The God of High School – 1st Episode Review
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Synopsis: Jin Mori has proclaimed himself the strongest high schooler. His life changes when he’s invited to participate in “God of High School,” a tournament to determine the strongest high schooler of all. He’s told that if he wins, any wish he makes will be granted… All the participants are powerful contenders who fight their hardest for their own wishes. What awaits them at the end of the tournament? A chaotic battle between unbelievably strong high school students is about to begin! (Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: The God of High School is one of those anime where the entire production comes together, crafting a high octane, balls to the wall experience of pure, unadulterated fun. From the animation, which perfectly depicts the crazy martial arts mayhem and the bombastic comedic antics of our lead trio, to the music, which sells the sheer hype of the proceedings, perfectly matching and elevating every moment, The God of High School impresses on near every level with only the most minor of missteps.
Linny: For as perfectly as the animation depicts the action, the artistic style is perhaps a bit unusual in parts; such as when we first meet one of our three protagonists, Jin Mori. As a kid Jin looks less like a child and more like a badly squashed down teenager, something almost approaching a comically chibi artstyle, which doesn’t fit the more heartfelt tone of the scene. There’s also the artist’s stylistic choice to have most of the characters with very red/pink noses and ears. But these aren’t exactly big issues, more like minor points that stick out and distract. The truth is The God of High School has definitely won me over, largely due to its top notch comedy. Two of our three seeming protagonists, Jin Mori and Yoo Mira both come off as quirky and personality filled. Mori will have you chuckling as you watch him spin out a complete and sympathetic backstory for a total stranger and get so wrapped up in that split second fantasy creation of his that he even goes around sharing it with others as if it is fact and not a fiction of his own creation, all for an altruistic purpose of course. Mari on the other hand, has her own unusual streak, revealing herself to be a complete and total fan of muscles, hellbent on justice and vindication with just as pure and gullible a heart as Mori. These two provide solid physical comedy as we watch them get into an epic chase sequence within the first episode itself, slamming into each other and everything else, all without blinking an eye and leaving utter devastation in their wake. These sequences work so well because the comedy really comes from the characters themselves and helps define who they are, fleshing them out as lovable, silly and immediately enjoyable.
Tom: The God High School really makes incredible use of its first episode, introducing the concept, offering up crazy action, fun comedy, and really giving us something to like about our leads. It’s no small feat, as premieres can be so very hard to get right and make sure you’re not just effectively sucking viewers in, but setting their expectations of what’s to come, and without giving any big surprises away. My one, and only true complaint with The God of High School is its female character designs. While Yoo Mira’s design I have no quibbles with, there’s a lot of female characters designed with the typical ample bosom, tiny waist, and curves set to titillate the male fandom. Outside of Mira there really aren’t any other body types beyond what I just described and it feels unfortunate when other mediums are making strides in this regard. There’s still a lot to love in this premiere otherwise though, and I won’t be passing up recommending this series just for that. I do hope though we get a more wide-ranging set of female designs going forward. Overall, The God of High School is the first Summer premiere that absolutely kills it, and with near everything so perfect, it lands itself as Summer’s first must try watch.
Linny: Based on this first episode alone, The God of High School seems poised to offer over the top action, supernatural abilities and a healthy dose of comedy, which altogether are executed in a promising manner. The first episode is filled to the brim with all these and the lead characters have already successfully sold themselves as lovable, overpowered idiots. If the series can continue to build itself up, employing comedy and action in equal balance and avoid falling into too many tropes, I wouldn’t be surprised if The God of High School ends up as one of this season’s most enjoyable offerings.
The God of High School is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.