– Record of Lodoss War
– 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
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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Record of Lodoss War OVA Series (1990)
A collection of notable music and song from this series.
– “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
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