The manga discussed in this article are Mature series with regard to graphic content.
His world Outdated comics is one of the most disturbing, horrifying areas of contemporary storytelling in the world, but that’s no excuse to squander perfect art with socially conscious messages. With so many classics to sort through, it wasn’t easy to find the ten best retro comics in the medium’s history.
Please note that while many of the characters are colorful and feel like comic books to many of these, all of these series are visually stunning and are among the most disturbing stories ever. included in the page. That said, they’re also notable for being elite pieces of cohesive storytelling in one of the top speculative fiction markets in the world, and that’s saying something. This is the best of the best.
10 Eden: It’s an Endless World (1997 – 2008)
The product of mangaka Hiroki Endo, Eden follows the journey of Elijah Ballard and his brutal companion Cherubim through a hellish, survivalist world fueled by guerrilla warfare, rife with factions militaristic rivalries and ideological competition. Clearly an exploration of the philosophies of Gnosticism, Eden ultimately focuses on various aspects of moral complexity, which in many ways serves as a reflection on the nature of the doctrine. moral relativism when pitting it against more concrete ideologies such as religious orthodoxy. In short, this is an intense cyberpunk story about a soldier boy who grew up in the woods after a mysterious plague ravaged humanity, searching for his father.
9 I Am a Hero (2009 – 2017)
A clever twist on the zombie apocalypse, I Am a Hero deals with low-level manga assistant Hideo Suzuki as he struggles to negotiate a real/absurd world where humans seem to be transform into aggressive, destructive, corpse-like monsters. A winding, if not meta, story about one man’s quest for artistic meaning and personal motivation in a world besieged by an endless army of the undead, at the heart of I Am. a Hero beats the human heart, despite its individual flaws, lovingly presents the quirky tale of life on the brink of civilization’s collapse. Written and illustrated by Kengo Hanazawa, I Am the Hero is surprisingly well-liked, despite its extremely gruesome content.
8 Dorohedoro (2000 – 2018)
Bizarre doesn’t even begin to describe Dorohedoro, and that’s probably a good thing. Perhaps the funniest entry on this list, Dorohedoro focuses on the mystical (as well as ambiguous) world of “The Hole” and the amnesiac, unscrupulous lizard-headed sentinel known for the irony is Kaiman as he mysteriously cooperates with restaurant owners and good people. sports Nikaido to do a few spins in the Wizarding World and behead some criminals for obscure reasons that ultimately don’t seem to matter. An eclectic cast of ironically appropriate characters completes this irreverent, long-running fantasy drama, with the assistance of Q Hiyashida.
7 Nausicaä of the Valley of the Winds (1982 – 1994)
Hayao Miyazaki’s inimitable fantasy epic surrounds the brave Princess Nausicaä on one of the most imaginative, dreamlike journeys in manga history. A typical Miyazaki philosophical exhibition, showcasing what would later become his trademark art and design, this story owes much to Jean “Moebius” Giraud and its sci-fi productions. The West was evolving in the 1970s, encapsulated in a healthy, if not multi-layered, world clearly marked by war and destruction. Perhaps a distinguishing feature of this work might be its pervasive animism, its devotion to environmental concerns, but what it will be remembered for is the masterful performance of the artists. Kinetic action set pioneered by the owner himself.
6 Battle Royale (2000 – 2005)
The subject of a popular movie, too, the Battle Royale manga, written by original novelist Koushin Takami with hauntingly detailed drawings by Masayuki Taguchi, is one of the darkest and most visually rich stories. ever written, a truly sad contest of typical cruelty about a high school class of students forced to fight to the death to entertain the public in a dark nightmare. As a psychological thriller, character-driven as unforgettable as it is devastating, Battle Royale is best viewed as a story about social grace and what happens when that fundamental belief is broken. destroyed by a higher power that doesn’t care like totalitarian government.
5 Legends of Mother Sarah (1990 – 2004)
Also responsible for the top entry on this list, Katsuhiro Otomo takes on the writing duties while giving art assignments to the competent Takumi Nagayasu for what could be one of the great feminist hero stories. This is a wonderful genre: a woman’s journey through a post-apocalyptic hellscape in search of her lost children. A journey far more realistic and harrowing than Otomo’s earlier Akira, Mother Sarah carries within her the same qualities that have made Akira a rock for the medium, including her political leanings. his dramatic anti-Imperialism alongside a stunning cinematic feel for art. It is this quality that gives the work a strange “western cowboy” theme, made even more novel by the rare vision of a true feminist hero in Sarah, as well as the violence. its penetration.
4 ERROR! (1997 – 2003)
An Escher-style industrial complex filled with surreal violence, BLAME! is Tsutomu Nihei’s nightmarish blend of neo-noir and cyberpunk, ultimately delivering perhaps one of the most sublime surrealist atmospheres in the medium’s history. Starring a quiet, impenetrable protagonist named Killy as he haunts a giant (bigger than most planets by a wide margin) and mostly empty streets with walls, scaffolding and scattered civilizations (many of which are not human), it’s BLAME! getting it right is quite extraordinary: presenting a vast, opaque, and puzzling mystery of old-school science fiction and refusing to explain the larger meaning. What emerges is a surprisingly vivid nucleus of a crude alien world, almost unrecognizable as man-made, yet possessing a distant memory of that.
3 Dragon Heads (1994 – 1999)
Dragon Head is a slow-paced, naturalist journey into desolation and survival, about a trio of young students who survive a deadly train derailment in a situation that turns out to be bad. much worse than the original. Best described as 28 Days After No Zombies, Dragon Head isn’t for the faint of heart, taking a harrowing journey into apocalyptic mass madness through the eyes of a teenage boy. forced to fend for themselves amid rapidly deteriorating social infrastructure. Equally bold and horribly unsettling, Minetaro Mochizuki’s work is considered one of the most engaging and immersive retros of its genre.
2 Drift Classes (1972 – 1974)
Undoubtedly one of the most influential manga on this list, Drifting Classroom is a marvel of its time, setting the standard for terror and horror that endures 50 years after its first publication. Undoubtedly, originally intended as a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of delinquency among youth, Kazuo Umezu’s ridiculously disturbing and surreal story about students with buildings The school is transported to a post-apocalyptic enigmatic setting of simply crawling monsters, certainly a groundbreaking thriller.
The most striking feature of Umezu’s efforts may be the period’s seemingly traditional art style which is ironically distorted and unrealistic with each increasingly violent and catastrophic event of the series. illustrated, thereby subtly emphasizing the social commentary inherent in that consoling art- the style used instead to present tragedies that extend beyond the grade-level theme. An incredibly mature and sophisticated critique of the Japanese social and cultural practices of the time, The Drift Class is a well-constructed film that attempts to portray the Lord of the Flies situation in a light-hearted way. cruelest possible law.
1 Akira (1982 – 1990)
While the comic book field is brimming with all manner of gripping dark-style storytelling, there’s simply no substitute for what is clearly one of history’s greatest endeavors. its: Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo. Part sci-fi thriller/part classic superhero deconstruction, what ultimately gives Akira the edge over its competitors is its stunning display of market unity. The feeling is achieved in the work, possessing one of the best visual sequence compositions ever created not only in manga, but perhaps in all manga.
Akira’s strengths are many: an indelible cast of characters who have succeeded in filling what has become an extremely compelling philosophical exploration of the human psyche, a world that comes to life. filled with dynamic, interconnected pieces that never felt forced or cheap and a sense of constant escalation that works in favor of one of the most emotionally evocative villains of all. all the manga, Tetsuo is crazy. Put all that together, and what you have is more than just one of the best Outdated comics of all time, but perhaps one of the best comic book periods.