3.198 out of 5 from 93 votes
Three ‘believers’ – two men and a woman – live on a deserted island as part of a special program. Their goal is to co-habitate and learn how to purify themselves from the outside, evil world under the teachings of Master. From day to day they remind themselves of his words and purge their vile thoughts, but soon two of them begin to discover a better, yet ‘wrong’, way to pass the time. However, Master’s teachings are absolute, and their actions won’t go unnoticed...
The world is never quite the same once we grow up. Villains and robots that once ran rampant in our imaginations are reduced to drawings in Manga, and our lives are distilled until there is little left but the daily grind; so it has been for Kenji. After a childhood of dreams he now runs his late father's liquor store and is raising his sister's child. The memories and friends from his early years bring him some happiness, but they become tainted as a string of murders find connections to his past. Kenji and his friends must now fight to save the future from their past and unravel the mystery of "Friend."
Believers is a hard manga to rec for because it has a few pretty distinct sections that can be recced for in very different ways. 20th Century Boys applies to the manga overall, and I can't really say why without spoilers. In general, you'll find similar sorts of themes and tones from 20th, which, I might add, is also way, way better. Keep in mind that 20th doesn't have the borderline H or survival aspects, though.
While Believers has a much more thorough plot than 197X, both of these works by the same mangaka do share one thing: very strong borderline H content. It doesn't kick in in Believers for awhile, but both of these involve sexual exploration and are equally as inappropriate for a young audience.
A boy awakens on a desert island, unable to remember how he got there. He found the remains of a lifeboat with a few days’ worth of food, a survival kit, clothes and a trip schedule. Luckily, he soon discovers that one of his classmates, Chika, also is on the island. Together, the two catch fish, build a raft and try their best to survive and wait for help – not to mention try to remember how they came to be on the island.
Let's Lagoon and Believers are definitely not the best recommendation pair, but it's a relatively decent one. Both - at least in part - revolve around a group of people stranded on an island and/or have survival aspects. However, Let's (so far) has stayed fully entrenched in survival mode, while Believers deviates wildly in its plot. Also, Let's is mostly ecchi, while Believers is very borderline H.