“The Advanced Player of the Tutorial Tower” also known under the alternative titles “The Tutorial Tower’s Advanced Player” and “Tutorial Tap-ui Goinmul“, “The Advanced Player of the Tutorial Tower” is a Manhwa that’s been unfolding since its initial publication on April 28, 2020. Brought to life by Bangguseok Kim-ssi (story) and Omagam (art), this series belongs to the genres of action, adventure, and fantasy, serialized on the platform of Naver Webtoon
The narrative revolves around Hyeonu Kim, who after enduring a 12-year captivity in a tower filled with ever-regenerating monsters, emerges as an exceptionally powerful being. Freed from his confines, he embarks on a mission to unmask the orchestrators behind his imprisonment, annihilating monstrous hordes in the process, and inadvertently becoming a beacon of hope for the world.
Now, onto my analysis. Firstly, it’s worth mentioning that this series does not manage to leave a distinctive mark. A contributing factor is its average art style. In contrast to the dynamic, detailed art styles of many Manhwas, ‘The Advanced Player of the Tutorial Tower’ does not shine in terms of aesthetics.
Another key concern pertains to the characters. Hyeonu Kim, our protagonist, sadly appears as a one-dimensional hero, with a personality as dull as a wooden board. His demeanor is mostly aloof, projected as the cool, always composed character, but this portrayal is rather uninteresting in the long run. Moreover, the side characters, who merely idolize or harbor affection for Hyeonu, lack depth and are equally forgettable.
The fight scenes in the series also leave much to be desired. Given Hyeonu’s overpowering abilities, battles are reduced to displays of brute strength rather than strategies, cunning maneuvers, or any thrilling overcoming of obstacles. The narrative consistently resorts to the overused trope of Hyeonu pulling out a ‘trump card’ in face of stronger opponents, which becomes monotonous.
Lastly, the story itself seems lackluster. There’s nothing groundbreaking or innovative about it that sets it apart from a multitude of similar manhwas. While it may not fall into the realm of ‘bad’, it doesn’t ascend into ‘good’ territory either.
In summary, ‘The Advanced Player of the Tutorial Tower’ comes across as a mediocre series. Its art, character development, action sequences, and storyline all hover around the realm of average. For seasoned manhwa readers, it might not offer any novel or memorable experiences. Nonetheless, it might still entertain those looking for a casual, no-frills read.
Verdict: It’s just okay