Memento Mori, and the Purity of Darkness.
A lot of manga these days, frequently offering a lot of dark themes, stories, characters, and even powers that go beyond our understanding of what horrors can be. Despite this, the variations on the underlying basic theme frequently engaged us in peculiar ways.
Kentaro Miura’s Berserk, Yamamoto Hideo’s Homonculus, or even Inio Asano’s Oyasumi Punpun, to name a few. The dark central theme in the 21st century byproduct of loneliness, and also hopefulness, tells another side of humanity’s darkest corner of minds.
Phantasmagoria, psychological, and even as simple as slice of life moment that makes us questioning our own feeble existence. Stories upon stories that exist as a medium of escapism, turns out to be yet another sets of relatable issue that you alone can understand.
Horror, as an image, an idea, or even a sound, manages to make us imagine what we are truly capable of in terms of what we can do and how we do it. The landscapes that stretch before the beholder’s sight merely wait for the common denominator to reveal itself.
But more often than not, by reading, viewing, and hearing this kind of telltale, is actually changing our own sets of what is normal and what isn’t.
Darkness is simply a side of truth that Carl Jung referred to as the “shadow self,” which is difficult to grasp or even face. More often than not, we prefer to employ our own ways of escape to completely avoid it.
But what if the form of escapism itself is trying to convince us otherwise? The distinction between what is genuine and what is part of a story is now blurred.
Top Manga/Anime for the craving of the Darkness
BERSERK, Kentaro Miura (1989)
Oyasumi Punpun, Inio Asano (2007)
Homonculus, by Yamamoto Hideo (2003)
Paranoia Agent, Satoshi Kon (2004)
Perfect Blue, by Satoshi Kon (1997)
Neon Genesis Evangelion, by Hideaki Anno (1995)
Chi no Wadachi, by Shūzō Oshimi (2017)
Death Note, by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata (2003)
Chainsaw Man, by Tatsuki Fujimoto (2018)
Dorohedoro, by Q Hayashida (1999)