English Title: All You Need is Kill
Japanese Title: オール・ユー・ニード・イズ・キル — “All You Need is Kill”
Author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka
Illustrator: Yoshitoshi ABe
Translator: Joseph Reeder, Alexander Smith
Genre: Sci-fi, Military
Original Run: 2004
English Run: 2009
Japanese Publisher: Super Dash Bunko, JUMP jBOOKS (Shueisha)
English Publisher: Viz Media (Haikasoru)
Volumes in Japanese: 1 (Completed)
Volumes in English: 1 (Completed)
Average Price Per Volume: Paperback $9 — Kindle $7 — Nook $7
Synopsis: When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally–the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?
Note: A live-action film adaptation by Warner Brothers studio premiered May 30, 2014. It was titled Edge of Tomorrow in most territories.
If you liked All You Need is Kill, you might also want to try…
- Slum Online — also written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka
- Other Haikasoru Novels — same imprint
- Ghost in the Shell — dark sci-fi
- Mardock Scramble — dark sci-fi
Note: For the English release, Yoshitoshi ABe’s inside illustrations were not included. Only his cover illustration was retained. The header illustration is by Takeshi Obata, who drew the manga adaptation.
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