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2 of 2 episodes seen
Despite that this oldskool was made in the good ol 90´s when magic-fantasy was quite populair in anime serie´s, ovas, movies or specials,sorcerer on the rocks was notable, but not that special.
But all that does not take away the elements of drama, positive cruelty and comedy context,but still its not for ALL ages.
The storyline itself starts quite ´light´ but evolves itself over time to a point that a unexpected twist reveals it self near the end, wich kept me happy atleast ( no spoilers).
Artwise it looked typical 90´s ( if u were there u are already used to it) with the fullblown colours and all, at parts a bit childish but no animation drops in the background or on the charachters itself wich is something good.
There was more operalike music used than i tought, maybe it has to do with the influences of other more wellknown fantasy anime to let it more fit in.
About the charachters maybe in total of 4 i liked, definetly cruel master chivas and his lovable minions, and maybe a villian or 2 and thats because the behavior was back then still stereotypical , something u had to bear a lot in those days . I enjoyed it more on the focus on the little accident master chivas had with his minion and the twist that duped even the villian with some comedy moments in between, its def.worth a watch for fantasy fans that likes alt. settings on other serie´s, and worth a rewatch. read more
12 of 12 episodes seen
Mainly the story revolves around 4 bro´s that can transform into dragons, wich is seen as a very powerfull mystical figure mostly in norhteren asia and each dragon king has his own element based on the position or ranks ( yes its quite a nutcracker) a dragon has, and the higest ranking dragonking has the greatest power as an influence to other dragonkings,in this case on earth the ranking goes from young to old cuz they are reincarnations.
Artwise the animation looks ok for 1991 standards, but detailed enough, very good handdrawing when it comes to dragons ofc and i had the feeling that a lot of shoddy 80´s habit in the animation was mostly gone, and looks colourful enough to see stuff clear.
The intro and the outro was for me the whole thing about music for me, and one of my most fav intro of all time.
Most of the charachters were interesting enough to make a small or big diffrence, kept the fun in and developed ther sort of own personality dring the show, heroes, dragons and villians alike, even more so that the villians back story was way more darker and interesting than some of the good guys, but the 4 brothers def stole most of the show when i came to transforming, or even restrain to doing so.It was entertaining for the most part until the end!!
Until the last episode i had my fun, but then it looked like sort of.... What the hell happened!!!!! was it all a dream instead or something...blew almost my bloody head apart because in an instand it switched from the brothers fighting, to the dragons realm and seems acting like nothing, or something supposed to happen !!!!! wth just too weird , but overall a action packed serie, still one of my all time fav. read more
3 of 3 episodes seen
At first the story itself is based on rpg elements of oldskool platform fantasy videogames like Wataru, Record of lodoss war,Ys, Far East of eden and more.As for the art, for the time it looked nice and very colourfull, a bit chibi like if u want , bit goofy but funny enought to enjoy it, even for the few villians it has for 1991 it seemed the handdrawn animation loosened some of the bad 80´s habit other ova´s and serie´s had.
I din´t paticulary putted that much attention to the music though it was funny to listen at some part´s, like then a treasure chest of a magical relic got unsealed, or a saving throw.
The cooperation between a speechless fox like spellcaster Kiriman, a hotheaded amazonewarrior Moka( female warrior) and a Raccoonlike scaredy cat thief called Buruman to get a magical item named Dragons Head,it sooo damn funny that it has those You f88ked it up moments, things go right, but more things go very wrong, that makes at least some charachters memorable.
Throughout the ovs´s that was childish in a positive way, and colourfull animation, it is enjoyable for a good night laughing with some beer and crisps or just watching it with younger audience that can put up with oldskool animation. in a way i laughed hard read more
31 of 31 episodes seen
i mean JAPAN!what the hell where u thinking back in 1987 to put this kind of tasteless heap of shit on t.v i really mean.... COME THE FUCK ON!!! u had hokuto no ken 2, Bubblegum crisis 2032, Dragon Quest, macross 2012 and Gundam wing to show off with. yes it was a negative infringement of my mind.
By story i would say it is unusual, but nevertheless dull, about when in the further future mankind has reach the potential to travel across stars and found a habitable planet named maris, wich not long after is found by a rogue alien race calles the nozha or something like that, and goes to war, and humanity gets 3 special guns received ´´somehwere in space´ to fight the alien race!
Mostly the fights are just centered on the planet itself so that for me was already quite crap. Artwise i went almost through hell, ok i,m used to see cheap anime styles and stuff .... but the way it was executed with the background, forefront, charachter and villian animation was mostly STOCKFOOTAGE! especially most of the fightsthougout the show, i could do with the alien ship design and the motorcycle mecha models but that was IT! the music was way too repetetive, i mean goddamn that casette must have been totally molten and fucked after the show had ended, almost no change i can say.
I HATE MOST OF THE CHARACHTERS! and i really mean it because i went through a lot with this show.A few laughs here and there for the charachters was the most a could give it, but JJ, Champ , Apple are the teen stars of the show, the development was very poor, stereotypical as hell and what and who i hate the most.... is JJ because the is the unthinking, hotheaded,oversensitive scarin all the girls away and rush into a fight with almost no stratigy FUCKING TYPE of boy, i mean at least the villians came with diffrent types of weapons and enemies and tactics.
there was amost no proper connective ending that completley the mystery´s of the guns in a way thats enjoyable. the more i watched the more i got pissed off by the goofy charachters! DOGSHIT!! poor gasoline on every copy available and burn it BURN IT!!!! read more
3 of 3 episodes seen
Decades and some months later i´ve watched it and it was an adventure i wish i was in it, at first look it is more to figure out ( after the narration ofc) where this ova is going , because though i had no expectations at all, after the 1st episode i was a bit skeptical about the animation and all, but DON´T Judge a book by its cover.
Onwards to part 2 &3 the storyline and all became more clear, even though some early 90´s anime had some bad 1980´s animation habits, it looked more ´proffesionally directed´ more colour and better camera work.
Storywise it reminded me a bit of the 1995 anime Blue Seed wich has simmilair plantlike enemies, Green legend ran looks more respectively but a much cheaper idea and product, but still fun.
Soundwise i had no problems with, i LOVE those 90´s anime sound effects blended into it.
No way that the charachters were´stereotypical´ because each important
charachter has like a clear own personality, ok at times it drops at unexpected moments but thats how it was back then, as for the heroes and villians design it looks quite good, but the villians got a special design given to then ( mainly the ´super villians´) since they are not from earth,that is understandable ofc. Through some oldskool grainy scene´s and sometimes wobbly sidecharachters i had a good time given to me , and as a lone ova project from the 90´s it had a good potential to became more ´wellknown´ as would put it so overall its a good saturdaynight anime for 135 min! enjoy read more
13 of 13 episodes seen
This ova serie´s that i think a side or continuation of the t.v serie´s ( 1990) that was a cornerstone for fantasy anime till this day with exception of Y´S ( 1989).
But there is a catch if u watch it for the 1st time ever, and its that u have to watch the epidose´s in the right order, start with episode 2,3,4,5 after that watch the 1st episode , than # 6 till 13 in order wich i never was able to solve why they did it.
Storywise it was definetly a epic fantasy , dark and well put together with the whole package, dragons, Knights, spells, ancient kingdoms, sort of a ´fellowship´, princesses, trolls, treasures ect. ect. and ofc could be very violent at parts.
As for the animation , in my eyes it was almost flawless for its time, very low background animation fails, charachters and villians design was quite well done and had the right outfits, but what i love the most are the DRAGONS!!!!!!! for 1990 it looked tight and well animated , fluend movements and drawn to look terrifying, we don´t see it like that anymore , sad.
FANTASY OPERA as i call this,and i not mean only the intro but througout the ova serie´s has numerous moments with opera music blended in nicely, to me the intro alone i played it repeatedly in my head, rememberable.
Most of the charachters had a good relationship , likable and not the sort to be forgotten easely, especially if u are an anime fantasy fan, only the main protagonist has still some of that oldskool hotheaded type like that rushed in fights without thinking , those kind of chara popped out everywhere in the late 80´s and 90´s, a bit tasteless, but does have a good turnaround later on.
Elves are some of the main basis as charachters and storywise, if ur talk about fantasy ofc, and they have a great role in lodoss.It was more than entertaining, it was a very colorful and memorable experience to me that finally i watched lodoss war, till i gonna get the full t.v serie´s, too bad i never saw it aired because it somethinf like Record of lodoss war could fill up lots of today´s fantasy anime that has rushed or weak substance! read more
26 of 26 episodes seen
To begin with is some of the roles of some minor charachters that has been revised from the original ova, but the four knight sabers wich pretty much stay in the same role though i felt that 2 of the 4 knightsabers got a bit of an ´stereotypical cuddly japanese highschoolgirl giggley´type that can e annoying over time.
The story overall was a indirect reboot set in the same setting, different beginning but gave it a more ´extended´storyline and i liked the somewhat dark plotsetting after half of the serie´s.and a more personal inside look a most of the protagonists unlike the ova.
But throuhgout the serie´s there are some factors that fails in this show or rely too much on it.The animation for its time looked quite ok, a 90´s look to the knight sabers and a inproved A.D police look not so much problems there ofc. Musicwise they relyed a bit too much on the action to put the right track into it, as well that it was mostley a repetitive Technolike bouncing music at most of the episode´s. Priss singing here was just not the same to me and the rockmusic was dull to me, nothing compared to the EXPLOSIVE intro of the original Bubblegum crisis and further
. Only at episode 25&26 it went to a right direction and i mean during the explanation of how boomers came to be ( for the time beeing) . Mackey´s role , one of the knight sabers younger brother is revised here from a peeking dirty boy,;) into some sort of émotionless technofreak with no substance whatsoever ): .The boomers on the other hand had a more intelligent look and feel to it, but in the 1987 ova´s they were more bloodthirsty and vicious.
Overall i wished that most of the chara kept the same role, liked the extended storyline but was put off a bit because of the repetitive music over half the serie´s
and , well to me it had its moments but thats it! read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
For the art it was rather ok, u have to see it from a point of having not much money but to make the best out of it, and it was another era ofc that unlike today EVERYTHING was handdrawn, even the background animation of crowded ppl when all hell breaks loose is quite detailed, especially when u see the animation moving towards you, the better it looks frame by frame. U can´t miss the late 1980´s music here ! nicely mixed it during the movie, and i mean during the shootouts and stuff.
Some of the charachters here acted a bit onesided and stereotypical a la 1987! but the main protagonist at least had a more emotional and uplifting role, same for the villian, though he acted more like a hardball.
It was not a dissapointing movie overall, and merely because oldskool anime´s has lots of popculture references and parody´s if u look right, and man oh man it was actionpacked alright. something i would say for a sundaynight with a beer or two .AWESOMETACULAIR
6 of 6 episodes seen
Charachters vilians and heroes all of them had a story to tell and reasoning to do what they do, no brainless talking and needless killing, though once the fight starts blood flows like hell, but it is still with reasoning ±) and ofc the supernatural shadows that protects them that in the manga wich i havent read has a much deeper and darker story than in the anime. It definetly was a purely enjoyable ova serie´s and goddamn, i never regretted it put a hold to it because it jus looked too good. one more thing, this has the kind of violent ending it deserves! man oh man was it worth my money !!!!!! read more
1 of 1 episodes seen
The ´anime master of horror´ Go Nagai ( with respect ofc)
seemed already made a t.v series of devilman in the 1970´s and a movie called Devilman v.s Mazinger Z wich both i never saw aired and over the decades made short horrorstorie´s or ova´s like Violence Jack that was some sort of culthits among older animefans like this one . The story itself to me was quite interesting ( although the 1st 5 min or so with the demonic slaughter intro made me a bit wondering), it was´nt too complex luckely, though it really started to be very dark for me .Animationwise it´s sooo 80´s u can´t miss it with some faults here and there as usual but at parts well made, i like handmade anime its just how u look at it today.Furtheron in the story after some gruesome scene´s some Makai ( demons) turn up to silence the two protagonists and at that point the late 80´s tracks start to kick off, but only for moment, moving on to the last 15 min of the ova. After seeing some good action scene´s and saw the explenation of the story, i remember the bit in the rockdisco where a socalled´ ritual supposed to be held , and that one of the two protagonists wanted to start to kicking it off by slashing everybody for a certain reason ( no i´m not gonna spoil THAT much) and well.... the violence was soo damn filty, soo much red and soo much brutal demonslaughter i almost choked out for a minute and was totally scared afterwards, i hardly slept . i had had first some sort of filthy disgust against akira ( the main person) because WHY had he killed those demons so brutal and inhumane, but seeing the 2nd ova part even how sickminded and terrified i was i understood part of why he turned into a sickening demon, together with the ova series and short movie wich came years later, that are overall softer somewhat. but man oh man did i had a harsh time with ths one, thumbs up read more