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This weeks topic is non-horror books that scared you, and this was difficult for me to fill out. I’m not scared by books often, and I was worried that I would have to skip this week. Then I remembered that while books don’t scare me, manga has more than it’s fair share of creepy scenes. So that is what I am focusing on this week.
1. The Bloodstained Labyrinth — Ghost Hunt
This might be cheating since ghost hunt can be considered a horror manga, but I never considered it to be one. To me, Ghost hunt is more of a paranormal mystery with scary elements.
This story follows our group of paranormal researchers as they investigate the family manor of a governor. They uncover the mansions horrific past of ritual murder and must escape the house before it is too late.
Out of all the chapters that I have read, this one is by far the scariest case. Not only is there a considerable amount of blood, but this is the first time the ghosts feel like a threat. It is able to pull living people through solid walls and can bend the fabric of time to catch its prey. One of the main character. Naru, even points out home the spirit is no longer human but something else entirely.
2. Nina and Alexander — Fullmetal Alchemist.
This is one of the most iconic scenes from this manga and one that still sends shivers down my spine when I read it. Shou Tucker, a state alchemist, is at risk of losing his state funding. So he decides to take his young daughter and pet dog, and fuse them together. This creates the monstrous talking chimera.
The look on Ed’s face when he finally realizes what happened, if terrifying. As is the monsters repeat of the phrase “Big brother Ed”.
3. Baron Kelvin — Black Butler
This is a grown man, obsessed with a thirteen-year-old child. So much so, that he kidnapped and lobotomized other children in an attempt to get his attention. He sat there and watched with glee as the children performed a gruesome show where they die one by one. Then to top it all off, he recreates the room where Ciel was tortured, thinking that he would somehow enjoy it.
Baron Kelvin is the definition of demented, and someone I would never want to meet in real life.
4. Mami’s decapitation— Puella Magi Madoka Magica
So this may be cheating since Madoka started off as an anime. Yet, since they did make a manga adaptation, I am still counting it.
The thing that makes this particular scene so creepy, is what happens before it. The first two episodes of this anime show us a cute magical girl anime along the same lines as Sailor Moon. Then we get to episode three, where we see a character we have fallen in love with brutally get her head bitten off. This is when we first realize that no one in this anime is safe. I was lucky in that I knew what was going to happen before it did. My step-father, who I finally got to watch it after some convincing, was not so lucky.
5. Maka vs. Corona — Soul Eater
This is another manga that can be considered horror, but I don’t.
What is so creepy about the fight between Maka and Corona, is when Maka decides to use the black blood in her system. This causes her to go bat-shit crazy as she is fighting. Between that and Corona, who is already infected with the black blood, makes this one of the craziest and creepiest fights in the series. On top of all that you have Soul talking to a small imp-like demon, adding to the craziness.
As I said before, this was actually a difficult list for me to come up with. There is something about books that keeps me from getting into the mood of a horror story. Which is strange since I do enjoy reading horror.
Do you have any favorite creepy anime or manga scenes? Leave them down in the comment section below, because I would love to hear about them.
And until then, see you next time!