Ranked #266
Homunculus (Manga)

Homunculus

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ホムンクルス

Information

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

Statistics

Score: 8.351 (scored by 5423 users)
Ranked: #2662
Popularity: #263
Members: 13,652
Favorites: 703
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Synopsis

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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Characters

 Susumu
Nakoshi, Susumu
Main
 Manabu
Ito, Manabu
Main
 Yukari
Yukari
Supporting
Ita
Supporting
 Ken
Ken
Supporting
 Nanako
Nanase, Nanako
Supporting

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Veronin
Apr 15, 2013 5:22 AM
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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Beatnik
Feb 6, 2009 8:56 AM
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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SCHX
Dec 13, 2009 2:25 AM
Story: 10
Gripping. Its filled with such rich contents that you can't shove it aside. It is original and it is well researched. It depicts each character's lives in such realism. It shows how lost we humans are, how much we've lost our true selves. And that out past and present are linked even though we hide them under layers of make-up, they still are there, lingering within the depths of our conscious.

Art: 10
Very very real. Its nice how the author takes different views and angles. How each character has a touch of humane in them. It it also very detailed form the twitch of a read more
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BorisSoad
Apr 21, 2012 6:10 AM
What does it mean to be a 'human'? Who am I? Questions like these have troubled protagonist Nakoshi-san throughout his life. He isn't a salaryman, he isn't a homeless guy, but he lives in between those two worlds, in his car. Next to the expensive hotel and the park where the homeless people live.

He is destined to try and answer these questions once more, when he accepts the offer of a weird medicine student to be a guinnea pig in the experiment of trepanation. A little hole is made in his skull, in order to test if a sixth sense really exists. Through this read more
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