Record of Lodoss War (1990 IMDb)

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Review applies to the English dub.

Categorization

Fantasy in the Dungeons & Dragons school. As a matter of fact, Record stems from a series of campaign chronicles published by Japanese gamers in the youth of AD&D.

Subject

A young boy (read low-level Fighter) forms a party with a Rogue, a Wizard and who cares what else. They battle their way to Campbellian conquests.

Commentary

At least the creators take their task seriously. There are lots of clich├ęs, but no systemic references.

References here: Kawajiri Yoshiaki tag description.

Japanese production TRPG animation series

Heavy-handedly retconned into the franchise:

Legend of Crystania (1995 IMDb)

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Review applies to the dub.

Categorization

Fantasy centered on shapeshifters and gods.

Subject

An assassin fails to murder a king, only to find the benevolent would-be victim offering him knighthood and then dying in an insurrection a few moments later. The assassin accompanies the son of the king out of their land and into another. The prince swears revenge and believes he must acquire greater power to achieve it. That black knight from the 1990 series, here recast as a king in the new land but retaining his dark elf groupie (now lighter!), was possessed by a wicked god some 300 years back, and so offers to help.

Commentary

Stereotypes versus some interesting surprises. For instance, the prince never gets to return to take his revenge, and there are moments of impressive darkness in gore, crippled kids, dead principal characters, and so on. Nothing special, but it could have been far worse.

Japanese production animation movie