Tower of God

Title:Tower of God
Kami no Tō: Tower of God
神之塔 -Tower of God
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Notables: Animation - Telecom Animation Film
Anyone who can make it to the top of the Tower of God can have whatever they wish: power, fame, wealth, revenge-they can even become a God themselves. But ascending the tower isn't easy, as one must pass a series of deadly tests. After a girl named Rachel disappears within the Tower, her male friend Bam goes looking for her, which means he must pass these tests as well.

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(Two episodes watched):

This is a mystical, existential tale but with the usual fighting to decide everything. As bizarre as it was (like the 'steel eel' that Bam had to face in his first test), at the end I did not feel particularly excited. Basically, no questions had occurred to me which I absolutely had to have answers for. Would Bam catch up to Rachel? Would he be able to pass every freakish test that lay before him? Would either of the two make it all the way to the top of the tower? I didn't really care. I hadn't really gotten to know either of them (or Princess Yuki or her aide, Evan) well enough to be concerned about what would become of them. Rachel ran off because she couldn't stand this 'black world', but I have no idea what was meant by that. The second test looks like something out of Darwin's Game. The whole concept that courage and skill at killing people will be rewarded with fantastic power is kind of nihilistic and unattractive. At least Bam has a less selfish goal, though it doesn't excite me much either. Perhaps another problem is that it's kind of hard to believe that anyone in their right mind would risk their life in this manner just to find a missing person. Bam doesn't know for sure if Rachel is really in the Tower, and if she is, he doesn't know if she's still alive. Is she some fantastical warrior maiden who might have passed these same tests? The sheer weirdness of the premise kept me watching for another episode. In episode two Bam meets Thun, a knowlegable and skilled fighter, and Rak, a lizard-like giant, and they team up. I remained modestly interested, but this show will need to improve in a hurry in order to keep me watching.

Last updated Thursday, April 16 2020. Created Friday, April 03 2020.

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