Record Of Lodoss War [Anime Review]
Record of Lodoss War (aka Lodoss-tou Senki) was created in 1986 by Group SNE as a D&D “replay” serialized in the Japanese magazine Comptiq from 1986 to 1988. Similar to light novels, many characters and parties in replays became popular characters in anime. The popularity of the Record of Lodoss War replays was such that the DM Ryo Mizuno adapted the story into some of the earliest Japanese-language domestic high fantasy novels in 1988.
Akinori Nagaoka directed this anime and Mami Watanabe was the write. Studio Madhouse produced this anime and licensed by Funimation.
The Grey Witch
Record of Lodoss War follows the adventures of Parn, the son of a dishonored knight. The kingdom is in a constant state of war and even though peace was temporarily gained, a new evil stirs to threaten it. Only with a party of six young adventurers, led by Parn, stand between this new threat.
Part of Parns’ motivation is to find out what happened to his father and to restore his family’s honor. He is the leader of the group despite his inexperience. He is accompanied by his childhood best friend Etoh, his friend and sometimes advisor Slayn, a thief named Woodchuck and his newfound mentor Ghim. They are also accompanied by the high elf Deedlit, who comes from the Forest of No Return. She is seeking an answer to her people’s isolationism.
The animation, the music, and the battles are crisp. This was created with a high quality of skill, makes you yearn for the old school days of animation. The story and the characters itself is very standard, they pretty much follow the trope of the high fantasy genre.
The Holy Knights of Lodoss
With that said, why do I sound like I am giving this anime a high praise? What makes this anime standout is its’ legacy.
ROLW was the first high-quality, high fantasy anime released at that time, you can see where its’ influences came from. Each individual parts are fantasy standard but the whole package is crisp and works well. The story is mature and the animation shows how gritty their world is. It’s not gory but not afraid to show blood or death when it counts. High fantasy anime that was done right and even the good guys win in the end.The only anime & manga that I think does this genre better is Berserk.
If you’re a high fantasy fan, like to watch some good fantasy anime – this is the jam for you. Record Of Lodoss War is an anime classic you do not want to deprive yourself of.