The God of High School Episode 13: Recap and Review

Jin Mori in his Monkey King form in episode 13 of The God of High School
Jin Mori in his Monkey King form

Episode 13 – ‘God/God’

In the final episode of the first season of The God of High School, Jegal becomes a God. His only opposition is Jin Mori, Han Daewi, and Yu Mira. Jegal attacks Mira first, tossing her into Daewi. The two put up a valiant effort, but ultimately they fail. This episode was always going to be a showdown between Jin and Jegal. Angered by the attack on his friends, Daewi, Mira, Ilpyo, Seungah, and her sister, Jin erupts. He uses pressure points. However, it’s not enough. Jegal still has the use of his Charyeok and uses an energy spear to try to kill Jin. Daewi takes the hit, triggering Jin’s ascension to God’s status. I had always assumed that Jin would receive a Charyeok like everyone else. It turns out that he’s a God, the Monkey King. 

Journey to the West has inspired anime for decades, most notably the Dragon Ball series. Unlike most series, Jin is directly inspired by Sun Wukong. He makes use of the Nyoibo, changing the size and shape while swinging it with good effect. Jin dominates Jegal, delivering a devastating lighting strike. Jegal morphs into a grotesque monster, attacking Mira, Daewi, and Jin. Ilpyo joins them. Activating their Charyeok, Mira, Daewi, and Ilpyo join with Jin for a group assault. Jegal disappears, leaving a shard of the key behind. Our trio gets their wish. Jin wishes to restore the physical bodies of the fighters. The rest of the episode sets up the next season. Jin, Daewi, and Mira will head to Seiten Taisei’s homeland to get his memories back. 

What will Jin face next?

Ilpyo is the guardian of the key and must travel the world to collect all the pieces. Finally, Jin’s “grandfather” is still trapped by the Nox. The episode ends with him wishing Jin luck against the Gods, fate, and himself. It’s unclear what that means, but I think that Jin’s grandfather will become the final villain. The God of High School joins Tower of God as a manwha adapted series that made an impact this year. The God of High School did have its issues. To many of the details have been left out of this season. Why are “the Six” so powerful and who are they? Why was the United States involved? How does the Charyeok system work? There were also pacing issues. Many episodes had too much going on at once, which made it confusing. Regardless, The God of High School was a good anime series, and I look forward to the next season. 

The God of High School Episode 12: Recap and Review

The God of High School Episode 12: Recap and Review

Jegal Taek rises to God status in the God of High School episode 12.
Jegal Taek rises to God status

Episode 12 – Fox/God

Sang Mandeok summons a God to destroy the world. Park Mujin calls off the God of High School tournament. Fearing that things are getting out of hand, the US government fires nuclear weapons towards Seoul. It’s an act that disregards the innocent lives that will be lost. Jegal Taek and Park Ilpyo continue their fight, Jegal consumes Ilpyo releasing the key. With the appearance of the most sought after “key,” things devolve into chaos. The Six, the servants of God, and Jin Mori all scramble for the key. Jin ends up the victor. Park Mujin teleports all the “children” to a safe place. Ilpyo gives Jin the “key,” telling him to protect it from Jegal. 

Jegal arrives at the location Park Mujin teleported Jin and the others. He asks for the location of the key, but Daewi and Mira refuse to help him. He decides to kill them. Daewi and Mira activate their respective Charyeok. Off-screen, Jegal defeats Mira and Daewi. Jin and Jegal fight. Meanwhile, Jeon Jaesan of The Six teleports all the citizens of Seoul away from danger. Seeking revenge for his grandson, Jeon uses his “alchemy” to destroy the nuclear weapons, changing them into a statue. He also summons what looks like a meteor, causing an explosion. Jin and the others are teleported back to Seoul where they see the dead God. Taek gets the key from Jin and consumes it. He then is reborn, growing from an infant, then sprouts angel wings, and finally ascends to a godly form.

The God of High School leave a lot out

Jegal Taek gets some backstory in episode 12 of The God of High School. Taek is purchased by a rich old man, although it’s not clear if they are related. Raised with the binary view of “winners and losers.” It’s been unclear exactly how the key can be used which is confusing. Park Ilpyo was supposed to be the key, instead, he possessed the key. The God of High School has failed to give the audience important information. Who are the Six? What are their powers? Who is Sang Mandeok, the Nox, and why do they worship this God? Another issue is the constant jumping back between fights can be distracting. Sometimes it works, as it did in episode 10, but it’s the biggest issue this series has. Overall, I love The God of High School but trying to cram too many chapters into 13 episodes was a bad idea. 

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The God of High School Episode 10: Recap and Review

image of Ilpyo is the "Key"
Ilpyo is the “Key”

Episode 10 – Oath/Meaning

The God of High School episode 10 reveals who the “key” is. If you’re like me then you assumed who that person was likely to be and would have been wrong. Park Mujin and the Nox organization have been seeking this key for most of the series. The key is supposed to have the “power to challenge God,” so Park wants to use it and Nox wants to destroy it. Most of us assumed that Jin Mori, the main protagonist, was the key because of his power and our general assumptions about the main characters. For the key to be someone else was a surprise but a pleasant one. Park Ilpyo is the “key,” a noble fighter that was inspired by Mori’s grandfather. We discover that Ilpyo wants to use his wish to heal his cousin that was left paralyzed by Jegal. 

In flashbacks, we see that Jin’s grandfather, Jin Taejin, told Ilpyo to teach Mori a couple of things. He does just that when he and Jin fight in the semifinals. He starts off taunting Jin, critiquing his fighting style, and besting him in close combat. Mori overcomes each of these limits by using the techniques of Mira and Daewi. Just when you think that Jin is going to get the comeback victory (in most series he would), it’s his apparent defeat that triggers his ascension to the Key. The God of High School is turning out to be more than I expected. The animation in the episode, specifically during the fight between Jin and Ilpyo was well done. You could see all the movements and they didn’t feel rushed. 

How will Ilpyo handle being hunted

While all this was happening when saw battles between Nox’s Sang Mandoek and Park Mujin, saw the skills of The Six member Seo Hallyang (accompanied by music), and witness “God” fall through a gate in the sky. All this was visually stunning while being action-packed. The drumming from Hallyang’s Taiko drum corp added to the atmosphere. A thorough explanation of the powers in this series is still desired but The God of High School certainly features creative abilities. I often criticize this series for being too fast-paced but The God of High School episode 10, proved that they could balance many things at once. Making Ilpyo the Key was an unexpected outcome, I wonder how he will fare now that he’s become everyone’s target. 

The God of High School Episode 9: Recap and Review


The God of High School Episode 9: Recap and Review

It’s a trap

Mori rushes to find his grandfather. The tournament has reached the quarterfinal stage. However, with Daewi suspended and Mori missing, they’re in trouble. Judge P tells Mira and Daewi that the match will begin in five minutes and if Mori doesn’t show, they forfeit. Mira opens against Lee Marin, a dark-skinned bald guy that fights in a thong. Elsewhere, Mori reaches the abandoned warehouse, where he locates his grandfather. Meanwhile, Mira struggles to land direct hits on Marin, due to the later being covered in tanning oil. Marin attempts to suplex Mira, but she stops him by striking him in the stomach. Suddenly, Marin’s teammate tosses him Mira’s sword. He and Mira clash, with Marin breaking her sword.

He reveals the sword’s “true power.” It’s a metal sword, that resembles a yin and yang symbol where the sword and hilt meet. Marin calls it the “National Treasure, Fengxian,” and its a “weapon of the gods.” Mira manages to get the sword from Marin, but it teleports back to him as he is the “owner.” Mori tries to wake his grandfather, however, it turns out that his “grandpa” was a fake, and it blows up. A mysterious man apologizes for “killing” Mori. He merely wanted to stop the “key from awakening.” Unfortunately, for him, Mori gets up. Marin stabs Mira through the stomach. Meanwhile, Daewi battles against one of the South Gyeongsang team members. She’s a weird fighter that wears an outfit similar to the one Bruce Lee wore in Game of Death

Mira gets her Charyeok in episode 9 of the God of High School
Mira gets her Charyeok

Mira gets her Charyeok

Their fight is cut short when Jegal Taek interferes. While fighting, Mori learns that the real Jeju team was killed by the Nox. Mori stands up and applies several pressure points that stop him from feeling pain. Meanwhile, Mira is up against it but she refuses to lose. Before Marin hits her with a finishing blow, she hears the voice of the great hero, Lu Bu Fengxian. Determined to get stronger he lends her his power, becoming a Charyeok. Marin responds with his own Charyeok, Kraken. Mira evades the attacks from Kraken, countering with Fang Tian Hua Ji. She wins, then collapses as Mori catches her. With Mori in attendance, he and Nah begins their battle. Mori quickly dominates, then he attacks with his move Blue Dragon Kick. However, it’s not enough, so he uses another original move Twin Blue Dragon Kick. 

In my last review, I was concern that Mira was being left behind. I glad that I was wrong and she was the first to get her Charyeok. Lu Bu Fengxian is not only well matched to her abilities, it’s cool as well. With Mori using his techniques, now Daewi is the one that’s left behind. Seeing as he’s was the one the most wanted a Charyeok I fully expect him to receive one. The one issue I’m having with this series is I don’t know what’s going on or at least I don’t feel like I do. The tournament itself doesn’t feel like it matters much. The God of High School fails to center it and I’m losing interests (not in the show) but in won wins this tournament. 

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The God of High School Episode 6: Recap and Review

The first few episodes of God of High School focused on action-packed fights between combatants at prelims in Korea. With each regional tournament over, a few weeks remaining before the main event, Park decided to alter the rules to allow more “tiger cubs.” This works at two levels within the story, Park gets to see more of the fighters to find the “key” and our trio gets to fight together. Park decided to allow the top three finishers to represent their respective regions in the new team competition. Jin, Han, and Mira represent the Seoul team. 

Episode 6, fear/SIX, explains the God of High School universe, introducing new characters and upping the stakes. The Nox organization enter the picture, assassinating two members of the God of High School org. Meanwhile, Park Mu-Jin’s calls for the elite group of fighters The Six. We also get a glimpse of the power that Jin’s grandfather possesses, as he defeats several men from Nox. The most interesting aspect of this episode was the reveal that Shim Bong-Sa (the ref) was blinded by the Moon Light Sword. It felt like he would become Mira’s master, but he is quickly killed off-camera by a Nox assassin. 

If God of High School wanted to make us feel sorry for Shim they needed to give us more time with him. Introducing him, showing us glimpses of his family (child and wife) felt shallow. Regardless, the episode was meant to set up the rest of the season. In this regard, it was mostly successful. I’m interested in the powers of The Six, the two new fighters, and what the trio will learn. However, I fear that the remainder of this season might feel rushed, potentially shortchanging the series. Hopefully, I’m wrong.

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