Record of Lodoss War

In issue 28, we spoke of a great anime called “Record of Lodoss War” which was based off of a series of fantasy novels written by Ryo Mizuno. His works were based around his own created world called Forcelia, which later became adopted for his own personal role-playing games. The plots typically followed that of which we would see in Dungeons and Dragons games. Stories revolved around a party of several characters of certain types undertaking a specific quest.
First let’s back up and talk a moment about how this awesomeness came to be as we now know it. Record of Lodoss War was created in the mid ‘80s, around the same time TSR was a booming empire, with Basic Dungeons and Dragons on the open Market, as well as Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. This company named Group SNE, designed these Dungeons and Dragons serialized “replays” in a Japanese magazine called Comptiq. Now the replays are not novels, or articles, it was a transcript of their RPG sessions, to see what interest they could draw in for the magazine and also to document their world as they formed it. As popularity grew for the Group SNE and their Replays, Ryo Mizuno, thought of the brilliant idea to start adapting the story into high fantasy novels in ’88. As the novels sold like fresh hot cakes at an all you can eat buffet, it slowly became another book, and finally become a trilogy. All this time Ryo Mizuno was writing things based upon his own Dungeons and Dragons game. In 1989, Group SNE decided to drop the D&D rules and design their own rules called “Record of Lodoss War Companion”

  • Later on all three parts of the replay (novels) series were eventually published as paperbacks by Kadokawa Shoten from 1989 to 1991:
    • RPG Replay Record of Lodoss War I (??????? ????????Aru P? J? Ripurei R?dosut? Senki Wan – Parn’s party, retake played according to the Record of Lodoss War Companion rules and incorporating elements from the novelization
    • RPG Replay Record of Lodoss War II (??????? ????????Aru P? J? Ripurei R?dosut? Senki T? – Orson’s party, retake played according to the Record of Lodoss War Companion rules and incorporating elements from the novelization
    • RPG Replay Record of Lodoss War III (??????? ????????Aru P? J? Ripurei R?dosut? Senki Sur? – Spark’s party, played according to the Record of Lodoss War Companion rules
  • The last volume of Mizuno’s novelization was published by Kadokawa Shoten in 1993, and followed by two collections of short stories in 1995:
    • Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch (??????? ?????R?dosut? Senki Haiiro no Majin)
    • Record of Lodoss War 2: Blazing Devil (???????2 ????R?dosut? Senki Ni: Hon? no Majin)
    • Record of Lodoss War 3: The Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain (Part 1) (???????3 ??????(?)R?dosut? Senki San: Kary?-zan no Mary? (J?)
    • Record of Lodoss War 4: The Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain (Part 2) (???????4 ??????(?)R?dosut? Senki Yon: Kary?-zan no Mary? (Ge))
    • Record of Lodoss War 5: The Kings’ Holy War (???????5 ??????R?dosut? Senki Go: ?tachi no Seisen)
    • Record of Lodoss War 6: The Holy Knights of Lodoss (Part 1) (???????6 ????????(?)R?dosut? Senki Roku: R?dosu no Seikishi (J?)
    • Record of Lodoss War 7: The Holy Knights of Lodoss (Part 2) (???????7 ????????(?)R?dosut? Senki Shichi: R?dosu no Seikishi (Ge) High Elf Forest: Deedlit Story (??????? ?????????Hai Erufu no Mori D?doritto Monogatari)
    • The Black Knight (?????Kokui no Kishi)

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 4 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 (???????R?dosu-t? Densetsu) (1994 to 2002) and a sequel titled Record of Lodoss War Next Generation (????????Shin R?dosu-t? Senki) (1998 to 2006), the first of which forms the basis for the Record of Lodoss War: The Lady of Pharis manga series.

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11 thoughts on “Record of Lodoss War

  1. Just watched it last july. Another good one is “Rune Soldier” , more funny than serious, but D&D based. Keep up the good work.

  2. Record of Lodoss War was one of my faves, I was very disappointed with Chronicles of the Heroic Knight version. Here’s the bardic epic that is sung.

    I feel as if the creator of the series may have either been inspired by D&D basic or was simply thinking along the same lines anyways.

  3. I just got me hands on this thanks for some nerd friends of mine and Im quite enjoying it I must say. Cheers for the heads up on this. Will look about for Rune Soldier – thnx Mark Morrison 🙂

  4. “Slayers” I believe originated from the Japanese Dragon magazine, along with “Dragon Half”.
    There’s also “Mahoujin Guruguru” (obviously familiar with d&d because they include the spell “magic mouth”), “The Tower of Druaga” (based off a video game but the d&d nod is obvious; it includes shots of d20s), “Bastard!” and presumedly many more.

  5. I’m afraid if you read the article under “Japanese Dragon Magazine” at Wikipedia, you’ll know as much as I do; basically it was a frpg serial story magazine with lots of art but not directly related to TSR games; I first heard of it from a short article in Dragon, however, so assumed to was…
    I also want to add another anime to the above, namely “Dragonquest” based on the console game of the same name, fansubbed by anbu. So far it’s quite good…

  6. Found some more: Brave Story (if only THIS had been the d&d movie), Amon Saga (enjoyable, cheesy 80s style), Sorcerer on the Rocks (comedy about an evil mage and his gaggle of lackeys), Ancient Books of Ys aka Legacy of Ys, Lord of Lords Ryu Knight (includes guns and mecha, but bursting with frpg flavor), Fairy Tail, The Familiar of Zero, Sorcerer Stabber Orphen(+sequel), Sorcerer Hunters, Maze, Gokudo (another evil main character), Tales of Phantasia/Eternia/Symphonia, Gestalt, Ragnarok, Fortune Quest (bonus * for obvious tabletop influence; a bit of a tease, however, as only 5 episodes were subbed), Magic Knight Rayearth, The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Soul Hunter, Arion, Beet the Vandal Buster, Shamanic Princess, Utawarerumono, Prism Ark, Scrapped Princess, Legend of Lemnear, Ruin Explorers, & Those who Hunt Elves. Rune Soldier is a delight! (The God of Battles, “Melee” ?!) I watched one episode and bought it… (thanks)

  7. &:

    12 kingdoms@
    Dragon drive(included for high dragon content)
    tales of the abyss
    the sacred blacksmith
    Romeo X Juliet
    Dragon Century(included for high dragon content)
    Dragoon *
    Xanadu the Dragon Slayer (no subs but very frpg)
    Claymore(dark fantasy)
    Berserk(dark fantasy)
    Shining Tears X Wind
    Legend of the Legendary Heroes@
    Arad Senki: Slap up Party
    B-Legend! Battle Bedaman: Fire Spirits
    Mashin Eiyuuden Wataru (general fantasy)
    Spectral Force
    Ozanari Dungeon *
    Eien no Aseria: The Spirit of Eternity Sword
    * d&driffic
    @serious fantasy

  8. I love Record of Lodoss war for its story of love, betrayal & loyalty. Sure it does have a medieval fantasy setting but without mind-reading the series creator, Mizuno, we cannot say that he was ‘inspired’ by any specific work. So lets not diminish his achievements or work. That is because Hollywood already blatantly and routinely rips off from East Asian cultures & work or whitewashes them. To name a few: 21, Transformers, Star Wars (complete cultural & martial art theft here without even casting an Asian in any dignified role), Dragonball, Edge of Tomorrow (‘based’ on All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka), The Departed (an unauthorized remake of Hong Kong’s Infernal Affairs), Quentin Tarantino (need not say more) & the list goes on. Truth is, Western cinema hasn’t had an iota of originality for a long time and big budget actors & special effects had to help fill that vacuum.

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