Top 10 Mystery Manga of 2002
This manga is a story based on a thriller by Keigo Higashino. The main protagonist, the shy Jun Naruse, is a rather average guy who works for a electronic company and loves to draw. He falls in love with Megumi whom he met at a shop selling drawing materials and an intimate relationship develops. A few days later the office gets attacked and when the criminal tries to shot a little girl he saves her by jumping in front of her.
A month pasts until he wakes up again and is told that half his brain got destroyed and he only survived because someone donated half a brain. Everything seems to be fine, he quickly recovers and is happy, however he begins to change...is the donated brain the reason for that? Or is it just a side effect of the medicine?
In the big city, drug crimes run rampant. Eto Kai and Kurabayashi Haru are two newcomer investigators who fight against them. In order to save the people from modern society, poisoned with drugs, the two turn to face an invisible enemy...
Volume 2: Bonus Chapter
Volume 6: Early Days; Bonus Chapter
Volume 11: Bonus Chapter
A rather morbid, sombre manga about two high school students, Kamiyama Itsuki and Morino Yoru, who have a peculiar interest in deaths and especially in murders that are committed near to them. Due to their strong fascination with murder and highly-developed analytical skills(along with some luck), they manage to solve the murders that have even eluded the authorities. However, acting on their own sense of justice and in self-interest, the murderers are often able to escape with the murders that they have committed. Often, it is Kamiyama that solves the cases even to the most subtle of details, but he is only interested in one thing, and that is the method to which Yoru Morino should be killed.
4. Blue Heaven
The world’s largest luxury ship "Blue Heaven" saves a wrecked ship out at sea. At the captain’s command, the ship is searched, and 2 male survivors are rescued. On the ship, there are signs of horrible bloodshed. One of the rescued men, of unknown nationality, loses himself among the ship’s passengers and starts randomly slaughtering the patrons and staff. What is his motive?!
(Source: Hawks & Omanga)
Included one-shot: Route 69
Sheela and Sai have become fugitives and fled with a promise to seek freedom and happiness in a warm place. On their way they are welcomed by the family of a modest increasingly abandoned village, a historic theater owners are going to have to close for lack of attendance.
5. The Tarot Café
Meet Pamela, a tarot card reader who helps supernatural beings living in the human world. She'll help anyone, whether they're a love-stricken cat, a vampire spending eternal life running from his one true love, an unattractive waitress looking for the man of her dreams, or even a magician who creates a humanoid doll to serve the woman he loves. Although she is good-natured, there is a deep dark secret that she must deal with before she can move on to the next life.
6. The Haibane of Old Home: Extra Edition
Extra Edition focuses on Reki's past.
7. The Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
Private Investigator Loki is certainly an extraordinary fellow with an incredibly demanding profession. While his boyish good looks disguise his true nature, no challenge is too tough for Loki. Not only is it Loki's job to solve mysteries, but he must also protect his own interests, namely his family, especially when those who want him rubbed-out enter the picture. Loki must dig up evidence surrounding kidnappings, murders, suicides, and the like. When old adversaries strike too close to home, Loki must prepare, not only to solve the crime, but to survive the vicious attacks! If the action's hot, you can count on Loki being there!
8. Haou Airen
One day while walking home from her job, Kurumi Akino finds a wounded young man, and saves his life. He mysteriously disappears after that, and leaves only the name “Hakuron.” Next thing she knows she’s been kidnapped from her school, and is on a private jet with that man, heading to China. It turns out she saved the life of the most infamous mobster in Hong Kong, and he wants her to stay with him.
Included the one-shot:
Volume 9: Honey Honey Boy: He Is a Sweet Temptation
9. Remote; .remote.
Kurumi Ayaki is a recently-retired police officer with a record of excellence on the force and the guts and guile to back it up. In order to earn some extra money for her upcoming wedding, she has to return to the force ... and is 'rewarded' with an assignment to an elite unit whose charge it is to solve those crimes that have been classified as unsolvable.
Partnered with a mysterious young genius who is unable to feel emotions, or even to leave his room, she acts as his eyes and ears to piece together clues even as her own personal life falls apart around her. (Source: Tokyopop)
Story written under the name Amagi, Seimaru.
10. Tsumetai Misshitsu to Hakase-tachi
On a colleague, Professor Kita's, suggestion, Associate Professor Saikawa Souhei and his student Nishinosono Moe head to Kita's research institute, where various experiments are being conducted in a low-temperature research lab.
During the night a murder takes place: two graduate students are found dead in the lab.
How did the killer enter the locked room? How did they leave?