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Believers

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ビリーバーズ


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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 22
Status: Finished
Published: May 1999 to Nov 1999
Genres: Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Yamamoto, Naoki (Story & Art)

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Score: 6.651 (scored by 27812,781 users)
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Ranked: #139832
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Popularity: #2920
Members: 7,079
Favorites: 36

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Volumes: /2
Chapters: /22

Synopsis

On a small island somewhere near Japan, three cult members have devoted themselves to the "Deserted Island Program". Calling each other by rank, these people-two men and one women-have been chosen by their superiors to throw off the corrupt influence of modern society and "purify" themselves. But as time passes two of the members begin to give into human desire...

(Source: ANN)

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Reviews

Jul 21, 2018
Believers is a very frightening manga when it needs to be. Not that anything scary ever happens, but watching our characters suffer for the sake of an uncaring and manipulative source is both frustrating and heartbreaking. The manga is often graphic, but in the situations depicted so is its counterpart in reality. The premise of the piece is three members of the “Happy Smile” cult are placed on a deserted island for a purification program, attempting to reach a heightened state of existence. The members are to essential eat, sleep and meditate for their entire journey. What seems like a uplifting challenge for the members ...
Sep 15, 2017
First, a little background information. Naoki Yamamoto's 'Believers' was inspired by the Subway Sarin Incident caused by doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo and how that led him to read a book about the Japanese Red Army (JRA), a terrorist group which aimed to overthrow the Japanese Government and start a world revolution. In this book, Yamamoto read written accounts from previous JRA members which detailed their experiences as members. The aptly named 'Believers' is essentially Yamamoto's take on what would happen if a group of people who ardently believed in a radical ideology were stuck together. The series also draws significant influence from Jonestown and its ...
May 22, 2015
Mixed Feelings
Believers is an adult psychological manga that has a tinge of mystery to it. It follows a small sub-division of a pop-culture, well-organized cult in the setting of a small, isolated island in Japan.

Story: 8/10

The story starts out following the character’s main activities on the island; working hard for their “compatriots.” The opening chapters are a little strange, with the characters not having being called natural names {rather entrepreneur-esque names like “Chairman” and “Operator”}, mindlessly chanting after a cassette recorded message by the cult leader, and discussing dreams over scarce food rations. The intrigue is what kept me reading, I wanted to find out why ...

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