The Tower of Druaga ~the Sword of Uruk~ – 12 (END)
As Neeba turns the cannons of the Tower towards the heavens, the heavens start firing back. Down below in Meskia, Jil lays Henaro to rest and then receives Neeba’s exact location from Gremica. Praying to the Gods, Kaaya meanwhile learns that the attack from the heavens won’t end until Neeba is stopped. This leaves Jil and company no choice but to climb back up the Tower to get to him, and Kaaya joins them. Along the way, Jil tells her a story of how he and Neeba got lost once and how Neeba cried a lot, and he uses this to illustrate how Neeba has an inferiority complex. Once the group gets into the Tower again, they get attacked by Neeba’s minions. With so many enemies, Fatina tells Jil and Kaaya to go on ahead, though she slaps Kaaya first to get even. Utu surprises Fatina by proposing to her after Jil and Kaaya leave, but she turns him down.
As Jil and Kaaya make their way further into the Tower, Jil suddenly finds himself back in the peaceful place with Ahmey. Henaro is there as well, and Jil is almost convinced by them to lay down his sword, but Kaaya reveals that it’s all an illusion created by the Succubus. While she faces the Succubus, Kaaya sends Jil ahead to Neeba’s room by himself. There, Jil finds that Neeba has just finished off Gremica, and Neeba declares that he’s Druaga now. Jil gets beat up, but he’s resilient, and Neeba tries to get Jil angry by saying that he’ll kill all of Jil’s friends. He even reveals that he’s always been irritated with Jil, and after nearly getting blown away by the Druaga parts of Neeba, Jil notes that he’s finally heard Neeba’s true intentions. He thinks that Neeba is scared of him and was irritated at how he steadily got stronger, and with none of his armor still on, he charges at Neeba. He is able to attack from above and slays Neeba and Druaga.
Afterward, a dying Neeba admits that it wasn’t the Gods that he was obsessed with, but rather with Jil. Jil thinks that Neeba should have said something earlier, but Neeba knows that this was impossible because of his own personal honor. Neeba then tells Jil to get out of there since it’s dangerous, and he wants Jil to carry the burden of having won and killed him. A giant block crushes Neeba’s body soon thereafter, and Jil has no choice but to run. When the ground under him gives way, Kaaya is fortunately there to grab his hand, and the rest of their friends show up as well to pull them up. In the aftermath, Kaaya leads the city in a memorial ceremony for the dead Gilgamesh, though he and Ki still live on as spirits. Of the others, Kelb and Ethana get married, Fatina and Utu continue adventuring, and Melt and Coopa work for Kaaya. Kaaya, however, often escapes her duties and runs off with Jil.
What the hell was that?! I always assumed that when Neeba talked about fate and the Gods several episodes ago, it was in a more figurative sense because it’s not like we got to see the Gods or have heard all that much about them. Little did I realize how literal that was because, as this episode showed, when Neeba fired the guns of the Tower of Druaga into the heavens (as represented by clouds), the heavens literally fired back. That was just way too out in left field for me, bordering on absurd even for a fantasy series.
Then we found out that Neeba didn’t really care about the Gods and it was really all about his obsession with Jil. Predictable as it was, it made me groan because it meant that all this could have been avoided if Neeba wasn’t such an insecure dumbass. At least he’s now dead….or not, and it seems neither are Gilgamesh and Ki. It bothers me that they’re all still around as spirits or whatever because it’s not really explained and it takes away from their deaths. When Ki told Gil last episode that he’d be free, I didn’t think she meant it literally as a free-roaming spirit – it’s like the writers and director were trying too hard to show everyone happy. On the plus side though, at least a happy ending meant in this case a good amount of closure for all of the characters (except maybe Fatina).
Up to last week, I was okay with this series and probably would have said some nice things about how it was better than I originally thought a Gonzo anime based on an MMORPG would be. It hadn’t dawned on me at that point how bad things would be with the way they set things up, but the ending really killed me. I really can’t say anymore that I enjoyed the series on the whole. Certainly Druaga had some fun and entertaining moments in the past and featured a decent cast of characters, but you’d think a series written by Gatou Shouji and directed by Chigira Kouichi would have been a lot better than this. And as if I wasn’t wary enough before, this makes me even more hesitant to watch Gonzo’s upcoming spring series since it’s based on another MMORPG.