Manga / Yuureitou

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Yuureitou, or The Ghost Tower, is a seinen mystery-horror manga.

In 1952 a woman is killed by her adopted daughter by being tied onto a clock tower's hands until her back breaks.

Two years later, the clock tower is now known as the 'ghost tower' and is supposedly haunted. Amano Taichi, a NEET, is attacked by someone or something in the same clock tower, and almost dies in the same way as the woman but he is rescued by a mysterious man named Tetsuo.

Tetsuo is searching for a treasure that is connected with the ghost tower and asks Taichi to be his partner. Taichi's enticed by the idea of becoming extreme wealthy and is further convinced when his house mysteriously burns down. As it turns out, there's a Serial Killer out there that attacks people in the 'ghost tower'.

Way Better Than It Sounds. It spans to more than just that beginning.

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This series provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Marube is sexually abusing his daughter.
    • Tetsuo's mother was willing to abandon him in the ghost tower and let him die for being too masculine.
  • Accidental Murder: Shino murdering the man at the island.
  • Amateur Sleuth: Amano is turned into one when Marube asks him to investigate the tower and the murder.
  • Anti-Hero: Tetsuo is a Pragmatic type, also qualifying for Byronic Hero due to his charisma and frequent angst. Taichi starts out as a Classical type and slowly gains Pragmatic qualities.
  • Arranged Marriage: Reiko was sold off into an arranged marriage with Shiro by the adoptive mother.
  • Artistic License Biology: When Tetsuo reveals that he has run out of testosterone, his voice becomes more feminine. In reality, going off testosterone won't make your voice feminine even if you've only been on it for a while.
  • Asshole Victim: The adoptive mother of Reiko Fujiyama couldn't accept that her child couldn't be a woman and a wife for a potential suitor so she frequently fought with her child. Then, when Reiko left home to live as himself, he killed his mother because she wouldn't accept him as her son. In chapter 59, Tetsuo also confesses to Marube that when he was younger and his mother went with him to explore the tower, he was really happy when she told him that he was brave just like a (Japanese) guy. He told her that he was really happy to hear that, but in reality, his mother sent him down to the tower so that she could indirectly kill him. She only saved him when he acted more 'girly' by screaming for help.
  • Attempted Rape: Happens twice.
    • While lost in the tower without Amano or Yamashina in the clocktower treasure hunt arc, Satoko is ambushed by two men and is almost raped. She is saved by Yamashina and Amano.
    • The second time, MARUBE tries to rape Taichi in order to make him leave Tetsuo.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Everyone seems to be attracted to Tetsuo, whether they perceive him as a beautiful maiden, as an attractive Bishounen man, or as something in between. Most of the girls are attracted to him as a man, Shiro and Taichi are attracted to him as a woman, Marube sees him as someone in between, and Yamashina is secretly attracted to him as a man but tries to point out the androgynous features of Tetsuo's body in order to appear less gay.
  • Becoming the Mask: After Amano disguises himself as Tetsuo's wife to evade the police, he realizes how comforting crossdressing is and since he is in love with Tetsuo, begins to wonder if he actually wanted to be Tetsuo's crossdressing submissive husband. Minus the marriage part, and only in the beginning for the crosdressing part, they become lovers at the very end.
  • Bi the Way: Tetsuo says he's straight, but has hints of having more feelings towards Amano than just wanting an "eternal friendship". Eventually, Tetsuo's feelings for Amano win out.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Satoko and the police department when they save Tetsuo and Amano from Tesla and Marube at the end of the manga.
  • Blackmail: Tetsuo uses the truth about his lie about Amano having a wife and money in order to get Amano to investigate the tower for the first time.
  • Black and Gray Morality: Testuo lies about planting bombs in order to convince Tesla to let him go.
  • Bluffing the Murderer: Amano believes that Tetsuo is Shibanmuchi, a murderous ghost who kills people who enter the ghost tower, and threatens him with a knife early on in his investigation. Ironically, Tetsuo turns out to be the one who killed his mother.
  • Brain Transplant: Marube attempts to switch his brain with Tetsuo so that he can perserve his love with the owner of the ghost tower.
  • The Butler Did It: Amano tries to tie Tetsuo into the Fujimiya family after seeing a picture of Reiko's family early on, and suspects that Tetsuo was a butler who killed Tatsu Fujimiya. Subverted, since there was a butler, but he didn't kill Tatsu, and he wasn't Tetsuo.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tetsuo once tells Taichi that he was Reiko, a woman who murdered her mother in a gruesome way two years ago and supposedly died. Taichi doesn't believe him.
  • Cast Full of Gay: Yamashina is gay, Marube is attracted to both men and women, Amano becomes attracted to Tetsuo as a man as the series progresses, and Tetsuo is attracted to Amano. Yup, that's pretty much all the main male characters.
  • The Chanteuse: According to rumors, Reiko also had a beautiful voice. Tetsuo later asks Shino if she wants to sing with him after he tells Amano the rumors about his past life as 'Reiko'.
  • Children Are Innocent: A dark take on the trope. After Tesla fails to force Taicho, Tetsuo and Yamashina to choose a human sacrifice for his organ transplant surgery, Tesla decides to leave the job to a group of children as they haven't developed the principles that would keep them from choosing someone that deserves to die and they will do whatever he says in exchange for toys.
  • Crotch-Grab Sex Check: Marube does this to Tetsuo.
  • Defiled Forever: The men in this manga seem to have this attitude towards women. Shiro despises the women who became the sexual servants of American men post World-War II, Tetsuo makes a big deal about protecting his chastity to Shiro, and Marube is said to be more sympathetic to women who protect their chastity than women who give it up when he is acting as a prosecutor for a sex-related case. Marube's attitude extends to Satoko While he says he planned on taking Satoko's virginity once she was of age, it turns out the main reason he acts the way he does is because he's the opposite of Tetsuo: a man who wants to be a woman.
  • Dead Person Impersonation: Shiro's and Shino's mother took the identity of her husband's lover after she killed her.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Marube is mainly attracted to women, but he admits that sometimes muscularity of men turns him on.
  • Disguised in Drag: Taichi pretended to be Tetsuo's wife while they left the city.
  • Driving Question: Who is the Shibanmushi? And in the beginning, who is Tetsuo?
  • Fake Pregnancy: In the opium village arc, Taichi has to pretend to be Tetsuo's pregnant wife since the villagers have them trapped and they want to get new blood from them.
  • Faking the Dead: Although in the beginning of the story we are told that Reiko drowned in the river, Reiko did not die and took on the guise of Tetsuo Sawamura.
  • Fan Disservice: The scene of Hanazono's naked corpse being found tied to the clock tower's hands.
  • The Fifties: The manga takes place in the early 50s.
  • Film Noir
  • Fingore: At one point, Shinbanmushi cuts off the fingers of a woman.
  • First-Name Basis: Taichi calls Tetsuo by his first name. Tetsuo at first only calls Taichi by his last name Amano, but he starts calling by name in chapter 44. Towards the end, Taichi starts calling Tetsuo by his true name: Akira.
  • Guilt by Association: Tetsuo offers to save Amano from the clock hands of the ghost tower in the beginning of the novel in exchange for Amano's innocence.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: Yamashina does this all the time when he remarks on how he prefers the physique of men to women.
  • Hero Stole My Bike: Tetsuo steals a bike so he and Taichi can transport more easily while they're on the run from the law.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners:
    • Tetsuo and Taichi for the most part. They are each other's best and only friend. Taichi has some amount of sexual attraction to him though. At the end of the series, the platonic part turns to romantic, and they become a couple.
    • Subverted with Tetsuo and Shirou Honjou. Tetsuo wanted them to be this, but Honjou was in love with Tetsuo and couldn't help seeing him as a woman.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. Two kids have died thus far and one was almost murdered.
  • Intrepid Reporter: Deconstructed. Hanazono wants to stand out in her job as a newspaper reporter to break through in a male-oriented society. Her fearlessness makes her go to investigate the ghost tower on her own, which results in her getting killed by Shinbanmushi.
  • Karma Houdini: Tetsuo and Marube.
  • Killer Cop: Jinbabue turns out to be Shibanmushi. He is able to manipulate the evidence in the case to point to Tetsuo.
  • Liar Revealed: After manipulating and blackmailing Taichi, Marube reveals to Tetsuo that Taichi has being cooperating with him behind his back and basically sold them off to him. This results in a serious fallout for Taichi and Tetsuo.
  • Locked Room Mystery: In the opium village arc, Manji's corpse is found in a locked room. Everyone assumes it was a suicide, but Taichi's knowledge of mystery novels makes him conclude it was a murder.
  • Loser Protagonist: Taichi is a NEET and a Hikikomori at the start. Even when he gets better he's still socially awkward and always getting into trouble.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: Manji is killed by a shed that he built, but it was the head of the village that killed him off.
  • Mandatory Motherhood: In the opium village arc, since Taichi and Tetsuo are disguised as a married couple with Taichi as the wife, the villagers try to force them to conceive a child so they can get new blood in their village.
  • The Maze: There's an underground maze filled with booby traps beneath the clock tower's mansion and it's said there's one under the clock tower too.
  • Meaningful Name: Tetsuo means "Iron Hero", Satoko means "Sand Child", and Marube literally means "Round Pill Department". Reiko, Tetsuo's birth name, means "Pretty Girl", but can also mean "Ghost Girl" or "Zero Girl" if you change the kanji. On the other hand, Tetsuo's chosen name post-chapter 75, Akira, uses another kanji that also can sound like "Rei", the first part of "Reiko", which means strong and commanding.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: Tetsuo tells Taichi about how one of his former partners ended up dead after falling into one of the dead traps of the clock tower in search for the treasure. Tetsuo asks Taichi if he still wants to be his partner despite this and Taichi readily answers he still wants to follow him. After this, Tetsuo starts calling Taichi by his first name.
  • The Mourning After: Shiro's mother refused to remarry as she believed her husband was the only one for her.
  • Murderers Are Rapists: The murderer of Hanazono is suspected to be this. This is later proven wrong as she was still a virgin when she died.
  • Nipple and Dimed
  • Official Couple: Taichi and Tetsuo/Akira.
  • Offing the Offspring: The head of the opium village kills her adopted son, Manji, because she wanted to save the child she was pregnant with from being killed.
  • Parental Incest: Marube is sexually abusing his daughter, Satoko.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: When Tetsuo is made to be Marube's butler, Tetsuo does everything he can to resist conforming to Marube's sexual fantasies. Tetsuo decides to wear a uniform when Marube asks him to give him a shower, and then sharpens his nails to ensure that scrubbing Marube will be as painful as possible.
  • Period Piece: Set in the early 1950s.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Taichi and Tetsuo have a fallout after Tetsuo finds out Taichi let himself get blackmailed by Marube and basically sold them off to him. This leads to Taichi finally growing some backbone and stop relying on others. This also results in Tetsuo admitting he had been manipulating Taichi from the start and their friendship was fake to begin with. However, the fallout of all these events culminates in the two of them becoming a couple at the end.
  • Police Are Useless: Tetsuo managed to evade capture by the police after killing his mother by using another woman's body in place of Reiko's. Also, Yamashina, a detective who gets involved in the investigation, is actually a cowardly man that is willing to sacrifice his enemy so that he could keep his life and save the lives of the other children when he was trying to find blood for Tesla.
  • Poor Communication Kills: If Taichi had told Tetsuo about his agreement with Marube earlier, he could have avoided their breakup.
  • Queer Romance: The budding romance between Taichi (a cis man) and Tetsuo (a trans man).
  • Sealed with a Kiss: The Official Couple Taichi and Akira/Tetsuo kiss near the end of the final chapter.
  • Serial Killer: Shibanmushi who turns out to be Jinbabue.
  • Straight Gay: Yamashina often drops hints of what parts of a guy he finds attractive that he often denies. It's later revealed that he was in love with and attracted to Takashi, a boy who was killed by the guy he tried to hand over to Tesla to save his life during the organ transplant search. He still claims that its because he's attracted to the androgynous bodies of young boys (which makes him a bit of a hebephile), but he is later revealed to be unattracted to Satoko and attracted to Tetsuo as a guy.
  • Sympathetic Murder Backstory: After learning about his backstory, Tetsuo turns out to be this.
  • Sympathetic Murderer: Shino ends up being this. Also, Amano in the late chapters.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Taichi goes from relying on Tetsuo at the slightest sign of danger to beating criminals in the head with a stick (while in drag, no less!)
  • Transsexual: Tetsuo, who was Reiko Fujimiya prior to transitioning, is a trans man.
  • Undercover as Lovers: Tetsuo and Taichi pretend to be a married couple when they're on the run from the law. Taichi is the one playing the wife, by the way.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Marube blackmails Taichi in order to get closer to Tetsuo.
  • The Vamp: Marube's plan in chapters 50 through 60 is to seduce Tetsuo and break his will.
  • Villainous Incest: Marube is way too touchy-feely with his daughter. Later we find out he's not her real father, but that doesn't make it any less creepy.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Taro Nogizaka's Yuureitou is an expanded adaptation of Alice Muriel Williamson's "A Woman in Gray" from 1898. However, the lawyer that owned the haunted house is now an abusive father who owns a haunted clock tower, the woman who murdered her mother is now a transgender man who killed his adoptive mother, the attorney who investigates the tower is now a man in his twenties with no job and the villain that wants to seduce the daughter who killed her mother is now the owner of the ghost tower.
    • Lampshaded in the last volume where Amano finds various books the manga referred its plot to.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Taichi first disguises himself in drag to evade the police, but later finds crossdressing comforting and continues to wear a dress until Yamashina dies.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Shibanmushi tries to kill a boy in one chapter. The kid lives but his mother dies.
  • You Are Not Alone: Taichi and Tetsuo so many times throughout the manga. When Tetsuo has his Heroic B.S.O.D. after admitting that he killed his mother to Taichi in Chapter 63, Taichi tells Tetsuo that he understands how Tetsuo feels after killing Jinbabue. When Tetsuo decides to give up his self-ownership and current life to become Marube's wife and Tesla's experiment, Taichi begs him to stay and tells Tetsuo that he doesn't have to punish himself like this.


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