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What do two Japanese detectives, a naked man on a city street, and a roundworm from Botswana all have in common? In the first volume of Manhole, Ken Mizoguchi and Nao Inoue investigate a string of bloody and mysterious murders, but their work uncovers a deadly biological agent which poses a threat of epidemic proportions. An unlikely lead starts them in the pursuit of a mysterious self-titled photographer, but meanwhile the infections keep spreading. The series may be best described as the thrilling combination of a detective story with biological horror.

Kitajima from Reset has a guest role in volume 3.


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Associated Names
Manhole ~Nou wo Kurau Kiseichuu~
マンホール 〜脳を喰らう寄生虫〜

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.26-28 + Epilogue (End) by Illuminati-Manga over 9 years ago
v.3 c.24-25 by Illuminati-Manga over 9 years ago
v.3 c.22-23 by Illuminati-Manga over 9 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (Complete)
2 Remix Volumes

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (249 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.39 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 25th 2015, 7:06am PST



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Original Publisher
Square Enix (2005, 2008)

Serialized In (magazine)
Young GanGan (Square Enix)

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Monthly Pos #1363 increased(+182)
3 Month Pos #2241 increased(+397)
6 Month Pos #3276 increased(+489)
Year Pos #3865 increased(+1517)

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On 216 reading lists
On 384 wish lists
On 606 completed lists
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by nozomiEX
November 24th, 2018, 12:59pm
This one is not really suited to adults. The developments are too clean, the investigation is never really hampered in anyway, and the protagonists are never really at a loss for what to do next. I know that part of that is handwaved with a retarded "He WANTS us to chase him!" cop out but it's just unsatisfying when there is virtually zero struggle. Not to mention the overall silliness and convenience of the entire plot.
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Reads Like a Movie   
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by JapanRocks
December 22nd, 2016, 4:13pm
I love when manga does this. You sit down planning to read one or two chapters, then you finish it all without even noticing. The plot does slow down a couple of times but it wasn't enough to get me to remember all the other stuff I should be doing instead. It's good, short and fast.Only down side is the occasional dumb cop cliche, which have always rubbed me the wrong way, but there's nothing in here that's worse than the norm.
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very scary   
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by elalendi
May 6th, 2010, 3:20pm
I like this author's works a lot. This one has really good art and a suspensful mystery/horror plot. I love the fact that one of the main character's a pretty strong female. Anyway, the parasite story was written very well and it seriously creeped me out. I found the whole thing pretty realistic.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jackblack901
January 23rd, 2010, 2:05am
Both the storytelling, pacing and art is top-notch, that make story solid though the the plot is so-so. Don't expect so much about horror and mystery, just enjoy it as a story about an old detective and an young companion who solve a psychological case, you find out that this manga is pretty interesting.
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not for horror fanatics   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by BLERGHtrue
January 2nd, 2010, 11:27pm
this manga is definitely not the best depiction the horror genre.
there is a satisfactory amount of gore and the storyline is interesting enough, but i find all the attitudes of the victims and police far too predictable and frsutrating. It's too unrealistic for paramedics and policemen to act the way they do in the manga, after every incident.
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Nice read   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nail80
May 4th, 2009, 2:55pm
At the beggining i expected a horror manga, but this actually gains points for being a good mystery. It didn't go overboard, it was kept simple, tidy and enjoyable. The art is also nice and fits the theme. The plot was solid as i expected and the characters were interesting.
While this doesn't get a 10 from me it gets a 9, because for what it is, it is very good, very good indeed.
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Good Short Series   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by markdarkangel
March 20th, 2009, 6:20pm
I can really say that this one of those mangas that will make you say "eww". The characters were pretty good in this one with how the used their minds to solve the case and thee art was top notch as well.

People who are a fan of horror series with smart characters should really try this one.
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by C.Mason
January 28th, 2009, 3:09pm
I started reading this a few days ago and wow... just wow. I'm not usually a reader of horror/mystery manga but this is brilliant. It's intelligent, and suspenseful. What really attracts me is that the villain makes sense, he's just using really trashy methods.

Cannot wait for the end of this. If anyone can suggest anything similar you gotta let me know. I think I may have found a new Manga type addiction!
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Good Quick Read   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by joeyt741
January 15th, 2009, 11:03pm
When i first read this i was expecting it to be some kind of horror manga, but as i read into its more of a detective story, and a good one at that, it reads really quick and the pacing is great, you finish one chapter and just jump to the next one. Can't wait until this is finished being scanned.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by lierinwait
December 30th, 2008, 3:15am
Storytelling and pacing (so far) is actually quite good. The only real complaint I have is the art which, while not totally bad, really lacks the detail and atmosphere this kind of story needs.
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