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Ikigami by Motoro Mase
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Mar 06, 2011

it was amazing
Read in March, 2011

A really interesting manga. The basic plot is that the Japanese government innoculates everyone in elementary school. But 1/1000 syringes contain a nanobot that, at a certain date, will kill the person. No one knows who has or does not have a nanobot. The idea is that it makes people respect life more and crime has gone down, and productivity has gone up.

The "story teller" or guide character works at the government office responsible for distributing the Ikagami, or death notice, to the person who is going to die 24 hours before their death. The actual stories are about these people, their history, and what they do with those last 24 hours of life. The guide character is also starting to question the ethical nature of the Ikigami program, but his story is told in between the other stories.

I know the concept has been done before, but Ikigami puts a nice spin to it, and it's very realistically written. It's not a sensational, over the top dystopic future thing. It's very down to earth and good.
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