Guest Post by Sujith Kumar (the owner of findmesimilar).
The God of High School is an Original Crunchyroll anime based on the original Webtoon by Yong-je Park.
It is produced by Sola Entertainment with the MAPPA studio (Yuri on Ice, Zankyou no Terror, Kakegurui) in charge of the animation.
The staff is led by Seong-Hu Park (Garo: Vanishing Line, Jujutsu Kaisen) as director, Manabu Akita (Kakegurui) in character design, Shigeki Asakawa (Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge) as director of photography, and Arisa Okehazama in music.
Anime like The God of High School are more about just kids in high school fighting it out. Below we will explain exactly why this anime is both familiar and different to the viewer.
The plot revolves around a fighting tournament called “The God of High School” which brings together young students from all over South Korea. They compete to see their biggest wish fulfilled (and it can be anything) which will be granted if they manage to defeat all of the participants.
So far nothing that has not been seen before, but when their competitors appear is when the action immediately begins because they all master some different fighting techniques.
The God of High School Characters
Perhaps the introduction of the protagonists is too fast and they do not manage to explain how they are invited to participate in the tournament. The fast pace of the series does not leave spaces for presentations.
We immediately get to know Jin Mo-Ri, so we can see in his memories that his grandfather left when he was just a child.
There is also Yu Mira, a girl who is the only heir of a sword style called Moonlight. And finally, Han Dae-Wi, who enters the tournament to help his best friend.
There are also the other fighters who appear and disappear from the ring and the organizers of the tournament. The organizers are mysterious and powerful guys who are dressed in black and keep all the secrets of the tournament.
What makes The God of High School unique & interesting?
The God of High School uses the struggle itself as a channel through which it presents and expresses the emotions of its characters.
It is through the forcefulness and aesthetics of the blows that the script opens up more and concerns itself with giving light strokes of depth to its characters.
It is through this very primitive communication channel that we know the innocent audacity of wanting to be the best fighter in Jin’s world; the weight of tradition, of the inheritance of past art that has no followers today, the struggle to want to take it to the top again by honoring Yu’s dead, and the emotional and physical burden of Han, who moonlights in order to earn enough money to pay the cost of his best friend’s medical bills.
Thus, the wishes of the protagonist trio are drawn from the act, from the show to which they are subjected in a totally voluntary way.
Capital, repercussion, or recognition; aspirations that are essentially banal, but that take on other nuances, especially in the cases of Yu and Han.
The God of High School works beautifully where its makers want it to work best. It offers relaxation and fun without asking for anything in return and probably becomes an example to imitate as far as action sequences are concerned.
For now, the series feels like a small prologue to something much bigger; to a global stage that transcends planes and realms. Perhaps it is precisely that, the idea of promise, which gives the greatest hope for the future.