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December 08, 2010, 04:12 PM
What are the strangest manga you have come across? It doesn't have to be something you've read, or even plan to read, but something odd or unusual you've come across.

The Legend of Koizumi (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=35427): Junichiro Koizumi, prime minister of Japan and god of mahjong. Settles world disputes like a true man, by battling George W. Bush, Putin, Kim Jong Il, and more in mahjong!

Minna Daisuke Marutarou (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=53498): Just read MU's description :rofl

December 09, 2010, 09:39 AM
I'll be first.
Doubt is a weird manga. It is about a deadly game, lies and there is a place for supernatural powers.
Manga was good, but the ending is confusing...

December 09, 2010, 10:43 AM
Bobobo-bo bo-bobo (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BoboboboBobobo) /thread :p

I did in fact link to its Tropes page because I can't explain how weird the series is myself. Bobobo's special power is using his nose hair to attack, and there's another character who farts as an ability. If those are the traits you give to the main characters, there's bound to be more strange antics throughout.

My humor tends to lean towards the calmer SZS & SKET side, but when I was twelve I found this to be the most HIL-ARIOUS thing ever. :XD

December 12, 2010, 12:44 PM
wow, Bobobo-bo bo-bobo sure sounds crazy :XD

I thought Uzumaki (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=6086) is a very strange manga. It's all about spirals. People try to change their form into spirals, hair is turning into spirals, the land is turning into spirals... spirals everywhere. It's actually a horror story with a really morbid flair but I wouldn't recommend it.

December 12, 2010, 04:39 PM
Itou Junji manga can definitely be odd, more in the Twilight Zone horror movie sense. Hellstar Remina may be even stranger than Uzumaki, about a scientist who finds a new planet and names it after his daughter Remina. When it's discovered the planet devours other planets and is headed for Earth, Remina and her father are basically hunted down as witches.

December 12, 2010, 08:58 PM
It gets even weirder when the planet is....well not what it seems. Weak conclusion though like most of his works. Though that's probably more of a limitation of the horror genre rather than his own writing shortcomings. I still think his short story The Enigma of Amigara Fault is his best work

December 12, 2010, 08:59 PM
Cromartie High School is also pretty absurd. A deliquent school, were smartest students seems to be a gorilla, Freddie Mercury and tin can-ish robot. Okay, sounds pretty stantard gag manga material, but the realistic portrayal of characters and enviroment makes the shear absurd deductioning of the characters seem even weirder.

December 13, 2010, 05:58 AM
Saint Young Men is a very... unusual manga indeed. It is about the life of Jesus and Buddha in Japanese modern society.
I prefer to call it smart humour though :D

December 13, 2010, 08:48 AM
On that note, Arakawa Under The Bridge (by the same mangaka as Saint Young Men) is also very weird. We've got a protagonist who can never be indebted to anyone who somehow gets forced into a relationship with a girl claiming to be from Venus, and is now living with her and a bunch of weirdos in a society situated in a riverbank. The weirdos include the mayor who claims to be a Kappa (a mythical creature), a musician who constantly wears a yellow star mask, and a cross-dressing military man who serves as the society's priest, plus many more...

December 13, 2010, 11:01 PM
I think Rumiko Takahashi's Kyokai no Rinne is pretty weird. It's too weird to really describe. A girl who can see ghosts meets a Shinigami, and they deal with evil spirits, evil shinigami, personifications of emotions, devils, curses, etc. Sounds like a Shonen Jump series, right?

But this series never takes itself seriously. At all. Even during semi-serious scenes, animals in the background will have big, crossed eyes, and you won't be able to help but laugh. The series is almost like Inuyasha, had it been a wacky slice-of-life comedy with action on the side.

December 14, 2010, 02:30 PM
It gets even weirder when the planet is....well not what it seems. Weak conclusion though like most of his works. Though that's probably more of a limitation of the horror genre rather than his own writing shortcomings. I still think his short story The Enigma of Amigara Fault is his best work

That's what I think too. The conclusion in Uzumaki really was bad and disappointing but I do liked some parts of the manga. Maybe I will give the short story a try.

@Kaiten I think Uzumaki was by far strange enough but the story does sound very odd, is it worth a read?

December 15, 2010, 03:27 PM
If you liked Uzumaki I would say it's worth it. His one shot collections are always better. I would read the two Voices in the Dark (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=6174) anthologies first. His shorts don't suffer from the ridiculousness that tends to creep into longer horror series.

Galactic Tomahawk
December 16, 2010, 12:42 PM
Just about anything Kago Shintaro's ever done.

December 16, 2010, 12:53 PM
I admit it, I love Kago (http://www.mangaupdates.com/authors.html?id=2169) in all his twisted glory. Not for the faint of heart but his manga are actually very funny.

December 18, 2010, 04:07 AM
I may say that Seikon no Qwaser is weird. It's about a boy who drinks soma ( virgin's milk ) to activate his powers to control iron.

December 18, 2010, 10:53 PM
I find Sukimasuki (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=21251) a bit strange because the protagonist has some kind of obsession on small spaces in-between. The artwork and story also is somewhat unique for me which made me interested to read it before.

December 25, 2010, 12:23 AM
I forgot the name of this particular manga, but it's this kid who murders his family and gets sent in jail, and gets raped by a guy or two. When he's forced to give fellatio to the leader of the prisoners, he bites his dick off. I find that extremely strange. I kid you not. After all that though, he grows up to be a fighter and I think works with a gang or criminals? I forgot though and could be mixed up, and I skipped most of the story in between.

Dunno if Zetman would count though, as it involves at least two counts of rape, though man on woman/monster on woman, although it has lot of deaths and messed up stuff, especially that of the main character's "mom" being slashed on the side of her mouth a la' Joker.

Wolfen Crest might belong here though. Students being attacked once or twice, a female character pleasuring herself in the main protagonist's house when he doesn't want her there, and the love interest of said protagonist being captured and raped/teased and shown worldwide to get the protagonist to seek him out. there may be more, but I'm too lazy.

I put your post under the cut, and remember what Kait told you.
It's not graphic though. The images would really make it look horrible, but it's just description.

January 13, 2011, 03:03 AM
Someone finally brought Moe Cockroach (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=58032) to the English speaking world. The world needs moeblob insects. Srsly.

January 14, 2011, 02:54 PM
I am very surprised that it hasn't been mentioned here yet:
Oyasumi Punpun. (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=11346)

It's a Seinen about kids (first love and such), very realistic drawings. However, the madness is everywhere:
The "bird" on the desk is Punpun. Only he and his family look like that. They are the same as humans otherwise, they only look different - and they only look different to the reader, they're treated like normal humans by everyone around them and nobody even notices the difference.

Then there is a mad lawyer occuring from time to time, with a facial expression ordinary humans don't even have after the most deadly drug coctail, he also doesn't seem to be able to express himself, yet nobody seems to notice his deficits.
Other people also are totally mad, this is the head of school visiting class for example: http://9.p.s.mfcdn.net/store/manga/3467/01-003.0/compressed/goodnight_punpun_v01_ch03_entropy_ms.goodnight_punpun_v01_049.jpg
He also decided to play hide and seek with an employee at some time, who then hid in a shelf in a chamber next to the gym all day long.

There are many more things totally mad about it, and it is a really disturbing world - the usual things happen, domestic violence and so on, very realistic, but even more disturbing with this kind of comicy protagonist. I think that is just due to the expectations. I never had expected this madness and seriousness with a protagonist looking like that.

January 14, 2011, 03:24 PM
Inio is one of my favorite mangaka, I've read everything by him available in English. Which means I've read almost everything by him. I didn't actually think of Pun Pun because after reading his earlier series I expected a manga about an anthromorphic stick figure bird dealing with growing up in an indifferent, cruel world. Yes, it's a very strange manga. I love it.

January 14, 2011, 03:32 PM
I think that the strangest manga I have ever read is "dorohedoro" a seinen manga,who is now at the 15th volume. Honestly,I haven't still understood a lot of things of it!!! Read it!

January 15, 2011, 05:19 PM
I thought Homunculus is a pretty strange manga...I don't know though it's the best word for it, but it was the first manga that crossed my mind, when I read the thread title

January 17, 2011, 11:31 PM
Some of the strangest manga I have read are by Furuya Usamaru such as Plastic Girl (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=40508) and Palepoli (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=6173). I guarantee Palepoli will be the strangest 4-koma you ever read and maybe the strangest of all manga.

Also, Matsumoto Jiro writes pretty strange manga. For example, Wendy (http://www.mangaupdates.com/series.html?id=4011), which is like Peter Pan on a really bad acid trip.

January 17, 2011, 11:39 PM
I don't think Furuya knew, or cared, what manga was supposed to look like when he wrote Palepoli. The formatting alone is bizarre. Besides Plastic Girl, the only series I can think of that's even similar is Abstraction by Kago. All three really change manga at the design/lay out level. Furuya's style has gotten more conventional over the years but I still love his more recent series.

Jiro is a twisted dude. I've been yelled at a few times for recommending Freesia. Not everyone appreciates his style. Uncivilized Planet was my favorite.

January 21, 2011, 12:33 PM
There's this new manga in Shounen Sunday called "Momi Baraishi" and it's about this guy who exorcises spirits. Sounds pretty normal? Well, the way he does it is by rubbing/massaging the woman's (who has been possessed) breasts :blink

I had to translate its synopsis for a news post and the whole time my mind was going "WTF? Am I reading this right?" :bored Maybe it wouldn't be weird as an adult manga, but as a shounen... :s

January 21, 2011, 10:24 PM
I agree with the first post here, more so with the fact about the legend of Koizumi, I mean it is weird, but I get the comedy in it. I love the anime about it, my favorite character was Mao. :XD I never would have guess they would bring people to life in the anime. I mean also it deals with real people that are living or have lived. It is strange but cool at the same time.