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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

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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

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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.

Tower of God Episode 5:Recap and Review

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Tower of God Episode 5:Recap and Review

Bam and Khun on the throne in episode 5 of 5 of Tower of God.
Bam and Khun on the throne

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.

Tower of God Episode 3 & 4:Recap and Review

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Tower of God Episode 3 & 4:Recap and Review

What is the sky?

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. 

Anaak using the Green April in episode 4 of Tower of God
Anaak using the Green April

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.

Tower of God Episode 1 & 2: Recap & Review