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Associated Names
La Torre Fantasma (Italian)
La Tour Fantôme
The Ghost Tower
The Phantom Tower

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v.9 c.71-80 (end) by Outerworld Scans over 5 years ago
v.8 c.67-70 by Outerworld Scans over 5 years ago
v.8 c.64-66 by Outerworld Scans over 5 years ago
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9 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (227 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.47 / 10.0

Last Updated
January 12th 2021, 8:23am PST



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Big Comic Superior (Shogakukan)

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by Miachann
July 25th, 2020, 9:10am
Rating: N/A
i have complicated feelings about this manga, im finish this almost 5 hours?? And while i read this i remember, i have this manga book at home hahahahahahah, so i think this manga is very complicated and have light romance? and theres a chapter that i dont understand, but i still like it, its fun 💕😝
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Read it  
by willnira
July 25th, 2020, 12:51am
Rating: N/A
It didn’t have much twists but definitely you get to grow on the characters, both of the characters were developed nicely and the story is not thaaaaat long
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Very good  
by svines85
September 6th, 2016, 11:54pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I read this one for the psychological/mystery elements.......yeah, very well done, it unfolded at a steady pace and (for the most part) stayed consistent and kept most of its secrets well towards the end.

Though yeah, like some others have mentioned, the author really did seem to add what seemed to be some unnecessary parts, and really did almost go off the tracks at the climax with some (really) unexpected elements thrown in.

But still, overall I enjoyed it quite a bit, it's a very solid story.
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Gripping & thoughtful  
by Dr. Love
February 18th, 2016, 5:18pm
Rating: N/A
Well-written mystery/thriller and treats its LGBT characters with delicateness. A honest thoughtful look on what it means to be transgender. Narratively the pacing was on point. It was neither rushed nor slow. The arcs naturally tied into each other. The art is also pleasant to look at.

... Last updated on February 18th, 2016, 5:19pm
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Plot that ends up being goofy and LGBT elemets that do not fit.  
by Neofit
December 24th, 2015, 5:09pm
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
I was genuinely interested in the beginning, but as the series progressed and elements were introduced, it started drifting into schlock, especially the last chapters which were something out of Cyborg 009. It doesn't feel serious enough (in fact it's mostly kind of goofy), all of the darker elements are treated rather lightly and there is just an overall feeling of disconnectedness between the plot points, the story just doesn't flow. It tries to fit in as much as possible but the result is that everything just ends up being cheap, rushed and unsatisfying. Tetsuo's gender identity is more of a distraction than anything relevant to the actual plot, it's just not developed enough and feels more like a statement than an exploration.
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Highly recommended! Especially for those looking for decent LGBTPQ representation in manga!  
by ChadaseXP
November 21st, 2015, 2:05pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
This whole review will be chock full of spoilers, otherwise I wouldn't be able to convey how unique and progressive this is for a manga- like wow.

Ignoring the whole "queer" topics I'm about to get into, as a horror/mystery manga, I'd just have to say it's good/decent (hence the 9 instead of 10).
You start to think that perhaps this will be a sort of detective story with a bunch of other smaller mysteries thrown in, but in reality they've only truly gone off topic once so far, which served as a huge turning point into Tetsuo and Amano's ideology, as well as being the defining characteristic of what makes this manga so great.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
First of all, Tetsuo is a transgender man.
They introduce Tetsuo to you as a man, and once you find out as trans, they don't just write him off as a female, which I really appreciate.
They flesh out Tetsuo and his gender identity, and let the reader go on a journey of acceptance with Amano to come to terms with the fact that- yes, while Tetsuo has that banging female body that you'd without a doubt want to touch, he is a man, and you need to respect that above all else.

That's one of the main reasons I'm okay with the ecchi and exposing of Tetsuo's more feminine parts, we're supposed to keep in mind that Tetsuo is /super/ hot whether you view him as a male or female, but that our own lust (mainly Amanos) shouldn't cloud our judgement or disrespect the man that he is.

It also hit on a very important issue that I, as a trans man myself, struggled with, and have never seen a manga take on.
While Amano and Tetsuo are on the run, they come across this village, and while I'm writing this off as a spoiler, I don't want to get /too/ spoiler-y... So I'll just say that it gives Amano a larger respect for females and what they have to go through, as well as allows Tetsuo to realize that males can also like/feel things that are generally meant for "females" after Amano expresses his interest in it as well.
This is actually a rather huge block that a lot of trans guys face, being afraid of things that are too "girly" since it would denounce their status as a man in their mind, and Amano helps him get over that bump.

Amano himself struggles a bit with being a straight man who is not only attracted to a trans man, but restrains himself to only thinking of him as a friend out of respect for Tetsuo's sexuality, but also his newfound like(?) for crossdressing.
Basically, Amano is super open minded and kind, the kind of person everybody wishes they had in their life.

Amano believes in Tetsuo so completely, that even when Tetsuo gives up on himself
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
and pretends to just be a female,
Amano still believes in the man that Tetsuo has proved himself to be again and again throughout the manga.

Edit::: P.S. I'm betting Amano and Tetsuo get together by the end- whether it be the two of them living as best friends or like... them dating despite them both being straight.
Am I the only one who thinks that?

... Last updated on November 21st, 2015, 2:13pm
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i liked it at first  
by 3delQ8
August 28th, 2015, 6:34pm
Rating: N/A
i honestly really liked at first i mean i loved the mystery and horror is great i mean they were sometimes where the killer is hiding in certain chapter that you wont notice untill he does something and then you go back and see him its very awesome and i liked that but then the author gets really obvious i mean now he doesnt even focus on the mystery he focus on some stupid gender shit and gay shit and that he hope a country with no gender or something and he even introduce a pedophile policeman its really fucking disgusting but anyway , its very obvious that hes talking to the readers and doesnt focus on the story soo dropped dont bother with this shit
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90% Mystery 10% Surrealism  
by CCheshire
May 19th, 2015, 10:53pm
Rating: N/A
I kept thinking it'd suddenly veer off into fantasy/supernatural but it's still on the very borderline. I'm happy that the series is picked up again as I hate it when a interesting story is dropped due to lack of TL. I'd recommend it for fans of mystery/mature themed works as the story is very dark even by my standards. Although there is gore/violence it's not gratuitous and closer to psychological horror.

The two MCs work well together as team and I never had a sense that they were shafted even though there's a huge cast of characters introduced as it moves on from place to place. Basically, it's a new case each few chapters with a overarching mystery tied to the clock tower and Tetsuo's past.

Art is very gothic with use of dark screentones/inking to show the grim scenes and improved over time. The first few books everyone looks slightly off (esp. hands) and stiff but the manga-ka manages to convey emotion/faces well.

I like it from a change of pace as I'm a bit tired of all the teenaged protagonist/ kid detectives in my mysteries. I do hope that they tie up all the loose ends in the final volume.

I just completed the series and I have to give props to how the manga-ka handled Tetsuo's gender identity and his relationship with Amano. The mystery ended up taking a backseat to the character interactions and I didn't mind.

... Last updated on July 9th, 2016, 3:44pm
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by IHavoc
April 9th, 2015, 12:18pm
Rating: N/A
"one of those LGBT people" Ok well first off what the hell. You aren't even trying to pretend you're treating them like some sort of alien species.
It seems like you're going for a critique on tone inconsistency but from what it sounds like you just think mystery and identity themes or comedy and horror are mutually exclusive without any real nuance to how they actually interact in your review. It's simple and kneejerk and you sound like a douche because you have very specific, flat expectations for certain genres that the author didn't meet. Review above you is much better by far in it's criticism.

... Last updated on April 9th, 2015, 12:18pm
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by lfb
March 24th, 2015, 12:24pm
Rating: N/A
I tried reading this for the mystery and lgbt, but
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
was far too often sexualized for me to enjoy this series. Those with more tolerance for ecchi will probably be okay though.

... Last updated on March 24th, 2015, 12:25pm
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