Homunculus (manga)

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Homunculus
Homunculus Manga.jpg
Cover of Volume 1 of Homunculus
ホムンクルス
(Homunkurusu)
Genre Horror, Psychological
Manga
Written by Hideo Yamamoto
Published by Shogakukan
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Spirits
Original run July 30, 2003April 28, 2011
Volumes 15
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Homunculus (ホムンクルス Homunkurusu?) is a Japanese manga by Hideo Yamamoto, intended for the seinen audience. It is serialized in the magazine Big Comic Spirits. The first volume was released by Shogakukan on July 30, 2003,[1] the last volume on April 28, 2011.[2]

Plot[edit]

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.

Susumu Nakoshi is a 34-year-old homeless man living out of his car. For two weeks, he declines his fellow homeless men's invitations to set up a tent with them, preferring to sleep in his car. One day he is accosted by a strange-looking man searching for participants to subject themselves to trepanation. Nakoshi tells the man to leave, and discards the flier the man placed on his windshield. However, when his car is towed, he agrees to let medical student Manabu Itoh drill a hole in his skull in exchange for 700,000 yen. Itoh claims to be interested in trepanation for the sake of science; he is interested in humans, fascinated with ESP and the sixth sense, and wants to disprove the existence of the occult. Itoh's father owns a lab facility, as his father is a rich hospital director. Itoh performs the trepanation surgery on Nakoshi and does a variety of ESP tests. When Nakoshi reveals that he sees distorted humans when using only the left side of his body, Itoh researches and discovers that Nakoshi can see homunculi.

Itoh explains psychoanalytic theory to Nakoshi after the yakuza incident.

Characters[edit]

Susumu Nakoshi is a 34-year-old man. At the beginning of the series, he is shown to be recently homeless and living out of his car. He is living between two worlds, that of the middle class and that of the homeless. He appears to be suffering some kind of break, as he vomits food and refuses to improve his situation.

Manabu Itoh is the 22-year-old medical student who proposes the trepanation experiment and investigates material relevant to Nakoshi's reports.

Yukari, or #1775, is a 17-year-old girl working in a burusera salon.

Volumes[edit]

Original Japanese[3]
Name Publisher ISBN Publication Date
Volume 1[1] Shogakukan ISBN 4-09-187071-6 July 30, 2003
Volume 2[4] Shogakukan ISBN 4-09-187072-4 April 30, 2004
Volume 3[5] Shogakukan ISBN 4-09-187073-2 July 30, 2004
Volume 4[6] Shogakukan ISBN 4-09-187074-0 December 24, 2004
Volume 5[7] Shogakukan ISBN 4-09-187075-9 February 28, 2005
Volume 6[8] Shogakukan ISBN 4-09-187076-7 August 30, 2005
Volume 7[9] Shogakukan ISBN 4-09-180772-0 November 30, 2006
Volume 8[10] Shogakukan ISBN 978-4-09-181068-7 June 29, 2007
Volume 9[11] Shogakukan ISBN 978-4-09-181747-1 February 29, 2008
Volume 10[12] Shogakukan ISBN 978-4-09-182129-4 August 28, 2009
Volume 11[13] Shogakukan ISBN 978-4-09-182250-5 December 26, 2009
Volume 12[14] Shogakukan ISBN 978-4-09-183018-0 February 27, 2010
Volume 13[15] Shogakukan ISBN 978-4-09-183353-2 July 30, 2010
Volume 14[16] Shogakukan ISBN 978-4-09-183535-2 December 25, 2010
Volume 15[2] Shogakukan ISBN 978-4-09-183790-5 April 28, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b ホムンクルス / 1 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b ホムンクルス / 15 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ 小学館:コミック
  4. ^ ホムンクルス / 2 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  5. ^ ホムンクルス / 3 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  6. ^ ホムンクルス / 4 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  7. ^ ホムンクルス / 5 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  8. ^ ホムンクルス / 6 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ ホムンクルス / 7 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ ホムンクルス / 8 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ ホムンクルス / 9 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ ホムンクルス / 10 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ ホムンクルス / 11 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  14. ^ ホムンクルス / 12 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  15. ^ ホムンクルス / 13 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012. 
  16. ^ ホムンクルス / 14 (in Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved February 22, 2012.