Ranked #246

Homunculus (Manga)


Alternative Titles

Japanese: ホムンクルス


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 166
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 17, 2003 to Feb 21, 2011
Authors: Yamamoto, Hideo (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


Score: 8.361 (scored by 5808 users)
Ranked: #2462
Popularity: #257
Members: 14,677
Favorites: 809
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Trepanation is the procedure of drilling a hole in the skull. It is said to increase the blood circulation and improve pressure inside the skull. It is also said to bring out a person's sixth sense, the ability to use ESP, see ghosts, move objects with one's mind. This is speculative fiction based on the concept of trepanation.


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Nakoshi, Susumu
Nakoshi, Susumu
Ito, Manabu
Ito, Manabu
Nanase, Nanako
Nanase, Nanako

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Apr 15, 2013
An individual knows that it is not status that defines who they are, but how they perceive the world around them.

Such is the case for Nakoshi Susumu: former-salaryman turned vagrant. Homeless he may be, but he does not think or act as one normally would. Living life in the comfort of his cheap car, he is ostracized by the homeless men that he interacts with.

An intimidating young man appears before him with an offer — 700,000 yen in return for an experiment involving trepanation, the drilling of a hole in one's skull. While initially reluctant (and for good reason, one might add!), Nakoshi eventually read more
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Feb 6, 2009
False face, false money, false women, false status, false life.

Susumu Nakoshi is a beanie-wearing homeless man living out of his beat-up car. He hangs out at a park with other homeless people though not being one of them. This man is actually more displaced than the vagrants he surrounds himself with.

The mystery of this man, his real identity and motives is the highlight of this brilliantly disturbing psychological drama. Each chapter peels away like an onion, the more you read the more layers are uncovered about Nakoshi and his place in society, his relationship to other humans and how he ended up read more
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Aug 21, 2015
The beginning started off quite good, it gave lots of questions that made us simply curious as to how the series is going to progress. It talks about the dark minds of humans and their selfish and materialistic desires mixed with the protagonist's goal to find his true self ( which reminds me a lot of Oyasumi Punpun ).
The story is at times hard to understand, dark, slow and mind-bending. It isn't really the type of story you'd like to read when you want to relax and "stop thinking". The art is very detailed and realistic. The background, scenery, furniture and clothes are read more
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Oct 24, 2015
Okay what the hell were the last few chapters.I really am confused to what happened to mr.Nakoshi ,but overall an amazing story with great art,deep characters and a must read for anyone that is interested in the human psyche.
Let's start with the story.Our MC is an ex-millionaire that lost his job,money and prestige.He is now living in his old car,near a park that's inhabited by homeless people.One day he gets an offer by a goth stranger that offers him money for a trepanation.Trepanation is an act of opening a hole in the skull,and it should help the brain get more blood.With that,theoretically you should get read more
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both are very dramatic, and have a "drilled in the head of somebody"-setting, and the chara-development is interesting but there are 2 big differnce: 1. heads is a love-story 2. in homunculus, the guy get a "sixth sense" after the operation, in heads he gets a "second personality"  
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