Ranked #253

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 6156 users)
Ranked: #2532
Popularity: #249
Members: 15,588
Favorites: 886
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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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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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Dec 13, 2009
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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Feb 28, 2014
OYASUMI PUN PUN, has nothing to do with this manga but if you've read it you might notice some similarities between these. Both have lots of surrealism and extremely depressing circumstances, and both seem like an outlook into literal insanity. Both follow a single main character and his story, and both end like shit lol but more on that later

It's psycho-horror thats what it is, especially in the later chapters. Never before have you watched someone go crazy in such a natural way. This is the epitome of a unique manga, which may seem stupid to say after i start with a series of parallels read more
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Manga: Oyasumi Punpun
These two manga's are drawn with realism and have a very depressing realistic take to them. Usually I enjoy literature that takes my mind of the bad but with these manga in paticular there is something about them no matter how depressing and shitty they make you feel you cant but them down. They are so intriguing and gripping. Very unquie and refreshingly differnt from other literature/manga Ive read. I recomend these two if you can handle context that can be dark and in need for something different. 
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Both have rather psychological themes, trippy moments, and the main characters seem to have abilities no one else does.  
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Manga: Heads
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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Manga: Genkaku Picasso
Both series are about a loner protagonist who makes use of his ability to percieve a visual manifestation of the darkness in people's hearts to help them with the problems they don't want to face, and ultimately has to face his own troubles. Genkaku Picasso is a rather shounen approach to the subject and comparatively optimistic, whereas Homunculus brings adult subject matter and ambiguous morality into the mix. 
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Both are very surreal and can make you go "WTF?" and may not be clear at first. Neither of these are straightforward and require interpretation and open mindedness in order to fully appreciate. Both are seinen with dark plots.  
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Depressing and pessimistic social commentary manga with delusional/sick character. Both character lives as bum and have their own twisted-ideology or "rule". And as the story develop they gradually can't handle reality anymore. Also similar delusional ending. 
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