In the 1950s, an old woman was brutally murdered on the face of a clock tower by her adopted daughter. Two years later, the clock tower is known as the 'ghost tower' and it is supposedly haunted. Through an unusual series of events, a young NEET man named Amano Taichi is attacked by someone or something in the same clock tower, and finds himself bound to the clock face to be killed in the same way as the old woman. Luckily for Amano, he doesn't meet the same fate. He's rescued by a mysterious person who claims his name is Tetsuo.
Yuureitou is not finished yet, so I'm basically writing this review just because there's no synopsis nor tag. The story follows young Taichi and Tetsuo, as they try to solve the mystery of a ghost clock tower and find the hidden treasure, around 1950. Taichi is a poor NEET of the time, who can barely afford living expenses and thus is mesmerised when seemingly randomly he meets Tetsuo, who is beautiful, charming and seems to have lots of money. As one mystery is solved another is posed and the story unravels in horror, some gore and explanations that can have the reader on the edge of their sit. There are also posed questions regarding gender identity, sexuality and society's treatment to the outliers.
(Spoilers) The plot is a very poorly excuted thriller with a painfully bad twist villian, it is extremely edgy and gruesome for the sake of being edgy and gruesome. Points in the story feel fetishistic such as when one of the antagonists forces the mc to cross dress and then paints his nipples with lip stick (??). The mysteries felt contrived and strange and overall the only thing that kept me reading was Tetsuo. Tetsuo was a fairly straight to the point well done trans character throughout, and I enjoyed his relationship with the mc and their development and the mc grew to understand Tetsuo as a man and the fluidity within gender, and I felt like his struggles were well written. The climax of the manga was truly the straw that broke the camels back because a side character who's like a police officer and implied to be the twist villian isn't the twist villian he's just a pedophile necrophile that engages in sex trafficking and no one is grossed out by that no one thinks its fucked up he is treated as a heroic character who just dreams of a world where people of all genders and sexualities can be treated equally. I did find it funny when the girl tries to seduce him and he's like "EW WOMEN". It is revealed that this character is attracted to Tetsuo because he looks boyish which I found just unintentionally tragic that despite being a transitioned trans man the people around him are all attracted to him because of his femininity. It was also just incredibly dissappointing when the twist villian was revealed and I didn't know who the fuck they were because they were that much of a side character. Overall sucks dick and balls.
sawamura tetsuo, the deuteragonist, is the best and most realistic transgender guy in manga/anime/fiction i've ever read. the experience seeing yourself after your first "boy's" haircut, fearing/hiding your period, binding your chest, facing familial abuse, the agony of being forced to wear "girl's" clothing and not being able to cut your hair, the pain of other men not recognizing you as one of their own, etc., it's just so real. tetsuo has set my standards high for trans men in manga/anime, and no other trans male character thus far has surpassed him. i still have the screencaps i took years ago saved in my files of certain scenes that really hit me: ... and i have more screenshots but really you should just experience this manga for yourself. since the mangaka isn't transgender (which is honestly kinda surprising; they really did their research) there are some inaccuracies in this story (your voice post-testosterone won't revert back to a higher/"feminine" register if you stop taking hormones, for example). and a few panels have wonky proportions & some story arcs are better than others. but i definitely recommend this manga to any transgender guy. i've re-read this manga over and over again. HOWEVER. yuureitou's full of gore and, to quote this review, "underage incestuous sexual assault (and all of those separately), sexualised violence, just a lot of violence in general, people becoming Crazy and Violent, Trans Woman Twisted By Desire To Be A Woman, so much transphobia and homophobia, the one gay dude is kinda misogynistic and also into teen boys, did I mention how much the art is into Tetsuo's boobs" there's transmisogyny (meaning i couldn't recommend this series to any trans women i know) and the most prominent gay character (besides the protagonists) is a pedophile. if you can't stomach the triggering stuff in this story, i do not blame you. it's amazing and horrible at the same time.
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