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High-school girl Yuri suddenly finds herself on the rooftop of a high-rise building. She's trapped in a bizarre world surrounded by skyscrapers, where a masked man cracked open a man's head with an axe before her eyes. Finding a way to survive this bizarre world, find her beloved brother, and escape becomes her top priority, but she is beset by danger not just from the mysterious Masks, which possess both inhuman strength and cruelty, but other survivors turned cruel or desperate by the insanity of the high-rise world

Written by Tsuina Miura (Ajin) and illustrated Takahiro Oba (Box!), Tenkuu Shinpan (High-Rise Invasion for the English language market) is a manga series with a heavy reliance on Fanservice and violence, with barely a chapter going by without either a Panty Shot or someone's head exploding.


This manga provides examples of:

  • Action Survivor: It takes a lot to survive even a day in this world, so any character who passes that mark qualifies as this trope.
  • Adult Fear: It's not enough that an entity you couldn't see snatches up your kids and teens; they also send them onto a world full of killing machines. Or, even worse, they might even wind up becoming brainwashed killing machines themselves.
  • And the Adventure Continues: The story ends with the Administrator being defeated, and the conflicts between all parties involved are put to a halt by the Supervisor. However, the boundaries of dimensions between the real world, the world where the story takes place and countless others are still unstable, necessiting the continued existence of the "killing system to create God" that Yuri and the protagonists have been aiming to destroy since the beginning of the story. There are also elements of Sequel Hook, as the Supervisor itself claims even it doesn't know who build the system, the protagonists remain in the God-selection world, and there is strong implication the selection system to create God will proceed in some form or another.
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  • Anti-Villain: Most of the masks are not evil people; they are just brainwashed into murdering non-masks.
  • Asshole Victim: The cop who kills his own partner and threatens to rape Yuri. Sniper Mask kills him.
  • Awesome by Analysis: This is one of the reasons why the Honjo siblings survive in this world despite not possessing any remarkable physical advantage. They take in their environment, process it, and make damn good use of it.
  • Badass in Distress: Yuri and Nise get captured/surrounded by masks.
  • Badass Family: Yuri and Rika take huge levels of badass as the story progresses. Yuka was already badass to begin with as Sniper Mask but then they proceed to become even more so after inheriting Kuon's consciousness and abilities as well as acquiring one of the God Codes.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Comes up once when Brother and Yuri talk about a mask's effect. The masks enhances your physical ability to a wildly improbable level, but not an impossible one. See Reality Ensues.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Yuri pulls one when she rescues Nise from Chef Mask. Nise pays her back when she rescues Yuri from Rider Mask.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: The masks. Their masks make them so.
  • Crapsaccharine World: The high-rises. It's a perfectly manicured world where food is guaranteed and the view is spectacular—you just can't get down to the first floor. And there are people in strange masks (with a wide variety of weapons) who will kill you on sight unless you commit suicide.
  • Comic-Book Time: It takes fifty chapters just to get through Yuri's first day in the high-rises.

  • Despair Event Horizon: The purpose of the masks is to frighten and assault people until they become desperate enough to jump off the high-rises.
  • Driving Question: Just what is this world, exactly? And what's Yuri going to do about it?
  • Embarrassing First Name: Rika Honjo finds his first name embarrassing since "Rika" is usually a girl's name. Kuon Shinzaki dislikes her name as well.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Yuri unknowingly avoids getting attacked by a mask because he still had the decency of not entering the women's restroom.
    • Weaponized against masks by appealing to personal traits such as the Baseball Mask who's obligated to show sportsmanship when forced into an impromptu game.
  • Evil Mask: A technological example. The masks are capable of compelling anyone who looks at the inside to put them on and follow their commands.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Yuri and Nise first met when Yuri came across Nise killing another survivor.
  • Foil: Nise to Yuri. Yuri is cheery, determined, and optimistic. Nise, on the other hand, is somber, jaded, and callous.
  • Genius Bruiser: Brother Honjo knows everything.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Brother Honjo. A side character even explicitly says this.
  • Guns Are Useless: Happens once when Rider Mask shows up. He is so fast that no bullets can hit him.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: The Honjo siblings share this dynamic: Yuri typically prefers pistols, while her brother fights masks with his sledge hammer.
  • Hope Crusher: The masks' favored tactic is to drive their victims over the Despair Event Horizon and get them to kill themselves.
  • Knife Nut: Nise loves using small blades in combat.
  • Lampshade Hanging: A game designer wannabe finds himself transported to this world. Sure enough, all of his monologues run on this trope.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Nise, after she wears a mask. The strong masks (Maid Mask, Chef Mask, Rider Mask) are these, too.
  • More Dakka: The sad masks wield M-4s.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. Both Yuri and Nise are shown to using the bathroom. They become worried about this trope when they have to spend the night making camp on the roof. Since they are living in a state of emergency, they reason, they agree that if it comes down to it they'll just have to do it in the open.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Kuon Shinzaki, who is among the shortest and physically smallest character in the series. She also happens to control a rail gun.
  • Plucky Girl: Yuri will not stop until she gets to her brother.
  • Potty Dance: Yuri does a wriggly sitting-down variant in Chapter 14.
  • Primal Fear: The height.
  • Psychic-Assisted Suicide: The fate of any mask who has their mask damaged to the point where they can't perform their duties.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • It's specifically stated by Brother that while the mask enhances your power to the limit of human physique, it will not alter your basic stamina. In a prolonged battle, the Mask who has the bigger body and/or wields the lighter weapon would eventually overpower the other mask. Nise uses this to her advantage when fighting Ain: She is a growing teenager wielding a combat knife while Ain is hardly an adolescent who wields a long Japanese katana.
    • The Masks have to eat. So, they have to remove their masks. Also, if, say, the Masks sneeze, they are allowed to remove their masks for a short while to wipe the snot off their face. This also applies if they need to wash their face.
  • Red Herring: For a while it looked like Sniper Mask was Yuri's brother, due to having her picture. but this was proven false later. We do end up discovering that the two knew each other before arriving in the strange world, however.
  • Running Gag: Brother says...
  • Secret Test of Character: After Yuri tells him of her plan to destroy this world, Brother dismisses it as impossible and tells her to shoot Nise to save herself. It's only when Yuri threatens to kill Brother instead that Brother is willing to support Yuri's plan to destroy this world.
  • Self-Deprecation: Brother Honjo. Between complaining about his name, conceding that he has a twisted mind, and fearing about acting lame in front of his sister, the guy just takes it too seriously sometimes. In truth, all of his gripes are nonsense: He is as badass as they come.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Sniper Mask, in a three-piece suit and tie, complete with a Nice Hat.
  • Shout-Out: At one point, Yuri needs to create a password. She decides to go with a phrase from a series she watched a lot as a child. Although the words are changed, it's clear that the phrase is the incantation used in Cardcaptor Sakura for the titular character to summon her staff and even ends with her screaming "Release".
  • Story-Breaker Power: The world's higher-ups consider Yuri's ability to cross dimensions as this and want her eliminated as soon as possible, seeing it as a violation of the rules and hugely tips the odds in her favor.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Aohara specifically mentions that he is only able to manipulate one mask at a time. Brother Honjo catches this right away and warns Yuri to beware of the second mask.
  • Take a Level in Badass: Yuri becomes more combat cabable over time.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Nise loses the dark in her Dark Action Girl over time
  • White Mask of Doom: The primary antagonists are people wearing blank white masks that compel them to drive people to suicide, or failing that, straight-up murder them.
  • World of Badass: The masks enhance the physical abilities of anyone who wears them. Naturally, anyone who is able to stand up to them has to be a badass by default.


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