Every manga lover has one or two manga that they read, and almost threw the damn book out the window. Well, I happen to have 4 of these. That’s right 4 manga that would gladly burn out of existence. So welcome to a post filled with hatred and disappointment! If I save one person from wasting their time, then I would have done a great service to humanity.
Dead Tube – Kitakawa Touta & Yamaguchi Mikoto
So one of my first ever posts on this blog was on my top 5 survival game manga. I do not shy away from blood, gore or horror. So when I read the plot of ‘Dead Tube’ I was pumped. The story follows a young boy who gets roped into participating in ‘Dead Tube’ by his school’s beauty. You have to film yourself doing an incredibly action, some people film themselves committing suicide, while others film themselves murdering other people. The competition runs once a month, and the idea is to get as many views as possible and become the ‘winner’. The people with the least amount of views will bear the burden of paying for everyone else’s behaviour. So if someone robbed a bank, the one with the lowest views would either have the pay the money back, or go to jail. Then times this by 100, since you have to pay back for ALL participants.
So real talk, I probably should have figured something was up when the guy was filming the girl peeing, but I had hopes. A lot of the main guy and girl’s ‘story’ involves seeing people brutally murdering one another, or murdering them themselves. What TRULY put me off this manga was that every story arc featured a woman getting brutally raped. There was even a story where a teacher had been driven insane after being gang raped by her students a few years before, and the main characters just watch her being raped, and don’t do anything. There’s also the incredibly creepy fact that the main guy gets a hard on anytime someone gets their head bashed in.
Itoshi No Mirai-Kun (Mirai is my lover) – Yoshida Yuuko
So this one wasn’t nearly as grotesque as the previous manga, but it did make me feel very uncomfortable. ‘Mirai is my lover’ is a BL manga, and follows two childhood friends. Mirai Kun is a innocent young boy, and his childhood friend constantly watches over him. The first few chapters follow the various relationships Mirai Kun has, the first with a senpai at school, the next with an otaku and the final one with a random office worker. In the last two Mirai is essentially just used for sex. The second someone tells Mirai that they love him, he’ll go out with them.
The two chapters dealing with the otaku and the office worker were incredibly unsettling. I just wanted to grab Mirai and protect him. Mirai is ready to do anything for the men that claim to love him, he’ll dress up for them and even do sexual acts that he feels uncomfortable with. The manga does end happily for Mirai and the childhood friend, thankfully, but still, give this one a miss.
5 Ji Kara 9 Ji Made (From 5 to 9)- Aihara Miki
I’ve written about this one before, but it still haunts me. Every now and again I’ll be going on my daily life, and I’ll think about and just get so angry. I only got through the first 4 chapters, which follows Sakuraba Junko, whose family have forced an arrange marriage interview upon her. The guy turns out to be a buddhist monk, and a twat. He essentially tells her that her dreams and aspirations are worthless, and locks her up. To make matters worse SHE FALLS IN LOVE WITH HIM. This strong female character, who had dreams and plans for her life, falls in love with this crazy sexist man. The manga has also been developed into a Japanese drama, which a few blogging buddies have said is even worse than the manga. Excuse me, I just need to cry in a corner.
12-ji Kara Hajimaru – Ayane Ukyou
This manga is by far the most disappointing manga I have ever read. And yes, unfortunately, it is another BL series. The story follows Shoyu, who runs a cozy pub. He rents the room above the pub and sleeps during the day while it’s run as a restaurant by the owners. Unfortunately the owners have decided to retire, and Shoyu can’t afford to to run the place by himself. But (horribly) a man from his past says he’ll run the restaurant during the day, and pushes himself into living with Shoyu above the restaurant. The man is Shoyu’s ‘lover’ from 12 years ago, who raped Shoyu. After the attack, Shoyu was hospitalised and had to move, his parents also found out his sexual orientation and became distant.
The man continues to insert himself into Shoyu’s life, trying to make Shoyu fall in love with him. For the first 3 chapters Shoyu consistency rebukes him, the story seems to become one that shows the strength sexual assault survivors have, a story of bravery. But then it goes downhill FAST. The man continually tells Shoyu that Shoyu seduced him, and that it’s Shoyu’s fault, and Shoyu starts accepting that. HE (SHOYU) APOLOGISES AND THEY HAVE A REALTIONSHIP *SCREAMS*. The RAPIST says NOTHING, he’s convinced that HE’S the victim. Can someone please invent a machine that can wipe this entire series from my memory?
All About Anime wrote a really interesting article on this manga, which looks at the series as more of a ‘grey area’ – I really loved reading it!
So that’s the end of my post. I hope that after reading through each of them, you can see how my header image was quite appropriate 😛 As I said above, reading these was almost worth it, if it stops just one person from suffering.
Do you have a manga that you would rather die than read again?