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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: 7.951 (scored by 3231 users)
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Ranked: #11062
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Popularity: #748
Members: 9,913
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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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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
Mar 13, 2018
nahornyck (All reviews)
This manga is a masterpiece! The story is stellar in a very Heideggerian fashion. I wonder if my beloved german philosopher would think the same, as even experiencing the death of another won't help you comprehend your very own death. Indeed, it is the most intimate experience one can ever ineluctably achieve.

The plot made us self reflecting on our own life and on what and where we are going with our path. All humans have an extremely strong an innate desire for at least one thing. Some will argue it's true love, or freedom and happiness, in the case of Miss Kubo and our 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


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