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 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.
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.
Tower of God episode 11, Underwater Hunt (Part One) begins with Bam passing the Administrators test. Bam and Rachel are permitted to move on to the final test. The final requires the Bam and Rachel to become “fish” and will be hunted by net dolphins. These dolphins seal-like creatures that hunt once a day for their Queen. They use Shinsu to creat nets to trap fish. Bam and Rachel will be placed in a bubble made of Shinsui, where the goal is to be eaten and regurgitated onto dry land. The others are charged with protecting them. Barnacle goblins use giant wetworms to steal fish from the net dolphins. If Bam and Rachel are eaten by one of these worms, everyone fails.
A Striped Earthpig is an “enemy” of both the barnacle goblins and worms. However, the Earthpig scares off the net dolphins. The team must stop all three creatures from interfering. The biggest challenge is the Bull, a creature that will eat anything. The team is separated by class (Spearbearers, Lightbearers, etc.), however, both Princess Endorsi and Anaak have disappeared. Shibisu runs into the Bull that has eaten Dede Cancho and Blarouge. Both are red shirts so their deaths don’t matter. The Bull quickly gets distracted by a net dolphin, Shibisu attacks it to get its attention. When it finally tries to eat him, Annak saves him.
Ren makes his move against Anaak
The two Princesses decide to have a bet. If Endorsi wins she gets the 13 Month Series swords and if Anaak does, Endorsi becomes her servant for life. Elsewhere, Rak is upset that he doesn’t get to fight the Bull. However, the goblins and the worms begin to move. Meanwhile, the net dolphins begin to create the fishing net. Endorsi is dominating the Bull. Realizing its outmatched the Bull flees. Ren was in control of the Bull the entire time. Ren uses the Bull to separate Endorsi and Anaak. The later he attacks, seeking the Green April. Ren pierces Anaak through the chest and takes the Green April back. Ren reveals that the Underwater Hunt was created to take “care of” Anaak.
As an enemy of Jahad, Anaak is considered a threat to the tower. Ren gives Endorsi the chance to redeem herself by killing Anaak. For a short period, I thought this task would be easy. How naive. I’m not sure what Endorsi is going to do. She seemed to have decided that she wanted to climb the tower with Anaak. However, she has worked so hard for her position as a princess. Which would she sacrifice? While it appears that Bam and Rachel are heading towards their goal, the others are going to have trouble helping. If something does save Anaak it might be Shibisu, although he would be outmatched.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tower of God has been building our anticipation of who the hooded figure might be. Is she Rachel of not? Khun reveals that he can duplicate objects with his briefcase. Humiliated, the other teams all turn their attention “the blue-haired kid,” they attack in unison. Rak steps between them, single-handily defeating all the fighters, winning the third round. The mysterious hooded trio decided to wait for one more round to enter. It turns out that the dark blue object is a hair tie, not a darkly colored piece of hair like I thought. I question the physics that keeps it from falling but it doesn’t really matter. He ties his hair up in a ponytail, preparing for the next round.
The next round
Khun takes his seat as team Bam won’t need to fight this round. Khun, during the first test, gathered several allies. He hide them inside his bag, promising to get them past the first test, in exchange for their aid. He released them after the third test, Khun expresses that he wants “to win and climb the tower” with Bam and Rak. Khun seems to be coming out of his shell. Meanwhile, the three allies quit, ending the round. Now the final round begins. Bam is quickly distracted the hooded girl that resembles Rachel. When the round begins, a female fighter, wearing a black body suit and mask, begins dominating the other fighters. With her staff, she bludgeons several contestants.
The Crown game ends without a victory
The black fighter clashes with Rak, but is able to escape him. Before she can attack Bam, one of the hooded warriors interferes. Meanwhile, Rak battles a short guy hand to hand. Khun faces off against a swordsman. The two remaining hooded fighters protect Bam on the throne. With 30 seconds remaining, the black fighter attacks Rachel. Landing a blow to her head, Bam leaps out of the chair to protect her, dropping the crown. Before the black fighter can deliver the final blow, Bam’s hidden Shinsui power erupts. Golden colored, instead of blue, Bam gains the upper hand. He prepares to strike the black fighter but is stopped by the Black March. Bam passes out.
Threats to the tower
The crown games end without a winner. Of course, it was never going to result in team Bam winning, as we wouldn’t have a story to tell. Lero Ro gives the fighters three days off. The test administrator comments that their job isn’t to determine who should climb the tower, but “expel” those who could “harm” the tower. The test administrator must be referring to something other than the physical tower, but maybe the institution it’s self?
Regardless, Bam with his new Shinsui ability and the Black March is clearly becoming more of a threat. Tower of God episode 5 doesn’t make clear what would happen to one of these threats, one could only conclude that it’s not good. We are briefly introduced to an irregular, Urek Mazino. Elsewhere, Rachel shows up while Bam is unconscious. At this point, I don’t really like or trust Rachel. I look forward to seeing if my instinct about her is correct. I fully expect her to ask Khun to lie to Bam or tell him not to follow her.
Rachel told Bam a legend, as the current sky is just an imitation created by Shinsu. Khun doubts the sky exists. Bam personally doesn’t care to see the stars himself but wants them for Rachel. When Khun questions why Rachel left him to climb the tower alone, Bam becomes upset. Well kinda (he rarely emotes at all). Meanwhile, the trio overheard the screaming or as Khun put the “death cry”. They wonder how dangerous the next test will be. An odd-looking being offers some clues, however, Khun who was taught by his mother never to trust anyone ignores his advice. He notes that the teams that took less than five minutes seemed to survive.
Hansung Yu, the Director of the Tests, tells them the rules for passing the next test. Open the correct door. They will be given one chance and have to finish under ten minutes. Rak’s not interested in the thinking required so it falls to Khun to figure out the right door. Khun goes through a series of detailed deductions, why the clock is present since they have the Pockets that show them the time, the number of doors, etc . . . However, it’s the airhead Rak that solves the puzzle. He chooses the right door based on his “instinct.”
Turns out that the test rules were actually to choose a door within five minutes. Any door would have sufficed. After another team passes, it is revealed that the odd man was asked to give Bam’s team some clues. Direct Yu says that it was “just an experiment, to see if the hints would help or hurt their performance in the test.” Elsewhere, another first test is being administered, this time only three participants survive. They killed everyone without having a Princess or Irrelaguar on their team.
The Bonus Test, the Crown Game
Since the three participants, success would cause the Director problems he decided to create an optional test. Anyone team that passes this test will be granted the right to climb the Tower. The Crown Game requires a member of a team to wear a crown while sitting on a throne. His or her teammates are tasked with defending the crowned teammate. If that team member leaves the throne the game ends and it will start all over. Anaak team battles Kon’s. Anaak takes them on herself. She overwhelms them, then takes the crown and the throne. Bam notices the hooded blond girl, he identifies as Rachel.
The Green April
The Black March starts to react to the Green April. Meanwhile, the second round begins. Anaak falls asleep while Ship Leesoo and Hatsu fight to keep the crown. Lauroe (the sleepy guy) awakens to try to take out Anaak. He’s able to use Shinsu. Anaak however, can dodge the wave. While using her Green April she notices that the Black March is vibrating. She forfeits the bonus test when she enters the waiting room of Bam’s team. Anaak reveals that she’s a Princess of Zahad and is worthy of a weapon form the 13-month series, Bam is not. Lero-Ro ends the conflict before it begins.
With Anaak team out of the game, everyone including Bam’s team joins. Khun grabs the crown and hides it in his briefcase. He tosses a fake crown in the middle of the room and watches as the others battle of it. Meanwhile, he gives Bam the crown and places him on the throne. With Bam on the throne, the mysterious team featuring the “fake” Rachel decided they will enter the next round. When her teammate asks if it’s okay to kill everyone, Rachel says: “yes.”
Tower of God continues to complicate Khun’s story but suggests that Bam and Rak may undermine the bad lessons he learned from his mother. We have gotten some glimpses of Rachel in memories of Bam and now as a hooded figure. While it’s not clear if this “Rachel” is real, what I’ve seen so far from suggests that Bam has the wrong impression of her. She seems like she manipulative and took advantage of an innocent Bam, making him her “pet.” She seems toxic. The following episode could tell us how much.
In episode 1, the caretaker of the tower, Headon, explains the rules. For someone who hopes to climb the tower, they must pass a test on each floor. The first test is to reach and break a ball guarded by a giant white steel eel. Bam heads towards the ball unarmed and unprotected. However, he’s stopped by Lady Yuri and her companion Evan. They gift him with a “Pocket” that has vital information about the tower and can translate the tower’s language and the Black March. A powerful sword that is given to Yuri, it can cut through anything. Despite the possibility that she could be executed, Yuri lends Bam the sword anyway.
The Black March requires the user to ask for its power. The Black March psychically manifests as a blond woman. She asks if Bam “desires the strength to climb the tower.” Bam says he only wants the “strength to find his friend.” Amused, the Black March offers her power because Bam is so “cute.” Yuri questions if the Black March helped Bam “because he’s a man.” The Black March confirms that this is indeed the reason. Bam passes the first test and is transported to the next floor.
The next test and meeting his teammates
Bam wakes up in a field of grass. A voice explains that the second test is designed to cut down the participants in half. 200 regulars need to be eliminated by the allotted time. Violence and death surround a bewildered Bam as he tries to avoid conflict. Elsewhere, Khun Aguero Agnes and Rak Wraithraiser, take notice of Bam and the Black March. Khun is a highly intelligent and occasionally ruthless young man. He seems to detest anyone that “follows the rules” of the tower too much. Khun finds Bam to be “interesting” because he possesses the Black March.
Rak is your typical battle obsessed trope. A humanoid alligator (don’t call him an alligator), Rak isn’t one for complex language. He calls his friends and prey, “turtles.” He considers Bam good prey. Rak is likely going to be the primary source of comedy in this series. Eventually, the fighters finally dwindle to 200. The announcer warns the contestants against continuing to fight. Now everyone must group themselves into teams of three. Bam and Khun trick Rak into becoming their third ally.
Rankers and the Shinsu
We some more worldbuilding in this episode. The Test Administrator, Lero-Ro appears. Khun tells Bam that he a Ranker, someone that managed to climb the tower before. Due to the size of the survivor’s group, another test is required to “cull” the numbers. Lero-Ro uses Shinsu a massive tidal wave that is the source of the Tower’s power. Everyone that fights inside of the tower uses the water. The culling test is simple, each team must pass through the Shinsu wall. If any member of a team fails the entire team does. Khun is certain that Rak could do it, but he is concerned about Bam. However, the initial tidal wave didn’t push Bam back with the rest. Lero-Ro considers this “lucky” and passes Bam.
As Khun noted, it’s too much of a coincidence that Bam mysteriously avoided the Shinsui wave. Lero-Ro is up to something. While the others try to pass the dense water wall, Lero-Ro bets with Bam. If one chooses the first person to get through correctly, they get to ask any question they want. They both choose “the green girl.” She easily walks through the Shinsui. Lero-Ro offers to answer any of Bam’s question since there was a tie. He asks about Rachel of course. Lero-Ro answers that he hasn’t seen her. Bam then asks about “Irregular’s.” Lero-Ro explains that an Irregular “does not follow the rules of the Tower.” He describes the layout of the Tower’s three sections. There’s the residential Outer Tower, the Inner Tower (their current location), and the Middle Area that connects the two.
What’s wrong with Khun?
Bam realizes that this means everyone was born and raised in the Outer Tower. He assumes that he and Rachel are the only exceptions. I think it’s more likely that they both are from the Outer Tower. Irregulars aren’t chosen by Headon to enter the inner Tower and are considered stronger than average. Regardless, the other contestants struggle to get past the Shinsui. The Sniper becomes consumed with jealousy, as Bam never had to take the test. He shouts that he is stronger than Bam and Lero-Ro. We get to see what else Shinsui can do. Lero-Ro tells the sniper that Shinsui is “unlimited” and it can “make a person immortal if they can withstand its power.” He traps the sniper in Shinsui and he goes mad. According to Lero-Ro on the 30th floor and higher participants must endure this level of Shinsui. The Sniper collapses in despair. Meanwhile, Rak and Khun easily pass through the Shinsui. Lero-Ro leaves Bam with a warning, don’t get too close to Khun.
So far Khun is the most complex of the three primary characters so far. While Bam’s backstory is interesting specifically why is he has no memory, his personality is simple. Rak obviously has a backstory but the story hasn’t hinted at it yet. Can Khun be trusted? I’m not sure. However, he may have bad motivations now but Bam’s innocence could change that. Were are in the worldbuilding phase of the series and I’m the most interested in the culture of Outer Tower. Finally, clearly something is up with the administrators because there’s no way Bam just “happened” to avoid the Shinsui. Tower of God has become more fascinating than the first episode suggested.
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.