Doruâga no tô: The Aegis of Uruk (2008– )

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A demon lord commands his forces from a tower. During the "Summer of Anu", they lose their power and human army invades the tower to end their threat. Adventurers who have heard about a ... See full summary »

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 Jil (13 episodes, 2008)
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 Jil (13 episodes, 2008)
Risa Hayamizu ...
 Ahmey (12 episodes, 2008)
Takahiro Sakurai ...
 Neeba (12 episodes, 2008)
Yui Horie ...
 Fatina (12 episodes, 2008)
Hiroki Yasumoto ...
 Utu (12 episodes, 2008)
Jamie Marchi ...
 Fatina (12 episodes, 2008)
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 Ahmey (12 episodes, 2008)
Kent Williams ...
 Utu (12 episodes, 2008)
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 Neeba (12 episodes, 2008)
Fumiko Orikasa ...
 Kaaya (11 episodes, 2008)
Hozumi Gôda ...
 Melt (11 episodes, 2008)
Minori Chihara ...
 Coopa (11 episodes, 2008)
Masaki Terasoma ...
 Kelb (11 episodes, 2008)
Risa Mizuno ...
 Etana / ... (11 episodes, 2008)
Colleen Clinkenbeard ...
 Ethana / ... (11 episodes, 2008)
Chuck Huber ...
 Melt (11 episodes, 2008)
Trina Nishimura ...
 Kaaya (11 episodes, 2008)
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 Coopa (11 episodes, 2008)
J. Michael Tatum ...
 Kelb (11 episodes, 2008)
Akira Ishida ...
 Kally (9 episodes, 2008)
Justin Pate ...
 Kally (9 episodes, 2008)
Yukana Nogami ...
 Succubus (7 episodes, 2008)
Masahiko Tanaka ...
 Pazuzu / ... (7 episodes, 2008)
Carrie Savage ...
 Succubus (7 episodes, 2008)
Barry Yandell ...
 Pazuz (7 episodes, 2008)
Kimiyoshi Kibe ...
 Kabuta / ... (6 episodes, 2008)
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A demon lord commands his forces from a tower. During the "Summer of Anu", they lose their power and human army invades the tower to end their threat. Adventurers who have heard about a priceless treasure hidden in the tower join the fight. Written by Anonymous

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A thrilling fun adventure with great action and memorable characters
5 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

This is a show that has all the elements and tropes of a classic adventure mixed with excellent genre parody.

It follows Jil (his feminine name being jut one of many parodies on the genre), a superhumanly sturdy young naive self-proclaimed hero with a pure heart who quickly evolves from a useless burden to a brave inspiring hero who always puts the safety of others before his own.

Ever since his father was accused of cowardice after a battle, all Jil wanted was to be a hero and not like his dad. He sees his chance when Tower of Druaga, a legendary tower of evil that appears every few decades, reappears. The tower holds an army of various demons and their demigod overlord Druaga, but there are also treasures, mysteries and small towns inside. Its terror usually ends only when Druaga is defeated and the victor gets to make any single wish. The elderly hero-king Gilgamesh defeated the beast many decades ago and now new adventurers, thieves, political factions, mages and even Gilgamesh himself with his army want to take another shot at defeating the monster again and gaining a chance to make their one biggest wish come true. The goddess of love and protection Ishtar weakens the tower and its demon army during one summer every few years and that time has come again as well. The supernaturally tall tower has many deadly stories and the parties and the armies have only a few weeks to climb it before the summer ends and the window of opportunity to defeat the weakened Druaga closes.

Jil joins a party lead by his skillful but very bitter half-brother Neeba. After failing miserably at his job as the shield bearer and defender of the group, he is swiftly kicked out, but brave and naive as he is, he holds a desperate public speech to gather his own party. This attracts the attention of cute, but mysterious Kaaya, a priestess of Ishtar and competent mage with powers of healing and protection at her disposal, and Ahmey, a skillful brave stoic female warrior lancer. Against all odds, they agree to get to the top and defeat the evil demigod, but then Jil hears about the plot to assassinate the king and makes stopping this his priority.

The story is just wonderful and very colorful. It has many twists and turns you'll never guess, convincing motivations for the characters, fun dialog, adrenalin pumping action moments, laugh out loud comedy moments and brilliant parody moments (like episode 08 that serves in its entirety as an excellent tongue-firmly-in-cheek tribute to the cult Japanese video game The Tower of Druaga (1984) that the show was based on and even the games creator gets a parody cameo). Parody is quite a significant element of the show's charm. Episode two where we see Jil's epic heroic dream is especially parody gold.

The characters are really cute and well designed. Best of all, every character gets to do something during the show. Everyone also gets their chance to be the comical relief for an episode, but Jil's party members, powerful smug golfing wizard Melt and his very young adorable super strong sidekick Coopa who serves as his conscience and carrying mule, perform this role most often, and they are one of the most fun, endearing and memorable dysfunctional odd couple duos ever.

English dubbing is excellent and there are no badly voiced characters in the English version. The voice actors and actresses give their own fitting personality to every one of the characters.

Animation is really fluid and appealing and it creates great mythical atmosphere.

Tone of the show is not always balanced, so more often than not, a fun comical episode will be followed by a more somber adventurous episode. Episodes are in general either comical or serious and rarely there's a mix of the two.

Violence is very PG and it never goes into gruesome territory. Although the story features monsters, the show never crosses into horror and it's for the best.

This show rarely kills its main characters and even when it does, it handles it well and gives some poignancy to it.

There's plenty of fan service that includes soft nudity (there's at least one obligatory male or female bathing scene in each and every episode, although this could also be considered a parody of the fan service cliché). The problem here is that the age of the characters is not defined, and the show can get downright uncomfortable when it throws in a scene of some character who looks very underage like Coopa taking a nude bath with little left to the imagination. These scenes aren't overtly sexualized, though, and they don't last too long, so if you turn your head away for couple of seconds or hit fast forward, it shouldn't bother you too much.

The ending of the show is quite climactic and satisfying, but since this show only follows the first half of the story, its also a cliffhanger.

The follow-up "Tower of Druaga Part 2: The Sword of Uruk" (2009) is alright, but this first part is the stronger, tighter and more fun of the two series, and its way more balanced.

If you want epic adventure and memorable lovable characters crossed with a fun good-natured parody of the genre, look no further. This show is a hidden gem and an unsung adventure classic.


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