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Homunculus (Manga)


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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: 8.341 (scored by 4154 users)
Ranked: #3212
Popularity: #298
Members: 10,081
Favorites: 506
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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.


Ito, Manabu
Nakoshi, Susumu

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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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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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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.
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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