The God of High School - Reviews

ThatAnimeSnob's avatar
Oct 1, 2020

The God of Highschool is the second Korean adaptation after Tower of God that is unlike anything we’ve seen before, because it’s from Korea. It really stands out from all other anime that came out so far by being exactly like every other anime that came out so far... Seriously now, anyone who thought we entered a new era for anime, because manhwa will be the new fad after isekai, was an idiot. There is nothing that sets apart the plot of God of Highschool from Baki the Grappler, or Kengan Ashura, or any other show that is just about teenagers fighting each other.

With that said, most episodes are well animated and if pretty colors are all you want, you will get them in spades. The characters on the other hand are nothing special. Most are one note and have very shallow motivations. And did I mention how mentally challenged they all are? We are talking about ape level of intelligence.
-There is a chick who can wish for anything she likes if she wins, and all she can think of is a reverse harem.
-The good guys realize that they need a power up after seeing many contestants using superpowers in the second tournament. If only they had realized that early on by simply watching the previous tournaments on television. It’s not like the Jojo stands were hidden from the public or something. The tournaments were broadcasted worldwide, therefore they should have known about them long ago.
-The protagonist says he doesn’t want to borrow powers from others and wants to instead get stronger on his own. How nice of you to say that after eating a devil fruit that gave you a power up.
-The Jojo stands are covered up by the media by labeling them invasions from the north. And by north, they mean North Korea. What a great excuse. Hey, guys, North Korea invaded and blew up an entire mountain. Don’t panic or anything, go back to watching a school tournament. Holy shit, even the gas explosions of Fate stay porn are a better cover up than this.
-The guy who attacks with sharks (yes, that is an actual power in the show) constantly injures or backstabs people outside the tournament and yet nobody reports him so he can be disqualified. Makes you wonder why doesn’t everyone attack the other contestants when they walk in the middle of the street, so they can win in the tournament without having to fight fair, and then call it an invasion from the north.

The plot is also very lazily written and despite the multiple factions that are doing something simultaneously, the logic is all over the place and doesn’t make any sense in the longrun. The worst examples all have to do with Mira. First, there is the marriage subplot, which came out of nowhere and was solved in a hurry within 10 minutes. Hardly enough time to give a shit about anything. And then there are the fake contestants who replaced the real fighters and took their form just for fighting with the girl. So the one million dollar question is… why? They could fight her is the middle of the street whenever they wanted and skip all this nonsense. And what kind of bullshit plan does the evil cult have? First they waste an entire episode in having one of them trying to marry her just so they can steal her sword, and now they fight her by using her sword against her by having another guy replacing a fighter and taking his form? None of that shit is necessary. They could always attack her in the middle of the street.

The biggest detractor is pacing which is ultra fast, since the geniuses at the storyboard decided to adapt 10 chapters per episode. As a result there is close to no build up for most of what is going on, and the explanations come down to ‘because plot said so’. There are lots of scenes that are supposed to surprise you with how something fails despite being very powerful, but because you see it for the first time it means nothing to you.
-The protagonist’s grandfather is said to be undefeatable in battle, yet loses in the very first fight we see. So we feel nothing over his loss.
-One of the rivals has a haki-like aura that always makes his opponents faint, yet fails in the very first fight we see it being used. So we feel nothing over its failure.
-The key of the gods is supposed to be powerful enough to destroy the world, yet it gets defeated in the very first fight we see it being used. So we feel nothing over its failure.

But even if the pacing was fine, it would still not be something people would remember after it’s over. It lacks reasons for overthink it, which is what matters the most nowadays for keeping something relevant. It doesn’t have the mysterybait of Tower of God, it doesn’t have the videogame terminology of Sword Art Online, it doesn’t have the pretentious monologues of Oregairu, and it doesn’t have the miseryporn of Rezero.

Even the action part, the highlight of the show, is far from the best thing ever.
-Most battles don’t have meaningful tactics that would make them a bit more interesting through mind games. It’s just who fires the bigger energy blast or does the craziest shit. There is a scene where a guy turns nuclear missiles into a statue and teleports millions of people to safety in a few seconds. How did he do that? Who cares? It’s crazy and that’s enough.
-Most lesser fights are really short or are skipped entirely, which can be very annoying when they hype them up and then show nothing. And because of the brilliant idea of shoving 10 chapters in every episode, there are MANY fights per episode and they are all either short or skipped, therefore none of them is satisfactory.
-New special attacks come out of nowhere and you have to just accept that the characters were holding back the whole time. Even if there was no indication that they could do all that before using them for the first time. A guy for example summons a huge hammer out of nowhere, which is something you expect to see in Looney Tunes, and as soon as it’s blocked he falls unconscious. What happened? From where did that hammer come from? How was it blocked? Why did he fall unconscious? These are not absurd things to ask. They are about the choreography of the fight. The tactics. The reason one guy won and another guy lost. Without these fundamental explanations it’s just random bullshit. You are given no reason to believe there is some sort of logic in whatever is going on, or even that a victory is earned and is not a flip of a coin.
-There is a lot of fake suspense regarding characters that seem like they can lose or die, but not really since they could do a lot of weird shit all along. For example, the family of the referee didn’t die because they created copies of them. What a great strategy. If only we had seen the fake family die, if only we had spend time with the real family for giving a shit, and if only the power to create copies had already been established earlier instead of coming out of nowhere.
-If the fighters are not jumping around with kicks and punches, they are standing still and summon Jojo stands that do all the work for them. What is the point of martial arts if they can stand still and let shit happen all around them?
-It can be very confusing to follow what is going on at times, since there is no narrator for explaining the superpowers. The viewer has to figure it out on his own. And even then, he won’t have a clue as to why did someone win in a fight.
-There is a power scouter of sorts that measures one’s endurance and battle power. Those numbers never play a role in the fights and every victory comes down to ‘because plot said so’.
-The way people obtain charyeok (this show’s version of Ki) comes down to randomness. Some never get it no matter how much they train, and some get it without doing anything. Wonderful! It basically works however it suits the plot. Which is also why people get power ups in the middle of the fight without prior knowledge of what the heck they are supposed to learn.
-Very little of it is not 1 on 1. There is close to no teamwork in the battles, and even when there are numerous combatants it feels as though the strongest ones need no help because they can steamroll everything.
-Injuries mean nothing since there is instant healing technology and wish-granting ladies. Basically, there are zero negative consequences when you lose a fight.
-Constant interruptions that quickly become annoying. Many of them stop when someone jumps in the ring to interrupt the fighting before it gets brutal and ruins the fun. There is no tension, much less stakes.
-The main character is broken as shit. Constantly plot armored so that he is never punished for breaking the rules. Somehow durable enough to withstand super poisons and nuclear explosions. Gets stronger very fast. Can copy someone’s ability by just looking at it. Creates new special attacks with minimal training. Pulls out hidden powers that not even demigods stand a chance against. Manages to run faster than light and get to the tournament in a few seconds despite being tired and injured. There is literally nothing he can’t do and acts like a brat the whole time. He is annoying and ruins all the fun in the fights.

So yeah, the show is a trainwreck. The only reason it got hyped before airing was because many fanboys kept telling people to check it out. If it weren’t for them, this show would have been completely ignored and would have bad ratings from the very start. But instead of that, the community had to suffer through a lot of BS before finally saying enough is enough and dropping it midway. So much for a Korean adaptation that had been hyped up as the new era of anime by every fake fan out there. That’s why hype is bullshit, and that’s why popularity is an illusion.

2/10 story
8/10 animation
7/10 sound
2/10 characters
3.5/10 overall
koyelah's avatar
Sep 20, 2020

everyone who thinks that is an excellent anime and give and 10/10 out of it, simply never watched any good anime i think. Poor character development, the pace is so fast. Everything that had been shown in the trailer and gave us the impression that we would get a super dope tournament show has been rushed. The Mains Characters seem to be unmatched and now after the preselection, the tournament is just a bunch of dudes overthrowing superpowers. The actual good fights we got were out of the tournament what was supposed to be the core of the show. It's shitty

3/10 story
7/10 animation
8/10 sound
5/10 characters
4/10 overall
Fluffs's avatar
Sep 20, 2020

After the success of the Tower of God, I was really hyped about The God of High School. Both series were Crunchyroll Originals and based on highly successful webtoons. Minor spoilers ahead 

However, The God of High School disappointed me a little. The first episode just throws you in with minimal explanations, which is fine, there's still time to improve, right? Well, that's where you'd be wrong. 

It took me nearly 10 episodes to realize what this series was lacking - it's not the plot, it's not the characters, it's not the fights. The issue with it is that it simply doesn't dedicate ANY time to world-building.

We have a tournament, where high-schoolers fight in order to obtain the God of High School title. But at the same time, we also have prisoners, random foreigners, older students (they explain this one at least) taking part in it. Some of them have magical powers, the audience attends every fight, but can they see the powers? We don't know and nobody tells us

On top of that, secret organizations are fighting each other because...? This part actually gets explained and let me tell you, it makes 0 sense when you connect it to a high school fighting tournament. 

The animation itself is fine, one issue I have is with the character design - all of them have red noses. That's fine, but I can't stop thinking about drunk Santa Claus every time I see them. Fighting scenes are well done, after all, it is MAPPA we're talking about

Plus points for the OP - even though it just doesn't work with the plot once you get more into it

Overall, I'd say 6/10. I don't know why the plot inconsistencies irk me so much, it's not a bad anime, but the more I think about it the less sense it makes. 

6/10 story
8/10 animation
8/10 sound
7/10 characters
6/10 overall
Beth0410's avatar
Sep 14, 2020

This is one of my favorite animes this season. The animation is amazing especially for the fight scenes. Will be reading the webtoon after it finishes airing to get the details I missed. 

10/10 story
10/10 animation
10/10 sound
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
Peticek's avatar
Aug 21, 2020


The God of High School focuses on Jin Mo-Ri, a 17-year-old martial artist from Seoul, South Korea. He is invited to join a tournament, sponsored by an unknown, mysterious organization, no one knows about to select martial artists that will later take part in even bigger tournament. The God of High School is a competition of martial artists across the whole world and the most skillful warrior will take it all. However, little is known about the shady tournaments taking place. 


Animation is the greatest part of the show, animation is really clean and slick.
Opening and ending soundtracks are really catchy.


3 humans of totally different personality are ours MCs. Even tho we have our main main charcter named Mroi JIN. Crazy and super nice character with a lot of strenght in his legs. Then we have Daewi HAN, cool, bit shy, but very kind. Also strong with arms. Then we have shitty girl with swor ( she is like Sakura of this anime, I don't hate her, but as you can guess she is not my fav).


Worth watching anime, with really cool animation, some interesting characters and lot of fighting. 8/10

8/10 story
9/10 animation
7.5/10 sound
8/10 characters
8/10 overall