High-Rise Invasion: Movie Night in the Eighties

When I started anime blogging, having always been a bystander to much of the online discourse, I swore two things to myself.

1. Don’t be pretentious.

2. Don’t be negative.

That was my prime directive, and throughout the two and a half years of Shallow Dives, I think I’ve been pretty good at following those rules. That hasn’t meant I have been critical though. I have made my thoughts clear on things like the Bunny Girl Senpai Movie, Fate/Extra Last EncoreMirai Nikki, and the last half of Babylon. I’ve also been fair to series I love where they fall short, Like the back half of High School DxD’s third season, the back half of Tensei Slime or the Date A Live’s animation in its third season. I live by the idea of fairness, and looking at things for what they are, not what I want them to be. So when it came to watching and writing a post up about his series, I looked back on my two rules and remembered why I am here. After the cut let’s take a dive into the Netflix ‘original’ anime series: High-Rise Invasion.

Netflix Unleashes Masked Slashers and Bloody Madness in "High-Rise  Invasion" Anime Series [Trailer] - Bloody Disgusting

Now, I’ll be honest. It would be easy, laughably so, to rip into this series, to go super negative, because Invasion doesn’t do itself any real favors. It’s horribly paced, the plot is barely there, character development is either non-existent, rushed, or changes on a dime, the English dub is one of the worst I’ve seen in years, and the fanservice, while nice to see, is laughably tame even by regular ecchi standards. I could easily sit here and rip this series a new asshole, but like I said at the top, that is not why I am a blogger. I didn’t do it with Magical Girl Spec-Ops Asuka (and man did I pick up the same feelings), and I won’t do it here.

High-Rise Invasion – Episode 1 - Anime Feminist
This show needed more panty shots, and far more detailed ones.

After watching all of Invasion, watching the story of Yuri and her friends attempt to escape a strange world of high-rise buildings while slaughtering masked enemies, I couldn’t help but feel that this series was like a schlocky b-horror and thriller movie from the eighties. A sort of film that was made by amateurs you might rent on a movie or date night, cook up a massive bowl of popcorn to, and just indulge yourself in. A piece of entertainment that you know isn’t good, isn’t trying to be good, (or if it is, failing horribly), and enjoying it regardless. The idea of ‘trash anime’ has been something going around for years now, and it is often a title thrown at series that rub people the wrong way (Eromanga Sensei, Redo of Healer,), but I don’t see it given to something like this. Which is strange, because to me, Invasion is a wonderful example of trashy entertainment, something that you know isn’t good, but for some reason you keep watching. I knew by about episode two that this anime was not good, but something kept me going to the next episode, and it was more than just knowing I could get a blog post about it.

Review: High Rise Invasion & Ending Explained! - OtakuKart
Sniper Mask and his companion are way too underdeveloped to make them really appealing.

Yet, if there is one thing I will fully throw at the series, it is that I wish it had indulged the viewer even more. I said during my look at Mirai Nikki that despite that series rough-draft quality, it was (and still is) a perfect encapsulation of everything a teenage boy would want from an anime: blood, booms, babes and boobs. Watching Invasion I felt that it wanted to go down that same road, but it was either too tame, or trying too hard to pull it off. There is blood everywhere, and panty shots up the wazoo, but it still has nothing on what Nikki was able to pull off, and I really wish it had. Show some titties, be more over-the-top and nonsensical with your violence, slap some death-metal in the soundtrack, having Yuri and her clearly lesbian friend just start making out hentai style, show more titties!

High-Rise Invasion': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to  know about Masahiro Takata's Netflix anime | MEAWW
The concepts of the masked people and ‘getting closer to god’ are interesting ideas, but are not developed at all.

Objectively, High-Rise Invasion is a bad show, full stop. However I find trying to  rip into this show for all of its problems would be like kicking a puppy or bullying a fat kid. There is no honor in that, no real joy or anything constructive that can come from it. This is an anime that feels made for a movie-night where people just relax and have fun. That’s what I felt, and in a season that has some amazing hits, it’s ok for something like High-Rise Invasion to be what it is. Give it a shot and see if you think the same way!

Man….I hope this post didn’t come off as pretentious….

High-Rise Invasion – Episode 1 - Anime Feminist
Having more than two personalities traits might have help. But dam girl, you thicc.

One thought on “High-Rise Invasion: Movie Night in the Eighties

  1. Dammit, if you’re going to be trash – feckin’ go whole hog! No half measures! Right?

    Yeah, trashy shows don’t bother me near as much as shows that knowingly incorporate trash tropes – but in a half-ass manner.

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