Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit
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Synonyms: Death Paper, Death's Notice: The Ultimate Limit
Japanese: イキガミ
English: Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 10
Chapters: 60
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 27, 2005 to Feb 6, 2012
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Suspense Suspense
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Sunday (Weekly)
Authors: Mase, Motoro (Story & Art)


Score: 7.831 (scored by 54925,492 users)
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Ranked: #10882
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Popularity: #770
Members: 19,190
Favorites: 382

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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
Jul 25, 2020
icecream82 (All reviews)
no spoilers
this is my first read for this mangaka mase Motoro and boy i did not expect it to be this good, i just kept reading i enjoyed it a lot. it was a surprise because i never heard of it before but i stumbled on it by a coincidence.
the art is very good to look at and the characters are well build and what makes it even more enjoyable to me is that he separated the main theme into episodes three chapters each built around the main theme about the value of life and how to build a good society and to be a read more
Aug 27, 2021
Jeremk (All reviews)
The plot is really interesting and I loved it because it reads quickly.
It provides a critical picture of totalitarian regimes that seek to frame the population with the vaccine. They claim that this would contribute to national prosperity. However, if people oppose this law, she may be reprimanded and imprisoned, she and her family.

We follow Kengo Fujimoto who will deliver the Ikigami ( death notice ) to people condemned to death by the vaccine affecting one person in a thousand .
The last moments of these many condemned to death will be followed just before dying . What mindset and actions will they take?

Our protagonist will read more
Nov 22, 2020
hexashadow13 (All reviews)
tl;dr: An episodic story that tells stories about the value of life in an interesting manner but that doesn’t land the ending in terms of wrapping up the overarching story. 

This manga certainly has an interesting concept. That people prize their lives more strongly and truly live when they think they’re going to die isn’t that novel, but that being tied into a dystopian system with the goal of achieving such an effect certainly is. A work where the government arbitrarily kills off 1 in 1000 citizens, I would normally expect to be about fighting the system. And while that does play a part, primarily towards read more

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