Released in 1990. Produced by Madhouse (eps 1-13) and Watanabe Promotion (eps 2, 4-5).
Series Plot Summary
Created from the aftermath of the last great battle of the gods, Lodoss and its kingdoms have been plagued by war for thousands of years. As a quiet peace and unity finally become foreseeable over the land, an unknown evil begins to stir. An ancient witch has awakened, bent on preserving the island of Lodoss by creating political unbalance throughout the many kingdoms and keeping any one from maintaining central control. Only a mixed-race party of six young champions, led by the young warrior Parn, stand between this new threat and Lodoss' decent back into the darkness of war and destruction.
My Thoughts on the Series
Record of the Lodoss War is a staple in the fantasy anime genre! It's a popular and well respected series. What makes it great is that it's a traditional RPG-inspired fantasy. The main characters are a mix of what you'd expect in an RPG: you have a swordsman, an elf, a wizard, a dwarf, a thief, and a priest. Throughout the series they battle against goblins, cobalts, ogres, dark elves, a dark wizard, an evil sorceress, dragons, and more. The story is basically about war. Then there are several twists that reveal the strings behind the war. It's an exciting series with fantasy fan service at every turn!
Record of the Lodoss War continues in the Legend of Crystania series (also featured in this site). It's a spin-off story following what happens when Ashram and Pirotesse leave the dark island of Marmo. It starts with a movie and then finishes with a 3-episode series. The art style is completely different so the similarities to Record of the Lodoss War aren't immediately obvious.
The brave heroes pass through ancient mines guarded by a dragon.
The story of the series begins with a goblin invasion.
War catches up to the heroes as they are mistakingly captured.
The Grey Witch plots while the heroes brave the Forest of No Return.
The Desert King hosts a banquet and gets an unexpected visitor.
Aided by the Grey Witch, Emporer Beld advances his invasion across Lodoss.
The fate of Lodoss is decided as the great kings clash swords.
Our heroes confront the Grey Witch! Can they defeat her?
The dark wizard's agenda is revealed and Deedlit is in danger.
Our heroes challenge the Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain!
The dark wizard comes for Deedlit. What does he want with her?
The climax begins as our heroes head for the dark island of Marmo.
The exciting conclusion! Can Parn save Deedlit and bring peace to Lodoss?
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