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Based on the (hilariously, psychotically, masochistically Nintendo Hard) 1984 game series, The Tower of Druaga, this anime is broken up into two seasons, subtitled The Aegis of Uruk and The Sword of Uruk. It follows the story of Jil, his older brother, Neeba, and their two groups as they climb The Tower in search of the fabled Blue Crystal Rod.

The titular Tower of Druaga is a monster-infested tower that stretches above the clouds. Although the sheer amount of monsters normally there make any attempt to ascend it near suicide, once every few years the Summer of Anu comes around when the monsters weaken, and Climbers (opportunists and adventurers who commit themselves to the task of becoming rich from taking artifacts and treasures from the Tower) gather in force and try to reach the summit to claim the mystical prize of the Blue Crystal Rod, a magical staff that will grant a single wish to the person that finds it.

Not to be confused with Tower of God.

Contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Villainy: The original game's protagonist, Prince Gilgamesh, became a tyrant upon gaining rulership of Bablyim and lost favor with Ishtar. The second season’s villain, Shadow Gilgamesh, is the physical manifestation of his vices and sins.
  • A God Am I: Shadow Gilgamesh and later Neeba.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Jil's older brother, Neeba.
  • All Just a Dream: The first episode. Also a prophetic dream, if you turn your head and squint.
    • There's an alternate version of said episode which talks about what happened after Jil was knocked out.
  • Animation Bump: Occurs in a few shots in the final fight between Neeba and Jil. Comes off oddly due to the last two episodes having noticeably worse quality than the rest of the series.
  • The Anime of the Game: Based on and a sequel to the 1984 game of the same name.
  • Art Shift: Into those of the original game, as per the trap of an insane wizard. It's Hilarious!
  • Ascended Extra: Some of the members of the Red Shirt Army below.
  • Ass Shove: Fatina and a few soldiers who anger little Ki are subjected to this with a spoon in the beginning of the second season. In Fatina's case it's apparently bad enough to momentarily turn her into the "cursed doll" from Utu's stories. Ki even does it to Gil in the closing moments of the show!
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Druaga.
  • Ax-Crazy: Pazuzu's Magic Knights.
  • Babies Ever After: Though it's not for certain that the kid is his, Neeba and Succubus seems to have a half-demon little girl in the epilogue.
    • Others thought Succubus reverted to a little girl instead.
  • Badass Bystander: Henaro in the second season, who's just a random druid who gets dragged along with the party against her will when soldiers raid the bar they're in, and turns out to be more than capable of holding her own. Subverted when she turns out to be The Mole.
  • Bait-and-Switch Credits: The opening credits seem to suggest some sort of Slice of Life show about school children, with subtle references to what actually happens in the anime and most of the characters cleverly hidden in plain sight. The second season’s credits are very similar, except that this time they indicate a baseball themed show.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Quite a bit of it, actually.
  • Because Destiny Says So: Or Ishtar, in Kaaya's case.
    • Screw Destiny: Neeba's attitude towards Kaaya's belief that everything is Ishtar's will. Or against just Ishtar.
  • The Big Guy: Utu. Coopa displays the characteristics of one despite being the shortest and youngest character around.
  • Big Sister Mentor: Ahmey.
  • Black Magician Girl: Since the characters seem to resemble set RPG Classes, there are a few of these like Fatina.
  • Blessed with Suck: Gilgamesh is immortal, but it's eating away at his soul as the burden of being king piles up while being subverted by his own shadow.
    • Watching his son die and his wife soon after due to grief does not do well for his sanity. His wife got better though, kinda.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: Kaaya's betrayal at the end of season 1 ended up being this.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Henaro was just a customer in Kelb's shop who had the misfortune to finish eating only after the Golden Knights put the city under martial law or so she wants everyone to think.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Parodied in the first episode, when Jil derides another character for doing this, then does it himself later on in his dream. Averted for the most part in the series proper.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Most of the monsters are your average fantasy types with different names. Minotaurs are called Kusarakks.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ahmey's Spear. And a recent season 2 episode shows us the contents of those coffins brought by Pazuzu.
    • Also from season 2, Neeba's Void Arrows.
    • Not so much a Chekhov's Gun as a Chekhov's Event, but when the characters visit the "House of the Dead" the only human to not have someone they care about appear is Uragon.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Most of the surviving troops from the army become major characters later in the show. The least distinctive member of Fatina's party later ends up with her.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Gilgamesh and Ki.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Neeba winds up having betrayed not only just his previous party but nearly every ally he has had by the end of the series. Also inverted, Jil has been on the receiving end of many betrayals.
  • Cliché Storm: Invoked in the parodic episode 1, which lampshades and parodies too many fantasy and shonen anime tropes to count.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: In Season 2, Fatima seems to be a much stronger fire user when in her adventurer's gear. Which makes perfect sense, since she is a Sorceress and her spells become stronger the better she looks.
    • Her gear is essentially neko ears, high heels and a maid-like outfit. Apparently, all that is well enough to send her Charisma through the roof.
  • Deep-Immersion Gaming: The story often shows two-dimensional mazes from the game (including a hot spring scene).
  • Cute Bruiser: Fatina, as shown within the first episode of season two, where she kicks over one guy, and punches another behind her (who looks about twice her size).
  • Degraded Boss:Druaga respawn in second season, only to be easily defeated by Jil's smaller party
  • Disappeared Dad: Pazuzu to Henaro.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: The "Druaga" fought in season one looked to be just a guardian for the tower's upper half.
  • Disposable Woman: Alas poor Gremica.
  • The Drag-Along: Both Melt and Henerao early in the second season.
  • Dream Intro: It starts with a humorous dream sequence, after main character Jil gets knocked out, with what he thinks his adventure is going to be.
  • Drop the Hammer: Utu throws the hammer actually, exploding hammers.
  • Dwindling Party: Moreso in season 2
  • Easily Forgiven: Kaaya, who had her reasons but still got off pretty lightly for betraying the group at the end of season 1 without ever trying to give an explanation until later.
  • Egopolis: Meltland.
  • Enemy Within: Gilgamesh, to the point where he wants to kill himself to stop it, but he can't due to his Immortality.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Surprisingly, Utu. When Jil first sees him without his helmet on, he blushes and says he didn't think Utu would be that good looking.
  • Everybody's Dead, Dave: Uragon and Cumu are the last of their group.
  • Evil Chancellor: Gilgamesh's advisors are following in the footsteps of the Titans.
  • Evil Old Folks: Gilgamesh in The Sword of Uruk. He has a reason though.
  • Expy: Jil and Kaaya are somewhat based on Gil and Ki, such their names and their physical appearance.
  • The Faceless: Utu. When his face is actually shown, no one but the person from his former team recognizes him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Melt. Of course the reverse happens just a few episodes later.
    • Done seriously later with Henaro. Same thing happens later.
  • Fake-Out Opening: Both seasons. Going by the openings, the assumption would be that it was a slice-of-life or baseball-themed school drama show for the first and second seasons respectively.
  • Free-Fall Fight: The ice battle to save Neeba.
  • Freudian Excuse: Neeba has one, but it's really hard to sympathize with him even if you hear it.
    • They THREW him out of the HOUSE. Into the RAIN.
  • Furo Scene: With the usual Censor Steam.
  • Guide Dang It!: Lampshaded in the Anime where the cast actually use a guide to help defeat the original tower.
  • The Gunslinger: Henaro uses a gun that shoots magic bullets shaped like little plunger-things.
  • Hallucinations: One episode of "Sword of Uruk" features hallucinations of fallen loved ones as the main puzzle on the floor for the climbers to overcome.
  • Half-Truth: Kaaya tells Jil that her reason for climbing was to get the blue crystal rod since it might be able to cure her little brother from an otherwise incurable disease. Just replace "little brother" with "great-grandfather" and you have her entire reason for climbing. She even says "I lied" followed by a "Just kidding. It's the truth."
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Neeba becomes Druaga in finale
  • Heroic BSoD: Jil has a nasty one in Episode 11 when Ahmey is impaled by Druaga. It's so bad that he doesn't react at all to Druaga resuming attack and about to kill him, the flash that stops said attack or being dragged away. It carries over into the second season though it's more to do with Kaaya ditching the party to enter the upper tower with Neeba.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Notably Kally and Ahmey.
  • Hope Spot: Jil's Roper Dance looks like just the interesting thing that would open the gate, but it had just saw it already. Neeba watched their dad teach it to Jil in secret years ago and used it first.
  • Hot Springs Episode
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: There's no telling where Melt (or anyone in the party) would be if it weren't for Coopa.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Kaaya left her True Companions behind because continuing up the tower meant you could never return.
  • Idiot Hero: Jil in a nutshell.
  • If We Get Through This…: Nearly everyone who said this in Episode 1 died immediately, played for laughs.
  • Immortality: King Gilgamesh.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Ahmey's death.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Mages sometimes use weird devices in their magic spells. Melt uses Lighting magic with what appears to be a set of medieval golf clubs, Fatina uses Fire magic with what seems like a flame thrower/blaster, Henaro uses a magical crossbow that fires out plunger arrows, etc.
    • Let's not forget a certain warrior's drillspear (I guess you'd call it), and Kaaya's weapon.
  • Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Jil, pure to the max and always willing to forgive his enemies.
  • Item Caddy: Coopa, although she can do much more.
  • Indy Ploy The main characters' modus operandi. Lampshaded:
    Henaro: "What? That's crazy!"
    Jil: "But?"
    Henaro: "It'll work out somehow."
    Utu: "You're starting to get the hang of it."
  • Jumped at the Call: Jil does this twice.
  • Kick the Dog: Done regularly by shadow Gilgamesh and his underlings.
  • Kill It with Fire: Fatina's weapon is some sort of flamethrower.
  • King Incognito: Kaaya is the granddaughter of King Gilgamesh and Ki.
  • Konami Code: Kaaya's minigame sidequest involves one of these (though it's not the original code)
  • Lady of Black Magic: Fatina, a proud magician who casts destructive fire magic.
  • The Lancer: Ahmey, both figuratively and literally, to Kaaya. Also, Fatina to Neeba and Ethana to Kelb.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Utu wears heavy armor, is quite fast and can mow down hordes of Mooks with his ax.
  • Lost Superweapon: Two or three of them, in the same episode (the battle vs Druaga).
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: After a fashion. In a certain level of the tower, people can meet with those who have died but they still want to meet. While they make no active attempt to hinder people, it's still tempting for some to just stay.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Jil lives and breathes this trope.
  • Made of Iron: Jil.
    • The guy deflects an arrow, several arrows, a ballista bolt, and finally a catapult launched boulder in succession in the start of season 2. Being Made of Iron kind of comes with the territory of being a guardian (aka Tank), but seriously, boulders?!
    • He's this even without his armor. During a fight in the second episode, some thugs bash him in the head with a large rock. Not only does the rock break, he doesn't even notice. Though he did pass out later from blood loss.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Neeba and Kaaya. Although Kaaya had a good reason for it.
    • Kaaya is something of a subversion. She had planned on simply using Jil and co. as tools to help her ascend the tower, knowing full well that it would likely be a one-way trip. She didn't have the steel to pull it off however, particularly after she started to develop genuine feelings for Jil. Ahmey's death was the final straw, and was the reason for her Break His Heart to Save Him moment.
  • Mauve Shirt: One of Kelb's subordinates reappears in Season 2. It's only passingly mentioned that his name is Cumu, and only once in over six episodes.
  • The Mole: Henaro.
  • Mood Whiplash: The series became more serious from when Kally dies in episode 9.
    • Some people also establish that that was when the series got better.
    • The second episode has a similar effect to some, considering the first was a brightly-colored gag episode, and the second had a decidedly more somber tone.
    • The cheery ending theme does this at the end of the first season.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Fatina. Though Kaaya and Henaro also qualify.
  • NaughtyTentacles: Parodied (among other tropes) in the first episode.
  • The Neider Meyer: Uragon, played for laughs.
    • Lady Amina is a more serious version of this.
  • Non-Indicative First Episode: The first episode is an out and out parody of fantasy videogame and anime cliches that turns out to be All Just a Dream.
    • Not that later episodes aren't chock-full of parodies too, they're just not as hilariously blatant.
  • Non-Lethal Warfare: Within the second season (where a lot of the enemies were also human), one character picks up a weapon before joining the main cast.
  • One-Winged Angel: Neeba starts to become the next Druaga during his fight with Jil. This allows him to pull Duraga's arms and stinger out of hammerspace.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Yet another trope parodied in the first episode, with not only the Black Knight saying this to Jil, but even a random innkeeper. Unfortunately this phrase turns out to be just as fatal as "I plan to return to my homeland and get married."
  • Overly Long Fighting Animation: Part of the parodies of the first episode.
  • Pet the Dog: Uragon gets one, it even starts some Character Development for him.
  • Percussive Prevention: Played for laughs in the first episode. After Neeba suggests that he stay behind to hold off pursuers and allow Jil to advance alone, Jil punches him out, leaving him unconscious in the face of the advancing enemies.
  • Pintsized Powerhouse: Coopa. She doesn't fight with her fists or anything, but she can lift enormous loads without breaking a sweat.


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The Sword of Uruk

Oh yeah, Ki DEFINITELY hit Fatina in the right spot with that spoon.

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