Top 10 Psychological 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. Planetes

Drama, Psychological, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life

Haunted by a space flight accident that claimed the life of his beloved wife, Yuri finds himself six years later as part of a team of debris cleaners on a vessel called the Toy Box charged with clearing space junk from space flight paths. The team consists of Hachimaki, a hot shot debris-man with a sailor's affinity for the orbital ocean; Fee, a chain-smoking tomboy beauty with an abrasive edge; and Pops, a veteran orbital mechanic whose avuncular presence soothes the stress of the job.

(Source: TokyoPop)


3. Shikei Shikkouchuu Datsugoku Shinkouchuu

Horror, Psychological, Supernatural

Contains four short stories:

1) Shikei Shikkouchuu Datsugoku Shinkouchuu (Under Execution, Under Jailbreak)
2-3) Dolce and His Master
4) Thus Spoke Kishibe Rohan
5-7) Deddo Manzu Q

(Source: MangaUpdates)


4. Kokuhaku: Confession

Drama, Psychological, Thriller

Two mountain climbing friends, Asai and Ishikura, get trapped in the middle of a storm after an accident. Ishikura, earnestly believing he is about to die, decides to relieve his heart and confesses a sin from his past. However, he survives, and both make their way to a deserted cabin while waiting for help to arrive. But the knowledge of the confession weighs heavy on the both of them, and the long wait under the pressure begins to hack away at their sanity.



5. Alien 9

Sci-Fi, Psychological, Drama, Horror

In the future, alien invasion is a daily occurrence and everyone must be prepared. Elementary School #9 has assigned three students to fight off the extra-terrestrial threat.



6. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Frankenstein

Drama, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural

The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 16.

1. Frankenstein
2. A Doll's Hellish Burial
3. Memories of Real Shit

The chapter 2 of this manga (A Doll's Hellish Burial) has been adapted in the second part of episode 1 of Ito Junji: Collection.


7. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Chi Tamaki

Drama, Horror, Psychological, Supernatural

The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 8.

1. Blood-bubble Bushes
2. Unbearable Labyrinth
3. Sword of the Re-animator
4. The Will
5. The Bridge
6. Demonology
7. The Conversation Room

The chapters 1 and 5 have been adapted by Ito Junji: Collection in episodes 9 and 10 respectively.


8. Dance! Subaru

Drama, Psychological, Sports

A small five-year-old girl named Subaru no longer has time for friends and play. Why is this? Her twin brother Kazuma is dying...and gradually forgetting everything. Even Subaru. And so the girl visits him every day, talking with him and dancing for him, trying to make him remember her. And he always does by the end of the day. Encouraged by a friend to join ballet classes, the girl does so and falls in love with the dance.

(Source: ANN)


9. Believers

Drama, Psychological, Romance

On a small island somewhere near Japan, three cult members have devoted themselves to the "Deserted Island Program". Calling each other by rank, these people-two men and one women-have been chosen by their superiors to throw off the corrupt influence of modern society and "purify" themselves. But as time passes two of the members begin to give into human desire...

(Source: Anime News Network)


10. Threads of Time

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Psychological

High school student Moon Bin Lee has difficulty sleeping due to a recurring nightmare: he's stranded over a thousand years in the past chasing a dark-haired girl into a deep abyss.

Before long, the nightmare overwhelms him, and he is unable to tell whether he is Moon Bin, a Seoul teenager at the end of the second Millennium, or Sa Kyoung Kim, the son of a prominent warrior family in the middle of the first Millennium. People in his present-day life assume roles in his historical life as he struggles to learn exactly who he is and what he's expected to do, straddling a transmigratory portal through time and space.
In the present, his school's kendo club battles to stay in the championships...but in the past, Moon Bin finds himself at the threshold of a territorial dispute on the plains of Mongolia ...

(Source: Tokyopop)

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