Crying Freeman, a 1986 story illustrated by Ryouichi Ikegami and written by Kazuo Koike, follows the story of Yoh Hinomura, an internationally-renowned potter from Japan. A Chinese triad organization known as “The 108 Dragons” kidnapped Yoh and turned into an unwilling assassin: after sticking acupuncture needles in him and implanting post-hypnotic suggestions, Yoh became one of their best assassins, killing for the group whenever he is ordered to. Whenever Yoh kills, he cries out of remorse for his victims (hence the name of the series).
When solitary artist Emu Hino witnesses one of Yoh’s assassinations, she wrote in her diary : “I do not believe that a murderer could weep so piteously… He cried without making a sound. His tears fell like a soft, quiet rain…”