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TL;DR
Record of Lodoss War OVA Series (1990)
ロードス島戦記 (Rōdosu-tō Senki)

Synopsis

A long time ago, there was a tremendous war between the goddess of Creation and the goddess of Destruction, which made the earth tremble. Both goddesses perished in the war and created what people called a cursed land – Lodoss. Something evil is happening in the land of Lodoss. Parn, a reckless young warrior, along with his newfound friends, takes on a quest to find out the source of this evil and becomes involved in the greatest epic struggle between good and evil since the war of the goddesses.
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Rating

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Animation

  • Animation quality and consistency for that time. 

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Story

  • How well the story flows and keeps you engaged.

Poor < Fair < Good < Great

Pros

Character design
Combat/Action
Dialogs
Music
Plot
Visual
World building

Cons

Character design
Dialogs
Plot
Slow-pace

PROs CONS

Overview

Record of Lodoss War (ロードス島戦記 Rōdosu-tō Senki, lit., “Lodoss Island War Chronicle”) is a franchise of fantasy novels by Ryo Mizuno based on the work he originally created for a world called Forcelia as a rules-free setting for role-playing games (RPGs).

Alternative title

– Lodoss-tou Senki
– Record of Lodoss War
– ロードス島戦記
– Chroniques de la guerre de Lodoss
– Cronache della Guerra di Lodoss
– Kronika wojny na Lodoss
– Ο Πόλεμος του Lodoss
– Crónicas de la guerra de Lodoss
– Crônicas da Guerra de Lodoss
– Les chroniques de la guerre de Lodoss
– Lodoss OVA
– 罗德岛战记ova

TL;DR Review

Record of Lodoss War was one of my all-time favorite anime growing up. However, I need to review it without rose-tinted glasses. Ryo Mizuno created both Record of Lodoss War and Record of Grancrest War, the latter was a major disappointment.

The art was great for the time, and possibly the best for any anime released in 1990. Rewatching it now, I do notice some discrepancy in the quality I didn’t notice before. Zoomed in characters are beautifully drawn, but everything else is either still images with little animation or just rudimentary shapes. The combat is also a bit crude in animation, not to mention the same footages being reused several times.

The haunting opening theme “Adesso e Fortuna: Honoo to Eien” and the ending theme “Kaze no Fantasia”, both by Sherry, are such memorable songs. If you ever skip forward these themes while watching the OVA, you are a monster.

The OVA does not tell the story in chronological order. The first episode took place between episode 5 and 6, with some gap omitted. The second episode flashback to how the party formed with some character’s backstory.

This anime was base on traditional D&D so spell needs long incantation time to activate. Sword swing doesn’t split a horse in half. I suppose the combat is more “realistic” than your typical fantasy genre. Despite just saying that you will see one scene where a battle ax was thrown and caught by the thrower like it’s a freaking boomerang.

Now that the rose-tinted glasses are off, Record of Lodoss War isn’t as great as I recall. It is still a good watch and I recommend it to any fantasy fans. This anime contains graphic violence and is appropriate for young adults.

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Featured Music

Record of Lodoss War OVA Series (1990)
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Adesso e Fortuna: Honoo to Eien” by Sherry

Closing Theme

– “Kaze no Fantasia” by Sherry

Insert/Image Theme

– “Kaze to Tori to Sora: Reincarnation” by Arai Akino
– “Odyssey” by Kusao Takeshi
– “Knight of Lodoss: Kaze no Uta” by Kusao Takeshi
– “Kaze no Prologue”
– “Hoshi no Ame” by Touma Yumi
– “Eternity” by Arai Akino
– “Awaki Hikari ni” by Kusao Takeshi

Credits

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Photo by Nicolas LB, Jon Flobrant, and Yvette de Wit on Unsplash.

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