Top 10 Mystery Manga of 1996
10th grader Yugi spent most of his time alone playing games--until he solved the Millennium Puzzle, a mysterious Egyptian artifact! Possessed by the puzzle, Yugi becomes Yu-Gi-Oh, the King of Games, and challenges evil-doers to the Shadow Games--weird games with high stakes and high risks! These graphic novels contain new stories not seen in the anime, including the origin of Yugi and his friends!
2. MPD Psycho
The main character is a detective, Kazuhiko Amamiya, suffering from multiple personality disorder. Starting out as a violent detective series with a twist (the twist being the variant personalities that take over Detective Amamiya at various intervals), the series evolves into an exceptionally complex and involved sci-fi conspiracy story.
3. Old Boy
Ten years ago, they took him in. He doesn't even know who. And for ten years, he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn't know why. For ten years, his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jail mates. In time, he lost himself. He changed...transformed himself into something else...something hard...something lethal. Suddenly, one day his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what's left of his life...and what's left is revenge.
(Source: Dark Horse)
4. Ceres: Celestial Legend
Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather's home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something's not right. Their "birthday present" turns out to be a mummified hand--the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki's body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yûhi, and the attractive, mysterious Tôya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it's her own power that's out of control?
5. Psychometrer Eiji
He doesn't do well at school. He has no girlfriend. But he has never lost a fight. He is a typical high school delinquent. And his name is Eiji Asuma. True, he has special powers, but he keeps them to himself. You see, he can read incidents and memories from the past when he touches people or things. Yes, he has psychometric powers. Ryoko Shima, an expert profiler finds out about Eiji's powers and puts an end to his ordinary life as a high school student. Persuaded by Shima's charm, Eiji starts helping her investigation into an unsolved homicide. Further mysteries ensue.
Story written under the penname Ando, Yuma.
Shinogu awakens from a coma in a hospital only to find out that his black hair has turned red and long. he looked exactly as his famous rock group vocalist twin brother - Kaine. Kaine was part of a group called Endorphines. Apparently someone tried to kill the two brothers off. However in a car accident Kaine died on the spot while Shinogu was in comatose state. in order to let Endorphines continue, their manager forced Shinogu to take over his brother's place, hoping no one will know the difference. Or will they? Kaine's best friend Die already started to suspect the fake-Kaine. meanwhile, one by one the fans of Endorphins began to commit suicide after listening to their latest CD. Die and 'Kaine' decide to investigate and are determined to find the truth.
2) Magical Mystery Tour
3) Tokei Jikake no Orenji Bakudan (The Orange Time Bomb)
Takumi and Kai are members of the popular band, Orange. When rumors of Kai going solo start to spread, tension rises - Will they be able to stop what’s happening? What’s the mystery behind Takumi’s sunglasses? Who’s this strange girl that shows up claiming she wants to marry Takumi? What are Kai’s true feelings?
4) Tokyo Top
7. Sherlock Holmes Series
An adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories.
An unexpected truth lurks in a wound caused by a giant accident. This is a human drama about Kujira, an accident investigator, who uses fearless reasoning and indomitable conviction to get to the bottom of the mystery.
9. Wonder School Boy
Tsubaki Tenji seems like a normal high school boy, but at night he secretly works as a detective! Though he pretends to be kind of dim and clumsy at school, he's very physically skilled, and he fights using 500 yen coins as projectiles. However, he's not working just because he wants to-- he's got to pay off his vanished father's ridiculously large debt. He works for the Muroto Investigative Agency, under Muroto Shino, and alongside Shino's teenage sister, Yuki. He's always sleepy during the day from working at night, but if the school finds out the truth he could end up expelled.
10. Cutey Honey Flash
Kisaragi Honey is an average teenage girl until her father is kidnapped by the evil Panther Claw organization. Donning a magical choker and ring she transforms into Cutey Honey and begins a mission of justice!