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All souls of those murdered arrive at the Gate of Grudges. Izuko, keeper of the Gate of Grudges, presents each soul with three choices: pass through the Gate of Grudges to heaven and be reborn, refuse to admit death and remain as a ghost on earth, or haunt and kill one person and then proceed to hell and eternal suffering. What does each soul choose and why?
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Just a little comment. With the last story you can really feel that it's not exactly about revenge. In reallity, what guardians want is to save those souls. And if you pay attention in the other stories is the same.You will see that it focuses more in people's feelings than in the their "badness" or such. Most of the time you don't really think "that guy really deserved that". It's more like you hope they make the right choose for them. What it says is that there's no point in getting revenge or holding a grudge. I really think it has more depth than jigoku shoujo.But that's just my thinking.
... Last updated on January 26th, 2009, 2:21pm
Like Jigoku shoujo but different, the last arc started so morbid but was beautifully different,in such mangas, they make everything twisted n perveretd, no qualms to make a story seem enticing but th author showed fatherly love existed and that is wonderful
this was awesome. I loved at how short it was. no dragging at all. perfect. also a good portrait of human nature. and all of it's insignificance. breathtaking art, incredible storytelling.. the created atmosphere is perfect too. I am thinking of introducing a friend that has never read a manga before in his life to SkyHigh.
it's one of those manga's that leave something inside you even when you are done reading.
Jigoku shoujo clone?
What is this that I hear about Skyhigh being a clone of Jigoku Shoujo? I had read it back then when it was scanlated (2003) and in year it says 2001, while Jigoku Shoujo seems to begin being serialized in 2006... So my answer to the question is "NO!". Now, it's one of the most original short seinen manga I had read, Takahashi's style is definitively original, and his art compliments well the storytelling. While it might not be appealing to some readers, I consider it a "must read" for the seinen readers.
... Last updated on July 15th, 2008, 12:24pm
As everyone else has already noted, this is really one series where you can't help but compare it to Jigoku Shoujo. In a way, it is similar to Jigoku Shoujo in the way that there is a female role that poses as the link between afterlife and life. From what I've read of Jigoku Shoujo, however, I feel like this series is a lot more mature. The reactions of the dead in every case are complex and complicated. I also liked how Skyhigh took the story of each victim and spun it in a very unique way. Overall, the author is able to really create this overarching theme of "everyone is struggling to live". He doesn't necessarily point out to the audience whether any one of the three choices each victim is offered is correct, but instead subtly focuses on the theme that everyone tries to live (before they make their individual choices on life, limbo, or hell). I also like how the author doesn't start preaching on the audience towards the end (which he could have easily done),
The art style and storytelling is very gritty and harsher (much harsher than Jigoku Shoujo...), which fits a manga dealing with themes of death, life, murder, death, etc. It's all very interesting.
great short stories
This manga is a collect of very well thought out short stories. The stories are structured in such a way that only the story behind the various deaths are relevant, so there's no lack of depth or confusion about the character's character. However, the last story strayed from that formula. It tried to present a deeper story and, as a result, the characters' actions seem forced because there was no time to develop their reasoning.
Hard to choose
The story reminds me of Jigoku Shoujo though: get revenge and then go to hell. What's the point? Its pretty stupid to say the least. Anyway but its always good to see the bad guys get what they deserve.
Great characters, stories, with a very unique art style... Nothing more to say really, pretty much amazing all around. If you love murder/drama, you will probably give this a solid 10. I don't even like the genre much, and I am tempted to.
I liked the short stories the mangaka put out -I couldn't really exactly pinpoint the "good guy" or the "bad guy" in all of the situations. And not everyone got "revenge," which was also pretty nice. The ending was all right, a lilttle disappointing I suppose.
The sequel, though, doesn't really follow the same format as this one.
wow that was better than I thought...
This really made me think about choices that people make, and how things may not turn out the way people expect them to be. Very good start to a manga, but I just wish it was longer....