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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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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (404 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.43 / 10.0
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September 28th 2017, 7:30am PST



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Young Magazine (Kodansha)

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English Publisher
TokyoPop (10 Volumes - Complete)

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I enjoyed it!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by markdarkangel
September 11th, 2008, 9:44pm
Ok, great series, i really enjoyed it (i'm a psychological/ horror/mystery fan). But the one that pains me a little is how the mangaka ended it, its like you should decide for your selves what is going to happen to Teru and Ako or imagine for your selves, kinda pisses me off it doesn't bring a real conclusion to it. But, besides all that, i loved the series, art was great story was awesome, it was fun seeing how they will survive every arc. What i'm trying to say is that its a good read.

... Last updated on November 13th, 2008, 11:36pm
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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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Lord of the flies...   
Rating: 8.6 / 10.0
by thebuddybud
July 29th, 2008, 10:50pm
I can't believe nobody mentioned the classic novel "Lord of the Flies". The manga and the novel are very similar in themes that it makes me think the manga is a ripoff. Well, i loved the novel, and i love the manga. I'm just sick of endings leaving you unsatisfied.
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I got trapped!   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by anianimoo
July 14th, 2008, 6:39pm
This manga is really realistic. After being sucked into the plot I couldn't get out, so I just sat there and kept reading for an hour! It's so gripping! The entire part where the people where trapped in the train tunnel, if that happened to me, I would just kill myself.
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One of a kind   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mugi
July 13th, 2008, 9:21pm
Not only is this good it's also the only manga out there that deals with survival during a natural disaster. I won't spoil the ending but it's not as simple as it sounds you have to read it to the end to piece together what really happened. The art is very nice especially the backgrounds and all the little details. I have to give praise to the art style of the author, it creates a horror atmosphere similar to Junji Ito. The middle volumes do get tedious to go through but the rest is worth it. Very recommended.
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...pretty nice...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by o0James0o
June 28th, 2008, 10:06pm
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overall this manga is pretty nice.... but..... the freakin author gave away the cause of the whole disaster too quick.... just from volume 1... with the descriptions.... you couldve already guessed that it have something to do with the volcano.... yet it takes him to vol 7 just to give the readers the answer.... when we already knew it at volume 1 from the descriptions of the whole settin.... hot in the underground cave like in a sauna.. dark clouds.... eruptions... ashes...

pretty much.... this manga is pretty good to spend some time on... but definitely not psychological and mysterical enough...

i take back what i said..... all i said is only up till volume 7... it gets better after volume 7.... but thats pretty much near the end -.-...

... Last updated on June 29th, 2008, 12:24am
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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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it's very good   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Akujin
March 26th, 2008, 3:29pm
After each volume i beg for more! I constantly feel a need to know what's going to happen next. It's exiting, and it's easy to read for everyone. it's not that depressing or scary as it "should" be, it's more of an action than a horror survival imo - which is great, because I can't stand stories that are too gore and uses too much realism. this one keeps it balanced enough for anyone to read ;)

the only downside is that it doesn't quite picture human nature and behavior pattern as well as it could, and it's also in lack of dialogs. but it's also probably a good thing considering how cruel and dark it could had been if it did (though, it's the perfect layout for a psychological sci-fi horror).
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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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It really is good!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Limu
July 15th, 2007, 2:03pm
Don't judge it by just the first volume, there's so much more to this story.
It's like the kids are in a survival game, one obstacle after another.
Once you think they're safe, think again. Overall, a psychologial thriller you can't miss.
Each volume gets better.

... Last updated on July 15th, 2007, 2:04pm
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