I cannot STAND this manga. From the very beginning it is nothing but an over the top pile of shit. There is not one panel of subtlety in this thing. All of the characters are unsympathetic and stupid. The plot is silly. There's no tension or atmosphere. It's an all-around failure.
Now, I want to keep this review as short as I can because even thinking about this... THING makes me sick. But I want to specifically call out one scene, because it just should not exist. Anyone who's read Higanbana knows what I'm talking about. Ahem... "ZERO! ZERO! ZERO! ZERO! ZERO!
" Know the one? I refuse to believe that anyone could look at this scene and approve it. I don't believe Ryukishi07 could. I don't believe the artist could. I don't believe the editor could. I don't believe the people who PRINTED it could. I simple do not believe that no one went to Ryukishi and said to him; "Look. Ryukishi. I love you, you know that? I love your work. So, please, understand where I come from when I say... this is fucking stupid. Rewrite it. Now."
As a whole, I find Ryukishi's attempts at being over the top laughable at best, in everything he writes. If no one reins him in soon, he may find himself out of a job. This manga would have been much better if it had just been subtle. There are many, many scenes that should have been low-key, but Ryukishi's child-like obsession with over the top things has ruined this manga.
But I cannot let the art slide. Don't think you're getting away so easily. ... Okay, you are. You suck. Go away. This is all I have to say on the matter.
In the end, Higanbana is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay up there on the list of worst manga I've ever read. It's nothing but a long string of hideously over the top scenes and annoying characters. Ryukishi07. I know you use a FUCKING SCREENNAME, but this isn't the internet anymore. You aren't playing around with your pals. This is the big leagues now. Grow up, or get the fuck out.