The problem with Tower of God is that Rachel . . .

. . . is not the main viewpoint character.

Spoilers start here.

Tower of God aka “Chasing Rachel” mostly revolves around Baam, a yandere main character whose purpose for entering the Tower of God is to chase after a blonde girl who is precious to him.

You see, Baam used to live in a dark cave. He was always alone there. There was a hole in the ceiling that admitted light. From that hole, Rachel emerged. She taught Baam literally everything he knew, from language to social customs and abstract concepts like betrayal.

So basically she was his sister, mother, angel, etc. She was everything to him because he had nothing else.

Baam was happy in his cave with his companion but Rachel was not. Rachel told him about her dream – she wants to climb the Tower of God and see the stars.

Baam being clingy
Baam being clingy

One day she just ups and leaves to follow her dream. Baam follows her. And keeps on following even when she doesn’t want him to, totally like a stalker with issues.

Yandere Baam, ToG's main character
Yandere Baam, ToG’s main character

The thing is, I am much more interested in Rachel as a character than in Baam. Baam is so boring. 😦 All he does is chase after the girl and his character is so bland. Don’t get me wrong, there isn’t anything hugely bad about him but he is the typical shonen hero that I have watched/read about 1,000 times before.

Baam and Rachel
Baam and Rachel, in a nutshell

Instead of Baam and co. being the main focus I would rather have Rachel scheming her way to the top by being utterly ruthless, stepping on other people, pushing them down, using whatever she can. That would be so much more exciting to me.

I prefer guile heros/heroines to the typical shonen action heroes. Rachel would be a very interesting character to read, much more so than Baam, IMO.

Imagine, if you will, a Tower of God in which the focus is not on power ups and magic fights/weapons, but rather a weak heroine who, instead of blasting her way to the top, must use her wits and emotional manipulation skills to get other people to do the work for her.

Rachel is, if we only got to know her more, a really charming character.

Today’s writing prompt: Survival

Huge spoilers here, do not read unless you are already caught up with the current ToG arc!

One of the things that people hate Rachel for is when she stabbed Dan but by doing so she was actually helping him. The FUG was going to kill Dan and Rachel knew she had to render him harmless for them to leave him alone therefore she was simply helping him to survive, you know. Note that she also offered him a way out that would have been much easier: just cooperate, you fool! But Dan refused so she had no choice. 😛

For more about “Chasing Rachel” you can read:

Tower Of God (Manhwa)

3 undeniably good manhwa

Review: Tower of God Season 1

The McB0rch4 Biweekly Reccomendation #1: Tower of God

Tower of God: Chapter 229 – spoilers here, of course, but this is the part where Rachel and Baam have some important interaction

Timeline of events – very useful when I get confused

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3 comments

  1. Honestly, that would be interesting. An arc dedicated completely to Rachel. Even when I’m one of those who really dislike her, I think that the idea of watching someone use all the tricks up her sleeve to go up the tower, being that person weak like Rachel, would be fairly amazing. That’s an Arc or an special that I wouldn’t mind having. But, being ToG like it is, it wouldn’t last long before people (myself included) are all like: “Hey! We want to see some action!”. And that is exactly what Baam and company gives us. Baam is the cute/innocent character who gets stronger chapter after chapter. Khun would be the mastermind (everytime he outsmarts someone is just glorious). And Rak… Well, Rak is Rak. Maybe an arc dedicated to Rachel would be good, but a complete another story… I don’t know about that. Still, who knows? maybe SIU has some surprises for us in the future.

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  2. It is interesting I would like to see what she has been doing all this time and why
    what I really wonder is how the world up in the light were Rachel came from to meet Baam was like

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