The God of High School Episode 4 – Bonds and Confusion (Review)

The tournament arc continues but we got to see more about Mira. Crunchyroll describes episode 4 as:

The top four fighters in the preliminary have been decided. With her semifinal match against Daewi drawing near, Mira is suddenly approached by Oh Seongjin, a martial artist and successful businessman, with a marriage proposal. She agrees to marry him in exchange for his promise to restore her family’s dojo and spread the Moon Light Sword Style around the world, but marrying him means she must withdraw from the tournament… and Mori and Daewi are not okay with this.

Opinions are that of the writers. The God of High School is now streaming on Crunchyroll! 

It looks like we said the fast pace was great for an action packed show, but we got character development in a way…

It’s as if every specific aspect of the show I had praised backfired on me this week. On paper I loved the idea of flexible pacing and bouncing between our focus characters, but this was an unfortunate example of the negatives of that direction.

I feel like this episode would have worked better if it was split into two episodes.

I don’t know much about the source material or how faithfully it’s being adapted, but I felt let down by the main arc of episode 4. My hopes of Mira getting some quality screen time were quickly shot down, as what appeared to be the first story arc focused on her felt really rushed and inconsequential.

We were really thrown into episode 4. And that technique works well for episodes that focus on action and fights, but for an episode that I think was trying to focus on character development, I wanted a slower pace. 

At least the charms and humor of the show remained. It was funny when Oh Seongjin cut into the scene with the marriage proposal. But, what happened after that gave us whiplash because of how quickly the tones and story shifted later in the episode.

Yeah, I have to admit Oh Seongjin’s English outbursts were a real highlight. In any other episode, though, that would’ve been just one funny joke among stronger highlights.

Overall, this episode was the weakest of the first four, but it seems to be a minor drop. Character development, particularly with Mira, lacked impact and it is unfortunate that her development regressed within minutes.

This leaves me wondering what the first 15 minutes of the episode was trying to go for, and the events probably could’ve been arranged better.

Despite this, the last few minutes were quite intense and it left me in anticipation of the next episodes, so the episode still ends on a high note.

Daewi’s content wasn’t bad in its own right, and it gives me hope for the coming episodes, but I really question why the episode left us where it did. It wasn’t quite a cliffhanger, but it also didn’t feel like enough detail to justify showing so much in so little time. 

If I step back from this individual episode and consider everything we’ve seen in the show so far, Daewi’s actions have a stronger impact. That potential only makes my disappointment in this episode’s structure worse, though.

It’s a bit disappointing, because we really liked the first three episodes, which proved the show can do a better job. 

With some familiarity with the source material, I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt. This could have been a part where they wanted to rush and we clearly saw that. It is the inherent part of anime adaptations. We are all still excited for episode 5.

Yes, but if the show doesn’t deliver on that big fight, then that’s cause for concern. We’ll have to wait and see.

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