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A Summer of Anu to Remember

Based on the (hilariously, psychotically, masochistically Nintendo Hard) 1984 game series, The Tower of Druaga This anime broken into two seasons, 'Tower of Druaga: The Aegis of Uruk and The Sword of Uruk, 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, as the opportunists and adventurers who commit themselves to the task of becoming rich from taking artifacts and treasures from the Tower are called, 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:


 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)
  • 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.
  • Magitek
  • Man, I Feel Like a Woman
  • Manipulative Bastard - Neeba and Kaaya. Although Kaaya had a good reason for it.
  • Manly Tears
  • Mauve Shirt - One of Kelb's subordinates reappears in Season 2. Its only passingly mentioned that his name is Cumu, and only once in over six episodes.
  • Mobile Suit Human
  • 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 coloured gag episode, and the second had a decidedly more somber tone.
  • Ms. Fanservice - Fatina
  • Naughty Tentacles - Parodied (among other tropes) in the first episode.
  • The Neidermeyer - 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.
  • Pintsize Powerhouse- Coopa. She doesn't fight with her fists or anything, but she can lift enormous loads without breaking a sweat.
  • Post Episode Trailer
  • Pretty Spry for a Dead Guy - One of the big reveals at the end of the first season is that Druaga was indeed dead all along, it is just a mindless Guardian zombie that is created as the 'guardian' of the middle of the Tower.
  • Put on a Bus - Cumu decides to stay with an illusion of his dead sister.
    • I think I saw him in the ending credits, although that could just be another gold-armoured night with brown hair. And since the tower got destroyed....
  • Rage Against the Heavens - Neeba, and the Tower allows him to do just that.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits - Climber parties in general.
  • Recursive Reality: Okay, here's a bit of Mind Screw. The anime world is based on a game (which is at one point played by the party). Now, outside that is the "real world" which the characters live. Now, to say nothing of Jil's dream at the first episode, there is an outer world where Gil's consciousness and other weird things reside. Also, if the opening credits are to be believed, since this was in fact based on a video game, it's possible these are Real Life online gamers. And then, you, the audience, is watching this show... And then...
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni - Jil and Neeba. The color connection comes from which of the ghosts of the tower appear to them.
  • Redemption Equals Death - Henaro.
    • Yet adverted with Uragon.
  • Retirony - Parodied (among other tropes) in the first episode.
  • Redshirt Army - The army of Uruk and the Climber parties. Not as bad as many of the other examples of the trope, but still not as good as the heroes.
    • In season 2, the Golden Knights could be easily swept aside by the main characters. Sort of justified as the knights don't have much fighting experience, and they're basically going against the guys who defeated Druaga.
      • That and they're wearing golden armor. It could just be gold-plated, but still...
  • Replacement Goldfish - Fatina and Jil sort used each other after Neeba and Kaaya's betrayal.
  • Ridiculously-Human Robots - Both Subverted and somewhat played straight by the Coffin Knights.
  • The Power of Friendship
  • Schmuck Banquet - A rare non-food example. In the second series there is a mansion that gives the visitors cherished things they have lost in the past, from childhood toys to brining back their lost companions from the dead. Everyone figures out right away that it is an illusion and a trap to make them stop their quest, but a mauve shirt even ends up choosing to stay anyways.
  • Ship Tease - Jil/Fatina and Jil/Kaaya. There was also some Kelb/Ahmey, supposedly before she quit the army.
    • There's also a little bit of Utu/Fatina. He doesn't have a pretty face like Neeba and Jil so it doesn't look too good for him at first but there's some hope there, especially since Jil rejected her for Kaaya and Neeba straight up rejected. Utu and Fatina still climb together in the epilogue.
  • Shout-Out - To the game, where they encounter the actual tower Gilgamesh himself went in. In the second season, episode 3, 24 and The Great Escape both get significant Shout Outs.
    • The first episode features a dragon with a glowing tail named Quokks, apparently named after the dragon Quox from the Oz book Tik-Tok of Oz, who had a lightbulb on the end of his tail.
    • The dragon in question was also previously an enemy character in the original game. Moreover, its name was originally written as "Quox" in official materials for said game; "Quokks" was used specifically for the subtitles in the anime.
    • Don't forget the fight against Druaga in the first episode, where Jil whips out Gurren Lagann, Neon Genesis Evangelion and Mazinger Z references in his armor transformations.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance - The end of season one. Fatina seems to be dying or at least seriously injured in Jil's arms, you don't see what happened to the others, Neeba (although you know he's not a good person by the time this happened) and Kaaya pulled a Face Heel Turn, and it turns out they didn't really kill Druaga, just a guardian of the tower. And they can't follow Neeba and Kaaya 'cause they're up in the sky or something. Touchousha-tachi plays right after all this has happened, during the credits, which show pictures from the show, etc. By this time, you probably don't want to be reminded of what happened, though.
  • Spirit Advisor - The Succubus and Priestess Ki
  • Sleep Cute - Jil and Kaaya in the OP of the first season. They're even holding hands.
  • Stalked by the Bell - The Climbers are screwed if they're still up in there when the Summer of Anu ends.
  • Start of Darkness - Since Gil defeated Druaga.
  • Super Strength - Coopa could carry Utu (while he's still in full armor) and Melt's golf clubs with little problem.
    • Season 2 has her be able to lift her cage while injured and pull up all of her True Companions from a dangling cliff.
    • Jil is also pretty strong. In episode 2, some thugs try to steal the sack containing his armor, only to find it too heavy for them to lift. Jil then effortlessly picks up the sack with one hand and walks off.
  • Supporting Leader: Kelb.
  • Team Mom - Utu, who seems to be the one most concerned with keeping the team together. Except for that bit in episode 7.
  • (pre)Teen Genius - Coopa is like Chiyo, times a thousand.
  • Theme Naming: The original hero of the tower, Gil(gamesh) and Jil, the main character and second hero.
  • This Is a Drill - Ahmey's spear.
  • Third Person Person - Coopa always talks about Coopa like this.
  • Time Skip - Over half a year have passed since the end of the first season.
  • Token Mini-Moe - Coopa and Arca. Spirit Ki may also count.
  • Took a Level In Badass - Jil is hopeless at the beginning of the series. By the end, he's beaten the entire tower like ten times over, and is pretty much unstoppable.
  • Trick Arrow - Neeba mixes it up a bit here and there.
  • Troperiffic - Understatement
  • Tsundere - Fatina.
  • Upperclass Twit - Melt.
  • Verbal Tic - de gozaimasu.
  • Was It All a Lie? - The survivors of Neeba's group to Neeba, as well as Jil to Kaaya
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Uragon suddenly disappears at the end of the series. After he stabbed Gilgamesh in the back, one would think he'd be seen.
    • Uragon is seen in the last episode, after everyone returns to the bottom of the tower, still upset over Might the Fool's destruction.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human? - Defied by Uragon, of all people.
  • What the Hell, Hero? - Neeba, several times. And Kaaya at least once.
  • Where Are They Now? Epilogue - The ending of the series.
  • Whip Sword: Standard army issue.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever? - Gilgamesh, though he can't do anything about it.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist - Jil.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Coopa makes up for Melt man-child tendencies.
  • Wrestler in All of Us - Utu.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend - Gilgamesh and Ki.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko - Kaaya.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside - Episode 8 reveals that although seven months have passed since the first season, Neeba and Kaaya have been in the upper part of the tower for only three weeks.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair - The Succubus and various characters.