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Review: Tower of God Episode 4 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Tower of God episode 4, “The Green April,” the Crown Game continued, with Anaak Jahad lounging on the throne while her teammates, Hatz and Shibisu, engaged the other teams. Bam, Aguero Agnis Khun, and Rak Wraithraiser took the opportunity to watch, and they were soon glad they did. One attack in particular got Anaak all fired up, and the destruction she wrought was terrifying. Until she sensed Bam’s sword, Black Mark. Then everything changed. Why was Anaak so curious about Bam and his sword? What is she willing to do to satisfy that curiosity? And how many episodes will it be before we see Yuri Jahad again?

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

Best Moment in the Show: Anaak’s Three Words Open a World of Possibilities

Anaak had been mopping the floor with the attackers. Until she perceived Black March. Then everything changed. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

You know how in The Fellowship of the Ring, shortly after the Hobbits met Aragorn, he drew the broken Andúril? By that time in the novel, you’d built certain expectations. You just knew that sword is something insanely cool — something with a deep, powerful past with tremendous import. It was thrilling. When I read it, I had a sense that I was immersed in a deep world, packed with mysteries that could kill and dangers that could heal. Anything could happen.

Danged if Tower of God didn’t just go and do the same thing. Yeah, I’m gonna gush a bit, so if you hated this episode, this Best in Show moment probably won’t resonate with you.

For the first part of the episode, Anaak was just chilling on the throne. Her two teammates engaged the other teams who were trying to dislodge her. For the most part, Hatz and Shibisu did fine. Until one of the other team’s secret weapon, Lauroe Phonsekal, launched his attack. Turns out he had tremendous control over Shinsoo. The attack he launched buried the throne. For a moment, it looked as if Anaak had been dislodged.

I am dying to know more about Anaak — Princess Anaak, as we learn in this episode. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

But no, she had only been annoyed. Very, very annoyed. In a moment that almost qualified for Best in Show, she decided to level up. Standing atop the throne, wearing a face that Death would have shied away from, she said, simply, “Ignition.”

The sword we saw her wield at the end of the previous episode threw out so many branches that it could practically kill both attacking teams simultaneously.

But even as Aguero mused that using an “Ignition weapon” this way would probably get her disqualified, Bam found that Black March was struggling against his grip. Finally, it threw off the cloth Bam had wrapped around it.

Instantly, Anaak froze, her attacks forgotten. She was astonished and furious and aghast all at the same time.

Aquero was pretty sure that an Ignition weapon would get Anaak disqualified. Rak was just impressed with its power. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

“The Black March?” she said (12:29).

That moment had the feel of Andúril all over it. In that moment, I knew that Black March had a history. I knew that Anaak was part of it, and that it affected her strongly. I knew Bam didn’t know what he was getting in to.

And I knew I wanted to know more.

It’s rare that a show is so adept at captivating my imagination. At this point, I don’t care what anyone says about this show. It has my attention. I want to know more. I’m pulling for Bam and Aquero and Rak. I want to know how Yuri fits into the picture. I’m dying to know why that one woman said Anaak — despite her stupefying show of power — was an imposter. And the list goes on.

We’re in episode 4. Man, am I glad I’m reviewing this series!

What did you think of Aquero’s tactics in the Crown Game? What was your Best in Show moment? Let me know in the comments!

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