a.k.a. Lodoss Tou Senki
Clouds of evil have descended upon the land of Lodoss as two nations stand at the precipice of war. Thrust into the center of a battle for the very fate of the land itself, Parn and his friends find themselves moving from one perilous situation to the next. Constantly at odds with the general Ashram and his army of monsters, their survival is ever endangered. Looming behind it all is the mysterious Grey Witch, the puppeteer of all that occurs throughout all of Lodoss’s history.
summary by Mugs
Animate any Forgotten Realms AD&D game and you have Record of Lodoss War in a nutshell. Default RPG characters abound including the fighter Dwarf, thief, Elven mage, human wizard and the ever-present cleric. No one should ever be able to say they didn’t know what to expect going into this, as it’s filled to the brim with dragons, spells, battles, mystic realms, holy swords and evil demigods… everything one could want from a fantasy anime.
The focus is, of course, action, and for the most part it pulls it off well. However, the biggest gripe of many people with this show is the abundance of unending stock battle footage used in all the big battles. An OVA’s hallmark is supposed to have higher than television-quality animation. Staring at three orcs kill the same guy every few seconds really doesn’t impress this on the viewer.
The plot in the story is actually rather good for an action type of show; the Grey Witch throws the standard kingdom vs. kingdom element for a nice loop. Not enough is done with her, however, and the story falls back into a more traditional pattern at the end. The characters are all nicely done; they’re pretty cliché but done extremely well and with enough twists. Parn, for example, is the standard good guy hero with the exception that he’s probably the worst swordsman ever. How he survives any battle at all is beyond me.
With so many good things going for it, the slight annoyance of a lack of any real innovation and the repeated animation can easily be overlooked. Overall, this is a fun ride that is really only superseded in the genre by its more complete descendent: Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight.
Record of Lodoss War can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.