The God of Highschool

Title: The God of Highschool
Original Title: ゴッド・オブ・ハイスクール
Episodes: 13
Year: 2020
Studio: Mappa
Directed by: Seong-Hu Park

SYNOPSYS
The “God of High School” tournament has begun, seeking out the greatest fighter among Korean high school students! All martial arts styles, weapons, means, and methods of attaining victory are permitted. The prize? One wish for anything desired by the winner.
Taekwondo expert Jin Mo-Ri is invited to participate in the competition. There he befriends karate specialist Han Dae-Wi and swordswoman Yu Mi-Ra, who both have entered for their own personal reasons. Mo-Ri knows that no opponent will be the same and that the matches will be the most ruthless he has ever fought in his life. But instead of being worried, this prospect excites him beyond belief.
A secret lies beneath the facade of a transparent test of combat prowess the tournament claims to be—one that has Korean political candidate Park Mu-Jin watching every fight with expectant, hungry eyes. Mo-Ri, Dae-Wi, and Mi-Ra are about to discover what it really means to become the God of High School.
(from MyAnimeList)

Let’s be real here: the first thing that hooked me up was the opening. It is amazing and the music is so good!

Another thing that is really to praise about this anime, it can also be seen in the opening, is the fighting scene. They are really cool with amazing dynamic shots and generally the direction is awesome.
Each fighter is really well characterized and interesting. Some of the techniques aren’t really realistic and at the beginning of the anime this clashes with the rest but this is only the beginning of the transition to which the anime will go to.
If it starts like a regular martial arts tournament it slowly moves to something more similar to Yu Yu Hakusho. I had a mixed feeling about this: I don’t dislike this thing but I would have preferred it if it would remain more in the realist combat style.

The story starts right away with some nice action scenes. The tournament is really exciting but also the mystery behind it is a nice addition to the story.
It also gets really intriguing near the end of it, becoming something totally different from what I was expecting when I started watching it.

The character design isn’t bad but I found myself focusing too much on the noses of the characters… they seem too red!

I really liked this anime and for how it ended we will for sure have a second season. I hope it will come out soon and that it will be as great as the first one.

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