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Treating non-successful suicidal patients requires a lot of money and resources. With a low budget and a personal respect argumentation, a doctor will ask a non-successful suicidal patient if he/she still wants to live on or not. If not, the government will respect his/her wish. However, the government doesn't just simply kill them.


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Associated Names
Suicide Island

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Death Toll
Red Hawk Scanlations
Tako Luka Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.14 c.131 by Death Toll 8 days ago
v.13 c.130 by Death Toll about 1 month ago
v.13 c.129 by Death Toll 3 months ago
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17 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (399 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.08 / 10.0
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August 14th 2017, 10:56pm PST



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Superb, Suspenseful, Very Close to Real   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
July 6th, 2015, 5:25pm
I'm an old man who reads manga, and I've been doing it for 5 years. I used to find lots of manga that were of interest to people who have been through a substantial portion of their allotted span, but now they're becoming few and far between. I can't complain. I knew going in that manga was pop fiction mostly aimed at very young people, and I learned pretty quickly that it was also very formulaic.

THIS, on the other hand, has none of these drawbacks. Its about learning to survive in primitive surroundings, and, as an extra added attraction, learning to WANT to survive. Over and above that, there's almost NOTHING DUMB in it. The struggles these characters have to go through to keep from starving on the island are all believable, and some are harrowing. The characters themselves are all very distinct, and some of them also actually think about stuff a lot. What I've seen so far of their equally difficult struggle to WANT to survive makes sense, and involves a lot of very interesting thinking and talking.

In short, these drawn characters seem amazingly like real people. This mangaka has created a brand new concept for a story, told it in a fascinating way so far, and elicited a great deal of sympathy in this reader for his conflicted, and conflict-ridden, characters.

It's a real winner. I recommend it to everyone.

... Last updated on July 6th, 2015, 5:28pm
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...Alrighty then   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Lost Rabbit
February 4th, 2017, 11:25am
Somewhat of a response to Therlo, cause boy oh boy do they have some lovely things to say about this story.

Perhaps it's just me or does Japan loves to condone rape? Or white washing it like it's no big deal.

Yeah sure, go ahead and claim that an entire country's culture is ok with rape going on, despite it being known as a country with very low crime rates. Here's a comparison of Japan's crime rates to that of the US. Spoilers: US has it far worse than Japan's rape crimes reported. But no, because rape is happening in a series like this, and many other fictional works out there, the entire country's totally alright with one of the worst crimes known to man. Ok.

Nobody in the manga seems to care either. In the story, one of the sick fuckers after seeing the women getting raped, actually gets so excited that he is willing to kill someone to get a ticket to join in. What the hell? Then what does the author do? Kill him off like he deserves? Nope, the author rewards the sick fucker by having a "prostitute" service him instead.

But they do care... They just can't really do anything about it necessarily. The leader of the group (the psycho cannibal you did mention) is essentially a tyrant that rules over them, and has created an order out of chaos: That being, the women get to service the men, so long as they do what they're told by the guy in charge. Say what you will that that sort of logic's stupid as fuck, and that it makes no sense for the women to be letting this shit happen, but that's the problem with what you're glossing over entirely when it comes to this series.

After knowing about it, how can the people in the other camp stay idle knowing a group of women are getting violated every night just a few miles down from the road from where they sleep? Not to mention it would of been the perfect time to strike. Killing the rapists while they are naked and defenceless doing the deed would be perfect poetic justice.

To add insult to injury, the supposedly "good" protagonist cares so much for the lives of these rapists that he always lets go every time they attack. Even though these same rapist thugs repeatedly tries to kill his group and tries to enslave and rape their women.

And this is the part I wanted to address that you can't help but keep overlooking: These people are all survivors of failed suicides. That is why they are in this situation to begin with, and is also why they're not some kind of fighting force that'll always stand up and do what they think is right. They were just regular people plopped down in the middle of some deserted island, and with them being given a second chance as to live out new lives once more, many of them go on (like that of our main character) as to try and understand what their potential is in this new life.

As much as they've constantly wanted to stop the other group lead by psycho cannibal man, the main group we follow doesn't wish to cause bloodshed; seriously, these people have constantly held discussions on how to deal with the other group. They're not in a position where they want to put more of their people in harms way. And the main character, again, who's been given a second chance at living out a new life, doesn't want to have his purpose be that of a killer. To him, it's vulgar and depressing as to go on and take away that second chance others had also been given, despite being the most capable of doing so on the entire island.

It's not as if it's hard to stop the thugs either. The protagonist basically dominates everybody on the island in combat with his elite archery. His group outnumber the rapist group twice over, have better equipment, have better training and the other side doesn't even have any proper range weapons. Even if he's so concerned about human life, at least hop over to their camp, put an arrow through that cannibal boss's neck then the situation won't be as bad. But no, he's so "good" that he always shoots the rapists in the arm or lets them go. Ever heard of the expression "Been merciful towards your enemies is to be merciless towards your friends"? Or "All it takes for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing"? It describes this situation perfectly.

Already explained this. These guys aren't killers, and trust me, the enemy group finds ways as to combat their lack of numbers. Which further complicates things, yet also makes the series far more interesting. We know that the main character has the edge, but if it were so easy as to just wipe out the enemy group, this story we lack any tension or intrigue toward the situations they land in. Which is why rather than have our heroes engage in the mindless killing of their enemy, they go about discussing how to deal with these affairs. Cause that's what the story's all about: The questioning of morals and principles, in that of a new land where the two need not apply.

The author did a good job in glossing over the rapes, making it seem like it's no big deal, since it seems few people pick up on it. Instead focusing on the mundane survival aspects and making the MC's shallow "circle of life" philosophy seem meaningful (it's not).

Honestly perhaps the most depressing thing, rather than the manga itself, is how few people caught on and seem to just have bought all that shallow crap.

Because that's not the focus of the story. If you want to read some "stories" where that's the focus, I'm sure you can find some decent Hentai out there for that... <_____<

Ok but seriously, people like this series for the struggle these people have to go through: Surviving in a new land, learning skills they've never known before, questioning the morality of certain situations, engaging in arms races, trying to seek out the meaning to their new lives. It's all interesting if you actually try and understand why other people like it, and not get so caught up on one of the conflicts that is indeed an issue for our characters (letting the group of evil dudes do as they please, like the raping of women). It's really not that depressing. For the most part, I've found some of these users thoughts on the series to be really insightful. I feel like you should try giving this series a...
Second chance...

As for my rating, I'm really hating on the art at times. I sometimes am just kinda bewildered at how some people are being drawn, like some people's bodies just being elongated incredibly. The art isn't horrible, but had it been something amazing like perhaps Darwin's Game or Btooom! (which I'll admit, haven't read the latter yet), I'd probably give it something FAR higher.
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lift thee spirit   
Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 20th, 2011, 6:57pm
this manga certainly will lift anyones' spirit. to be able to live is to know death, and now they are face to face with it these suicidal people found a new lease of life. make me want to go for a hike!
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So far so good..   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ForteAtrox
June 6th, 2011, 6:24pm
The art isn't spectacular, but that doesn't matter here.
This series is about a group of people who wanted to die and then was put onto a deserted island with no laws or rules. Personally, I think it's very good and it touches a lot of sensitive emotions.
Even though everyone wanted to die they end up fighting to live.
It teaches you about the simple beauties of life and what it actually means to live.
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It gets better over time.   
Rating: N/A
by jjkyxr
June 9th, 2013, 8:29pm
Although the author often does excessive info dumps in the narration, I found them acceptable since most of the info has to do with survival wilderness basics and was pretty interesting to a suburb citizen like me who wants to eventually do some serious outdoor hunting/hiking eventually.

This being a suicide manga and with me having little thought of suicide myself, I was somewhat disconnected with the characters a bit. The main lead had issues that he kept repeating to himself quite often. BUT I felt the main character does progress through his hurdles at an enjoyable pace as well as many of the supporting cast being given time to develop as well.

The themes of the story, although some very serious in topic, are presented in an enjoyable format that let me keep reading all the way until the I reached the last available chapter (60). The supporting cast and their back stories also interesting enough to keep me reading.
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Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by Lecros
January 4th, 2011, 8:32am
Now that theyre trying with all their might to survive. And our main hero is slowly gathering some intel on the real reasons behind this island. I've gotten really interested in this series even though I found it creepy with the first few chapters.

I think Illuminati manga will be releasing volume 3 pretty soon which I think is between now and 2 months. So I'm looking forward to more
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wonderful story   
Rating: N/A
by kami0001
October 6th, 2009, 3:19pm
this is such an awesome story and it really is. We have seen and read many manga about survival but this is different. It's a survival of the suicidos. It's ironic;however, because of that, the story is much much more interesting than the other. Why it interestes , you ask? Read the manga and you will get your answer!

The manga also provides a lot of the protagonist's thought which is very meaningful and encouraging to us, the readers.

Truly a masterpiece! I wish some groups will start to translate it again since Red Hawk has dropped it. Perhaps they have not dropped but it has been a long time (+250 days ) of the last chapter.. Kind of sad
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The Walking Dead: The Manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
February 26th, 2015, 8:51am
Kouji Mori is always a quality act and both a friend to Miura and a consultant on my darling Berserk.
I bring this up as Jisatsutou is also for hardcore seinen dogs only as this nihilistic tour de force takes no prisoners and will turn off the average reader like barely anything else right now even if the quality is of the highest order.
The very japanese narrative about their touchiest subject besides WW2 builds slowly and it is a bit hard to figure out at first what the series true intent is but that is part of the appeal in retrospect. Most won´t survive the first onset of carnage, death, rape and obviously suicide but the braver among us will. The broken beyond the repair characters are all very well defined and believable and most get times to shine and extended flashbacks of their own.
None of these are obviously crowd-pleaser but what would you expect with the title "Suicide Island"?
Sai´s journey from suicide patient to menacing but still vastly incomplete manhunter is the highlight if the story and his newfound persona is anything but your average (anti-)"hero". Even his interactions with his dog are hardly cute and cuddly and his troubled romance is another fascinating aspect of the tale. Liv and all the other leading female characters are as good as the men too and i only point this out as women tend to be a bit in the background or are (quality) love interests only in his other 2 series. I also have to applaud the author on the way he uses sexual violence in this manga as such scenes are deeply disturbing with no room for though what they actually mean or if i am secretly reading porn. The broken puppet imagery especially is well used even if it is admittedly old hat at this point. The art overall is great and realistic but i would have liked more beards as everyone gets one in the Walking Dead (10/10) comic after all. It is also my most important recommendation for further reading as that tale of survival is another character study that only uses it´s setting to reflect on humanity and societal rebuilding and pure nihilism that only a Miura would grasp for or maybe a really angry Tezuka. This series is so good that even the prostitution subplot makes sense and how rarely do these work out? The same goes of the frequent scenes of gang rape and the gender identity themes. All forms of violence on display here is truly hardcore and one instance of human burning really surprised me in the portrait of suffering as this tale doesn´t mess around with its death toll as characters can leave the stage nearly as soon as they show up. Shippers should hate the manga too i guess?
The later agricultural and all the hunting aspects are very well researched. The animal training, the improvisational aspect, the tracking and so on are fascinating and the manga has a lot of intriguing author notes regarding a variety of topics to show how much of Kouji´s heart is in this tale. A perfect score is very much possible as this is all i want form a seinen publication but all depends on the ending. All the characters could not live in the wild jungles of the city and now all can´t live without the island! Everyone transforms or dies but society neither wanted them nor will it take them back so what is the endgame? I believe that this is the author´s magnum opus though so i have no fear.
His Destroy and Revolution (9/10) that i also reviewed and Holyland (8/10) which has a fitting ending should be read in that order next before going for Kirkman´s Zombie and expect a fitting adaptation of this manga in any form.
Watch the satirical Battle Royale instead which is a more juvenile take on a similar theme and it´s manga is something else too but stay away unless you are interested in its laugh out loud and greatly changed american translation that wisely turned it into a black comedy to make it more readable. Give I Am a Hero (8,5/10) a go too as it is another modern psychological manga that goes in directions one wouldn´t expect and why not finish off with the also reviewed classic Ode to Kirihito (9,5/10) which may be even darker.

... Last updated on June 10th, 2015, 12:19pm
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Die or live?   
Rating: N/A
by darcyaglow
November 13th, 2010, 11:16am
People there can choose whether if they want to die or to live one more time. They've tried to commit suicide one or several times in the past but still alive. Now they all gather here in the deserted island, they already known as dead in the government record, noone will care for them anymore, they have to care for themselves.
This manga is still on-going, so nothing much to say but I still have a possitive thought that this is one of the government's treatment for them since normal method didn't work.
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Really good so far...except for beginning and the philosophical moments   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moonmystery
November 7th, 2014, 7:23pm
I don't know if this is a good or bad thing, but reading this manga gets me really pumped up... and I have an urge to scream or shout to relieve the angst building in me. I think it's because I get so excited I start anticipating the next chapter before I've even finished the previous chapter.

Anyhow, this manga really caught my attention, and I love how they go into detail about the survival techniques and necessities! The brilliant suicidal leader and the main character are portrayed pretty realistically---and they are so badass! I love the character relationships and jobs in this manga!

Now that i'm waiting for the next chapter to be scanlated, i'm searching for other survival island manga stuff. biggrin biggrin biggrin

... Last updated on November 7th, 2014, 7:24pm
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