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Trepanation is the procedure of drilling a hole in the skull. It is said to increase the blood circulation and improve pressure inside the skull. It is also said to bring out a person's sixth sense, the ability to use ESP, see ghosts, move objects with one's mind. This is speculative fiction based on the concept of trepanation.


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v.14-15 (end) by Illuminati-Manga (1393d ago)
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15 Volumes (Complete)
2 Volumes (Bunkoban - Ongoing)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (746 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.33 / 10.0
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thought provoking   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Akukame
April 25th, 2008, 1:18am
For some reason, I feel drawn to manga that are very dark and deal with very psychological and philosophical themes. This is a prime example of the how this this genre should be written. All of the characters are very well developed and all the themes are well pronounced.

Although the series definitely moves with its own continuity, it actually plays out a series of psychological analysis all intertwined with philosophical themes. Partially fueled by the very flawed main character, the resulting analysis is always dark and unexpected. And as the main character solves the problems of other people, he then starts to realize more about his own problems.

Which gets to the main point of the series. Hes not really solving other people's problems or learning about other people. Its all done as an act of self realization. And the problems of these other people are really projections of his own inner demons. Which leaves the reader not only guessing what each characterization means about that person, but also what it means about the main character.

My only problem is actually that sometimes I thing the series drags itself on a bit too long and over too dark of subjects without real necessity. Which seems to both shock the reader as well as be thought provoking. But, atleast so far, I don't think it has really detracted from the series.

Overall, its a series I'd definitely recommend to people, over and over.
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makes you wonder   
Rating: N/A
by roxslide
February 8th, 2010, 12:34am
i read this on a whim, i was looking for a gory horror at the time, and this happened to be under that genre on the site i was reading manga on. before i started readign i skimmed the reviews and read the word "homo" a few times and that made me excited with my yaoi addiction and what not but, once i started reading I was left with something much more than the dumb bulk yaoi-horror that i was expecting, something really deep and thought provoking!

once i started reading, I couldn't stop. I spent a whole day, reading 10+ volumes of this manga, i was completely absorbed. There's barely any gore but the tension set in this manga had me sitting at the edge of my seat a few times. While reading this manga, I was happy, angry, sometimes absolutely disgusted, it even made me teary eyed, once.

What I admire about this manga is, first, the original concept, the homunculus. I really like how the artist decided to interweave all the definitions of homunculus together in this story, the somatosensory homunculus, the fetus... etc. You can really tell he did his research and spent a long time mulling over this manga. Also, the way he did his characters, they are demented, unwhole people, and as readers (or more, human beings) we can relate to this in many cases, nobody is whole, everyone has their own shortcomings and complexes (though never as many complexes as the main character haha).

The only beef I have with this manga though is that... it was kind of hard to swallow, the whole seeing homunculi thing. part of me wanted to laugh it off, it was really hard to take seriously in the beginning, and still is (and was) hard to explain to my sister when she wanted to know just what was the hype about this manga that i kept on calling "genius, genius"
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Better than expected.   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by pikku
July 9th, 2008, 6:39am
I didn't really expect to like it that much, but I read 75 chapters in one sitting.
The characters are interesting, along with much of the plot, and it's definitely worth reading.

It wasn't very hard to follow, which was what I expected, (I usually can't get into a manga if it is.) and from all of the comments telling shoujo fans to not read this, I expected things to be much more extreme.
I could probably eat with ease while reading, so nothing's too nasty, if that's what anyone's worried about.

All in all, it's a great series, with a demented main character, and it's focus on said main character.
I would say it was a fun read, but I'm probably the only one that thinks that.
Anyway, give it a try.

... Last updated on July 9th, 2008, 6:40am
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by ArrotZang
June 11th, 2008, 8:07pm
Awesome! I can't really describe it so well, but this makes things similar to ESP believable if they are extensions of your total 5 senses. I can only hope some group translates this amazing manga.
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Rating: 9.9 / 10.0
by whitespade
September 11th, 2012, 8:20am
this manga produce a lot of emotion in me. revulsion, disgust, mirth, alarmed, frightened, depression, melancholy etc. and enlightenment. that's the best part about this manga, enlightening me about myself.

i can't really further describe this manga in terms of plot, characters, art and other literary device, though it excel in any and every way they cease to matter as they are just the vehicle to deliver those emotions and those revelations straight to the readers.

just read this, and you will understand.
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Crazy Ending   
Rating: N/A
by J1nSan
February 6th, 2012, 4:15pm
The manga begins about one man and ends on the same note. The ending was disturbing and painted such a bizarre, surreal image as I read it. I haven't finished anything in a while that left me feeling the way I did after reading this. The author of Homunculus is crazy. I didn't expect this to end the way it did but am glad to see it was able to end, but I'm honestly a little unsure of what to make of the ending.
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Rating: N/A
by barbapapa
August 20th, 2005, 6:06pm
If you are looking for something mature and, well, ****ed up. Search no more! this is an excellent manga by the creator of Koroshiya 1 (Ichi the Killer, the manga).
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Rating: N/A
by Lomlom333
January 15th, 2009, 6:06pm
I have no clue what makes this manga a good read...most of the time it leaves me with the good old- "WTF?!" And yet, I am still looking forward to the new chapters. Read it, you'll like it.
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Know thyself   
Rating: N/A
by McCamyTaylor
August 9th, 2009, 7:12pm
Do not be put off by the twisted sex. This manga has a great premise--guy develops the ability to "see" the suppressed fears of others. Only, they are also his own suppressed fears, because hey, any Buddhist can tell you that everything, even your own personality is an illusion. Can not wait to see where this one goes. Like "Pulp Fiction" this series proves that metaphysics can be fun.
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It was great up until the end.   
Rating: N/A
by weltall2
July 13th, 2015, 4:30pm
I love mangas and I feel that they are better than anime in many ways, but it is easier to watch rather than read, obviously. I would say that the atmosphere in anime is better, but manga many times draw me in. Now why I said that.. it has been a really long time since a manga made me read nonstop from beginning to the end. It is so rare to find manga's and I started reading after a guy suggested it. But I literally started reading it today (Well kind of yesterday since it is 2am now that I am posting, but you know what I mean) and finished it. I am not sure how I could describe it... truthfully with this manga 1 picture can result with 1000 words. I highly suggest it to everyone, at least up to the point he starts seeing things.

A lot of scenes and moments are disturbing, so if you are a closed mind person I suggest to skip it. It would make you feel unpleasant a lot of times.

I do want to though point out something about the ending that will be a spoiler for anyone that will see it so... if you do not want to see it, don't. I just want to express about not expecting this.
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I expected a better ending and I am not talking particularly about a happy ending. Actually with such a story I did not expect a happy ending at all. In the end he ends losing his mind after he finds his supposedly real self. The end was nice to be honest but felt quite unrewarding. Like you read a story of a man struggling to achieve something and as soon as he gets 1 step away from realizing his goal, he dies. (PS: The guy does not die).

It is a shame the ending felt so unrewarding (to me), but then again it was ok and an acceptable ending. I would by no means call this a bad ending.The ending though is the only reason it does not get a 10/10 since the ending of a story to me holds 70-80% of how much I will end up liking the story. But again, it is personal preference that makes me not like it.

I am really glad I found about this manga and read it!
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