Anime Sunday: The Tower of Druaga

Michael Blaker
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This week for Anime Sunday I’m covering a mediocre series. It’s The Tower of Druaga: Aegis of URUK.

Plot Synopsis: It has been eighty years since King Gilgamesh defeated “the tower” single-handedly, and now the tower is reborn again. The “Summer of Anu” is a season that comes every few years during which the powers of the monsters within the Tower wane thanks to the grace of the great god Anu. Each Summer of Anu, the armies of the Uruk Kingdom secure their strongholds within the Tower, aiming to eventually conquer the upper floors. The story begins with the third Summer of Anu. The city of Meskia is the first stronghold built on the first level of the Tower. In addition to the Uruk Army preparing for their third campaign against Druaga, innumerable adventurers called “climbers” have been drawn to Meskia by rumors of the Blue Crystal Rod, a legendary treasure believed to be hidden on the top floor of the Tower. Jil, a young guardian, has traveled to the tower and Meskia, the last safe stop on the first floor of the tower. The story follows Jil, a new climber who wishes to reach the top floor of the tower.

Plot: The plot isn’t amazing, and while there is a few surprises it’s generally not that great a series. I won’t spoil anything, but as it’s adapted from a 1984 video game series I wasn’t expecting a great plot.

Characters: Jil is a whiny brat, and while the series is about him growing up, I still can’t stand him. Actually I can’t stand any of the characters. Neeba in particular is an ass.

Artwork: The art is okay, but nothing amazing either.

Music: Decent, but nothing super amazing.

Overall: An easily skippable series.

For those who like: Video Game adaptations, Action, Adventure.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above, or want a good plot.

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