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Review: Tower of God Episode 2 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Tower of God episode 2, “3/400 (Three Four-Hundredths),” Bam found himself facing off the enormous and obviously powerful Rak Wraithraiser. At the same time, another tall and silent creature glowered menacingly at Bam with its dozen or so eyes, which surrounded the top of its head. Into this stand-off waltzed the light-blue haired Aguero Agnis Khun. Aquero seemed utterly unconcerned with the carnage raging all around, and he carried, of all things, a battered briefcase. Though Bam still held Black March, the sword that Princess Ha Yuri Jahad had loaned him — and it was undeniably a powerful, powerful weapon — he obviously had no idea what to do with it. How will Bam get out of this mess? Or will his role in the story come to an abrupt end? And most pressing of all: who the heck is track suit guy?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Best Moment in the Show

Bam liked Aquero’s idea about cooperation. Bam might not have a memory, and he might not want to fight, but he was an inner calm that’s interesting. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

When Lero-Ro said quietly, “A monster has arrived…,” he was talking about Bam, wasn’t he? Mysterious little moments like that build anticipation. I can’t wait to see what he meant!

In this episode, there was a moment where a character did exactly what I thought I would have done in the same situation. That is, if I were a ton more brave, and likely stronger, and probably quite a bit smarter. What character am I about to drag down by comparison? Aguero, that’s who!

Just after the two of them eluded Rak (at least for a little while), Bam and Aquero chatted. Bam confirmed what was previously shown — that he doesn’t remember his past. That makes him a good point of view character if they’re careful to keep him from being too generic — and signs point to the writer having that well in hand.

Aquero checked the count of players remaining and saw they were getting close to 200 — the goal for this stage. Bam was clearly uncomfortable with the idea of killing people. In fact, Bam said he hadn’t killed anyone before — probably. Aquero was a little surprised at the qualifier. When Bam said he was trying to find Rachel because he belonged to her, Aquero was taken completely aback. Then he brightened and said (07:27), “I get it now. She’s your rule.”

Aquero brightened when he said that Rachel was like a rule to Bam. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

He then seemed to open up to Bam, and this is where I felt a strong kinship with the blue-haired young man — and I hope he doesn’t resent the comparison!

“When I heard the rules of the test, I decided that rather than killing 200, I would find allies among the 200 who survived,” Aquero said (07:35) — which is exactly what I would have done. The rules never said any given participant had to fight. Only survive. So why not take the time to observe and gather some strong allies? The point’s to get to the top, right? I didn’t hear anyone say it was strictly a solo thing. So I thought it was interesting that Aquero decided to go his own way, against the grain, so to speak.

What did you think of the Lero-Ro’s words? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Review: Tower of God Episode 2 Best in Show

  1. I liked the scene with the guy who made it to the top: Bam, it didn’t push me back. Sorry, I’ll just go back. Guy: Huh? No you pass. Then they pick the same girl as first to go through, but describe her differently. It’s such a nice way to do underhanded characterisation. It’s unobtrusive but makes sense. Little things like this give me faith in the writing.

    1. “Little things like this give me faith in the writing.”

      I don’t want to admit it, but this show really has my hopes up. Sure, I’ll downplay how annoying exposition can be. But the scene you just described? That’s good stuff. I really want to see more good stuff.

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