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Tower of God (ToG) is written by Slave.In.Utero (SIU) and takes place in a universe called TalseUzer. Currently it is the only comic taking part in that universe. However prequels, sequels, stories that run parallel to the main storyline and alternate time lines are all possible within the Talse Uzer universe. The story takes place within the 'Tower' an immense structure or enclosed space, divided into different regions as well as over one hundred Floors each of which is immense in scale to the point where picturing the scale of the Tower becomes almost impossible.
Those who have been chosen to scale the Inner Tower are known as Regulars and occasionally someone who is not chosen will enter the Tower; they are known as Irregulars. The Regulars and Irregulars attempt to scale the Tower, passing various Tests in order to reach the top and become Rankers. Floors become more dangerous as they go up, populated with strange creatures, Guardians and the mysterious force known as Shinsoo.
Tower of God - Overview
Within Tower of God, the author SIU has demonstrated a willingness to pursue often dark or negative emotional elements in order to convey a richer, more involving story - which, while alleviated by humorous characters or events and sometimes told tongue in cheek, often delves into a subtle, sombre examination of many of the different motives of those involved. The result is a more sophisticated experience than delivered by most Shōnen, more towards a matured and serious tone found in many Seinen or Josei works (for those aware of the Japanese counterparts), combined with clever twists and manipulations within the storyline itself.
Tower of God features competing themes, one of the key themes identified so far is the importance of trust and friendship, emphasising the importance of communal relations and achievements which competes against individual loyalties, sometimes conflicting or competing motivations and the understanding that not everyone will be able to move on, there are always going to be some who fail - that a 'happy ending' may well be unreachable.
And all these count as the finer aspects of Asian storytelling where there is often no good or bad. There is only grey morality and only the consequences of one's actions. There are no heroes or heroines in the stereotypical sense and only people seeking to fulfil their ambitions. Sometimes, the heroes or heroines will display traits considered villain-like or take certain actions which are considered 'good' by someone but some of the impact might directly or indirectly cause suffering, hurt, death or other kinds of negative consequences.
Tower of God Volume I - Korean Raw/English Scanlation Status: Complete
Wanting to see the stars, Rachel enters the Tower leaving Baam alone; however he follows her and tries to scale the Tower to find her. On his journey he meets friends such as Koon and Rak and must face obstacles far beyond his own skill to overcome, as he attempts to climb to the Floors above. To do so he must rely on his more capable friends to help him advance, so that he can find and protect Rachel.
Tower of God Volume II - Korean Raw/English Scanlation Status: Ongoing
Five years have passed since the first season ended, as always there are those who seek to move upwards within the Tower. On the Twentieth Floor, far above the tragic scenes of the past, we meet one such group of people struggling to advance as they encounter a menacing trial in the form of a powerful criminal. Running out of options, how will they choose to gamble?
Tower of God availability, history and related non-canon works
Tower of God is officially published in Korean on Naver.com every Sunday and in English on LINE on Mondays. Before the arrival of LINE, the scanlation project to convert this into English was done by The Company and was usually released several days later, depending on the amount of work involved in the release.
10 Great Families - The clans involved in founding and administering the Zahard Empire, highly influential.
The Princesses - The selected "daughters" of Zahard, granted a strong power and great influence.
FUG - A criminal group about whom little is known and, unlike the Wing Tree, they explicitly oppose the Zahard Empire.
Wolhaiksong (aka Wing Tree) - A powerful group of individuals who seek to find a way out of the Tower.
Items of Note
Lighthouse - A modified pocket with enhanced computational and communication abilities.
Observer - A modified ball used like a floating camera by scouts.
Pocket - A multi purpose utility everyone has - time keeper, translator, communicator and more.
Arms Inventory - Provides a storage and retrieval mechanism for weaponry. Note that there are also specialised inventories for different positions, such as reel inventories for Fishermen, that also exist.
Ignition Weapon - Special weapons that can release more power or even alter shape once activated.