Upon witnessing a man's head cracked open with an axe, 16-year-old Yuri Honjou trembles in fear and confusion as she flees from the masked assailant, only to find out she's trapped in an abandoned building where every door is mysteriously locked. Desperately searching for a way out, Yuri runs to the rooftop, but a world with no signs of life stands before her, surrounded by high-rise buildings. Though filled with despair, once she learns that her brother is also in this strange place, Yuri is determined to find him and escape.
However, she soon finds that there are more masked murderers in the area, anxious to terrorize their newfound victims and satiate their sickest desires, leaving Yuri to question if they will be able to make it out alive.
Tenkuu Shinpan is simultaneously published in Japanese, Chinese and English through DeNA's Manga Box app. The series has been licensed in English as High-rise Invasion by Seven Seas Entertainment and is set to release in 2-in-1 omnibuses.
I really enjoyed this work of art. The story is full of plot twists. It's not just an ordinary survival thing. If you are action/horror/suspense lover then I guarantee that you will enjoy this.
I'm not really a person who keeps eye on the art in manga or anime so I can't really comment on it. But I really did like the way they made the masks for the masked people.
There are lots of characters but mainly supporting ones. There are bad and good people and you might fall in love with how brave some of them are. I was excepting it to be male
protagonist since it was action and horror but it was actually a girl protagonist and that was a huge plus!
I couldn't stop checking for more in this series and this is the first time I hope they will make anime adaption for this one.
Note: It has "ecchi" genre but it is really light and not a reason to not read it.
I'll get straight to the point: This manga has moments where it does show uniqueness and it is a very easy read, but its plot is filled to the brim with clichés and awful characters.
That the manga is an 'easy read' is probably the best compliment I can give it because it seems the author really worked hard at that aspect.
To begin, the manga drops you right immediately into the action. I do mean 'right immediately' -- from page 1. Other such manga would take at least a single chapter, if not two or three before the action takes place. It's understandable too as the
author wants to establish setting, initial characterization (so readers can see the effects of the plot on the characters), and perhaps introduce some conflicts.
Tenkuu Shinpan doesn’t do that. Instead, the action starts from the beginning and the characterization is introduced in small bits and pieces sprinkled throughout the chapters. The result of this is that the manga is an easy read – one can read ten chapters without thinking much at all -- but it also feels like the story is a secondhand thought.
Which brings me to my main criticism: the clichés and awful characters.
The main character, Yuri Honjou, fits every manga stereotype you can think of. First off, she’s a ‘brocon’ (i.e. the little sister who loves her big brother), she’s innocent and naïve, and 1/4 of any particular chapter is dedicated to showing off her panties and/or other assets. She’s also naively simple to the point where she describes a person she acknowledged as highly murderous (and who she witnessed murdering somebody) as ‘a nice person’ and started using the honorific ‘chan’ within moments of meeting her. Yet despite her naivety, innocence, and nonviolent nature, when she attains a gun, she becomes an incredible sharpshooter to the point where she can blow a weapon out of someone’s hand from a distance.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of stereotypes that surrounds Yuri too.
It’s also not limited to her as a character, but other characters and the plot as a whole tends to be pretty simple and one-dimensional. The mystery is brought on inelegantly and ‘clues’ are pretty much shoved into readers’ face. New characters also fall into known stereotypes and fall by the wayside pretty easily.
So question: If this manga seems so filled with clichés, what are these ‘moments of uniqueness’ I referred to?
Well, I actually mentioned one in passing -- the fact that she uses and continuously uses a gun. Manga, even survival manga, seems highly averse to its characters using weapons. Clubs, knives, and especially guns are either never used at all or dropped as soon as the threat is stopped. The heroes seem to depend on the act of physically restraining others or screaming 'stop!' in order to protect themselves.
So the fact that the main hero picks up a gun, uses it, and continues to use it (among other weapons) is actually surprising.
There are other things too, such as the fact that survival (even for the characters who typically survives) is genuinely extremely low, is also surprising. However, for the most part, Tenkuu Shinpan is a clichéd mess wherein the story seems to take a backseat to the action.
What may be a great read that been ruined by the simplistic story and characters. Overall, I think there’s a good chance one could enjoy it if one could ignore those aspects, but for me, I just couldn’t.
Story - 8
The main female lead, Yuri, finds herself in a world where masked men terrorize victims who suddenly end up in this paranormal dimension. While escaping these masked terrorists, Yuri tries to unravel the mysteries of this world, and find a way back to her civilization.
While this does sound rather cliche at a moment's glance, there are many aspects of this manga that are unique to itself, such as the mysteries behind the masks, how these terrorists came about, etc. Vague description as I'm trying to avoid spoilers, but do know this isn't your typical, run of the mill, survival story.
That being said,
you probably can't help but be reminded of Jason Voorhees as you're reading. I mean...masked terrorists, c'mon now, how can you not see it, right? Though that only added to the enjoyment for me.
Art - 9
Smooth, elegant, refined. The facial expressions are rather common when you first read this manga, but gradually, an apparent shift is recognized towards a more distinct artstyle. I must say, personally, I do actually prefer the art towards the beginning, but the Oba Takahiro definitely makes the artstyle of his own as you further read.
Character - 8
Everyone is rather cliche in the beginning, but fear not! There's a lot of character development that takes place as the story progresses. Not everyone is as one-dimensional as they originally seemed, and they become quite likable, even relatable as you further read.
Yuri does some pretty incredible and mind-blowing things at times; she's definitely a character you'll come to like, as much as a dunce as she was in the beginning.
Enjoyment - 10
This series is quite easy to get into if you enjoy suspense and mystery. Every chapter leaves you craving to find out what happens next. It's also not a difficult read, so you don't need to necessarily put much effort into thinking while reading either.
The action is fun and well constructed, and even though there are times where you think strings are being pulled by Deus ex Machina, the enjoyment doesn't falter one bit.
Overall - 9
This series isn't too keen on philosophical ideas, or even psychological, so don't read this expecting anything deep and emotional. Otherwise, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense and action on a casual level.
Tenkuu Shinpan is a psychological and horror manga. To put the plot as simply as possible, it’s about masked humans killing innocent people who are trapped at the high-end of buildings. Our main character is Yuri Honjo, a teenage highschool girl who will have to adapt to her horrific surroundings. Along the way, she will meet a few important characters along the way while introducing new characters. However, what is most important in this manga, in my opinion, would be how Yuri actually adapted into this horror-themed setting.
Plot - 7
The plot is as basic as can get- the main
character finds themselves at a different world where everything is trying to kill them. Not only is this done plenty of times, it is seen more in anime and manga media. However, I have yet to seen a setting that takes place at the high-end of a building, nonetheless buildings. Although characters are summoned to an unknown place, the setting is quite unique and intriguing. This setting that takes place on the rooftop of skyscrapers is one of the primary reasons that I got dragged into reading the manga. Not only is the setting interesting, but the stakes are set high without meaning to be. Yuri and the other characters fight endlessly against their enemies near the top floors of the buildings, and it is especially dangerous at the rooftop where falling off is most likely a possibility.
The enemies we have at first, that being masked men, are terrifying and intelligent in creative ways. Not only are these enemies able to fight, but they are human. Just learning that a human could be degraded into a monstrous being is not only terrifying, but it makes us wonder if our main cast could ever turn into these masked beings as well. Although the enemies do not only relate to the masked men, but to humans as well, it helps us take in the psychological aspect this plot tries to give us. This will, however, fly through the window as the story progresses into a more action-filled and fantasy-like perspective.
Characters - 5
First off, let’s explain who Yuri is. Yuri Honjo is a high schooler and the younger sister of her brother, Rika. She first starts off as a scared girl who cannot handle the trauma laid out in front of her. These masked men, whom she will meet at the start, are killers who have no control over their body. Their mission, at first, seems to be to kill people by driving them suicidal, and at first Yuri falls for this ploy, but with her devotion for her brother she ends up having the determination to survive. From that point, Yuri will learn to adapt to her surroundings and survive while keeping her kind personality. Though with the ideal of “survival of the fittest”, Yuri will make teammates along the way.
This story cannot be explained without revealing huge plot points and characters, so I will be talking about them. Not only is Yuri as important as a main character, but she is important in a way that she will go against the world. Her teammate, whom she will meet later on in the story as Nise (or affectionately as Nise-chan), is a character whose motivation is largely dependent on what Yuri wants. As much of a lousy excuse this may be, Nise’s briefly explained past seems to be the point to why she’s following Yuri- everyone hated her, and Yuri is the first person to reach out to her. Yes, it is a stereotype and overused trope, but she is still endearing in her own right.
Older brothers are common in the anime and manga media, and it should be no surprise to hear that Yuri has an older brother. Rika is the older brother of Yuri, and being a sibling to her, it is obvious we will see his face in the manga and that he’ll be at least important in some way. He is similar to Yuri in that he is strong-willed and determined, but he contrasts in that he isn’t as kind nor as self-sacrificing as Yuri is. What is also noteworthy to say is that he has a close connection to Mr. Sniper, and it is shown throughout the manga that the their connection is an important part to the plot as well.
Kuon and Mr. Sniper are also very important characters. Kuon is whom the people in the world consider “close to god”, and akin to how Nise’s and Rika’s character could be defined as a trope, Kuon’s personality is defined in that she is too kind and have no recollection of her memories. She only does what she does because of Mr. Sniper as well, but that can be excused somewhat in that she has no recollection of what to do. Though the same could be said for Mr. Sniper, he finds motivation in learning about his connection to Rika. He has no knowledge of himself, having once been controlled by the mask, but he contrasts from Kuon. He is strong and independent, capable of defending himself in comparison to Kuon.
Though most of these characters could be explained through tropes and stereotypes alone, they are endearing and unique in their own right. However, at times it is obvious the author wants to bring fanservice into the manga (and don’t get me wrong, I love the fanservice at times), and the things these characters do, both good and bad, are unnecessary.
Art - 7
I find the art keen to the eyes. It is easy to dissect and look at. Not only are the characters good-looking and handsome/beautiful, but the author is able to draw characters who look downright terrifying and ugly. Characters who are intentionally ugly look downright ugly, and it makes us cringe when we see such characters threatening the goodwill of our protagonists. It is also good to note that the masked men look beautifully terrifying when drawn that way, blood spilled on their clothes. Though it is hard to capture their emotions plainly behind their masks, the art is still appealing and nice, though it could be better.
Enjoyment - 8
Honestly, in my opinion, the manga is enjoyable and I find myself anxious to click to the next page. I found myself glued to reading every chapter as the days pass, and although at times I could be turned off from the exposition and lack of action, the manga is easily able to capture my attention in the blink of an eye.
I would round the score off to 7/10. I do recommend this, it is highly enjoyable and fun to read!