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Tower of God  
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Description
What do you desire? Fortune? Glory? Power? Revenge? Or something that surpasses all others? Whatever you desire, 'that is here'. Tower of God.

From LINE Webtoon :
BAM, who was alone all his life has entered the tower to chase after his only friend, RACHEL, but how will he survive without having any special strength or power?

Original Webtoon / Original English Version

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
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Associated Names
Башня Бога
神之塔
신의 탑
Dievo Bokötas
Shi-nui t'ap
Top of God
Torre de Deus
Torre de Dios

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.126 by LINE Webtoon (5d ago)
v.2 c.125 by LINE Webtoon (12d ago)
v.2 c.124 by LINE Webtoon (19d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
Season 1: 79 Chapters (Complete)
Season 2: 126 Chapters (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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17 topics, 73 posts
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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (1585 votes)
Bayesian Average: 9.15 / 10.0
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November 23rd 2014, 2:20pm PST

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Year
2010

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Naver Webtoon (Naver)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Monthly Pos #72 decreased(-4)
3 Month Pos #63 decreased(-25)
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A review   
Rating: N/A
by Mizura
May 8th, 2013, 7:09am
A full review:

Summary: (parts credited to various people here)

What do you desire? Power? Glory? Fame? Wealth? Revenge? Or a night sky, full of stars?
In return, what are you willing to leave behind?
Who will you step on? Who will you betray? Who will you kill?


Everything you desire, all the answers you seek, can be found at the top of the Tower. And as the bodies pile higher, all you need to do is climb.

As a young boy chases his dearest friend, he starts climbing this Tower filled with challenges and treason, along and against a diverse cast of characters and factions, each with their own agenda.

Strengths:
  • Dark, expansive world with in-depth lore. The Tower, now controlled by the Great Families who originally "conquered" the floors, has institutionalized dream-seeking, creating a system of tests designed to weed out the weak and pit the contenders against one another, crushing many dreams in the process. This harsh system has also given rise to a number of individuals or factions seeking to exploit or overthrow the existing order. And many have their eyes on Baam, the "irregular" who entered the Tower without being chosen.
  • A diverse cast of characters. From the charismatic (though slightly unstable) Baam to the powerful Zahard Princesses (yes, excellent female characters) to devilish geniuses such as Koon, and of course all-around awesome characters such as Rak (oh by the way, Yu Han Sung is a guy, you've been warned), the story offers a wide range of likeable and interesting characters. In the second arc, Wangnan's much weaker team develops a somewhat touching middle-class family dynamic.
  • Interesting system that doesn't rely on just power-ups. Whereas most Shounen manga have succumbed to "everybody is a stand-alone fighter" formula, Tower of God focuses on team formations where non-offensive abilities are as valuable as offensive ones (probably positions that were created when the first conquerors were navigating treacherous caverns filled with dangerous creatures rather than fighting other people). One of the most capable characters of the series, Koon, for example, is valued not for his fighting abilities but for his incredible intellect and resulting leadership abilities, and is respected by his teammates accordingly. In a weaker team, otherwise unbalanced individuals complement each other's strengths and weaknesses to move ahead. All this is helped by...
  • Extremely clever trials that challenge not only your power and intellect, but your loyalty as well. Do you work together, or sacrifice a teammate to get ahead?
  • Unpredictable plot. This is not a place where you can just punch a few bad guys to get ahead. Baam quickly becomes a victim of the ambitions and politics within the Tower. SIU keeps taking the story in unexpected directions, keeping readers on their toes while shuffling team formations like a deck of cards, resulting in new dynamics every time.
  • The art, though weak at first, improves Tremendously over time, with some jaw-dropping artworks at times.


Weaknesses:
  • Does suffer from "too many side characters syndrome." The cast quickly inflates to a large size, and the fast pace of the story often leaves little room for specific character exploration or development, making it hard to get attached to a number of characters, or leaving you disappointed when you do get attached to characters that don't get explored much. This is later mitigated though, by the fact that the characters get continuous character development and interactions, not just during a few dramatic moments.
  • Some arcs are less epic than others. This may sound like a weird thing to say, but is in fact an issue: you get so used to SIU's constant "good" trolling (that takes you in unexpected directions) that you can't help but feel disappointed whenever he takes a relatively easy way out, resulting in a writing that is just "good."
  • The art is somewhat poor at first: the background perspective is often off etc. As said, this improves over time.


Overall, Tower of God offers a very good blend of what Shounen series do well: great world building, interesting systems and diverse characters, all the while:
  • Avoiding many of the common pitfalls that have staled the genre: annoying Jesus-like protagonist, a world that bends over just to make the protagonist look good, simplistic plots that are nothing more but a succession of power-ups and beating up bad guys, and side characters just there to worship the main character
  • while adding many elements that are rarely found or done well in this genre: challenges that require intellect and teamwork, complex and entertwining plotlines that give the series an air of mystery, "real" moral dilemnas etc.


This blend of qualities means that, even when it doesn't excel at a particular aspect, especially if you look outside the Shounen genre (not the best character development, not the best fights, the puzzles don't necessarily compare to say Liar Game), it nevertheless reinvigorates a genre that has too often succumbed to the formulaic. This, imho, easily makes Tower of God one of the best ongoing Shounen series out there.

... Last updated on December 17th, 2013, 7:29pm
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Best Webcomic out there? I believe so.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by claudiofd
August 15th, 2012, 10:45am
Like many users from this site, during the last year, I've been getting more into webcomics. At first I didn't think I'd like it very much and I was very reluctant before reading my first one. Ever since then I've read a few. It's an extraordinary type of story telling that brings some priceless gems. Tower of God, in my honest opinion, stands on top. I finished re-reading it just a bit ago, read the whole thing in half a day couldn't stop even though it was my second time reading through the scenes.

The first... hmm... Maybe 10 chapters feel a little slow, strange and fragmented. But it still doesn't take long to heat up. From those 10 chaps onward we get a steady quality rise. The characters look weird at first and don't seem very likable, but as soon as the author starts using them and mixing them with the story you'll start seeing them in a new light. It doesn't take long for you to be laughing with the characters, feeling their pain and cheering for them. They're not shallow in the slightest. Well developed and bringing forth strong and deep dialogue, the characters that once looked so strange and unrelatable are now real. Facing an overwhelming situation with emotions rising up, you can feel their struggle against something beyond their reach - beyond even their comprehension.

The action is exciting and well placed. It's not one where you get bored between battles, since you definitely won't be reading it for the action solely, but it still does not forget its exciting fighting scenes which are, almost always, mixed with interesting challenges, tests and strategies that turn simple battles into something more. The fights bear meaning and emotion. The powers and abilities are cool and Shinsoo is well introduced into the world. The positions for the battles are well thought and pretty original and just add up to the fun.

The world is amazingly well created. Talse uzer story. You can definitely tell the author spend quite a lot of time and dedication into the creation of such a wide and interesting world. This becomes more clear as the story moves along, especially when you get to the second season and read the infos about the 14 or 15 highest ranked people on the Tower. I dare say it is one of the fictional worlds with the most potential I've ever seen, I think it easily takes a spot in the top 10. I hope the author explores even more after ending ToG even if the story isn't directly connected to the events of ToG.

The art evolves. A lot. It gets much better, especially in the second season. It's still not close to being the best webcomic art out there,but it's pretty good and fits perfectly with the style of the story.

Prepare yourself for great comedy, exciting action, deep characters, unexpected twists, amazing world and non-stop entertainment. Definitely worth a read.

... Last updated on August 15th, 2012, 10:47am
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Not over rated at all.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Loryogi
March 14th, 2013, 11:10am
Do not give up after just reading couple chapters, it gets good really quick and you will find yourself sucked in a matter of 10 chapters.

The previous guy mentioned that the artwork is bad, i'd like to mention that the artwork will totally grow on you so don't give up after reading few chapters furthermore it gets much better later on.

I think the strongest element of this manga is the PLOT TWISTS, they've taken me by surprise so many god damn times.

every character in Tower of god is unique and well developed, characters likability is extremely high in my opinion , I read this in one go and i almost remember every character and his/her personality except for their names ( Korean names are hard to memorize ) .

If you read too many mangas and you miss that feeling of excitement of reading chapter after chapter go read this immediately and be ready to get your favorite manga replaced because tower of god is amazing.

... Last updated on March 14th, 2013, 11:19am
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Clever, Unique, and AMAZING   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by whistlebird
January 18th, 2011, 12:37am
I wasn't sure at first, because it's pretty strange and the art starts out a little off, but there's something about this manhua that really makes me impatient for each new chapter. Maybe it's the crazy plot twists, or the art that quickly becomes so fantastic I'm jealous, and the complex characters and world building. From the very beginning every aspect of the series is swathed in mystery--the tower, the unseen outside world, the true purpose of the contests and games, the origins of the people that fight, and especially the main character (who or what is he, where did he come from, and why was he able to enter the tower?). There's a lot we don't know, and things are revealed in tantalizingly small portions, so it's like torture waiting for new chapters. But it's the kind of torture you can't stop coming back for... oh dear...

And unlike the typical never ending stream of power battles where the strongest or most resolved one wins every time, there is a lot of very clever strategy and character development to go along with the epic fight scenes. The battles are all different types and have different objectives. It's interesting, unique, and intelligent without being confusing. I LOVE IT.

... Last updated on May 22nd, 2013, 11:04pm
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Incredible   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by awoodchuck
December 11th, 2012, 3:00pm
This is definitely my favorite manga/manhwa/webtoon that is still on going. The world SIU (the author) creates is vast yet intricate, but even more impressively, cohesive. He introduces an incredible amount of characters and detail, but still maintains focus, constantly evolving the story. Speaking of which, the plot mystifies one with its complexity and brilliance. There are so many motives and plans by different characters/groups and many interconnections between them that the anticipation to see how it all plays out is overwhelming. It's impressive how much "realism" SIU can bring to such a creative and fantasy based premise. Perhaps there is a better word than realism, but whatever the case, the world makes sense given the circumstances. It makes sense that not everyone succeeds or lives. It makes sense how the characters behave and feel given the environment. Furthermore, the character development is also top notch (especially the main). I would add more detail but this post is already too long. To finish covering the bases though, the art is very well done though not my absolute favorite style, the fighting is awesome, and the comedic elements are a nice change of pace at times. The only negatives I can think of are that it's sometimes a bit confusing considering how much is going on (and perhaps that it's translated) and some may people may want more attention around the main character. However, these are hardly significant and I recommend this manhwa over all others in a similar category.
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This is why webtoons are the future   
Rating: N/A
by kalocho08
March 20th, 2011, 10:07am
With manga starting to become pretty cliched, I turned to webtoons like Noblesse and Ben Heun for a style of writing that's more free from demographic cliches and although Tower of God has quite a few cliches, I think it does better with those cliches than mangas like Bleach where steam tends to be lost quite quickly, and that doesn't seem to be the case with Tower of God. Not only that but the characterization is astounding, there isn't a character which seems to be wasted in this webtoon and I appreciate that because it means less wasted space.This is the sort of webtoon that deserves to be serialized in magazines worldwide simply because it's unique in a cliche-saturated world
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It's only going to get better   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by NimbleTurtle
July 15th, 2014, 11:01am
I can't talk about everything but touch on a few key topics:

World Architecture:
Here, I will only say that very few things are truly original... things often seem original because of our ignorance. With that said, I find ToG's world building quite deep. SIU clearly thought a lot about giving meaning to each position (fisherman, spear bearer, light bearer, wave controller, etc.). He has so many ideas he can't possibly fit all of them into his story, which is why he has a separate blog for these details. Immediately, the readers begin to appreciate the fact that these ideas are pre-planned, thoughtful, and multidimensional. The tower exhibits three layers; in addition, its complex due to the mystery of "what is at the top of the tower" and the 'world outside of the tower'. Social hierarchy - based on the ranking system, blood line, and floor - all add depth to an already mysterious, complex world. Very few comics (manga, manhwa, etc.) have this scale of complexity.

Plot:
The thing about ToG is that it has multiple plots. In the beginning, you assume it's about finding Rachel. And then you get more ideas like "becoming a ranker", "thwart the rule of the king", "escape FUG", "going outside the tower", etc. It's endless. The author already has 6 seasons planned out and we have yet to finish season 2.

Art:
Art in the beginning of season 1 and second half of season 2 are... "okay". The first half of season 2 is an astounding improvement over these two sections. The reason why the art has progressively gotten worse lately is due to the author's wrist injury. As I type this, he is currently taking a 8-9 week... which he should have taken long ago before his wrist became permanently injured. The shading and drawing have gone downhill... it probably pains the author more than it pains the readers.

Characters:
Characters are interesting- a wide diversity of races, personalities, color, etc. There is also synergy between the characters. You have a one-dimensional kind Baam contrasted with the multi-dimensional ruthless Koon. In season 2, you get characters who often pair up in the parent-child position (e.g. Horyang, Goseng, Arkyraptor, Viole vs Miseng, Yeon, Prince ).

Someone could say that main character Baam is fairly one-dimensional in personality and is OP-starting character. There's no denying either of these things, except that they're not good criticisms. Baam's one-dimensional personality owes itself to his background and is what derives fascination from his peers; it provides a nice contrast to Koon who he is anything but simple. Baam is made simple based on SIU's good judgment. On the other hand, he isn't lacking in any sort of character development, as one will see in season 2. Of course, one-dimensional personalty can be a problem in other series. As much as I love Attack on Titan, Eren lacks a personality that fits his origins and synergy with the other characters. I think the author did try to portray him as being slightly psychotic but he could have done a better job with that.
Koon is another major character of the series. Clever - and sometimes ruthless- realizes that in order to climb the tower, sacrifices have to be made. Sacrifices have to be made to keep so that those precious to him, can also climb the tower. He's willing to dirty his hands so his friends do not have to.

Counter-argument to common criticisms:
Nothing is truly original... something only seems original when you don't know where the ideas stem from. The real reason people look down on "cliche ideas" is because it gets old... not because its not original. What's important is inventiveness... how well you combine the ideas of your predecessors and contemporaries. ToG does this fairy well while adding new innovations. Although character development is hardly a universal standard for a good comic (e.g. look at Cowboy Bebop), I agree that some characters could use some more touch. The problem here is that SIU introduced so many characters there is simply no time to cover the background of each in detail, especially when many of these characters are really secondary and we'll probably see very little of them in the later seasons. This is kind of what befuddles the readers, who often grow attached to characters without realizing that they're not that important.

My own criticisms:
SIU has worked hard to satisfy all his audience... the problem is you can't satisfy everyone and sometimes you got to follow your own intuition. In the afterwords, you'll often see the author pondering over whether or not something seemed too fast-paced or slow-paced, whether more fight scenes should be added, etc.
I guess you could say SIU tried to dumb down ToG a little for a lot of his audience (the immature ones typically), which almost pains me. For instance, ToG in season 1 and beginning of season 2 was more brutal than the latter half of season 2. He admits that ToG was planned to be more violent in the beginning but he toned it down a little. I would like to see what SIU originally had in mind.

In addition, his drawing of fight scenes are not very good. He just isn't very experienced... therefore, he needs to spend more time drawing these out. The whole tournament arc was a bit of a mess and this is the first time I will ever complain that the story had way too many PLOT TWISTS. How often does this happen? Never. The tournament arc was a fantastic idea in SIU's head but I don't think he realized how much work it would take to bring it on paper. For instance, it felt so linear in its first combat round, utilized only a handful of items, and used few strategies. It didn't really feel like a game. And I think SIU understands this better than anyone else, considering how much thought he puts into these sort of things. You just don't realize it soon enough when you're the one drawing these things. That coupled with his wrist injury... well quality was bound to go down.

Conclusion:
I have a lot of hopes for the author? Why? Because he clearly has well-thought provoking ideas pre-planned about the world he is building. Because he works harder than almost any author I know, having to draw and color simultaneously, despite facing a wrist injury. Because he is not incompetent and listens to the criticisms of his fanbase. Anyone giving this series less than a 8/10 can't be taken seriously unless they've seen many flawless comics... I have yet to see one.
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Great Depth   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by l3umblel3ee
July 1st, 2013, 10:52pm
Let me warn you, if you are the type of person who skims through the manga/mahawa, does not have patience, or cannot stand pictures that are not detailed and etc. this is NOT THE MANGA or MAHAWA for you!
This mahawa begins off slow but if you do not read carefully you will miss many things right away, which is a pity because this manga has great, surprising plots and each character have great depth. It is completely original and have a great fusion of species that you cannot help but be interested. This story also has my favourite concept implemented into it, a kick ass, righteous protagonist, who has many secrets and undying love for his friends, to the point he would give up his own happiness for them.
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This is the best series I've ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kroll
May 31st, 2011, 12:52am
Its full of twists and turns. The author gives a lot of hidden tips, but you can never be 100% sure in which direction story will go. Add to this good action with a pinch of good comedy.

One of the biggest pluses of this series is that even the side characters are well-designed and original, everyone has their own back stories, behaviors and goals that wants to achieve. One of the best is Rack, 3m tall alligator obsessed with turtles, bananas and being the best. His every speech knocks me on my knees

I canít hide that art isnít best at the beginning (although I like his style) but its slowly getting better and better. Not surprising since its first professional work of SIU.

There is also a lot of additional information from author blog about TOG(translated on scanlator forum) for example info about 7 best rankers in tower. TOG is only small part of word TUS which is mostly in the imagination of the author.

I do not think that the author was inspired by the HxH, sooner by the soccer and fishing(lol)
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
Somehow HxH never fell to my liking, but if the similarity lies in finding a lost beloved person and climbing tower then I can say that Baam find pretty fast Lahel and tower is much bigger than any other tower or our world and climbing it in 100 years is considered to be fast.
There is also many original fish-like monster that swim in shinsoo


Warning!!! Very addictive!
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World Building + WTF Twists + GR8 Characters = TOG   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Bleach-No1-Manga
March 26th, 2013, 1:41pm
This Webtoon has the best World building i have ever seen in any manga/manhwa/webtoon ever.....i mean the potential it has the author can take several routes he chooses to and expand upon layers and layers of this beautiful world that he has created, seriously the potential this world building has is HUGE

Twists is a primary theme in this webtoon and some are shocking enough to make me reflect on the chapters long after i have read it

thirdly the characters, one of the main reasons one can or cannot enjoy a particular manga is based on the likeability of it's characters and guess what TOG has TONS of it, The cast is so Vast it's hard not to have any fav picks out of them coz they all have their own seperate personalities and are developed really well

One of the Hidden GEMS

10/10 RECOMMENDED!!!
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