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From TokyoPop: Keidai Saeki is a high school student who remembers his past life in Pompeii, living as the Italian warrior Sirix... His friends around him are all also reincarnated - although they don't quite remember things the way he does. Keidai's wife from the past? He's now a middle school boy - while his best male friend is now a cute girl?! Throw in a case of love at first sight, and you have a new look at romance - manga-style!
エヌジーライフ Enuji Raifu NG Raifu NGライフ NG人生 No Good Life
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Original concept with fine execution. Things were slow at times but that made Keidai's emotional progress more believable and sincere. Other characters were also well developed and had their unique sparks. The humor was not as great as praised, or maybe I just didn't get it. The art looked kinda shounen-ish, which was fresh and appealing to a shoujo fan like me. All in all, I had a very enjoyable time, and highly recommend this.
One of the best I've seen..?
Hmm.. I really didn't expect much at first, considering I've read quite a number of manga with the Reincarnation theme to them. But this is just too cool. Like REALLY COOL. It managed to keep me reading up to the last chapter. The love triangle's quite unique, too. At first I thought there's like Shounen Ai happening but oh well. This is just too nice.
a must read!
the story has good art and truly written spectacularly the characters and story controle your emotions completely,...the depth of the conflicted feelings in the main character makes your heart throb and skip a beat this manga is just too good to not read
... Last updated on May 23rd, 2013, 10:38am
Really tugs your heartstring!!!!!
I really like this series......... The very 1st volume already captured my interest and made me emotional a lot of times... I like Kei-chan antics but he can be romantic and doting when needed. I also like Serizawa's dedication and tolerance. Even if Kei-chan hurts her intentionally and unintentionally at times, she always forgives him with a smile. Serizawa is like Kei-chan's sun that illuminates his life.
The overall series was great, it made me cry a thousand times, especially the scene when Serena from the past wishes that he would be a boy instead so that he can die beside Sirix.
What left me hanging was why was Loleus reincarnated as a girl. Did Loleus secretly wish to be by Sirix side as his most important person. Does he have a hidden feeling for Sirix. I wish that the author elaborated this.
I am bit curious too, on how Kei-chan's mother and father met>>> I really wish to see who Yuuma would end up with.
This series a gem!!!! It really made a deep impression on me!!!
... Last updated on May 3rd, 2013, 10:29am
Wow, this manga blew me away! I started reading it many years ago but put it in the back burner for some unknown reason. I finally sat down and started reading the series and couldn't stop until I finished!!! I simply loved it. THIS IS A MUST READ!!! I even went out to buy the physical books because of how much this series moved me.
I have always loved plots that deal with reincarnations and history, but the thing that really grabbed me is the depth of every main character. No character is 2-dimensional and/or artificial. You learn about what motivates each character and how they deal with their choices. I also thought that the ending was perfect because it ties everything up neatly concerning the past and the present. Definitely read this!
I love this. I can't even begin to put into words how stunned it made me. True, I was drawn in for the false shonen-ai (mostly because goddammit, nobody's making even hardly realistic anything anymore), but what drew me in deeper was the chemistry. The beginning was iffy, but the way the story carried out in terms of pacing was great. I'm not happy that in the beginning, our main character Keidai was super overexaggerative and awkward, and the constant Serena-ing was exasperating to watch, because the story then seemed to become a Win-Reincarnated-Serena's-Heart, and everything had to do with Yuuma. We had the classic love triangle set-up, what with the included childhood friend who likes Keidai (and this really isn't a spoiler). However, I was blown away by the depths of the characters as the chapters continued because the focus started EXPANDING, and it wasn't just two people living in one world of romance. Their motivations--it really went past the superficial.
Keidai was given depth, and as not many main characters can be sympathetic and yet way cool and yet ridiculous at the same time, I guess that's why he's my favourite character out of this entire thing. I really did enjoy the side story between Sirix and Loleus was great.
There's a reason that reincarnation in itself always makes me feel a little iffy. Whether or not it's because it's got such cliched lines, the fact that the people reincarnated always find each other or eventually get all their memories; this manga draws several characters who are aware of their past lives along with others who had lived those past lives as well but may or may not remember. It's a decent-sized cast with beautiful interactions, and you really can't hate any one of them.
The pace started picking up (and improving, in my opinion) after we got over the glorification of Yuuma as Serena
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(as in post-'Serena's reincarnated sister now a dude and still hates men' aka Smyrna "arc". Everything before that was kind of cliched and really ehhh for me. But things picked up especially when Reina returned, and we got introduced along with Mikage and Shuna, and goddammit, if unrequited love isn't enough to make me cry for her--because in essence, all of these characters are good kids, really. I'm appreciative of it, and I especially enjoy the interaction of the "Twins".)
, and our cast turned from three main characters and expanded. The beginning's a little iffy, but Keidai as a character is very great--there are definitely great moments to lol and do spittakes at for yourself. My favourite chapter was the side story in which showed how Keidai and Serizawa met and became friends, but on the whole, I was impressed by the amount of character interaction and development, exploration and depth this manga had. Also, the past isn't just mentioned once and never seen again--the past in itself serves as basis for a lot of regrets, and its importance.
This manga ends up addressing the concern (through a reasonable amount of chapters) about the issue I've always personally had with reincarnation-genres. Do you, if you are reincarnated (and also have those memories), have an obligation to fulfill what you once had? Are you still trapped back to that life, or can you still have your own life separate to the obligations and regrets you had in the past? I love the focus on the characters, and damn this was one impressive manga.
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"Why do we alone retain our memories? The answer is simple. Because we love that place more than anyone else. And we hate it...more than anyone else."--chapter 45.
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Just--even as a child, Keidai could recognize his mom and dad as his reincarnated sister and rival, but then he was ultimately all alone because there was no one he could confess to about it. AND ALSO IT WAS HEARTBREAKING WHEN HE STARTED TO LOSE HIS MEMORIES OF THE PAST LIFE--or they were unstable-ish, BUT STILL. Because later on in the chapters (maybe near the end?) it flashes back to his childhood where he thinks that if he had to lose the past to live in the present, he didn't need the present at all. AND JUST. That if he allows himself to go with Serizawa--he'll forfeit Serena and what his feelings for her meant and he'll just FORGET HIS MEMORIES in order to live his own life and just--we even got a flashback back to their PAST LIVES and just--what Loleus and Serena meant to Sirix and vice versa in both other accounts--MY HEART'S BREAKING.
Seriously, it is. Because the reason Keidai is unable to let go of his past life is because of how much Sirix wanted to keep it--but with Yuuma telling him to forget and Keidai having to struggle--I love this, not sadistically, but because it emotionally tears at me, because this is really well-written. We get further insight onto his reasons and purposes, why even in the present he remembers about Serena--we know exactly what his regrets are for him to have been living in the present with memories of his past life. And then near the end, Keidai comes into terms with himself: Sirix may have been him in a past life, but all the regrets, all the hopeless and the sorrow that Sirix had at being unable to save the people he cared about and failing them--Keidai has his own life, his own friends too, and so as much as Sirix's voice reaches him, Keidai's should too--and WOW Keidai going back in time as Sirix (ish?)--he dealt with his fears and he dealt with those regrets with one action.
"They won't "vanish". Everyone's soul remembers all the reincarnations that have come and gone. They just don't realize it because it simply isn't necessary. so when you think...that you truly don't need them...they'll sleep softly within your heart."--chapter 50
... Last updated on December 18th, 2012, 5:12pm
so many boys are swarming over serizawa. they keep popping out of nowhere, seriously if i knew this was reverse harem surrounding the main heroine i wouldnt have started reading it.
i love the art. Serizawa is very pretty. but the bishounens they are so damn annoying, they ruined the manga.
first they just show a little interest to serizawa, then talk to her. they get more annoying each time they approach her. although those scenes are bearable, the author didnt stop and finally delivered the finishing blow when that one bastard
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... Last updated on October 5th, 2012, 9:15pm
This is one of my favorites. It is a heartwarming, funny and original in my eyes. And one of the series which made me cry-there is not a lot. But everytime I see the name of this manga, a smile appears in my face. Because the funny moments are funny, serious ones are serious always. Which means a perfect manga for me. So, completely and definitely recommended.
... Last updated on September 10th, 2012, 3:28pm
Drags a bit.
The premise was what drew me to this; it's definitely not a theme that's been done a million times. But this series just dragged for me. I saw finishing it as daunting. I almost feel like if it spanned fewer volumes the pace would be much better. An annoying amount of time was spent on issues that should have been resolved much more quickly-- too much "fluff" between resolutions and revelations. The other thing was I felt no connection to the characters; usually characters of a series this length work their way into my heart one way or another, but these just didn't.
All that doesn't mean I didn't LIKE this series. Again, it was a unique story, and the art is reasonable. The last volume (almost) redeems some of the boredom I felt in the middle. As a plus, there were no loose ends.
One thing I just have to mention is that I was SHOCKED this didn't stray towards shounen-ai even in the smallest regard. It didn't even have the remote feeling. Part of me can't help but think that if it had it would have added an element of depth to the story, but that could just be the yaoi fangirl in me speaking.
... Last updated on May 13th, 2013, 12:55pm
NG Life spazz
Mizuho Kusanagi never fails to make me spazz over her work. After Mugen Spiral, now this... NG Life...
One of the best shoujo comic I've ever read.
The plot is surely something refreshing. The idea is really good, and boy, thank goodness Kusanagi has her way to execute her already brilliant plot brilliantly. Especially the few last chapters... I love them. I love that this manga is not all about romance-love. It's about friendship, it's about learning to accept yourself, it's about good moral and ethic, it's about comedy, it's about bonds... Love the plot, really.
And then the characters... I love them all. Keidai, the main male lead, despite being stupid for TOO many times, can be really cool and made my heart skip a beat several times. Serizawa is likeable. The rest character are also funny, strong, and I love how they really care about each other.
NG Life is a very good manga. Totally can make you fangirl over it.