The Tower of Druaga ~the Sword of Uruk~ – 01
It’s been half a year since Druaga was defeated, and the tower has been renamed the Tower of Gilgamesh. The monsters are gone, and Fatina is now acting as a tour guide and souvenir seller. She and Jil have been living above a tavern owned by Kelb who quit the military after it was decided by the higher ups that Gilgamesh would take credit for Druaga’s defeat. Jil, however, still hasn’t fully mentally recovered from Neeba and Kaaya’s betrayal and from the disappearance of the Mythical Tower, and Fatina has to take care of him. On this night, she decides that they should go out and have some fun, but the play they initially attend involves two pairs of lovers’ betrayals, so they end up heading to a wrestling match instead. Because of what they saw at the play, Fatina asks Jil about still being bothered about Kaaya, but he doesn’t answer and instead questions her back about Neeba. Fatina claims that she already forgot about Neeba, and to prove it, she takes Jil’s hand and places it on her leg. She wants to start all over and rests her head on his shoulder, but their moment together is interrupted by a little girl grabbing both their legs from under the seat.
As the two try to figure out who the little girl is, a large group of knights approach them to try to take the girl. Jil and Fatina thus make their way with the girl into the center of the wrestling ring where they’re helped out by one of the fighters, and in the ensuing chaos, the group of four escapes. Some more knights take the pursuit outside, but they are held off by a mysterious archer from a distance, and this allows Jil and company to hide themselves. It turns out that the wrestler who helped them was none other than Utu, and as for the little girl, she claims that she’s Ki, Gilgamesh’s queen and first priestess of Ishtar. What’s more, she shows Jil a vision of Kaaya impaled into the side of some ruins and explains that if Jil wants to stop this from happening, then he should take her to the top of the tower.
ED: 「魔法使いですけど。」 (Mahoutsukai Desu Kedo) by 折笠富美子 (Orisaka Fumiko)
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2, Streaming
It’s good to see that the OP and its animation is as alternate-universe energetic as those of the first series, though I think I like Swinging slightly more. As for the ED, the song is okay, but the images that went with it were a bit odd, as if this were a temporary thing that they change every week or every few weeks.
I thought this first episode did a pretty good job reintroducing the characters and bringing up the new conflicts. Nothing huge happened, but there were a lot of hints of things to come and plenty of still-unanswered questions, like why Gilgamesh is acting so weird lately (speaking of which, I guess now that the tower is named after him instead of Druaga, then that might ultimately make him the final boss). They’re moving just fast enough to keep things from getting boring, and it’s fortunately not just a redux of climbing the tower like I feared it might be. I also didn’t really have any complaints about the production quality or voice acting.
One of the more interesting questions coming into this season was who Jil would be paired with, and since Kaaya wasn’t in this episode much but Fatina was, I felt compelled to root for JilXFatina the entire time. The two of them would make a nice couple with Ki as their very cute kid. However, given that Jil is still motivated to go after Kaaya and seems destined to be paired with her, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t end up with her. I wouldn’t be against that as long as Fatina gets a decent amount of character development as well. Speaking of which, who was that red-haired woman looking at Kaaya at the beginning? The only person I could think of with that color hair is Ahmey, but I really don’t want them to magically revive her character.
In any case, I enjoyed this first episode enough to keep watching and probably blogging. As I said in my winter preview, I’m pretty invested in the characters and want to see the story to the end. Hopefully the Gonzo crew won’t disappoint.