I'm Standing on a Million Lives

Alt title: 100-man no Inochi no Ue ni Ore wa Tatte Iru

Vol: 11+; Ch: 58+
2016 - ?
3.636 out of 5 from 253 votes
Rank #11,944
I'm Standing on a Million Lives

Ninth grader Yusuke Yotsuya is practical, friendless, and not active in any clubs. Then one day, he and two female classmates are suddenly sent to another world where they must work together to battle for their lives. Yotsuya is a lone wolf and has always lived his life according to his wants, but how will that work out now that he’s supposed to be a hero?! Get ready for a one-of-a-kind story that will challenge everything you thought you knew about fantasy!

Source: Kodansha

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It is difficult to have no aim in your life. Every single day is like a poison and it makes it worse and worse, to the point that one day you do not care about anything. Yotsuya Yuusuke is exactly that person. He has no aim in his life, he does not know who he wants to be, where to continue his education, nothing. And one day it gets even worse, he finds himself, together with the two girls he knows, in a new world. As soon as they arrive in the new world, the three meet a Game Master, who then grants them a time-limited quest. Death is not a problem, if the party does not get completely wiped. You can even resurrect your allies within 30 seconds. However, the problem arises, when his party members get the roles of a Magician and a Warrior, but Yotsuya Yuusuke randomly gets a Farmer. How can you even survive battles as a Farmer?!Before starting my review, I want to point out that it is not yet another isekai manga, while it is still possible to assess it as one and the most important thing is that it has nothing to do with games and the last thing I will say, it has nothing to do with harems, sorry to disappoint you, but enough with that. I am standing on 1,000,000 lives uses the concept called the many-worlds interpretation, a term that is used in quantum mechanics. Long story short, it means that the universe splits into multiple realities that exist in parallel at the same space and time as our own. If you toss a coin, it lands heads, but also tails. This is a very interesting discussion topic and there are many theories about it, however, this is not the main point of this review. What is more, I am not going to tell you the connection between the many-worlds interpretation and the manga I am reviewing, but I hope it is enough of a reason for you to take interest in the storyline.Character wise, it starts off ridiculously weak, the characters are just nothing but clichés, on top of that, they are so boring that the only reason for me to keep going was the story. However, do not be like me, please. I am standing on 1,000,000 lives does have a somewhat weak start, but with time, the characters show so much development that from average and blunt, they change so much that you start to worry about them, you like them so much that you do not want anything bad to happen to them. In addition to this, the most important thing for me to stress is that this manga also pays enough attention to even supporting characters.All in all, I am standing on 1,000,000 lives reminds me of Solo Leveling, Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World and Goblin Slayer, however, at the same time they are completely different. Anyways, I have said it many time in my previous reviews, it is a no secret to anyone today that shounen is extremely overloaded with clichés and is also kind of a cursed genre, since in most cases, let us be honest, the new shounen series are barely watchable. However, shounen is also the genre with the greatest potential among other genres. I mean, as I have already mentioned it, this genre is overloaded and, in order to give a viewer something new, mangaka decide to make something that will somehow stand out and be better than the most of the shounen that are drowning in clichés. Sometimes these mangaka take risks. I am standing on 1,000,000 lives is exactly a perfect example of what I am talking about. I am enjoying reading this manga and you, too, should join the feel train in October, 2020. It will be worth it!

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