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Product Details

  • Series: Limit (Book 5)
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Vertical (May 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935654659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935654650
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,566 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I can’t remember the last time I was this freaked out by a manga... Remember the hubbub over the 2002 non-fiction book, Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughters Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other Realities of Adolescence by Rosalind Wiseman? Parents had quite the shocking wake-up call about what their little girls could really be like among their so-called friends. Limit strips away all that made-up glamour and privilege, and throws the girls into a brutal 21st-century Lord of the Flies-survival-of-the-most-desperate-setting. Thus the nightmare begins... I’m still shaking (and with that cliffhanger-ending, can hardly wait to see what happens next)." - The Smithsonian's Book Dragon

"Suenobo manages to write a scary thriller that’s sophisticated and suspenseful enough to sustain an adult’s interest; the story’s occasional Grand Guignol touches add a welcome dash of camp, preventing the story from sinking under the weight of its Very Important Message. I can’t imagine what will happen in volume two, but I’m looking forward to reading it… with the lights on. Recommended." - Manga Critic

"I realize that even acknowledging the fact that Keiko Suenobu's Limit isn't your average shoujo story can alter expectations, but that needs to be said right up front. While many conventions are adhered to, going into this manga blind is best, so if you can go ahead and accept that Limit comes highly recommended, do yourself a favor and pick up the first volume with a clean slate. Don't even read the synopsis on the back and your experience might just end up mirroring my own." - Otaku USA

About the Author

In of spite her age Keiko Suenobu is a veteran and decorated comic artist. Accepted around the globe for her thrilling and often tragic tales of modern day high school girl troubles, Suenobu is considered to be one of the most challenging comic artists in the business. Born in 1979 in the southern Japan town of North Kyushu, this shojo (girls) comicker is a graduate of the prestigious University of Tsukuba (a university known for it's ties to the sciences and economics). Suenobu graduated with a degree in Arts with a focus on Mass Media.

In 2006, Suenobu won the Kodansha Manga Award for Best Shojo for her work on the series LIFE.

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By Jude on February 1, 2014
Format: Paperback

Oh my god, this is just so good! I’m loving every bit of it. The next book is the last and I’m so excited, but I also can’t believe that it went by so fast (as I read most of them in one night).

It’s so violent and dark. We’re seeing so much more of these people, such darker sides, than I thought we would. It’s so intense! I love it!

I can’t believe Hinata. It’s horrible and I’m so upset, and I’m dreading what’ll happen to him in the next volume. All of these characters are just making bad, hurried, terrified decision after decision, and it’s horrible. It makes me frustrated and sad, and I kind of want to cry for them.

I suppose I don’t have a lot to say, because I don’t want to spoil everything, since talking about pretty much any of it will spoil everything.

The next volume is going to be so good, and possibly really horrible, and I’m dreading it and so excited at the same time. I’m sad for it, because I know bad things are coming. But at the same time, hopefully something good will come of it?

I don’t know. I’m mostly excited, though.

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]
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I loved this series, and volume 5 is amazing in its build toward the next volume. Art and flow of storyline is great - good for loyal manga fans.
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**This review contains spoilers for previous books in the series.**

With two of their group now dead, it’s impossible to ignore the killer in the group, especially now that Konno and Kamiya have a pretty good idea who it is. Konno clings to the hope that there’s a missing piece to the puzzle that will help it all make sense. She offers to confront the suspected murderer alone. Kamiya agrees only because Konno is confident she’s safe, but during their conversation the murderer panic and attacks Konno. Konno struggles to reconcile this violent monster with the person she thought she knew even as she fights for her life…


The slow mystery of the killer’s identity has been building over the past couple of volumes, and it’s finally revealed here. After appearing in Volume 3 as a beacon of hope and reconciliation, it turns out that the boy Hinata is responsible for the death of Usui and, by extension, Ichinose. But true to form, Suenobu makes his actions complex. Hinata had no intention of killing either girl, and their accidental deaths haunt him. He becomes a sympathetic character, caught up in events he can’t control. Scared and unable to confide in the others, Hinata retreats into a fantasy in which he can cover up everything and emerge from the woods the same as before – and this is when he becomes a villain. It’s a balanced and realistic development of a character, and I’m very curious to see whether he’ll ultimately find redemption or sink fully into delirium.

We also have a brief scene back with the parents of the students, who are still trying to find their kids but have run into one obstacle after another.
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