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Japanese: ビリーバーズ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 22
Status: Finished
Published: May , 1999 to Nov , 1999
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Yamamoto, Naoki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


Score: 6.741 (scored by 23192,319 users)
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Ranked: #104262
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Popularity: #2425
Members: 5,624
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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...

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Apr 23, 2009
Beatnik (All reviews)
Believers is a tense pot-boiler of a drama that you could easily imagine as a live action effort directed by Lars von Trier or some other eclectic director with a penchant for putting his actors through the emotional wringer.

Three cult members are on a small island off the coast of Japan taking part in a program to purify themselves in order to become new heightened humans, and the method to do this is through a humble routine of mental exercise and meditation, eating, sleeping, and the occasional secret lust-ridden sex, betrayal, paranoia, death and mutilation.

You see, you can’t just plop three humans on an island read more
Sep 3, 2015
Nervin (All reviews)
Imagine three persons stuck on an isle. Now imagine that those people went there voluntarily to "redeem" themselves. Sounds like an interesting scenario right? Believers is a psychological drama manga that narrates the daily life of three cult members on an island.

The story is quite straightforward: three persons of a cult, who participate in the "Desert Island Program", decide to live on an small island to purify themselves from the corrupt society. This is done in two ways: through mental exercises (that involve communicating everything, even secrets) and strange meditation methods. As the reader can imagine, there is no way three persons can hold out read more
Sep 15, 2017
spyrocoot (All reviews)
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 read more
May 22, 2015
Melodux (All reviews)
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 read more

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