Studio: Telecom Animation Film
Streaming: Crunchyroll, VRV
Tower of God (Kami no Tou) is a series by studio Telecom Animation Film and is presented by Crunchyroll and Webtoon. The animated series is based on the comic series of the same name on Webtoon. The series follows Bam, a boy who enters a mysterious tower in an effort to find Rachel, his lost friend.
The episode is full of action and mystery as Bam progresses through the tower to reach the top. This first episode does a fantastic job of introducing viewers to the protagonist, the world, and all of the mystery that surrounds it. The various characters might be a bit trope-y but are all interesting. The protagonist is definitely a character that we have seen before and might be the episode’s biggest weakness. He is your typical action hero with no experience that wants to save their best friend. Still, there is plenty of room for growth for Bam, so I’m not going to write him off yet.
The characters effectively allow the story to progress naturally, giving exposition through dialogue that doesn’t seem too forced. Usually, anime falls into the trap of having characters talk about things that they should already know just for the sake of teaching the viewer. Tower of God manages to avoid this, making it a delight to watch that won’t make the viewer roll their eyes.
The action is fluid, making the series feel like a high budget animation with fantastic production. No scene feels lazy, and every moment just looks fantastic. The art style is full of bold lines and expressive faces. This gives Tower of God a unique feel that embraces its origin as a Webtoon series. The colors are gorgeous, with lush yet ominous greens and blues. Despite the tropes that are explored in this series, the animation, charm, and action all make up for it.
The OST adds to the fantastic atmosphere in Tower of God. Neat tracks that have an electronic feel while carrying ominous notes fill the episode. Tons of genres are used throughout the episode, but nothing feels out of place in Tower of God. The voice acting is solid, with some characters full of emotion while others effectively deliver comic relief. The OP is visually astounding with a fantastic hip hop tune that will likely get stuck your head over the course of the season.
It’s still too early to say if this will be the darling of this anime season. Still, Tower of God is full of potential. The high production values and a compelling world makes this something that action fans should absolutely check out. It won’t likely make anyone a fan of the genre, but it is unlikely that there will be much better action anime this season. Add this to your watch list.
Tower of God Episode 1
Tower of God's first episode is fantastic, presenting a compelling narrative that is carried by gorgeous visuals and a fantastic soundtrack.