HighRise Invasion vo. 1-2 by Tsuina Miura and Takahiro Oba.
Things I liked:
I found this volume to be very entertaining. The pace is really good and the suspense is built up very well. I’m really looking forward to read the next volume. I’m genuinely intrigued and can’t to find out what’s really going on in this world.
The art is nice and the character design is interesting. The covers is really what grabbed my attention initially.
I also like that it’s a very fast read. There isn’t a whole lot of dialogue but then scenes are so well drawn that you don’t miss out on anything.
Things I didn’t like:
I didn’t like the fan service. I just don’t like it and I felt it did ruin the experience a tiny bit for me. It was kept to a minimum however, so it didn’t bother me too much. I just hope it stays that way. It would be a pity if it suddenly turned into High School of the Dead.
The protagonist’s brother complex is a bit annoying and I hope it actually plays an important part in the story and it’s not just there for fan service.
The biggest issue I had in the beginning was that the story felt like a revenge fantasy against women. It just gave me that “loser who never got the girl gets his revenge by killing girls in this world” type of feel. Thankfully, we meet other characters that change that dynamic a little. It certainly does seem to be a revenge based type of story. However, it seems to be that it’s more about the oppressed, abused, bullied, weak willed, outcasts, etc., taking revenge. At this point there’s really no good or bad side.
Would I recommend it:
Even though it may seem it disliked it more than I liked it, I really did like it. It was a fun interesting read that kept me hooked until the end. So, I do recommend it to those who just want something fast paced and gory to read.
My Theories: It’s always fun making theories!
#1: The girl committed suicide by jumping off a skyscraper and this is limbo.
#2: The brother is actually dead. She committed/tried to commit suicide because of it and this is limbo.
#3: The girl is in a comma and the brother has created this world for her in order to bring her back using her memories. In her flashbacks he seems very smart.
#4: There is no brother and there is no girl. The protagonist is actually a computer program, or AI, and the “brother” is just the programmer or another computer program like virus protection. (I like this one the most)
#5: One of the masked men is the brother and is very much trying to kill her. Perhaps she was a burden to him due to her brother complex.
#6: They really are just in a video game. (This is my least favorite one, too boring)
How exciting! I love forming theories and seeing how they change with every volume I read.