Sunday, January 11, 2009

[New January 2009] The Tower of Druaga: The Sword of Uruk

Info: (Official)
Watch online:
Genres: Fantasy
I've watched: 1 episode
Art style: Common

Summary: Picks up about half a year after the first series ended...

First impression score: 70 ~ Still below standard for GONZO

Personal comments: Aside from those ridicule filled comedy animes, the previous season of this anime series, The Tower of Druaga: Aegis of Uruk is probably one of the worst animes that are ever produced by GONZO. I never though GONZO was capable of producing such terrible anime. In late 2008, I read in some news that GDH, the parent company of GONZO announced that GONZO will be going through restructure process and reduce the number of annual anime output in order to cut cost. Well, with products like The Tower of Druaga: Aegis of Uruk, and Rosario Vampire, I can see why they're in financial trouble. GONZO has fallen so far from its peak back in the days of Black Cat, Trinity Blood, Chrno Crusade, Basilisk, and Gankutsuou.

However, with this new season, I see hope for GONZO redeeming themself as one of the best action/drama anime production studio. Though the first episode is still a bit shaky, I can tell that it has a much more serious tone than the first one.

One other thing worth mention is that the entire The Tower of Druaga series is being released on youtube with official English subtitle (as oppose to fansub). It's a very interesting business model they're employing. I think in the long run, it would benefit them greatly, because most English speaking anime fans that normally watches fansubbed anime would settle with lower video quality and watch the youtube version because it's being simultaneously released and availible all the time. This would literally kill the fansub for this series, therefore reduce the download and availability of the actual recorded episodes on the Internet. That's indeed a very clever move.

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