Top 10 Horror Manga of 1993


1. Zashiki Onna

Drama, Horror, Psychological

One night, mild-mannered college student, Hiroshi Mori, bumps into a woman visiting his next-door neighbor. A large, creepy woman, she has long hair, wears a coat and carries shopping bags in both hands. He had never seen her before. But then, without warning, the woman starts stalking Hiroshi, shifting her attention from his next-door neighbor whom she had been visiting to Hiroshi himself. Who is she and what is she after? Originally published in 1993 - before the term "stalker" was acknowledged in Japanese society, this well-written horror manga is about a young man pursued by a mystery woman. Serialized for just ten weeks, this short, single-volume manga unusually become a hit bestseller, selling a staggering 400,000 copies. Regularly chosen as "the scariest manga ever" in magazine horror specials.

2. Eko Eko Azaraku II

Horror, Supernatural, Mystery

3. Fuan no Ritsuzou


4. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla: Kessenshi

Action, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

1. Sora no Daikaijuu Radon (空の大怪獣ラドン) by Kawata Jirou
2. Kaijuutou no Kettou: Godzilla no Musuko (怪獣島の決闘 ゴジラの息子) by Nakazawa Keiji
3. Kaijuu Soushingeki (怪獣総進撃) by Inue Satoru & Narita Makiho
4. Godzilla vs. Mecha-Godzilla (ゴジラ対メカゴジラ) by Hiruta Mitsuru
5. Mecha-Godzilla no Gyakushuu (メカゴジラの逆襲) by Koshiro Takeshi

5. Hieda Reijirou no Field Note Yori -Youkai Hunter-


In this series:

Tenson Kourin (天孫降臨)
Yomi kara no Koe (黄泉からの声)
Rokufukujin (六福神)

6. Shiryou no Hanayome

Drama, Horror, Supernatural, Thriller

1. Shiryou no Hanayome
For years he has been searching for his missing bride, and finally he finds her - a beautiful bride in a red kimono.

2. Ma o Yobu Ie
A house that always bring misfortune. [The same house from the 2nd story in Yuganda Kishi]

3. Yuuyake no Requiem
It's beautiful... a red sunset, big and round... a miserable sunset...

7. Mermaid Mansion Story

Horror, Supernatural

MIyako's mother remarries and leaves on her honeymoon. She tells Miyako that she is moving in to Mermaid Mansion to live with her step-brothers Dai, Kyo & Akira. While on her way to her new home she hears the neighborhood gossip that the Mansion is haunted. Thus begins Miyako's supernatural adventures with her new step-brothers.

8. Shi wo Utau Seiza

Horror, Mystery, Supernatural

This volume contains 4 one-shots; the last 3 one-shots are part of a series titled "Kiri to Honoo to Satsujin to."

Shi wo Utau Seiza (Constellation that Sings Death)
Takano Mahiro arrives at the vacation lodge in the mountains where she will be working for the summer. She meets the owner and her niece, who both seem quite nice. The guests also seem normal enough, save one girl who claims that there is a ghost haunting the place. She's ignored until one of the guests turns up dead! Is the guest telling the truth or is there a cold-blooded killer living among them?

Furimukeba Kiri (When the Fog Comes)
They say that if you visit a graveyard in the fog, you might be able to see the spirits of those resting there. Tracey sees someone at a foggy graveyard that looks like her boyfriend, Fred, but at least 5 years older. Could he be Fred's dead older brother?

Honoo no Senritsu (Fire Starter)
Since she was young, Sugihara Shouko has had the special power to spontaneously light things on fire, but because of her inability to control it properly, she has accidentally harmed many. Now, she has driven people away from her, in order to avoid the risk of hurting anyone, but Yano Tsukasa, her handsome new classmate, tells her that she can be a normal girl. Is he telling the truth? Is it really possible for her to be just like everyone else?

Toki no Yakata (The Castle)
For weeks, Yukari has been haunted by the same nightmare where she is killed by a woman with a bloody knife in a building she does not know. Her parents send her to her uncle's to get a fresh start, but there, she finds the same castle in her dream, wavering mysteriously in the fog. When Yukari asks about the castle, however, nobody seems to know what she is talking about. What is the secret behind the castle and why does Yukari keep seeing the same dream?

9. Message of Murderous Intent

Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance

When she was young, Shiraishi Masago had a special ability to sense people's feelings and thoughts, but she grew out of it once she moved in with her new family after the tragic death of her own parents. Or so she thought... While at school one day, she senses a murderous intent so strong that she faints. Scared, she tells her friends Shinohara Kei and Hidaka Satoru, who both tell her not to worry. But when a club member turns up dead at their school festival, she's convinced that what she felt was not a coincidence. Who is the killer and what does Masago have to do with the murder?

Note: Included in vol. 2 is a one-shot by Matsumoto Yoko-sensei titled "Chi no Tsubuyaki, Yami no Sasayaki" about an obsessed guy who comes back as a ghost to haunt the girl he loves.

10. X-Day

Action, Drama, Horror, Supernatural

A collection of one-shots by manga-ka Tamura Yumi.

4 short depictions of tragic misunderstandings and their consequences.

4nin no Onna:
A very famous, rich, old hotel owner is found dead and when the police come to investigate, his long-time maid says that her master was killed by 4 women...

Kanojo wa Dare wo Koroshitaka:
A woman is found covered in blood walking through the streets of Tokyo. When questioned by a policeman, she utters that she has killed someone. To figure out what happened, the officer begins to read her intriguing diary...

Hirotta Otoko:
The five members of Maki's family are so picture perfect that they even star in heart-warming commercials advertising food and a happy, loving family. But what are they really like beneath the surface? They're forced to find out when they pick up a mysterious guy named George, who they almost run over by car on their way to their winter lodge...

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