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Kimi no Knife  
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"If you can get 5 million yen for killing a person, what would you do?" A beautiful woman asks Shiki, a part-time lecturer, that question on their first meeting. Shiki answers "If it's an evil person...," mistaking this for a joke. But then the woman points out the target...


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Associated Names
Kimi no Naifu
Your Knife

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 c.71 (end) by Imangascans (683d ago)
v.10 c.70 by Imangascans (686d ago)
v.10 c.69 by Imangascans (687d ago)
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10 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (357 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.16 / 10.0
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November 22nd 2013, 2:26pm PST



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Pretty Sad Ending   
Rating: N/A
by nocherian
November 17th, 2014, 4:41pm
It was a good short manga, so I would recommend it to anyone who likes psychological thrillers. I wish it had a happier ending though, it was so unresolved. Were the murders really worth it? And I wish that creepy bitch who gave them the missions got killed too, she betrayed all of them like nothing.
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The story   
Rating: N/A
by KF
November 13th, 2014, 9:06am
I read the story from start to finish. The concept itself was good but towards the end I felt a little rushed. I get the feeling that the manga could become something more. This is what I think.
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Interesting, but that's all   
Rating: N/A
by sakura2012
October 28th, 2014, 6:59am
I liked this manga, but it's lacking in many areas. For example, itsuki. Her role in the story was almost pretty useless despite having ESP. Note: I said ALMOST. I mean seriously! Next is: the ending. I didn't like it. What happened to the strange woman, who was she and what was her motive?
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No Direction, Unresolved   
Rating: N/A
by Pacific.Mint
December 31st, 2013, 9:05am
It was clear to me that this manga had no clear direction. There were hints and possibilities at the beginning but it seems like the author was unsure what to do so the manga became a mix of everything with little fully developed.

Things left unresolved:
- We never found out about why Kazumi wanted to be a hitman. There were hints that he was angry at something and needed to kill but we never found out exactly why.
- Who was hiring them? What about the broker woman?
- It seems that the author had a vision of a 3 hitmen team at the beginning based on the 3 goddesses but this was never fully developed.
- The whole thing with Itsuki's ESP ability was a setup that was never fully utilized. It felt like the author wanted to do something with it but abandoned the idea.
- Ending left cold. It has this unresolved feel to it. After reading the last chapter, I had to double check whether it was really the last chapter or not.
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It gets progressively worse   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by andy_f
December 23rd, 2013, 7:45pm
First it started out with a great concept but then the execution wasnt up to par however it was still a good read. After a while it started to feel like the series was just being dragged out but it was still an okay read, nothing great but still better than a lot of others. However the ENDING was just downright AWEFUL. They could of went in so many different directions in how they ended it but the way they chose makes me think they just got sick of the series and gave up.
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Great Tragic Story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by l3umblel3ee
November 27th, 2013, 9:51pm
In the beginning I immediately fell in love with this manga. I loved how the manga started off. It gave off big exceptions, in which it did achieve.The artwork and complex plot in this story drew me in and intrigued me. The genre of hit men and assassination was definitely down my lane. This type of manga is very hard to find these types of manga these days. The complexity of each character makes you can't hate them, with the exception of the police woman who was the only one not likable. Each chapter created foreshadowing, anticipation and excitement, because you do not know what will happen next! I was practically jumping off my chair and getting closer and closer to the screen, up until the very last page. The ending left me shocked, sad and happy.

This manga somewhat gave off the feeling of Death Note, so if you were interested in Death Note I highly suggest you to read this. I found this manga more satisfying than the Death Note anime (, I have not read the manga,) because I found Kimi no Knife's ending with more impact and emotions. This is mostly due to the fact that it ended off with a more beautiful ending, a better emphasize of the protagonist in the end, and a more realistic feeling, thus leaving a much more satisfying feeling than Death Note.
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Went from good to just ok   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
November 19th, 2013, 11:59pm
I thought it started off good. I liked Shiki's deteriorating mental state in regards to killing and at the same time his increasing effectiveness as a killer. He also seemed to becoming slightly used to going out on his missions, which meant he was becoming used to it but not the after effects and guilt. I didn't really care for Itsuki's special ability. It felt unnecessary and contrived. I do wish that she had been given a more useful but mundane role in the story. I didn't have a problem with the female detective as a previous poster did. She lives in a culture that is not as open to equality among the sexes no matter what anime or manga may have you believe. It seems natural that she would struggle with the expectations of her family and working in a "boys club" like the police. When you read news articles about how Japanese businesswomen bristle at the expectation of their male counterparts that the women should be the ones to make tea during meetings then you understand that in some professions and in some countries the "glass ceiling" is lower.

So it started off good, the art was decent and a few of the early missions were interesting. However, the end felt a little rushed and some of the psychological aspects of the manga seemed to take a back seat. I was feeling unsatisfied after finishing it and I think in part because I wanted some more things fleshed out about some of the characters. I just don't think the story was pushed enough to get all the potential out of it. I don't think it got as deep as it could have been. It went from good with the possibility of being very good to just ok. 6.5/10
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From Okay to Worse   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by AsexualFujyoshi
February 3rd, 2013, 6:16pm
You know, I'm pretty shocked this manga has received such blatantly positive reviews on this site (excepting, of course, the one below mine, which doesn't actually make any sense at all no matter how you look at it). Kimi no Knife isn't a bad manga. It just isn't a really good one, either.

I mean, yeah, it's an okay manga. As in, it's really nothing special, but if you're looking for something to pass the time with, I guess you could pick it up. It's somewhat like Death Note only slightly less contrived and with characters that actually feel (for the most part) relatively human. Unfortunately, the appeal of the series - namely, the psychological and moral aspects that were so prevalent in the beginning - has been significantly downplayed in favor of... what? More action and murder and blowing stuff up? That really is unfortunate, since the psychology behind the premise was what initially drew my attention to this series. I was hoping for something like “Death Note, only with a writer who actually knows what the hell they’re writing about,” but I guess that was too much to ask. I mean, I was anticipating more mature storytelling from a seinen title, as I've come to expect of the genre. If I wanted to read a flimsy action series without having to actually think, I’d have picked up a Shounen Jump title. As it is, it's become increasingly difficult to find good seinen manga, especially with all that ecchi crap that’s out there nowadays.

Anyway, I agree with what one reviewer said about that Ito chick. What a boring, senseless character.
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Honestly, I’m glad she died. At least she did something useful for once by saving a child before she went.
Speaking of annoying, what the hell is up with the Shiki's Dulcinea complex? Geez, it'd make a hell of a lot more sense if he had a Quixote complex to match, being a reluctant hitman and all. Makihara is by far the most developed character, what with all his muddled emotions and his motivations and that Stockholm syndrome he's developed. Itsuki is okay, but I wish her power had more influence on the story because right now, it really just feels like an all too convenient plot device. Speaking of which, the plot is okay, not nearly as deep as I'd originally hoped. It gets pretty repetitive after awhile with the whole "get target, debate killing target, kill target" setup. The premise isn't exactly original, and the author isn't trying too hard to make it that way.

I'm going to give this manga a 5 because it doesn't deserve higher than what it is - average. Hell, a 5 is doing it a favor, really. Maybe I'll finish it, maybe I won't. That'll depend on how much longer it can hold my interest (which has been waning lately).

Also, concerning jasperv's ETA, which is just annoying me: 1. Women can be sexist, too. 2. The reviewer DID mention the author's sex in her post. Multiple times, at that. 3. She also made a point of explaining how the manga is anti-male. I'm going to take a wild guess and assume you saw the word "feminist" and flipped the lid without actually reading her review. Calling her carefully written argument BS isn't exactly doing yours any favors.
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Moral Bullshit readers is warn !!!   
Rating: N/A
by dharmox
December 3rd, 2012, 9:51pm
This Manga is not for moralist bullshit who keep on complaining to the author why not this, why not that. Some people who is think that she or he is morally high please do not read a dark manga an d Seinen who sadly doesn't have a moral Standard, this is for Adult who already get past a moral judgment not for a kid. So for you moralist shut up and read if you don't like it just burn it.
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It's good, but one thing seriously bothers me...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by crazyboutcute
August 6th, 2012, 5:01pm
I'll start off by saying I really like the premise of this manga. It's dark, compelling, and most satisfyingly, it's open to a whole range of moral exploration and interpretation. It poses the age-old question: On what level, if any, is murder morally acceptable? The protagonist Shiki, a substitute high school teacher, struggles with this dilemma after he agrees to become a criminal-killing hitman so that he can use the bounty to pay for his elder sister's expensive cancer treatment. The author does a wonderful job portraying Shiki's gradually deteriorating state of mind, showing him continuously haunted by the "ghosts" of his victims, most persistently
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Bizen, an innocent young man who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time and who Shiki murdered in self-defense. Making the matter even worse for him, he is later confronted by Bizen's best friend Makihara, who becomes an inescapable living reminder to Shiki of the innocent life he cut short when he's forced to take him prisoner and confine him in his own home.
Such aspects are handled extraordinarily well by the author, and suffice to say, this manga definitely fits its "psychological" tag, leaving the readers with plenty of food for thought.

What really irks me about this series, and it's been growing progressively worse with each chapter, is the characters' attitudes toward females. Now, don't get me wrong, I like a lot of the female characters in this series. I really like Itsuki. Because of her situation, she's quite socially awkward and doesn't behave in a way one might expect an eighteen-year-old girl to behave in. She's very pure and open with her emotions. She reminds me a bit of Alice from Pandora Hearts, though with much less tsundere. Shiki's sister is a strong, motherly character, a good contrast to Itsuki's childish nature, who is very easy to understand and sympathize with. The character I have the biggest problem with is the young detective (her name escapes me at the moment). She's incredibly clumsy as well as ridiculously compliant to her male coworkers. Okay, she's a rookie in the police force and is having trouble adjusting to the job. I totally understand that. But honestly, so much more could be done for and with her character, and it seems like she's being continually played up for her moe factor. She's always eager to please and always fails miserably in her work, unwittingly letting suspects escape and even endangering people around her. Somehow, it seems like she finds a way to screw up in everything that she does. Further, it's blatantly stated that she only got the job because of her father, who, creepily enough, requires her to wear high heels and a skirt while ON THE JOB (yes, that includes while she’s out in the field). His intentions seem to be to marry her off, but the fetishistic way in which he forces her to present herself is offensive both to the character herself (though she does nothing to preserve her dignity) and to the readers who would rather see her portrayed as a human character with an actual self-esteem rather than a moefied Ms. Fanservice. She has yet to show any improvement in character or in her line of work, though there has been plenty of opportunity for both. Also, rather than quit her daddy-given position and try to work her way up the legitimate way, she stays on the force despite the serious complaints from her coworkers, which are so pronounced that they border on bullying. She even directly acknowledges that she's a burden and promptly apologizes for it, yet she makes no effort to remove herself from a post she only has because of blatant nepotism. This treatment of her character makes her vapid and irritating, a burden to the readers themselves, and I wish the author had spent time developing her, as she has the potential to be a very intriguing character.

That’s more of a small complaint compared to my next point, which involves the overtly obnoxious attitudes of the male protagonists toward women that have arisen in the latest story arc. While the detective girl can easily be ignored, as she doesn't appear obtrusively often, this second point is quite prominent. In this arc, the protagonists are once again given targets to eliminate. There are two of them, a husband and wife who allegedly killed employees of their factory in order to claim insurance money. Shiki has an immediate reaction to receiving the wife as a target, stating that he is uncomfortable with the idea of killing a woman. I brushed this reaction off, as it’s not exactly unrealistic for a certain type of person to have reservations about harming the so-called fairer sex. However, when nearly EVERYONE, including Shiki’s normally ruthless partner, suddenly gets cold feet about the killing because a woman is involved, it became really impossible for me to ignore. First of all, there’s the sheer implausibility of it that took me off guard. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 22.7% of homicides are committed by males against females (the second highest after male on male homicide), and according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports 2011, almost 1/3 of female homicide victims are killed by their partners, which are, more often than not, male. Clearly, there are men who are perfectly okay with killing women, yet in the world of this manga, not one of these CAREER HITMEN has the gall to kill a female alleged MURDERER. And it’s not because they think she’s innocent, either. It’s simply because she’s a woman that they are uncomfortable with killing her. With the husband, there are no problems, as he’s a man. I get the impression that even if the wife had committed more atrocities than the husband, they’d still not want to kill her. As a feminist and a woman, I can honestly say that that this mentality in the manga irked me.
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As it turns out, the wife is apparently innocent, and the husband is apparently guilty (though they don’t find any hard evidence to support this claim), and so he is tortured both physically and psychologically and then strangled to death. (Which is a shame, too, because he looked an awful lot like T.O.P’s character in the k-drama IRIS.) And guess what? All the characters consider themselves heroes for, hooray! Saving the innocent woman and killing the evil man! The innocent woman who, by the way, now has to live on her own trying to raise her deceased sister’s child and who will now probably be traumatized for life when she eventually realizes that her husband wasn’t taken away, as she was told, but rather brutally murdered. Excuse the sarcasm, but geez, good job breaking it, heroes. You guys really saved the day, didn’t you? Despite the fact that the author could have very easily justified the characters’ reservations with killing her because of Itsuki’s vision that suggested the woman’s innocence, she instead chooses to focus on the fact that she’s a woman. What confuses me most of all, though, is that the author seems to celebrate and condone this choice, treating a murder as something righteous for the first time in the series, which I thought was a little odd since the author is apparently a woman herself. Honestly, does she really believe that the even the most screwed up of women deserves gracious mercy simply because she’s a woman?
I don’t condone killing people, even other killers, but I do think that you reap what you sow, and a female criminal ought to be punished in the same way that a male criminal is. Otherwise, it just leads to some unfortunate implications, as this manga sadly went along with.

So anyway, I’ll keep reading this manga for now because it is interesting and enjoyable to read. But since it’s lost some respect from me because of this unfortunate aspect of it, I can’t rate it higher than 7/10. I just thought I’d warn others ahead of time if they’re not into the whole double standards thing.
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