This game will just kept hunting them without no way out until the decision has been made. Who will Riku choose and save?
I must say, the art is really beautiful. It's just a fantastic! The scene, character and everything. All is pretty well done indeed. Nicely done!
Enjoyment and Overall 9/10
I’m not a fan of gore and such. I at least will avoid watching or reading anime and manga of those genres because I can’t stand this gore thing and stuff. Nevertheless, I gave this manga a shot to see how far this manga can go. Actually, I don’t know this manga is a gore genre first. I think I just read some normal harem manga but it goes wrong. Since I have already read it, why not reading until the end right? Regretful, I still think this manga is too violent. So if you can’t stand it, just avoid it. No need to suffer like myself now because I’m quite softhearted inside. Still, I can say I’m pretty enjoying the manga. It has a great plot line with the urge to show the darkness that buried in everybody heart. So I’m kind of enjoying it. Sure, I give you a recommendation to give it a shot. That is the end of my review. Thanks for taking your time to read it.
Up to the final end, this manga never failed to startle me. It's a shame, I still can feels the chills down to my spine even for the ending. Such a creepy way to end it. They say, ignorant is a bliss but the manga is really satisfying to read. read more
Everything you thought about the harem genre to be destroyed in one manga.
This manga has an exceptionally dark story line that has a mix of mystery together with the story. I would describe this manga as something really 'messed up'.
People breaking down and losing control of their logical thinking and going to extremes to survive. In other words, the story is much like a 'death game' story where everyone will stake everything to survive.
Character developments are well done. The characters change and adapt through the course of the story and have interesting backgrounds. Its a story that keeps you engaged and wanting to know what will happen next and how the characters will continue to change, for better or worse.
So if you're up for an extremely dark and disturbing, psychological manga, then this is for you.read more
Mousugu Shinu Hito (English: Seeking for Death) is a very harsh deconstruction of the harem genre.
It asks the question of why would all of these women want such a passive an indecisive man's affection in the first place, and answers it with pure cynicism.
Like most harems, where females vie for the MC's affection because "He was kind to me", the women end up flocking to Riku Kominato for the same reasons, but this is where the similarity ends.
Due to the "Die Anyday" video, any woman in Riku's "harem" will eventually die if they are not chosen by Riku. This is where the main conflict occurs, as characters encounter mental strain from their impending deaths while they try desperately to have Riku fall in love with them, even as they encounter harassment from the student body. After all, they'll die soon.
Characters: The characters in Mousugu Shinu Hito really shine in how they develop. In most harems, character development usually ends with them falling in love and being added to the harem. In Mousugu Shinu Hito, character development starts after being added to the harem.
Haju grows more obessive as her best friend tries to take her crush away from her by abusing the fact he likes her. Riko becomes entirely motivated by not dying. Aoi becomes heavily invested in finding the culprit for the "Die Anyday" website. Mikoto is angry at having her and Aoi involved in Riku's "harem".