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
  • 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.
  • Surreal Horror
  • Urban Legend: Similar tone and settings, but wholly original.