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Tower of God  
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Description
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 / Official English Version

Type
Manhwa

Related Series
N/A

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

Groups Scanlating
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LINE Webtoon
Manga Pirate
MangaCow
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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.188 by LINE Webtoon (2d ago)
v.2 c.187 by LINE Webtoon (9d ago)
v.2 c.186 by LINE Webtoon (16d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
Season 1: 79 Chapters (Complete)
Season 2: 186 Chapters (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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Forum
17 topics, 74 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1797 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.86 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 25th 2016, 1:20am PST


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Year
2010

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Naver Webtoon (Naver)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #93 increased(+8)
Monthly Pos #100 increased(+8)
3 Month Pos #95 increased(+4)
6 Month Pos #95 increased(+42)

List Stats
On 5925 reading lists
On 1238 wish lists
On 102 completed lists
On 134 unfinished lists
On 616 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Has anybody noticed this? 113 days, 9 hours, 2 minutes ago
The Tower is Real 688 days, 21 hours, 33 minutes ago
Ch. 84 835 days, 19 hours, 28 minutes ago
Announcing the first Tower of God RPG Game 870 days, 10 hours, 35 minutes ago
Tower of God RPG 932 days, 8 hours, 53 minutes ago

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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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Awesome!   
Rating: N/A
by saggy56
April 15th, 2013, 5:36pm
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.
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Best Ever!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MasterfulBunny
April 13th, 2013, 4:01pm
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
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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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Over Rated   
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by psychop13
March 14th, 2013, 5:00am
I am trying read this manhwa because the rating, but totally over rated. The story and character is ok, but art..very suck..very flat. The art can not represent story, situation(background), emotion, plot and, bad point of view just flat picture. The reason you read manga/manhwa is because the drawing can represent the story and you can feel emotion, flow of story just from the drawing, otherwise you can read a novel. Much better if the author join with another mangaka for art, example: deathnote and the breaker: new waves. The author can fokus with the strong point (story) and let other do your weakness(art).
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The BEST comic I've ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yurica1204
March 11th, 2013, 6:11am
I usually only read shoujo or josei with lots of romance, so this kind of manga(manhwa) is not really my cup of tea.
But Tower of God is simply incredible. It just never stops getting better and evolves constantly. There's no predictable plot so every chapter, readers are going to wonder what's gonna happen next. I cannot wait till I see next chapter next monday.
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one of the best things i've ever read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ramnor
March 6th, 2013, 11:49am
the art is amazing
the story is great and unique
the characters are very interesting and some of them are really awesome
this is defenately a masterpiece and it's worth to read
there is only one thing i have to point out though:
when u start reading u can't stop
(sorry for my bad english)
read tower of god it's good
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Simply enjoyable.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by vishavs
March 1st, 2013, 7:35pm
Tower of god is an incredible piece of work, the detailed characters, varied conflicts and carefully crafted lore, all these reasons are why this manhwa is this popular. Whatever flaws one could conceive are shadowed by its perfections. Another note is that there is no single main character, we see and borrow the perspectives of a wide array of characters which makes the world even more authentic. I have high hopes for the future of this manhwa.

... Last updated on March 1st, 2013, 7:36pm
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wow   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by caitnap
February 23rd, 2013, 4:43am
Seriously,I never thought I would want to give a manhwa 10...my rule is always never rate anything perfect score. 9.8 is the highest score I would give.

Review:
It started off slow in the beginning,but that's only the foundation. The story grows and becomes much more deeper as you read further. There is so many character progression and story, I am also amazed at how much strategy and mind play, I can see how much the author put work into the plot and such, amaze me with the progress of the story. Oh,I always love creative strategy and character progression. There is also numbers of character and many of them are made with distinct diversity.

and many other that many had said...
you should read it and see if it's overrated or not. For me, it really touch the spot.
have many what I love in a story and executing it brilliantly.
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:) Theres a reason it's popular   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by SilentFaltrnLesrWatr
February 7th, 2013, 10:15pm
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0-46
So far there is not much depth in the characters. They donít seem to talk much to each other and they donít seem to question more why they are there and what happened to the real world. And we donít even hear about the real world. Baam is not shown very much characterization although I can tell he is a good character. Baam feelings for Lahel are good however Lahel needs some work on her character so far as well. Another thing is that the characters seem quick to want to kill, or donít seem to mind if they kill (no psychological aspect) which doesnít make much sense and is not very realistic. And the series does not feel realistic in any sense either. Which is fine, Dorohedro, for example doesnít not feel realistic and is great.
Another thing about Baam. The author, again made things unrealistic by having people help out Baam in the beginning of the story, when they did not know him. Also people seem to take akin to helping out Baam, which does not make sense when they are so mean to other people.
The author seems to know about this world and this world is very vast however the tests donít seem to be proving a whole lot and the authorís concept of God is off.
Overall without the psychological aspect in this story, I can say that this story is a very good shounen. Leaps and bounds better then bleach and the likes. These critiques do not mean that is it bad by no means. But like every series it has the potential to be better and I see how it could.
What this series really needs is depth, to me, depth is the most important thing.
This is why my rating is as it stands.


47-107
Okay so Iíve changed my rating. S.I.U. is quite impressive for sure. The characters all look different and are very creative and Mr. S.I.U. even made more story in the characters and character development. So why 9.5 and not 10? Because, well it may be personal thing or personal bias idk but I still donít get a full understanding or dialogue with the charactersÖ basically Iím asking for the characters to speak more and more in depth. I felt like I finally got a bit of that in the [untrusting room] arc, but Iím still looking for more, but the author is going towards that direction so I am currently very happy. For a girl to be impressed by a shounen, especially me is pretty good. smile Now I understand more of the storyline so some of my critiques donít apply, however I will leave them there. I am anxious to see more and continue reading this potentially incredible series.

108-130
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Baam is amazing, and looks incredible! <3 ..Thats all I wanted to say. hehe


... Last updated on February 9th, 2013, 1:46pm
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