Growing up in the ’90s, Record of Lodoss War was that anime with the intriguing name that nevertheless sat collecting dust on the shelf at Suncoast Video. What was a Lodoss War? The only person who knew was that one guy who had read the novels (of course there were novels) and was prepared to explain them to you in great detail.

I know now that Record of Lodoss War is basically just Dungeons & Dragons, but in anime form. It began in the mid-80s as a series of popular first edition D&D campaigns that were adapted into a handful of fantasy novels, and then a bestselling tabletop game. It’s since become a sprawling multimedia series featuring anime, comics, dungeon crawlers, and now, 35 years in, a Metroidvania.

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