The Tower of Druaga ~the Sword of Uruk~ – 11
Having routed Gilgamesh’s forces, Kelb goes to face the king and is left with no choice but to fight him. Neeba and the other Gilgamesh meanwhile have already started their battle, and Neeba is clearly losing. He gets some help from Ki in the form of a spell, but Henaro helps Gilgamesh out by using Might the Fool. Jil and company arrive on the scene just in time to see Gilgamesh stab Neeba in the chest, and they decide to fight him as well after he explains that he’s going to kill Kaaya. They’re no match for him though, and he easily takes them all out on his own. Henaro watches as Gilgamesh beats up on Jil, but when Gilgamesh goes in for the kill, she decides to stop him with Might the Fool. While Gilgamesh is occupied, Jil frees Kaaya and gives her back her hairband. Jil forgives Kaaya for what she did in the past, and he wants her help now in defeating Gilgamesh.
After Might the Fool gets taken out by Gilgamesh as well, much to Uragon’s dismay, he gets ready to deal with Henaro for betraying him. Jil and Kaaya, however, draw his attention away from her, and Kaaya casts several spells during the ensuing fight to help Jil. When Jil gets knocked back, she even joins him in charging at their opponent, but Gilgamesh still comes out on top. Before he can finish Jil off though, he gets stabbed from behind by Uragon who’s still grieving over the loss of Might the Fool. Jil follows this up with his own attack, and that topples Gilgamesh. His older form in the real world falls as well. With this done, Ki thanks Jil before heading to Gilgamesh’s side and telling him that he’ll be free from now on. Gilgamesh admits that he didn’t want to be king, and Ki understands because she’s loved him ever since he was a crybaby. The two disappear into sparkles as Gilgamesh dies.
Still conscious despite the sword in his chest, Neeba hears the Succubus urge him to go get the Blue Crystal Rod. Neeba thinks that it’s impossible for him since he’s going to die, but the Succubus motivates him by saying that he’d be pitied by Jil. Neeba proceeds to shoots Henaro after she grabs the Blue Crystal Rod for Jil and Kaaya, and he takes the Rod himself and places it into the ground. This activates the entire Mythical Tower and causes it to start to become one with the Tower below. Jil and company all get thrown off the Tower by this, and they fall down into the waters around Meskia. Neeba meanwhile is now in command of the Tower of Druaga that the Succubus calls a strategic weapon for opposing the Gods, and he immediately uses its power to blow away a mountain.
Well that was entertaining. The animation quality was all over the place, particularly in the first half of the episode, but it was still a pretty good episode. It was nice to see Jil and Kaaya finally reunited, and it makes sense now why they kept Uragon around since he actually played a significant role. I think my main complaint was that Henaro switched sides again a bit too easily. With her supposed loyalty to Gilgamesh, you’d think it’d take a little more than Gilgamesh kicking Jil around and perhaps killing him to get her to that tipping point (like torture or something).
I laughed though when they showed that the Tower of Druaga is really a death cannon because it reminded me of the Damocles and the FLEIJA warheads from Geass R2 (coincidentally, both Neeba and the Succubus’s voice actors also voiced Suzaku and C.C.). If only Jil and company had a certain overpowered mecha to fight it… All kidding aside, Neeba being the final boss isn’t too surprising a turn of events, but I’m curious to see if Jil will save him or have no choice but to kill him. The Druaga arms behind Neeba make me lean towards the latter, however knowing Jil, it’ll probably be the former. Either way, the two brothers are probably going to have to face off, and I just hope that doesn’t result in Fatina getting shafted in the ending. There were no images to go with the preview this week, so I guess we’ll just have to wait for the finale to see.