Record of Lodoss War

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Record of Lodoss War
ロードス島戦記
(Rōdosu-tō Senki)
GenreFantasy
Game
Record of Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War 2, Record of Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War, Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War
DeveloperHummingbird Soft
GenreRPG
Platform(PC 98) (1988)
(X68000) (1991 and 1992)
(PC Engine) (1992 and 1994)
(Mega-CD) (1994)
(SFC/SNES) (1995)
(Game Boy Color) (1998)
(Dreamcast) (2000)
Released1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000
Original video animation
Directed byAkinori Nagaoka
Akio Sakai
Hiroshi Kawasaki
Katsuhisa Yamada
Kazunori Mizuno
Shigeto Makino
Taiji Ryu
Written byMami Watanabe
Music byMitsuo Hagita
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
ReleasedJune 30, 1990November 20, 1991
Runtime25 minutes
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Manga
The Grey Witch
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byYoshihiko Ochi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Volumes3
Manga
The Lady of Pharis
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byAkihiro Yamada
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Volumes2
Manga
Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byMasato Natsumoto
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Volumes6
Manga
Welcome to Lodoss Island
Written byRei Hyakuyashiki
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Volumes3
Manga
Deedlit's Tale
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated bySetsuko Yoneyama
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōjo
Volumes2
Anime television series
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
Directed byYoshihiro Takamoto
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioAIC
Licensed by
NetworkTV Tokyo
English network
Original runApril 1, 1998September 30, 1998
Episodes27 (List of episodes)
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Record of Lodoss War
ロードス島戦記
(Rōdosu-tō Senki)
GenreFantasy
Game
Record of Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War 2, Record of Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War, Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War
DeveloperHummingbird Soft
GenreRPG
Platform(PC 98) (1988)
(X68000) (1991 and 1992)
(PC Engine) (1992 and 1994)
(Mega-CD) (1994)
(SFC/SNES) (1995)
(Game Boy Color) (1998)
(Dreamcast) (2000)
Released1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000
Original video animation
Directed byAkinori Nagaoka
Akio Sakai
Hiroshi Kawasaki
Katsuhisa Yamada
Kazunori Mizuno
Shigeto Makino
Taiji Ryu
Written byMami Watanabe
Music byMitsuo Hagita
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
ReleasedJune 30, 1990November 20, 1991
Runtime25 minutes
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Manga
The Grey Witch
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byYoshihiko Ochi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Volumes3
Manga
The Lady of Pharis
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byAkihiro Yamada
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Volumes2
Manga
Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byMasato Natsumoto
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Volumes6
Manga
Welcome to Lodoss Island
Written byRei Hyakuyashiki
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Volumes3
Manga
Deedlit's Tale
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated bySetsuko Yoneyama
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōjo
Volumes2
Anime television series
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
Directed byYoshihiro Takamoto
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioAIC
Licensed by
NetworkTV Tokyo
English network
Original runApril 1, 1998September 30, 1998
Episodes27 (List of episodes)
Portal icon Anime and Manga portal

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 around the work he originally created for a world called Forcelia for role-playing games (RPGs). There have since been multiple manga, anime and computer game adaptations, several of which have been translated into English. The plots generally follow the conventions and structure of the RPG systems including Dungeons & Dragons and Sword World RPG, being based around a party of several characters of distinct types undertaking a specific quest.

Origins[edit]

Record of Lodoss War was created in 1986 by Group SNE as a Dungeons & Dragons "replay" serialized in the Japanese magazine Comptiq. Replays are not novels, but transcripts of RPG sessions, meant to both hold the interest of readers and convey the events that took place. They have proven to be popular, even to those who do not play role-playing games but are fans of fiction (including fantasy fiction). Similar to light novels, many characters and parties in replays have become popular as characters of anime. An example of such a character is the female elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War, who was played by science fiction novelist Hiroshi Yamamoto during the RPG sessions.

The popularity of the Record of Lodoss War replays was such that the Dungeon Master Ryo Mizuno started to adapt the story into some of the earliest Japanese-language domestic high fantasy novels in 1988.

When the replay series went on to become a trilogy, Group SNE had to abandon the Dungeons & Dragons rules and create their own game, dubbed Record of Lodoss War Companion and released in 1989. All three parts of the replay series were eventually published as paperbacks by Kadokawa Shoten from 1989 to 1991:

The last volume of Mizuno's novelization was published by Kadokawa Shoten in 1993, and followed by two collections of short stories in 1995:

The first volume forms the basis for the first eight episodes of the Record of Lodoss War OVA series, as well as the Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch manga series. The second was also adapted in manga form, and as a four-CD radio drama. The final five episodes of the OVA series are loosely based on the story told across the third and fourth novels and, having caught up with the ongoing novelization at that point, feature an original ending. The Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight TV series is a more faithful adaptation of volumes three to seven. The first collection of short stories was adapted into the Record of Lodoss War: Deedlit's Tale manga series.

Mizuno later went on to pen two new series of novels: a prequel titled Legend of Lodoss (ロードス島伝説 Rōdosu-tō Densetsu?) (1994 to 2002) and a sequel titled Record of Lodoss War Next Generation (新ロードス島戦記 Shin Rōdosu-tō Senki?) (1998 to 2006), the first of which forms the basis for the Record of Lodoss War: The Lady of Pharis manga series.

Characters[edit]

The manga (and its anime derivative) Record of Lodoss War centers around the adventures of a youth by the name of Parn, the son of a dishonored knight. Part of his motivation for adventuring is to find out what happened to his father, and to restore his family's honor. Despite his inexperience, Parn is considered the leader, who is accompanied by his childhood best friend Etoh, his friend and sometimes advisor Slayn (and later on Slayn's lover Leylia), and his newfound mentor Ghim. They are accompanied by Parn's romantic interest, the high elf Deedlit, who comes from the Forest of No Return seeking an answer to her people's isolationism and an end to what she sees as a slow march to extinction and a thief named Woodchuck. Throughout the series, Parn comes into contact with friends and foes alike. His allies include King Kashue, King Fahn, Shiris, and Orson; his enemies include Emperor Beld, Ashram, and the evil necromancer Wagnard.

The manga and its anime derivative Chronicles of the Heroic Knight continues the adventures of Parn for the first eight episodes, but then centers around Spark and his adventures to complete a quest tasked onto him to protect Neese, the daughter of Slayn and Leylia. He is accompanied by his own cast of friends in the form of Leaf, Garrack, Greevus, Aldo, and Ryna. The television series shares similarities with the plot of the OVA, such as Wagnard seeking to kidnap Neese in order to use her as a reagent for the resurrection of Naneel, a priestess and the Avatar of Kardis who was slain by Leylia's mother, the high priestess Neese a short time after the battle with the demonic god. Leylia was the reincarnation of Naneel, but when she lost her virginity she was no longer capable of being the doorway or reagent needed to unseal Naneel.

The third series, Legend of Crystania, places the former villain Ashram into the seat of a would-be hero who is placed under a spell by a "god beast" of Crystania. The series then centers around Pirotess, his dark elven lover, as she tries to find a way to free him from the clutches of the spell and to restore him back to his living self.

Timeline[edit]

The following is a timeline of the events as they take place in the original events surrounding Record of Lodoss War, and is derived from the replays and manga. All events are measured on the "NRC" (New Royal Calendar) as used on the continent of Alecrast.

YearEvent
NRC ??The sorcerers of Kastuul seal away the fire giants (remnants of the cataclysmic war). Azzard, a sorcerer, strikes a covenant in which Jinn and Ifrit become guardian deities of a tribe in northern Lodoss, to protect the tribe from the attacks of Kastuul. The covenant causes the desertification of the region. Over time, the tribe splits into the Wind tribe and the Flame tribe. Later, sorcerers of Kastuul seals the two deities inside two sacred urns and ignites hostility between the two tribes.
NRC 0A magic ritual fails and destroys the Tower of Magic, which magnifies the magical ability of a person through a crystal implant at the front of the peron's forehead. Most sorcerers of Kastuul have the implant and they lose their ability to use magic causing Kastuul to collapse. Governor Saluvan curses the ancient dragons to guard the governor's treasures. Karla, later to be known as "the Grey Witch", seals herself into an enchanted circlet, and upon her death knowledge of her whereabouts becomes vague.
NRC 50Naneel, the queen of the dead and the avatar of Kardis begins to manipulate the people of Lodoss from within Alania.
NRC 100–200Various city states arise, among them Kannon, Raiden, Roid, Rood, Adan, Marnie, Loran, Highland, Harken, Persei and Saluvad.
NRC 101King Kadomos defeats Naneel and inaugurates the kingdoms of Alania. An expedition to Marmo is launched. After Kadomos himself is killed, the main force returns to Lodoss, with a small remnant remaining to settle the land.
NRC 221The Kingdom of Elvec is inaugurated, and its forces advance westward taking possession of Venon and Adan.
NRC 229Elvec continues its expansion, forcibly merging with Rood, Marnie, and Loran. Revolution follows, and 20 years later these states reclaim independence from Elvec, and establish themselves as the Holy Kingdom of Valis.
NRC 259The dragons' covenant is founded. This covenant is an agreement by the dragons of Lodoss not to interfere with the politics and people of Lodoss, but does not bar them from feeding on its people.
NRC 313The Academy of Sages is created.
NRC 473Neese frees Bramd from Saluvan's curse. King Bruuk of Skard releases the demon god, who attacks the dwarven kingdom of Stone and the Mirror Forest (the mirror elves). The War of the Demon God begins, and the dragon covenant is abandoned. The hundred heroes and the allied order of knights are gathered and move to liberate those conquered by the demon god. Mycen is released from her curse. The mirror of truth is stolen by Karla the Grey Witch.
NRC 474The demon god king is defeated by the Six Heroes: Fahn, Beld, Neese, Fleve, Wort, and Karla and their companion Flaus, the Valis Priestess.
NRC 48?The seal on Naneel is broken in an earthquake. Naneel is defeated and her soul transmigrates into a baby. The baby, named Leylia, is given to Neese. Under Neese's care, Leylia's soul is strong and Naneel's soul does not wake up.
NRC 496Fahn ascends the throne of Valis.
NRC 497Beld declares a united Marmo, assuming the title of Dark Emperor. The Marmo Empire is inaugurated.
NRC 500In Alecrast, Kashue is arrested and made a gladiator slave. Three years later, he procures his freedom, and leaves for the island of Lodoss, where he joins the Wind Tribe as a mercenary. One year later, at the Tower of Dust Storms, he frees Jinn from its sacred urn, and it is unspecified where he becomes the king of Flaim.
NRC 503Karla takes control of Leylia.
NRC 508Karla arranges dark priests from Marmo to help the Flame tribe and gives information on Ifrit. The appearance of the dark priests draws attention of other nations and so when the old chieftain is killed in a duel with Kashue, the new chieftain expels them.
NRC 509The Academy of Sages is destroyed by Wagnard's machinations.
NRC 510(OVA continuity begins here): Karla frees a fire giant and gives it to Gyenon of Moss. Deedlit travels to the human world. Parn, Etoh, Slayn, and Ghim begin to travel together and are later joined by Deedlit. The War of Heroes begins. Fahn is struck down by Beld, Beld is challenged by King Kashue, during their fight Beld gets hit by an arrow shot by Karla, Kashue takes this chance to kill Beld. The War of Heroes ends. Parn and Ghim do battle with Karla. Leylia is freed, but Ghim dies. Karla takes control of Woodchuck. Parn and Deedlit travel to places to look for Woodchuck.
NRC 512The Flame Tribe regains Ifrit and destroys Haven. Parn when to Flaim to investigate whether Woodchuck is with the Flame Tribe. Woodchuck is not there and Parn suspects Karla's involvement is some time ago. Using information from Leylia, who retains Karla's memory, Parn leads a team to the Tower of Dust Storms, where Deedlit frees Jinn from the guardian duty by striking a new covenant. In a final battle between Flaim and Flame tribe, Deedlit also frees Ifrit, causing the Flame tribe to surrender. The chieftain commits suicide. Spark, the last member of the house chieftain, becomes the new chieftain. Little Neese, daughter of Slayn and Leylia, is born. Naneel is born naturally as Little Neese instead of transmigration.
NRC 514(Chronicles of the Heroic Knight continuity begins here): Narse and Shooting Star awaken from hibernation. Ashram defeats Narse and Wagnard forms a new covenant with the dragon. From Wagnard, Ashram learns of five governor's treasures but does not know which dragon is guarding which treasure. He sets out seeking the Scepter of Domination.
NRC 515Ashram kills Bramd and finds its governor's treasure is missing. Ashram visits Neese and learns that the missing treasure is the Mirror of Truth. Neese alerts Slayn of Ashram's intention. Slayn goes to Raiden to find a ship to Blue Dragon Island and Parn goes to Flaim and joins Kashue's march to Dragon's Hunting Ground to fight Shooting Star. Shooting Star is wounded but Kashue's army receives heavy casualty. Slayn's companions are captured by Ashram and taken aboard to Blue Dragon Island. Ashram kills Abram and takes the Soul Crystal Ball. One of the captured escapes with the crystal ball. Ashram sets off to Fire Dragon Mountain, Kashue set off in pursuit. Kashue's party defeats Ashram's at Fire Dragon Mountain at the cost of Orson's life. The two side join forces and kill Shooting Star. Kashue and Ashram duel for the Scepter of Domination and Ashram loses. Ashram does not give up the scepter and the scepter falls into lava in the resulting struggle. Soul Crystal Ball is passed into Kashue's hand. Parn goes to Moss and help the prince of Highland defeat the fire giant of Gyenon. Parn goes to Valis and helps King Etoh retake Adan. Reona of Kannon assumes the title of King and forms the Kannon Free Army. Parn stays in Kannon Free Army.
NRC 520The spell on the Forest of No Return is lifted.
NRC 524Neese dies.
NRC 525The War of the Destroyer's Resurrection begins. Under the order of Wagnard, the Dark Elves infiltrate Akroyd and steal the Soul Crystal Ball. Spark set off to pursuit the Dark Elves and meets Little Neese. The main temple of Falis at Roid is attacked and the Staff of Life is also lost. Wagnard captures Little Neese. Wagnard summons Kardis and uses Kardis's power to transform into the king of the dead. Wagnard hands the governor's treasures and Little Neese over to Karla. Duke Raster is executed. Kannon is freed. Ashram retreats and the Marmo ruling council is disbanded. Parn and Spark set off to rescue Little Neese. A holy war is declared on Marmo and in the end Marmo is defeated. Ashram and Pirotess depart for a new world with a large number of followers. Spark kills Wagnard and Wagnard's transformation completes. Little Neese resists Karla's attempt to summon Kardis and summons Marfa instead. Woodchuck is freed and Leylia wears Karla's circlet without being controlled. The War of the Destroyer's Resurrection ends. Parn is given the title the Knight of Lodoss and has the right to speak during meetings between kings. The temple of Kardis under the capital city is turned into a temple of Marfa.
NRC 526The Duchy of Marmo is inaugurated as a dominion of Flaim. The first Duke of Marmo is named, Duke Spark. Some remnants of Marmo Empire crown one of Beld's sons in secret and form the New Marmo Empire. One of remnants borrows magical artifacts from Wagnard to fuel the instability of the dukedom. Little Neese regains the memory of Naneel.
NRC 527The new Emperor is revealed to be a transmigrator, a follower of Kardis and the lover of Naneel in previous transmigrations, introduce other transmigrators and follower of Kardis into the Empire. The dark knights of New Marmo Empire rebel against them and are defeated. The Empire dissolves as the dark priests and dark elves leave and join forces with Marmo Dukedom. Spark leads the various forces of Marmo to attack Kardis's followers. The transmigrators teleport to the capital of Marmo Dukedom and take over the temple of Marfa. They summon many creatures from the portal located there, which connects to the World's End and the next Creation and cannot be destroyed by anything from within this world. Spark is defeated and Little Neese is captured. The wounded Spark retreats to the Dark Forest. Spark gains the help of the barbarian of the Dark Forest. The rumor of Spark's death reaches Lodoss. Kashue admits the destruction of Marmo Dukedom and agrees to call back Flaim's forces. Parn revokes the decision of the kings of sending in their forces and pushes the kings to allow the people of Marmo to have their own ruler. Parn raises an army of volunteers and sails to Marmo. Flaim's forces on Marmo refuse to return to Lodoss. Spark retakes the throne room before Parn and becomes King of Marmo. Spark and Parn defeat the transmigrators. Little Neese summons Kardis, a goddess from the next world, and destroys the portal with her power. Spark and Little Neese are trapped inside the World's End.
NRC 528Slayn transports Spark and Little Neese back to the present world with a spell given by Wagnard.

Other media[edit]

Home video releases[edit]

The original OVA series and the TV series had both been released in North America through Central Park Media on VHS and on DVD. The OVA and TV series were slated for a Blu-ray release through Media Blasters,[1] but they have now dropped all plans to re-release the series.[2]

Lodoss Online[edit]

The Japanese online game company GameOn announced that it acquired the global license to make an online game for computers and mobile phones based on the Record of Lodoss War fantasy franchise from Kadokawa Production and Slowcurve. Ryo Mizuno, the novelist and co-creator of the franchise, will serve as a supervisor on the development of the online game. GameOn plans to release the game outside of Japan. GameOn also said that the new game will not be browser-based.[3]

Anime[edit]

French VHS edition.

Manga[edit]

Related anime[edit]

Soundtracks & music[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Confirmed: Media Blasters Rescues Record of Lodoss War from Central Park Media". Otakureview.net. 2010-02-20. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  2. ^ "Media Blasters Drops Lodoss Wars Release Plans - News". Anime News Network. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 
  3. ^ "Lodoss Online Game's Global Rights Licensed by GameOn - News". Anime News Network. 2012-03-15. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

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