High-Rise Invasion / Tenkuu Shinpan
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Action, Mystery, Horror, Survival, Rooftop
First Aired: Winter 2021, 12 episodes
Summary: The series begins with high school student Yuri Honjo fleeing for her life from a masked attacker that just killed a random person. She realizes she is trapped on a high rise skyscraper with no escape. Every entry to the building is locked and the only connection to anywhere else is by suspension bridges from one building to another. There are masked murderers all around and there is no time for hesitation as she must learn the rules of this new world or die like the rest.
High-Rise Invasion immediately thrusts the viewer into a whole new world of mystery and despair. Each masked killer possesses his or her own unique ability, and well-suited name. One of them might be “Chef Mask” while another is “Volleyball Mask”, and their abilities suit them well for murder. I enjoyed the quickly progressing story that contained very little downtime, meaning a lot of fights and action with little chance for everyone to catch their breath. It is fitting for a world full of masked assassins, all searching for the next hunt. In addition to the action there is a decent story to the High-Rise universe, it’s not just a bunch of bloodthirsty cosplayers on the top of buildings.
You might enjoy this if: You cannot get enough of the “Battle Royale” genre, this series has that kind of vibe for sure.
You might not like it if: You despise “fan service”. While it is not the emphasis of the anime, there are a few convenient skirt shots and all that.
Note to the Viewer: The High-Rise manga went for 21 volumes, so there is plenty of content for a second season.
High Rise Invasion – Official Netflix Trailer
AMV – Blood Water by Yuuji AMVs
(Warning, the AMV contains a lot of violence)