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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 (1726d ago)
v.13 by Illuminati-Manga (1923d ago)
v.12 by Illuminati-Manga (1981d ago)
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15 Volumes (Complete)
10 Volumes (Bunkoban - Ongoing)

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Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (780 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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jojalee
July 19th, 2013, 5:11am
Homunculus is one of the most amazing manga's I have ever read. If you're into psychological manga this is for you. By an amazing mangaka, Homunculus is certainly one of my all time favourites.
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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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