I don’t remember how I came across this manga — probably stumbled across it while searching for another series of a similar name (isn’t that usually the case, ahaha.) — but the cover looked interesting so saved it for later. Finally decided to try it awhile back.
Manga: Livingstone 「リヴィングストン」
“If one should suffer a death not ordained by fate, the human body lightens by an average of 21grams, the weight of a man’s soul stone.”
These soul stones are called “Livingstones”. The story follows two Livingstone Collectors, Sakurai and Amano, who go around preventing unnatural deaths and recovering these soul stones.
Livingstone, written by Maekawa Tomohiro with art by Kataoka Jinsei, is a Seinen, supernatural manga that was serialised in Kodansha’s Weekly Morning and is currently complete at 4 volumes, but I’ve only read approximately 2 volumes (9 chapters) because that’s all that’s been scanlated thus far.
WARNING: Slightly disturbing themes. A little blood. Death and hurt. But not gruesome.
Livingstone was an intriguing read overall. I can’t say it was that enjoyable, but thinking about the themes it brings up definitely contributed to my interest level. I’m a sucker for Seinen stories that bring up morality and tough-to-answer issues after all. The first chapter brought up a troubling theme somewhat similar to Euthanasia with the whole “I want to die” thing going on and—Okay! That got my attention.
I admit I had some trouble understanding the Livingstones and getting the idea of the MCs’ jobs at first though OTL
For a series with supposedly heavy themes, Livingstone’s been surprisingly light-hearted. It’s not, like, happy or anything, but um… how do I put it… it’s not actually that sad? I feel like it skimmed over lots of development that—if portrayed well—could’ve introduced a deeper psychological and emotional connection to the series. It’s occasionally comical as well, thanks to Livingstone Collector Sakurai. His snippets of comic relief seem to belie the pain he feels on his job… But that might just be me reading too much into it. I’m getting ahead of myself.
It’s just not something I’ll remember much. And even if I don’t finish it, I’m fine with that too.