When people face strange and trying situations, watch as their mental state blurs into chaos. Here are 4 novels where the protagonists must face death, and mind and sanity will be put to the test. Can they overcome the challenge?
4. ドアD (Door D)
Japanese Level: ☆☆
Yuna and her 7 university tennis club friends were kidnapped and woke up in an unknown room. With only one locked door, and water filling into the room fast, they must figure out a way to escape before they all drown.
There’s a lever that opens the door. But it only holds the door open while pulled. One person will have to remain.
And this is just the start. Through a series of death trap rooms, and chances of survival slim, each other’s humanity will be tested. Will the group make it out alive? Will anyone make it out alive? And what awaits upon getting through the final door?
3. スイッチを押すとき (When I push the switch)
Japanese Level: ☆☆
In order to stop the increase in suicidal youths, a disturbing government project was enacted. Chosen youths are separated from society, sent to facilities and put in general isolation where they are to live out their lives and be monitored nonstop.
Children are given switches, and when pressed, they are able to kill themselves. Their activity, when and what causes them to press the switch, is watched and studied.
Youhei is a new worker at one of the facilities and put in charge of a rare example. 4 children who have bared the isolation for 7 years, and still have never pushed the switch, despite everyone else around them having already done so. After getting to know these children, and their reason for living, he makes it his mission to save them, and get them out of this insane experiment. Will he succeed, or will they give in to the hopelessness of it all and finally decide to leave this world?
2. スピン (Spin)
Japanese level: ☆☆
6 young guys who met on the internet, but never in real life, decide hey want to “shock the world.” There plan is to simultaneously hijack 6 buses in 6 cities and head to Tokyo Tower to meet up for the first time.
Shuichi was just fired from his part time job. He also just narrowly escaped after a shoplifting attempt due to his frustration with the world. The store clerk chased him out of the store, but Shuichi narrowly escaped on a bus. A soon to be hijacked bus.
What is the fate of the 6 buses, all the passengers on board, and poor Shuichi.
1. リアル鬼ごっこ (The Chasing World)
Japanese level: ☆☆☆
It’s the year 3000. Japan has turned into some dark and twisted despotic kingdom.
The king one day makes his orders clear:
Kill everyone with the last name Satou over a period of 17 days. Anyone who makes it past that is allowed to live.
Most of the original millions Satou population is exterminated. Every day is the same. Run. Or die. Tsubasa Satou was nearly ready to give up, but decides that for the sake of his little sister, he will do anything to make sure they survive.
Will he make it to the end? Will he make it to the king? And what is the real meaning behind this insane ruler?
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