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English: Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit
Synonyms: Death Paper, Death's Notice: The Ultimate Limit
Japanese: イキガミ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 60
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 27, 2005 to Feb 6, 2012
Authors: Mase, Motoro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Sunday (Weekly)


Score: 7.961 (scored by 2815 users)
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Ranked: #9282
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Members: 8,125
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A national prosperity law has been passed in a dystopian nation resulting in citizens between the ages of 18-24 being randomly selected to die for the good of the nation. These citizens are given 24 hour notification of their impending death. These notifications are known as "ikigami"—the ostensible reason for this system being to help demonstrate the value of life.

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Ikigami was serialized in Young Sunday until its final issue on July 31, 2008. Serialization moved to Big Comic Spirits on September 15, 2008.

The series was published in English as Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint from May 12, 2009 to August 19, 2014.

A live-action film was released on September 27, 2008.


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Jan 21, 2016
berganda (All reviews)
It's not surprise that this isn't a well known series among foreign readers.
This doesn't have "happy go lucky" themes, extremely likable characters, corny jokes, sexy characters, or action that many readers thrive on.

This, instead, focuses on the gripping reality of death in a whole new way. It centers around the idea that 1 in 1000 people are injected at a young age with a nano bot. This nano bot, if pre-selected, will kill the host in order to bring about "a better life", one that has little waste.

What comes with this is the inner turmoil of man and how they face the idea of death. read more
Dec 4, 2009
jujubeeza (All reviews)
Life's too stale. So let's spice it up by letting someone random EVERYDAY that in twenty-four hours, they will die. While that seems incredible, that's only 365 people a year. Japan's population is around 128 million, so if death rates and birth rates are about the same, it'd take a shade over 350,000 years to kill everyone. Probably wouldn't happen.

Story: 7/10

Plot drives this manga, and I love it for this. Too many manga try to get by using cool, likable characters and a lame story concept or plot. The manga consists of three chapter segments that tell the story of a person's last day on read more
Jan 22, 2010
AironicallyHuman (All reviews)
Ikigami is a surprisingly unknown title about the value of life... or maybe it's actually about how worthless life is. It depends on your perspective. But, whichever way you look at it, the following is true: Ikigami shows how very real characters react when told they're going to die within 24 hours. Some seek revenge, others try to help their loved ones before their time runs out. Just like if people were told their date of death in real life, the reactions of the characters depends entirely on their backgrounds.

After reading the title, you might assume Ikigami is a sort of spiritual successor to Death read more
Jun 2, 2016
MrLief (All reviews)
Say you were a 19 year old like myself and after getting home from work one day someone at your door hands you a piece of paper that informs you that you’re going to inevitably die in the next 24 hours. How would you react? What would you do with your remaining time? Who would you spend it with?

In this series ‘Ikigami’ we follow the main character a deliverer of these death notices and the various receivers. In this Japanese dystopian society a National Prosperity Act has been passed in which one out of one thousand people between the ages of 18-24 will die read more


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