Top 10 Psychological Manga of 2012


1. Mob Psycho 100

Action, Comedy, Supernatural, Psychological

Kageyama Shigeo (a.k.a. "Mob") is a 8th grader with psychic abilities. He could bend spoons and lift objects with his mind from a young age, but he slowly began to withhold from using his abilities in public due to the negative attention he kept receiving. Now, the only thing he wants is to become friends with a girl in his class, Tsubomi. With his psychic "mentor" (who has no psychic powers), he continues his daily life, attempting to realize his purpose in life.


2. Kengan Ashura

Action, Psychological

Since the Edo periods of Japan, gladiator arenas exist in certain areas. In these arenas, wealthy business owners and merchants hire gladiators to fight in unarmed combat where winner takes all. Toki Taouma, nicknamed "Ashura", joins these arenas and devastates his opponents. His spectacular ability to crush his enemies catches the attention of the big business owners, including the Nogi Group chairman, Nogi Hideki.

(Source: MangaHelpers)


3. About Death

Drama, Psychological, Supernatural

The borderline between living and death. Who would be there… and where would it be.

(Source: Line Webtoon)


4. Emanon Wanderer

Adventure, Slice of Life, Sci-Fi, Psychological, Supernatural

Another moment of Emanon's journey through the history of life. Now, Emanon herself is the narrator of the story.

Volume 1:
- Sasurai Emanon, chapter 1-8, revised and colorized chapters from Emanon - Sasurai Emanon Episode: 1
- Sasurai Emanon '67, chapter 1-7

Volume 2:
- Sasurai Emanon '73, chapter 1-9
- Sasurai Emanon '80, chapter 0

Volume 3:
- Sasurai Emanon '88, chapter 1-3
- Sasurai Emanon...


5. Bokura no Hentai

Drama, Psychological

Three boys in junior-high who cross-dress because of differing reasons meet each other through a cross-dressing community website, and decide to meet up in real life. "Parou" started cross-dressing because the boy he liked refused to date him unless he dressed up as a girl. "Marika" is transgender and identifies as female. Lastly, "Yui" is an antagonistic boy who adopted the persona of his older sister after her death. In contrast to Parou and Marika, Yui is sorely disappointed at the meeting.


6. Shishunki Bitter Change

Drama, Psychological, Romance

Yuuta and Yui had their body swapped when Yuuta fell down from a tree. How will they co-operate with dealing this as they grow up?


7. Inside Mari

Drama, Psychological, Romance

The manga follows an "angel-like" beautiful high school girl with a certain secret she has been hiding from everyone, and an idle hikikomori (one who adnormally avoids social contact) young man; the highlight of his day is seeing Mari at the convenience store. The story begins as Mari wakes up in her room, but something feel amiss about the room and even her own body.

(Source: Anime News Network)


8. Afterschool War Activities

Action, Drama, Psychological

Strange things are appearing from the sky, and the world is slowly dying. In Korea, there aren't enough military men to fight these enemies off, and high-school and college students have no choice but to join the military and help the others survive—at the risk of their own lives.


9. Scum's Wish

Drama, Psychological, Romance

17-year-old Awaya Mugi and Yasuraoka Hanabi appear to be the ideal couple. They are both pretty popular, and they seem to suit each other well. However, outsiders don't know of the secret they share. Both Mugi and Hanabi have hopeless crushes on someone else, and they are only dating each other to soothe their loneliness. Mugi is in love with Minagawa Akane, a young teacher who used to be his home tutor. Hanabi is also in love with a teacher, a young man who has been a family friend since she was little. In each other, they find a place where they can grieve for the ones they cannot have, and they share a loneliness-driven physical intimacy. Will things stay like this for them forever?

Included one-shots:
Volume 1: Nyan Nyan Prelude
Volume 2: Nyan Nyan Serenade
Volume 3: Nyan Nyan Oratorio
Volume 4: Nyan Nyan Cantata
Volume 5: Nyan Nyan Andante
Volume 2 contains the side story "Little Little Princess" (Little Little Princess).

(Source: MAL)


10. Sekai Oni

Horror, Psychological

A little girl called Shinonome Azma is abused by her family, and that made her quite unstable, to the point were she has been driven to the limit, and now she has the rare sickness of Alice through the looking glass, that makes her see things that shouldn't be there reflected on mirrors, water, glass, etc. Everything starts when the things she sees start affecting directly the world everyone else sees, and the barrier between reality and illusion breaks apart, like a mirror falling to the ground.

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