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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


Type: OVA
Episodes: 7
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 26, 1995 to Jan 25, 1996
Producers: Pioneer LDC
Studios: AIC
Source: Original
Duration: 34 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.381 (scored by 5,861 users)
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Ranked: #21792
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Popularity: #3693
Members: 13,319
Favorites: 83


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Jan 9, 2008
Gaidai (All reviews)
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 read more
Sep 20, 2017
Silyon (All reviews)
El Hazard The Magnificent World is a seven episode OVA series released from mid-1995 to early-1996. It is also one of the first anime in the now exceedingly popular isekai genre. For the uninitiated the term isekai refers to a sub-genre of fantasy anime in which the protagonist or protagonists are originally from present day Earth, but get pulled into another world that is generally better than ours. It is one of the premier escapist fantasies that dominate today's anime landscape and as such they tend to put a spotlight on all the ways the new world is better than ours and don't focus too read more
May 16, 2010
andalib13 (All reviews)
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.
Jun 8, 2016
ktulu007 (All reviews)
El Hazard is an anime franchise from the mid 90s. It was written by Tsukimura Ryoe with production by AIC. You may remember them from their work on OreImo, Solty Rei, Blue Gender, Sasameki Koto and several others I've reviewed. The first entry in the El Hazard franchise was Magnificent World, a seven episode OVA which gained enough popularity to spawn two tv anime series, and more OVAs. So, was this OVA actually good enough to warrant that? Let's take a look at El Hazard The Magnificent World and find out.


We begin our story with high school politics. Because don't all great fantasy tales begin read more
Jun 4, 2019
SeekingWaylander (All reviews)
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.
Nov 20, 2018
MKSTEEL (All reviews)
A superb fantasy anime that has some interesting and original characters and a fresh 'fish out of water' plot that might have more in common with 'The Neverending Story' than most Anime cliches. When a small group of students and one of their teachers get thrown into a fantasy realm filled with monsters and magic as well as ancient weaponry of apocalyptic design. With a fresh Arabian Nights inspired realm threatened by a swarm of malevolent bug-men and a shadowy faction of mysterious operators behind the scenes playing both sides, as well as a mysterious living doll of destruction caught up in the struggle as read more