When Chiko found a cell phone and answered it at school one day, she had no idea that the voice on the other end would foretell of an upcoming death that afternoon. Though she hopes it’s just a bad joke Chiko soon discovers that the death is real and more are to come – unless she puts a stop to them. Now, with each call she answers, Chiko has one more person to try to save in time. Alongside her classmate Bando, Chiko will race against the clock in hopes of saving lives – but who is the voice on the other end of the phone?
Line is a manga written by Yua Kotegawa and following school student Chiko as she finds a cellphone. Tormented by someone on the end of the line, Chiko is sent on a mission around her city to save people from committing suicide.This is a really intriguing manga with a solid concept. It's unique and I've never stumbled across anything like this before. The story was executed perfectly across its four chapters and I'm glad that it was as short as it was. Extending this manga would have caused repetition throughout it and Kotegawa managed to toe the line between repetition and plot point perfectly. Everything that happened, happened for a solid reason. The story moved on its own and had me on the edge of my seat and holding my breath here and there - it creates a tension that is not easily shaken off until the ending scenes of chapter four.I wish the characters had felt more developed than they were. There were a lot of moments in this that felt entirely unnecessary such as the lesbian focus on one of the characters that was dropped almost immediately after it mentioned. It felt out of place and didn't feel right at all. It was as though it was being used for filler which I don't particularly care for as an LGBT community member. If the characters had been calmer about it rather than making an object about it, I would have been fine with it, however, they did not and it was a little disappointing for a manga with such high quality content.However, overall, this is a really good manga. It's the right length for what it is, it's unique and intriguing, horrifying to a degree and tense. Kotegawa has created a small gem in the jisatsu genre and I'm looking forward to reading more from them in the future.
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