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Record of Lodoss War (ロードス島戦記 Rōdosu-tō Senki, lit., "Lodoss Island War Chronicle") is a thirteen-episode OVA (original video animation) first released in 1990 and concluded in 1991. Based on the fantasy novels by Ryo Mizuno and animated by Madhouse, the show is primarily based on the first of these books "The Grey Witch" (for episodes 1-8), while the remaining five episodes are adapted from elements from the latter books (which were uncompleted). Despite receiving criticism for its sometimes limited animation and random plotting, the show has been a favorite of many fantasy fans around the world.

Synopsis

Created from the aftermath of the last great battle of the gods, Lodoss and its kingdoms have been plagued by war for thousands of years. As a quiet peace and unity finally become foreseeable over the land, an unknown evil begins to stir. An ancient witch has awakened, bent on preserving the island of Lodoss by creating political unbalance throughout the many kingdoms and keeping any one from maintaining central control. Only a mixed-race party of six young champions, led by the young warrior Parn, stand between this new threat and Lodoss' decent back into the darkness of war and destruction.

Dubbing History

New York based Central Park Media first released the show in six dubbed videotapes starting in 1996. Dubbing took place at National Sound (who had also dubbed Iria). It is remembered chiefly for being the debut of two popular voice actors, Lisa Ortiz and Ted Lewis, both of who were cast as Deedlit and Etoh, respectively. Bill Timoney, cast as hero Parn, served as voice director for the first eight episodes, filling in the job for original director Dave Siegel, who had been summoned to do another project. Siegel returned to the director's chair for the final five episodes.

The dub for the OVA has received mixed reviews from both critics and viewers, however, Ortiz's performance as Deedlit has consistently received praise as being the standout performance of the dub. Incidentally, the show's screenwriter Mami Watanabe and director Akinori Nagaoka also praised the dub, considering it more fitting for the characters to speak English. It is considered superior to the TV series spinoff Chronicles of the Heroic Knight, which was dubbed three years later (by Irvington-based Headline Sound).

After Central Park Media went bankrupt in 2009, the rights for Lodoss went in limbo until recently in 2017 when Funimation re-issued both the OVA (on Blu-Ray) and the TV series (on DVD).

Cast

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor
Main Characters
Parn Takeshi Kusao Bill Timoney
Deedlit Yumi Tōma Lisa Ortiz
Etoh Kappei Yamaguchi Ted Lewis
Slayn Hideyuki Tanaka Al Muscari
Ghim Yoshisada Sakaguchi Greg Wolfe
Woodchuck Norio Wakamoto Jacques LeCann
Other Characters
Ashram Akira Kamiya John Knox
Emperor Beld Tarō Ishida Bob Barry
King Fahn Osamu Saka J.W. Gunther
Karla Yoshiko Sakakibara Simone Grant
Leylia
Shiris Minami Takayama Karen Smith
Orson Shō Hayami Chris Yates
King Kashue Shūichi Ikeda
Princess Fianna Rei Sakuma Simone Grant
Pirotess Sakiko Tamagawa Meg Frances
Wagnard Takeshi Aono Bruce Winant
Wort Tamio Ōki Dick Rodstein
Narrator Ichirō Nagai

Additional Voices

  • Rome Elliot - Scar
  • Simone Grant - Liara
  • J. W. Gunther - Mayor of Zaxon
  • Jacques LeCann - Zakto, King Kanon
  • Al Muscari - Shadam
  • Dick Rodstein - Elm (Fahn's Court Mage)
  • Bill Timoney - Prince Jester
  • Bruce Winant - Captain Jebra

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Central Park Media 1996 VHS.jpg The Complete Series NTSC United States United States
6 Volumes
Image Entertainment 1998 DVD.jpg The Complete Series 1
NTSC
2 Discs
Central Park Media 2002 The Complete Series
2 Discs
FUNimation Entertainment 2017 BD The Complete Series A
DVB-T
8 Discs*

*with Chronicles of the Heroic Knight

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