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[Anime] Tower of Druga: The Sword of URUK (ドルアーガの塔)

Fatima from Tower of Druga 2,原由 dalune 上載。

I’ve been lacking off on my anime reviews… let’s see if I can get back on track. Anyways, here’s this month’s spotlight: Tower of Druga – The Sword of URUK (or what I prefer, simply Tower of Druga Season 2).

For those of you who’s seen the previous work, you probably know what to expect from this sequel. The hero-wanna-be, Jil, has given up on climbing the tower after the death of a comrade and the betrayal of a love interest.

Somehow (and a bit hard to believe), one of the party member from another party – his half brother’s – ended up taking care of him (well, Fatina – the one in the pic and fire mage – was ditched by Jil’s bro). So poor Jil pretty much locks himself up in his room and fed everyday by a former captain of the imperial knights and his girlfriend/wife/love interest or whatever term you can think of.

Of course, you can’t expect the main character to remain a loser for long. Miraculously, the manifestation of Kai, the former high priestess of Ishitar (though why she turned into a  girl about 10 years old remains a mystery to the audience) ended up in his care and bestows another quest to him – take her to the top of the tower (the real one, that is).

So with the help of the members of the other party and new members, Jil embarks again on his journey – to climb to the upper level (and maybe to deal with the Kaiya, the girl who dumped him in season 1).

Now, the thing about TowerD which has become a joke among the fans is the idea of ‘switching wives’. In fact, some even go as far as calling in the Tower of Wife-switching. Indeed, with all the hints in the opening of season 1, few people would expect the production team to play a prank at this degree. However, IMHO it’s actually not a bad try. In fact, I like the current female lead Fatina way better than Kaiya, the cleric character who more or less duped (OK, that might be a bit of an overkill) Jil into climbing the tower.

In many ways, I see this as a reflection of the scriptwriter’s other work (btw, for those who’s not familiar with the lead script writer, it’s the author of Full Metal Panic!, a military novel and best seller of Fujimibunko that’s been made into anime twice and a work that exceeded ten years – unfortunately, the author is still having trouble finishing it. FMP pretty much reflects the TowerD syndrome, where the main female lead decides to switch over to the dark side and dump the main male lead, leaving the second female lead to ‘comfort’ the main character. Though FMP has still one more book to go, I think TowerD might give us fans some revelations about where FMP! will go.

Anyways, a decent work for DnD or online RPG players to watch.

PS: I don’t know anything about the TowerD online game, so don’t expect to find any reviews on the game on my Blog.

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February 28, 2009 - Posted by | Animation

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