The BEST Episodes of Record of Lodoss War
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Network: TV Tokyo
Created from the aftermath of the last great battle of the gods, Lodoss and its kingdoms have been plagued by war for thousands of years. Now, an evil stirs: an ancient goddess of destruction awakened by an evil wizard. Only a party of six champions, led by the young warrior Parn, stand between this new threat and Lodoss' descent back into the darkness of war and destruction.
#1 - Demon Sword... The Power to Crush Souls
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 29, 1998
Shooting Star launches its attack on the forces of Flaim. Parn and Kashue manage to score some hits on Shooting Star, even poking an eye, but that only angers Shooting Star to the point where it vows to destroy the villagers of Flaim (one hundred men for every scale), and Kashue faces the reality of defeat. Orson's group isn't having much luck either as their assault on the pirates turns out to be against Ashram himself and the Marmo forces.
#2 - The Young Knight... Tested Strength
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 27, 1998
Nine years later, the elderly Neese passes away, joining her hero friends of legend. Spark, a knight-in-training, misses the cut for knighthood for that year. But the next year, he is specially summoned by King Kashue, and ends up meeting his protege.
#3 - Recovery... A Mission Assigned
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 3, 1998
Spark tries to defend the treasury from the Dark elves but is unsuccessful as they make off with the Soul Crystal Ball. After discussing with Parn about the importance of the item and the growing threat of the Marmo alliance, Kashue commissions Spark to recover the item and also send a message to Valis. Spark gets introduced to a new team of adventurers.
#4 - King... The Long Sought Hero
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 15, 1998
Parn and friends arrive at Flaim, which is undergoing a big food shortage because of a large influx of refugees. They meet up with King Kashue and agree to split the party into two small groups. Parn, Deedlit, and Kashue will hunt after Shooting Star, while they nominate Orson to lead the second group to hunt down Abram. Kashue hosts a ball and then during a spar with Parn, he hints to Parn that he would make a good king.
#5 - Heart... Tears Reborn
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 6, 1998
Ashram's ship makes their way to Blue Dragon Island with Orson's group held captive. Ashram has Orson witness how powerful his group is in fighting Abram the Water Dragon, and up acquiring its treasure, the Soul Crystal Ball. As the ship heads off to Shooting Star's lair in Flaim, Orson and Shiris attempt an escape, but Maar tricks the gang and makes off with the Soul Crystal Ball. Kashue's team attempts to make their way to Raiden to get magic support from Slayn and Leylia. After reuniting, they come across Maar, who after hearing Kashue's intentions, agrees to lead them to the pirates, and they attempt to rescue Orson's team.
#6 - Death... A Gentle Heart Bequeathed
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 13, 1998
Orson finally feels like he can express emotions by suppressing his berserker rage, and the first thing he does is confess his love for Shiris! But Parn and the gang have a big battle to deal with. Ashram leaves his party outside to guard the entrance to Shooting Star's cave, and when they finally meet against Parn's party, one of the sorcerers summons undead skeleton troops. Everyone squares off against each other with clashing swords and elemental summoning sorcery. Shiris tries to get revenge on the big Amazon woman but gets into some serious trouble, to the point where Orson makes a final deal with Hyuri to become a berserker again.
#7 - The Scepter of Domination... The Dream of a United Lodoss
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 20, 1998
Ashram and Hobb enter the dragon's lair but are surprised that Shooting Star has returned, and he is not amenable to just handing over the Scepter of Domination! King Kashue arrives and offers a proposition to Ashram; they will ally to defeat Shooting Star, and then they will duel for the Scepter afterwards. But Ashram is suspect whether Kashue will keep his word. Parn and the rest of the party arrive to provide support, with Parn even taking a heroic strike on the dragon. But then Ashram tries to get the Scepter, and that means big trouble!
#8 - Light... A Girl Guided by the Gods
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 10, 1998
As Spark's group arrives at the Southern Fortress (with Little Neese sneaking behind), they learn of a couple who found themselves ambushed by the dark elves. Ryna, a woman in red, and her partner Randy who was wounded in the scuffle. Spark tries to get information from Ryna on where the dark elves are but a hydra-like monster is unleashed nearby.
#9 - Sallying Forth... Pursuing a Dark Shadow
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 17, 1998
We get more information on Little Neese. Obviously, she's the granddaughter of the heroic Neese that passed away earlier in the series. Her powers come from the Earth goddess Marfa.
#10 - Nightmare... The Creeping Dark Power
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 24, 1998
The group dispatches the Dark Elves that they've been pursuing. Unfortunately, the Soul Crystal Ball has already been passed along. And what do Neese's dreams have to do with it all?
#11 - Doorway... The Truth Proclaimed
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 1, 1998
After recovering Neese from her confrontation in her dream with Wagnard, Aldonova reveals the truth about Neese; she is the Doorway, the sacrifice that Wagnard would use to resurrect Kardis. Spark and the gang strategize on next steps to hunt down the Soul Crystal courier to deliver King Kashue's message to King Etoh. It becomes apparent that Spark's party should head to Valis. Meanwhile, Parn, Deedlit, and Maar arrive at a fortress of the free army in Kanon to help Prince Reona battle the Marmo governor led by Rabido.
#12 - An Old Enemy... Reunion with the Black Knight
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 8, 1998
Rabido's scouts have been decimated; so he declares martial law and locks the villagers inside their homes while he goes out to battle the free army led by Prince Reona. Parn, Deedlit, and Maar sneak into the village to try to free the villagers but they are shocked to encounter Ashram, whom they had written off as dead at Shooting Star's lair, but he is back along with Pirotess and Groder. He has already freed the villagers and announces his plan of becoming king of all Lodoss. While Reona fights Rabido, Parn fights Ashram, and it is not clear who the real winner is.
#13 - The Holy City... Pursuing a Clue
Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 15, 1998
After gaining access to the city of Valis, the group learns from King Etoh that they are to return to King Kashue if they haven't recovered the Soul Crystal Ball. They face the decision of whether to obey the others or move on with their quest. With a day before the ball, the group hits the bars of Valis to try to get leads on Marmo, figuring that the bag man who picked up the Ball from the Elves would be doing the same. Unfortunately, their search gets them into a fight with some Valis sailors, forcing the group to flee. However, Spark makes his escape with the aid of a man who just might get them passage.
#14 - Decision... An Option Compelled
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jul 22, 1998
War takes place throughout Lodoss. The dragon riders under Duke Redrick and Queen Shiris (yes, that Shiris) end the civil war in Moss. King Kashue battles Duke Raster in Alania, going for a gutsy personal charge. Meanwhile, Spark returns before the ball and tells his party of the ship that will grant them passage. But something seems suspicious that a military ship is used. Could it be an attack on Valis? Spark must make the decision on whether to tell Etoh which would mean confessing that he's been sneaking around. But Neese had already made her decision to go to the temple to defend the Staff of Life, and it soon becomes clear what Spark must do.
#15 - Mission... The Path One Follows
Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jul 29, 1998
Wagnard is confronted by Karla about his plans to resurrect Kardis. Neese is at the Temple of Falis but sees that the dark elves have stolen the Staff of Life and Jay and the Marmo mercenaries bar the way out. Spark charges the temple to rescue Neese from Jay's forces. But when he learns the Staff is missing he is about to chase after the Marmo ship when Wagnard attacks Neese again. Spark and the gang do all they can to hold onto Neese.
#16 - Reunion... In a Distant War-Torn Land
Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 5, 1998
The party reaches Kanon, which used to be the most lush green land among Lodoss, but has now suffered the ravages of war. As they camp out, Spark affirms he will protect Neese no matter what, but a group of Marmo thinks they are part of the free army. They attack with goblins, the party splits off. The Marmo leader traps Spark, Neese, and Aldo on a cliff top, summoning forth a fierce giant ogre. Spark gets into trouble, but Neese affirms she is not the only one who will be protected; she wants to protect her friends too!
#17 - Counterattack... The Stolen Last Hope
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 12, 1998
Back in Alan, Kashue sacks Raster's keep and tosses him over the side. Kashue dispatches the armies of Alan and Flaim to Marmo as Etoh readies the armies of Valis to march as well. Spark and Neese grow closer at a small celebration, but Wagnard appears and finally succeeds in stealing the young Doorway.
#18 - A Vow... A Step Towards the Future
Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 19, 1998
Parn reins in Spark, explaining that if the group can take Kannon, they can then drive to Marmo in a swift and sure manner. Wagnard explains to Neese his reasons for wanting to resurrect Kardis, confirming the suspicion that he's nuts. the combined armies of Kashue and Etoh begin to descend on Kannon, but Ashram has plans of his own.
#19 - Liberation... A Path Opened
Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Aug 26, 1998
Prince Ryona and the Free Army attack the city of Rudo; Sparks' party is assigned with taking the city center. Pirotess fights a holding action against Parn and Deedlit while Ashram evacuates his people. By episode's end, the Marmo have withdrawn from Lodoss, leaving the rescue of Neese and the battle with Wagnard as the final tasks.
#20 - Landing... The Terrifying Dark Island
Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 2, 1998
The heroes old and new reach the shores of Marmo. But the creatures there give them plenty of trouble. The fighters (Parn, Spark, and Garrack) get split off from the others and must fight some mud monsters. The other team have their hands full against some gargoyles. Meanwhile, the armies of the nations of Lodoss assemble in Rudo, ready to invade Marmo once and for all. Karla senses that the heroes have the upper hand in the final clash, so she balances the powers by awakening the ancient dragon Narse!
#21 - The Witch... The One Who Maintains the Balance of Power
Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 9, 1998
Narse has arisen and is wreaking havoc on the gang. Fortunately the timely arrival of Shiris and her dragon riders gives time for the gang to focus on pressing forward into Marmo. Narse still has the upper hand until the surprise arrival of another mighty force. On the ground, Parn and Spark's group encounter Karla who gives her final offer: surrender themselves and she'll stop Wagnard, or drive on and she'll turn and help Wagnard since she believes the heroes in a unified Lodoss are a greater threat. Ashram says farewell to Wagnard as he has his Marmo people board ships to leave for another continent.
#22 - Decision... The Black Knight's Option
Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Sep 16, 1998
On the island of Marmo, the team converge and enter Conquera Castle. Kardis continues the resurrection ceremony and brings out the spirit of Naneel out from Neese. As the others race ahead toward Wagnard, they encounter Ashram and Pirotess who have said their farewells to Wagnard. The fight is clearly for Parn (and Deedlit vs. Pirotess) as he directs Spark and others to move on. As the two heroes clash swords, Ashram comes to revelation as to his purpose and desires.
#23 - Destruction... The Evil God Released
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Sep 23, 1998
The gang converge toward the sacrifice room where Wagnard has Neese imprisoned, but they will be facing two threats. Now only is Wagnard about to complete the ritual for the resurrection of Kardis, but Karla is supporting him by repeating the ritual as well. Spark's group try to attack Wagnard, but Wagnard is way too powerful, and his Kardis instant death spirit spells hold the group back. Parn's group (Deedlit, Slayn, Leylia) attempt to go after Karla but have the additional challenge of not being able to kill her lest she jump to a new person. Spark and Garrack plan a sacrificial attack on Wagnard, but the result is not what Spark expected.
#24 - Hero... The Birth of a New Knight
Season 2 - Episode 27 - Aired Sep 30, 1998
All seemed well with the defeat of Wagnard and Karla, but unfortunately Kardis has awakened and her spirits of death spread out from Marmo wiping out monsters and men throughout Lodoss. Spark leaps into the shadow world where Neese is still imprisoned and encounters Naneel who plans on using Neese's body as the incarnation of Kardis. Neese continues to struggle with all her might, and a big decision from Spark will decide the fate of Lodoss.
#25 - The Desert King
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 30, 1990
King Fahn of Valis celebrates Fianna's safe return and rallies the kingdom by hosting a ball. Parn and Deedlit dress up but Parn is noticeably distracted when he sees King Kashue present. Woodchuck tries to scam some jailers, but things go wrong when Karla gets involved, freeing one of the prisoners and having him attack the king! In the meantime, the Marmo forces from Emperor Beld invade the Valis border.