Halloween is one of the best times of the year. With costumes, horror, and candy, there is so much to love about Halloween. Halloween isn't just amazing in real life, but it also makes for some interesting tales in the world of anime and manga. With Halloween just around the corner, we are going to look at some we are going to be looking at the top 10 Halloween manga. We will cover manga that either contains some kind of horror element or manga that capture the essence of Halloween.
10. I Am a Hero
- Authors: Hanazawa, Kengo
- Genres: Drama, Horror, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 22
- Published: April 2009 to February 2017
Hideo Suzuki was once a mangaka of an obscure manga, but his series failed due to the poor sales numbers. Now, Hideo has no choice but to become a mangaka's assistant. His once fruitful life has now become monotonous and boring. Hideo also has a problem with random hallucinations that plague his everyday life. While on the way to his girlfriend's house to apologize for a recent argument they had, Hideo's life gets turned upside down with the dead coming back to life and society crumbling around him.
What better to start off our Halloween manga list than one that features everyone's favorite horror monsters, zombies? I am Hero features many unsettling images from Hideo's hallucinations to the blood vein covered zombies. Alongside all of the unsettling images, you get a story that is quite unique to the zombie genre and has many social commentary elements to pair with its horror. While this may not be the most spooky or gore filled manga around, it is still a good read if you are looking for something with a little more substance for Halloween.
9. Youkai Kyoushitsu (Dissolving Classroom)
- Authors: Ito, Junji
- Genres: Horror, School, Josei
- Volumes: 1
- Published: March 2013 - October 2014
Yuma Azeri has just transferred to a new school. Due to Yuma being quiet and constantly apologizing, he is bullied by the other students. One of Yuma's classmates, Keiko, is chased by a creepy girl while walking home from school and is hit by a truck. Then Yuma visits Keiko in the hospital and apologizes to her and her parents and explains that it was his little sister that had chased Keiko. Wherever Yuuma and his sister Chizuki go, bad things are sure to follow them and the problems around their home have only just begun.
Being one of Junji Ito's manga, you know you are in for a creepy and unsettling story. Youkai Kyoushitsu is a collection short stories connected by the Azeri siblings that and all of them ending in the same way. With its short stories, Youkai Kyoushitsu gives you truly haunting tales that will creep you out from beginning to end. With a story that combines social commentary with its horror, Youkai Kyoushitsu makes for one of the most uniques stories around.
8. Dolly Kill Kill
- Authors: Kurando, Yukiaki and Nomura, Yuusuke
- Genres: Action, Horror
- Volumes: 11
- Published: August 2014 to September 2017
After a hard-fought win for the team's baseball game, Iruma Ikaruga and his teammates are enjoying some downtime at the school's pool. Their fun would soon come to an end when a swarm of wasp-like creatures arrive and start stinging everybody. The stings from the creatures turn out to be deadly as everybody who got stung sees their skin start bubbling before their untimely demise. Iruma is able to escape with his best friend Matsun and his crush Kumano. Although they managed to escape the wasp-like creatures, they run into another threat, giant doll's armed with human eating vacuums. Armed with only his unbreakable spirit, Iruma must try to keep himself and his friends alive.
Filled with tons of gore and creepy killer dolls, Dolly Kill Kill is a great Halloween manga. While the manga may not be scary, it does have plenty of aspects that are unsettling and will definitely creep you out. The visuals in Dolly Kill Kill are its main strength and provide for most of the creepy parts of the manga. Although the story may not be the best around, it isn't boring and does enough to add to the already creepy visuals.
7. Apocalypse no Toride(Fort of Apocalypse)
- Authors: Kuraishi, Yuu and Inabe, Kazu
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi, Shounen, Psychological
- Volumes: 10
- Published: September 2011 to August 2015
Yoshiaki Maeda came across a dead body on his way home from school and was mistaken as the killer. Yoshiaki was charged for murder and was sent to Shouran Academy Juvenile Detention Center, a prison for the worst juveniles in the Kanto area are sent. Finding placed in Cell 4 with Gou Iwakura, Masafumi Yoshioka, and Mitsuru Yamanoi, Yoshiaki can't believe he is thrust into a battle for prison leader supremacy on his first day. Yoshiaki and his cellmates are punished alongside a few other inmates for the fight and are sent out into the yard to do laps around the field. Their punishment is brought to an abrupt end when a van crashes into the yard. The guard on duty starts to carry the injured van passenger to the infirmary only to find out that he was actually a zombie. Now with a zombie outbreak, the members of Cell 4 ban together to fight against the zombies, while also dealing with the other 139 members of the prison also trying to survive by any means necessary.
A much more traditional take on the zombie genre, Apocalypse no Toride gives you another fantastic zombie manga for halloween. Apocalypse no Toride has wonderful main characters that grow on you as the series progresses along. The manga also has plenty of gore and action that make is one of the best manga to read on Halloween. Apocalypse no Toride has a nice balance between its gore and story giving you a great story to go along with all of the blood you will be seeing. While Apocalypse no Toride may not be the most interesting or scariest manga on the list, it has plenty to keep you interested and entertained.
- Authors: Kakizaki, Masasumi
- Genres: Action, Horror, Psychological, Seinen
- Volumes: 1
- Published: June 2010 - August 2010
After the death of their son, Miki and Seiichi Kirishima go on a vacation to a southern island to try to cope with their grief. While Miki only wanted to get away from her pain, Seiichi had other plans for the trip. Seiichi planned to kill his wife and hide her on the island in order to start a new life, but his plan fails and Miki is able to escape. Seiichi chases Miki into and cave and ends up getting himself trapped inside of the cave. Inside the cave, Seiichi encounters a strange creature that plans on devouring him.
The first entry on the list to not include an apocalyptic world, Hideout focuses on the terror following around one man and shows his battles with the creature and the battle going on inside his mind. Hideout is a short manga, only having nine chapters, allowing you to read through it all at once if you are looking for a quick story for Halloween. The scary aspects of the story come in the form of the creature and the terror and anxiety that come from Seiichi being trapped in the cave. Hideout also features some fantastic art that adds to the spookiness of the manga.
- Authors: Ryou, Haruto
- Genres: Horror, Seinen
- Volumes: 2
- Published: October 2009 - June 2010
There is a legend about a young girl wearing Gothic lolita clothes that appears near garbage dumps. When you encounter this young girl, she will ask you a question and if you answer, you will die. While taking out the trash, Kazuki Itou encounters this mysterious girl and answers her when she asks if he has a little sister. With Kazuki seemingly cursed by the young girl, will he be able to escape his impending doom, or will he be able to find a way to avoid his death at the hands of the ghost?
Ibitsu is a spooky manga with blood and haunting images of the ghostly gothic lolita. The manga is sure to scare you while also making you want to keep reading. Ibitsu's art perfectly matches the creepy tone of the story with the horror sections being drawn especially well. With Ibitsu being another short manga, it is perfect to binge through on Halloween.
4. Mahou Shoujo of the End (Magical Girl Apocalypse)
- Authors: Satou, Kentarou
- Genres: Action, Mystery, Horror, Shounen, Supernatural
- Volumes: 16
- Published: June 2012 - August 2017
While taking a test one day at school, Kii Kogami looks out the window to see one of his teachers getting killed by a cosplaying little girl. Convinced what he saw was little more than a dream, Kogami goes to the bathroom to clear his head. When he arrives back at the classroom Kogami sees that what he saw before was real, and his classmates were all being killed by the little girl who only said the word "magical." When more of the killer magical girls start showing up, Kogami runs away with a group of survivors including his childhood friend Tsukune Fukumoto. Together with the group of survivors, Kogami must find a way out of the school while avoiding the magical girls and the reincarnated corpses of his classmates while keeping everyone alive.
Mahou Shoujo of the End features an apocalyptic world filled with killer magical girls and a group of survivors that have little chance of surviving. The fact that their chances of survival are so bleak makes Mahou Shoujo of the End one of the more interesting apocalyptic manga around. No matter how hard Kogami's group fights back they make little impact on the invading magical girl army. The manga also includes tons of creepy characters, gore, and evil children in costumes, making it perfect for Halloween.
3. Shiranui Kitanroku
- Authors: Inai, Kaoru
- Genres: Mystery, Horror, Shoujo, Supernatural
- Volumes: 1
- Published: April 2012 - June 2013
Shiranui Kitanroku consists of multiple short stories connected to a strange man who travels around. The strange man travels around telling creepy stories of different supernatural events. Everywhere the man goes, there are boys and girls being haunted by mysterious forces that lead to some tragic endings. These hauntings can't be explained by logic and are the cause of some much more sinister and supernatural forces.
The stories featured in Shiranui Kitanroku are imaginative takes on some classic horror tales. Shiranui Kitanroku features a realistic art style that is can be both impressive and terrifying. While not all of the stories will bring you the same level of fright, there are a few stories that will get to you. With stories including creepy dolls to mysterious youkai in the corner of the room, each story is interesting enough to not feel weaker than the other stories around it. Although Shiranui Kitanroku isn't the longest manga around, it is sure to bring you enough scary stories to keep you company on Halloween night.
- Authors: Abe, Jun
- Genres: Mystery, Horror, Supernatural, Seinen
- Volumes: 1
- Published: January 2006
High school student Asami Kawakami is worried about her friend Chiharu. Chiharu stopped coming to school and never returns any of Asami's phone calls. Asami learns that Chiharu has been skipping school and has done nothing but play an old video game called Portus. There is an urban legend surrounding Portus that involves a secret level where a boy will appear and ask if you want to go to the other side. If you answer yes, you die in real life. Asami gets the news that Chiharu committed. Along with her teacher, Keigo Sawa, Asami decides to look into Chiharu's suicide and discover what truly happened.
Portus is one of the best horror manga of all time, making it perfect for Halloween. Visually, Portus does things better than most manga, with creepy and gory elements, alongside the way the characters fear is displayed through the characters body and facial expressions. The story of Portus is deep and interesting containing some truly unique story elements. Although there are parts of the story that are obvious and are easy to see coming, it never feels uninteresting or uninspired. Portus is truly one of the best manga to read if you are looking for a story to read on Halloween.
1. Halloween Tantei Oz Williams (Halloween Detective Oz Williams)
- Authors: Chitose, Ame
- Genres: Mystery, Shoujo, Supernatural
- Volumes: 3
- Published: July 2012 - July 2014
In 19th century London, there lives a young genius who helps the dead get revenge on their murderers. The young genius is an odd boy named Oz Williams. Oz uses his ability to hear the dead in order to help the police solve cases. When Oz gets involved, the murderer always ends up killing themselves due to Oz's powers. With his mystery-solving prowess and his decision to wear a Halloween costume year round, Oz has earned the nickname, Halloween detective.
While Halloween Tantei Oz Williams may not be the scariest or goriest manga on the list, it incorporates every aspect of Halloween. The manga has some creepy visuals with the panels of the murder victims and gets serious when Oz is confronting the murderers. Alongside the dark and serious story, Halloween Tantei Oz Williams has a lighter side thanks to Oz's jovial nature and his interactions with his friends and allies. Oz's love for costumes and candy along with If you are looking for a lighthearted Halloween manga, Halloween Tantei Oz Williams is a great choice.
That is it for our list of the top 10 Halloween manga. From spooky scary manga to stories about candy loving detectives, we've got a little bit of everything on the list. Which Manga was your favorite? Are there any other good Halloween manga? Let us know in the comments below.