Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit
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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
Genres: ActionAction, MysteryMystery, DramaDrama, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Mase, Motoro (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Sunday (Weekly)


Score: 7.881 (scored by 42364,236 users)
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Ranked: #9612
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Popularity: #775
Members: 13,221
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In a dystopian nation, a public prosperity law like no other is in effect: The National Welfare Act, in which citizens between the ages of 18-24 are selected to die for their country. Twenty-four hours before a nanocapsule carries out their death, the chosen receive notifications called "Ikigami" from government messengers. The government gives only one ostensible reason for the act’s purpose—to spread the value of life.

Kengo Fujimoto is a newly instated Ikigami messenger who is indecisive on his stance of the act. Curbing his hesitation to avoid the watchful eye of the national police, Kengo decides that delivering the Ikigami will help shape his opinion.

Ikigami follows how people act knowing that their final hours are upon them. Whether committing acts of kindness or crimes of passion, the chosen's actions have profound impacts on those around them, and it will ultimately lead Kengo to his decision.

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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 and in Polish by Hanami from June 2010 to July 2013.

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


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Apr 24, 2018
nikiyasha (All reviews)
Story: 9

The story expressed in Ikigami is done in two parts, first is the episodic form which follows a separate person during the last moments of their life and how they cope with their newfound mortality. These each are taken from a unique perspective and give a great amount of character and world building all expressing the morose themes of the series in a natural fashion without blatantly spelling it out to the reader. The second follows the man who delivers said ikigami and how he copes with his work. Each chapter begins and ends with his thoughts on each case and the over 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
Dec 31, 2009
MeltyBlood_Len (All reviews)
If you, like many other people on this website, are a fan of psychological drama, then I think this is the right manga for you. Really! It's a great choice for anyone into this genre.

Story: 7/10
In my humble opinion, when you see the chapter start splash for the first chapter, you pretty much have a clear example of what this manga is about. The children are like the people of Japan in this series-- they're afraid. Some of them don't really seem to be afraid, some seem angry or maybe just slightly concerned or perhaps just questioning. But for the most part, they're afraid. And read more

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