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  • I have been hearing a lot about this series called Sword Art Online and I just read the prologue of the novel which says and I quote: "Above, there were 100 floors stacked directly on top of each other; its sheer size was unbelievable." and it goes on to say and I quote: "Only one stairway linked each floor to another,..... However, once someone broke through and arrived at a city in a higher floor..... the lower floors would connect, making it possible for anyone to move freely through these levels." And it goes on to say how only 74 floors has been conquered out of the 100 floors. So is it possible that ToG pretty much only copied a concept but made it into there own version? As a HUGE fan of ToG I feel VERY betrayed after seeing a series which I think came out before this series which is actually very popular among my manga reading fans from all over the world.

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    • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sword_Art_Online#Plot

      facepalm

      SURE, that's a COMPLETE "rip off"....<<<<<<sarcasm !

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    • The concept of a tower or levels is not a new concept for this story or any other. But what truly makes TOG is not the structure of the world, but all the amazing back story and mystery. I have never come across anything like it before and that is way it is my favorite

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    • The way the concept of towers, floors and levels is presented differs massively in Sword Art Online and Tower of God.

      In SAO, the world presented is extremely similar to an inescapable video game with the tower itself resembling the playable world and each floor representing levels that one progresses in as they get further through the game. This might sound crude but, put simply, SAO could equate to a Platform Adventure Game except in the form of a manga.

      However ToG presents the world as reality. People actually live inside a single Tower with Floors being the only thing separating them all. The stronger you are the higher up the Floors you can go. ToG could equate to a Corporation within a skyscraper except fictionalized and made awesome. In the Corporation the better you are at your job, the higher the floor you'll work at. In the Tower the more tests you pass, the more Floors you'll climb.

      Barring the fact that they mention a tower and floors, the two series have absolutely nothing in common. At all. (And ToG is obviously much better hehehe)

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    • Nope TOG is not a copy  of SAO , why is that ? , simply because the concept of the towers , floors , levels all belong to an old video game that I forgot its name (MOGI.. something like that) , that showed in the 1980's , that simple video game was the first thing that mentioned a tower and floors , after it not just TOG and SAO got the basic idea from there  other mangas and novels got the same concept and used it but what make those mangas ( manhawas ) and novels differ from each other is how the story goes on and there it can b e found that TOG is too much different from SAO 

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    • Im a huge Tower Of God Fan and the same goes for Sword Art Online to even compare em for something like that pisses me off.....

      Sword Art Online's first four volumes is about a Virtual Reality Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game named Sword Art Online in which they are to concour all 100 floors in a gigantic floating Castle called Aincrad. Each floor has a medieval-themed setting and a dungeon with a boss, which has to be defeated before players can advance to the next higher floor. Like most RPGs, it implements a level-based system and have Quests. However, the game is altered in a manner in which players are unable to log out, and if players die in-game, their real life body dies too.

      The Creator of the game trapped everyone in the game by removing the logout option and made it so that if you died in the game your brain gets scrambled like it had been put in a microwave thanks to the Nervegear that all players have on needed to play Virtual Reality games.

      Dont even need to argument why ToG is different from that. Or do you belive tog is a webtoon about a video game?

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    • Actually, no. The titanic struggle up a tower is older than video games or anime/manga. J.G. Ballard's protagonist in the 1975 novel, High Rise, fights his way up the stories in a skycraper gone crazy to the top. It's been done before. There's nothing new under the sun. Hell, Ringworld, 1970 science fiction novel by Larry Niven was a lot like this trope of fighting your way up a tower, even though the author renders the concept as a ring around a star, instead of a tower. Riverworld anybody? And how could I forget, the epic poem, Dante's Divine Comedy, written by Dante Alighieri between c. 1308 - 1321 could be considered the maker of this trope. Niven also did a novel on Dante's Hell called Inferno in 1976 which gave a more modern twist. I'm sure you could find many examples all throughout mythology as well.

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    • Tower of God came first before SAO.

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    • anyway..tog has a totally different storyline than sao. if only read by the synopsis maybe they have the similarity.

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    • SAO came first first before Tower of God. FTFY.

      Stories are completely different. But seriously though, bout to peep CyberianGinseng's book recommendations. They sound interesting.

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    • You can't compare the tower in ToG/TUS and Aincrad. Only the concepts of "tower" and "floors" are similar and this concept have been around for a very, very, very long time. None of them copied each other... and if you read SAO novel or watched the anime you'd realise they're completely different apart from that. 

      They are both awesome as well though.

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    • Zahard's invulnerability to anything non-irregular (especially the "vow/contract" part of it) makes me think SIU was inspired by Baldr.

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    • Even if TOG was a copy of SAO it would be one million times minimum better than the original ^^

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    • ToG is an adaptation of the tower of babel..

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    • 76.169.16.16 wrote: ToG is an adaptation of the tower of babel..

      It definitely isn't... the Tower of Babel is a story that 'explains' the origins of different human languages.

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    • But in Season 1 Chapter 2 when Yuri forced Evan to give Baam the pocket, from Yuri's reaction, it seems like it is normal for people to speak in different languages but depend on the Pocket to help the user understand different languages automatically. I think this can be supported by Evan's explanation that "features including all languages of this Tower meaning, it will translate everything for you".

      So I wont say that Tower of God is an adaptation of Tower of Babel but rather inspired by the concept since the Tower of Babel is built as to be "a city, with a tower that reaches to the heaven". Although in TOG, the myth behind the Tower is about a man who wanted to be with the star. There is also some mentions about "God" by Ho about how unfair "God" is. Rachel's name is practically inspired by the Bible so there is some relevance to the idea. I wonder if that name is chosen for her because it means that Baam will only get Rachel after a lllooooonnngggg struggle. 

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    • A pocket translates every language in the tower in the macesthian language (or mexesian-whatever. Macseth/Mexces is the guy who created the pockets). A high ranking pocket translates more languages as the need of the regular/ranker isn't the same the higher the floor). So Yuri and Evan could understand Baam regardless of whether he received a pocket or not but HE couldn't. Of course, he inherited a A-rank pocket which is the highest current grade of pockets, meaning Baam can understand every language that has been translated.

      Now I'm wondering... is the reason Akryung doesn't talk because his language not translated by pockets? Because he can definitely understand others...

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    • maybe SAO is a copy of TOG because TOG have 280 and SAW have 80

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    • Never expected these kinds of comparison. Those two are far different concepts. Yet ToG is way more close to HxH rather than SAO.

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    • Oh damn... That hxh crap again...

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    • Demotivator wrote:

      76.169.16.16 wrote: ToG is an adaptation of the tower of babel..

      It definitely isn't... the Tower of Babel is a story that 'explains' the origins of different human languages.

      Actually the whole story of the Tower of Babel is rather symbolic. The only true language it gives is the knowledge of thyself, hence the greek axim "Know Thyself" So when you enter the tower, you enter into yourself, your own consciousness, hence your own spine and acquire ability to use "shinsoo" also known as chi in the east or vital force among europen magicians because you awaken your kundalini. If you read the story this way... All the floors become actually discs in your spine and it could explain why it was called Tower of God because those enlightened people who claim to be self-realized or god-realized also claim their "kundalini" has "risen" all the way up their spine. It's an incredible level of inspiration and you could even relate some of the power-ups Baam receives perfectly with certain attainments some of the authentic spiritual traditions and lineages gives. Hence the idea of eventual immortality.

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    • ^forgot to mention above, and the door of the tower always starts from the bottom, so the door of the spine relies from the lowest energy center of the spine as well. If you're up to date with story, the most recent power up he has received could give you a fair idea where he is at. But as a final thought I'll leave it up to you guess what it means for a person to be regular while belonging to Tower an another to be "irregular" and open the doors themselves.
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    • Demotivator wrote:

      76.169.16.16 wrote: ToG is an adaptation of the tower of babel..

      It definitely isn't... the Tower of Babel is a story that 'explains' the origins of different human languages.

      Just look at what I wrote last, it matches perfectly. The concept of irregulars, regulars, following rules, guardians (if you really did spine work or astral "travel" you will be VERY familiar with the concept of "floor clearing" and its purpose.

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    • To be honest, the truth is that ToG is more sophisticated and thought out better then Sword Art online. I am a true fan of the ToG and being a reader of both books, I can assure you that The 25th Bam(other known as Jue Viole Grace) is a way more lethal and loyal person then Kirito.

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    • ^ Also forgot to mention that this Tower of Babel crap is just boogus and has nothing to do with Tower of God

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