Crunchyroll Announces Additions to Its Streaming Catalog

Crunchyroll has added the Studio Ghibli documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness and four anime films from GKIDS. The newly-added anime films, all in Japanese with English subtitles, are:

  • Mind Game
  • A Letter to Momo
  • Welcome to the Space Show
  • Patema Inverted

The site also added the following series from FUNimation Entertainment:

  • Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
  • Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
  • Sh┼Źnen Maid
  • Hyou-ka

Source: ANN

Crunchyroll Adds More Anime Titles to Its Streaming Catalog

Crunchyroll has announced that it has added the following anime titles to its streaming catalog:

  • Scar-red Rider XechS – available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands
  • Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn – available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands
  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. – available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands
  • Prince of Stride: Alternative – available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands
  • Record of Lodoss War OVA – available to users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Netherlands

Source: ANN

FUNimation Entertainment Acquires the License for the Record of Lodoss War OVA and TV Series

FUNimation Entertainment has announced that it has licensed the Record of Lodoss War video anime series as well as the Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight television anime series.

FUNimation is releasing the OVA series on a combo Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and the television anime series on DVD only. The company will release both projects in one box set on July 18, 2017.

Source: ANN

Anime Spotlight: Record of Lodoss War

Record of Lodoss War is an anime based on a franchise of fantasy novels by Ryo Mizuno. The franchise is based on work Mizuno originally did for a world called Forcelia, which was part of a role-playing game. The Record of Lodoss War game was created in 1986 by Group SNE as a Dungeons & Dragons “replay,” and the transcripts of the RPG sessions were serialized. These transcripts became so popular, they were adapted into the light novel series that became the basis of the anime.

The Record of Lodoss War anime started out as a 13-episode OVA released between June 30, 1990 and November 20, 1991 by Madhouse Studios. A television anime, Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, ran for 27 episodes. It was produced by AIC and was directed by Koichi Chigira. It aired on Japanese television from April 1-September 30, 1998. As of this writing, FUNimation Entertainment holds the North American license for both the OVA series and the television anime series.

There are also two other anime related to Record of Lodoss War: the film Legend of Crystania and the TV series Rune Soldier.

The hero of Record of Lodoss War is a warrior named Parn. He starts out as a simple youth, but through some extraordinary circumstances, he comes to don his father’s armor and sword. Parn’s specialty is the use of a bastard sword. His romantic interest is a high elf shaman named Deedlit. Deedlit comes from the Forest of No Return, and she is the last high elf born within the last 1,000 years. She is considered the last hope for the high elven people to be able to prosper once more.

Etoh is Parn’s best friend, as well as a priest of Falis (the Supreme God in the series). Slayn, a wise and powerful magician, sometimes serves as Parn’s advisor. Ghim, a Dwarven warrior, serves as a mentor for Parn to teach him how to fight. Woodchuck the thief is the last member to join the party.

King Fahn is the king of Valis and is a former member of one of the Six Heroes. He also served as a Holy Knight of Valis. The main adversary in Record of Lodoss War is Karla the Grey Witch. She is the sole survivor of the ancient kingdom of Kastuul, who maintains a secret influence over the major events of Lodoss. At one point, she was one of the Six Heroes alongside King Fahn.

Record of Lodoss War utilizes a lot of fantasy tropes, such as random events like upgrading armor class. However, this is understandable due to the story of this anime originating from a role-playing game. Even though the series relies on these tropes, there’s still an interesting story being told.

Record of Lodoss War is an anime that can be appreciated by fans of fantasy stories, as well as by fans of role-playing games. I thought it was an enjoyable enough OVA series, and I thought it was just the right length for the story being told.

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Anime DVD Review: Record of Lodoss War The Complete Series

Record of Lodoss War The Complete Series is a two-disc set that contains all 13 episodes from the Record of Lodoss War OVA series. The first disc contains the first seven episodes, while the second disc includes six episodes and a bonus feature.

Record of Lodoss War The Complete Series
English Publisher: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD
Release Date: December 22, 1998

Record of Lodoss War is a fantasy anime based on the serialization of role-playing game sessions. Parn is the hero of the story, a young man who has donned his father’s armor and sword to become a warrior. His romantic interest is a high elf named Deedlit, and they are both part of a party that has come together to try to save Lodoss from destruction brought about by events put into motion by Karla the Grey Witch.

They are joined in their quest by several other people, who include: Parn’s best friend, Etoh, a priest of Falis; Slayn, a wise and powerful magician; Ghim, the Dwarven warrior; and Woodchuck the thief. As the story progresses through these 13 OVA episodes, many twists and turns are brought into play as the party tries to save the world from destruction.

I watched this DVD box set with my husband, who has played Dungeons & Dragons in the past, and is also a fan of fantasy stories. As we watched, he would point out the fantasy tropes that he recognized, such as random events and upgrading armor class. As he was able to quickly point out, the series has a number of these fantasy tropes, due in large part to how the story originated from RPGs. However, he and I both agreed that while the series relies on these tropes, there’s still an interesting story being told. I believe that fans of fantasy stories would probably be able to appreciate and enjoy the Record of Lodoss War OVA series.

This DVD set was released in 1998, during the early years of the DVD format. There were decisions made on how to author the discs that really wouldn’t make sense to viewers more accustomed to modern DVDs. Some of the ideas used in the authoring have been used on more recent DVDs, but have been greatly improved upon in the intervening years.

When you put one of the discs in this set into your DVD or Blu-ray player, it automatically goes into the first episode of the disc instead of taking you to a menu. My husband found that he could access the main menu by pressing the “Pop Up Menu” button on our Blu-ray player’s remote control.

When you watch the disc from beginning to end, there’s a kind of “marathon feature” that was improved upon when FUNimation Entertainment released the orange bricks for Dragon Ball Z. Unfortunately, there really was no consistency in what was included or left out for this “marathon feature.” Most of the time, the next episode preview was removed; however, there were at least two that were left in. This was also true for the ending credits. And for whatever reason, the prologue was left on every episode, but was put on the end of the chapter mark for the previous episode instead of being at the beginning of the chapter mark for the next episode. I wish that this prologue wasn’t included with every episode when watching a disc straight through.

If you are a fan of the Record of Lodoss War OVA, this DVD release is the only way to own these episodes legally. However, the set is now out of print. Even with some of the puzzling DVD authoring choices that were made during the early years of the DVD format being used on this release, it’s still worth owning to have the OVA. Since it is an out of print item, be sure to shop around in order to find the best price you can for a used copy.

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Record of Lodoss War Inspires TV Anime Shorts

A website has opened to announce the weekly Have Some, Record of Lodoss War: Is That Delicious? series of anime shorts, which will premiere on Tokyo MX TV and Sun TV on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 10:27 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

These shorts are based on Record of Lodoss War, an anime that was based on a series of novels by Ryo Mizuno that evolved from a series of magazine articles that recounted the pencil-and-paper role-playing game sessions of players who called themselves Group SNE.

Source: ANN