The story revolves around Reiji Tachibana, a relatively normal high school freshman that lives with his overprotective sister, Ayake Tachibana. That day, Reiji hears a rumor about a series of suicides/murders revolving around people who come across random fashion accessories. One day, he happened upon a bracelet, and moments later, he was killed by a thief that he confronted. Through the powers of the bracelet, he was able to stay alive based on his life number that is tattooed on his chest. These reborn people are known as takers. The number correlates with the number of days he can stay alive. In order to prevent the number from reaching 0, a taker can choose to take the life number of another taker or fight monstrous beings known as angels. Will Reiji be able to survive without sacrificing his moral principles, or will he learn the true meaning of human nature.
Re:BIRTH The Lunatic Taker is an amazing, tragic, action packed manhwa (Korean Manga) that deserves more chapters than it has. Re:Birth is brought to us by the famous Korean manhwa artist Lim Dall-Young, the creator of Unbalance X2, Black God, The Legend of Maian, Koimoku and Freezing. The short 29 chapter long manhwa focuses on the life of a wimpy teenager named Reiji and his yandere older sister named Ayaka. In this world lies angel like creatures known as Tenshi and during every full moon, these creatures swarm the world in an moment between time and space where they feed upon the souls of humans (The victim never knows that they've had their soul eaten). Those humans who have had their souls eaten by a Tenshi will later commit suicide, but those who have their souls eaten and come across sorcery devices will become Takers. Takers also have life points tattooed onto the center of their chest and these points are basically like the amount of life one has in a video game. These points go down with each passing day and they can also go down by the Taker using different kinds of abilities. Those devices later turn into weapons to be used against other Takers or Tenshi in order to take their life points and increase one's own. Having more life points doesn't only increase a Taker's life but also unlocks new powers for a Taker to use in battle.
One average day, Reiji is walking down the street and comes across a set of bracelets that he decides to pick up and attempts to the find the owner of. In the process of doing so, some random guy snatches a woman's purse and begins to run in his direction. Reiji decides to take it upon himself to stop the thief, but is stabbed and killed in the process. On the brink of death, the bracelets begin to speak to Reiji and tell him that if he wishes to live, he must form a contract with the bracelets. These bracelets turn out to be sorcery devices and Reiji ends up becoming a Taker. Reiji is now thrown into the murderous world of Takers, where law and order no longer matters and is replaced by raw instinct.
This manhwa is definitely something to add to your reading collection even though I must warn you that you're probably going to end up really pissed off with the main character Reiji and I little upset with the ending. The older sister Ayaka is what really makes this manhwa so amazing, with her being both a Yandere and what most Takers fear in the whole world, a Psychopath. Ayaka has one seriously protective nature of her younger brother and is willing to do ANYTHING to protect him and keep him happy. Re:BIRTH - The Lunatic Taker is an absolute must read.