I've been waiting for this on MAL for so long and now it's finally here, I can finally put it on my list of one of my favorite Manhwas.
This btw, is one of THE BEST manwhas out there, for me tho, dunno about you guys. But I got hooked on this since the first chapter and didn't want to stop reading this for days, weeks or even months whenever I have the time to. This has become bread and butter in my daily life. That is how Intrigued I was with this, in short I got addicted since the day I laid eyes on it.
enough chitchat shall we? Time for the review I guess?
Story 10/10: the story is about a tower built by someone (A god maybe? XD). No, it is actually about a boy who was left all alone at the bottom of a tower (more like a basement) since he was a baby, until he was found by a girl. Then they grew up together on the outer areas of that tower and one day this girl decides to go up the tower, for some unknown reasons, her dream maybe? (nah..she just want to see some sparkly things up there duhh). The boy then ran after her for he doesn't want to be separated with her (talk about clinginess to the max). Then they found themselves at the door and accidentally the one who was sucked in or rather chosen was none other than our protagonist BAM! (leaving the girl behind???? XD hey no spoilers you mofo!). And that was it. A new adventure awaits BAM. As he was searching for the girl (he loves?) new mysteries unfold about his past, his fam, his powa! While learing about the purpose of the floors and the tower itself, about why hasn't anyone reached the top yet, And why do they have loooooong lives? About the harem king which is on top, jk, He will each solve these mysteries as he meets his new badass friends along the way (and possibly a waifu! Make that two, no it is a HAREM!) And so the story goes on and on.
Yeah. So the story is magnificent. The pace is not too fast not too slow either, good balance between suspense and drama, I don't mind it being to long since I'm enjoying every part of it. Well that for me tho.
Art 10/10: It is simple and at the same time it's beautiful. Simplicity is beauty.. you can easily distinguish scenes on every panel. Characters designs too are badass. Watch out for BAM his transformation is the best!
Characters 10/10: hohoho man, the best there is, the development is quite good. As you go in deeper you'll find out even more cool ass characters and even bad ones.
Enjoyment 10/10: well I haven't caught up and waiting if I didn't enjoy.
Overall 10/10: you guys should probably read this. It's a must!
Synopsis: I can't really say anything without spoiling much. Essentially, the protagonist follows his friend up a tower (or in this story, THE tower), at first trying to find them, while also getting caught up in the tower's circumstances. Side Note: This series is quite lengthy with 452 chapters as I write this review.
Story (10/10): At first, the story doesn't seem so complex, but as you continue reading, you discover more and more about the workings of the tower. What I would compare this to is Once Piece, where the reader is introduced to more and more of the world's secrets as
you progress (though One Piece does this a bit better). In doing so, a large portion of the earlier chapters may seem bland, but in actuality they are used as set-ups for later chapters. One other thing to note: this webtoon/manhwa has a habit of setting up competitions through sometimes overly complicated rulesets. I think this is a good idea, but sometimes the author goes overboard. Thankfully, the author has begun to do less of this in recent arcs (however this is just my opinion).
Art (9/10): Going to be honest, the art in the earlier chapters is pretty bad, around 4/10. Thankfully, with so many chapters, the author has greatly improved (or maybe he hired artists, idk), so that's why I have it a 9/10. The art is unique and has its own style, and the colorization is a plus for me.
Character (7.5/10): Once again, this manhwa has a huge cast, just like one piece. Unlike One Piece, it fails to really bring depths to its characters. Each member of its large cast does have distinct personalities, but often the huge cast pulls away from individual characters. Also, some character motivations, are, well, questionable.
Overall (9/10): Overall, the strengths of this manhwa outshine its faults by a significant margine. Unfortunately, the earlier chapters of it give a false representation on what the series is entirely about, so you might need to sit through some average chapters to get to the real meat of the manhwa. I also don't recommend this as someone's first manhwa (only because it has a very unique style), but I would recommend to anyone who has read a few (4 ish) and are looking for more.
I wrote a full review on reddit if you guys want to check it out.
Art: The art is very unique and drawn by the author (SIU) himself at the start. Art is not its strong point at the start but bear with it as he gets way better as the story progressed (ongoing for almost 10 years now) and now he probably has an amazing team helping him out. Check out some new chapters if you're curious about the difference in the art now and then. The characters, shinsoo(kidna like energy in this story) , background scenes, fighting scenes, killer moves and techniques are
all drawn to the highest level of detail and beauty nowadays.
Story: Not gonna go into the details to avoid spoilers but it's simply outstanding. Other reviews might have an outline of the story if you're interested. The pacing is slow at first and it might be confusing or boring depending on your taste, but absolutely stick with it. I'll just say that it just keeps getting better. Take your time, be patient and enjoy yourselves. There will be a moment when you start to go crazy and get obsessed with this story.
Character: The main character is the overpowered type. The destined one with unlimited talent and background. He's not the best character in the story and kinda typical for a shounen MC. .
The other characters are where it's at. So many characters who are all written to absolute perfection. Their relationships, family background, character designs (they look cool, their names sound cool, they act cool, etc...). Even minor characters usually show up or are involved in something later on. Everything and everyone seems to connect really well with everything else.
Overall, Tower of God/10. Definitely one of my favourites of all time and probably the best ongoing manga along with AOT
This is going to be my first time writing a review for anything, I'll try my best not to sound like a fangirl gah
Tower of God was one of the first webtoons I've ever read and still remains my most favorite one today. Its the kind of series that I wish I could forget and read all over again, because the experience of reading it for the first time will never compare to whenever I reread the whole series. Its really a great webtoon full of adventure, action, has bits of philosophy and psychology in it.
Definitely the best part of the whole webtoon :')
first time I read this, I was in awe by how complex the world building for this story was. From the characters, the team positions (light bearer, scout etc.), to the history and mysteries of the tower. The first time I reread this, I was amazed by all the details and how everything is connected with each other. Small details in the first chapters would be hints to something important that would be revealed later on.
I can't imagine how long it took for SIU to brainstorm and come up with this masterpiece;; Every few chapters there are new pieces of information about the tower and Bam being revealed yet it seems like there are still so many mysteries left to be found out?? SIU's a genius TT
I admit I'm one of those people who procrastinated in reading this at first because of the art. If you're of them, then STOP PUTTING IT OFF AND READ IT NOW or you'll regret it! The art has improved exponentially since the first episode and is still continuing to improve! I always wonder how they manage to release those long af episodes with those detailed coloring every. week. I personally love how they draw and color the shinsu attacks they look stunning aaaa
The reason why I'm not giving this a 10/10 is because I feel like some of the characters aren't being used to their full potential idk? Like, they introduce these really interesting characters that makes me really hyped, but after several episodes they kind of lose their charm because they don't get enough screen time anymore? I'm pretty sure its because new characters keep on getting introduced that makes it impossible for SIU to focus on these characters. Idk, I just feel some inconsistency between a lot of characters in the series;;
Of course, ToG also has great characters that are well-written and very interesting. They go through character development and its nice to see how these characters grow. I love some of the dynamics between the characters, especially the dynamic between the main trio: Bam, Khun, and Rak. [minor spoiler: Rachel-Khun dynamic I love the most]
I think the only thing this series needs to work on is how they handle the characters, but overall its such a good read that I'd definitely recommend to shounen fans. Its a perfect mix of action, adventure, mystery, and drama!
tip for new readers: I personally prefer to read ToG in bulk chapters, reading one chapter every week is too painful. I also recommend rereading the whole thing at least once after you caught up to the latest chapter, you'll realize how much details were put into making this webtoon and will make you appreciate it more! Oh and also, I recommend visit the Tower of God wiki because there are lots of additional info. in there that weren't really said in the webtoon. Have fun reading y'all! <3
This is by no means a perfect Manwha.
It is however my favorite one by a long shot, and has been for the past five or so years. If you're looking for a shounen with great world building and a multilayered plot I definitely think this is a read for you. However, if you want a deep well thought out story that will make you contemplate life this might not be your thing.
I will mostly be pointing out flaws and things that annoyed me while reading so the score I gave might come off as conflicting in regards to the review itself, but I
really do enjoy reading this on a weekly basis despite all its flaws and I think a majority of people would too which is why I'm scoring it a 10/10.
So my favorite aspect of this Manwha and the reason I do enjoy it so much is the world building. SIU has managed to create a world that has so much going on it truly feels alive. There is so much information and little details about it (both in the manwha itself and a lot of information you can gather outside of it) that it really does feel like we could follow any other characters in the world and it'd still be a very engaging story. The world does revolve around our main cast the same way it usually does in a lot of shounen work, however if the main cast were to be taken out of the story it still feels like the world would keep spinning and there would still be stories to be told.
As far as the story itself goes it is too complex to briefly explain. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. On the one hand there are a lot of intricacies in the story, and when you notice them it certainly feels like every little thing lead to this conclusion for a reason. However, it also makes the story hard to follow sometimes.
It tends to jump all over the place and the pacing is very inconsistent. Certain arcs feel like they drag on for way too long when the conclusion is already obvious, while other arcs (or perhaps certain fights, more specifically) go by in a blur and it feels like you missed out when there are a lot of loose ends left by the end of it.
Despite all this, the story has certainly been engaging and up to a certain point it felt like there was always something at stake. This Manwha however has the typical power-creep problem a lot of shounen has. This leads us into the magic system.
So the magic system in Tower of God is set up with different roles being presented. Every role has something they specify in which is their strength, and to be able to climb the tower efficiently you'd need a full team of all the different roles to complete and compensate for each other's flaws. This system clearly had a lot of thought put into it and a lot of the early chapters put in a great deal of information explaining it all. Unfortunately this is all thrown out the window after a certain point and it is once more about who can shoot the bigger explosions at each other. This isn't necessarily a bad thing but it feels wasteful when so much time was put into a very interesting magic system.
This has however had a great impact on the art, which has been improving chapter by chapter. Comparing some of the early chapters to the recent ones are night and day and all the big blasts and explosions compliment the great art very well. The character drawings are definitely not anything to scuff at either so overall the art is good.
Speaking about the characters, there are a lot of them. I mean a LOT of them. And again, this is both a good thing and a bad thing. It adds to the world building that there is so much going on at any one point. But because a lot of them do not get a lot of exposure it makes them feel unmemorable. Another issue with it is that due to the length of the Manwha and that the arcs aren't laid out in a traditional sense you often tend to forget characters that later return. What I mean by this is unlike other works where the story might move from one place to another leaving characters behind and finding new ones as they move along Tower of God is set up so everyone is working towards the same goal. All the characters move forward albeit at their own pace but towards a common goal so characters tend to reappear perhaps years later in real time. If five or ten characters suddenly reappear two years later and they never got that much exposure in the first place it feels very understandable the reader would not be able to remember them. At least not remember their personal plot lines which often times would just pick up and continue as if you read about the in the previous chapter. The main cast however feels very well developed. They get enough time put into them that you are able to understand their personal motivations/reasons for moving forward and so on. None of them are super special or anything, but cool and memorable enough to make for a good cast of characters.
Overall I think Tower of God suffers from a lot of problems that most webtoons tend to suffer from. Why this is the case I think is really hard to answer, but it is by far the most polish work out there. The story will keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time and if nothing else it is a beautiful battle Manwha that I think will be worth your time.
I finally have a chance to pitch in a vote for my absolute favorite webtoon.
Over the years i have picked up series and enjoyed them. I've gotten obsessed with keeping up with all sorts of manga and then grown bored with them weeks or months later. My tastes have have changed and all sorts of series i liked don't interest me any longer.
The only series that has consistently stuck with me is TOG. The only series that I've been keeping up with for years and still get excited week per week for goes to this magnificent piece of art.
Please do yourself a service and
I promise you wont regret it if you have any misgivings about the art know it gets vastly better.
What about this manhwa, other than that it's just one of the best comic books that I have the opportunity to read so far.
Once I pass the first few chapters which for my taste start slightly, but still allow us to admire the amber, dark and original style of this new universe, we are entitled to a story that is incredibly addictive.
Indeed, the seemingly ordinary scenario turns out to be of a completely different kind because the main objective of climbing the Tower takes a step back (while remaining ubiquitous), to become a backdrop on which the true story unfolds.
It is full of humor and
rebound to the point that it manages to surprise the reader several times.
The almost total lack of information given to the reader as to the characters, which could be taken first and foremost as a weakness, turns out to be on the contrary a great scripting force. Each climbs the Tower, without really knowing what it is and what it contains.
The characters are very well developed and become very endearing because of their diverse personalities, forged by their past and determining their goal within the Tower.
Trials and battles are well worked but are not a goal in themselves because they are more often intended to serve the scenario, and not the opposite.
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Story [7/10]: Generally the Story is alright. The overall story is quite interesting but each arc usually boils down to some sort of over complicated tournament which just becomes so tedious and boring. The world that Tower of God is set in is quite an interesting concept- a giant tower with different floors where people have to pass challenges to go up, but this severely limits the story structure of each story arc in the above mentioned tournament. As well as this, a lot of the lore in
ToG comes from the author's notes, which is quite frustrating as it feels like the author is too lazy to add in these plot points into the story (although they are not always that important but quite interesting nonetheless).
Art [5/10]: The art is pretty bland. The quality itself is okay (apart from the first 50 or so chapters where it really is just low quality in my opinion) but I really dislike the art style; most panels are boring to look at especially in "fights" which have now become incoherent beams of light hitting each other. The art also makes the setting quite confusing, as it is sort of like a cross between a weird fantasy/sci-fi world with space ships at the same time as special soul stealing characters, and the art makes the environment quite ambiguous as to what t.one is trying to be set, although I'm sure some people may find this appealing
Character [5/10]. Firstly, the character design is awful in Tower of God. This is more of the art style complain but I'll put it here anyway. A lot of the characters look very generic or just similar to one another and their clothing especially makes me wretch- people wearing Adidas tracksuits or just trousers in an (admittedly) epic world just is really off putting. Most of the characters themselves are either boring or under used. There are three main characters: Bam, although he used to be a very intriguing character in the second season, is now just so hard to read because of no personality beyond " I like my friends and want to save them". Khun is okay I guess but him and Rak are basically just comic relief characters now because they are too weak to keep up with Bam. I'm not going to bother mentioning any other characters because they probably won't be in it for another 100 chapters anyway as per.
Enjoyment[6/10]: Although I have criticised the series a lot, I did moderately enjoy it, although this was more due to the mind-numbing amusement in Shonen fights and power ups more than anything else and the theories that come with a rich,mysterious world like the Tower. With that said, I will still continue reading Tower of God to the end due to how intriguing the story is but at the same time I eagerly await the conclusion that can't come quick enough.