Top 10 Psychological Manga of 1997
1. 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.
2. 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.
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 - 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"
6. In Clothes Called Fat
A story that wonderfully depicts the emotions of a overweight woman with low self-esteem surrounded within the harsh environment of slim and good-looking women. She then decides to lose weight after getting dumped by her lover. The consequences and side-effects are explored further after the 'achievement'..is it what she really wished for? An older work of Anno Moyoko.
A collection of one shots by Abe Yoshitoshi.
8. Ghost in the Shell 2: Man/Machine Interface
Taking place a few years after the first Ghost In The Shell manga. The Major has been missing since then and Ghost in the Shell 2 follows the mysterious Motoko Aramaki as she runs an investigation into a incident at an organ factory and it's 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.
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. I'm Home
The hero, nearly killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on a solo assignment in another city, loses his memory and can no longer recognize his own family. Unconsciously, his feet carry him to the homes of his former lover, his parents, old friends. As he journeys, he follows the threads of their memories to find out what kind of person he used to be. The clear story line and design draw readers into this powerful work. (Source: MU)