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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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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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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Dragonfiremule
February 26th, 2008, 2:30pm
Its really good. Takes peoples problems and inner thoughts and disects them, just like in Ichi the Killer.

Actually, Its really good. Specially liked the Sand girl. =D
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Great idea, but slightly difficult to believe   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by xObscurexOmenx
November 12th, 2007, 12:37pm
The premise of the manga is quite intriguing, delving into psychology and the like without pause. The homunculi described have no shortage of creativity, and the main character is suitably freaked out by them. Supporting characters are also wide-ranging, each with his/her own faults and habits, which keep the manga interesting. While some might not like the art style, it is definitely unique and realistic, two qualities that work well in this kind of manga. These factors set the scene for an amazing series, but there are a few issues that stunt its score.

1) The main character is seriously screwed up. Just when you think he's as weird as he'll get, another strange fetish/habit rears its head. This isn't a horrible issue, just one that keeps readers from deciding whether or not they like him or not. It also might drive away tentative readers.

2) This is the one that determined the score I gave this manga. Because of the main character's ability to see homunculi, he has a tendency of acting EXTREMELY strange. This is a given. However, what is very hard to believe is the way that NO ONE really gets freaked out by his actions. Now, this might be easy enough to believe if it's just in the streets, but his behavior gets even stranger when he's trying to "help" or "fix" the homunculi. But, no matter how strange and intrusive he may seem (pressing himself against people to "hear" them, touching in random places, muttering things that seem unrelated and crazy), no one seems to notice it's particularly insane. Sure, they think he's a bit weird, but no one really yells "YOU'RE CRAZY," which would be the normal response to his behavior. Similarly, no one tries to escape or run away from his actions.

Yes, the manga is very thought-provoking. Yes, it helps delve into the human psyche. Yes, the characters are interesting and varied. Yes, the art is very unique. And yes, it's extremely original.

But the major issue with it is the amount of disbelief that you have to push aside in order to get anywhere when Nakoshi (the main character) interacts with a homunculus. If this wasn't such an issue, I would definitely've given this a ten. But, since it is, I'll have to go with an eight.
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Rating: N/A
by Kiru_Biru
October 4th, 2007, 12:22am
I read this after "Ichi The Killer" from the same artist. I really dig his style, and this manga is no exception. The artwork is excellent, so is the story - a great mature read. If you are into your lovey-dovey shoujo, don't even bother.

Hell, only Japanese can come up with stuff like this, that's why gotta love manga.

... Last updated on October 4th, 2007, 12:23am
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Shoujo fans, gtfo   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lukannon
June 29th, 2007, 5:55am
Absolutely amazing, really. Really interesting portrayals of human behavior patterns and the characterization of the car boy and the 'doctor' is really strong without being quite in your face.

The art is also quite good; Hideo Yamamoto's improved by leaps and bounds since Koroshiya Ichi. His style's realistic without breaking away from the manga norm, which makes for some interesting scenes. The emphasis he puts on small motions and facial expressions really sets helps the slow psyche-based atmosphere of Homunculus.

It also doesn't shy away from the more 'extreme' aspects of it, and I think that's sort of a defining point in Yamamoto's works. As mentioned: Shoujo fans, gtfo.
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All too human.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pearlesque
June 22nd, 2007, 8:03pm
This manga is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Okay, that's an exaggeration, but this manga is seriously so good. It's a fascinating look into human psychology, with Jungian archetypes, societal pressures and of course freaky phenomena thrown in. Just awesome.

Basically, a homunculus is a representation of a human being's mind and heart -- a sort of artistic interpretation of the person's soul. What the main character of this manga gains after trepanation is the ability to see people's "true selves" -- to see their homunculi. Whether he decides to ignore his gift or to use it becomes a life-changing decision.

The fact that both the protagonists remain mysterious for so long is one of the main driving forces of this manga. It's fascinating to see their layers revealed one by one -- to find out why Car Boy became homeless, for example, and why the disenfranchised doctor became a -- well, an outcast.

I really am terrified to know what my homunculus would be. But I'm incredibly curious, just the same...
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Rating: N/A
by SyeSye
February 23rd, 2007, 5:23am
Definitely something special...the characters are awesome, relalistic.
You wished you could see the people around you like the main character
But it`s not something to read in the bus, takes some concentration and will to think.
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Psychological fun   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by EvilTomte
February 16th, 2007, 12:43pm
Very cool. Brings all sorts of symbolisms into psychiatrically challenging situations...

He literally gets an eye to see symbols of different types of madness/moods/thoughts in a person.

Very interesting, anyway. I recommend it.

... Last updated on February 20th, 2007, 2:52pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LoLPokemon
January 19th, 2007, 2:17pm
Homunculus is absolutely awesome. It is an interesting look at human behavior. It dives into the world of human symbols and the creation of barriers within our own subconscious and conscious minds in order to hide and protect ourselves from acknowledging our own self-conceit. Also, the art is really really good. It is so realistic.
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Nice one!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by aryuwes
December 9th, 2006, 10:00pm
Humans, please read this...a sick manga that you'll enjoy reading 'em!

... Last updated on December 23rd, 2006, 7:25pm
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