Top 10 Psychological Manga of 1992


1. Akagi

Action, Drama, Psychological

While mahjong is a game that is often played with family and friends, it is also a game that is played in the darkest corners of society. Nangou is a compulsive gambler who has accumulated debt over three million yen. In a last ditch attempt to clear his record, he decides to wager his life on a game of mahjong with the mafia. Unfortunately, as the game progresses, Nangou only moves further from the prize and closer to death.

When all hope seems lost, the game parlor is suddenly intruded upon by Shigeru Akagi, a young boy on the run from the police. Desperate to turn the game around, Nangou hands the game over to Akagi after teaching him a few of the rules. The mafia can only smirk as Akagi sits down to play. However, they soon come to learn that Akagi is a natural born gambler. An imposing figure who does not fear death. One who is destined to become a legend.


2. 1

Action, Drama, Psychological

Growing up a target of bullying, a senior high student, Shiroishi Hajime, is a skilled karateka, but goes completely weak at the knees with fear when it comes to fighting. Among all this, a power junkie and classmate of Ichi who does nothing but fighting, Akakuma Dai, sets his eyes on Ichi!! When Ichi starts to shed tears, all of a sudden a violent impulse that resided inside him is unleashed!!!! This is the complete collection composing of the prelude to the masterpiece: "Ichi The Killer," and for the first time ever in book form: "Ichi The Killer - The Birth!!"

(Source: MU)

3. Fune o Tateru

Fantasy, Psychological

The story of two sea lions, Tobacco and Coffee, who travel to the end of the world...

4. Jigoku


Weird, tripped-out collection of one-shots. Subtly twisted, delicately detailed but with a strong line, with elongated bodies and shades of Art Deco. Somewhat reminiscent of both Gorey and Dali by way of Edvard Munch, but the style is unique and distinctive and very much the artist's own. About as far as you can get from manga and still be in the same country.

1. Sou dewa Nai Tokoro e (そうではないところへ); Garo 1997-06
2. Tenshi (天使, Angel); Garo 1995-04
3. Boku wa Tora no You ni Hashitta (ぼくは虎のように走った); kakioroshi
4. Odekake no Hi (おでかけの日); シュジェ 1993-01
5. Kao no Nai Onna ni Tsuite (顔のない女について); Garo 1992-06
6. Fune (船, Boat); Garo 1993-05
7. Watashitachi no Mure (私たちの群れ); Garo 1997-04
8. Yoru (夜, Night); Garo 1994-02~09
9. Kagi (鍵, Key); Garo 1996-01
10. Kami (神, God); Garo 1996-11
11. Jigoku (地獄, Hell); Garo 1994-11
12. Ringo Uri no Uta (林檎売りの唄, Song of Selling Apples); Garo 1996-09

5. Minami no Teiou

Psychological, Thriller

The manga centers around Ginjirou Manda, a loan shark business man who is affiliated with many Yakuza gangs in Osaka. He charges an interest rate called toichi — 10% more interest every 10 days, or 365% every year. Thanks to his unrelenting money-collecting tactics, he is feared as "Minami no Oni" or the "Demon" of Osaka's Minami business district. Even when his borrowers tries to scam him, he always finds a way to make them pay his money back.

(Source: ANN)

6. Sabbath Cafe

Drama, Psychological, Slice of Life

There's a new student at St. George International School, and soon he becomes one of the most talked-about students. Even though it's an international school in Tokyo, Japan, the new student (Yonogi Dai) is a Japanese boy. Dai was raised in the US and recently came to Japan for the first time.

Dai turns out to be a distant person, uncaring about other people and those who want to be his friends. He looks quite cute and gentle but he's actually unsocial and can be harsh. Jerry Morton who's very popular and well liked among the student just wants to ignore this cold Dai, but being the kind hearted (and nosy) boy that he is, he begins to approach Dai.

Jerry and Marty and their other friends soon find out that indeed Dai is rather difficult to deal with, but it doesn't take long before Dai becomes their friend. However, sometimes when they feel that Dai is getting closer to them he would say or do something that shows that he doesn't really think them as his close friends.

The story then begins to unfold itself. Dai's new friends start to discover the truth about the mysteries surrounding Dai. Why he's in Japan, about his family, about Ken in the States who seems to be the only one he's having personal contact with, and about his relation to a very famous game, "Sabbath Child". They discover the real Dai just like Dai discovers his true friends in life, and also himself along the way.

7. Boys get wet easily but the love is not accomplished easily

Drama, Psychological

After he was sexually harassed and forcibly seduced by his female high school teacher, he reports her to school that quickly fires her. As he struggles to make sense of his feelings towards the teacher who doesn't seem want to let him go, he attempts to make sense of girls around him and life as well as its complications. (From

8. Bronze: Zetsuai since 1989

Drama, Psychological, Romance

The story picks up after Zetsuai 1989, Koji and Izumi as a couple. Izumi decides to leave for Italy for soccer, Koji races to meet him at the airport getting into an accident. Now, Koji, a famous rock star, cannot sing after his accident. Will Koji and Izumi ever come to terms?

9. Voyeur

Psychological, Action, Mystery

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...?

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