Top 10 Psychological Manga of 2000
Yuu is a high school kid who doesn't really fit anywhere. To find a place he can belong, be accepted, he will do anything. However one thing leads to another and he is forced to fight to keep his place, his holyland.
2. Tobaku Hakairoku Kaiji
It has been several months after the 'Castle of Despair' has ended. Itou Kaiji, now more in debt disappears completely from society. Even the loan shark Endou gives up on searching for Kaiji when he notices in the parking lot that the two cars on either side of his parked car has been brutally damaged.....by someone.
3. Battle Royale
Under the guise of a "study trip," a group of students from Shiroiwa Junior High School in the fictional town of Shiroiwa (Kagawa Prefecture) are gassed on a bus. They awaken in the Okishima Island School on Okishima, an isolated, evacuated island. They learn that they have been placed in an event called the Program. According to the rules, every year since 1947, 42 third-year high school students are isolated, and each student is required to fight to the death until one student remains. Their movements are tracked by metal collars around their necks, which contain tracking and listening devices; if any student should attempt to escape the Program, or enter declared forbidden zones, a bomb will be detonated in the collar, killing the wearer. If no one dies in a 24 hour time period, there will be no winner and all collars will be detonated simultaneously.
Note: The TokyoPop version was extensively rewritten by Keith Giffen which eventually led to contradictions and plot holes in the later volumes. TokyoPop rereleased the series in 5 omnibus volumes under the name "Battle Royale: Ultimate Edition" from October 16, 2007 to February 10, 2009.
4. Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku
In just two volumes, the author manages to create an incredibly rich and fascinating world that is full of wonders and enchanting beauties—a world in which men are watched over by the mechanical goddess Marie who at times appears on the sky. Marie’s music brings people happiness and harmony. Their life is free from advanced technology and the longing for progress. The main story centers around Kai, a young man who develops a deep affection for Marie.
5. The Summit of the Gods
In a small Nepalese shop, Makoto Fukamachi, photographer for a Japanese expedition to conquer Mt. Everest, stumbles across a camera which may well be that of George Mallory, the celebrated mountain climber who was the first to attempt conquering Everest.
Mallory disappeared along with Andrew Irvine during the course of their ascent in 1924, without leaving any indication of whether they reached the summit or not. So, what if it was only on their return trip that they had their fatal accident?
6. Gogo Monster
Yuki Tachibana, a withdrawn third grader, is convinced that the fourth floor of his school is home to supernatural creatures that few kids (and no adults) can see and he's worried about a recent influx of new, less friendly creatures and about his ability to perceive the true shape of things waning as he gets older. Most of the other kids mock Yuki - they think he's crazy due to his strange pronouncements and peculiar actions - and, aside from the creatures he sees, his only social interactions are with the school's kindly and open-minded caretaker, a new transfer student named Makoto Suzuki who's allocated the desk next to his and an enigmatic boy named IQ who always wears a box over his head.
7. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Ijimetsu Musume
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 12.
1. The Bully
2. House of the Deserter
3. Father's Heart
5. The Back Alley
6. Love by the Book
7. In the Soil
8. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Michi no Naimachi
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 11.
1. The Town Without Streets
2. Near Miss!
4. Village of the Siren
5. The Supernatural Transfer Student
The chapters 1 and 5 have been adapted by Ito Junji: Collection in episodes 7 and 11 respectively.
9. Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection - Circus ga Kita
The Ito Junji Kyoufu Manga Collection features themed one-shots from Junji Ito in Hontou ni Atta Kowai Hanashi mangazine. Volume 13.
1. The Circus is Here
3. The Adjacent Window
4. Sleuth Kids: The Second Daughter's Lover
5. Sleuth Kids: The Assembly of Fallen Ghost
The chapters 1 and 3 have been adapted by Ito Junji: Collection in episodes 8 and 6 respectively.
10. Taiyou no Ijiwaru
A collection of four short stories.
1. Rainbow Fish
2. Damned Sun
3. Strange Trait
4. Kimyou na Idenshi (A Strange Gene)