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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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Kimi no Naifu
Your Knife

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v.10 c.71 (end) by Imangascans over 4 years ago
v.10 c.70 by Imangascans over 4 years ago
v.10 c.69 by Imangascans over 4 years ago
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10 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (405 votes)
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yeah sure   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by moist_gorilla
March 10th, 2011, 9:46pm
panos you would know what its like to kill someone... why did you even put that in spoiler?

Now for my review
Usually in the first three chapters I can tell when a manga is going to be good. Well I got an extremely good vibe from this one from the first chapter.

Firstly, the artwork. Very good, the author doesn't do anything exaggerated with the art which is perfect for a plot driven story like this.

Second, the story. Already the author has raised many ethical questions and thrown in a couple plot twists. He keeps me anticipating what will happen in the next chapter. Very good.

Third, the characters. Very interesting characters. The author makes sure to give you just enough details so you can try to guess the motives of each of the characters but he doesn't give you enough to make a full analysis. Except the main character that is.

Overall this is a very good manga and you should definitely start reading it. It is definitely plot driven so keep this in mind when deciding to read it as this might not be your thing. I wouldn't give it a perfect 10/10 just because I don't like giving anything a perfect score but I will make an exception in this case to counter balance the idiots that gave it a 4 and 6.
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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
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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 sheís 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.

Thatís 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 itís not exactly unrealistic for a certain type of person to have reservations about harming the so-called fairer sex. However, when nearly EVERYONE, including Shikiís 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, thereís 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 FBIís 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 itís not because they think sheís innocent, either. Itís simply because sheís a woman that they are uncomfortable with killing her. With the husband, there are no problems, as heís a man. I get the impression that even if the wife had committed more atrocities than the husband, theyíd 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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
As it turns out, the wife is apparently innocent, and the husband is apparently guilty (though they donít 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.Pís 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 sisterís child and who will now probably be traumatized for life when she eventually realizes that her husband wasnít 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, didnít you? Despite the fact that the author could have very easily justified the charactersí reservations with killing her because of Itsukiís vision that suggested the womanís innocence, she instead chooses to focus on the fact that sheís 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 sheís a woman?
I donít 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, Iíll keep reading this manga for now because it is interesting and enjoyable to read. But since itís lost some respect from me because of this unfortunate aspect of it, I canít rate it higher than 7/10. I just thought Iíd warn others ahead of time if theyíre not into the whole double standards thing.
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terribly exciting   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by whitespade
December 24th, 2011, 1:07am
sometimes the pacing is slow, but when the action come you will get horribly excited as if your heart will burst. the characters are ok and easily likable. i had enjoyed some other hitman manga and it is quite good to read a different type where the protagonist is seriously messed up with the murders that he hallucinate. im not sure with the esp girl - i really want her ability to be of help or else there's no point introducing that kind of power is it? the art is smooth and neat, not remarkable but the ordinariness may help to make the actions and plot shine more. this is a very good manga!
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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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So Far So Good   
Rating: N/A
by azb
February 15th, 2012, 5:42pm
This manga does seem a little slow at times like the others said, but it does get interesting since everything is a buildup to the action. Also this manga has a funny part in chapter 17 where he repeats what he did before. Overall this manga is an interesting manga which can keep you reading even when things aren't heated up.
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This manga really stressed me out.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
February 8th, 2016, 1:13pm
First of all, I enjoyed the story because I liked the characters and the premise. I got stressed out reading this because I began to empathize with the main character and I was putting myself in his shoes and was so hoping that things turned out alright for him.

A few things really pushed my suspension of disbelief and frustrated me. The main characters made a lot of stupid, avoidable mistakes and there were many unconvincing coincidences as well.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The main characters allow witnesses to their murders survive multiple times. If they do not want to get caught, this is a terrible idea. Fortunately for them, the witnesses usually tried to kill them and then end up dying or joining them. They also commit murders without wearing masks or hiding their faces. They use their real names when they are in front of their murder victims as well. The coincidences involve the detective with black hair and glasses mostly. They live in a metropolis, yet he runs into suspects coincidently. Also Makihara was able to find his friend's murderers in a metropolis quite easily as well.

This is a decent series and I recommend it if you like psychological crime thrillers.

... Last updated on February 8th, 2016, 1:14pm
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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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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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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jasperv
December 4th, 2011, 1:52pm
well Toto don't be so sure about your predictable poetic justice
the mangaka other manga Anne freaks did end with the two protagonists not only escaping but killing the female police officer who tried to save them
and the other one portrayed the redemption of a killer with love and friendship
so its possible that the protagonist will be saved in the end or maybe not
some feminist woman complained of perceived anti-women BS
yet she didn't check that the mangaka is female

... Last updated on January 7th, 2013, 1:39pm
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