Tower of God Episode 13: Recap and Review

Headon returns in episode 13 of Tower of God.
Headon returns

In the final episode of the first season of Tower of God, we quickly learn that it was Bam, not Rachel that was chosen to climb the Tower. Despite not being chosen, Rachel begs for a chance to climb. However, when offered the test on the first floor, she considers it “cruel.” Rachel is resentful of Bam. She believes that he “gets everything.” Headon offers her another “special” test. If she “ends Bam’s story with her own hands,” then he will allow her to ascend the tower. She agrees.

However, Rachel hopes that someone else will kill Bam for her. She’s certain that she really can’t bring herself to do it. We learn that the Test Administrator colluded with Rachel. The Administrator sent a Navigator to give Hoh the note, pitting him against Rachel. Aware of this, Rachel chooses to allow herself to be stabbed. She assumes correctly that Bam would want her around all the time. This provider her with plenty of opportunities to kill him. Her jealousy permitted her to kill Bam after he became a big star among the participants. 

Rachel resumes her lies

Rachel and the Regulars pass

Rachel is released by the fish on dry land. Here she meets the remaining Regulars who want to know where Bam is. Rachel lies, telling them that his disappearance is due to the Bull. It’s a plausible lie and it works. The Regulars all pass but it’s bittersweet particularly for Rak and Khun. Remembering Bam’s commitment to Rachel the Regulars agree to help her climb the Tower on his behalf. Khun only joins them to undermine the rules of the Tower. Outraged at all cheating, Lero Ro quits and decides to climb the Tower himself. 

Of course, Bam is still alive. He’s encouraged by the Navigator to climb the Tower. She offers to train him. Bam agrees to climb to find the answers he seeks. I love this series but if Bam is still going to chase after Rachel like a puppy I’m going to be annoyed. I predict that next season, Rachel will get exposed by Khun. I don’t think she can hold up the lies for too long. One criticism I have of this series so far is that too many characters aren’t fleshed out. Overall, Tower of God exceeded my expectations. Hopefully, that will continue. 

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Tower of God Episode 12: Recap and Review

Princess Yuri arrives in episode 12 of Tower of God.
Princess Yuri arrives

Princess Yuri finally arrives

Just when you think you can relax, Tower of God throws you for a loop. I fully expected Shibisu to save Annak and/or Endorsi, in a way he did. Princess Yuri and her team have been seen occasionally throughout the story but I largely forgot about them. Tower of God Episode 12, Underwater Hunt Part 2, is full of action and surprises. In a lot of ways, this episode is a bit chaotic. First, Endorsi chooses Anaak and treason over killing her friend. They attack Lo Po Bia Ren together. However, they are defeated again. Yuri arrives to save her “sisters” and retrieve the Black March and Green April. 

Meanwhile, Rak has had enough with all the running and decides to fight. He jumps on top of one of the worms. He begins to fight the goblins, while Paracule complains. They are rescued by Laure. After his plan succeeds, Khun leaves to encounters a relative that was accompanying Yuri. He accuses Khun of being Princess Maria’s “step stool” then offers to take him to her. Elsewhere, Yuri is destroying Ren. Before she can kill him, she is warned not to. If she did so, she would be aiding Anaak. Yuri finds a loophole, her hammer-wielding companion Kurdan. He flattens Ren. While accepting his death, Ren reveals that he sent the Bull to kill Bam. 

Rachel betrays Bam

The Bull strikes at Bam and makes some connection. Bam’s use of Shisui fails to make any direct hits. However, he uses the golden form of Shisui, but unlike before he allows the Bull to eat him. This is just like his initial fight with the serpent on the first floor. Finally heading toward the Queen Dolphin, Bam is excited to take Rachel to the top of the Tower. As he’s reaching for her hand, she stands up and pushes Bam out of the Shisui bubble. I hope Tower of God doesn’t try to “complicate” Rachel anymore. I was always skeptical of Rachel but after her stabbing, I felt she finally decided that Bam meant well. I was ready to move forward.

Tower of God intended viewers like me to draw this conclusion. It worked perfectly. However, there’s no turning back. Not only did Rachel betray Bam, but she also betrayed everyone else. On top of all that she pretended to be paralyzed this whole time, unacceptable. Hopefully, this marks the end of Bam’s puppy dog obsession with her as well. With only one episode remaining, Tower of God keeps shocking me. 

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Tower of God Episode 10: Recap and Review

In Tower of God Episode 10, Rak is turned into a small version of himself.
Rak as a adorable “child”

Khun’s manipulation and Rachel’s Fate

Khun has always been a manipulative person. Khun orchestrated the downfall of Hoh to give Bam a chance. He assumes that Lauroe will pass, and during his fight with Quant, informs him that he needs to “watch Hoh”. Meanwhile, Rak is turned into a tiny version of himself because he insulted the administrator or “coffee turtle” as he put it. It’s a nice comical moment for a largely dark series. Rak and Khun discuss the likely hood that Bam would quit now that Rachel is paralyzed. However, Bam would like to continue climbing the tower for Rachel’s sake. He asks Rak and Khun to “give him their strength”. They agree. He asks them to join him at Hoh’s funeral. Somehow Bam managed to convince Rachel to attend. Not only do I find it unrealistic but cruel for Bam to ask her. Bam is kind but this doesn’t mean that he can unintentionally inflict harm on others. 

the adminastrator defeats Lo Po Bia Ren’s monster

The Administrator and Lo Po Bia Ren

Yuga or Lo Po Bia Ren is a spy for King Jahad. The administrator appears to confront Bia Ren, who responds by sending a massive creature to kill him. The administrator isn’t the least bit afraid of Bia Ren’s monster. He responds with a creature of his own that bites his monster in half, killing it. However, the administrator wants to help him or at least not get in his way. Lo Po Bia Ren has been ordered to recover the Green April and Black March, as well as kill Anaak Jahad. Elsewhere, Khun and Lero-Ro speculate that the administrator was responsible for manipulating Hoh. 

The results are in

Lero-Ro announces those that pass the test. For the Fisherman, Endorsi, Anaak, Dede Cancho, Blarouge, For Spearbearer, Rak, Ghost, Paracule, Alexay, the Scouts are Shibisu, Hatz, and Narae. Finally, the Wave Controllers Bam, Lauroe, and the Light bearers are Khun and Michelle Light (Rachel). However, Rachel is disqualified due to her injuries. One participant isn’t called and becomes upset at being left out. The administrator challenges him inflicting enormous pain with Shisui. If he can tolerate it he can pass. He begins to bleed from the nose and loses his eyesight. Eventually, he succumbs to the pain and gives up. 

Hoh funeral

Before the administrator can explain the final test, Khun raises his hand claiming that he too is not satisfied with the results. He wants Rachel to be able to participate in the final, so he offers to take the administrators test, so he can make that decision. Unfortunately, only an irregular can take the test. This leaves Bam to volunteer. He reveals that he is a irregular, shocking the other testers. If Tower of God fails at anything it’s relaying how important or dangerous an irregular is supposed to be. That will likely change but as of now, I don’t get the reaction. Anyway, I’m excited to see how Bam survives this test. 

Tower of God Episode 9: Recap and Review

Tower of God Episode 9: Recap and Review

Endorsi eating alone in episode 9 of Tower of God
Endorsi eating alone

Endorsi’s betrayal

After attacking her teammate, Endorsi tells the story of a girl that was separated from the others. Forced to eat stale bread alone, eventually, the girl got tired of her lot in life and murdered her sisters. Tower of God exposes more of the culture surrounding the Princess of Jahad. It’s still not clear to me what they do, but it seems like the culture is unforgiving. Endorsi raised in this environment believes that the only way to succeed is for her to take out the competing Fishermen. This moment was made more shocking by the fact that Endorsi confirms to Bam that Michelle is Rachel. I thought that the series would keep this a mystery for longer, but it was certainly interesting that Endorsi revealed that information so casually. Regardless, Endorsi gets a surprise from one of the Fishermen, he has an ignition weapon.

Hoh’s tragic life

Hoh’s plan to get rid of Bam

The letter Hoh received informed him that if he got “rid” of Rachel, Bam would quit climbing the tower. He grabs Rachel and puts a knife to her neck. He’s disrupted by Quant. Hoh doesn’t understand what’s happening. However, Bam arrives behind him. Hoh orders Bam to capture Quant or he will kill Rachel. Bam attempts to use his Shinsui against Quant, however, the ranker pours Shinsui into the body of Bam, paralyzing him. He tells Bam if he could use it against Hoh he could save Rachel. As Bam approaches Hoh, he and Rachel struggle with the knife. As Hoh stabs Rachel in the back, Bam uses the technique against him, surprising Quant.

Team B win

Hoh’s backstory

Defeated Hoh tells Bam that they were never friends. He faked it. He begins to cry, telling Bam that he “lost” everyone he loved. Without strength, he failed to protect his family. He blames himself and has devolved into someone without hope. Hoh kills himself, jamming the knife into his chest. Endorsi arrives with the ignition weapon. With Rachel dying, Endorsi suggests they continue the test. She encourages Bam to do things his way, as she will continue to do so. Endorsi and Quant clash, she uses the ignition weapon. Bam aids her with the new technique he learned. Endorsi can trick Quant into thinking her panties are her badge. She takes him when he’s distracted. Team B wins.

Despite the dark tone of most of the episodes, I’m glad it ended with humor. Although, you could suggest that the end was tone-deaf. The speed in which Bam learned the new technique is ridiculous. He didn’t train at all and was merely told what the technique did and mastered it. That was the oddest part of this episode. Shisui seems like it does just about anything but if Bam won’t require any skill to master it, the stakes would be too low. Hoh’s story had a sense of tragedy, but there wasn’t any depth to it. Who killed his family? Why? Telling us wasn’t enough, the scene would have been more effective if we knew Hoh better.

Tower of God Episode 8: Recap and Review

Tower of God Episode 8: Recap and Review

Quant fall off the bridge in episode 8 of Tower of God.
Quant fall off the bridge

The Power of a Ranker

In Tower of God episode 8, Khun’s Strategy, we get to witness the strength of a Ranker. Quant is proving difficult to handle so Khun activates his next strategy. He wants to “Lure the opposite team’s “It” to the exit for Khun and delay Quant for just long enough that Anaak — the true, secret “It” of Khun’s team — can make it out of the exit on the bridge and pass the test.” Khun plans is not without its limits. He tries to convince Quant that Anaak jumped off the bridge when in reality she’s hiding in a Lighthouse. This deception fails as Quant can sense the Shushi emanating from the Lighthouse. He challenges Khun to jump as well and pulls Khun off the bridge with him. Khun is rescued by Anaak and her vine-like weapon. With Quant at the bottom of the room and Anaak racing toward the exit, it appears that team ‘A’ won.

However, “Quant” manages to appear at the end of the bridge, taking the badge off Anaak. Khun seems devastated by his failure. His team tries cheering him up by praising his strategy. It turns out that Khun’s real plan was to guarantee that his friends on Team B would pass, but also negotiating a way for himself, Lauroe and his other friends on Team ‘A’ to make it to the next round.

Team B’s turn

The administrator and Lero-Ro discuss the betrayal, with the administrator pointing out that Khun didn’t betray his team, revealing the list of the friends he signed. I wondered how Tower of God would manage to keep Khun and the other more important characters from losing. Does it suggest that putting Khun on team ‘A’ for dramatic effect was a waste? Probably. However, I think what was valuable was showing how Khun thinks. If he’s willing to betray, admittingly strangers, would he do it to others if necessary? Speaking of betrayal, Endorsi after electing herself appears to join Khun in turning on her team.

Tower of God Episode 7: Recap and Review

Tower of God Episode 7: Recap and Review

Jahad and his Princesses

In Tower of God, episode 7, reveals more regarding Jahad and his princesses. Jahad was the first man to climb the tower. He built the kingdom, he granted some women “boons,” none are related by blood. After granting these women power, he demands that they remain virgins and bear no children. Jahad imposes this limitation to preserve the power he gave them. Tower of God doesn’t really explain why the King does this. Regardless, Anaak’s mother breaks the rules the King set. The powers that Anaak possesses are inherited from her mother and she represents what the King forbade. Endrosi accuses Anaak of being a privilege. The fight ends with both Endrosi and Anaak falling off the platforms. Despite the animosity Anaak has for the Princesses she doesn’t seem to hate Endrosi.

Bam’s Shinsu training

Elsewhere, Bam and the others continue to train their Shunsui. After getting some tips from Lauroe, he begins to excel very quickly. So far I have found to be underwhelming protagonists. He doesn’t seem to be centered in Tower of God the way most protagonists are. Initial I found this jarring but it’s starting to feel refreshing. Bam is a docile character. His only motivation (currently) is to find Rachel, who treated him like a pet or a child. He’s starting to come out of his shell as he’s separated from Rachel. Bam is similar to other typical anime main characters, in that his unassuming personality draws others to him. To this point, Bam is asked by Ship Lesso and Hatsu to help them finish their friend making list, they are two short. They entice Anaak and Endorsi to join the lists, with the promise of food.

New Test and New Administrator

The director decides to have a joint test with another examiner, Quant. The fourth test is a game of tag. The 28 participants that have yet to pass will participate. Only Rak and the mysterious fighter from Endorsi and Rachel’s team have passed. The participants are divided into two teams, with Bam and Khun on opposite teams. Each team has a member that’s “it”, one is chosen by the director, the other will be selected from the Fishermen. They will be marked by wearing badges. In order for a team to win they need to help their teams “it” to reach a goal or steal the other team’s badge. If they succeed they will get 100,000 points and if they steal the badge they will get 200,00 points.

Khun quickly sets a plan, leaving Ship Lesso as bait. Quant falls for the trap but is able to quickly break free. According to Lero Ro, Quant can become “angry and indiscriminate.”The test is particularly interesting for only one reason, Khun and Bam are on different teams. Assuming that the losing team can no longer climb the tower, I think it’s become an interesting dichotomy. If I had to guess I would suggest that Khun sacrifices himself for Bam or Bam receives some more of his “luck”. It’s possible that I missed something but I’m interested in the outcome.

Tower of God Episode 6: Recap and Review

Tower of God Episode 6: Recap and Review

Anaak and Endorsi clash in the hallway in episode 6 of Tower of God
Anaak and Endorsi clash in the hallway

Each other’s Burden & the fourth test

I was right. Rachel did ask Khun not to tell Bam who she actually is. She believes that if they were together they would become “each others burden.” However, considering Bam’s condition I wasn’t sure he would remeber her anyway. Elsewhere, Anaak now has the Black March, she hopes to collect all 13 weapons. However, the Black March still won’t work for females and ugly men, as Ship Leeso learns. As Bam awakens Khun informs him that the fourth test is underway. This test, position selection, each member of the team will be assigned a role. There are five roles, first, the fisherman, close quarter fighters, spearbearer, distance fighters, Light bearer, the illuminate the dark tower with their lighthouse, and gathering of information.

The final two are, the scout, they assist the fisherman with information on the enemy movements and the wave controller that control the battle with Shinsui. Bam is given this title. Khun delivers the lie for Rachel, claiming Bam mistook her fpr somepne else. In order to protect Bam, Khun is willing to lie “as much as needed.”

How to use Shinsui

In order to use shinsui, a contract must be established between the user and the floor adminstrator. After summoning their pockets, closing their eyes, and speaking the command: “Form contract with administrator.” When Bam uters the phrase, an ominiouns voice responds that Bam “smells rather appealing.” A large grey creature with two big blue eyes agrees to a contract with Bam, but states that it’s more like a “shackle.” Meanwhile, the other particapants, including Khun and Rak begin classes. Rak leaves to train some more. Suddenly, Ship Lesso and Hatsu arrive hoping to make more firends. Khun is reluctant, but Bam is eager for more friends.

The Princesses of Jahad

In episode 6 of Tower of God we finally get an explaination regarding what a Princess of Jahad is, mostly. First, they’re not biologically related, although they call each other “sister.” They’re recruited to represent capable tribes and families. Endrosi, a Princess of Jahad, comparies the princesses to “brand names.” Anaak and Endorsi battle during the next class. While in class, Khun uses a computer to learn information about the other particapants. He finds little on Bam and Rachel, but learns that Anaak is “dead.” However, it turns out that it’s Anaak’s mother that is deceased. She was killed by her “sisters.” Anaak isn’t interested in climbing the tower, she wants revenge, starting with Endrosi. I think that Rachel and Bam parting their ways (at least for now) is a good thing. Bam seems to be growing with out her.

Rachel may not be as manipulative as I thought. She appear to be the one that relied on Bam. She may feel that she is freeing him from her, not the other way around. The next test appears to suggest that the next teams will have five members. With Anaak abandoning her team with Ship Leeso and Hatsu, I think it’s being telegraphed that Bam, Rak, and Khun will team up with Ship and Hatsu. Anaak might have a death wish or will end up being disquaified. If she’s not playing the game, she will lose. The story and lore of the series continues to get more intersting.

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Is Tower of God Good?

Headon and Bam at the first test of the tower, in episode 1 of Tower of God.
Headon and Bam at the first test of the tower

Tower of God is a South Korean web manhwa written and drawn by Lee Jong-hui. Lee goes by the pen name S.I.U. (“Slave In Utero”). As of February 2020, Tower of God has been viewed over 4 billion times worldwide. Serialized by Naver Webtoon since June 30, 2010, the series has produced over 400 chapters. On April 1st, 2020, the Tower of God anime adaptation was released (episode 4 was the most current). The story centers around Twenty-Fifth Bam. Trapped with his friend Rachel underneath the mysterious Tower, he follows her into the Tower. Bam encounters challenges on each floor of the Tower as he searches for Rachel. 

Generally, I only read Japanese manga and American comics so I can’t comment on too much on manhwa. For those who may not know, manhwa is the Korean term for comics, it was popularized back in the 1920s. Manhwa was influenced by manga. Manhwa artists and writers are called manhwaga. With the digital manhwa gaining popularity, webtoons have increased in popularity. Webtoons originated in South Korea, each episode is published in one long vertical strip, they are mostly in color, and may feature music or animation. 

Is Tower of God Good though?

Based on reading only two chapters 475 and 476, I’m not sure. First I don’t like the art style, I’ve seen worst but it’s not very impressive to me. The coloring isn’t great and I don’t like the vertical panels. Since manhwa separates them it makes each panel feel disjointed. It’s really hard to follow the action that way. Admittedly, I’m an art and animation snob. However, the art style doesn’t mean the story is poor. This is where I the most ignorant. Glancing at two random chapters does nothing to tell me about the quality of the story. 

As I mentioned the anime adaptation of Tower of God was released at the beginning of this month, having released 4 episodes. When I first watched episode 1, I was underwhelmed. I didn’t think anything was bad, just mediocre. While on twitter I saw some animation from the fourth episode and thought I should rewatch the series. I’m glad I did. Tower of God gets better after the first episode. It doesn’t recreate the mold, at least not yet, but is interesting regardless. So far Bam, the main character, isn’t all that interesting, Rak is the typical mindless fighter type. Khun, on the other hand, is more complex. 

Should I watch the Tower of God anime?

I would highly recommend the anime over the manhwa. The animation style might take some getting used to but it’s consistent and fluid. I like the character designs and the action is good. The worldbuilding so far is intriguing. What are the 13 Month Series? What was the betrayal that caused Khun to be abandoned by his family? Why does Bam have no memory? Is Rachel as terrible as she seems? Right now I can only say the Tower of God is good, with the potential to be great.