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TOWER OF GOD STREAM OR SKIP?

 



INTRODUCTION

The South Korean masterpiece illustrated by SIU that webtoon readers have admittedly been committed to since June 30th, 2010, finally gets an anime adaption through Crunchyroll in 2020. A wave of nostalgia hit fans upon witnessing their seemingly popular webtoon get its own anime. This highly acclaimed anime arguably peaked and hailed its well-deserved title.

Tower of God, a standard action-shounen anime, is about the same old coming of age story in a supernatural world, revolving around underdog characters you will find yourself rooting for throughout the series. Filled with exaggerated fights to the brim, usage of lots of powers, emotions welling up to the max, and the not so uncommon portrayal of the "power of friendship," Tower of God indeed lives up to all the shounen stereotypes. It is a full-blown package if you're into that stuff.

Now let us jump right onto its plot.

 

PLOT

The plot centers around a boy called Twenty-Fifth Bam, who unfortunately had been trapped at the bottom of an immense, humongous, and mysterious Tower, apparently ever since he was a kid. All these years, he had been suffering alone there until a girl named Rachel shows up. Legend says, if you manage to make it to the top of the Tower of God, any wish that you have will be fulfilled. Rachel, who joins Bam, had enough of this morose environment and decided to ascend the Tower. Bam, who couldn't risk being left alone, once again follows her, and they both embark on this dangerous mission to conquer this eerie Tower. Little did they know that many intense battles and challenging tasks await them.

The pace is perfect, not too fast, not too slow. It's the perfect combination of drama and thrill, with every little scene so detailed and engaging.

Next, let's take a look at the stage animation and direction of the anime.

 

STAGE, ANIMATION, AND DIRECTION


Tower of God is a mysterious realm of its own that hosts plenty of undefined beings and unique environments. The anime series showcases Shinshu, a strange magic property found within the Tower varying in concentration depending on the floor. Each floor is home to unknown intelligent species whose status doubles as you go up the Tower. Every character must fight them and go through several challenging missions and battles to get to the top.

The art style is beautiful. The animation is fluid, which makes the fight scenes ever so engaging and mesmerizing to watch. The visuals and colors are bright and vibrant enough to catch our eyes; the direction has been done brilliantly. Directors made it sure to make this series splendid enough, so we don't feel like taking our eyes off the screen for even a second.

 

SOUNDTRACKS

This brilliant series' opening and ending themes have been done by a popular and highly praised South Korean boyband group called Stray Kids. The music is incredibly catchy and fun to listen to. Mostly whenever it plays in the backgrounds, you're bound to feel those goosebumps soar up. Viewers who were already hard stans of Stray Kids were greeted with a feast they never asked for.

Let's take a look at our characters now, shall we?

 

All the characters are very unique. Tower of God is steeped in diversity when it comes to characters. Members of SIU made sure to include many different races. The portrayal of different characters, each with its own style centering around a specific theme, has also been impressively done.

 

BAM 


                                                          the protagonist of the series, known for his adventurous and inquisitive nature, Bam is empathetic and caring. He’s given a tremendous amount of power and strength right off the bat, which makes him slightly uninspiring, unlike what you would expect from a usual shounen protagonist.

RACHEL 


Rachel is a social butterfly who loves being around people and enjoys being guided. A little tomboyish, who is always present wherever she is, making her popular among her peers. Her friendly nature is also very likable.

KHUN AGUERO AGNES


 

A Character known for his tactics and schemes, Khun wears a facade of a creative architect who enjoys spicing things up in front of him. On the other hand, he has a deep and darker side to him as well. Overall, he is very knowledgeable.

RAK WRAITHRAISER


Rak owns a very action and adventure-loving personality who loves being the center of attention, making him popular among others. He acts tough but is a softie inside.

 

ANAAK JAHAD


Her striking green tail and green skin gives her a unique appearance. She, too, is a fan of exploring. However, her laziness and arrogance are one of her few flaws.



ENDORSI JAHAD         


                                                           
 

A natural-born leader who has a very ambitious and decisive nature, her charismatic personality makes her personally one of my favorites. Initially, she was very cold, but she opened up after meeting Bam and took on an authoritative team role.

 

FINAL THOUGHTS


For ardent shounen lovers, Tower of God is a treasure. It covers all the usual cliches and stereotypes, making it very easy for viewers to feel familiar with what they're watching. However, the extra touch of staging the series in a magical, vast steampunk universe indeed serves the series a few additional points. The battle world amplifies the entertaining elements of the shounen trope by a great deal. Combined with a diverse cast of characters and a fantastic soundtrack, Tower of god's anime adaption also stayed loyal to the webtoon's storyline and art style.

In conclusion, Tower of God was definitely not a disappointment but an astonishingly compelling series that will immerse you in its winning plot and keep you hooked to its captivating list of amiable characters. With all that said, now, I will come to what we all have been eagerly waiting for,

 

THE FINAL RATING

Keeping in mind all the fantastic elements and little flaws, Tower of God deserves a final rating of 9/10!

I'm pretty sure now I must have convinced you to go watch the series right now if you haven't because you absolutely cannot miss out on greatness.

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