In the 1950s, an old woman was brutally murdered on the face of a clock tower by her adopted daughter. Two years later, the clock tower is known as the 'ghost tower' and it is supposedly haunted. Through an unusual series of events, a young NEET man named Amano Taichi is attacked by someone or something in the same clock tower, and finds himself bound to the clock face to be killed in the same way as the old woman. Luckily for Amano, he doesn't meet the same fate. He's rescued by a mysterious person who claims his name is Tetsuo.
This is my first review, so I'll try to be as clear as possible. I apologize for my weird English, and I hope that it will be helpful for some of you.
Yuureitou is probably one of the rare manga I instantly fell in love with. Litterally. So my review might be biased, but I hope it'll make you want to read this manga.
Story - 10
The plot of Yuureitou is really outstanding. I cannot say much because that would be spoiling it,but there is everything,and the story isn't only focused on one place,which is a great thing,because you never get tired of it.
There is no repetition, every event is unique. Also,the chapters aren't on the same scheme all the way. That's the strong point of the manga.Althrought there are lots of element it the story, there isn't any inconsistancy that could ruin the whole thing. I really enjoyed the 53 chapters I read so far. There wasn’t any time when the story felt like going slower, which is the case in a lot of manga of mystery genre. There were also some fun parts, even when the situation was terrible. The action scenes are really intense and the inquiries are full of rebound.
Art - 9
The art in Yuureitou is outstanding and unique. I've never seen something like this in other manga of that type. It's a realistic type of art, and not only the characters, but the backgrounds are also truly amazing.
Character – 9
Yuureitou story is essentially centered on Tetsuo, which is the most important character in the story. There is a lot of mystery around him mostly because of his past, and his personality is quite weird. He can be really nice, and then become really selfish and cruel. Also, he is really smart, and resolves most of the situation on his own.
But, the other main character, Taichi is probably as interesting as Tetsuo. Why? Because if at first he seems to be a good for nothing and to be used to emphasize Tetsuo’s charisma, he evolves during the story. At first, he is a real coward, and only let Tetsuo solve the problems, but then step by step he starts to think on his own, and to try to help Tetsuo, the other characters or even himself.
Supporting characters have also quite a good developpement. Maybe we know more about their past that about Tetsuo’s or Taichi’s. That’s why I didn’t rated it 10 here, because I want to know more about them. (even if Tetsuo’s past is actually what guides the story…)
Enjoyment – 10
As I said already, once I started to read it, I fell in love with this manga. It had been a long time since I saw something as good as this thing. I mean, everything is really catchy, and I don’t have any problem re-reading it several times, which isn’t the case with all mangas. I really want to see it’s end but, on the other hand, I don’t want it to end. I think that my first reaction was something like “OH MY GOD THIS IS THE BEST THING I EVER READ” (actually that’s not the best thing I ever read, but nevermind, I was in my fangirling mode so I can say whatever I was), and I think that it will be the reaction of most of you who are going to read it.
That’s why the last thing I want to say is: Go for it! You’ll regret it if you don’t,and have a great time if you do ! read more
Even though I enjoyed the beginning of the series quite a lot, I'd have to say that the end was very disappointing. Yuureitou starts as a good drama, with lots of mistery. It is written so well that at some point in the chapter you jump of your seat. However, there are little hints of what the story becomes: a fairy tale for trans with MANY MANY abuses of hentai. I'll be blunt: if someone wants to jack off during an exciting reading, I doubt they want to suddenly jump off because there was some freaking scary part in the manga. I didn't like the way the author combined certain topics. It would have been reading Tetsuo's development without seeing her in such sexy poses. I even think that it's offensive for women who want to become guys. But I'll just say there's a great drama in the story. read more
The story itself was fun to read along. The pacing is great, and the mysterious are enjoyable.
I love the art style, it's unique! Not only with character art, but the art of buildings and whatnot is very well done.
A cast FULL of LGBT characters, that are well written, enjoyable, and interesting. Transgender characters represented well (despite a few overly-sexual-nude images but that didn't bother me much, and I'm transgender).
If you're looking for a manga with great LGBT representation, then this is the one you'd like to read. Not only does it represent the characters well, but makes it CLEAR that LGBT individuals are just like everyone else.
The villain is absolutely disgusting, but absolutely encapsulating. The main cast has a wonderful dynamic with eachother and other characters.
Yuureitou is a manga that’s hard to find fault with.
The moment you start reading, you’d notice the art is off the charts. Unbelievably good looking. Furthermore, the author uses it very well to create atmospheric scenes.
Secondly, the writing is excellent. The premise is interesting and the plot around the premise works well. There are many interesting characters that are likely to invoke a strong emotional response on your part and they do grow causing you to change your opinions. Almost all of them have personalities and personality quirks which are almost impossible to find in mainstream manga like this and I was very impressed to find them here.
So we have a manga with strong art, story, and characters…isn’t that basically everything that makes a manga? Well, there are much more nuances than that, but it doesn’t make a difference because Yuureitou often gets those too.
Long manga (of which Yuureitou can be counted among) often have a problem of ‘wandering plots’ in which the main plot lose focus in favor of numerous subplots that merely moves the story along in no particular direct. Yuureitou suffers from this slightly, but manages to overcome it for the most part by keeping a fluidly changing story. That is instead of keep a single goal/point that remains the same the entirety of the story, the author changes the goal/point repeatedly.
That’s uncommon, but a big positive. Manga has a habit of keep a single narrow focus through the entire story, but by sidestepping this, Yuureitou adds realism and works to keep the story interesting without making it seem like it’s losing focus.
Even when the manga goes far out of its comfort zone, it does so extraordinarily well. Yuureitou is a very drama heavy manga veering into horror at times. At one point, the manga tries its hand at comedy for several chapters and you’d think it would be bad at it considering everything else…except it was hilarious. I found myself laughing repeatedly. That blew me away.
If there is any negative in this manga, it’s that the author sometimes likes to jump ahead in story a bit too much without smoothly transitioning making things seem a bit abrupt. One quickly catches on or is able to form an educated guess, but that shouldn’t be necessary.
Still, in the face of such overwhelming positives, a small thing like that can easily be ignored. Yuureitou is, for the most part, one of the most perfect manga I can think of. Complex story, excellent art, amazing characters, and everything is tied together well.
Overall, I highly recommend this manga and it would be an enormous shame for anyone to miss it.read more