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Review: Tower of God Episode 5 Best in Show

Quick Summary

In Tower of God episode 5, “The Crown’s Fate,” Aguero Agnis Khun nonchalantly handed the crown to Bam before tying his hair in a pony-tail and lounging on the throne himself — using Bam as a pillow. Rak Wraithraiser was almost as surprised as Bam. Why is Aquero so confident, despite the obvious strength and speed of some of their foes? Will Rak get to hunt any prey before the games ends? Was that really Rachel on the team that still hasn’t entered a round? And really, Aquero — a pony tail?

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

Best Moment in the Show: Aquero’s Cool Super Secret Plan

Aquero was smart. He used the game’s cruel rules against itself to gather allies. It paid off in this episode. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

My choice this week is as much for the moment itself as it is an acknowledgement of the foreshadowing that prepared it. This series’ plot craftsmanship has really impressed me so far!

Before I get into the Best in Show moment, may I say how happy I was to see Ha Yuri Jahad make an appearance (17:00)? She didn’t have much screen time, but it was absolutely worth it.

On to the subject at hand. Early in the episode, Aquero removed the blue ribbon from his hair (and I did not know it was a ribbon — I thought it was actually his hair!) and tied his hair in a pony tail (04:27). It was visually striking. It made Aquero the center of attention — and as it turns out, that was intentional. It was a signal to a team he had smuggled into the game to help him.

Wait — he smuggled a team into the game?

That’s a very versatile briefcase. I wonder if it’s related to the TARDIS? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Do you remember back in the second episode, when Aquero and Rak had walked through the wall of Shinsoo? Remember how the two of them passed easily through, but Aquero’s brief case caught for a moment? That’s because it wasn’t empty. In fact, it was full — of another team.

During the game at the end of the first episode that lasted into the beginning of the second, remember how Aquero had expressed disgust at the idea of simply slaughtering other people? Well, in a brief flashback, we got to see him recruit three people he promised to take to the next level — in his briefcase! In return, they agreed to defend him in one game (at least, I’m assuming it’s a “one and done” sort of thing).

The way everything came together was just that cool. The fact that the previous episodes put the clues into place make it even better. About the only one who wasn’t impressed was Rak.

“You ruined my hunting time,” he said, pouting (08:15).

I have a feeling he’ll get a chance to hunt later — probably to his heart’s content.

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

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