Faaren is a peaceful and happy realm, ruled by a wise King... until the Demon Lord Ackdam overruns the kingdom with his black legions and terrifying dragon, killing the King and capturing the Queen. But the King's young son, Sirius, is swept away to safety and grows to be a powerful young warrior, tutored in the ways of swordsmanship and chivalry by his father's loyal minion, Rias.
Animated adaptations of video games are a pretty mixed bag, especially really old ones like Dragon Slayer, a game most Falcom fans don't even really know. Despite that, and despite most of the actual writing in the OVA being pretty bad, Dragon Slayer manages to be a pretty fun experience with lightning fast pacing, some funny scenes and pretty great action capped off with the perfect kind of cheesy, lighthearted ending.
With over-the-top, goofy characters who are introduced and sent off with giant explosions and table-destroying brooms, nothing in Dragon Slayer will blow your mind, but it will put it on a fun rollercoaster for fifty
-Is modern life growing dull? Do you need excitement in your life? Do you wonder what life happened shortly after the caveman era but long before your life? While no one can vouch for the authenticity behind the show it is a nice thought of what could have happened. When you see the show it might provide more pleasure and respect to our airplane crew.
-Introduction was delivered in an appropriate fashion by having narration before the actual story unfolded.
-Conclusion. Most show i have seen modern and old are fairly simple with their endings. Either a character wins the battle or loses.
Here we get that and a bit more comedy wise. While they don't announce the final joke they make a good hint at with the drawings. A very cleaver idea of show vs tell. Which forces the audience to remain glued to the screen even though the show is arriving to an end.
Also, I find the conclusion fairly interesting. The way the story was left off leaves room to a sequel.
-aside from the art getting a more toned look(less bright) the background was its biggest issue. I am not saying the art wasn't appropriately drawn more its timing. I am unsure to what cause the timing to be delayed(choppy), background slowly zooms in and out but could be due to age, production, or dubbing. Given how the dubbing seemed to be on cue i think that was the reason for the delay. If so, rather than doing what they did to extend out a lengthy character line they should have shortened the message.
-Main female character's voice was pleasant but hard to follow at times. Due to the clear change in pitch. Maybe it was intentional because it was comedy but it was not a pitch change one might expect. In other words you know the: do, re, me fa.... bit? Well, her voice let us at normal falls at so but when angry or scared jumps straight to both dos.
Overall: A show that will surprise you. Some say a cover-shot and a title provides insight to their show. I am not saying that is wrong but given a writer/artist's skill they can change what you may think will happen. For that i applaud them. In terms of audience for the show i would recommend teens and over because of violence.
Not even close to a masterpiece,maybe not even decent for most people but if you like the most generic fantasy plot ever made with some great art/animation give it a shot,Don't expect anything from the characters tho and the pacing is terrible too but this might be just what you need with only 2 episodes the only thing you have to lose is your time
Animation 9/10 (moves great)
Sound 7/10 (most fantasy sounding thing you will find)
Characters 5/10 LUL
Enjoyment 10/10 (seen it at the right time at the right place)