There is a time for peace and happiness. There is also a time for action and violence. Prepare yourself for some very involved stories not for the faint of heart. You’ll want to look away, but won’t be able to.
4. テラフォーマーズ (Terraformars)
Japanese Level: ☆☆☆☆
In the not too distant future, mankind has set its sights on finally terraforming Mars, making it habitable to human beings. The method? Send cockroaches and moss there. Through some scientific explanation that sounded somewhat silly to me, this apparently would set up Mars to be ripe for settlement.
The operation was deemed a success, and many decades later of that moss and cockroach combination altering the atmosphere, humans were finally ready to be sent over.
But what happens when you leave cockroaches unattended for decades in a highly volatile environment. They evolve. Fast. When the first humans arrive, they are in for a violent and disturbing encounter.
And the battle between cockroaches and humans begins. The solution to fight these newly evolved monstrosities? Experiment on humans giving them various insect super powers.
Sounds silly, but this manga is intense.
3. 進撃の巨人 (Attack on Titan)
Japanese Level: ☆☆☆
Giants rule the world. And they eat one thing: people. The last survivors of the world live in a massive city protected by colossal walls. They’ve been safe for 100 years. Until the day when a super giant, taller than the wall itself smashes an opening and allows all giants to make their attack on the last defense of humanity.
Seen the anime? You know how they cut the scenes usually where something grotesque was about to happen? The manga leaves everything in.
The opening images of the first few chapters will stick in your memory. Naked giants causing mass destruction and eating humans as they flee for their lives.
But the real heart of the story is about fighting back. Gaining your freedom. And not letting yourself be defeated no matter how “giant” the obstacle is.
The story runs deep. The further you go into this world, the more you realize the giants are not what they seem, as one mystery after another is revealed. It constantly leaves you wondering how everything will end.
In a land where demons rule, half demons (known as Claymore for their giant swords) keep them in check and protect humanity.
But the demons are getting stronger and are banding together. The Claymore organization has a dark and disturbing past, and members are starting to realize what they are actually a part of.
Who is going to come out on top? The demons? The Claymore? The humans? Or something else?
Limbs and body parts fly around constantly as one bloody battle after another continues. But the story is well thought out and intriguing, and as the plot progresses, so does your desire for answers.
1. 闇金ウシジマくん (Loan Shark Ushijima-kun)
Ever wondered about what the dark world of loan-sharking was like in Japan? Here is your chance to see how these underground organizations run, the lives they effect, and the chaos they create.
This spawned off into a popular J-drama with two seasons and movies, but those are tame compared to the manga. There’s a lot here that just isn’t appropriate for TV (even though it’s TV show that was broadcast in the middle of the night).
Drugs, sex, violence, prostitution, and more.
At times it tried to be a comedy (and was successful). I don’t really know what it was going for though. It’s a strange phenomenon, and one that will definitely pique your curiosity.
But it can be a bit hard to read this for too long, as it makes you sad seeing lives destroyed.
Any other violent and dream haunting manga that you recommend (is that the right word?)
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