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The God of High School | Synopsis, characters and everything you need to know about the anime of the moment

One of the most watched anime currently on Crunchyroll streaming is nothing less than an original production on the platform. Based on a manhwa (South Korean comics) written by Yongje Park, The God of High School premiered in July 2020, but has already won many fans around the world, both for its plot and for other points highly praised by those who give the series. production, such as graphics, soundtrack and fight scenes.

Synopsis

Synopsis

  • Episodes: 13 (just over 20min each)
  • Available on Crunchyroll

Early in the anime, we meet young Jin Mori, a South Korean student who decides to compete in the God of High School (GOH) martial arts tournament. Although the event is sponsored by a mysterious and shadowy organization, both he and other competitors are still in the competition in search of the coveted prize. Among students from several high schools in South Korea, one will come out the winner and have a wish of his or her granted by the organization, any wish, no questions asked.

In the competition, Mori meets fighters who practice different styles of martial arts mixed with the Borrowed Power technique. Daewi Han, a full-contact Karate expert, and Mira Yoo, a sword master, end up approaching Mori and teaming up with the fighter. Although the anime takes its name from the tournament, the plot goes beyond competition, also exploring the unfolding of plans that arise for some members of the organization and for those who oppose it in some way.

In this context, we discover that the plot of The God of High School takes place in three different universes. The Celestial Realm is inhabited by gods from various mythologies and legends, being the most powerful realm of the three. The Realm of the Sages is home to demons, spirits, and other mythical creatures such as dragons, phoenixes, and minotaurs. The Human Kingdom is made up of ordinary people. The difference here is that humans can temporarily “borrow” the gods’ powers, which some of the tournament’s competitors do.

The system called “Borrowed Power” was created by the gods at the beginning of time, when the inhabitants of the three realms still lived together on Earth. With the demons’ attempts to rule them all, the gods created the system so that humans could use their powers to fight the demons. These powers just cannot be used to attack the gods. One of the goals of the competition, however, appears to be to find the Key , a powerful artifact that can end the “taboo” that prevents humans from attacking the gods.

Main characters

Main characters

Jin Mori

Young Mori displays a carefree and somewhat arrogant, yet friendly, personality. The student decides to enter the God of High School tournament motivated by the desire to fight powerful opponents and grow as a warrior, but also with the aim of achieving the wish that the champion is entitled to and being able to reunite with his grandfather, Taejin .

He is even known as a genuine fighter for not wanting to use the mystical Borrowed Power. His fighting style is called Renewed Taekwondo, or Re-Taekwondo. At the beginning of the anime, Mori meets the young swordswoman Yu Mira and the martial artist Han Daewi, who he ends up getting close to.

As the competition progresses, Mori will discover that he will have to face much more than just his competitors in the tournament, having to deal with the conflict between The Six, organizers of the event, and the dangerous organization NOX. But the biggest revelation may be about her own past.

Han Daewi

Han Daewi

Daewi enters the God of High School tournament with a clear goal: to win the prize to pay for the expensive cancer treatment his best friend undergoes. Although he has a somewhat lonely attitude, he finds Mori and Mira great friends, to whom he becomes extremely loyal.

Specialist in Karate with Full Contact, during the first season of the anime Daewi still becomes able to use a Charyeok, one of the entities whose powers can be used by warriors who use Borrowed Power. Your Charyeok is the Haetae, a mythical Korean creature that has the ability to control water .

Yu Mira

Yu Mira

Though only 17 years old, Mira is already the 25th master of the fictional sword style known as the Moonlight Sword. So that her family’s fighting style doesn’t die, Mira enters the God of High School tournament with the aim of finding a suitable husband with whom she can have children to whom she can pass the technique on .

However, Mira’s experiences in the tournament may change her position on this family burden she carries. Mira’s Charyeok is Lu Bu Fengxian, which gives her more strength and the ability to summon a red horse .

Park Ilpyo

Park Ilpyo

An 18-year-old student, Ilpyo has a connection with Mori that was unknown to the protagonist. After Ilpyo’s father died and his mother abandoned him, Taejin, Mori’s grandfather, gave the young man a Taekkyon training manual written by Ilpyo’s grandfather.

In the course of the battles of the tournament, he ends up becoming an ally of Mori, even saving the warrior. His Charyeok is Hojosa, the well-known Nine-Tails Guardian from East Asian folklore. Towards the end of the season, we find out more about this entity’s past.

Jegal Taek

Jegal Taek

The main antagonist of the first two arcs of the anime, Taek is arrogant and extremely violent, finding himself superior to everyone around him. The only fighter in the tournament he doesn’t underestimate is Ilpyo, who was once able to beat him once before the competition, which is why Taek has come to see him as his mortal enemy.

During the tournament, we see the quest for the Key being mentioned a few times, with some of the characters hoping that one of the contestants, even without knowing it, will carry the Key within themselves, the artifact capable of breaking the “taboo” that prevents humans from killing. the gods. Taek is one of the warriors who is on the lookout for revelation in hopes of stealing it for himself.

Park Mujin

Park Mujin

Mujin is responsible for holding the God of High School tournament. To do so, he leads a group of powerful warriors specializing in Charyeok known as Commissioners, whose job is to recruit competitors and manage the event.

The main antagonist of the manhwa, Mujin’s main plan is to gain more and more power to create a new world, but he will have to face different obstacles, both with organizations such as NOX – which worships a single god and wants to kill the other gods and the Charyeok. – as with some of the competitors in the tournament.

What we already know about season 2

What we already know about season 2

Image shared by The God of High School
creator Yongje Park as a thank you to the anime’s first season finale

Unfortunately, we still haven’t had confirmation of the second season of The God of High School and, consequently, of a possible premiere date. The good news, on the other hand, is that the anime has enough popularity and source material to go on for a few more episodes.

One of the most popular releases on Crunchyroll, the anime has good ratings on the platform itself and on sites like MyAnimeList and IMDb. In terms of manhwa, if the anime adapts the entire story of Mori, the production could have up to 6 seasons. But let’s hope for the confirmation of the second one first, shall we?!

The graphic, the soundtrack and other reasons to check it out

The reasons for the almost instantaneous success of The God of High School go beyond the plot of the already famous manhwa. Other elements of the anime won the affection of fans, such as the animation graphics and the soundtrack.

Although it has a lot of influence from Japanese manga, anime still brings its own identity, with differences and characteristics that do not go unnoticed by fans. And this goes beyond the traits of the drawings, which can also be noticed in the fact that Seoul is the main scenario, and in the attitudes of the characters and some customs, very welcome news for those who have seen so much of Japanese anime.

But if the subject is the aesthetics of animation, this is another point where The God of High School really stands out. The anime was produced by the Japanese studio MAPPA, responsible for other major productions such as Yuri on Ice and the latest season of Attack on the Titans. And this “wow feature” of the images ranges from the scenes of the characters’ quotes to the moments of battle (scenes always breathtaking!). Add to that the K-Pop-influenced soundtrack and the pacing of the script.

 

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