So here I am at the end of Record of Lodoss War
. One thing I've noticed is that watching single episodes as opposed to devouring a disc (or more) at a time does change the experience of a show.
Whilst I still notice the arc crossing the episodes, I also notice more of the arc within the episodes.
This is a good thing as it draws attention to techniques within the episodes such as the frequent scene cuts that serve to expand the scope and feel of each episode.
On this run through Lodoss was everything I remembered it to be: that high fantasy RPG animé where you could hear the dice rattling in the background of the fabulous music and glorious designs.
A series where the often superb story at times rose far above its RPG report origins even as it used the RPG tropes
of alignment and balance.
This time I noticed that there was character development beyond
Parn taking several levels in badass
Of course all the problems I remembered were still there such as the legendarily bad animation as well as newly noticed ones like the increasingly problematic gender roles.
But overall Record of Lodoss War is still
a hugely enjoyable watch.
It isn't a matter of if I'll ever watch these again, it is a matter of when, and you can have my DVDs when you pry them from my cold dead hands.Day 1 - Prologue to the Legend Day 2 - Blazing Departure Day 3 - The Gender of Lodoss War Day 4 - The Black Knight Day 5 - The Grey Witch Day 6 - Dub vs Sub? Day 7 - The Desert King Day 8 - The Sword of the Dark Emperor Day 9 - The War of Heroes Day 10 - Requiem for Warriors Day 11 - Nice job breaking it hero Day 12 - The Look of Lodoss Day 13 - The Scepter of Domination Day 14 - The Demon Dragon of Fire Dragon Mountain Day 15 - The Sound of LodossDay 16 - The Wizard's Ambition Day 17 - Final Battle! Marmo, the Dark Island Day 18 - The Making of the Record of Lodoss WarDay 19 - Lodoss, The Burning Continent
Day 20 - Looking Back At Lodoss