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Record of the Lodoss War 

Rôdosu-tô senki (original title)
A group of medieval adventurers must participate in a war against dark forces in the land of Lodoss.
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Series cast summary:
Takeshi Kusao ...  Parn 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Yumi Tôma Yumi Tôma ...  Deedlit 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Kappei Yamaguchi ...  Etoh 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Hideyuki Tanaka ...  Slayn 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Ichirô Nagai ...  Narrator 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Al Muscari Al Muscari ...  Slayn 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Lisa Ortiz Lisa Ortiz ...  Deedlit 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Dick Rodstein Dick Rodstein ...  Narrator / ... 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Bill Timoney ...  Parn 13 episodes, 1990-1991
Yoshiko Sakakibara ...  Karla / ... 12 episodes, 1990-1991
Ted Lewis ...  Etoh 12 episodes, 1990-1991
Norio Wakamoto ...  Woodchuck / ... 11 episodes, 1990-1991
Jacques LeCann Jacques LeCann ...  Woodchuck 11 episodes, 1990-1991
Akira Kamiya ...  Ashram 10 episodes, 1990-1991
John Knox John Knox ...  Ashram 10 episodes, 1990-1991
Chris Yates Chris Yates ...  King Kashue, Orson / ... 10 episodes, 1990-1991
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ...  King Kashue 9 episodes, 1990-1991
Yoshisada Sakaguchi ...  Ghim 8 episodes, 1990-1991
Takeshi Aono ...  Wagnard 8 episodes, 1990-1991
Bruce Winant ...  Wagnard 8 episodes, 1990-1991
Greg Wolfe Greg Wolfe ...  Ghim 8 episodes, 1990-1991
Simone Grant Simone Grant ...  Karla 7 episodes, 1990-1991
Shô Hayami Shô Hayami ...  Orson 6 episodes, 1991
Minami Takayama Minami Takayama ...  Shiris 6 episodes, 1991
Karen Smith Karen Smith ...  Shiris 6 episodes, 1991
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On the cursed island continent of Lodoss, a party of adventurers becomes caught up in the struggle against a plot to conquer Lodoss and revive a long-dormant ancient evil deity. This thirteen-part Japanese television series is based on a series of Japanese novels, and is notable among other things for its inclusion of elements from the Dungeons & Dragons (TM) role-playing game. Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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1990 (Japan) See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Mono

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Trivia

A couple of the songs from the series seem to be reprized from the the 1989 horror film, Leviathan. See more »

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In episode two, Parn's shirt is torn and his arm his cut during his fight with the goblins in the forest, but in subsequent shots, the damage has disappeared, only to reappear later. See more »

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Slayn: [Slayn conjures a spell against attacking gargoyles] Omnipotent power, creator of all things, forged by the gods from eternal chaos, throw off these false garments and reveal thy true forms. Creators of all things, become a shield to protect me. Great protectors, do not allow those who would destroy your great works to do their bidding in this sacred place. Use me as your weapon against this evil.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are accompanied by a series of drawings featuring elves. Included among them is a picture of Deedlit and Parn. See more »

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Charming to the last!
2 March 2018 | by FlorisVSee all my reviews

Escapism at it's best, this is by far my favorite anime. It is different than others I've enjoyed because it's a little less serious or pretentious and a bit simpler but still somehow more touching because of it's unrelenting charm. The characters are irresistible, most notably the cute and often giggling High Elf Deedlit, as beautiful as she's skilled in mastering the elemental forces of nature. She is attracted to the young wannabe knight Parn who often crosses the line between bravery and foolishness and is rather oblivious to Deed's affections, which is good for some comic relief. Parn and Deedlit are what make the show, but the supporting characters are wonderful as well. Such as the Dwarf Ghim, in name not very different from Lord Of The Rings's Gimli, but he actually has a more interesting backstory. Woodchuck is your typical thieving scoundrel, Slayn a mysterious and wise wizard that is way cooler than Gandalf ever could be. Etoh is a noble cleric, a typical healer and a fine character as well but he doesn't get enough to do. A minor gripe because clearly the characters form a solid foundation and are what make a Lodoss great series.

The story was based on game sessions of the famous board game, Dungeons & Dragons. Don't worry, because writer Ryo Mizuno must have been a great Dungeon Master, the plot is thoroughly enjoyable and has anything you could want in a classical fantasy story: magic, a witch, Orcs, ancient Dragons, a Dark and a High Elf, you name it. The only character I missed in the party was an archer. There's a good balance between action and dialog.

The story can be confusing at times, out of order chronologically or raise the wrong expectations, because certain plot points get brushed over too quickly or just plain skipped. But mostly I would just feel for these characters, with their adventures and their flaws and I often couldn't wait to see what would happen next. Ultimately it's a story about the balance between light and darkness, the battle between good and evil, but this simplicity didn't bother me at all, it's just part of it's old fashioned charm.

The music is what truly makes the show magical: the soundtrack is sublime. It's mostly a wonderful classical score but at the beginning and end of each show there is some J-Pop which will grow on you as well.

The anime is beautifully drawn. Clearly there are the typical tricks to reduce animation work and the show could have been superior with a bigger budget. But with what little they had, they did extremely well. The colors and facial expressions are always spot on and the world of Lodoss and it's inhabitants is a joy to watch.

The English dub is very good. Personally I always prefer English dubs over the Japanese ones because I just can't stand it if the male and female voices are about 4 octaves apart from each other. But this anime is particularly known to have an above average English dub with pretty good voice work. It's worth it for Deedlit's giggling alone!

Occasionally a little bloody, this may not be suitable for all kids. But Lodoss is timeless fun, incredibly charming and a classic to watch again and again from time to time. I'd be hungry for many, many more episodes but unfortunately they don't make them like this anymore...


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