Top 10 Mystery Manga of 1999


1. 20th Century Boys

Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-Fi

Humanity, having faced extinction at the end of the 20th century, would not have entered the new millennium if it weren't for them. In 1969, during their youth, they created a symbol. In 1997, as the coming disaster slowly starts to unfold, that symbol returns. This is the story of a group of boys who try to save the world.

For Kenji, a simple convenience store manager who once dreamed of becoming a rock 'n' roll musician, a host of memories from his past come rushing back when one of his childhood friends mysteriously commits suicide. Could this new death be related to the rise of a bizarre new cult that's been implicated in several other murders and disappearances? Determined to dig deeper, Kenji reunites with some of his old buddies in the hope of learning the truth behind it all.

(Source: Viz)


2. Get Backers: Dakkanya

Action, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Mystery

Blonde, hip, pragmatic and cool, Ginji Amano has the power to generate currents with his body like an electric eel. Brunette, equally hip, bespectacled and rambunctious, Ban Mido has the mystically mysterious 'Evil Eye,' the power to create illusions in the minds of his foes. Together, they are the GetBackers, the best retrieval team in the world. They can get back anything taken from clients, and their success rate is (almost) 100%! However, first they have to get some clients--and soon--or this spry detective duo will starve on the streets!

(Source: Tokyopop)


3. Matantei Loki

Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has been exiled to the human world for what apparently was a bad joke. Along with being exiled, he's forced to take the form of a child. He's told the only way he can get back to the world of the gods is if he can collect auras of evil that take over human hearts, to do this he runs a detective agency. However, at some point other Norse gods begin to appear with the intent to assassinate him for reasons unclear.

(Source: ANN)


4. Stigma

Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A man wakes alone. He has no memory, his ony clues to the past are a suitcase full of money and a small wooden cross around his neck. Restless he travels the dystopian world under a gray sky, searching. One day he meets the boy Tito. The boy gives the man a new name: "Stork" and tells him of that he is searching for a bird. Together they travel further and unnoticed the dangerous shadow of Stork's past draws closer...


5. Bus Gamer - Pilot Edition

Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery

Toki Mishiba, Nobuto Nakajyo, and Kazuo Saitoh are hired to play the Biz Game, a game much like capture the flag, only with company secrets and insane amounts of money involved. At first they think it's a crazy but fun way to get some money, but as the game goes on, they hear stories about mysterious deaths on the news, and recognize the victims as members of the teams they've beaten in the game. When one of the losers of a game dies right in front of them, they realize what is really at stake - their very lives! (Source: B-U Manga)


6. Boogiepop Dual

Drama, Mystery, Psychological

When a female student is abducted and on the verge of being raped, Boogiepop rushes onto the scene just in time to save the day. But Boogiepop's new male alter-ego, Akimizuki Takaya, finds himself in the middle of a crime wave with ties going back to the previous owner of the Boogiepop mantle.

(Source: Wikipedia)


7. Koudelka

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A girl who has the ability to watch the spirits of the death, that has a very important secret in his memory, that unfortunately she lost after escaping from a mental institution. This manga is a sequel of the PSX game of the same name: Koudelka.


8. Kagome Kagome

Ecchi, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural

Takeuchi Masami has been kicked out of his house by his uncle after the death of his father (he seems to take it in stride, but the reader is probably correct in assuming that there is a mystery here, and almost certainly a sinister one). The meager allowance his uncle sends him is hardly enough to find a decent place to live, so at the beginning of the story we find him shacking up at his school, while his cute classmate Kagome Nishino (on whom he has a big crush, although it is not clear as yet to what extent she corresponds him) is trying to help him find an apartment.

As it turns out, she has just found the perfect one, she says, and whisks Takeuchi to a bare, unfurnished place and talks him into moving in right away -- in fact, spending that same night there, alone, and without even a futon to lie on. It turns out that she has an ulterior motive: she is heavily into the supernatural, having just formed a "paranormal research club" at their school, and the reason the apartment is so cheap is because it is said to be haunted, something she conveniently does not mention to Takeuchi, who almost dies of fright that night when all sorts of spooky things begin to happen all around him.

The following morning, at school, Kagome and a teacher who seems to be helping with the "supernatural club" decide that the thing is serious and try to enlist the help of another student, Kagome Kusaka, who, unlike the first Kagome, actually has psychic powers (being descended from a long line of priestesses), but who, also unlike the first Kagome, would rather do almost anything else, and has in fact consistently refused to join the club. On meeting Takeuchi, however, she changes her mind in a hurry, because, as she later explains to him, "there is something special about him": she takes an instant liking to him, and feels that he's the one who can rescue her from the "curse" of her powers (how, you -- and Takeuchi -- may ask? Well, it seems that a priestess must be a virgin...).

9. Shoujo Tantei: Kaneda Hajime no Jikenbo

Comedy, Mystery

Kaneda Hajime is a detective, but only during the hours of the Detective Club, part of her extra-curricular activities! If a murder takes longer to solve, it's simply got to wait until the next round of club activities.

Source: Manga Updates

10. Moon Princess -Red Moon-

Fantasy, Mystery

In order to search for true love, Princess Mana comes to the Earth from the Moon with his two elder brothers, Kai and Kei. One day as Mana continues to search for his prince, a strange brother and sister appears at the school they attend.

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