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In the 1950s, an old woman was brutally murdered on the face of a clock tower by her adopted daughter. Two years later, the clock tower is known as the 'ghost tower' and it is supposedly haunted. Through an unusual series of events, a young NEET man named Amano Taichi is attacked by someone or something in the same clock tower, and finds himself bound to the clock face to be killed in the same way as the old woman. Luckily for Amano, he doesn't meet the same fate. He's rescued by a mysterious person who claims his name is Tetsuo.
Tetsuo is searching for a treasure that is connected with the ghost tower, and he wants Taichi to be his partner. Taichi, whose life has mostly consisted of poverty, loneliness, and pornography, is enticed by the idea of gaining extreme wealth. He's further convinced when a house fire leaves him without a home and depends on Tetsuo's charity. The adventure is going to be very dangerous, since the same 'enemies' who attacked Taichi before seem certain to try something again! Not to mention, Taichi really knows very little about his new partner. [tethysdust]
幽霊塔 幽麗塔 หอวิญญาณ La tour fantôme (French) The Ghost Tower You Li Ta Yureito
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An Unconventional Mystery
Well, it's different. Not what you'd really expect initially, unless you've read the tags and reviews. But yes, this manga involves many different themes within its mystery-horror genre. The way I see it, it's mainly just a convoluted mystery that uses a lot of disturbing things to pave the way to answers.
The most consistent thing throughout the story is its usage of unlikely characters - some more eccentric and troubled than others. Because the characters are so bizarre, they're almost hard to completely like, as they all possess more of an uncomfortable kind of strange than a charming one. At the same time, it also makes it harder to relate with them. But these distorted and "abnormal" characters make it that much more challenging to predict their intentions and the plot, whilst adding to tension and dramatics.
Overall, I consider this story to be pretty original. It handles identity, desire, manipulation and perhaps a sinister persona thats both unnatural and at times very human. Contrary to the review below me however, I don't think it really has that much to do with gender identity. Sure, the main character is subject to these struggles, but it's less personal and emotional than it is depicted as part of the mystery's unraveling. Who is the main character really? What are her motives? What can this lead us to in the end? That's the direction I see the story going in, because after all, it is still a mystery.
Would I consider this a great manga? Eh, it's got my full attention but not my love. But if you're looking for something very unconventional I'd recommend it.
Don't read this if you are looking for authentic mystery manga, unless you are one of those LGBT people
I almost lost my testosterone while reading this. First few chapters was good, I thought the story would be revolved around the mystery (horror kind of mystery) when reading this. But no, it wasn't.
As the story goes on, it turned out that the story wasn't as "dark" as it seems. There were many jokes in this supposedly "horror" manga that most of the times came out as unappropriate in a way that doesn't fit with the story overall theme. It's like trying to force comedy in a horror movie.
I had an issue with the character as well. I don't mind when there's a character that cross-dressed or whatever, but when the core issue is not about the murder anymore, and rather about gender identity issues, that is something I can't relate with.
There are one main character, and 2 side kick characters. Turned out cross-dressed character was the one who drives the storyline. The other two were lame, weak, and naive throughout the supposedly horror story, that I was surprised they didn't get killed after all that stupidities they did.
That made me as a reader couldn't even take the storyline seriously anymore because the issues were getting switched from "detective horror" manga, to something like "hey, do not judge LGBT person by its cover" theme. Hey mangaka, if you read my review, next time try to create storyline that is obvious that you promoted this gender equality thing, but do not mask it as a "horror mystery" manga because it wasted my time and I don't like it.
your mileage may vary, with this one
OK, so Yuureitou is actually a fairly difficult series to comment on, especially because it's really great with its characters but your mileage may vary with the plot.
There's quite a bit of trigger-y stuff in here: blood, gore, sexual assault, the works. It's all treated seriously enough in the series, but if you can't handle any of that, this manga is not for you.
Overall, the mystery is... strange, to say the least. There's a very distinct undercurrent of horror and supernatural running throughout, and the mystery almost seems to take a backseat to the horror/supernatural elements. The mystery is intriguing, but it isn't really the main focus here.
What I really, really love about this manga, though, is the fact that there is a canonical LGBTQ+ character who is treated with an amazing amount of delicacy.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Yes, I'm talking about Tetsuo. I was a bit hesitant about him at first, but then Nogizaka actually revealed that he was legitimately trans! And he even spent entire chapters fleshing out his trans identity! While Tetsuo's identity is still a bit too binary and heterosexist (there's this constant insistence that because Tetsuo is a man, he can't fall in love with other men; he can only be friends with them--gay-ness and bi-ness and pan-ness does exist, you know?), it's still miles above trans representation I've read in other manga. Especially because Yuureitou is a horror mystery, not a manga devoted to gender issues. So this was definitely a nice surprise!
The way he's handling Amano's response to this revelation is also done really well, especially because Amano doesn't invalidate Tetsuo's identity at all. Though neither does he easily accept it. There's a lot of renegotiation and such that these two do that's actually really great! And it shows that it's never easy to have other people accept you for who you are, but that as long as you keep at it, there will be someone who's willing to listen.
Amano's recent disguises as a girl has been great too because it really helps bring into focus issues of sexism and misogyny. And the fact that Nogizaka puts the cis guy into the role of experiencing it... while hinting at the hardships that the trans guy had to face while he was still performing as a girl... It's great!
The main thing I'm worried about is where Nogizaka will bring the story to next. So I really can't recommend this work until it finishes, because it's really, really easy to invalidate all the good he has done so far with a bad ending. This is definitely a "wait and see" moment.
... Last updated on May 6th, 2014, 11:28pm
Great Mystery Manga
The story is about a treasure connected to the Ghost Tower. There are a bunch of people fighting for this which lead to a bunch of killing and deceit. The main guy, Taichi, and Tetsuo, whose really a woman in disguise, not only wanted the treasure but they really want to find out who's behind all these killings.
I like the fact that this is one giant mystery with a bunch of smaller mysteries that's kind of unrelated thrown in as they're trying to solve the main mystery. Something happens relating to the Ghost Tower, they found a clue, travel somewhere to understand the clue, caught up with another mystery, must solve the second mystery to stay alive/find what they're looking for, rinse and repeat. This manga can get pretty long I think but the main mystery has a natural progression to it so the story actually feels like its going somewhere.
Great read so far. Highly recommend. Anticipating how this will end up.
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