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For those interested in Korean, the title 신의 탑 can be romanized as Shi-nui t'ap. The first syllable is Shin, but since the second syllable starts with ᄋ, the sound /n/ is displaced to the beginning of the second syllable, leaving it as Shi nui. As for 탑, the first consonant is ᄐ, which is the sound of an aspirated t, /tʰ/, and can be romanized as t' (the standard romanization leaves it just as t).
Korean has three kind of t: the aspirated ᄐ /tʰ/ (t'), the double ᄄ /t͈/ (tt) and ᄃ. This last ᄃ has several sounds: /t/ in initial position, /d/ in the middle and /t̚/ (obstruent) at the end.
So, if you see a Korean word that starts with d, it's actually pronounced /t/; this is because in the standard romanization they always transcribe ᄃ as d, regardless of the position. Same happens with g/k, b/p, j/ch.
Finally, the IPA transcription would be /ɕinɰi tʰap̚/. If you wonder how this sounds, you can check it at Forvo (search for the words individually).
That's all. If there's any mistake, please, don't hesitate to correct me. =)
I shouldn't have started this... because I can't stop!
The first couple of chapters were pretty unimpressive, but it gets pretty addicting quite quickly.
It's really nice when a manhwa can surprise a seasoned reader such as myself, hahaha.
Depth and World Building
Despite a large cast of characters that are introduced over time, SIU (the author), has taken the time to give depth to each of them with complete background, motivation and unique characteristics that compliment the sheer scale of the world they live in.
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.
Really good after the first couple chapters
I started reading this with low expectations (yet, with hopes that I would find another addicting series like Shingeki no Kyojin). The first couple chapters bored me(the art style didn't help either), but after getting into the 2F chapters, I became interested in the plot. Similarly, the characters didn't interest me at first (in fact, there were too many for me to remember). However, with time, I actually grew to like many of the characters.
I love the subtle foreshadowing, the plot twists, and how the story slowly connects. The art in Part 1, imo, is lacking (more so in the beginning), but in Part 2, the art is actually quite pretty. A great improvement from Part 1.
Overall, I highly recommend this series.
Im totaly suprised...
This manhwa totaly suprised, more I readed more I wanted read. This manhwa totaly got potential grow amazing, and Im totally gonna follow it! truly recommend to everyone try out. This artist truly got shining future ahead if he keeps working and developing in future!
PS. even others comments that there is too many side charachters, I felt it made story alot richer when all story lines started go together. But critisim is always good, so future readers knows whats coming when reading this.
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.
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.
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
This webtoon is by far the best thing I have read. The characters all come from different backgrounds and each of them has their own way of doing things. The series overall is completely original and contains almost no obvious cliches. The artwork is incredible and every twist in the story leaves craving for more.
Truly one of the best manga/manhwa out there. Highly suggested to anyone out there. It also has high reread value. I've read it a total of three times and each time I realize that there were many more hints/details that I missed. It's like that book, Dante's Inferno. Each time you reread it you understand different elements of it. Also don't listen to the comments of "overated" herp derp der der..... If anything this manhwa is underated. 10/10 is too low. If there was an 11 I'd give it.
... Last updated on April 13th, 2013, 4:01pm
World Building + WTF Twists + GR8 Characters = TOG
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