Arigatou

Alt title: Thank You

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Goodnight Punpun

Goodnight Punpun

Punpun is a relatively normal elementary school student; he goes to lessons, does his homework and gets on well with his classmates. Unfortunately, it’s everyone else around him that’s bonkers! With a crowd of crazy teachers playing hide and seek or having extreme reactions to even the tiniest situation at school, his father kept at bay on domestic violence charges, and only his unemployed layabout uncle to look up to Punpun’s life is anything but simple. However, despite the mayhem surrounding him, Punpun still continues to quietly live on, contemplating his dreams, experiencing the joy and terror of falling in love, and trying to deal with his anxieties about sex, religion, and growing up.

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Dramatic manga with the stories of two families that grow in a really bad environment: non caring parents, violence, poverty, drugs. This is not the manga you're looking for if you want to laugh and have a good time.

Kitsch Year

Kitsch Year

Su-Ae Choi has had a tragic life. The girl was raised at an orphanage where she was subjected to the cruel whims of the director, who prostituted and raped her at every opportunity. After escaping, Su-Ae manages to find love with the wrong man, and things only get much, much worse from there...

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If there's a chance of anything going wrong, it'll definitely go wrong. Keep your expectations to the lowest because they're not pleasant reads, although Kitsch Year is on a whole different level of craziness. Sad stories that happen to unfortunate people, check them out if you're not scared by the warning tags.

The Voices That Call Me

The Voices That Call Me

Kaoru is an ex-manga artist who for the past fifteen years has shut himself away in his darkened room. However on one hot summer night, the recluse hears voices calling to him and he decides to leave the house for the first time in over a decade...

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MW

MW

Fifteen years ago, Garai was part of a group of delinquents who kidnapped Yuki, the young brother of a famous kabuki actor, on a remote island which housed a secret military base. Garai couldn't control his lust for the young boy's girlish looks and took advantage of him in a cave, followed by a grim discovery: everyone on the base was dead from an apparent leak of MW, a powerful neurotoxin. In the present, Yuki is alive, but exposure to the MW destroyed his conscience; he now lives a double life as both an attractive bank employee and a sadistic, brutal killer who kidnaps, rapes and destroys others for his own whims. Garai, plagued with guilt, has become a priest and tries desperately to save Yuki's soul, though often ending up in bed with him instead. Yuki's ultimate goal is to find MW once more to destroy the world; can Garai stop him in time?

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No Longer Human

No Longer Human

Set in modern day Tokyo, Dazai's tale details the life of a young man originally from a well-off family from Japan's far north. Yozo Oba is a troubled soul incapable of revealing his true self to others. A weak constitution and the lingering trauma from some abuse administered by a relative forces him to uphold a facade of hollow jocularity since high school.

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Shimauma

Shimauma

Tatsuo, Hide, Satoshi and Aya worked together to cheat people out of money. They tended to target marriage services, where they conned money out of people looking for love. They were good at it, until they crossed the wrong guy. Then they saw the world below the surface of dupes to cheat, when the 'collection agency' came for them with extreme violence. A wild-eyed maniac who seems to get off on the torture takes Satoshi and Hide, and then Aya and Tatsuo. There may be hope for Tatsuo, though, because the man recognizes him. The torturer is "Akasada" a bullied kid that Tatsuo knew from school. Now Tatsuo and Aya have been pulled into Aka's world.

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Double Mints

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Although they were never close during their school days, Mitsuo Ichikawa and Mitsuo Ichikawa were deeply drawn to each other due to their shared name. Even years later, this bond survives, so when one Mitsuo accidently kills a woman, he calls upon the other to help him dispose of the body. In the aftermath, the two rekindle and advance their relationship, but can their love survive the turmoil of ex-girlfriends, drugs, and crime syndicates?

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Ode to Kirihito

Ode to Kirihito

Kirihito Osanai is a talented doctor with a successful career and a beautiful fiancée. However, once he's sent to a remote village to investigate a rare disease known as Monmow, his life quickly changes forever. After spending time with the infected patient, Kirihito begins to show the symptoms of the deadly disease - his body physically changes to a dog-like form and he begins to crave raw meat; what awaits him is a slow and painful death. Thus begins Kirihito's nightmarish journey into the unknown. He's kidnapped, forced to perform as a circus freak and branded a deviant by everyone he comes across, while back home in Japan his ex-colleagues and fiancée search for what happened to him and uncover a conspiracy that shakes them to the core. Meanwhile, the search for the cause of the Monmow disease continues...

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Neko wa Yomigaeru

Neko wa Yomigaeru

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