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!
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.
Just remember this, you will see a lot of "My brother once said" in this manga to advance the plot or just a way to tell yo useless information by the mangaka.
Spoilers since I started writing and saying how stupid it was since chapter11, so be worn.
First 11 chapters. Brother told me, I almost killed myself but saw my book drop and stopped myself and remembered my BROTHER. My brother is always right. Brother is like God, he is a god to me, I must follow everything he told me.
That little girl is kinda annoying and wow the author checking a 16 years old pants
every-time he can.
ch11, she burned a guy with just a lighter and his cloths. Sounds legit.
What a shocker he was her brother. The sniper, why did I figured it out am not sure. Her brother talk about a good sniper, there is a sniper trying to kill her with her photo. Masks have some power sh!t that control people, and this is another dimension. Lets see how he connects all this as a good story.
(My brother once said that the world record for men jumping was 8.95) and HOW the hell does she remember that? Because logic since that woman jumped that far.
CH20, first page. The author comment on the attack on her was???????Her skirt is ripped. You Piece of shit.
ch22, page 6~8 was only there to show some pants. WTF, the rope suddenly snapped without a warning or a reason, and the maid never used it since she "jumped".
logic be damned. She is a killer, she killed a man in front of me. She tried to kill me, now I saved her and we are Friends. Banzai.
Logic, she shot a gun in middle splitting it In half and she is new to guns. Explaining? Am a genius.
Am starting to get annoyed by the this "My brother once said" That is not ONCE if you use it from ch1 to ch28
I think this mangaka just write "My brother once said" in every chapter. Annoying as hell and damn how she "Remember" those infos when she Wants? Some of them were when she was young, like hell she can.
And what he told her is Freaking insane that any young Boy/ brother do knows.
Oh so people almost found out that the sniper man is her brother so he switched to no, The sniper man Took the photo from the real brother. First, I though the mask control the brain, meaning whatever thing isn't related to killing people, the subject will not be interested in that. But nooooo, he took it, that is all. Really stupid so far taking the idea that people are controlled by the mask but why not because there is a code for humans as if they were computers.
And her brother so far is a monster, how am not sure because I won't be reading it to find out.
Gore art is good, Dialog and logic be damned because the mangaka wants some pants so it is a must. I guess anything with pants sells these days
This a rant I wrote to my friend and I tuned down the language for little boys and girls who thinks this is a 10. Like hell it is.