Three anime series based on the Record of Lodoss War novels and role playing games have been released in Japan in various forms. The first series, a 13 episode original video animation (OVA) produced by Madhouse Studios, was released in VHS format from June 30, 1990 through November 20, 1991.[1][2] On August 5, 1995, the anime film Legend of Crystania was released, which itself was followed by a three episode OVA Legend of Crystania: The Chaos Ring which was released in VHS format from November 21, 1996 through April 23, 1997.[3] A theatrical short, Welcome to Lodoss Island followed on April 25, 1998.[4] Directed by Kōichi Chigira, the short was a cartoon-like skit series. The same year, AIC produced a 27 episode anime television series that continued the story of the first OVA series, but ignored its last third in order to adapt the original novel series more faithfully. Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight premiered on TV Tokyo on April 1, 1998 and ran until its conclusion on September 30, 1998.[5]

Both Record of Lodoss War and Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight were licensed for an English language release in North America by Central Park Media.[6][7] The Legend of Crystania OVA is licensed by ADV Films.[8]

Record of Lodoss War uses two pieces of theme music, both performed by Sherry: "Adèsso e Fortuna: Honō to Eien" which is used for the opening theme, and "Kaze no Fantasia" which is used for the ending theme. Legend of Crystania uses "The Map of Light" by Hitomi Mieno for its opening theme and "Save My Love" by Satoko Shimonari for its ending. Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight also uses two themes: Maaya Sakamoto's "Kiseki no Umi" is used for the opening and Chie Ishibashi's "Hikari no Suashi" for the ending.

Episode listing

Record of Lodoss War

Ep# Title Original Release[2]
01 Prologue to the Legend
"Densetsu e no Prologue" (伝説への序章)
June 30, 1990 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A group of adventurers, Parn the Knight, Deedlit the elf, Ghim the dwarf, Woodchuck the thief, Slayn the wizard, and Etoh the cleric, enter the ruins of a great dwarven hall. After fending off an attack by gargoyles, they continue further into the hall, certain they are not alone. Deedlit is caught in a trap, and when Parn tries to rescue her, he is caught himself and they are separated from the others. In a flashback we learn that Parn and his group have been tasked by King Fahn to find the sage, Wort, to see if he can provide them any information about Karla, the Gray Witch. Deedlit and Parn find a mural depicting an epic battle between the gods twenty years ago. As they continue through the catacombs, they awaken a green dragon. Unable to fight it, they attempt to run past it but are trapped when the rest of their group arrives. Together they are able to defeat the dragon, but his thrashing body causes the catacombs to collapse and force the group to flee the hall.
02 Blazing Departure
"Honō no Tabidachi" (炎の出発)
August 30, 1990 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
03 The Black Knight
"Kokui no Kishi" (黒衣の騎士)
September 30, 1990 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
04 The Grey Witch
"Haiiro no Majo" (灰色の魔女)
October 31, 1990 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
05 The Desert King
"Sabaku no Ō" (砂漠の王)
November 30, 1990 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
06 The Sword of the Dark Emperor
"Ankokuō no Ken" (暗黒王の剣)
December 20, 1990 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
07 The War of Heroes
"Eiyū Sensō" (英雄戦争)
February 28, 1991 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
08 Requiem for Warriors
"Senshi no Requiem" (戦士の鎮魂歌)
April 30, 1991 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
09 The Scepter of Domination
"Shihai no Ōshaku" (支配の王錫)
June 30, 1991 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
10 The Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain
"Karyū-zan no Maryū" (火竜山の魔竜)
July 31, 1991 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 The Wizard's Ambition
"Madōshi no Yabō" (魔導師の野望)
August 31, 1991 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 Final Battle! Marmo - The Dark Island
"Kessen! Ankoku no Marmo" (決戦!暗黒の島)
September 30, 1991 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 Lodoss - The Burning Continent
"Shakunetsu no Lodoss" (灼熱の大地)
November 20, 1991 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}

Legend of Crystania: the Chaos Ring OVA

Ep# Title Original Release[3]
01 Cave of the Sealed
"Fūin no Dōkutsu" (封印の洞窟)
November 21, 1996 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
02 Resurrection of the Gods' King
"Shin'ō Fukkatsu" (神王復活)
January 22, 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
03 A New Beginning
"Aratanaru Hajimari" (新たなるはじまり)
April 23, 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}

Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight

Ep# Title Original Airdate[9]
01 The Free Knight... A New Legend Begins
"Jiyū Kishi...Aratanaru Densetsu no Hajimari" (自由騎士...新たなる伝説の始まり)
April 1, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
02 Dragon... The Guardian of the Lost History
"Ryū...Ushiwareta Rekishi no Bannin" (竜...失われた歴史の番人)
April 8, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
03 King... The Long Sought Hero
"Ō...Motomerareta Eiyū" (王...求められた英雄)
April 15, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
04 Pirates... The Ship of Dark Ambitions
"Kaizoku...Kuroki Yabō o Noseta Fune" (海賊...黒き野望を乗せた船)
April 22, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
05 Demon Sword... The Power to Crush Souls
"Maken...Tama o Kudaku Chikara" (魔剣...魂を砕く力)
April 29, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
06 Heart... Tears Reborn
"Kokoro...Yomigaeru Namida" (心...よみがえる涙)
May 6, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
07 Death... A Gentle Heart Bequeathed
"Shi...Tsutaerareta Yasashiki Kokoro" (死...伝えられた優しき心)
May 13, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
08 The Scepter of Domination... The Dream of a United Lodoss
"Shihai no Ōseki...Rōdosu Tōitsu Yume" (支配の王錫...ロードス統一の夢)
May 20, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
09 The Young Knight... Tested Strength
"Wakaki Kishi...Tamesareru Chikara" (若き騎士...試される力)
May 27, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
10 Recovery... A Mission Assigned
"Dakkai...Ataerareta Ninmu" (奪回...与えられた任務)
June 3, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
11 Light... A Girl Guided by the Gods
"Hikari...Kami ni Michibikareta Shōjo" (光...神に導かれた少女)
June 10, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 Sallying Forth... Pursuing a Dark Shadow
"Shutsujin...Kuroki Kage o Otte" (出陣...黒き影を追って)
June 17, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 Nightmare... The Creeping Dark Power
"Akumu...Shinobiyoru Ankoku no Chikara" (悪夢...忍び寄る暗黒の力)
June 24, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
14 Doorway... The Truth Proclaimed
"Tobira...Tsugerareta Shinjitsu" (扉...告げられた真実)
July 1, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
15 An Old Enemy... Reunion with the Black Knight
"Shukuteki...Kurokishi to no Saikai" (宿敵...黒騎士との再会)
July 8, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
16 The Holy City... Pursuing a Clue
"Seinaru Miyako...Tegakari o Motomete" (聖なる都...手がかりを求めて)
July 15, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
17 Decision... An Option Compelled
"Ketsudan...Semarareta Sentaku" (決断...迫られた選択)
July 22, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
18 Mission... The Path One Follows
"Shimei...Mizukara Susumu Michi" (使命...自ら進む道)
July 29, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
19 Reunion... In a Distant War-torn Land
"Saikai...Tōki Senran no Ikoku de" (再会...遠き戦乱の異国で)
August 5, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
20 Counterattack... The Stolen Last Hope
"Raishū...Ubawareta Saigo no Kibō" (来襲...奪われた最後の希望)
August 12, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
21 A Vow... A Step Towards the Future
"Chikai...Mirai e Susumu Ippo" (誓い...未来へ進む一歩)
August 19, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
22 Liberation... A Path Opened
"Kaihō...Akareta Michi" (解放...開かれた道)
August 26, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
23 Landing... The Terrifying Dark Island
"Jōriku...Osorubeki Ankoku no Shima" (上陸...恐るべき暗黒の島)
September 2, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
24 The Witch... The One Who Maintains the Balance of Power
"Majo...Chikara no Kinkō o Tamotsumono" (魔女...力の均衡を保つ者)
September 9, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
25 Decision... The Black Knight's Option
"Kecchaku...Kurokishi no Sentaku" (決着...黒騎士の選択)
September 16, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
26 Destruction... The Evil God Released
"Hametsu...Tokihanatareta Jashin" (破滅...解き放たれた邪神)
September 23, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
27 Hero... The Birth of a New Knight
"Eiyū...Aratanaru Kishi no Tanjō" (英雄...新たなる騎士の誕生)
September 30, 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}


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  3. 3.0 3.1 "Legend of Crystania (OAV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
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  6. "Record of Lodoss War (OAV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  7. "Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight (TV)". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  8. "ADV Others Have New DVD Plans". Anime News Network. 1999-02-28. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  9. "Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight (TV) episode titles". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 

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