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Shikeishuu 042  
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Tajima Ryohei, aka Shikeisyu 042 is sentenced to death for murdering 7 men. However the government is planning on abolishing the death sentence for good. In order to accomplish this, Ryohei must prove that ex-criminals like him can live in society. During the 3 years he lives outside the prison, he will meet more than 1,000 people, clean restrooms, plant flowers and define the value of human life and kindness.


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Associated Names
Détenu 042
Death Row Inmate 042
Prisoner 042
Shikeishu 042
Shikeisyu 042

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Latest Release(s)
c.12c by Jello Scans over 3 years ago
c.12b by Jello Scans over 3 years ago
v.4 c.12a by Jello Scans over 5 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
5 Volumes (Complete)

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User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (123 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.02 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 24th 2017, 7:05pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #750 increased(+66)
Monthly Pos #1315 increased(+418)
3 Month Pos #2436 increased(+894)
6 Month Pos #4237 increased(+634)
Year Pos #5056 increased(+1247)

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On 493 reading lists
On 413 wish lists
On 84 completed lists
On 29 unfinished lists
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worthwhile read.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by 1love
February 3rd, 2011, 4:52pm
I really enjoyed reading this manga. The focus of it is not the controversial setting, but the process of how the main character gradually rediscover and reintegrate into the world around him, and how the world he comes into contact with comes to accept his existence - it made me really root for 042. Of course, there are parts to this manga that are quite idealistic, but overall the development was worth reading. The ending is to be expected; I am also glad that the author did not try to take it the opposite way.

... Last updated on February 3rd, 2011, 4:53pm
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Give it a try   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by dreamscape
August 13th, 2008, 8:40pm
I usually don't read this kind of genre, but it sounded really interesting anyway, so I gave it a try. I'm glad I did. I'm really enjoying it, and I'm always eagerly watching for the next release. If it were licensed in English, I would also buy it, but fortunately there are groups that are scanlating it. Thank you! Reading the story has really made me think about some issues I hadn't seriously considered before. But it's not heavy-handed, the story is also really fun too.
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Drawn in   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by argmom
November 19th, 2008, 2:40pm
I love suspenseful drama, even if it isn't very realistic. Kind of dark and it's emotionally difficult to read at times, but I like the characters and how they portray "Oshinii" as being almost a child. It's nice to see how everyone develops and connects, although the story is slow moving at times.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Kagrath
October 30th, 2008, 5:23pm
A great manga. I've never felt so attached to a character. Number 042 is a great example that I think anyone could relate to in a small way. I'm usually not one for an action diluted slice-of-life, but I suggest this to anyone that reads seinen.
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Similar to a movie?   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Taska
February 14th, 2009, 1:55am
Has anyone seen Greenfingers? Its a similar premise to this manga in that criminals are taken out of prison and put into work in public areas.

It has a nice premise and great interactions between characters like the blind girl. Sometimes I find the antagonists in the story to be a little over exaggerated.
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Rating: N/A
by SAimNE
December 20th, 2013, 6:10pm
pretty sure that was just a generic explanation for them. basically i think this is based on the assumption that this world has a bit better understanding of the human mind, and they used that to place the chip in the area of his brain that was related to acts of violence/murder. so if he sends enough impulses there it would activate the chip and boom. the overexcited explanation was just an explanation not an in depth detail of how it works.
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Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by whitespade
December 23rd, 2011, 10:39pm
with reviewers still call the protagonist by 042 not ryohei. did you actually get anything from the manga? eventhough i know he only lived for three years i still want to know more about him! i hope at the very least he die protecting the person important to him.
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worth a read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by megane007
March 25th, 2007, 4:34pm
The settings is very conrtroversial, to me it's so unrealistic.
The story flow is a bit as expected, whether to be touched or not depends on how do you like the author. To be the mood flow is calm and a bit too flat. If more spice is added to it, the story will be more interesting. If you have read older works from this author, this one will probably not score very high as they are quite similar despite a different settings.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by canucks
August 28th, 2009, 11:49pm
Not the best execution for a supposedly interesting and controversial topic. The author did not dare step beyond the most superficial philosophical dilemmas which results in a mediocre presentation of stale entertainment.
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Good Manga   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
April 30th, 2006, 7:38pm
I really enjoyed the first 2 volumes.. i really wish more would be released
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