El Hazard: The Magnificent World

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Synonyms: Shinpi no Sekai Eru Hazaado, Shinpi no Sekai El-Hazard
Japanese: 神秘の世界エルハザード
French: El Hazard: Le Monde Magnifique
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 7
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 26, 1995 to Jan 25, 1996
Producers: Pioneer LDC
Studios: AIC
Source: Original
Genres: AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, RomanceRomance
Theme: IsekaiIsekai
Duration: 34 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.261 (scored by 76717,671 users)
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Ranked: #27152
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Popularity: #4685
Members: 18,841
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After Makoto Mizuhara agrees to testify against the boisterous student council president Katsuhiko Jinnai for bribing school clubs in the recent student council elections, Jinnai chases him down in an attempt to silence his self-proclaimed rival. Suddenly, during the chase, time stops for everyone—except Makoto. Perplexed, he wanders around the campus until he notices a light coming from the school's closed-off basement, where an ancient relic had just been uncovered.

Makoto is walking toward the artifact surrounded by strings of light, when out of it comes an otherworldly woman who claims she has been waiting for ten thousand years to see him. Weakened by the passage of time, she uses her remaining power to transport a confused Makoto to another world, which she refers to as El-Hazard. However, others who are still at school are also caught in the spell, namely: Jinnai; Masamichi Fujisawa, the alcoholic teacher; and Nanami Jinnai, the headstrong sister of president Jinnai.

The fantastical and magnificent world of El-Hazard awaits these four individuals where they will become entangled in the story of its inhabitants and embark on an adventure filled with laughter, danger, and even romance.

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El Hazard: The Magnificent World was formerly distributed in the U.S. by NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan, whose North American branch was then known as Pioneer Entertainment. In July 2019, Nozomi Entertainment, a division of Right Stuf Inc., took over and rescued the license for the series. In 2001, the series also inspired a role-playing game called the El-Hazard Role-Playing Game released by Canadian company Guardians of Order.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Hayashi, Hiroki
Director, Storyboard
Kimiya, Shigeru
Episode Director, Storyboard


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Ending Theme

1: "Boys be Free!" by Etsuko Kozakura (eps 1-6)
2: "Chiisana Hana (ちいさな花, Little Flower)" by Yuri Amano (eps 7)

Jan 9, 2008
The Magnificent World of El-Hazard, truly a classic for the ages! And I mean that, too. In comparison to more 'modern' shows, it's my opinion that El-Hazard still measures up to this day, and whether you've loved anime since the days of Astroboy (though I'm not sure how much other anime there was in the 60's, heh), or you've just recently started into the hobby, I'd still strongly recommend the first series of El-Hazard. Be ready for some high-fantasy with a few Final-Fantasy-esque technological advancements. If you're the mecha only type or just aren't a big fan of such things, I'd ...
Jun 4, 2019
El Hazard stands out as a magnificent masterpiece.

I've rewatched it and it hasn't lost its fragrance.

The art is top notch. Starting from background art to characters, everything is well-defined and has its place in the story.

The story itself may look meh, but, it really isn't. It is a well thought story. The characters may get sloppy from time to time, but they are well defined and fluid. The plot itself is great and it has its share of everything. Its catchy and it stays catchy. Its funny. Its dumb. Its wonderful. Its original.

The music and the sound is impressive.
May 16, 2010
Watched it on anime marathon at AXN back in 2002. Started watching, and could not move from in front of my TV until it reached the end. Art, sound quality is not as good as today's anime, but storyline is amazing and its enjoyable. The entire story is linked and it is revealed at the last episode. If someone thinks it is made of misplaced events, then I should say he did not understand it properly. Its very precise, never gets boring, and best part is it has a nice flow that will keep you attached. I've rewatched it so many times, never felt boring.

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