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Dragon Head  
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In the horror of witnessing so many classmates perish before his eyes in a violent train wreck, Teru discovers two survivors in the tunnel: Ako and Nobuo. But salvation from this bloody carnage is far from their grasp. As they try to dig out from the wreck in order to come up with a plan to stay alive, the lack of light and food, combined with the stench of death and decay, will lead one member of the group down a dark and demented path. And with sudden, violent earthquakes shaking the tunnel, escaping to the outside world may lead them to an even greater danger.

Won the 21st Kodansha Manga Award for general manga in 1997.


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v.10 c.89 (End) by Illuminati-Manga & Null & Blackout over 9 years ago
v.10 c.88 by Illuminati-Manga & Null & Blackout over 9 years ago
v.10 c.87 by Illuminati-Manga & Null & Blackout over 9 years ago
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10 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (404 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.44 / 10.0
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Young Magazine (Kodansha)

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TokyoPop (10 Volumes - Complete)

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Doesn't quite work   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Aikanaro
August 18th, 2010, 11:11pm
I dunno. I feel kind of meh after reading it, but I feel like I should have liked it more than I did.

The ending really breaks down into 'wtf-I-don't-care' territory, where you have a whole bunch of nutters trying to expound on philosophy with wordswordswords and none of it has any relevance to anything. There's no conclusion.

Lots of it were too dark for its own good. There's just too much insanity. Yes, people in stressful situations can take some crazy actions, and yes, I suppose strange cults could spring up ... but seriously now. There's a limit to the number of wackoes that my suspension of disbelief can take.

It's worse in retrospect than it was to read. If you like apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic then I recommend it. I enjoyed reading large chunks of it, but as a whole package it doesn't really fit together.
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Not my style   
Rating: N/A
by metamike
August 15th, 2008, 2:50pm
For some this may be awesome. However instead of post-apocalyptic, it seemed that throughout the manga it was just a nonstop apocalypse. Horrible things never stopped happening, and...meh...I don't know, I personally didn't like it, I see how others might.
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All depends on your character   
Rating: N/A
by divinewind
June 24th, 2008, 8:14pm
Here's a breakdown of what it might be for you:

You'll probably only like this for the first volume, skip the second volume or so, and then go straight for the last volume. Case in point: It's a waste of your time.
You'll also not like this book from beginning to end, unless you're into the psychological spin inside of it (and it doesn't get too deep into it as some of the more readily available philosophy books out there, yet it is still thought provoking). Gore-wise... it doesn't have as much gore as you might expect from series about hordes of Japanese civilians going crazy from lack of light, order, and internet. Once you have exhausted other series like (the first few volumes of) Death Note, then you can come back over here to this manga to vent your frustration.
Normal (and I mean, those who at that particular moment, just choose to lay back and enjoy a partly dark psychological manga):
It's nice, and the characters don't get attached to you that much, so you can enjoy a peaceful night's sleep knowing that even if all of them die, you won't even flinch (hopefully). That's a lie by the way, since they actually do stay with you, just not too much that you'd be a fan of a group of senile juniors and wise old folks. It's a blast to read from the get-go, so don't try to read a volume per night since it wont scare you at all (that much).

Also, just like the other users have pointed out, there is good plot, development, and among other things, love (or lust, or whatever you would call two borderline high schoolers, alone, by themselves, and no other girls/guys left to consider).

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Waste of time   
Rating: N/A
by Ziggyro
December 11th, 2013, 5:59pm
The first few chapters after the train wreck are pretty damn good,Then the series takes a nose dive and tries to push philosophical bullshit onto the readers that usually doesn't make any sense.The whole manga is just nothing happening,There's no story or character arks,The main characters survive nigh IMPOSSIBLE situations numerous times and the whole manga builds up to an ending that doesn't explain anything and is just absolutely awful.This is one of the worst written mangas I have ever read and I would have dropped it 10 chapters in if it wasn't for me wanting to find out what the cause of the disaster was,Instead I was treated with a dick up my ass and a huge middle finger for the time I put into the manga
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by yuri999
December 12th, 2009, 4:37am
Quite simply it is one of the best survival manga I have read in a long time. From the pacing, art tot the characters everything is just right. Even the emotions can be felt as the protags are trying to survive.
I'm don't entirely agree with what jooles has said because Fujisawa Yuki's bio-meat was more along the lines of monster horror. Sure, metro survive was more realistic but there is only so much that can be done in 2 volumes. Overall, this is much better than what jooles has said and it will grab you from the first page to the end. The only thing which annoyed me was the religious plot which didn't go anywhere. But I actually read the entire series in one day (ofc with a few gaps in between)!!! You won't regret reading this series. You should have read it atleast ONCE.
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Another post apocalyptic story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Lybi
January 1st, 2008, 11:09pm
And it's not entirely bad.
Like mentioned before, the art is different and it fits the manga's mood perfectly. It's hard to say whether it's realistic or not because it's so unimaginable for me, but the storyline is believable.
Dragon Head isn't really a light reading. It's very psychological (disturbing) and engaging. And I'd definitely recommend it.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
February 2nd, 2013, 5:03pm
    I disagree with some of the comments made about this book, especially the comment where people thought the plots were given away too early; you can't attract readers if your point in the manga is dragged on. My point: I loved the beginning; I love the terror, the insanity, survival mode. I love how the darkness was portrayed in this manga.

    Art-wise, I'm a little dissatisfied. But the background of every panel is beautiful, even when it was in disaster. All the characters are...bland. They seem boring; their personality is predictable. We know who was gonna be the bad person, the caring person, the reasonable person, so forth. While reading this manga, a lot of things came to my mind; what kind of disastrous event is this? It kept me questioning, and the only way to find out was to keep reading.

    After awhile, it became apparent as to what was causing all this horrific event. I loved the moral of this story. The ending, however, is extremely painful for me to read; to accept the fact that after all the violence, the natural disasters, the anxious moments of being reunited...and the ending was kind of like, "WTF. You gotta be kidding. THIS IS ITconfused" I gave it a blah rating because of the blah ending. And I would recommend it if it was better, but why recommend it when you're gonna be dissatisfied and unpleased at the end?
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I couldn't stop reading it.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
May 6th, 2012, 6:27pm
This was one of the best manga I've ever read. Great story. People fighting on without having any super power, just the bravery they discover in themselves. The big danger that they struggle against could happen. The characters were all believable. The suspense is relentless. The ideas at the end made it a fuller experience for me.

I'm putting it at #3 after "Yokohama Kaidashi Kidou"

and "My Lovely Ghost Kana",

all three of which are fundamentally about fear the of death, and two of which (this and "Yokohama...") are believably apocalyptic.

... Last updated on June 8th, 2013, 9:14am
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by ares6
February 18th, 2007, 8:54pm
pretty good......beware of mature that crazy guy doing something bad to an unconscious girl.

One of the most suspensful manga ever created.

... Last updated on March 8th, 2007, 7:25pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by dremondtanic
July 6th, 2011, 5:04pm
this manga was not really bad, for some reason i read right though it(hehehe, couldnt stop). as people said, this manga was full with insanity, the ending doesnt really have a conclusion. and to make it worse, when i had finihs this manga, i was like "uhhhhh......., i need to go watch something happy and play some awsome soft techno." i.e yea i needed to remove his manga mandness.

Anyway if you like thing like the end of the world, Armageddon, insanity, humain true nature out of fear, chaos, madness, survivalist, all man for themself. well i definetly recomend this to you.

me i think i rather manga like zero no tsukaima, naruto, etc.... the insane stuff are once in while for me. so yeaaaaaaa

Oh i definitly recomend you watching the movie first before watching this manga, yes there is a movie on this so go watch it first (manga is alot better, but if you read the manga first u wont want to watch the movie after).

peace out -_o [---__---]
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