Suspense (13)

Instilling a sense of anticipation and excitement takes priority, and is accomplished with a narrative that is rife with twists, turns, and red herrings. Uncertainty is present every step of the way, often drawn out for maximum effect. A variety of tools are used to keep the audience on the edge of their seats, such as withholding important information, intentional misdirection, or even outright subversion of expectations. Suspenseful moments do not mean a work is Suspense; the feeling of anticipation or anxiety must be maintained throughout the story. Contrast with Horror where the audience is in a constant state of apprehension and dreads the next event, rather than craving it. While Mystery also instills anticipation, the tension is focused on discovering the solution to a puzzle, rather than knowing what the characters will do next. Sometimes a story can mix Suspense with Horror or Mystery, but this is rare.

Mirai NikkiFuture Diary

Esuno, Sakae 2022
The reclusive middle school student Yukiteru Amano finds himself whisked into a fierce game of survival by the god of space and time, Deus Ex Machina, in which the victor shall inherit Deus' unlimited power. All 12 contestants, including Amano, are composed of people who regularly keep diaries, but there is a twist: each person's diary has been turned into a "Future Diary," making it capable of telling the future to various degrees.

Amano possesses a "Random Diary" on his cellphone, which gives him accurate descriptions of his surroundings. He is reluctant to fight but his desperation to survive leads to him teaming up with fellow classmate and diary holder Yuno Gasai, an attractive girl who has a strange obsession with Amano.

But as this bloody battle royale plays out, shocking revelations are brought to light, changing the very nature of this twisted game.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jan 26, 2006 to Dec 25, 2010 | 59 chp | Publishing


Kawaguchi, KaijiFukumoto, Nobu 2022
Two mountain climbing friends, Asai and Ishikura, get trapped in the middle of a storm after an accident. Ishikura, earnestly believing he is about to die, decides to relieve his heart and confesses a sin from his past. However, he survives, and both make their way to a deserted cabin while waiting for help to arrive. But the knowledge of the confession weighs heavy on the both of them, and the long wait under the pressure begins to hack away at their sanity.

Apr 1, 1998 to Sep 16, 1998 | 11 chp | Publishing

Hoozuki no Shima

Sanbe, Kei 2022
After being abandoned by their parents, Kokoro Suzuhara and his blind sister Yume are taken into custody and brought to the isolated Hoozuki Island, the location of their new home and school. However, a peaceful life is hardly what they find. Upon interacting with other children on the island, Kokoro discovers that they are all wary of their teachers, believing they have gathered them together for a sinister purpose. It is only after making a number of startling discoveries himself that Kokoro starts to believe their suspicions.

With Yume's safety as his foremost priority, Kokoro bands together with his classmates to free themselves from their dangerous predicament, all the while unknowingly unleashing harrowing repercussions to all those involved.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Included one-shot:
Volume 2: Togabito (Criminal)
Dec 21, 2007 to Jul 3, 2009 | 30 chp | Publishing


Tonogai, Yoshiki 2022
Rabbit Doubt has taken Tokyo by storm. In this cellphone survival game, players grouped together are "rabbits" tasked with hunting down the "wolf" hidden amongst them. Unless the rabbits can identify their enigmatic predator, the wolf will eliminate one of them every turn until the whole colony has been wiped out.

Players of the game often convene in real life, which is exactly what Yuu Aikawa does when he meets Rei Hazama, Haruka Akechi, and Eiji Hoshi. Together with Yuu's longtime friend, Mitsuki Houyama, the group decides to spend their time in a lively karaoke bar. During their revelry, Yuu leaves to check on one of his inebriated friends, but is suddenly knocked out by an unknown figure wearing a misshapen rabbit mask. After regaining consciousness, he finds himself in an abandoned psychiatric hospital, sharing a cell with a mysterious boy. Though the two soon manage to locate the others, their reunion is interrupted by a spine-chilling message in a cellphone: "Rabbit Doubt, Start!"

In Doubt, six high schoolers are thrust into a life-or-death survival game that will test their integrity and trust. With their lives at stake, they must quickly uncover the identity of the wolf that infiltrated their group—or be hunted down like prey.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jul 12, 2007 to Feb 12, 2009 | 21 chp | Publishing

Dance in the Vampire Bund

Tamaki, Nozomu 2022
After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the Princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a "special district" off the coast of Japan that is to become the future haven to vampires the world over!

Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina Tepes before she has a chance to make her world-changing announcement.

(Source: Seven Seas)
Dec 5, 2005 to Sep 5, 2012 | 82 chp | Publishing


Matsumoto, Taiyou 2022
A science-fiction thriller set in a powerfully imagined multicultural future landscape that resembles the current Middle East. No.5 battles against the forces of the Rainbow Council. In a world that has become 70% harsh desert, the Rainbow Council of the International Peace Keeping Forces, a team of super-powered global security guardians, have a growing crisis on their hands. No.5, one of their own and known within the council as their top marksman, has left his post and gone rogue. It's up to the other guardians to track him down—but No.5, with his mysterious companion, Matroshka, won't go down without a fight.

(Source: VIZ Media)
Nov 30, 2000 to Oct 25, 2005 | 37 chp | Publishing

Denpa-teki na Kanojo

Katayama, KentarouYamamoto, Ya 2022
Juuzawa Juu is a delinquent high school boy who just wants to be left alone. One day, he is approached by Ochibana Ame, who claims that she knew him in a previous life, and now wants to serve him as his "knight". At first Juu wants nothing to do with Ame, but after a classmate is murdered, he accepts her help as he looks for the killer.
(Source: ANN)
Sep 22, 2004 to Jul 22, 2005 | 21 chp | Publishing


Haruki 2022
A 4-koma manga about the life of the best killer of Japan.
(Source: MangaUpdates)
2004 to ? | chp | Publishing


Kusunoki, Kei 2022
Hikage and Maro are close friends since they were little, but one day Maro attacked Hikage's eye and ran away from their ninja village. Hikage wants to know why his friend attacked him and so he escapes from the village to search for Moro.
1988 to ? | chp | Publishing

IkigamiIkigami: The Ultimate Limit

Mase, Motoro 2022
In a dystopian nation, a public prosperity law like no other is in effect: The National Welfare Act, in which citizens between the ages of 18-24 are selected to die for their country. Twenty-four hours before a nanocapsule carries out their death, the chosen receive notifications called "Ikigami" from government messengers. The government gives only one ostensible reason for the act’s purpose—to spread the value of life.

Kengo Fujimoto is a newly instated Ikigami messenger who is indecisive on his stance of the act. Curbing his hesitation to avoid the watchful eye of the national police, Kengo decides that delivering the Ikigami will help shape his opinion.
Ikigami follows how people act knowing that their final hours are upon them. Whether committing acts of kindness or crimes of passion, the chosen's actions have profound impacts on those around them, and it will ultimately lead Kengo to his decision.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Jan 27, 2005 to Feb 6, 2012 | 60 chp | Publishing


Kujo, Karuna 2022
Naraka High School lies above the clouds on a floating island over the bustling streets of the Saitama district. Graduating from this prestigious academy can improve one's social status, and anyone who is able to see the school after applying has been accepted as a student. Such is the case for Momiji Rokudou, who views this as his big chance for a fresh start and a new purpose.

Upon arrival, students are asked to write down a word of their choice that they will use later on. On his right arm, Momiji writes the kanji for "change." Unfortunately, the change he awaits becomes a nightmare when the school is flooded with monsters, killing those unfortunate enough to get in their way. Momiji and his fellow classmates must now survive the neverending hordes of beasts in order to graduate from this hellish institution; who said high school was going to be easy?

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
May 18, 2010 to Jan 28, 2016 | 84 chp | Publishing

Phantom: Requiem for the Phantom

Hiiragi, MasakiNitroplus 2022
Mafia is rife in America where assassinations are a regular occurrence on the streets. Inferno, a mysterious company, is behind most of these dealings through the use of their near-invincible human weapon, "Phantom."

One day, a Japanese tourist accidentally witnesses Phantom's latest murder. Desperate to escape, the tourist hides in a secluded building. However, Phantom, revealed to be a young woman named Ein, and the leader of Inferno "Scythe Master" captures the tourist and brainwashes him.

Given the name "Zwei," this once peaceful tourist is now a puppet of Inferno with no memories. Drawn into a world of lies, deceit, and violence, Zwei must fight to survive, hopefully to one day regain his memories and escape from this world where he is constantly on the brink of death.

[Written by Animeranku Rewrite]
Dec 27, 2008 to Jan 27, 2010 | 14 chp | Publishing

Dive in the Vampire Bund

Tamaki, Nozomu 2022
The Vampire Bund, a peaceful island nation of vampires off the coast of Tokyo, ruled by Princess Mina Tepes, has seen its share of conflict and turmoil. Yet there are times of relative tranquility when the Bund is a popular tourist destination.

When two teenage tourists visit the Bund and are unexpectedly turned into vampires, they appeal to Mina and her loyal lycanthrope bodyguard, Akira, for help. Their only hope is to find a cure to reverse their vampirism within forty eight hours, or they will be stuck as vampires forever.

Unfortunately for them, their race against time turns into a game of cat and mouse that takes them across the entire Bund in pursuit of the one person who holds the key to their salvation.

(Source: MU)
Aug 2009 to 2013 | 18 chp | Publishing