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Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
Lodoss Tou Senki: Eiyuu Kishi Den

Created by: Mizuno Ryou/Group SNE(serialized in Monthly Shounen Ace - Kadokawa Shoten)
Production: AIC
The show: Began April 1st, 1998. Ended on September 30th, 1998 on episode 27. Was on every Wednesday from 18:00 to 18:30.
Character Design: Soeta Kazuhiro
Music: Opening theme composed by Kanno Youko(best known for Vision of Escaflowne). Vocals by Ma-aya Sakamoto(also known for Escaflowne). Ending theme composed by Akino Arai, vocals by Chie Ishibashi. BGM music composed by Kaoru Wada.

Parn.........................Hayashi Nobutoshi
Deedlit......................Niiyama Shiho
Spark........................Nojima Kenji
Little Niece.................Ishibashi Chie
Shiris.......................Asakawa Yuu
Orson........................Hiyama Nobuyuki
Leaf.........................Sakamoto Chika
Slayn........................Myamoto Mitsuru
Leylia.......................Tomizawa Michie
Ashram.......................Hayami Sho
Grievas......................Kishino Kazuhiko
Lyna.........................Yonemoto Chizu
Randy........................Ishikawa Hideo
Marle........................Sakaguchi Daisuke
Cecil........................Morikubo Shoutarou

The Lodoss TV series probably would have been produced years ago if it hadn't been for the arrest of the head of Kadokawa Shoten on drug charges. In the turmoil they produced a more lesser known "prequel" to Lodoss called Legend of Crystania, well, it's sort of a prequel. Now after many years the true sequel to Lodoss has come. Don't consider it a sequel of the OAVs, its more like a true telling of the Lodoss novels starting when Parn and Deedlit fight Shiris and Orson(OAV episode 8). The story follows the Lodoss novels more closely than the OAVs so maybe events that happened earlier in the OAVs didn't even happen at all, or maybe we are to assume they did. Anyway, the story starts out with Parn and his group and retells the stroy of the Scepter of Domination. After episode 8 of the TV series the story shifts it's focus onto Spark and his group about 10 or 15 years later. This is where the story really comes into it's own with all the new characters. If you've seen the Heroic Knight manga then all of this will look familiar. The manga and the TV series are exactly the same except for when chacaters are introduced.

New faces are everywhere in the first episode. There are very few similarities to where the OAV left off at this point. At the very beginning you see Ashram talking to Leylia's mother, Neese. You then see Parn, Deedlit and Cecil duke it out with Shiris and Orson. They all become friends after Orson goes berserk. They go to heal up and talk when Slayn and Leylia come in. You meet the daughter of Slayn and Leylia, Little Niece, when she is young. The first episode ends there.

Now we learn of Ashram and Karla and the gang heads toward Kashue's realm. There, Spark is introduced when he is young, and Parn and Kashue show him a few fighting techinques. They still have that big ballroom dance that was in the OAV, but this time Shiris has the hots for Parn. After hearing about Shooting Star(the big red dragon) from Kahsue, Parn and Deedlit join Kashue on his quest. They leave Shiris, Orson, Cecil, Slayn and Leylia behind.

When the gang left behind is eating they say something that attracts the attention of Marle(A small elf boy who plays the flute). Marle tells them something and then joins them. When they are all resting at an Inn, Orson starts having some nasty flashbacks to when his village was attacked when he was a boy and how he bacame a berserker. His thoughts cause him to go berserk and nearly kills Shiris. Everything is okay in the morning. Shiris, Orson, Cecil and Marle leave Slayn and Leylia behind when they go off to find treasure or something.

All this time Parn Deedlit and Kashue begin their fight against Shooting Star. After a loss of a few of Kashue's men they drive a sword through Shooting Star's eye. Then Shooting Star talks to them(wow talking dragons).

We now join Shiris' gang and they run into Ashram and his evil men. They all fight and Orson goes berserk. It all ends when Orson gets a wound from Ashram and becomes normal. They all get captured and are now underneath the deck of Ashram's boat. Marle is able to escape and runs into Parn and Deedlit's gang(Slayn and Leylia has joined them again)(I think Marle was about to leave Shiris' gang stranded in Ashram's boat). They all go and rescue them and there the 6th episode ended.

The next two episodes are about the battle over the Scepter of Domination and then the story skips ahead about 10 years into the future in episode 9. Episode 9 marks the beginning of a new adventure and storyline, new characters and new enemies. I only have the filmbooks to go from so I won't try to butcher the story until I have seen more of the show.

Who's Back:

Kashue: Kashue's back and still the one Parn looks up to.
Found in episodes: 3-10, 17, 20, 22-27
Shadam:Kashue's little buddy. Kashue's right hand man. He is wearing green in the OAVs and doesn't say much.
Found in episodes: 3, 5, 10, 17
Marfa:The Mother-Goddess of creation. You know the story.
Found in episodes: 27
Parn: He seems more wise and grown up than he did in the OAVs. New voice.
Found in episodes: 1-10, 12, 14-15, 18-27
Deedlit: Big change. She's not the little elf with an adittude anymore. She has a more deeper voice and is more calm/older.
Found in episodes: 1-10, 14-15, 20-27
Slayn: Married to the lovely Leylia. Slayn is the most similar to his OAV counterpart.
Found in episodes: 1-11, 17, 22-27
Leylia: Married to the wise Slayn. Leylia has a more older appearance. had a child, Little Niece with Slayn.
Found in episodes: 1-9, 22-27
Shiris:She is very similar to the OAV character, but this time she has a crush on Parn.
Found in episodes: 1-8, 23-24, 26
Orson: It seems like Orson will go Berserk over the littlest things now. Also I think it's the end for him in episode 7.
Found in episodes: 1-7
Ashram: Ashram had a few features were left out because of the cheaper production for a TV series. His eyelids are more open and he is not as big. His cape lacks character.(I guess it doesn't really matter though)
Found in episodes: 1-8, 15, 21-22, 24-25
Karla:She's back and is taken a new body, well actually many bodies. She even has Woodchuck's body in episode 9.
Found in episodes: 2, 18, 21-24, 26
Neese: She is seen in the first few scenes of the first episode with Ashram and she dies in episode 9.
Found in episodes: 1, 9
Wagnard: He's back and more evil than ever.
Found in episodes: 4, 6, 10, 13-14, 18, 20-26
Pirotess: She is back in the later episodes. She has a superimposed image in the opening sequence(split-second).
Found in episodes: 15, 21-22, 24-25
Etoh: He's back as king of Valis.
Found in episodes: 16-19, 21, 27
Wort: I saw him in the character sketches at the end of filmbook two. There was nothing about him in any Japanese site I've been to.
Shooting Star: The evil fire dragon protecting the Scepter of Domination. He talks in the series.
Found in episodes: 5, 7-8

Who's New:
Spark: The new hero in the series. Always seen protecting Little Niece.
Found in episodes: 3, 9-14, 16-27
Little Niece: She's a priest in training, blue or purple or red or green eyes(she is shown with many different colored eyes).
Found in episodes: 1-2, 9-14, 16-27
Leaf: Appears to be only half-elf.
Found in episodes: 10-14, 16-27
Grievas: Looks like a Ghim-like dwarf with rather large ears(maybe a dwarf/elf?).
Found in episodes: 10-14, 16-27
Ald-Nova: Might be a student of Slayn.
Found in episodes: 10-14, 16-27
Galack: Looks like the stong type.
Found in episodes: 10-14, 16-27
Lyna: She is not an elf and she has pink/red hair in the series.
Found in episodes: 11-14, 16-27
Hobb: Evil priest, only seen at Ashram's side.
Found in episodes: 2-8, 21, 24-25
Cecil: He is a major charachter in the Lodoss PRG and is a sorcerer like Slayn.
Found in episodes: 1-8, 12
Sulbern: Feudal Lord of Lodoss, long black clothes, white streaks in black hair. Only present in one episode.
Found in episodes: 2
Garvela: Priest, blue hair, blue and red clothes.
Found in episodes: 4-7
Glorder: Sorcerer, long gray cltothes, white hair.
Found in episodes: 4-7, 15, 21-22
Astarl: The Dark Elf, looks a lot like the OAV dark elf, but is not the same character.
Found in episodes: 4-7
Randy: Character sketches in the back of filmbook 2. He looks pretty rough.
Found in episodes: 11
Marle: A little elf boy taht plays the flute. Sort of a comic relief.
Found in episodes: 4-9, 14-15, 21-25
Flabe: Character sketches in the 2nd filmbook. A short old guy with a beard.
Narrator: Narrator
Found in episodes: 1-6, 8, 12, 14-15, 17, 19-20, 22-23, 27
NOTE:I did a rough translation of the names of the characters after this point. I hardly know any Japanese so I only did a romanization of the names all in Katana letters. I don't know how accurate they are.
Latien: A boy that is seen with Cecil, possibly his son.
Found in episodes: 1
Sumedei: She is part of Ashram's gang. She holds two swords.
Found in episodes: 4-7
Renoa: ?????
Found in episodes: 15, 21-22, 27
Laster: ?????
Found in episodes: 12, 17, 20
Zhiri: ?????
Found in episodes: 16-18
Neihumu: ?????
Found in episodes: 17
Rabido: ?????
Found in episodes: 14-15
Randeru: ?????
Found in episodes: 12-14
Ruzenan: ?????
Found in episodes: 9
Aruhaibu: ?????
Found in episodes: 4, 6
Giruramu: ?????
Found in episodes: 5

As soon as I get some translated lodoss I'll update the story description. I'll try and sort out the events of the episodes 7-13 from the filmbook when I get those episodes in raw Japanese, so look for more updates. Also, thanks goes out to Tim for the info about the BGM composer and info on Etoh, Pirotess, Lyna and a few other characters, and also a few spelling corrections. :)

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