Top 10 Thriller Manga of 2004
1. Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji
Itou Kaiji, now free of debt but without a penny is leeching himself in Mr.Sakazaki's new house, despite all the flirtings (extreme torment for Kaiji) from Sakazaki's daughter, Mikoko. Sakazaki attempts to kick Kaiji out, even by offering a farewell 'we never knew each other' money of 3000000 yen. While Kaiji ponders himself on the decision, he is visited by Miyoshi and Maeda, two of his 'allies' he had saved from the last part of the series.
2. Shinsengumi-tai Geki: Mumyou no Ken
The Yami Kariudo franchise set in the past during the Shinsengumi reign.
A 4-koma manga about the life of the best killer of Japan.
The movie was adapted into a five volume manga by Reiji Yamada. The manga told its own story, focusing on the relationship the main character has with his two children. Unlike the movie, Zebraman never gains any powers, only remaining a man in a suit until the bitter end.
5. Unlucky Young Men
Tokyo 1968: the time of the student revolt. In an attempt to escape his criminal past, Norio Nagayama sets off to the Japanese capital in the hope of a new beginning. At the "Village Vanguard", a jazz bar where the Japanese revolutionary students tend to hang out, he meets the young actor and director Takeshi Kitano. Takeshi's big film project: "Unlucky Young Men", a chronicle of a disillusioned Japanese generation – willing to do anything to live out their dreams. To finance the film's production, the two young men plan to attack a security van carrying 300 million yen...
6. Scarecrow: Ice Station
Ice Station's plot follows the events that occur in the wake of the disappearance of a diving team at a remote Antarctic research station. A team of Force Reconnaissance Marines led by Lieutenant Shane Schofield is dispatched to secure the station, where they learn the scientists at the base had discovered something made of metal buried within layers of ice hundreds of millions of years old. As Schofield's Marines set about securing the station, they must deal with French paratroopers posing as researchers, traitors within the unit looking to make sure only certain people know of the discovery, a team of British SAS operatives sent to the station, and a resident within the research team who has already killed one of her co-workers.
What is believed to have been an alien space craft is revealed to have been a prototype of a stealth bomber constructed by the losing tenderer in the bid to construct the original stealth project. Using a plutonium core, the plane is able to render itself invisible to the natural eye at a distance by artificially bending light around itself. The plane is destroyed by Schofield himself after a British warhead removes any trace of the ice station and the events that unfolded there, while evidence comes to light of a conspiracy within the United States government.