The Tower of Druaga ~the Aegis of Uruk~ – 06
As they continue their journey, Jil and company find themselves climbing up the side of a mountain and are confronted by a pair of cyclops-like monsters at the top. Coopa uses some bombs to create a smoke cover that they then escape under, and Jil happens to save an old man in the process. This old man turns out to be Gigi, a Guardian who used to be famous, and he reveals on the way to the next town that he came to see his idiot son. Once they reach town, one of the first things that happens is that Jil is that he gets his wallet stolen, and the thief quickly gets away. While Jil is being depressed, the group sets up camp, and Coopa cooks dinner. Melt soon notices that Coopa is putting sea peppers into the food, and she continues to do so even though she knows he hates them. He gets even angrier when he finds out that she’s been using them every day without telling him, and it leads to an argument that culminates in him firing her.
Coopa thus leaves the group and happens to sees the boy that stole Jil’s wallet heading into a cave. She follows him there to try to get back the wallet, and the boy – whose name is Yury – gives it up because Jil had almost no money in it. Coopa then turns her attention to the giant water tank that Yury was attending to, and Yury explains that it’s what powers the Basket of Dingir lift. He lets Coopa put some lightning stones into the water, but she accidentally puts in an entire backpack’s worth and starts a chain reaction. The impact of the bubbles coming to the surface causes Coopa to lose her balance and fall off the ladder, so Yury has to catch her. He gets embarrassed though and ends up insulting her weight, causing her to get angry and wishing to see his parents. Yury, however, reveals that he has no parents. His mother is dead, and his father Arga is said to have stolen the Spear of Enki and run away from the village after monsters appeared in the lightning stones mines. Unlike everyone else though, Yury believes that his father had actually gone to fight the monsters, and his goal is to find the Speak of Enki at the mines as proof of that.
Coopa decides to go with Yury, and so the two make their way through a dark forest to get to the mines. Jil and company meanwhile have learned that Coopa is with Yury, and since Gigi is the father of Arga – and thus the grandfather of Yury – they decide to go after the pair. Along the way, they encounter the same two monsters from earlier, and though Gigi helps take down one of them, the other knocks him out. Coopa and Yury are also discovered by monsters, and the two get chased all the way to the mines. Even though Yury had said that he’d protect Coopa, she’s the one who carries him to safety after he trips, and she also leads the two monsters away from him. Coopa gets cornered, but fortunately Jil then swings in to save her. With Coopa’s help, Jil, Melt, and Ahmey defeat both monsters and save Yury. In the aftermath, Yury finds the broken tip of the Spear of Enki on one of the monsters, and they discover the rest of it at a nearby tree. This causes Gigi to realize that Arga had indeed been trying to protect his family. The following day, Coopa officially rejoins Jil’s group, and they depart the town after saying their goodbyes to Yury and Gigi.
I talked earlier this week in the Bleach post about how I don’t like bratty kid characters. Those sentiments extend to here too since this week’s Yury fits the bill. It doesn’t help either that the entire story about his father and that spear feels tacked on (both literally and figuratively). I would have preferred if they had just focused on developing Coopa (annoying as her voice can be sometimes) instead of him. The only spot of that I saw was when Yury insisted on protecting her because he was the boy, and Coopa looked sad for a moment, as if she had heard or experienced something like that before. That’s a vague hint at best though, and it might not even mean anything – she could have felt that way because of how Melt treats her too. In any case, I hope they do a better job of character development in the future and (when they’re doing serious stuff instead of comedy) stay away from these one-shot episodes that don’t really add anything to the overall story.