Top 10 Horror Manga of 2003
Trepanation is the procedure of drilling a hole in the skull. It is said to increase the blood circulation and improve pressure inside the skull. It is also said to bring out a person's sixth sense, the ability to use ESP, see ghosts, move objects with one's mind. This is speculative fiction based on the concept of trepanation.
2. Lunar Legend Tsukihime
Shiki Tohno sustained a life threatening injury as a child, and due to that incident he was sent away from the Tohno household and was given to a relative to be raised. Years later, when Shiki is in high school, the head of the Tohno household--his father--dies, and he is ordered to move back in by his sister Akiha, who is the new head of the household. However, Shiki holds a huge secret. Ever since that injury, he has been seeing lines on objects, and only with a special pair of glasses is he able to stop seeing them. Also he is unable to remember anything well from the time before his accident. The day he moves back to the Tohno household is the day he stumbles upon a woman named Arcueid Brunstud and decapitates her with one stab of his knife in a temporary fit of insanity. When she suddenly showed up beside him later alive and well, and ask him to be her bodyguard, Shiki's journey to unravel the mysteries of his past begins.
(Source: Anime News Network)
The story begins in 1629 Shizuoka during Tokugawa Tadanaga's rule. The daimyo staged a tournament where the participants fought with real steel Japanese swords rather than bokken, against his vassals' strong objection. The story revolves around the first match between the one-armed swordsman Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind samurai Irako Seigen and deals with the circumstances that led the two to participate in Tokugawa's tournament.
4. Me and the Devil Blues: The Unreal Life of Robert Johnson
A combination horror story and re-telling of the mythologies of the American South, "Me and the Devil Blues" features RJ, a man who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for the devil teaching him to play the blues. The story features many elements familiar to American readers but not much featured in Japanese comics, including the practice of lynching and the sharp racial divisions in the south around the time of the story.
5. Voices in the Dark
Horror comic all the way spreading over different 7 stories:
Story 1: Blood-sucking Darkness / The Dark Drinks Blood
Story 2: The Ghosts of Golden Time
Story 3: Roar of Ages
Story 4: Mystery of the Haunted House
Story 5: Glyceride
Story 6: The Earth-bound People
Story 7: The Call of the Condemned
The chapter 5 of this manga (Glyceride) has been adapted in the first part of episode 10 of the anime Ito Junji: Collection.
6. Skyhigh Karma
Life, death, it is all the same. Think you've heard this before? Skyhigh is back again with this sequel. Another beautiful work done by the author of Alive, Blue Heaven, Jiraishin, and Tetsuwan Girl, among others.
7. Skyhigh Shinshou
Skyhigh Shinshou presents the stories of those souls who get to the Gate of Grudges. Izuko, keeper of the Gate of Grudges presents each soul with three choices: pass through the Gate of Grudges to heaven and be reborn, refuse to admit death and remain as a ghost on earth, or haunt and kill one person and then proceed to hell and eternal suffering. What does each soul choose and why?
(Source: Evil Flowers)
8. Tokyo Akazukin
Tokyo Akazukin is about an 11-year-old girl who usually just goes by the name of Akazukin (Little Red Riding Hood). She has a sick obsession with a being known only as Mr. Wolf and wants nothing more then to be eaten by him to end her "immortal" life. Akazukin has lost all of her memories and doesn't even know who she really is. Her reason to want to be eaten by Mr. Wolf is not even know to her, instead it's a desire that is locked deep within her consciousness.
Private detective Reiji Akiba has a theory about those awkward moments and weird coincidences we all encounter in life. They are actually encounters with the dead-their way of sending us a message. But you may not want to open such strange mail from beyond-not unless you can see the ghostly attachment, like Akiba can. And not unless you carry a gun that can kill what isn't alive, like Akiba's aptly named Kagutsuchi, "the tool between God and earth" . . . digging a divine grave to lay to rest the evil dead.
(Source: Dark Horse Comics)
10. Magetsukan Kitan
A new university graduate ventures into the city seeking housing and job. With his low budget, he found a ridiculously cheap place at only 9800 yen a month. After meeting the beautiful and young landlady, he immediately took the offer without further consideration. Unfortunately for him, it seems the mansion is truly a place for vampires, zombies, snow ladies werewolves, etc.
Welcome to Magetsukan Kitan, a semi-harem romance comedy with heavy ecchi that borders on hentai.