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When Saya was in middle school, her father had a mental breakdown – and that's when things began to change. Kyoko, her best friend, noticed the girl becoming distant, and Saya even began selling her body for money. But when the troubled teen met Mitsuko and joined her Suicide Club, Kyoko watched Saya gain a new, chilling sense of purpose and a deep desire to follow Mitsuko to the grave. Can Kyoko save her friend's life when all she wants to do is die?
When Chiko found a cell phone and answered it at school one day, she had no idea that the voice on the other end would foretell of an upcoming death that afternoon. Though she hopes it’s just a bad joke Chiko soon discovers that the death is real and more are to come – unless she puts a stop to them. Now, with each call she answers, Chiko has one more person to try to save in time. Alongside her classmate Bando, Chiko will race against the clock in hopes of saving lives – but who is the voice on the other end of the phone?
JisatsuCircle and Line are short manga about group suicides, and a main character that's trying to understand and stop the next impending suicide. Jisatsu Circle is darker.
Line and Suicide Club center around unexplained, sudden suicides and the mystery around it. Suicide Club is FAR more explicit, but they will appeal to the same audiences.
When Kyung-do was young, his father brought home a mysterious book from his book club, dying shortly thereafter. Now, as a teenager, Kyung-do is an avid bookworm whose fate appears to be tied to the same sinister tome, and he's not the only one – the school librarian commits suicide after reading it, and others are rumored to have been killed for similar reasons. Now, Kyung-do and his classmate, Eun-sae, must try to discover the truth behind the deadly book to save the boy from his fate, while others investigate these events for their own reasons.
Jisatsu Circle is definitely different than Book Club in plot, but both have a very similar, creepy feel and are horror through and through. I liked Jisatsu MUCH better, but fans of one should appreciate the other.
These are both horror stories about Clubs that turn out to be much more sinister than they appear on the surface. Both stories deal with the themes of despair and suicide as well as the horrific scars they can leave on those left behind.
Jisatsu Circle is a much darker story with a much better grasp of the psychology of its characters and despite the supernatural being involved there is a much more realisitic element to its characters and their development.
Reading Circle is a much more conventional horror story that doesn't get nearly as depressing as Jisatsu Circle. It also has more gore than Jisatsu Circle even if that's not the focus of the story.
If you're looking for a horror story that isn't overly reliant on gore to create a creepy atmosphere then try either of these titles.
Suicide is on the rise for no apparent reason, affecting adults and children alike. All they have in common is accounts in a brutal online game called Dystopia. When tragedy strikes a woman named Hitomi, she soon joins Dystopia and explores its horrors. But when she realizes the game feels a little too real, it’s up to her and a genius hacker named Shunsuke to figure out what’s really causing these deaths.
Both of these manga revolve around mass suicides and people trying to figure out why it's happening, with an equally as dark tone and feel.
These are both dark stories that involve using the internet to spread misery and find the darkness in people's hearts. Both series involve people being pushed to kill themselves in gruesome ways to satisfy a cruel villain.
Nomura has always had a problem looking people in the eyes, and as an adult he is constantly reminded of how frightening things can become if you do so. However, when he’s brutally beaten by a random gang and wakes up in the hospital, Nomura realizes his true terror is just beginning: he can no longer see the eyes on anyone’s face!
These stories are very different but they have a similar atmosphere and emphasis on body horror. Jisatsu often emphasises the mouth and the power of the words people speak. Words that wound, words that sooth. In Look Me In the Eyes the emphasis is on the eyes. So much human interaction is done through the eyes, but what happens when humans lose their eyes?
While the stories are quite difference this emphasis on the power of different body parts give them a similar theme that makes them a good pairing.
Sawako has always tried her best to do well in school, like her older sister, so she would be praised by her mother. She gets good grades, has many friends and a caring boyfriend, and in general things are going well for Sawako. That is, until she is caught in a compromising situation by another classmate. Suddenly, Sawako's life is turned upside down when all of her classmates ostracize her and even her boyfriend abandons her. Faced with being bullied on a daily basis by her entire class, Sawako must find a way to survive or die trying.