Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (vol. 1) by Motoro Mase, translated by John Werry, English adaptation by Kristina Blachere
Welcome to a chilling debut series, which introduces readers to a strange new world in which the government knows exactly when you’re going to die. As children are immunized upon entering school, a random sampling of the immunization syringes contain exploding capsules which will prove fatal on a predetermined date. Some 24 hours before, the victim receives an ikigami, an official death paper. How he or she decides to live that final day make up the series’ haunting episodes.
Young Fujimoto – who clearly has misgivings about his disturbing new job – is the Civil Registration Section’s newest angel of death. His first victim, a bullied young man, chooses violent revenge. His second, an ambitious young singer, gets to perform his ultimate swan song.
What might you do? As creepy as these stories are (my hairs are standing on end just typing), I can’t wait to see what happens to the reluctant Fujimoto and his inevitable next victims …
Readers: Young Adult, Adult
Published: 2009 (United States)
Ikigami 1 © Motoro Mase
Original Japanese edition published by Shogakukan Inc.