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.