Tower of God Episode 7

Tower of God Episode 7

Lunch and Tag

Just like the episode before it, Tower of God episode 7 really seemed to be speeding through a lot of content. We had character development for Anaak, Endorsi, and Hoh, along with the end of one round of testing and the start of another. Oh, and there was background information dumped on us regarding the Princesses of Jahad.

I actually think this episode may have been worse than episode 6 in terms of pacing. There were times when I was completely lost due to things being seemingly skipped over. One example which I’ll be talking about later is the entire purpose of the role-based testing.

But I will admit that one good thing came out of this episode: I was awakened to the fact that Endorsi is actually the best girl of the series, not Anaak.

Princesses of Jahad

The series opens with an explanation for why Anaak’s mother, Anaak, was killed by the other Princesses of Jahad. Also, does this mean that Anaak was named after her mother, or is Anaak not her real name?

As you may have surmised, the Princesses of Jahad aren’t actually related in any way. It’s pretty clear that they’re all from different races, but I figured they may have still all been fathered by the king. That’s not the case — the king seems to just choose the girls he thinks are the prettiest from each race.

It’s possible that latent combat ability has something to do with this selection, but based on the further information we’re given, I’m not so sure. It’s also said that the king bestows his power upon these princesses, and it’s implied that this power is what makes them so formidable.

Princesses of Jahad from the anime series Tower of God
Princesses of Jahad

But what’s really interesting about the king’s power is that it can apparently be passed down genetically. One of the rules of being a Princess of Jahad is that you must remain a virgin for life because any children you may have will inherit the king’s power without his permission.

This is why Anaak’s mother had to be killed. And it’s odd that Anaak was seemingly adopted to replace her rather than being killed as well.

Why would the king institute this policy though? He’s clearly possessive of the girls he chooses to be princesses, but even he doesn’t have children with them. I think what’s happening here is that the princesses are raised to be the king’s personal soldiers, but they can’t have children because they might have a son.

Why are there no Princes of Jahad? Probably because a prince could claim the throne. And if a Princess of Jahad passes the king’s power down to a son, that child would effectively have a claim because they have the same power as the king.

What was the Point of the Role-Based Tests?

Moving on from the Princesses of Jahad, this episode also saw the end of the role-based tests. But once these tests were completed, I realized that there wasn’t actually a point to them at all. I mean, did we ever actually see them take a test that gave them a passing or failing grade?

No.

Instead, the “tests” were more like lessons teaching everyone how to perform their roles. And in the end, we see that the only two who “passed” were Rak and the other Spear Bearer who was originally a member of Rachel and Endorsi’s team.

You might think that makes sense, but it really doesn’t because we supposedly saw other characters pass their tests as well. The most obvious of these were Shibisu and Hatz, who literally accomplished what they were supposed to for their test, yet still somehow didn’t pass.

Endorsi being embarrassed from the anime series Tower of God
Endorsi being embarrassed

Of course, we know that none of the Fishermen passed the test because Endorsi and Anaak took each other out in the end. But what about the Light Bearers and Wave Controllers? Did none of them really pass? Even Laure, the guy who’s apparently a Shinsu savant?

It actually makes no sense for the only two to have passed the test to be Rak and the other Spear Bearer based on what we saw. The anime clearly just cut out a bunch of what I would consider pretty important content for the continuity of the series.

That’s like if Naruto cut out the final round of the Chunin exam and skipped ahead after the second round. It would have made absolutely no sense because all these characters who seemingly passed would suddenly have failed.

Joint Test

The joint test is another part of the episode which just isn’t explained well at all. Why is it even called a joint test? I get that it’s a joint test between the 27 members of “group 1” and 3 members of “group 2,” but everything has been a joint test since the group 2 members showed up. Why is this test specifically called a joint test?

There’s no logical reason given by the anime, so I’m left to assume that the reason was cut in order to save time. The actual explanation for the joint test was also all over the place, but I’m pretty sure I understand what’s going on.

The joint test teams from the anime series Tower of God
The joint test teams

There are two teams who each have an “it” they need to protect. They each start in a different location and need to reach different endpoints. The first team to reach the finish wins, or you can defeat the other team’s “it” to win as well. But there’s also an instructor who’s a third “it” trying to stop both teams.

I think my explanation of that was bad, but it was still better than the one the anime gave us. This also isn’t the first time we’ve gotten a confusing test explanation — the bonus crown game test also turned out to function differently than how it was originally explained.

But since we haven’t seen much of this joint test yet, I don’t really have anything else to say about it other than that the teams seem pretty even. I won’t be surprised if they end up working together and it’s an “everybody wins” sort of situation.

Conclusion

What did you think of Tower of God episode 6? Why do you think the king is so against the Princesses of Jahad having children? How did Shibisu fail the scout test despite making 10 friends? And do you think the explanations of these tests are as bad as I do? They aren’t complex tests, they’re just explained poorly.

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My review of the next episode is available here.

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