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Re:Birth - The Lunatic Taker  
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Reiji is your typical high-school student living with his big sister Ayaka. One day he stumbles upon a pair of bracelets on the sidewalk. He picks them up and tries to find the owner, but gets sidetracked as a bag snatcher runs his direction. He tries to stop him but is stabbed and killed. On the brink of death, he hears a voice from the bracelets "If thou wishes to live, form a contract." What has Reiji gotten himself into? And what exactly does the contract entail?


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Associated Names
リバース -The Lunatic Taker
리버스 - 더 루나틱 테이커

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7 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.4 / 10.0 (327 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.37 / 10.0
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August 20th 2012, 3:17pm PST

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Kill Reiji please!   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by m1sael
August 8th, 2013, 6:44pm
This one is from the same people who are doing "Freezing". The plot kind of reminds you of "Gantz" This series started promising but reaching the final chapters the mangaka lost control of the story and it gives you this "Was that all?" feeling. Personally, I hated two things: the brother Keiji: biggest pussy in the manga world! You'll find that guy always doing one these: complaining, whining or crying. You get this urge to be in the manga just to slap him to death for being so stupid while his sister was doing all the work! The other thing I hated was the ending. The mangaka manages to build momentum in the final volume and by the time you reach the climax, you get this "that's all folks!" ending where nothing concludes. Really disappointing!
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Mediocre story   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by thischinksays
November 7th, 2012, 12:28am
This is another mediocre story from Lim Dall-Young. I'll give the author credit for being able to write so many stories at once and still have them be at the very least mediocre. Once again, we're treated to a weak, useless male MC who is borderline retarded, which is alright, because we're aiming for realism here, and not everyone can be smart in the real world.

The art is great and the writing is actually not as bad as some of Lim Dall-Young's other works, which was a refreshing surprise. Re:Birth is entertaining if you're looking for a slightly darker shounen action series with harem elements. Lots of random killing, hot girls want the loser MC's cock, inexplicable powers, people not being able to see the obvious, etc. It's all there and done in a pretty good way.

I would have given Re:Birth a 7 but the ending is one of my biggest pet peeves. A definite cop out by the author. I know there is a sequel but it doesn't seem to be connected to Re:Birth.

tl;dr: If you're looking for a light hearted story, search elsewhere. If you're looking for meaningless deaths and a run of the mill; somewhat darker shounen action with harem elements, look no further!
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Rating: 6.2 / 10.0
by megaman2290
October 4th, 2012, 11:01pm
I seriously want to stop reading this garbage. How incompetent can the main character (guy) be. Not only that but the woman... always on with the same excuse. I mean, the art is great and so is the concept. The problem is with the characters and such. There's a limit to how incompetent you can make the main character in a manga. It basically goes on in the entire series. The only reason I keep on reading this, is because I'm already halfway through it (15 out of 29 chapters) and I always finish what I start.

The concept and idea is great. The art is great. The characters are bad.
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Don't take it too serious   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by felix_the_beast
September 12th, 2012, 11:46am
The story is pretty good, but just like what other said, the MC is really bad and lacked a spine. He only talk but never actually did something to change himself, and easily manipulated.
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And in the end he betrayed his own ideals.

On another note, the bad guy is really manipulative basterd. I like him.

... Last updated on September 12th, 2012, 11:47am
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Ummm... I see no psychopaths   
Rating: N/A
by wotonito
August 20th, 2012, 6:24pm
Throughout the manga there is all of this talk about psychopaths but... Every character they have labeled as a psychopath is nothing like a psychopath. It makes me /facepalm when they started explaining things about how psychopaths were necessary and bla bla bla
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Reiji, why have you not killed yourself yet   
Rating: 7.1 / 10.0
by Suxinn
July 10th, 2012, 5:38am
OK, so as everyone below me as stated, the main protagonist is everything wrong with the series. But, the problem isn't that he's a freaking coward who runs away and starts crying at the first sign of trouble. Or that he doesn't want to kill anyone in a game of life and death.

No, the problem is that Reiji is a complete and utter asshole who acts selfless but really only gives a shit about himself. And that hot childhood friend he's after.

I don't really understand how Dal-Young could've screwed up Reiji's character so badly. There have been plenty other protagonists who have started out weak/pacifist but, through some nice character development, they eventually become compelling and interesting characters, regardless of whether they remain pacifists or not.

But Reiji? Nope. In fact, the only development Reiji receives throughout the entire manga is to become even more of an asshole. Seriously, if I was his sister, I would knife him the first chance I got.

So, yeah, as everyone else has stated, the plot is decent, the side characters are decent, the art is decent... the only thing that really, seriously needs to die is the main character. Still, like other Dal-Young series, I just can't help reading it. I don't quite understand why.
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a little advise   
Rating: N/A
by demonofchaos
June 4th, 2012, 1:19pm
save yourself some trouble and read Real PG instead, basically same concept except it will more likely to finish unlike this work which i expect will go on hiatus, like all the rest of IM Dal-Young's works. Real PG also has a more realistic and likeable protagonist that you dont want to smack silly
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Don't let anyone tell you different.   
Rating: N/A
by Leos Klein
May 5th, 2012, 7:42am
This is a standard IM Dal-Young work through and through. His main characters as you may have noticed yourself and from the previous reviews on all of his works just plain suck.
They are always unrealistic pansies who have every girl wet over them then they transform into raging douche bags who would rape a girl at the drop of a dime and call it romance. This work is no different.

Honestly I don't know how this guy still has a job putting out nonsense like this.
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Great story, feckless protaganist   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by philip72
April 30th, 2012, 2:55pm
The story is good, the art is good, the plot is good, the protagonist is annoying.

I understand what Dal-Young is attempting to do with the main character, he's given him a good heart and a strong conscience. Unfortunately (and unusually) the author has combined those more laudable attributes with bluster, callow stupidity, arrogance, and a monstrous sense of entitlement.

It's baffling as to why his two highly competent female companions don't simply drug him and stick him somewhere safe, until things blow over and they can get a better handle on the situation.
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Started with potential, went downhill though.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Inori Yuzuriha
December 25th, 2011, 1:27pm
While Re:Birth is probably the darkest title of Im Dal Young, it can't be helped that it is another piece of recycled ideas from various other titles.

Such as the Fate series and Mirai Nikki.

Ok, the premise is interesting and it's pretty much a survival-theme manga where the winner gets everything and the loser dies. So Reiji and his sister Ayaka are getting involved in this crazy game where they must fight other Takers to earn life points.

At the beginning, it is normal to be terrified by all of this. Ayaka isn't terrified at all but Reiji is a total pansy in the whole story. You only see him whining, crying and
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thinking about the lives of the other Takers. He is so easy to be tricked, like it happened with the male Taker that helped them to hunt the Angels.

Later, the manga goes downhill. I thought that Im-Dal Young would explore more of who set up this game but he focus more on fights, like he does with most of his other series. Also, I want to mention that it is quite rushed and you can't expect for everything to be solved in 7 volumes.
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