Top 10 Mystery Manga of 1994


1. Monster

Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Thriller

Dr. Kenzo Tenma is a talented Japanese brain surgeon working at a leading hospital in Germany. One night, Dr. Tenma risks his reputation and career to save the life of a critically wounded young boy over that of the town mayor. A string of mysterious murders begin to occur soon after the operation, and Dr. Tenma emerges as the primary suspect despite no incriminating evidence.

Nine years later, Dr. Tenma encounters the boy once again - and learns that he has become a terrifying serial killer. To atone for his naive decision that fateful night, Dr. Tenma embarks on a manhunt across Europe to take the very life he once saved.

(Summary by Edo)


2. Neon Genesis Evangelion

Action, Drama, Mecha, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi

The manga based on the series, written and illustrated by series character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, has been serialized in Shonen Ace since 1995. The serialized and volumized editions are both published by Kadokawa Shoten. The manga exists as a separate entity from the anime, and features a number of distinct differences (examples: Shinji's eyes are brown instead of blue; Shinji and Rei's relationship is strengthened more; not all of the Angels that were in the anime appear in the manga). Drawing from the original story outline, the completed anime series, as well as his own artistic freedom, Sadamoto has portrayed an account of the story that has both distinct convergence and divergence with the anime version.

(Source: Wikipedia)


3. Case Closed

Adventure, Comedy, Mystery, Romance

Kudo Shinichi is a seventeen year-old high school detective whom people call the "Modern Sherlock Holmes." However, one night after a date with his childhood sweetheart, Ran, Shinichi witnessed an illegal trade and, caught off his guard, was knocked unconscious and fed a drug that was supposed to kill him... but he woke up and found himself shrunken to a seven year-old. In order to track down the men who did this to him, Shinichi hid his identity and lived with Ran, whose father happened to be a hopeless detective, and with that came a series of murders and mysteries that he must solve.

(Source: ANN)


4. Angel Sanctuary

Fantasy, Romance, Supernatural, Mystery

The angel Alexiel loved God, but she rebelled against Heaven when she saw how disgracefully the other angels were behaving. She was finally captured, and as punishment sent to Earth to live an endless series of tragic lives. She now inhabits the body of Setsuna Mudo, a troubled teen in love with his sister Sara. Setsuna's misery mirrors the chaos among the angels, and their combined passions threaten to destroy both Heaven and Earth.


5. Descendants of Darkness

Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

The business of Death is never done. Asato Tsuzuki works as a Shinigami, or "Guardian of Death," in the Ministry of Hades. It's his duty to make sure that the souls of the dead reach the afterlife, but contrary ghosts and humanity's evils keep getting in the way of a job well done. With all these problem assignments, will he ever get a bonus...or will he be stuck paying back damages for all eternity? (Source: Viz)

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6. Dante Shinkyoku

Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

Manga adaptation of Dante Alighieri's classic work "The Divine Comedy".


7. The Funeral Procession of K

Drama, Mystery, Psychological

From AnimeNewsNetwork:
A resident of Room 301 in Building 67, K, had died and no one had seen or was able to find his corpse. Everyone, however, was still certain that he was dead and held a funeral for him. That was when a stranger named Mikaya suddenly showed up and announced that he was going to live in 301. Determined to solve the mystery of this far from ordinary death, Mikaya began to question the residents and as everything began to unravel, he realized that something was very, very wrong.

8. Drahen no Kishi


Two men work together to reveal the outrageous falsification of the history of a German town, Hammelburg, which took place eight hundred years ago.

9. The Mask

Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

When the clock strikes midnight, the door opens. This is when the phantom awakens, wandering, looking for the most beautiful dancer.
Loosely based on "The Phantom of the Opera."

(Source: MU)

10. Shiro no Yuukyuu Kuro no Eien

Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Asuna is asked by her dying mother to hand a jewel charm to Taira no Kiyomori who is resides in Kyoto. At the Taira resident, she is mistaken as Kiyomori's another daughter with another woman. Asuna is grandly welcome but before she get to meet Kiyomori, she sense something evil lurking inside this resident, something that intend to harm and take Kiyomori's life away.

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