Top 10 Thriller Manga of 2009
1. Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji: Kazuya-hen
A direct sequel to Tobaku Datenroku Kaiji, picking up immediately after Part 3 ends. After his tremendous victory in 2-Player Mahjong against the villainous President, Muraoka Takashi, Kaiji is being driven home by Kazuya, the son of Chairman Hyoudou. However, in the car, Kazuya asks Kaiji if he would be interested in one more gamble that night, and Kaiji accepts. What surprises lie in store for our dear Kaiji, and what will the gamble be?!
3. Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~
The manga adaptation of Phantom ~Requiem for the Phantom~, authored by Nitroplus and with the art of Masaki Hiragi, is being published in Japan in the magazine Monthly Comic Alive (Media Factory).
4. Cock Robin wo Korosu no wa
One day, when Hidaka Kishi is going to school with his close friend Kimiko, he notices a strange new song on his music player: "Who Killed Cock Robin?" Little does he know, a murderous game is beginning, with him as the target--the Cock Robin. Fourteen other players (called 'birds') are all competing to kill him, in exchange for making their wishes come true. However, one of the birds, Saedano Minami, seems to have other plans. To Hidaka's confusion, she decides to protect him, but what is her ultimate goal? How will Hidaka survive this deadly game?
5. Reversible Man
Bizarre corpses are being found at various locations in the city. These bodies look like their skin has been turned inside out. Various rumors and legends arise. Some say these deaths were caused by an infection, while others believe the mafia has their own black market for human organs. The only one that knows the truth is a school girl, who has the ability to store machine guns inside her body! Her name is Luna, and she is determined to seek revenge for her sister's brutal murder by the perpetrators of these "reversing" incidents. (Source: MangaHelpers)
Bunkasha edition is a one-volume-long collection of inter-linked stories taking place in feudal Japan and featuring girl Tsubaki, who has power to understand mountains. She adventures from one mountain village to another trying to bring peace to mountains that are disturbed by people.