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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
Genres: Drama Drama, Horror Horror, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Yamamoto, Hideo (Story & Art)


Score: 8.341 (scored by 3180431,804 users)
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Ranked: #2332
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #119
Members: 89,371
Favorites: 4,821

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Susumu Nakoshi is a middle-aged man who spends his days between a lavish first-class hotel and a park full of homeless people. One day, an eccentric young man approaches Nakoshi in search of subjects willing to partake in trepanation—the procedure of drilling a hole in the skull.

This mysterious person claims that Nakoshi is the perfect man for the experiment. Initially rejecting the offer, he doubles back on his decision after his car gets towed off. Nakoshi agrees to let Manabu Ito, a 22-year-old medical student, drill a hole in his skull in exchange for 700,000 yen. The procedure bears no results at first, with Nakoshi showing no abnormalities. This normalcy comes to an abrupt end, however, when Nakoshi begins seeing the homunculus in every person. With his perception distorted, how will Nakoshi face these homunculi?

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Homunculus was published in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics from April 2008 to April 2014.


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Apr 15, 2013
Veronin (All reviews)
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
Oct 31, 2021
Jolly_is_here (All reviews)
Reading this manga sometimes makes me feel like i was drowning in the endless ocean of emotion and memory. A truth is sometimes being blocked by thousands waves of lies and only when u show all of ur true feelings , the ugly side of urself , u will may able to find it.


Homunculus is not just some of ur ordinary tragedy slice of life story , it cuts deep on many problems about this modern society like sexual harassment , bad parenting ,gender inequality , disorders , the dark face of capitalism... The main character is the result of this society... he is read more
Mar 6, 2017
The-Third-Kira (All reviews)
I wouldn't call this work "pretentious" because I don't think Hideo Yamamoto is a good enough writer to be called pretentious. I would, however, call it a rambling, messy attempt at philosophising.

The art in Homunculus is fantastic, and the story is intriguing, but the manga loses itself when Yamamoto slows everything to a grinding halt to have two characters repeat lines of nonsensical dialogue to each other in an attempt at driving home some "deep" message. "We get it. We got the message 10 chapters ago. There's no need to repeat yourself." I found myself saying that (in my head) nearly every chapter.

When the manga read more
Jun 23, 2021
tanmoy_2003 (All reviews)
This manga is not for everyone, but even so I hope anyone reading this review decides to read this manga. An absolutely phenomenal piece of fiction with some of the most thought-provoking conclusions in manga ever.
I'll start off with the best part of Homunculus, the main character.

Nakoshi, what a character. He is lost. He has no notion of who he is. At the outset, Nakoshi regards his left eye to be a mere illusion, as pointed out by his acquaintance Ita. Take note the left eye is his unconscious, his right eye being his initial "truth", his initial reality. However, Nakoshi comes to realize read more

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