Record of Lodoss War

Record of Lodoss War
Record of Lodoss War, Volume 1.jpg
Cover of the first volume of the novel series.
ロードス島戦記
(Rōdosu-tō Senki)
GenreAction/Adventure
Sword and sorcery
Fantasy[1]
Novel series
Written byRyo Mizuno
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintKadokawa Sneaker Bunko
Original run19881993
Volumes7 + 2 side stories
Game
Record of Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War 2, Record of Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War, Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War, Record of Lodoss War Online
GenreRPG
Platform(PC 98) (1988)
(X68000) (1991 and 1992)
(PC Engine) (1992 and 1994)
(Mega-CD) (1994)
(SFC/SNES) (1995)
(Game Boy Color) (1998)
(Dreamcast) (2000)
(PC) (2016)
Released1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2000, 2016
Original video animation
Directed byAkinori Nagaoka
Written byMami Watanabe
Music byMitsuo Hagita
StudioMadhouse
Licensed by
Released June 30, 1990 November 20, 1991
Runtime25-30 minutes
Episodes13 (List of episodes)
Manga
The Lady of Pharis
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byAkihiro Yamada
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Original run19912001
Volumes2
Manga
The Grey Witch
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byYoshihiko Ochi
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Original run19941998
Volumes3
Manga
Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byMasato Natsumoto
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Original run19982000
Volumes6
Manga
Welcome to Lodoss Island
Written byRei Hyakuyashiki
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōnen
Original runDecember 1, 1995April 1, 1999
Volumes3
Manga
Deedlit's Tale
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated bySetsuko Yoneyama
Published byKadokawa Shoten
English publisher
DemographicShōjo
Published1998
Volumes2
Anime television series
Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight
Directed byHitoyuki Matsui
Written byKatsumi Hasegawa
Music byKaoru Wada
StudioAIC
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run April 1, 1998 September 30, 1998
Episodes27 (List of episodes)
Manga
The Grey Witch
Written byRyo Mizuno
Illustrated byTomomasa Takuma
Published byKadokawa Shoten
DemographicShōnen
MagazineComptiq
Original runDecember 10, 2013April 10, 2015
Volumes3
Other

Record of Lodoss War: Is That Delicious?

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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 franchise of fantasy novels by Ryo Mizuno based on the work he originally created for a world called Forcelia as a rules-free setting for role-playing games (RPGs).[2] There have since been multiple manga, anime and computer game adaptations, several of which have been translated into English. The plots generally follow the conventions and structure of the RPG systems including Dungeons & Dragons and Sword World RPG, in which several characters of distinct types undertake a specific quest.

Origins

Record of Lodoss War was created in 1986 by Group SNE as a Dungeons & Dragons "replay" serialized in the Japanese magazine Comptiq from 1986 to 1988, though they also used the setting with other systems such as Tunnels & Trolls and RuneQuest.[2] Replays are not novels, but transcripts of RPG sessions, meant to both hold the interest of readers and convey the events that took place. They have proven to be popular, even to those who do not play role-playing games but are fans of fiction (including fantasy fiction). Similar to light novels, many characters and parties in replays have become popular as characters of anime. An example of such a character is the female elf Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War, who was played by science fiction novelist Hiroshi Yamamoto during the RPG sessions.

The popularity of the Record of Lodoss War replays was such that the Dungeon Master Ryo Mizuno started to adapt the story into some of the earliest Japanese-language domestic high fantasy novels in 1988.

When the replay series went on to become a trilogy, Group SNE had to abandon the Dungeons & Dragons rules and create their own game, dubbed Record of Lodoss War Companion and released in 1989. All three parts of the replay series were eventually published as paperbacks by Kadokawa Shoten from 1989 to 1991:

  • RPG Replay Record of Lodoss War I (RPGリプレイ ロードス島戦記Ⅰ, Aru Pī Jī Ripurei Rōdosutō Senki Wan) (September 1989) — 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 (RPGリプレイ ロードス島戦記Ⅱ, Aru Pī Jī Ripurei Rōdosutō Senki Tū) (September 1990) — 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 (RPGリプレイ ロードス島戦記Ⅲ, Aru Pī Jī Ripurei Rōdosutō Senki Surī) (August 1991) — Spark's party, played according to the Record of Lodoss War Companion rules

The Mizuno's novelizations were published by Kadokawa Shoten between 1988 and 1993, and followed by two collections of short stories in 1995, with illustrations done by Yutaka Izubuchi:

  • Record of Lodoss War 1: The Grey Witch (ロードス島戦記 灰色の魔女, Rōdosutō Senki Haiiro no Majo) (April 1988)
  • Record of Lodoss War 2: Blazing Devil (ロードス島戦記2 炎の魔神, Rōdosutō Senki Ni: Honō no Majin) (February 1989)
  • Record of Lodoss War 3: The Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain (Part 1) (ロードス島戦記3 火竜山の魔竜(上), Rōdosutō Senki San: Karyū-zan no Maryū (Jō)) (May 1990)
  • Record of Lodoss War 4: The Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain (Part 2) (ロードス島戦記4 火竜山の魔竜(下), Rōdosutō Senki Yon: Karyū-zan no Maryū (Ge)) (July 1990)
  • Record of Lodoss War 5: The Kings' Holy War (ロードス島戦記5 王たちの聖戦, Rōdosutō Senki Go: Ōtachi no Seisen) (February 1991)
  • Record of Lodoss War 6: The Holy Knights of Lodoss (Part 1) (ロードス島戦記6 ロードスの聖騎士(上), Rōdosutō Senki Roku: Rōdosu no Seikishi (Jō)) (November 1991)
  • Record of Lodoss War 7: The Holy Knights of Lodoss (Part 2) (ロードス島戦記7 ロードスの聖騎士(下), Rōdosutō Senki Shichi: Rōdosu no Seikishi (Ge)) (April 1993)
  • High Elf Forest: Deedlit's Tale (ハイエルフの森 ディードリット物語, Hai Erufu no Mori Dīdoritto Monogatari) (March 1995)
  • The Black Knight (黒衣の騎士, Kokui no Kishi) (July 1995)

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 four-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 other series of novels: a prequel titled Legend of Lodoss (ロードス島伝説, Rōdosu-tō Densetsu) (1994 to 2002) and a sequel titled Record of Lodoss War Next Generation (新ロードス島戦記, Shin Rōdosu-tō Senki) (1998 to 2006), the first of which forms the basis for the Record of Lodoss War: The Lady of Pharis manga series.