Top 10 Mystery Manga of 1992
1. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable
The fourth part of JJBA focuses on Josuke Higashikata, the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar, with Jotaro Kujo and Joseph Joestar along in a supporting role. In 1999, an ancient artifact known as the "Bow and Arrow" starts giving Stand powers to various people in the town of Morioh. Josuke and his friends investigate a series of strange Stand-related murders in Morioh, finding themselves in conflict with the many new Stand users. Araki retroactively introduces the "Bow and Arrow," an ancient artifact which causes latent Stand ability to develop in people, as a way of explaining the origin of Stands.
2. Ice Blade
Kyoya Ida is a hard-nosed detective from the Shinjuku Police precinct. He is known in the force as an unreasonable type who would use lethal force to solve cases, making him unpopular with the enlisted and high-ranking officers in the National Police Agency.
Despite this fact, there are some in the force that admire Ida for his bravery and cleverness in using lethal force to solve criminal cases whenever legal means are met in a dead end.
3. The Cain Saga
Delve into the tortured past of Earl Cain C. Hargreaves, charismatic heir to a wealthy family full of secrets, lies and unthinkable crimes. The prequel to the Godchild series, The Cain Saga follows the young Cain as he attempts to unravel the secrets of his birth, all the while solving each new mystery that comes his way.
(Source: Viz Media)
Included one-shots: The Boys Who Stopped Time, Double, Ellie in Summer Clothes
Young Ko is about to learn a new hobby...
Ko Higaonna, sharing a moment with his not-quite-girlfriend Satomi, is disturbed to discover a sallow-faced man watching with infrared goggles from the darkness. Ko's sense of privacy is offended, and soon blood is spilled, and the goggles pass into new hands. But the Voyeur remains, and now Ko is his pupil, about to discover what goes on beneath the smiles on people's faces... What goes on in private, in the dark...?
5. 3-ninme ga Kieta
1) 3-ninme ga Kieta
2) Kootta Natsu no Hi
3) Satsui ni wa Aoi Ribon o Kakete
6. Daisan no Teikoku
Julius led a very satisfactory life in Tokyo as a staff writer for Nippon News, until a series of bizarre murders disrupted his life. All of the victims share one thing in common with Julius. They all had the tattoo of an eagle, the symbol of the Nazis party, on their chest.
7. Yami wo Tsugumono
Dool and Tatsuki are a demon hunters. Living like ordinary people in the daylight, they secretly hunt down demons when they sense them. They find an old lady with a small girl with supernatural power. Tatsuki, as someone who is also a small child and has special powers, relates to the girl and tries to guide her to live happily among the people.
Suddenly they are attacked while talking, but are saved by another mysterious man. Tatsuki tries to get to know him, but finds out the reason that mysterious man has come is to seek revenge for someone he loved and that Tatsuki is the mans target.
Note: There is another story included at the back of the manga called Elnera. It is about a sea demon called Elnera and the love between a human boy and Elnera's daughter.
8. Gallery Fake
On a wharf on Tokyo Bay is a small art gallery named Gallery Fake. The owner of the gallery, Fujita Reiji (藤田 玲司), was once a curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was a learned curator with remarkable memory, keen aesthetic sense, great skill in restoration of paintings, and knowledge of many languages, so he was called "the Professor." However, because of trouble in the workplace, Fujita was forced to quit the museum.
Now he is an art dealer who sells paintings, authentic and fake alike, at extraordinary prices. His motto is, "One without aesthetic sense can't help being cheated out of his money. And, by being deceived, one may learn to distinguish the real one from the counterfeit."
However, Fujita is not a villain?not someone who sells fake paintings just as a means to earn money. He truly appreciates art and the artists who spent their lives to create it. Sometimes he takes paintings from a wicked politician who considers art only as a means of exchanging bribes. Sometimes he tries to restore destroyed paintings. He often touches the lives of those he encounters, and people are attracted to him in spite of himself.
Note: In 1996, Gallery Fake received the Shogakukan Manga Award.
16 year-old Mishima Haruhi rescued a guy drowning in Yokohama Harbor, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Even more mysteriously, he seems to have extremely special powers including the ability to heal others. The only clue they have to his past is a bracelet he is wearing with the number "33" inscribed, but it is not long before people threatening to take his life force them to dig deeper...
Note: Included in vol. 1 is a one-shot by Akaishi Michiyo-sensei titled "Doyoubi ni wa Kitto Iku kara" about the aftermath of a couple's love once the boyfriend dies in a tragic plane crash.
10. Reddish-brown Shadow
From Emily's Random Shoujo Manga Page:
It all begins long ago in the past. In a place near an ancient wall. The wall looks more like a cliff, really. Anyway, two cute children grew up together. Sumire is a gentle girl, and Yasuhira is a bossy boy, but he loves Sumire. When Yasuhira proposed marriage to Sumire, it was more like the confirmation of a long-held assumption that they would eventually wed. But they did lot live happily ever after. We see a bloodied sword, and someone crying…
Flash forward to modern times. These days, a school has been built near the ancient wall. It is such a tall, imposing wall/cliff thing, that naturally the students have made up ghost stories about it. Some of the girls are determined to go to the wall, where they believe they can see some real ghosts. A classmate, Sumire, is unwillingly dragged along. Sumire tries to get out of going, but her friends insist. When they get to the wall, Sumire feels an unusual wind, and then is confronted with a startling sight — a boy crying. He is just standing there, tears pouring down his cheeks. Before she can say anything, her friends call her away. The boy looks startled to see her. Sumire realizes he looks familiar… is that her classmate Katsuragi-kun?