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Synonyms: Ancient Books of Ys
Japanese: Ys イース


Type: OVA
Episodes: 7
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 21, 1989 to Sep 5, 1991
Licensors: Media Blasters
Studios: Tokyo Kids
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: DemonsDemons
Duration: 26 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.471 (scored by 23092,309 users)
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Ranked: #62342
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Popularity: #6073
Members: 7,032
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Mythical beasts lay siege on the people of Esteria, who have raised an army to fight back. The beasts are relentless and seemingly have no end to their numbers, while the population of defenders dwindle in every skirmish. Even in the town of Minea, where the people are safely nestled behind castle walls, the constant attacks have left them hopeless. It is then that a prophecy is made, proclaiming the arrival of a brave young soul that could be the one who will bring their salvation.

Ys follows Adol Christin, an adventurer driven by wanderlust towards the island of Esteria, who washes up on shore after a shipwreck. Following the guidance of the fortuneteller Sarah Tovah, he and his allies will travel the island in search of the legendary tomes known as the Books of Ys. It will be a long and perilous journey, but if fate is truly at work then Adol will certainly be the hero who returns peace to Esteria.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Christin, Adol

Kusao, Takeshi


Takayama, Minami


Honda, Chieko


Genda, Tesshou


Kawakubo, Kiyoshi

Dark Fact

Mori, Katsuji


Hayami, Show



Gemma, Luther

Tomiyama, Kei

Tovah, Goban

Tanaka, Nobuo


Kamiya, Jun
Director, Storyboard
Wyner, Tom
Script, ADR Director


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Ending Theme

"Endless History (The Morning Grow)" by Sound Team JDK

Jan 12, 2009
Skadi (All reviews)
Let’s face it, when watching a series from the era this show was produced you have to usually endure crude (by today’s standards) animation, poufy hairdos, and campy storylines. That’s not the case here, except for maybe the poufy hairdos. I never played the games that Ancient Books of Ys is apparently based on (nor have I even heard of them) but regardless this series stands on its own as one of the truly exceptional fantasy/adventure stories of its genre.

The story premise isn’t anything that’s going to win award for originality. It’s your standard adventurer from another land who comes and is read more
Dec 5, 2007
Emptyk (All reviews)
The plot fallows the same basic story line of the original game without to much variation. There are a few minor changes but nothing that would alter the story.
As a devoted fan of the games it's only natural that I know and love the story very much. So a 9 on story from me.

I'm a huge fan of 80's animation. Always have been. This show looks very much like Maison Ikkoku or even early Ranma1/2. It's very warm and straight forward with bright colors and smooth lines. For me, as I've played the original DOS game and the remakes of the games it was read more
May 7, 2014
ktulu007 (All reviews)
The Y's franchise may or may not be known to you. Basically, it's a series of action RPGs that helped define the genre back in the late 80s. It's also Falcom's best known franchise with around a dozen installments at this point but Falcom also doesn't have much else under their belts that's memorable and even their best known games aren't all that well known compared to a lot of other franchises from bigger name companies. Don't get me wrong, though, most of the franchise is made up of quality games. Back in the late 80s, when the series was in its infancy, Falcom worked read more
Mar 8, 2016
Rikuson1 (All reviews)
Ys イース Review

Story (7/10) Good
More Specifically (7.75/10) Good+

The story for this anime adaptation of the first installment of the Ys franchise widely known as Ys I: Ancient Ys Vanished is a good adaptation from a story standpoint. The progression and pacing all seemed on the money when it comes to everything important that needed to be covered in Ys 1. Obviously for anime purposes they couldn't make the authenticity of the video 100% accurate because certain scenes would probably have been more boring if that was the case. Example when Adol is venturing through the tower of Dahm he is accompanied by Dogi, Luther read more

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