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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: MysteryMystery, DramaDrama, HorrorHorror, SupernaturalSupernatural, PsychologicalPsychological, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Yamamoto, Hideo (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits


Score: 8.281 (scored by 2163821,638 users)
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Ranked: #2872
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Popularity: #153
Members: 59,908
Favorites: 3,343
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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.


Nanase, Nanako

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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
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 17, 2015
Pankeikki (All reviews)
This manga was interesting and entertaining. It intrigued me from the start and introduced some great concepts.

Unfortunately, starting from the Nanako arc, it went downhill. Towards the end, everything grows rushed and ends flat. All the terrific character development is abandoned as Manabu, one of the main characters, is reduced to a minor character.

While the manga introduced multiple fascinating concepts, it failed to fully utilize them and ultimately failed to be meaningful. Instead, the author throws a bunch of twisted "wtf" moments and overplays it in an attempt to be meaningful. Could fool those who are newer to this genre, but (sadly) it read more
Oct 24, 2015
D4rkn3s5 (All reviews)
Okay what the hell were the last few chapters.I really am confused to what happened to mr.Nakoshi ,but overall an amazing story with great art,deep characters and a must read for anyone that is interested in the human psyche.
Let's start with the story.Our MC is an ex-millionaire that lost his job,money and prestige.He is now living in his old car,near a park that's inhabited by homeless people.One day he gets an offer by a goth stranger that offers him money for a trepanation.Trepanation is an act of opening a hole in the skull,and it should help the brain get more blood.With that,theoretically you should get read more

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