Top 10 Psychological Manga of 1997
1. Junji Ito Horror Comic Collection Flesh-Colored Horror
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 3 theme: The Human Body
1. Long Hair in the Attic
3. The Bee Hive
4. Dying Young
5. Headless Statues
6. Flesh Coloured Horror
2. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Namekuji no Shoujo
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 7.
1. Slug Girl
2. Out of Its Element/Thing that Drifted Ashore
6. The Groaning Drain
The chapters 1 and 4 have been adapted by Ito Junji: Collection in episodes 3 and 4 respectively.
3. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Souichi no Noroi Nikki
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 6.
1. Souichi's Selfish Curse
2. The Silent Room
3. The Coffin
5. Fashion Model
The chapters 1, 4, and 5 have been adapted by Ito Junji: Collection in episodes 1, 12, and 2 respectively.
4. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Ayatsuri no Yashiki
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 10.
1. Ice Cream Bus
2. Gang House
3. The Smoking Club
4. Second-hand Record
5. The Sleeping Room
6. The Gift Bearer
7. House of the Marionettes
The chapters 4 and 7 have been adapted by Ito Junji: Collection in episodes 7 and 4 respectively.
5. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Souichi no Tanoshii Nikki
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 5.
1. Fun Summer Vacation
2. Fun Winter Vacation
3. Souichi's Diary of Delights
4. Souichi's Home Tutor
5. Cloth Teachers
6. Souichi's Birthday
The chapter 5 of this manga (Cloth Teachers), has been adapted in the second part of episode 5 of Ito Junji: Collection.
Hiroki Endo's Tanpenshu is a two tankōbon series long collection of various short manga by Hiroki Endo. "Tanpenshu" is Japanese for "short stories".
"The Crows, the Girl and the Yakuza" Originally published in 1996 in Monthly Afternoon. A lone yakuza member takes refuge from a gang war with a young woman who seems to have formed a strange relationship with crows. During his time with her, he comes to reconsider the course of his own life.
"Because You're Definitely a Cute Girl" Originally published in 1996 in Monthly Afternoon. A young girl's bewilderment over sex is overloaded by her widower father's decision to take a lover, driving her to a sudden swing from passive indifference to reactionary violence.
"For Those of Us Who Don't Believe in God" Originally published in 1997 in Monthly Afternoon. Centers around a group of college drama students preparing and performing a play depicting a conversation between a serial killer and the sister of one of his victims. The process causes the group to reflect and ultimately confront their own individual problems.
"Hang" Originally published in 2000 in Afternoon Season Special Edition.
"High School Girl 2000" Originally published in 1999 in Afternoon Season Special Edition. A semi-autobiographical story featuring Hiroki Endo being distracted from doing work.
"Platform" Originally published in 1996 in Monthly Afternoon.
"Boys Don't Cry"
7. Shounen Zanzou
1) Boys Next Door
Lawrence is a young male prostitute whose actual aim was to look for his brother. However, his life was about to change when he witnessed one of the biggest serial killers - Dr. Wolfgang Adrian Clay - killing someone. Instead of running away, he searches for the murderer and falls in love with him. Lawrence's brother was not too happy about losing a possible money tree and sends out his gang in search of Lawrence.
2) Devil Inside
Rick Randool has a dangerous condition which affects a few unfortunate members of his family.
3) When a Heart Beats
All Ted wanted was a guitar. But the price he paid to get one was a young girl's life. Many years later he meets her again and...
(Source: Sakura-Crisis, Omanga, Celestial Scans)
8. In Clothes Called Fat
From the pen of Moyoco Anno comes a stunning tale of self-image and self-loathing. In Clothes Called Fat details the lives of young women earnestly revealing the struggles women may have with their bodies and sexuality.
Noko appears to be living a great life, she's got a good job and a loving boyfriend, but beneath a thin veneer is a young woman who is struggling with her self-image and self-confidence as she fights to keep her weight down. To Noko, being 5 pounds overweight means being miles away from happiness in her lovelife and in her work-place.
9. The World Is Mine
Meet Mon, a violent killer faithful only to his own eruptive desires, and his timid companion Toshi, a demolition-devil with a fanatical thirst for destruction. Their killing-spree across Japan is destined to intersect the path of the enormous "Higumadon", a mysterious beast on a Godzilla-like rampage from Hokkaido to Tokyo.
10. Ghost in the Shell 2: Man-Machine Interface
Taking place a few years after the first Ghost in the Shell manga. The series follows the mysterious Motoko Aramaki as she runs an investigation into an incident at an organ factory and its consequences. She's on the run to clean up the mess and save herself in the process. Meanwhile the former members of Section 9 investigate Motoko to find out who she really is.
(Source: Anime News Network)