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Shiina is a sixth-grade tomboy whose brave and adventurous nature almost causes her to drown in the ocean. However, from the experience she meets a ‘Shadow Dragon' that she names Hoshimaru; strangely silent and star-shaped, it has the ability to shape shift and fly. Soon, Shiina makes yet another new friend: a troubled girl named Akira who happens to also acquire a Shadow Dragon. Yet Shiina and Akira aren't alone - others besides them have Shadow Dragons, and not all of them have such innocent intentions. Furthermore, the Japanese Military has taken an interest in the creatures' combative uses. What are the Shadow Dragons, where did they come from and what is their ulterior motive? Shiina is determined to find out...
Another manga that takes the pokemon-esque concept of young kids battling with cute monsters, and turns it on it's head. Both start off innoculous enough, but soon become pretty disturbing. The other is definitely worth a look if you enjoyed one.
Both are dealing with the concept that is probably aimed at kids, though they both turn out to be quite disturbing pieces of work, and end up faling under adult section. Both require your full attention and prepared stomach, of course that depends on you figuring out the hidden concept, of course.
When a group of children discover a strange cave at the beach, their lives are forever changed. Inside they meet a man called Kokopelli who seems to have a lot of advanced gadgetry. He invites them to participate in a ‘game' in which they play heroes saving Earth from fifteen giant monsters. To defeat the invaders, he will give them a powerful mecha of black armor. The children eagerly sign the contract, name their new weapon Zearth, and must now take turns to pilot it; but the ‘game' is in fact all too real and the consequences of battle become the stuff of nightmares. With no option to cancel the contract, is there any way to stop the game before it is too late for all of them?
Just as I made the recommendation between the anime, Bokurano and Narutaru were two manga series that stood out and caught my eye. Dark and depressing, both will appeal massively to the same fanbase. Offering much more than could be animated onscreen, expect a deep storyline that will evoke plenty of emotion. I can't recommend these two to fans of manga mindf**k enough :)
Since both are made by respected Mohiro Kitoh, who tends to throw bunch of screwed up kids into their life's adventure, it is the most on spot rec. Both are very diferent in concept but also quite similar due to charachters, atmosphere, mood, themes and what not. Since all of his works in similar ways it would be no wonder if you enjoyed one if you did other, not to mention the rest of his wonderful works...
In the near future, some girls are born mutated. Known as Diclonius, this new species is believed to have been chosen by God to wipe out mankind. Unlike regular humans, Diclonius have two horns on their head and ‘vectors' - invisible ‘hands.' Contained within a research facility unknown to the world, the Diclonius are experimented upon mercilessly; many die or develop a hate for mankind. One such creature, Lucy, is said to be the first of the Diclonius. She escapes from the facility, but while fleeing she takes a bullet to the head and is seemingly killed. However, it seems Lucy isn't quite dead yet; she's instead developed an alternate personality called Nyuu. She's washed up on a shore where two people, Kouta and Yuka, find her and bring her home, unaware that such a monster still lurks within Nyuu.
These two manga are.....horrifically similar. I STRESS the HORRIFIC similarities. Both have secret government agencies researching into mysterious new forms of life which will have great impact on human life as we know it. Both also feature a lead character with good intentions that has found a supernatural being, and who is left out of the circle of information by those around them. There is also a distinct similarity in the plot progression of each (especially towards their endings). I can't go into further detail without spoilers, but if you liked one, then you'll like the other.
They are both very similar, equaly disturbing but quite diferent in the terms of charachters. Charachters are really diferent but yet somewhat similar in the unimaginable ways. We could say that both are spining around a strange heroine and the people that suround her, yeah... They both show global changes from the actions and plot is also going in similar ways, especialy the ending. If you loved one, check out the other...
Dr Kenzo Tenma is a genius surgeon working in post-Cold War Germany who has a bright future ahead of him. He is admired by his colleagues, loved by his patients, and due to marry his boss' daughter, the beautiful Eva Heinemann. One day, when two patients in desperate need of emergency surgery are wheeled into his hospital, Tenma faces a terrible choice of saving the orphaned boy who came first or the mayor of Düsseldorf, whose recovery would raise the hospital's profile and boost his own career. Against the demands of his superior, Tenma does what he believes is right and saves the child. However, his decision not only damages his prospects, but unleashes a chain of events so horrific that it might have come from the depths of his worst nightmares. Laden with guilt, Tenma begins a journey across Germany in search of a formidable young man who will challenge his morals, his love for life, and his very sanity.
Both are based around exploration of dark human nature, it's quite cold, disturbing but if you like that kinds of things other one is a good start. In Narutaru it's hurled in your face, so you have no idea but to stomach it whole. Moster in more 'tingling your spine' thing but sometimes equaly disturbing. Atmosphere is quite similar so huray depression... you will love the way the charachters resolve... quite similar....
In secret, alien parasites drift downwards toward Earth. Their directive: to take control of a human body and thrive in secret. When a parasite attempts to take over Shinji, an ordinary high school student, he stops it in his arm to save his mind. With the strange power of amorphous muscle, the curious parasite strikes an uneasy truce with Shinji: it will keep him alive and strong so that it may continue living, and will help protect him from the other parasites that might not take kindly to Shinji's mind still actively working. Can Shinji gain the courage to face the parasites and protect humanity? And would it even make a difference if he did?
Parasyte and Narutaru delve deep into the issues of humans' effects on eachother, though each with very different strategies. Both carry a dark tone but a disturbingly cute sidekick for the main character. And both have twists and turns the whole way through. Good reads that will make you think and squick you out, sometimes too much.