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Abara

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  • Vol: 2; Ch: 11
  • 2006
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3.183 out of 5 from 306 votes
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Long ago, creatures known as White Guanas manifested and attacked both the population and massive structures that tower above the cities. These terrifying monsters are held at bay only by those who possess the powers of the Black Guana, able to transform their bone structure into armor and weapons at will. Kudou Denji is one such person; he has been hiding under another identity for some time, and is now forced to once more protect the populace against new White Guana manifestations. However, it won’t be easy, as Kudou’s old organization Kegen Hall and others are also aware of his re-emergence...

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Abara Raneman 9/10 Dec 20, 2010
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Baroque - Ketsuraku no Paradigm

Baroque - Ketsuraku no Paradigm

The world has been destroyed and twisted due to the actions of one man – at least, that's what Dextera has been told. With grotesque monsters roaming everywhere, he is ordered by the Archangel of the Church of Melct to purify the mad god who dwells in the Neuro Tower; only then can Dextera atone for his sins...

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Abara and Baroque are similar in such an uncanny way that one could have been a ripoff of the other. However, unlike the cyberpunk organization in Abara, Baroque includes angels that must deal with grotesque creates. The artwork is INSANELY similar and they have an almost identical feel. Fans of one, especially if you liked the confusion, will appreciate the other.

Biomega

Biomega
  • Vol: 6; Ch: 42
  • 2004

In the future, the N5S infection is slowly spreading throughout the world, turning everyone it contacts into a zombie-like "Drone".  Zouichi Kanoe and his motorcycle AI companion Fuyu Kanoe are sent out by Toha Heavy Industries in order to find humans resistant to infection and save humanity. Competing bio-enhanced agents from the Data Recovery Foundation have different goals, however: how to best extort the situation for their own profit…

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CrazyAce01

Biomega and Abara take place in dystopian worlds created by artist and author Tsutomu Nihei.  They share similar, highly detailed artistic style full of soaring futuristic structures and technology.  Both showcase a lone figure of justice fighting back against frighteningly powerful odds.

Dead Heads

Dead Heads

In an unknown time on Earth, the population is infected with a lethal disease; only flies are resistant from its wrath. A countermeasure is in place to quarantine its growth: those with any signs of infection are transported north and their fates are unknown. One day a young man helps an infected woman, putting them both on the run from the authorities...

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Immediately a similarity in art style will be appearent as both manga are by Tsutomu Nihei.  If you enjoyed the art in one, you will like the other as well.  Abara came out after Dead Heads, and there is definitely an improvement in the level of detail, which is an interesting transition to see in an artist that tends to rely on visuals to tell a story rather than dialogue.

Both manga take place sometime in the future and have some focus on the social infrastructure.  Dead Heads is a one shot and Abara is still relatively short, which makes their length comparable.  As there is less than the usual dialogue to clarify the stories, one can do much personal interpretation with the plot.

NOiSE

NOiSE
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 7
  • 2001

As detective Musubi Susono investigates a series of child kidnappings, her own partner is viciously murdered. But when the investigation takes a brutal turn, she is suddenly confronted by the killer - and his vicious Silicon Creature! Can Susono possibly fight back against these superhuman odds?

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CrazyAce01

Both Abara and NOiSE take place in dystopian future worlds.  They have very similar art styles, full of highly detailed, massive superstructures that set a dark and creepy mood by artist Tsutomu Nihei.  Both deal with strange, almost paranormal occurrences, and heroes both gain special powers to deal with these problems. They are also relatively short in length.  If you liked one, you will almost certainly like the other.

Void

Void
  • Vol: 1; Ch: 5
  • 2008

Mysterious beings known as Knockers are on the rise, but there are those who want to put a stop to them by any means necessary. The mysterious, black armor-clad Void is one such person who hunts down Knockers and erases their memories – but he's not the only one. Section 5 of the Public Safety Commission and the agency BOOTS are also on both the Knockers', as well as Void's, trail...

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Don't get me wrong, I love Tsutomu Nihei. But Abara is downright confusing. Void left me with a similar impression; cool concept, interesting graphics, but ultimately a wasted attempt at something good. If you liked one of these, you may enjoy the other.