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Fourteen is a scif-fi horror manga series by Kazuo Umezu. The manga takes place in a dystopic future, where a lump of chicken flesh from a chicken meat-growing factory transforms into a supermutant chicken man named "Chicken George". He goes on a mission to take revenge on humanity for ruining the planet.

Think of it as being a bit like what you'd get if David Lynch decided to do a manga.

Not to be confused with 14 by Peter Clines.

Fourteen provides examples of:

  • Anti-Villain: Chicken George, who desires to destroy humanity and the world as vengeance for the destruction of the environment and save the animals by building a rocket-ship.
  • Batman Gambit: The government plans to use Chicken George’s sympathy for animals to force him to develop the immortality serum.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Kiyora needs to become the son of the President of the United States? Well, as it turns out, President Young’s son, America is dead, and Kiyora is the perfect candidate to have his cells rearranged into the form of America and be fused with his remains.
  • Decompressed Comic: Oh yes. Things that usually would have taken one panel to show are frequently stretched out over four or more, sometimes an entire page.
  • Disease Bleach: Chicken George suffers the chicken version of this, with his cockscomb turning white after he discovers a horrible secret about humanity. It goes back to its normal coloration within days, though.
  • Doorstopper: The series is over 4,000 pages long.
  • Evil Is Visceral: Grand Master Rose becomes an abomination of flesh while Chicken George is working on the immortality serum.
  • Surreal Horror: Like you wouldn't believe. The combination of the seemingly random, nonsensical plot with the highly realistic artwork and truckloads of Body Horror gives it the feeling less of a science fiction story and more of a half-remembered nightmare.
  • That Makes Me Feel Angry: Chicken Lucy often tells people what she's feeling. You'd expect this to be a justified example, what with chickens not having many facial expressions and all, but often she doesn't say it with the spirit you'd expect.
  • That Was Not a Dream: Yokko initially thinks the child choosing is a dream, until she realizes Kiyora is really gone.
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!: It’s not Lucy, it’s Chicken Lucy.
  • Zeerust: Despite taking place in the 2100s, some of the technology is the same as in the 1980s.