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Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Vol. 8 Paperback – August 14, 2012
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Motoro Mase was born in Aichi in Japan in 1969 and is also the artist of Kyoichi and, with Keigo Higashino, HE DS, which, like Ikigami, was serialized in Young Sunday. In 1998, Mase's AREA was nominated for Shogakukan's 43rd grand prize for a comic by a new artist.
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Volume 8 features two solid stories of how the ikigami has affected individuals. In the first story, we learn how the government tries to put this heroic image of an individual and will do all they can to hide a person’s criminal past. But also how people who try to make problems for those who do get an ikigami, become a person of interest for the National Welfare Office. But also how a person can receive a person’s pension if engaged to that person who died servicing their country. The second story shows us how one is able to receive one’s pension, if one is pregnant with a person who dies of an ikigami.
While both stories were fascinating to some degree, it’s the short background story relating to Fujimoto and how the Chief Examiner is having Fujimoto followed. Suffice to say, Fujimoto knows his office is now on to him about having dissent towards the policy and he has been warned that if he continues to think like that, bad things may happen to him.
With two volumes left of the manga series, one must wonder if Fujimoto is going to be able to keep himself away from trouble, especially since one man is not going to change a government’s policy. But it will be interesting to see what mangaka Motoro Mase has in store for his readers. For now, I am looking forward to see how these last two volumes will be and excited to see how it will end.
Overall, “IKIGAMI – THE ULTIMATE LIMIT” is recommended for manga fans who want a darker storyline. A storyline that doesn’t deal with any special powers or anything adventurous. It’s a manga series that shows us how people in an alternate Japan are living with a policy in which people randomly die in order to keep the peace in a country and forcing an individual to take life more seriously and become socially productive.
Volume 8 features two heartbreaking stories of an alternate Japan in which the government randomly has young people dying for the sake of preserving the peace. But a new twist to the storyline’s main protagonist who is under suspicion by the government agency he works for, and now his life could be in jeopardy! “IKIGAMI – THE ULTIMATE LIMIT” continues to be a fascinating, exciting manga series that is highly recommended!