Keiko Suenobu's Life 2 Manga Approaches Climax
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Suenobu (Limit) launched the manga in June 2016, and Kodansha published the manga's fifth volume (pictured at right) on May 23. The manga follows a brave female police officer named Itsuki Kurasawa and her fight against a horrible murderer.
The original 20-volume Life manga ran in Kodansha's Bessatsu Friend magazine from 2002-2009, and it won the Kodansha Manga Award in the shōjo category in 2006. Kodansha began releasing a new 13-volume edition of the manga starting in June 2016. The original manga has more than 10 million copies in print.
Tokyopop published nine volumes of the series before it shut down its North American publishing division in 2011. The manga inspired a live-action television series in 2007.
The original manga revolved around a female middle school student named Ayumu. Ayumu's friend Shii helps her with her high school entrance exams, but Ayumu is devastated when she gets higher scores than Shii and gets into her high school of choice while Shii doesn't. Ayumu starts cutting her wrists as a result of not being able to go to the same high school as Shii, but eventually meets a new friend in high school named Minami. Minami, however, may not be the friend Ayumu really needs.
Source: Afternoon November issue