In Tower of God episode 1, “BALL,” Bam was in a panic. Rachel, for reasons not yet disclosed, was running away from him. Even though he caught up with her and begged her not to go, she was still determined to climb the tower and see the stars. She began to glow, then disappear. He was alone in the dark cave. He pounded the stone floor in anguish until a voice told him that his answers could be found on top of the tower. A giant ethereal hand grabbed him. The next thing he knew, he was in a strange room facing an unknown bipedal creature who introduced himself as Headon. What is this tower that Rachel wants to climb? Who is Headon, and what’s the massive staff he carries? Who’s the acrobatic Princess and her somewhat obedient Navigator who suddenly show up out of nowhere — and why are they so angry with Bam? What the heck is this place?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Best Moment in the Show
Black March didn’t get the answer she expected. Which is part of what made that my Best in Show moment. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The reason I chose a series to review varies from series to series. I decided I was going to review The Asterisk War the instant I saw Julis-Alexia van Riessfeld, wreathed in flames, standing defiantly before Lester MacPhail. In Tower of God, it was the instant Princess Ha Yuri Jahad and left a footprint on Bam’s face. Her power was undeniable; so was her grace. To me, she’s Tower of God’s answer to Julis.
But she wasn’t in my Best in Show moment. Bam earned that alone.
Bam had just faced death literally in the face when he allowed the huge leviathan to swallow him — so he could slice it up from the inside with Black March, the powerful sword Yuri had loaned to him on a whim. As the beast lay several meters away, Bam tried to cut an orb in half — ostensibly the goal of this trial. Yet, the sword would not bite.
The noise of his attempt reawakened the beast, which sped to attack. Evan, Yuri’s “Navigator” (whatever that is), screamed at him to ask the sword to lend him its strength. Bam asked. The sword answered.
Yuri was furious with Evan for trying to give Bam advice. But it’s a good thing the navigator didn’t listen — he probably saved Bam’s life. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
The resulting explosion of energy threw the beast back. The sword transformed into a tall woman with flowing blonde hair. Her golden irises had vertical slits (just like Rachel’s eyes — I wonder what that means?). In a voice that fully expected an affirmative answer, she asked if he wished the strength to climb the tower.
This is the cool part.
He simply said (17:11), “No.”
That surprised her. And it’s what made this my favorite moment. I’ve always enjoyed the character who goes their own way for their own reasons. I sometimes wonder if people pursue fame because they don’t really know what they want to do. Fame, after all, seems like a relatively hollow pursuit in and of itself. Bam, though, knew what he wanted. He wanted to be by Rachel’s side. That’s why he wanted the sword’s strength. That’s part of why she granted it to him.
The other part was that she liked his face. For some reason, I found that kind of refreshing…
What did you think of the first episode? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!
Other Posts about This Series
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Kami no Tou – Episode 1 discussion
- Lost in Anime: First Impressions – Kami no Tou: Tower of God
- Rabujoi: Tower of God – 01 (First Impressions) – They’re Just Like You
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Review: Tower of God Episode 1: BALL
- Review: Tower of God Episode 2: 3/400 (Three Four-Hundredths)
- Review: Tower of God Episode 3: The Correct Door
- Review: Tower of God Episode 4: The Green April
- Review: Tower of God Episode 5: The Crown’s Fate
- Review: Tower of God Episode 6: Position Selection
- Review: Tower of God Episode 7: Lunch and Tag
- Review: Tower of God Episode 8: Khun’s Strategy
- Review: Tower of God Episode 9: The One-Horned Ogre
- Review: Tower of God Episode 10: Beyond the Sadness
- Review: Tower of God Episode 11: Underwater Hunt (Part 1)
- Review: Tower of God Episode 12: Underwater Hunt (Part 2)
- Review: Tower of God Episode 13: Tower of God