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MPD Psycho, Vol. 1

(MPD Psycho #1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,592 ratings  ·  87 reviews
MPD-Psycho, the most-requested manga series in recently memory, has found a fitting home at Dark Horse Manga, where it will be presented uncut and uncensored in all of its controversial and unflinchingly grotesque glory! If Takashi Miike’s MPD-Psycho television series still has you confused and reeling, the original manga series that inspired the show is sure to take you o ...more
Paperback, 185 pages
Published June 12th 2007 by Dark Horse Manga (first published July 1997)
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MPD Psycho & the Horror Manga Supremacy

If you're a horror fan, Manga currently does a better job of disturbing people than any other culture or medium. I'm just going to leave that generalization sitting there like a suspicious suitcase in an airport, and pretend I never said it. For a little while. Evidence is tedious, while making a grand declaration of that sort is rather fun.

This review looks at 'MPD Psycho', focusing on Volumes 1 & 2 of Eiji Otsuka & Sho-U Tajima's popular an
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Vol. 1: ★★★★★
Vol. 2: ★★★★☆

This was so bizarre and uniquely its own, and graphic, but I honestly loved it a lot. I can safely say I've never read anything quite like MPD Psycho and I can't wait to continue the series. Fair warning, when I say this manga is graphic, I mean it is graphic; there's a ton of nudity, violence, and body horror that even made me shudder once or twice (which is pretty hard to do!). The storyline is super intriguing, though if you're a reader who isn't fond of stories revo
Sam Quixote
Jun 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
MPD-Psycho is a terrible manga that unoriginally takes the Hannibal Lector approach of having a serial killer help the police catch other serial killers and butchers it.

Writer Eiji Otsuka does a poor job of setting up the Multiple Personality Detective (MPD) and his background, shunting the reader from one confusing scene to another before telling us that the police want to release him to help them solve some new murders.

I also didn’t pick up on his name or the names of his multiple personalit
Joshua Shioshita
Crazy protagonist with multiple personalities - check. Creative serial killers that put Se7en and Silence of the Lambs to shame - check. Offbeat sense of humor - check. Weird science fictiony mystery - check. What's not to love. This book is brutal though. It doesn't shy away from graphic depictions of horrific imagery, so be warned.
Charles Dee Mitchell
Nutty and outrageous. The hero is a police detective with multiple personality disorder who is convicted of a string a killings while he was not himself, or rather while he was one of his more violent selves. After what seemed like a surprisingly short prison term, he is hired by a policewoman friend to set up a detective agency specializing in profiling killers. In this first installment the bad guy is a world-renowned architect with a passion for kidnapping beautiful women and planting flowers ...more
Nov 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
I had read a lot of descriptions of this book as the most disturbing comic you'll ever read, and I thought it was hyperbole. After reading this first volume, I think they may be right on the money.

This manga is the story of a keen detective/criminal profiler who, upon the murder of his girlfriend, starts suffering from multipler personality disorder (the MPD of the title). Some of his personalities still possess the keen intellect of his earlier days, while others are out for vengeance. It seems
Aug 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This manga series is very violent, gory and not for the faint of heart. If you like mature manga comics such as oldboy, Jack Frost then this is a MUST read. This is a series intended for adults, since it is quite graphically gory. You have been warned... Fans of horror/crime series like Death Note will enjoy this series. Also if you like this series then check out the manga GOTH, Kurosagi Corpse Delivery...Enjoy :D
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, this was beyond confusing. I got lost in all the names being constantly thrown around even though we haven’t met those people yet.
I like the idea of a MC with multiple personality disorder working as a detective but the whole case they’re investigating in this volume...I’ve already seen before in Hannibal only that culprit was using human bodies to cultivate mushrooms instead of flowers. Furthermore, our MC (his Amamiya persona at least) is basically a Hannibal Lecter with Will Graham’s p
May 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Overall Rating: B+
Summary: MPD Psycho is a psychological horror series written by Eiji Otsuka and illustrated by Shou Tajima, which follows Yousuke Kobayashi a former police detective. The series opens with Kobayashi tracking down a serial killer who severs the limbs off his victims. Meanwhile, Kobayashi is suffering from strange dreams where he sees himself killing people. After seeing Kobayashi on tv, the serial killer kidnaps his girlfriend, and severs her limbs, but keeps her alive.

After Kob
Harper Kingsley
Jun 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This is some seriously edgy stuff right here. The drawing style is clean and no-nonsense, so you're not distracted by a lot of motion lines and garbage. The story itself is pretty twisty and at the end you're left with this vague feeling that you've been run over, but that in all it was a fairly awesome experience. If you're into serial killer stories, mind control, and group psychosis anyway. Not a whole lot of lovey-lovey here AT ALL, though the female lead is pretty sexy (so go ahead and incl ...more
Sarah ~Sehrenity~
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
Well drawn artwork, excellent plot and writing, BUT too gorey for me. And that's saying something!
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I actually read this book long ago when it first was published in the US, but what a gorgeous cover, and what a completely disturbing series. Never finished it, and may never get to with how difficult it is to track down the physical copies (and for a series 20 volumes deep!!) And yet, I found it in a BST place! Ah memories... forever shuddering at flowerpots.

Highly recommended for people that like their horror fix. Great opening issue but I don't remember much from the others I read and have n
Aug 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Policía con múltiples personalidades que es capaz de hacer perfiles excelentes de asesinos en serie. Perturbador pero no me ha dejado con ganas de seguir con la serie.
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Jul 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I got all 10 volumes a while back and have just read the first so far. First off, yes, I have seen the miniseries before. Only once and that a few years ago (it is directed by one of my favorite directors), and I did like them, even if they left me confused. The comic goes far beyond what is shown in that series (there's no fuzzing out the "icky violence" here ... on purpose, actually, if what is in the afterward is true) and is still quite confusing in its special way.

Part of it is my status as
Leila Anani
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
WOW! This is so dark. I watched the TV series which totally blew my mind. The manga is equally as mind boggling. If I hadn't seen the TV adaptation I think I might have struggled, but I just about followed the story.

The protagonist Yousuke Kobayashi is a police detective profiler suffering from multiple personality disorder. After being released from prison for murdering the guy that killed his girlfriend, he helps solve several twisted murder cases, my favourite being the architect who turns h
Baal Of
May 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I've had the ten volumes of this series sitting on my shelf for a while, in hopes that Dark Horse would finish publishing the rest before I began reading, but it looks like that will never happen. This comic is violent and graphic, and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who is the least bit squeamish. The story however, seems like it is going to be interesting. Put aside the typically misinformed portrayal of multiple personalities, and just accept it as part of this world, and the remainder is ...more
Tania Andarini
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, tidak-di-rak
Dammit... Mengerikan sekali manganya. MENGERIKAN!! Ceritanya tentang seorang yang memiliki kepribadian ganda. Dalam kepribadiannya ini ada salah satunya yang pyscopat. Tapi ada pula yang jadi polisi. Ceritanya mereka mengungkap kasus-kasus kriminal. Seremlah, aku tidak mau spoiler tapi tidak kuat juga menceritakan. Yang menambah serem lagi karena pengambarannya rapi, saking rapinya semua tampak jelas. Ini bagi yang tidak kuat melihat gambarnya pasti sudah muntah-muntah. Tenang, aku masih kuat, b ...more
Dec 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, manga
Severed bodies, flowers growing in people's brains and in Japanese right to left format! This was a hard one for me to read, but having just finished it, I wonder what happens it obviously hooked me. It's the first manga I've read and was a gift from my daughter who thought it was weird but I'd like it. Yep, I'd agree. Because of the alien names I had to re-read it a few times and the structure of right to left panels as well as musical shaped panels which had to be translated, I felt ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This manga is strange and at first it's really hard to understand which personality he has at the moment. Drawing style doesn't really help with this task too. Yet I really like this manga because it has interesting murder stories and as a long and die hard fan of horror I approve of this. Also gore is not for the sake of gore which is good too and a rarity in manga (*cough* Gantz *cough*). We have some interesting characters and they compliment protagonist greatly. I give this volume 4 out of 5 ...more
Kynthos-the-Archer (Kyn)
Sep 07, 2013 marked it as to-read

I've always wanted to read this one. And also know that it's going to scare-da-bejesus-outta-me, creeping me out big time just like what Battle Royale, Vol. 1 is now doing to me.

Anyhow, I am determine to take this hurdle just to find out what the hype is all about.

Flower planting in a corpse brain and all that *takes a deep breath*.... I hope I come out in one piece reading this crazy stuff.

First thoughts: Weird and fascinating, violent, creepy kind of story (has mutilated bodies, and other sadistic things happening. There's a kind of sadistic&sexual twisted vibe also with the naked women and binding them - the Flower Angels. Violence towards female victims mostly creates a somewhat misogynistic feeling - that's never nice to see). The main character's multiple personality disorder (mpd) is of course very interesting; how many personalities does he have and what kind of types a ...more
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Insane. I don't know how else to qualify this series. Finally one I can read again and again and never get bored of! The main character is a police detective with multiple personality disorder who may or may not have killed the victims he's looking at. Well, one of his personalities might have...If in first place the "main character that works in the force but might be a serial killer" theme reminds of other stories like Dexter you quickly realize it has NOTHING to do with it. This dark, twisted ...more
Kendra Strand
Nov 03, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although the horrific sexualized violence is incredibly off-putting, that’s not even the worst part about this first volume. Despite the obvious effort to be “edgy” in terms of subject matter, the art and writing styles were incredibly bland. Plot and characters were cliched and predictable. Even the translation and the lettering in the English-language edition seemed deflated and uninspired. Not worth the time or money, especially when there’s so much more compelling crime fiction in English tr ...more
Xara Niouraki
May 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
I had high expectations for this one based on reviews and synopsis, but it was kind of a let down. I generally enjoy gore based anime and manga, but they have to have a story. I don't really like gore for the shake of it. There's no point. I don't really like the story this far, the characters look all the same, expect of course for the dead bodies (enough is enough with dead women, men get killed too....), I can't distinguish the names yet and it's all just a big mess. I'm considering dropping ...more
Vishakha ~ ReadingSpren ~
I have no idea why this is such a hit. The art is terrible. The protagonist is a Hannibal Lector rip-off with a misrepresented Multiple Personality disorder. Terrible, easily forgotten side-characters. Gore for the sake of gore and shock value. A loose suspense in which I have no interest what so ever. What a meh.

I will binge a couple more volumes to make sure that this isn't getting any better. Just a precaution.
Titis Wardhana
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kebanyakan nama hehehe...

Yosuke Kobayashi seorang detektif. Ketika menangani kasus mutilasi cewe2, ternyata pacarnya juga dimutilasi dan dimasukin ke kotak pendingin lalu dikirim ke kantor Kobayashi tapi masih hidup. Setelah menemukan pembunuhnya, hidup Kobayashi mulai berubah, dan kepribadian2 di dalam dirinya muncul. kemudian dia dipenjara sebagai Kazuhiko Amamiya
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. Not sure what that must say about me.

The story revolves around a former police detective and profiler who helps catch serial killers, some as gruesome as the best of the film Se7en, which I’m convinced must have inspired this manga. The twist is that said detective suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID, aka multiple personality disorder, for which the book gets its name). As a result, in this volume alone you witness ~4 of these “alters,” and one reason I’m leavin
This review is my summarize of the entire series while the rating is for each individual volumes.

If you're a thriller or horror fan of movies or tv series such as SAW and Hannibal, this manga is even more wicked & disturbing! The art is really good, gory, and really graphic. So, for those who are not up to such wickedness, you have been warned.

The main character of the manga is a crime detective who started to suffer multiple personality disorder (MPD, hence the title) after finding his girl
WTF was that? Honestly, after the first volume, I had no clear idea what I was reading. I kept going, thinking that maybe it would clear up, but no, it didn't. There were tons of little author notes on the side that made things worse, so I stopped reading them.
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Social anthropologist and novelist. Graduated from college with degree in anthropology, women's folklore, human sacrifice and post-war manga. In addition to his work with manga he is a critic, essayist, and author of several successful non-fiction books on Japanese popular and “otaku” sub-cultures. One of his first animation script works was Maho no Rouge Lipstick, an adult lolicon OVA. Otsuka

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MPD Psycho (1 - 10 of 24 books)
  • MPD Psycho, Vol. 2
  • MPD Psycho, Vol. 3
  • MPD Psycho, Volume 4
  • MPD-Psycho, Volume 5
  • MPD Psycho, Volume 6
  • MPD Psycho, Volume 7
  • MPD Psycho, Volume 8
  • MPD Psycho, Volume 9
  • MPD-Psycho, Volume 10
  • MPD Psycho, Volume 11