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Sickness Unto Death, Part 1 Paperback – September 24, 2013

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Product Details

  • Series: Sickness Unto Death
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (September 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939130093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939130099
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Takahiro Seguchi has been drawing manga for nearly a decade. He made his debut in Akita Shoten's Shonen Champion magazine with OYAMA! Gikusuke upon graduating from Oita University in Fukuyama. Since then he has penned a number of series, some of which detail the lives of people from Japan's far south. Seguchi has drawn over twelve comics since 1996, with his work EnMusu being his English debut in 2004. He is currently best known for his work on the cult-hit ORETAMA.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ChibiNeko TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
I ended up buying this unread for two reasons: the manga was only two volumes long and the artwork is absolutely gorgeous looking. Since buying and reading both volumes, my reaction has run the gamut from "why did you buy this" to "wow, I need to re-read this again".

The aspects of this that will draw people in the most easily are also the ones that are (unsurprisingly) its strongest points. The artwork in the first volume is gorgeous and the premise of the manga is pretty intriguing. I mean, here is a teenage girl who is so mentally ill that her hair has turned white and she's literally willing herself to death. While the whole "hair turning white" element is a bit of a dramatic element that won't happen in real life (unless she dyed it herself), the idea of someone being so traumatized by something in their past that they would lose the will to live is an interesting concept that could happen in real life.

It's just that at times the manga tries to hype this up to the point where it seems a little unbelievable. Things happen fairly quickly without a huge buildup, which ruins the realism that this series tries to create. The strongest point is that despite it playing heavily on the idea that Emiru is mentally unstable, this is all grounded in the concept that someone could have a mental illness that affects them this heavily. Overplaying various elements such as the romance and having Futaba's professor show no worries about Futaba diagnosing and working with Emiru without a license keep this from living up to its fullest potential.

The first volume does end with a bit of an interesting note, but I'll say this outright: this is something I'd buy with a friend or get from the library. I like it well enough to give the first volume 4 stars for the buildup (the second one only 3 stars and the series as a whole, 3 stars), but this just doesn't live up to the potential it tries to set for itself.
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I picked up this manga on a whim when I noticed it's beautiful cover artwork and discovered that it was only 2 volumes long. After reading the first volume, I certainly was not disappointed.

The tale focuses on the developing relationship of Kazuma Futaba, a psychotherapy university student and Emiru, a sickly young woman who is tortured with bouts of despair. After a chance meeting in public where Kazuma takes an instant liking to her, things take a turn for the complicated when he discovers that he is boarding in the mansion that Emiru resides and part of the condition of his stay is to care for her. What starts off as a naive young scholar attempting to treat Emiru's personal demons, eventually evolves into a journey of passion, romance and definition of one's self.

The artwork is gorgeous from start to finish and psychological and existential questions certainly will make you reflect on your own life and how despair can be seen as greater than death. The characters and emotions seem so real and the story's progression kept a steady pace to the end.

This first volume concludes on a fantastic cliff hanger with almost a supernatural vibe of the dark revelations to come.

As an FYI, this manga is classified as Ages 16 & up and it does contain nudity and mature subject matter. However, nothing ever comes across as grotesque fanservice and everything serves a purpose for the deeper context. If you desire a reflective read with some intelligent matters, then I highly recommend this.
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