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The Tower of Druaga ~the Aegis of Uruk~ – 10

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Summary:

Jil and company are able to make their way through an icy landscape inside the Shrine of Diamond thanks to Kaaya’s cold protection magic. As they trek towards the Shrine of Sky, Jil suddenly sees Ki, and she warns him to be careful. The next step he takes causes the ground in front of him to crumble, but luckily no one gets hurt. Kelb and Ethana have also survived to this point, and though the number of men they have with them is now severely diminished, Kelb wants to try to defeat Druaga so that they can at least gather information for the next group. Neeba and Fatina meanwhile are kept warm by Fatina’s fire magic. She still hasn’t gotten over Kally’s death and questions if they can really defeat Druaga. When Fatina then brings up the idea of giving up, Neeba kisses her and says that he needs her. The Succubus appears afterwards and pities Fatina because she doesn’t know Neeba’s true goal. Like Fatina, she asks if Neeba thinks he can defeat Druaga, but Neeba knows that the real Druaga died 80 years ago and that the problem lies in what’s after Druaga. Before disappearing, the Succubus informs Neeba that the Summer of Anu will end soon.

By this point, Kaaya’s too exhausted to continue her magical protection, so Jil’s group is forced to do without it as they climb up a steep cliff. When they pause on a ledge, Jil tries to get everyone to think about fun things and asks what the others will do once they get the Blue Crystal Rod. This turns out to be a bad topic because, as Melt reveals, only one person can actually get their wish granted. Most people want money, and that can be split evenly, but in their group, everyone is after something different. Having said that, Melt feels that they don’t need to worry about it yet because only the last survivor needs to think about it, assuming one of them even survives. The group then takes refuge in a small ice cavern, and Jil hears Ki’s voice asking him what he wants. When he admits that he doesn’t need the Rod’s power and would be fine with just defeating Druaga, Ki concludes that he merely wants to be a hero in order to to clear away his father’s dishonor. She feels that he can’t defeat the true Druaga with just those feelings and warns that there’s no guarantee that he’d be happy afterwards. Upon hearing her mention Gilgamesh’s name in that context, Jil questions who she is, so Ki reveals that she’s the ghost of the Tower who’s been waiting for the one she loves. She then warns Jil that his brother is in trouble before disappearing again.

Neeba is in fact currently under attack by Pazuz, and after seeing this in the distance, Jil wants Kaaya to use a lightweight spell on him so that he can go help. Before agreeing to it though, Kaaya questions what Jil wants to do after this and after he gets the Blue Crystal Rod. Jil doesn’t know and urges her to just use the magic, and though Kaaya does, she’s not happy about it. Meanwhile, Neeba is engaging in a high-altitude fight with rocket boots-equipped Pazuz, but Pazuz has the advantage and tries to drive a dagger through Neeba’s throat. Jil arrives just in time to save Neeba and injure Pazuz’s left eye, forcing the assassin to retreat. In the aftermath, Jil carries Neeba to the top of the cliff and meets up with the rest of the group. Neeba, however, feels that Jil shouldn’t have saved him, and he refuses Jil’s proposal to combine their two groups. He knows that there’s nothing Jil truly wants and that Jil is satisfied just to play hero, and this is different from his own ambitious self. Neeba also warns that Jil’s half-hearted attitude and reliance on luck will get his friends killed, and he gets angry when Jil tries to assert that he’ll protect everyone. Jil is thus pissed off when he returns to his group, and Kaaya decides not to press him about what she asked him earlier.

Jil’s group then enters the Shrine of Sky, but they find it strange that there are no monsters inside. As the members of the other groups – including Pazuz’s and Kelb’s – also reach the Shrine and head in, the Succubus and Ki keep count and eventually reach the point where they unleash something powerful. It causes the entire Tower to shake, and the ice pillars around the Shrine start to break away. What’s more, a sea of monsters suddenly appears below, and both Neeba and Kaaya realize that the Summer of Anu has ended. Ki and the Succubus know that this means that there’s no more turning back and that the groups will have to fight the god with their limited numbers.

Preview

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Well we’re nearing the end of the series, but I’m still not sure what’s really going on in the story (is the tower itself the blue crystal rod?) or what the characters are after (Ki and the Succubus in particular). I sure hope there’s enough time in the final two episodes to explain everything since they’ve done a remarkable job of keeping things mysterious up to now. What I am beginning to suspect though is that, since only one person can have the wish, what comes after Druaga is the adventurers themselves as they fight over who gets the wish. I also get the feeling that Neeba’s true desire is related to either his father or to Jil, and that Jil’s idealism will win out in the end, though all of that is just pure speculation on my part. In any case, this episode overall managed to be fairly exciting and did a decent job building up for whatever is going to happen at the end. I’m a little disappointed that the preview seems to indicate that Druaga might really just be a huge monster (as opposed to something more sinister or surprising), but we’ll have to see what happens.

June 6, 2008 at 10:57 pm
25 comments »
  • June 6, 2008 at 11:01 pmMachi

    Actually I am shocked as well with all this sudden twist that its about to end O.o Gonzo seems to have its characteristic cram all the info. I would’ve rather liked it more if they actually discovered more about the tower and the rod rather than discovering it at the crucial moment, and the whole Ishtar and that succubus hanging out whats the deal with that? Really there are still lots of questions on the series, shame as I thought they initially paced it better than their previous works but if this really will be the last episodes it will definitely be crammed I mean we haven’t even had the 3 betrayals yet which I am guessing now will occur when the question comes on who can have the crystal rod.

  • June 6, 2008 at 11:53 pmDdadain

    Seeing that it’s a Gonzo series, be happy that they made it short but sweet :P

  • June 6, 2008 at 11:55 pmSadmask

    I hope Druaga will be the anime to redeem Gonzo?

  • June 7, 2008 at 12:01 ambanzemanga

    Well i am kinda confused too. Our protagonist doesn’t have an aim. We don’t know what is his brother’s aim. We don’t know what exactly is that magician girl. And more importantly what is Druaga and why they have to fight such a god. It is like everything was prepared by someone who knew it would happen. At the end, there could only be one survivor and person whose wish will be granted.

  • June 7, 2008 at 12:18 amRandom muser

    I’m certainly glad I stuck with this rather than Blassreiter.

  • June 7, 2008 at 12:34 ambewdz

    two eps left? i could have sworn there were 3 (13 eps total)

  • June 7, 2008 at 1:31 amWannabe Otaku

    Kaaya’s mother has a blue crystal rod, as well.

  • June 7, 2008 at 2:02 amOmni

    bewdz: There are supposedly 12 episodes + the other episode 01 (the non comedy alternative). Technically that’s 13, but I’m pretty sure they’re still counting it as 12 total.

  • June 7, 2008 at 2:10 amPassingBy

    According to ANN, there are 13 episodes in total not counting the alternate first episode. So we still have three episodes left. The eleventh episode will be released on 06/13, the twelfth episode will be released on 06/20 while the thirteenth episode will be released on 06/27

  • June 7, 2008 at 2:45 amKagekyuubi

    The first preview picture is that of a monster. Notice the gold tint, could be gilgamesh’s curse finally activating.

  • June 7, 2008 at 2:45 amOmni

    PassingBy: ANN information is submitted by normal people and is not cross-referenced unless someone files an error report. If you refer to this article, it clearly says that Druaga is 12 episodes.

  • June 7, 2008 at 5:55 amGP

    I have this weird feeling that those 2 chicks are the same but somehow split in two after whatever gilgamesh did in the original tower. But we’ll have to wait and see I guess. I thought this was going to be longer the way it was going but I guess not. It’s a shame imo.

  • June 7, 2008 at 5:57 amfrubam

    Man, there haven’t even been any betrayals yet, and only 2 eps left. Damn this means there’s a good chance that Jil will get betrayed at least twice in one episode, perhaps even at the same time. Going by shadowkyuubi says, it’ll be gilamesh next ep. I can’t wait :D. I hope GONZO doesn’t screw this up.

  • June 7, 2008 at 6:26 amGP

    Wouldn’t the 3 betrayals be from those in his group? Or I guess one could be from Neeba it looks like. If it turns into a free-for-all at the end then that itself is like a betrayal I suppose.

  • June 7, 2008 at 9:52 amRauzes

    Neeba is going to die. Why? He kissed Fatina, and promises to give more later. “Hey lets rip off kamina” anyone?

    I get the feeling that Kaaya and the rest of hte party will die, and Gil will use hte blue crystal rod to bring them back.

  • June 7, 2008 at 11:50 amChicle

    Druaga is Jil’s father, remember?

  • June 7, 2008 at 12:12 pmKururu

    Neeba is going to die. Why? He kissed Fatina, and promises to give more later. “Hey lets rip off kamina” anyone?

    Watch the episode. Neeba kissed her so she would shut up and continue moving on to fight druaga. >_>

  • June 7, 2008 at 2:34 pmHaru-kun

    I think Neeba’s just using Fatina, and didn’t notice any betrayals yet or I just missed it xD

  • June 7, 2008 at 6:32 pmHoshi

    @Kururu: uh.. I think Rauzes is just showing the possibility of a Kamina-like similarity…

    I wonder how they’ll cram all the info into the last few eps then?

  • June 7, 2008 at 7:37 pmFalryu

    Yay! The succubus is my favorite character on the story. She has an awesome design. I’m glad she’s getting more screen time on this episode. Its a pity that the series is going to end so soon. It has been a fun ride and they should extend it. We don’t get so many good animes like this.

  • June 7, 2008 at 10:24 pmPassingBy

    The article said that GyaO will show all 12 episodes of Druaga, but what makes this article more reliable than ANN?

  • June 8, 2008 at 12:43 amstrider87

    I have yet to find a site that confirms a total number of episodes for this series, AniDB has it down as “uknown number of episodes”, and ANN has it down as 13 known episodes on their schedule not, which means they only have the airing dates for 13 episodes not that 13 is the actual number. I have heard several episode numbers ranging from 13 to 26, but nowhere can I find actual confirmed informtion stating the total number of episodes.

    Also there is way to much to get through to have only 3 episodes left, plus they want to use this series as a promotion for the new Druaga MMO they are going to be releasing and so they’re not going to want a crappy summed up ending for their big promotional ticket.

  • June 9, 2008 at 2:38 amEldaron

    Gonzo should stop using CG. They haven’t learned anything in the past years. This monster looks way to awful. Why cant they stop forcing they shitty CG an us.

  • June 9, 2008 at 3:41 pmMark

    The last couple episodes have been really strong. 7 was a turning point, since it introduced tension between Jil and Neeba, and now this episode raised the tension.

  • June 10, 2008 at 7:09 ammanji

    from this ep, what l gather is kaaya is the love child of gil and ki…..what are the chances of a happy ending?