Experimental fiction which shunned conventional storytelling at the time it was created. These stories often invoke unsettled feelings because they reject traditional ways in which we prefer to view (or escape from) the world. Narrative is avant garde works is often of higher importance than the content.
Deconstructions often fall into this genre. Note that simply being darker, edgier, or cynical doesn't mean the work is avant garde.
1-6. The Collection 7. Harakiri 8. The Unscratchable Itch 9. Holy Night
Anamorphosis revolves around a group of people invited to a contest wherein they have to stay in a supposedly haunted set for 48 hours after an evil murderous spirit is summoned to produce a recreation of the murder scene. Over half of the book features this story and the rest is a collection of bizarre shorts designed to shock you?! (Source: Brolen, edited)
What will nursing be like in the future? Yukie Sakai, a home care giver, is a specialist for nursing patients under the serious condition. The patients are, for example, "Reddleman," the hero who used to protect peace on earth, and the president of an advanced nursing home in which everything is controlled by machines, and...! (Source: BookLOUD) Included one-shots: Volume 1: Tantei SumoKING (Detective SumoKING), India de Ransuu Volume 2: Separate
This manga presents different stories settled in a future world in which biomechanoids of any kind are created for every purpose. All the stories, through different angles and in a somewhat bizzare fashion, explore the same theme:are they mere machines or do they dream of electric sheeps? (Source: MU)
Collection of surreal erotic grotesque stories from Suehiro Maruo which he released from 1981 to 1993. The stories are: 1. Putrid Night 2. Sewer Boy 3. A Season In Hell 4. Shit Soup 5. The Great Masturbator 6. Putrid Night: Raven Of Oedipus 7. Sewer Boy: Paradise 8. Voyeur In The Attic 9. Non-resistance City
1-2. Miminashi Houichi 3. Gokuraku Koya 4. Yaneura no Tetsugakusha 5. Akai Mayu 6-7. Inugami Hakase 8. Muteikou Toshi
Garden is a collection of Furuya Usamaru's "indie" shorts that were published in Comic Cue, Manga Erotics and GARO. The title is obviously a reference to Hieronymus Bosch's famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights, with the first story being a homage to said painting. The other stories range from absurd comedies to fantasy and horror. It's a very eclectic mixture, but make no mistake: artistically, Garden might just be Furuya's most accomplished work after Marie no Kanaderu Ongaku. (Source: Kotonoha) 1. Ratai no Kigen (The Origin of Nudity) 2. Tenshi no Fellatio (Angelic Fellatio) 3. YumeKana 4. Umi kara Kita Kikai (The Machine That Came from the Sea) 5. Tsuki no Sho (The Book of the Moon) 6. Egao de Sayounara (Say Goodbye with a Smile) 7. Emi-chan
1. The Big Funeral A funeral held in a confusing town leads to many strange characters running into one another while searching for it. 2. The Big Collection 3. The Big Trial 4. The Big End 5. Drunkard Condo Syndrome One after the other, drunken salary-men come home to the wrong floor of their complex. 6. Drizzle on Blue Fields 7. The Elegant Enjoyment of Professor Tsuke Toume 8. Chieri Nishikawa and Her Pleasant Friend 9. Disks A technician becomes obsessed with slicing things. The trouble starts when people become his next objective. (Source: MU)
Super Dimensional Love Gun
1. Nihonichi no Bishoujo no Machi (Japan's Number One Beauty Town) 2. Konno Shigure no Koufukunaru Hibi (Konno Shigure's Blessed Daily Life) 3. Toomezuka Sensei no Yuuganaru Tanoshimi (Miss Toomezuka's Refined Hobby) 4. Nukekubi Aika (Lament of the Headless) 5. Shiroi Ito (White String) 6. Koukou Kansen Shoukougun (Oral Cavity Contagion Syndrome) 7. Atsume Mono * Sawa (Collecting * Touch) 8. Atsume Mono * Mizu (Collecting * Water) 9. Ekimae Toono (Station Toono) 10. Ekimae Indo (Station India) 11. Inbiji (Invis) 12. Gotouchi Kankouannai (Local Tourist Information) 13. Koi no Choujikuuhou (Super Dimensional Love Gun) 14. Tonde Menihairu Natsu no Mushi (The Summer Bugs That Fly Into Your Eyes)
A experimental manga series about a boy named Jun and his surreal voyages. The character is a alter-ego of Ishinomori himself. (Source: MU)
Do you have a grudge against another soul? Would you like them to suffer painfully in the worst way possible? Creating and harnessing the power of an inugami may be just what you need. Created by starving, decapitating and boxing the head of a dog, these supernatural entities can carry out your bidding. However, often other spirits and shikigami have the power to defeat even the inukami. And above all, a powerful man known as the Inukami wanders the land, witnessing inugami use and carrying out deeds of his own... (Source: Anime-Planet)
The Ultra Power Mongol Invasion
For a long time, in this world, there existed "giants". They were used as tools and played an important role in the turn of history. The key to the secret lies in Mongolia. A Dark Symphony played by the "civilization" of the "power"! Discover Kago's peculiar vision of world history in this genius para-historic blockbuster!
1. Ekimae Hanayome 2. Ekimae Kotei 3. Ekimae Hikidashi 4. Ekimae Setsudan 5. Ekimae Haikan 6. Ekimae Hakkutsu 7. Ekimae Bouka 8. Ekimae Asshuku 9. Ekimae Hansha 10. Ekimae Meikyuu (Labyrinth) 11. Ekimae Koushi 12. Ekimae Ryuushi 13. Soratobu Hanayome
Collection of surreal erotic grotesque stories. 1. Boku no Shounen Jidai (My Youth) 2. Apparition 3. Proletariat no Hisokana Tanoshimi (The Proletarians' Secret Playtime) 4. America Umare no Celluloid (Celluloid Made in America) 5. Vampire 6. Kusare Omeko ni DDT (DDT for a Rotten War) 7-8. Arakajime Funou no Koibito-tachi 1, 2 (Impotent Boyfriends Since the Beginning) 9. Shoujo Jigoku (Female Hell) 10. Mottomo Kusai Yuugi (The Stinkiest Game) 11. Tsuki yori no Shisha (Messenger of the Moon) 12. Kiseki no Hito (The Miraculous Man) 13. Doutei Kawayanosuke: Ore no Na wa Minus (My Name is Shit)
Comics Underground Japan presents the wild, subversive world of Japan’s most accomplished underground comics artists. Some of the dozen artists included in this anthology will be familiar to followers of manga; others make their American debut in these pages. The richly imaginative stories in this volume show a great range of graphic style, from painstakingly detailed craftsmanship to exuberant, maniacal renderings. At the heart of each work in this anthology is a unique personal vision and a fierce artistic compulsion–these manga artists are the misfits of the art form, and they are its visionaries. (Source: Blast Books) Included stories are: 1. "Hell's Angel" by Yoshikazu Ebisu 2. "It's All Right if You Don't Understand" by Yoshikazu Ebisu 3. "Steel Pipe Melancholia" by Masakazu Toma 4. "Future Sperm Brazil" by Takashi Nemoto 5. "A Love Like Lemons" by Carol Shimoda 6. "Selfish Carol's Summer Vacation" by Carol Shimoda 7. "Mercy Flesh (Jiniku)" by Kazuichi Hanawa 8. "Don Quixote #1 & #2" by Yasuji Tanioka 9. "Planet of the Jap" by Suehiro Maruo 10. "Mary’s Asshole" by Hanako Yamada 11. "Volvox" by Pan Migawa 12. "Bigger and Better" by Muddy Wehara 13. "Laughing Ball" by Hideshi Hino 14. "Cat Noodle Soup" by Hajime Yamano & Nekojiru
Shintaro Kago collection A Certain Hero's Death: Imagine, that the roles of whales and humans were swapped. So whales (or whale-like creatures) would be rather small, able to talk and smart. Humans would be large, stupid and hunted by whale-people. Then shake this all in the slightly insane head of Shintaro Kago ad you get this peculiar one-shot.
A collection of sixteen early works by Nishioka Kyodai, including their three-part debut series. As always the stories range from the whimsical to the surreal, with tales of serial killers, bird women, and a man who one day wakes to find himself with a pouch like a kangaroo. (Source: MU) 1. Jump 2. Boku Mushi 3. Aru Kinzoku Bat Jisatsu 4. Mono no Okibasho 5. Torikago 6. Kaze no Fuiteiru Hi 7. Ame no Futteiru Hi 8. Nichiyoubi 9. Tanjoubi 10. Satsujinki-P no Noroi 11-12. Yoru 13. Harigane 14. Boku ga Koroshita Mono: Tobirabito 15. Boku ga Koroshita Mono: Kangaroo no Matsuei 16. Boku ga Koroshita Mono: Shinkei
See the antics of people who can only speak one word at a time.
One day Aiko finds herself pregnant for unknown reasons as she is a virgin. Searching for an answer she discovers multiple parallel universes, but that is just the beginning of her troubles. (Source: MU)
1. Douryoku Sensen 2. Douryoku Gurentai 3. Douryoku Keikaku 4. Douryoku Saishuu Sakusen 5. Chou Doryoku Jikuu Teni 6. Chou Doryoku Uchuusen Raishuu 7. Banji Kaichou 8. Banji Ryoukou 9. Banji Taihei (Everything's Peaceful) 10. Kaidan Kimusume Kyuuketsuki 11. Kin no Magokoro 12. Renai Junkesshousen 13. Bikkuri Mokushiroku 14. Koshinuke Shinshu Tanjou
Weird, tripped-out collection of one-shots. Subtly twisted, delicately detailed but with a strong line, with elongated bodies and shades of Art Deco. Somewhat reminiscent of both Gorey and Dali by way of Edvard Munch, but the style is unique and distinctive and very much the artist's own. About as far as you can get from manga and still be in the same country.
A short story called Der Lehrer Die Volksschule was included in the tankoubon.
A self-published one shot, by Shintaro Kago.
1. Ekimae Anda (Safety Hit in Front of the Station) 2. Ekimae Gorin (Olympics in Front of the Station) 3. Ekimae Yuubin 4. Ekimae Toukaku 5. Ekimae Youhou 6. Ekimae Manzai 7. Ekimae Zenmai (Springs in Front of the Station) 8. Ekimae Konpou 9. Ekimae Senkou (Punctures in Front of the Station) 10. Ekimae Kyuuin 11. Ekimae Bakuhatsu 12. Ekimae Anahori
Shintaro Kago one shot collection. - Kairaku no Danmenteki Yokosuberi (The Pleasure of a Slippery Cross-Section) - Zetsuboutek Kanashimi no Amaki Shirase (Many Times of Joy and Sorrow)
A Patch of Dreams
Renei thinks she's going crazy. After many years, she has begun to dream about "Ku's World" all the time, a place beneath the shadow of the mysterious Mount Babiranma which is inhabited by fantastic creatures -Nagizari, God, the little Rey, the lethal teppas- which is where her dead brother, who is going through an identity crisis, may be, as well as her best friend, who committed suicide some time ago and has now returned for her. As she muses on the sense of life, things in the real world do not seem to be going her way either and when the inhabitants of "Ku's World" begin to reveal themselves to her and try to persuade her to go along with them, she no longer knows if her life is a dream or a nightmare. Will they find the answer to the mystery Mt. Babiranma conceals? And more importantly, will they all escape with their lives? (Source: Ponent Mon)
1. Kobito no Kutsuya (Little People of the Shoe Store) 2. Sanae-san no Nazo (Sanae-san's Mystery) 3. Geinin Jigoku-hen (Entertainer Hell) 4. Kirei na Kintama (Beautiful Testicles/Beautiful Goldenball) 5. Gekisatsu Friendly Park (Strong Poison Friendly Park) 6. Subete no Jidai wo Tsuujite no Kyuuketsujutsu (Blood-sucking Techniques Throughout the Ages) 7. Zipang Seihin wa Kowarenai (Zipangu Goods Aren't Broken) 8. Chimamire Mahou wa Ai no Jumon (Bloodstained Magic is a Love Spell) 9. Totsu no Sekai (Convex World) 10. Koi no Choujikuuhou (Love's Super Dimension Method) 11. Kokuu no Akui (The Void's Malice)
An alternative history take on World War II, in which the fighting nations discover a way to turn women into giant-sized bio mechanical weapons. (Source: Gurochan)
Shonen Shojo is an assamblage of Satoshi Fukushima's short stories. The only thing the 28 chapters really have in common is that they revolve around the relation between male and female, mainly boys and girls. Each story experimates with completely new topics. There may be young musicians, football playing girls, aliens, popstars, samurai, yakuza, seniors or even caries bacteria. Anyhow some of the stories are continued. What one could call the main story (because there is one episode in each volume) is telling of the girl Yoshiko who has pushed her friend into a deep fountain. Unfortunately this boy dies in this accident and Yoshiko now feels guilty towards the boy's younger brother Goro. In some time steps the reader is following their uncertain relationship. Despite the name, Shonen Shojo is not a book for children. Often the stories end abruptly and leave a lot of space for interpretations.
Monster Men Bureiko Lullaby
A seminal work of manga from the mid-1980s, Monster Man Bureiko Lullaby is a Candide-esque tale–if you can picture Candide as a mutated sperm brought to life by radioactivity. Unremittingly explicit, this is the comics equivalent of Henry Miller at his best: direct, honest and insightful while simultaneously beautiful and grotesque. (Source: PictureBox)
Zajirou is a salaryman who draws manga during his daily four-hour round-trip commute—a perfectly appropriate activity on a subway that shuttles between fantasy and reality. Today he continues to ride that real/surreal subway, pen in hand, depicting a mysterious underground world where pens take the form of pantographs and elephants amble aboard the train. (Source: Japan Media Arts Festival)
Toys Harmful But Unprohibited
1. Yuugai Muzai Gangu 2. Kyosuu Jikan no Asobi 3. Kingyo no Ningyo wa Ningyo no Kingyo 4. Bon ni Ochimizu, Bon ni Kaerazu
Kazuhiro finds in his bed a body of a middle aged man. He decides to get rid of the questions arising in his head by disposing of the body.
What's cuter than two kittens that have only one desire: to discover the world and the many surprises in it...? But the tale quickly turns into a nightmare when the true nature of these evil creatures is revealed. With an unique sense of cynicism and wickedness, Nekojiru creates an inherently cruel and absurd universe where the two kittens transform their environment into a huge playground. (Source: MU)
A group of friends is attempting to enter a garden just beyond a wall. When they succeed, the garden they finally enter is no Eden, but rather a massive landscape of machines, geometric forms and all manner of nonorganic objects.
You've never seen manga like this before! No annoying speed lines or sappy, neotenic eyeballs here — just pure Japanese counterculture. This anthology of contemporary underground comics from Japan features a wide variety of styles and topics ranging from the humorous to the profound. There's a whole world of comics out there, and it's not all Godzilla and schoolgirls! A great introduction to the other Japanese comics featuring Asia's answers to Robert Crumb, Dan Clowes, and Chester Brown! List of included Oneshots: "Horse Horse Tiger Tiger" by Imiri Sakabashira "A Hooker's Room" by Naoto Yamakawa "Kisses" by Kiriko Nananan "Kitty Court Drama" by Nekojiru "What a Mixed Up World!" by Yasuji Tanioka "Million Dollars" by Yoshiharu Mitsumoto "The Abalone Cat" by Naoki and Shunichi Karasawa. (Source: MU)
A new collection of exhilarating adventure by the king of underground manga! "Bark at the moon", the tale of a terrorist stealing a mysterious liquid from a passenger; "Highway Romantic Vs. Sodomy Diner", evil picture of an American village hiding behind the veil of a peaceful routine a reality made of assassins and crazy men; "The Drifter", the tale of an uneven alien invasion; "Dead Skater", dark story of a crazy violent kid and a crazy scientist; "The Workers of Hamano Factory", a X-files like short story, filled to the top by mysterious objects and human-like aliens; last but not the least, "Dong!", the tale of a war for power inside a Mafioso family! If you think that "manga" only means "Goldrake" or "Dragon Ball", get ready for a shocking read!
Yuichi Yokoyama makes comics in a unique language situated somewhere between the primal drives of William Blake and the elegant geometries of Sol Lewitt—they are works of philosophical complexity and stunning visual power, of which he has said, "I'm not trying to write stories that are set in the future, but rather to write stories which are delivered from references to any given epoch or time. If the history of the world had turned out differently from what we know today, men would live according to different sets of values and different aesthetics It would be a civilization completely alien to ours." This first U.S. book on Yokoyama's work combines two of the artist's central themes: fighting and building. One set of graphic stories, Public Works, details massive structures being erected across a landscape. Plot is pushed aside in favor of sheer formal verve as we watch buildings, about which we know nothing, come into being. The other set of stories, Combats, is one sequence after another of elegantly choreographed battles. Manga comics have never seen a talent that combines this level of formal ambition with such exquisitely drawn depictions of fashion, art and architecture. (Source: PictureBox)
1. Hitobito no Maisou 2. Kamigami no Hanashi 3. Nonsense 4. Onna (Woman) 5. Konna Hanashi 6. Anti 7. Ikiru Tame no Tousou 8. Agaki 9. Jinroku (Mr. Jin Roku) 10. Rokunomiya Himeko no Higeki (The Tragedy of Princess Rokunomiya) 11. Eikou e no Dasshutsu 12. Kyoujin Nikki 13. Madame Haruko 14. Oto (Sounds) 15. Aru Kame no Hanashi 16. Sainan (Calamity) 17. 65121320262719 18. Boku no Tsuma wa Acrobat wo Yatteiru (My Wife Is an Acrobat) 19. Yuuko no Hibi (Yuko's Days) 20. Sora wa Aozora Kumo Hitotsu (The Sky Is Blue with a Single Cloud) 21. Money 22. Max 23. Ton, Ton, Oneesan 24. Gokkan (Arctic Cold) 25. R 26. Umihebi to Hokuto Shichisei (The Sea Snake and the Big Dipper) 27. Flight
A reissue of Atomic? with previously uncollected stories: 1-10. Tattoo Girl(s) 11. Fuck Forever
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1. Chikunou Sandai 2. Shoku no Tankyuusha 3. Ahoudori 4. Hakuchou no Mizuumi 5. Taboo 6. Dream Island
1. Seishun Musebinaki 2. Go Go Mukoumizu 3. Makezugirai no Gyakushuu 4. Mama to Yobarete Sankagetsu (Three Months Since You Called Me Mama) 5. Teisou no Hikari 6. Otoko no Machikado 7. Namida no Naka no Junjou 8. Zoku Namida no Naka no Junjou 9. Ittetsu no Ongaeshi 10. Dolphin 11. Tsupari no Hatsukoi 12. Hanahiraku Katei Tengoku
Follow Manbo, Chinbo and Chonbo as they are flung into a strange, psychedelic world of madness they don't understand. See them cause chaos through their zany, unpredictable antics in this comical take on cultural imperialism.
Short summary manga of the American film The Lighthouse, included in a pamphlet that was distributed for the film's Japanese release.
1. Atomic? 2. Cosmic? 3. Satanic? 4. Logic? 5. Smile For Me 6. No 7. The Land of God 8. Super Bonbon
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Fake Biography of Sanjin
1. Nichiyou wa Mizu no Machi ni 2. Ningyo Kawa no Tenkei 3. Ningen no You ni Tatsu 4. Ane no Kao no Neko 5. Gendai Rojou Shinwa 6. Gishi Sanjin Den 7. Sonzaishuu
When Frank tries to enlist Pupshaw and Pushpaw to help him dig up a repulsive plant that is marring the beauty of The Unifactor, the fun-loving tankheads vote with their paws and embark instead upon a spree of bullying mayhem. They are observed at this mean-spirited play by Little Skook, a celestial entity who makes a transdimensional journey to join them. Things quickly go awry and Pupshaw and Pushpaw find themselves in a terrifying world of flying, shrieking demons and bulbous-faced monsters. While drawn by a western artist, and based on a series previously released in the US, this book has only been released in Japan, for a japanese audience.
1. Jigoku ni Ochita Kyoushi-domo 2. Katte ni Shiyagare 3. Shigoto Fuukei 4. Tsukareru Shain-tachi 5. Ai no Arashi 6. Chounouryoku 7. Mayonaka no Party 8. Jinginaki Tatakai 9. Jigoku no Salaryman
Set in the 60s, at the height of both Japan's post-war economic boom, and the protests against the US-Japan Security Treaty. In the midst of revolutionary underground Tokyo subcultures, such as avant-garde theater and the folk movement, a high school boy named Miguel Mizuki attempts to become a manga creator. (Source: ANN, edited)
1-3. Turandot no Renkinjutsushi 4-5. After the Heat 6. Oxid Music 7-18. Paradise Dragon
A collection of experimental short stories.
1. Ryuujin Shou 2. Tokutomi Juukou no Shi (The Death of Tokutomi Juko) 3. Muou no Rigyo 4. Tsuma no Ikotsu [Story: Fujieda Shizuo] 5-7. Rinshou [Story: Umezaki Haruo] 8. Akatsuka Fujio no Koro 9. Saki ga Mienai 10. Nishishinjuku Gochoume no Share House de Oretacha Heiwa da ze 11. Usuyuki 12. Discord 13. Fuyu no Ikebukuro, Gogo 5-ji kara 6-ji made 14. Denwa, Suimin, Ongaku (Telephone, Sleep, Music)
Anne's father suffered from a strange illness and was laid off from his job as a chef. Anne decided to work in her father's stead, and went to a job interview on a cold morning. However, the underwater elevator to the interview destination is attacked by a giant octopus. Then, an octopus fishing submarine with a Kappa crew... (Source: Seirinkogeisha, translated)
1. Kanata e 2. Juunin 3. Mudai 4. Ri-san Ichizoku