Manga / Fuan no Tane

A crowd of people in a place where inexplicably strange people roam.... This is a scene that will stay in your mind.

You shouldn't feel that you must always welcome every visitor who comes to you.

Fuan no Tane ("Seeds of Anxiety") is a horror manga by Masaaki Nakayama which contains many unrelated short, surreal and often nightmarish oneshot stories. Most are only a few pages long and involve some poor random bystander stumbling into a creepy situation that they may or may not make it out of.

Tropes appearing in Fuan no Tane:

  • Adult Fear:
    • A little girl playing hide and seek is led by another child to a secret hiding place, where, the mysterious child reassures her, no one will ever find her.
    • Two little girls walking home from school are followed by a creepy man holding a pair of scissors. Then one of the girls' ears falls off.
  • Black Comedy: Rare, but it does come up. The most notable example is a man arming himself against an intruder, opening the door, seeing a horrible corpse-faced ghost on his doorstep... and the ghost stares at him, apologizes for coming to the wrong house, and vanishes awkwardly through the wall, leaving the man deeply confused.
  • The Blank: Some of the ghosts are faceless, which is marginally less frightening than most of the others who have extremely distorted faces.
  • Ear Ache: A girl in an early chapter of volume 1 complains of one. Then it falls off.
  • Enfant Terrible: The hideous, eyeless dwarf...thing in the hallway of the hospital's maternity ward. It has really big teeth.
    i'm a baby. please... hug me. please. i promise i won't bite
  • Exact Words: They will never find you here. The story ends with people yelling to the girl that she can stop hiding.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Many, many examples.
  • Jump Scare: Nakayama manages to make this into a literature-based example, with many of the Nightmare Faces and other creepy reveals happening after a lot of nothing.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: It can apparently abduct people.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: The bag-headed man is unnerving partially because of the misshapen face drawn on the bag, and partially because whatever is under the bag is not quite human-shaped. Come on! Let's play!
  • Nightmare Face: Many a full-page panel reveals a distorted or otherwise horrific face.
  • No Ending: Naturally, most of the stories end with nothing resolved and the monsters/ghost still unexplained. If the protagonist is lucky, they'll get off with just a horrible scare or fairly minor injury.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Ochonan!
  • Nothing Is Scarier
    • Special credit goes to this particular tale... (Pages: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
  • Oh, Crap!:
  • Rule of Scary: A giant face staring in the window? People made of straw? Just accept it.
  • Scary Teeth: A pretty girl in an elevator eating a bouquet of flowers. Then we see her mouth...
  • Stalker With a Crush: One story involves a threatening warning to someone who apparently pissed off their stalker, though said stalker is never seen.
  • Spiritual Successor: to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, kind of. Short stories accompanied by freaky illustrations.
  • Spooky Photographs: One looks ordinary, but is kind of unsettling and a girl who notices it acts possessed and tries to kill one of the other viewers. Another has a weird face in the background that no one except the photographer can see... and then it starts to talk.
    • It turns out that it's not two haunted photos but one. Take a close look at the background features of the photograph in the later-written story "Snapshot" and you can see that it is, in fact, the exact same scene as the photo in the earlier story "Photo". Every element is the exact same, even down to the lighting and camera's vantage point. There's only one difference... The four students who had, previously, been posing for the photograph in "Snapshot", have now all vanished from the picture entirely, leaving only the background scene remaining... as well as the haunting presence which is likely responsible for both the students' disappearance and the female viewer's later possession.
  • Surreal Horror
  • Urban Legend: Similar tone and settings, but wholly original.