“High-Rise Invasion” can be an absurd yet binge-worthy TV experience that provides a good amount of gory fun during its first season. Both Anime News Network reviewers agree the series doesn’t make a very good first impression with what writer Steve Jones called “good old-fashioned death game setup,” which includes an attempted sexual assault early on and scenes that involve a lot of women’s underwear. But Jones came to love it early on, noting its unpredictability and hilarious ridiculousness and saying, “This is the kind of over-the-top grindhouse garbage I wanna see if I have to dig my way through the dump.” Now that’s quite a testimonial!
The other Anime News Network writer, Jean-Karlos Lemus, wasn’t quite so excited about “High-Rise Invasion,” though he did find the series memorable and the antagonist interesting. He said he actively disliked it at first but ended up being “indifferent” to it overall.
On Rotten Tomatoes, 32 fans weighed in to give the 12-episode survival horror series a 69% Audience Score, which is pretty decent. But individual ratings were pretty much all over the board. User Raphael Z gave it a five-star review and said, “Despite the exaggerated violence, the anime is well developed in history and graphic quality.” Others criticized the English dub, the pacing, and the fact that it was “tropey,” like Kristi B, who called the series “absolutely atrocious.” Three-star reviewer Chris C criticized the lack of humor and the gratuitous panty shots and noted it was not exactly groundbreaking. “Familiar territory,” the user commented.
So, “High-Rise Invasion” definitely not everyone’s cup of tea. But, it might be yours if it sounds interesting to you.