Ichi the Killer - Recommendations

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Ichi the Killer

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Gunmania

Gunmania

Meet Eiji Bando, a deranged, hentai manga-reading psychopath with a penchant for gunning people down. As a hitman, he works for the yakuza, causing plenty of collateral damage wherever he goes. Whether he’s joking about violating his male peers or just blowing people to bits, Eiji Bando always has plenty of disturbing fun in the process!

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sothis sothis says...

Though Gunmania is way less explicit than Ichi (if you've only read Gunmania you may be wondering how this is possible - TRUST ME), both are extremely similar. Both involve a complete psychopath carrying out senseless murders. If you liked one, try out the other.

MPD Psycho

MPD Psycho

Kazuhiko Amamiya is a detective who, after seeing the torture and subsequent death of his girlfriend, tracks down the man responsible for her death. Upon meeting the killer, Kazuhiko's psyche breaks and a new personality, the cold-blooded, arrogant psychopath Shinji appears and kills the murderer. More personalities materialize from Kazuhiko as he tries to investigate a string of murders years later. As he investigates, an intricate conspiracy plot begins to tangle up both Kazuhiko and Shinji as well as those around them.

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AndriasSch AndriasSch says...

Common themes in Ichi the Killer and MPD Psycho are: 

  • Multiple personality disorder of the main character that leads to him killing other people for pleasure.
  • Psychopath that find pleasure in torturing and killing others.
  • Manipulating others in other to make them kill.
  • Single events that aren't related are somehow linked to the main characters by a bigger mastermind.
  • Explicit scenes of people being murdered and tortured in bizarre ways.

Believers

Believers

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...

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Homunculus

Homunculus

Susamu Nakoshi, a man disillusioned with life, meets Manabu Ito, a young medical student bored with life. To relieve his boredom Ito offers Nakoshi 700,000 yen to undergo a trepanning to see if it will unlock his sixth sense, and Nakoshi eventually agrees. However, much to his dismay and chagrin it actually succeeds, and now Nakoshi must contend with seeing homunculi, the metaphysical and symbolic representations of a person's psychological disorder. He now helps people, usually against his own will and often theirs as well, with resolving their psychological problems.

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Bokura no Hikari Club

Bokura no Hikari Club

Chronicles the events leading up to the development and eventual downfall of the Hikari Club.

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Velveteen & Mandala

Velveteen & Mandala

War looms over everyday life in the capital. Two girls who seek respite in the bucolic outskirts of Suginami Ward learn that a riverside where spirits reside is creeping with rotting anomalies. As the adults prove incapable, youth must take up arms.

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Fraction

Fraction

The first half of the book is made up by the titular story, a serial killer thriller that gets all kinds of meta and crazy as it progresses. The second half of the book consists of a short interview with Kago and a number of short stories.

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Zetman

Zetman

Jin is an energetic young boy living in a shanty town and making ends meet by performing good deeds for money. However, when his mentor dies during a fight with a strange monster he finally learns the meaning of death. Having been taken in by a stripper named Akemi whom he once saved, Jin begins to live a quiet and normal life - though in reality he is anything but ordinary. With superhuman abilities and a group of mysterious men searching for him under the name of Zet, over the years Jin finds himself drawn into a world of creatures with dangerous powers called "Players". But what is Jin really, and with his vicious methods of defeating these threats, is he really a hero for justice or simply another dangerous monster?

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Kyouko

Kyouko

What do you fight for? One takes up arms to survive, another trains oneself for one's own dream, and Kyoko has made herself a bullet for love.

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Shamo

Shamo

After sixteen-year-old Ryo Narushima brutally murders his parents, leaving his sister alive, he finds himself at a juvenile facility where numerous horrors await him. Between getting gang raped and tormented at every turn for his crimes, the boy turns to martial arts, taught by the prisoner Kenji Kurotawa, in order to become stronger. Thus begins Ryo’s quest for power, no matter who tries to get in his way.

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