What are the best depressing mangas?

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    #1Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)

    Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)

    Edward and Alphonse Elric abused the power of alchemy by pushing it to its limit of bringing their mother back to life. They failed in taking this gamble and the siblings ended up as slaves of their military-alchemical government.


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    Benjamin Stanley
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "I think this is ok."
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    #2Attack on Titan (Vol. 1)

    Attack on Titan (Vol. 1)
    For years, humans were saved from the man-eating giants known as Titans because of the 50-meter high walls surrounding them. Until one day, a titan higher than the walls appeared and it changed the fate of the humanity once more.

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    Rosario Álvarez
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "I am really interested in in mangas that I can relate too, such as ones that are depressing or sad. Attack on the Titan is definitely interesting and makes you think about what life would be like post apocalypse. Even in the science fiction setting, the characters struggle with realistic problems and explore different characteristics and emotions. "
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    #3Nana (Vol. 1)

    Nana (Vol. 1)
    This is the story of two 20-years old girls, who have the same name but very different stories: while Nana Komatsu just got to the city looking for love, whereas Nana Osaki is a cool girl who is focused in becoming the next rock and roll superstar. 


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    Joshua Ramos
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Very intriguing story. Same name characters but very different stories. Both stories are typical struggles young adults battle in real life. Good read."
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    #4Absolute Boyfriend (Vol. 1)

    Absolute Boyfriend (Vol. 1)
    Absolute Boyfriend (Vol. 1) is a Romance manga by Yuu Watase. It was first serialized in Shojo Comic from 2003 to 2005. Viz Media is the publisher of this manga’s English version.

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    Dhruv Patel
    Written on March 12, 2018
    "Absolute Boyfriend seems to be a good mangas. I am not completely positive it is a depressing magna, it seems to have some good comedy in it. I also love the artwork."
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    #5Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

    Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)

    Paradise Kiss is a romantic drama manga written and illustrated by Ai Yazawa. This manga tells the story of Yukari Hayasaka and her struggle to balance modeling and school. Paradise Kiss has 5 published volumes.


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    Crystal James
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "This was not what I was looking for. This caters to the LGBQ crowd, and wasn't what I was going for. "
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    #65 Centimeters per Second

    5 Centimeters per Second
    As they were sharing lots of interests and attitudes, it was a matter of time that Takaki Tohno and Akari Shinohara became friends. Akari will eventualli move to another town, due to her parents' jobs, so they will have no other choice than to keep in touch by letter, a situation that will slowly and painfully end their relationship. 


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    Ao Zou
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "This is pretty heart wrenching for a manga. I actually felt for Shinoshara a lot. It made me sad to feel for her as I did. I haven't been so invested in a character since I read about Hiro in 9th Wonder."
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    #7Uzumaki (Vol. 1)

    Uzumaki (Vol. 1)
    After becoming obsessed with spiral patterns, the father of Shuichi Saito died under mysterious circumstances: his dead body had adapted the shape of a twisted coil. Soon after these events, the whole town gets infected with a strange disease. 


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    Maria Rivera
    Written on March 21, 2018
    "Boy, is it ever depressing! It start by the main character's father dying after some weird obsession and soon the whole town is infected. Oddly engaging if you are into something a bit on the dark side."
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    #8Sand Chronicles (Vol. 1)

    Sand Chronicles (Vol. 1)
    Ann Uekusa and her recently divorced mother had no choice than leaving Tokyo and go to Shimane, a rural town. Used to not being known wherever she goes, Ann still doesn't feel comfortable with the extreme kindness of the citizens of her mother's hometown, but when a personal tragedy hit her, she will realize how necessary they have become for her. 


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    Ryan Roberts
    Written on March 2, 2018
    "The Sand Chronicles has a very sweet story. A depressed young girl has to move the country. There she learns she can depend on stranger's kindness. A nice coming of age sort of tale."
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    #9A Silent Voice (Vol. 1)

    A Silent Voice (Vol. 1)

    Shoya, the school bully, took it too far with Shoya, a deaf new girl that entered his elementary school class. He and his friends tortured her until she had to leave the school, which kind of saddened Shoya. Six years later, they meet again, and Shoya will try to fix his mistakes from the past. 


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    Joshua Robertson
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "As a person that was bullied throughout all of my school years. I feel like I really relate to this. I was sad throughout all of my years and this has really, really made me see that it isnt all bad. I feel like I can really get over that period of my life with this colorful book. I am still reading it and do not plan on stopping any time soon."
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    #10Saikano (Vol. 1)

    Saikano (Vol. 1)
    This is the story of Shuji and Chise, two high school seniors that started dating a few weeks ago. Some days after starting officially dating, he discovers that she has been engineered with a powerful technology that will allow her to transform into a weapon. As days go by, she keeps getting stronger, which makes the relationship between them very hard. 


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    Janet Robertson
    Written on March 10, 2018
    "Saikano (Vol. 1) is an intriguing manga novel that follows two lovestruck teenagers as they deal with futuristic technology together. It's appropriate for all genders and is a unique take on a classic love story."
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    #11Emma (Vol. 1)

    Emma (Vol. 1)
    After being rescued from her miserable life, Emma has been working all her life as a British maid for a wealthy family. She eventually falls in love with William, the eldest son, but they are forced to keep their romance secret as society would never allow such relationship. 


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    Navya Jindal
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "Come on forbidden love is always sad, of course this is terrible, In Victorian-era England this is a love story for the ages, a must have."
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    #12Ceres: Celestial Legend (Vol. 1)

    Ceres: Celestial Legend (Vol. 1)

    Ceres: Celestial Legend Vol. 1 is a fantasy shojo manga series written and illustrated by Yuu Watase. Viz Media is the publisher of Ceres: Celestial Legend in North America. It is known in Japan as Mystery of Ceres (Ayashi no Seresu).


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    Shaurya Jhadav
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Ceres follows Aki Miyage shortly after watching her twin brother die. She's turning 16 and trying to figure out the world, and herself. It turns out she has supernatural powers, including being able to contact her dead brother. This series if funny, but also poignant as it deals with topics such as love and loss. "
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    #13Fragment of Horror

    Fragment of Horror

    Fragment of Horror is a horror manga written and illustrated by horror mangaka Junji Ito, who also created the Uzumaki: Spiral of Horror series. It was serialized between April 2013 and February 2014 as 7 separate short stories.


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    Tyler Ross
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This wasn't so depressing as it was scary. Great manga, though."
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    #14Red Colored Elegy

    Red Colored Elegy
    Red Colored Elegy is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Seiichi Hayashi. This one-volume gekiga manga was published between 1970 and 1971. In 2007, Toei Animation adapted the manga into an animated version.

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    Kelly Garrett
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Kind of expensive for a book. The reviews are good but there's only 5. I think I will shop some other websites to see if I can find it cheaper."
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    #15A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life

    A Drifting Life is a gekiga manga written and illustrated by the legendary Japanese mangaka Yoshihiro Tatsumi. This slice of life and drama graphic novel was originally published in 2008. It has a 2011 film adaptation entitled Tatsumi.


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    Sharon Sims
    Written on March 28, 2018
    "This may sound weird, but I really like depressing stories. Life isn't happy, and I like to see people struggle through hardship and difficulty and understand that people don't always overcome this. This story is told in a very simple way, with very little text and linework, and I think that adds to the emotion. However, the localization isn't very good, as they mirrored the book for Western audiences, which rearranged the panels awkwardly."
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    #16Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)

    Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1)
    Lone Wolf and Cubis an epic samurai manga written by Kazuo Koike and illustrated by Goseki Kojima and published in America by Dark Horse Comics. 

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    Alexander Mills
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Lone Wolf and Cub (Vol. 1) is one of my favorite mangas. It is kind of depressing, but the story is so addicting and I love the characters. A must read."


Best What are the best depressing mangas
1Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)Books 36 Paid
2Attack on Titan (Vol. 1)Books 32 Paid
3Nana (Vol. 1)Books 31 Paid
4Absolute Boyfriend (Vol. 1)Books 30 Paid
5Paradise Kiss (Vol. 1)Books 29 Paid
65 Centimeters per SecondBooks 27 Paid
7Uzumaki (Vol. 1)Books 25 Paid
8Sand Chronicles (Vol. 1)Books 21 Paid
9A Silent Voice (Vol. 1)Books 19 Paid
10Saikano (Vol. 1)Books 14 Paid

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