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The Tower of Druaga: Part One - The Aegis of Uruk

Todd Haberkorn , J. Michael Tatum , Zach Bolton  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Todd Haberkorn, J. Michael Tatum
  • Directors: Zach Bolton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation Prod
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002MXZYH2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,208 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The fantasy-adventure Tower of Druaga (2008) is based on an arcade game that was released in 1984 and later remade for more sophisticated platforms. Jil is an inexperienced Guardian, one of several roles taken by people who attempt to climb the 60 floors of the Tower of Druaga. Anyone who can reach the top and slay the evil god Druaga will be rewarded with the Blue Crystal Rod that grants any wish. Assembling a fairly standard group of misfits, Jil sets out to conquer the Tower. At times, Tower of Druaga plays like an episode of .hack//SIGN restaged by the cast of Gurren Lagann. Voice actor Todd Haberkorn infuses Jil with much of the upbeat enthusiasm he brought to Tajima in Big Windup, and the show needs all the energy it can get. Subplots multiply like coat hangers in the back of a closet, and there's a plethora of secondary characters who contribute little to the storytelling. The Aegis of Uruk stops, rather than ends, with most of the plot left unresolved. Presumably, some of the dangling story points get sorted out in the sequel The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk (2009). (Rated TV 14: violence, brief nudity, risqué humor, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

(1. The Great Tower of Druaga, 2. Meskia, City in the Tower, 3. Before We Depart, 4. Band of Hands, 5. Ziusudra's Trap, 6. The Lightning Bridge, 7. Dance with the One-Winger, 8. The Legendary Tower, 9. 11:09, 10. At Summer's End, 11. As But a Single Shield, 12. You Zapped to…)

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The Tower of Druaga: Part One - The Aegis of Uruk

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Video Game Turned Excellent Anime October 30, 2009
Solid fantasy anime is few and far between but that's simply not the case in the video game world where fantasy titles have reigned supreme since the days of programming in Basic. Wisely, a few companies have taken note of this fact and rather than simply tool a new fantasy realm from the ground up, transfer an established video game title into the animated medium. Enter The Tower of Druaga from FUNimation.

Released across a pair of discs (thin packs within a cardboard outer slipcase), The Tower of Druaga Part 1 consists of episodes 1-12 and comes in at a total runtime of 280 minutes. It wears an appropriate TV 14 rating due to violence and light supernatural imagery.

Language options are standard sub & dub with both an English dub (Dolby 5.1 Digital Surround) and original Japanese soundtrack (stereo) & the choice of English subtitled if so inclined to turn them on.

Extras are nice and thorough and include A Tale Told Twice: An alternate look at the first episode, an English commentary track over the 5th episode, textless songs, a host of FUNimation trailers on the second disc.

The story goes something like this: Summer comes to a mystical land once every five years (called the Summer of Anu here), and it is during this time that monsters hidden away within the mysterious Tower of Druaga lose their powers thanks to the intercession of an idol appropriately named "Anu".

Each Summer of Anu, the armies of the Uruk Kingdom secure their strongholds within the Tower, aiming to eventually conquer the upper floors in these periods where the demons' powers are at their weakest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Climb to the Top! October 15, 2010
Admittedly, I've never played the game on which this anime was based. But I don't think it mattered.
I was first introduced to The Tower of Druaga through the Funimation preview, which impressed me by being an actual preview and a good preview at that. When I found it was based on a video game, I wasn't sure if that was a bad thing or not, but when I heard favorable reviews on the series, I decided to give it a shot.

The Tower of Druaga is a mysterious tower filled with riches and monsters and the god of evil residing at the top. Jil and his friends are Climbers - people who climb the tower and whose goal is to defeat Druaga at the top.

The first episode had me in stitches - it was a parody of RPG games, and was really well done and entertaining. The second episode is where the story really starts. The parody element continue to show up through out the series, though is most common at the beginning. Nothing about this series could be taken seriously. Even the parts of the storyline that were really supposed to be dramatic, I just sniggered into my sleeve or tuned it out. This is one of those series where having 2 dimensional, stereotypical characters really works. The story and characters aren't really all that important - what is fun about this series is the tower; the various adventures and mishaps that our heros encounter. For example, in one episode Jil and his friends are trying to take a short-cut to the next floor. Their short-cut turns out to be covered in dangerous booby traps in the form of little colored, cursed balls. Step on one and you could find yourself horrible transformed - into a human sized teddy bear. Or have your gender reversed. Or end up dressed in a maid costume.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars story in search of an identity. December 29, 2010
Aegis of Uruk has a number positive aspects to its, the only problem is that they are all thrown together randomly. The series starts out as a witty parody of fantasy stories and RPGs that is really quite humorous. At multiple moments, the video game heritage of the story is fore-fronted with hilarious effect. But then the story gets really serious, deep and almost depressing. It becomes, to an extent, a stereotypical fantasy story - the kind it has been parodying the whole time.

and it would be one thing if it were a tale of two halves - one serious one not. but the two are mingled too extensively (though the final four episodes or so are rather serious). It all ends up a little schizophrenic and unsatisfying.

in the end, if you like fantasy stories of any stripe, you will enjoy this for the most part. but it isn't anything special.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime, from a Long ago game July 8, 2010
Personally like most people in search of anime, we seek titles that really pick you up and in good time show you that
a diffrent side of the same world that some people actually do live in.

Tower of Druaga is a great anime that takes you into a Fantasy Action Adventure but keeps all the deep thoughts and character emotions intact including those complicated choices that we all face. Slick styles and great story make this one worth buying and worth keeping. you won't regret seeing this and like me will regard it as something to remember
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tower of Many Surprises February 2, 2010
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I find it strange to think about how many years it's been since the (American) release of Last Exile. As much of a groundbreaking series as that was, it was only natural that I would jump at the opportunity to experience the latest masterpiece created by my favorite animation studio and Director. From successes like Romeo X Juliet, Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo, Kaze No Stigma, and Chrono Crusade it isn't a surprise that this studio can just kick these things out left and right.
Although, I must admit that the concept that went into the Tower of Druaga was quite different than what I've come to expect from them. A unique style of animation was used to create a very serious story based on the Gilgamesh Mythos while at the same exact time making it extremely hilarious (especially to those who've experienced those old 1980s and 1990s Japanese Role-Playing Games). At times I found it quite difficult to figure out whether I was supposed to be laughing of deeply interested in what would happen next.
I understand that this is a story that is based on a Video Game series by Bandai/Naamco, for which I never played. However, after this first of two part series, I have come to become quite interested in finding out if the game really does follow the story of Jil (Main Character) and if he really is that absent minded (at times).
This was a very deep series and worth the effort to see just once (I especially like the fact that they have two pilot episodes which quite beautifully capture the more comical side as well as more serious plot-line.

However, I have always been a fan of GONZO DIGIMATION since I was introduced to it via Last Exile.

Oh, and the soundtrack for this series is absolutely gorgeous! (As was Romeo X Juliet's.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Anime
This is a short but sweet series it has the same voice actor as D Gray Man so I decided to check it out and was not disappointed. Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
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4.0 out of 5 stars What you are looking for :)
There are few medievals anime on the market and this one is a good one. The first episode is the funniess by a long shot and you must not think that the rest is as funny as this... Read more
Published on November 5, 2011 by Mercenair001
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpected treasure!
First of all, I have to say that although I am a big anime fan I haven't seen much of it. That aside, the Tower of Druaga has got to be one of the top 25 anime to watch of all... Read more
Published on June 18, 2011 by Lucian Corvinus
5.0 out of 5 stars Must own
This is a great series if you enjoy storytelling! Don't judge it by the first pilot episode, I almost thought it was just a spoof! Read more
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If you saw the anime series Ragnarok and were disappointed at the series like I was this one will surprise you at how far superior and story and enjoyment than that previous series... Read more
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Yes this series is loosley based off of the game,if you watched the special features youd see the game creator in it.
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