The God of High School – Episode 2 Review

Hello, anime fans! Another week, and another episode of The God of High School has premiered. Which means Brendan and I have some things to say about this episode. This week delivered an action-packed episode. I’ve always felt that it is difficult to judge a show based on only one episode, much less the first episode. Episode 2, “Renewal/Soul,” has definitely pulled me into this anime. I hope you have all caught up on these first two episodes as spoilers are ahead. That being said, let’s jump into the review.

Synopsis

Here is the official episode description:

Mori, Daewi, and Mira have made it through the first preliminary round. With the next round coming up, the three of them talk about their reasons for entering the tournament. Mira says she’s hoping to find a strong man who can become the successor to her late father’s Moon Light Sword Style and rebuild her family’s dojo. On the day of the tournament, one of the favorites to win the tournament, Gang Manseok, faces off against tai chi user Go Gamdo.

RELATED – The God of High School Episode 1 Review & Round Table Discussion

Steve’s Take

With so many anime riddled with filler episodes and plot-dragging, I appreciate how this episode did not waste any time in getting to the important stuff. Let’s hope it keeps that pacing throughout. The battle royal from the previous episode is wrapped up in conversation. This allows for time to gain some backstory on our lead characters – something that was lacking from the first episode. Mori’s reason for fighting is in line with many shounen anime characters: To fight stronger opponents. He is more and more seeming like his character was inspired by these characters. Speaking of which, Mori’s quick, unnoticed reflexes are very reminiscent of another character: Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop. There have already been several moments where Mori makes a move so quickly that no one else sees him.

I know two episodes are still not enough to completely understand a character, but a combination of Goku and Spike is what I’m getting so far. And that’s not a bad thing, I just hope to see further development to make Jin Mori stand out as his own unique character.

Fighting Styles

The first few fights of the tournament are compiled in a quick, music sequence. Based on the tournament bracket shown in the episode, there are a lot of competitors so it makes sense to skip through matches. And this may only be a regional qualifier tournament so lots of fights are ahead. We are also introduced to a new character, Go Gamdo, as he displayed some great tai chi skills in his fight against Gang Manseok. While I’m not an expert on tai chi, I felt the animators did a great job of capturing this style in Gamdo’s moves. I’m excited to see more styles depicted. Each character’s style appears to match their personality, kind of like they did in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. 

Overall, I’m looking forward to seeing more episodes. I have a feeling the big fight will be with Park Mujin, but we have yet to see if he is the “final boss.” I also wonder if any character in this world can develop powers like Mujin. Maybe his power is strictly related to some form of divine strength, or maybe the elites only have access to this power. Little social commentary going on here perhaps, I see what you did there writers.

Brendan’s Take

The second episode of The God of High School resolved most of my issues about the first episode. This episode dove into the character dynamics of the main trio. Attempting to flesh out their personalities allows for an understanding of why the audience should care about the series. Each character has a different reason for participating in the God of High School tournament. The episode’s ending went a long way into the development of Jin’s personality.

The exploration of the different martial arts styles is another interesting note of this episode. However, most of the second round played in a montage fashion speeding through much of the matches. While this allowed a lot of styles in the episode it would have been interesting to see these matches stretched out a bit. It is important to take note of the controversy of the style of Tae Kwon Do being used in the last match. As the series progresses the difference in Tae Kwon Do styles will become a key point in the series. 

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