Top 10 Psychological Manga of 2019
1. Shimeji Simulation
A girl who shut herself in a closet for the last 2 years of middle school realizes she has to go to high school. When she exits her closet for the first time in two years and looks at herself in the mirror, she notices that she grew shimeji mushrooms out of her head.
2. Save Me
Seven boys. Best friends. Their fates intertwined through the good times together, but also the tough times, as they have gone their separate ways and suffered greatly as a result. When all is almost lost for these boys, one is given a special chance to go back in time and help his friends fix the mistakes that led them down this path. He’ll do anything to save them, but can he? Or is he too late?
A collaboration webtoon featuring fictionalized versions of South Korean idol group BTS. The series is based on the BTS Universe, a fictional storyline for the group told in their music videos and other official content.
(Source: LINE WEBTOON, edited)
3. Yofukashi no Uta
Unable to sleep or find satisfaction in his daily life, Yamori Kou begins exploring the city at night, where he meets a strange girl who offers to help his insomnia by sleeping beside him.
4. Musume no Tomodachi
Kosuke has lived to play the ideal self as a father at home and as a manager at work. However, his life changes 180 degrees when he meets his daughter’s friend. In front of her, Kosuke was able to be his real self and his worn-out heart was healed. However, he knows that these are feelings that should never be held. The story of the middle aged man meeting a young girl, presented to the modern people who suppress themselves in society, begins.
5. Tsubasa-chan, Kimi wa: Matching shita Onna wa Satsujinki
A dull university student, Sousuke-kun’s only comfort lies in messaging Tsubasa-chan, a girl he met on a dating app. A cute and kind girl, talking to her only leads to good things for Sousuke. But who is Tsubasa-chan, really?
During their messaging, by chance when sending a casual message, Sousuke opened the curtains to the play of his own hell.
The fated girl, “Tsubasa-chan”, has set out to destroy his everything. So begins the unpredictable suspense story!
6. Tsutsumi Tainoshin Houchouroku Gokurakunagaya hen
In feudal Japan, Tsunoyuki Tsutsumi is a runaway outlaw who finds refuge in an old abandoned building. There, he finally leads a quiet life until the day when he witnesses the assassination of a mother before the eyes of her son. He decides to take the child into his makeshift house, making him a "parent out of spite". From now on, he will dedicate his existence to a simple daily life, far from violence: taking care of the little one, feeding the stray cats and preparing good meals…
(Source: Nautiljon, translated)
7. Hospital Train
Humans simultaneously combine tenderness and violence.
If you peel back the face of a beautiful woman, you'll see it's clogged with viscera. Choosing to create a work that is only beautiful would feel artificial. Thus I paint both. You cannot sever the two. The expression that results is a natural chaos. In my work I project chaos, anarchy, anxiety, the grotesque, the absurd, and the irrational. By doing so I attain harmony. This is my art. Put simply, I paint humanity (the spirit). - Daisuke Ichiba.
(Hollow Press site)
8. Secret Alliance
Eun Sian, otherwise known as Shanshan by her good friend Hyunee, is popular with all the girls at school. Which would be great if she swung that way, but she doesn’t. It just happens that she’s terrified of men, and her mother is obsessed with protecting her from all men. And suddenly, Yuri, the prettiest girl at school, has admitted to Sian that she has feelings for her. Now Yuri won’t stop following Sian around, which would also be fine by Sian, except it seems like Yuri wants Sian all to herself... and who knows how fall she’ll go to make sure that happens.
9. Hadaka Ikkan! Tsudui-san
An autobiographical manga in which the author, Tsudui, recounts the different periods of her life as a woman.
10. Tamsig-ui Jaelim
He was an addict, a loser, a despicable human being. But, one fleeting dream that may not have been a dream at all reawakens his once-lost senses.
Possessing a very unique ability, he would use that, and the dream, to forge his path in the world now known as the Lost Paradise.