High-school girl Yuri suddenly finds herself on the rooftop of a high-rise building. She's trapped in a bizarre world surrounded by skyscrapers, where a masked man cracked open a man's head with an axe before her eyes. The original author of "Ajin," Tsuina Miura works in collaboration with Takahiro Oba, the artist of "Box!," to bring you this thrilling skyscraper suspense!
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.
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.
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.
so this manga is kinda garbage, and a lot of aspects are at fault for this. To kick off my first review ever I'm setting some ground rules, first this review will try and be as short as possible. Second, if you read this review and still enjoy Tenkuuu Shipan, good for you i hope you enjoy this cup of tea. and lastly, i dropped this manga for reasons that i will get into.
so this story kicks off with Yuri (Female lead) watching a guy get his head split by an ax swinging redneck with a smiling mask on. Sounds cool right? It was, but
things change for the worse very quick. EVERYTHING IS EXPLAINED IN DETAIL, every fight, action, decision, and motivation is spelled out for us, murdering the horror aspect harder than the side characters. This left me skipping dialog boxes in a pathetic attempt to keep me from boredom which didn't work.
everyone is well designed for their roles in the story, the sniper who is cooler than an ice cube is dressed like a lady slayer, and the school kids have their generic school uniforms but even the art isn't safe from this manga's mediocrity. I have a felling that when the author realized that when the horror aspect was ruined he just decided to pander to us with underage ecchi underwear shots, I took this as an insult to my intelligence and made me wonder what demographic they where trying to hit with this.
this was the finial straw for me, there was no highlight here. Yuri the mc has this next level of a brother complex where she doesn't even want to have sex with him but actually worships him like a god.The brother himself is an edge lord, and you could throw me a bunch of character traits at me and i wouldn't be able to guess which person you were talking about.
if you didn't guess it by now, I didn't like this manga. I came in hoping that i could pull off horror but got lost somewhere between the constantly shown camel toes of highschool girls and what was interesting kills from an overwhelming evil force, but turned out to be a fix for someones gore fetish. I can't recommend this to anyone, however if you do find out that it does pull magic from its nether regions and turns it around by all means have fun, but I'm done here and i don't think I'll return.