"Death Isn’t Always The End"- Ballad of a Shinigami- 9/10 Sugar Cubes


Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you die tomorrow. ~Ali ibn Abi Talib

Genre: Supernatural/ Drama

Review Status: Complete (3 Volumes/ 3 Volumes)

Licensed: Licensed in the US

Art: Looks more like your typical shoujo, but clean lines, easy-to follow panels, and cute character designs all make this look good, even if it’s not the most eye-catching manga on the shelf.

Summary: The series revolves around Momo, a shinigami, and her familiar Daniel, a talking black cat, as they interfere with the world of the living. Or, more specifically, the people that she gives a nudge in the right direction.

Review: This is a collection of sweet, short stories from the perspective of Momo, a shinigami that has a habit of interfering with the lives (and deaths) of those she comes to collect. Stories of loss, love, and moving on with the help of our loved ones fill these pages. Most have the stories have a happy ending…. Some, not so much. Even so, each manages to pull the heartstrings. Though they may not all end the way the reader may hope, it never lessens the messages of hope and love that can exist after a loved one dies.

Overall, this is a very nice manga. It’s short enough that it can be a quick read, but involving enough for the reader to leave touched.

Recommended: Unless you have qualms about reading about the Japanese gods of death, then no. As this also touches on themes of abandonment, suicide and murder, it might not be suitable for those under 13. One person is implied to have died by suicide, another to have been murdered. There’s also the implication of some child abuse.

Other series you might like: This was originally a series of light novels, and there’s also been an anime made from this.
Hotel (manga),
Chrono Crusade (manga, not anime),
Someday’s Dreamers (manga and anime)
Solanin (manga)
Saturn Apartments (manga)
Shigofumi (anime)
Haibane Renmei (anime)

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