High Rise Invasion
By Amanda Dyer,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Dark action anime has graphic violence and nudity.
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Characters associate suicide with freedom and believe the only way to get ahead in this world is to kill. However, some characters encourage others to hope for a better world.
Positive Role Models
The characters in the series are forced to kill to survive. Yuri works to defy the rules of this world. She does not kill innocent people and even expresses sympathy for the masked individuals that are after her. She and her brother Rika build a team of survivors, encouraging them to have hope in such a bleak scenario.
Violence & Scariness
Death and gore are frequent in this series. The main objective of most of the characters is to kill, which is done in various ways. People are stabbed, shot, and decapitated. One person eats the people that they kill. Characters accidentally and purposefully fall off skyscrapers to their death. The image cuts away just before the characters hit the ground, but there is always a grotesque sound that accompanies it. There is also sexual violence present, as teenage girls are frequently harassed and threatened into taking their clothes off.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters dress provocatively. High school girls wear short skirts that expose their underwear. Some character's clothes are ripped off. There is no full-frontal nudity but some excessive cleavage exposure. Characters are shown showering, but female characters strategically cover their chests.
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Some name-calling such as "dumb" and "idiot." Some use of the word "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that High Rise Invasion is a dark animated series set in a twisted world where characters are either forced to kill or driven to commit suicide. Violence is frequent and graphic, as characters are stabbed, shot, decapitated, and encouraged to jump off skyscrapers to their death. There are also heavy sexual elements. Teenage girls wear short skirts exposing their underwear and are often harassed or threatened into removing their clothing. There's some name-calling such as "dumb" and "idiot" and use of the word "damn."
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What's the Story?
HIGH RISE INVASION is a Japanese anime set in a dimension where people are trapped on the rooftops of skyscrapers. Yuri Honjo (Haruka Shiraishi), an average high school student, is mysteriously transported to this new world. She is attacked by masked individuals whose objective is to torture people and drive them to commit suicide by jumping off the buildings. After discovering her older brother Rika (Junya Enoki) is also trapped somewhere in this dimension, Yuri vows to find him and other allies and escape from the high rises.
Is It Any Good?
Hope proves to be the key to survival in this bleak and twisted world. The characters in High Rise Invasion are quick to use violence to get ahead. Yuri Honjo's hesitance to kill and her belief that she can overcome the seemingly impossible is refreshing. This proves to be an essential tool to her survival in a world where the villains' main goal is to convince people to commit suicide. Although the people wearing masks are under mind control that forces them to kill, even characters without masks tend to have no qualms about committing murder or fulfilling the twisted fantasies they couldn't get away with in their old worlds, such as sexual assault and cannibalism. Yuki and Kuon Shunzaki seem to be the only exceptions to this rule, but Yuki does convince others to follow her path thoughout their journey.
The series has very heavy subject matter and graphic violence that may be too intense for younger teens. Teenage girls are also frequently shown in their underwear and harassed by adult men. These men usually end up killed.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how human life is valued in this series. Why are other characters so shocked when Yuri chooses to protect instead of harm others? Do you believe the character's actions are realistic?
Suicide is prevalent throughout the series. What resources are there available for both kids and adults that may be suffering from suicidal ideation?
Families can also talk about sexual assault and resources available to teens. The Crisis Text Line is an excellent way for phone-shy teens to reach out in times of need.
- Premiere date: February 25, 2021
- Cast: Cristina Valenzuela, Paul Castro Jr., Kellen Goff
- Network: Netflix
- Genre: Action
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Character Strengths: Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-MA
- Last updated: February 18, 2023
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