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Funimation Licenses Record of Lodoss War OVA, TV Series

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Company to release both projects in 1 set on July 18

FUNimation Entertainment announced on Friday that it has licensed the Record of Lodoss War video anime series as well as the Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight television anime series.

Funimation is releasing the OVA series on a combo Blu-ray Disc and DVD, and the television anime series on DVD only. Funimation will release both projects in one box set on July 18.

Record of Lodoss War began as a series of magazine articles that recounted the pencil-and-paper role-playing game sessions of players who called themselves Group SNE. Those fantasy adventures evolved into a series of novels by Ryo Mizuno that now have over 10 million copies in print. Mizuno's original Record of Lodoss War stories inspired the 1990 Record of Lodoss War video anime series and the 1998 Record of Lodoss War: Chronicles of the Heroic Knight television anime sequel. Central Park Media previously licensed and released both fantasy titles in North America. Media Blasters had announced a license of both anime in 2010, but then revealed in 2012 that it would not be releasing the titles as planned.

Seven Seas Entertainment will release Mizuno's original Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch novel on October 31. The company describes the story:

Parn, a reckless but passionate swordsman embarks on a quest to discover the source of a great evil overwhelming the country of Lodoss. Joining him are Deedlit, a young elf wielding powerful magic; Ghim, the tough-as-stones dwarf; Etoh, a fledgling priest; Slayn, the group's sorcerer; and Woodchuck, their indispensable thief. Together, this iconic group will join forces to discover the truth behind a world torn apart by ancient deities and wield the power needed to defeat the Grey Witch!

Mizuno published the novel with illustrations by Yutaka Izubuchi in 1988. The storyline more recently inspired a stage play that ran in Tokyo in January.

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