What are the best English translated Japanese fantasy and horror books?

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    #1All You Need Is Kill

    All You Need Is Kill

    All You Need is Kill is Hiroshi Sakuraza's novel about Keiji Kiriya, a man who dies and is reborn every day while fighting the alien Mimics, and his fateful meeting with a mysterious soldier named Full Metal Bitch.


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    Bertha Córdova
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Wow! Now a movie starring Tom Cruise. How great is that, beauty and beastly action all together."
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    1Q84 is a fantasy fiction book written by Haruki Murakami which centers on a young woman named Aomame who follows a taxi driver's enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. 


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    Shirley Ward
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is one of the most interesting books I have ever read. I really liked it and never wanted to put it down. I will read over and over. "
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    #3Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1)

    Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1)

    Ghost In The Shell, Vol. 1, 2nd Edition (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) is a book written by Masamune Shirow. The book was published on June 20, 2006 by Dark House Comics.


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    #4Akira (Vol. 1)

    Akira (Vol. 1)

    Akira (Vol. 1) is a science fiction manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. Set in 2019 after Tokyo was destroyed by World War II, two teenage friends Tetsuo and Kaneda fight against a monstrous power known as Akira. 


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    Shirley Bradley
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The translation is well done, which is so so important. The book itself is solid. I highly recommend it. "
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    #5Hellsing (Vol. 1)

    Hellsing (Vol. 1)

    Hellsing is a manga by Kohta Hirano. It is translated by Duane Johnson and Wilbert Lacuna. It is about an organization tasked to defend England's queen against vampires, witches, and other dark forces.


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    Arjun Jayaraman
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "After a slow start, I was quickly captivated by the book and the plot. Graphic at times but amazing attention to detail and enough variety within to keep things interesting. A lot of topics and backgrounds are covers and a great combination of plot violence and even a little humor. A must read."
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    #6Parasyte (Vol. 1)

    Parasyte (Vol. 1)

    Parasyte (Vol. 1)  is a horror manga written and illustrated by Iwaaki Hitoshi. It is about the high school boy Shin, who found out that a race of parasites has taken over a large number of people in his town.


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    Julia Wilson
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Parasyte is a fantastic roller coaster ride of creepy. An alien race called parasites come to earth with one goal. Devour humanity. As they arrive, they get inside a human, eat the brain, and become the host, killing the human and allowing the parasite to control the body. After they get body, they track other humans, kill them, and eat them for dinner. One parasite however, fails to get into the brain of a young boy named Shinichi. It burrows itself into his arm and starts to move up. Shinichi takes his headphones and ties of his arm like a tourniquet not allowing the parasite to move. Now, the parasite has control of the arm, and must find a way to work with his human host and learn about himself, and his species."
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    #7Dragon Ball |(Vol. 1)

    Dragon Ball |(Vol. 1)

    Dragon Ball entails the epic story of Earth's strongest hero named Son Goku and the magical dragon balls. Goku goes on an adventure to save the planet from destruction against extra-terrestrial enemies.


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    Anna Soto
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Dragonball is very immersive and you follow the story of Goku and friends to save the world. Dragonball is super popular and this book if you've never followed the series is a great way to get into it. "
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    #8Uzumaki (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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    Wayne Silva
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a great horror story and a great translation. I really enjoyed this piece and have recommended it to many people who enjoy Japanese horror which is in its own way a genre."
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    #9Berserk (Vol. 1)

    Berserk (Vol. 1)
    Berserk revolves around the struggle of Guts - a feared warrior known as the Black Swordsman - as he escapes from the demonic forces coming after him. Will this journey lead him to death or vengeance?

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    Paul Barrett
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "It's hard finding violent manga; most is cute or has a lot of nudity. That's what makes Berserk refreshing; I don't feel like I'm going to get my butt kicked at the gym when I leave it for all to see in the locker. It's a manly book for a manly man like me."
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    #10Vampire Hunter D (Vol. 1)

    Vampire Hunter D (Vol. 1)

    In the year 12090 A.D., humanity is on the verge of extinction: mutants and vampires are ruling the world, and humanity had no choice but to seek shelter in small towns, waiting for a savior. D, a mysterious vampire hunter, has finally showed up, and he is the only chance of humanity's survival.


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    Brenda Ruiz
    Written on May 1, 2018
    " Vampire Hunter D is one of my favorite mangas. Glad it finally got translated into English."


Best What are the best English translated Japanese fantasy and horror books
1All You Need Is KillBooks 39 Paid
21Q84Books 36 Paid
3Ghost In The Shell (Vol. 1)Books 35 Paid
4Akira (Vol. 1)Books 32 Paid
5Hellsing (Vol. 1)Books 30 Paid
6Parasyte (Vol. 1)Books 28 Paid
7Dragon Ball |(Vol. 1)Books 27 Paid
8Uzumaki (Vol. 1)Books 24 Paid
9Berserk (Vol. 1)Books 23 Paid
10Vampire Hunter D (Vol. 1)Books 2 Paid

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