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Skyhigh

Title: Skyhigh
Genre: Drama
Format: 2 volumes
Mangaka: Tsutomu Takahashi

Synopsis: Izuko; guardian of the Gate Of Grudges. Responsible of welcoming the souls of murdered people offering three choices: To accept their death and ascend to Heaven, to deny death and live as a ghost or to hunt and kill another human with the price of one ticket straight to hell. She has seen people come and go through these gates, she has yet to choose what to do with herself. Who was Izuko in the human world? And why was she chosen as the guardian of the Gate Of Grudges? 13 years have passed since such position was given to her and she still has to decide, which of the three options to take.

Highlights
Plot:
Different stories revolving a central character.
Art: Like any other Takahashi, dark and perfect for the atmosphere.
Characters: Wicked and derranged. Izuko could have used more background.

Made by Tsutomu Takahashi (the same mangaka for Alive), Skyhigh offers great art, both of backgrounds and of character design, but Tsutomu Takahashi goes a little further in this two volumed manga, offering disturbing and violent images used for the exaltation of the dark and spooky atmosphere, which is entirely acceptable because of the nature of the plot.

The characters are unlike what I have read before, because Izuko meets all kinds of people, some that don’t want to accept their dead and some that seek to quench their blood thirst and it is through Izuko that you learn about such characters, but little do we know about Izuko herself, until the very end and it was, just, not enough for me to know so little about her. Most of the secondary characters are more interesting than Izuko, probably, because we know more about them than her.

The plot is also something worth mentioning. The unique approach to death, the author undertakes, there is more than enough to intrigue all of us. Yet as the secondary characters change from chapter to chapter so does the plot and in here a huge problem can be found; inconsistency to the plot. So many changes in the sub plots only help the main plot to be forgotten and abandoned until the very end, to give a rushed conclusion to Izuko’s death and decision.

The plot is also something worth mentioning. The unique approach to death, the author undertakes, there is more than enough to intrigue all of us. Yet as the secondary characters change from chapter to chapter so does the plot and in here a huge problem can be found; inconsistency to the plot. So many changes in the sub plots only help the main plot to be forgotten and abandoned until the very end, to give a rushed conclusion to Izuko’s death and decision.

The Rating: 7
7/10

Reviewed by: Dtortot

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