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Episode 13: Shyakunetsu No Lodoss
(Lodoss - The Burning Continent)

Copyright: © 1990 Kadokawa Video (Japan), 1995 US Manga Corp / Software Sculptors (North America)
Length: 40 minutes
Rating: NR, parental guidance suggested
Format: Subtitled (VHS/Hybrid Quicktime CD-ROM)

Based on the novels by: Yasuda Hitoshi and Mizuno Ryo Executive Producer: Kadokawa Tsuguhiko Producers: Tamiya Takeshi, Ikeda Kensho, Maruyama Masao Screenplay: Watanabe Mami Director: Nagaoka Akinori Character design: Izubuchi Yutaka Music: Hagita Mitsuo English version producer: John O'Donnell Translator: Neil Nadelman

[ plot summary ]

volume 6

Parn arrives at the ceremony grounds of the resurrection, only to discover that the sword of King Fahn begins to glow -- Ashram is still alive! The evil ceremony is well underway, and now, Parn faces two obstacles - Wagnard, with his forces of evil, and Ashram, intent on uniting Lodoss under his sword. On the surface, the armies of Valis have their hands full. The non-human armies continue to attack, and the evil awaking underground unleash another obstacle -- the dead arise to fight once more! Mycean, the Gold Dragon has found Narse to be a most formidable opponent...

Karla continues to watch over the events as they unfold. Wort discovers that Karla does indeed have an ulterior motive to summoning all these forces at once -- and perhaps, Parn's battle below may indeed save Lodoss from ultimate destruction. But the ceremony is well underway, and Wagnard's destruction of the Scepter of Domination appears to have paved the way for Kardis to terrorize Lodoss completely unrestrained.

[ capsule review ]

Parn has finally grown up. His character doesn't care about power, or greed, but his thoughts are only for the one he loves. Such a simple concept, and so often, such a powerful motivator. The writers spare no philosophical metaphors, either -- good versus evil, but also lots of yin/yang ideals as well. "Light cannot exist without darkness." It's an overused cliché, but it works in a skillfully directed series. Parn's realization of this becomes the very tool that might save Deedlit. The true means by which Karla has shaped the future of Lodoss becomes clear. The aftermath of the final battle is well played, with Parn holding Deedlit's bloodied body in his hands; the outcome uncertain. As with any well planned, well executed series, the last show should always be the best, and Lodoss to Senki does not disappoint. Well done!

In my review of episode 1, I made a passing reference to Sherry's plaintive and somewhat flat singing style. Well, in this episode, we discover exactly why she was chosen to sing for this series -- her vocals match the mood -- no, it sets the mood for Parn's last ditch efforts to save Deedlit. (Trivia fans take note: the grand theme played during the victory celebration was not original to this program!) The one song would in itself be noteable, but a string and piano instrumental reprisal of Adesso é Fortuna (the song for the opening credits) at the end is just incredible, perfect for Parn's and Deedlit's visit to their fallen comrade. Truly a fitting end to a series which follows the grand style of the great epic. - AN

It is the final cataclysmic battle beneath Falaris' temple on Marmo. Ashram and Wagnard battle for control of Marmo when Parn finally reaches the scene. The story is very gripping with the fate of Lodoss and Marmo both in the balance should the goddess Kardis be resurrected. All of the characters are gathered and watch for the final outcome. Will Mycen defeat Narse, Ashram defeat Wagnard, or Parn defeat Ashram, will Kardis be resurrected, and will Deedlit live or die? And what about all of Karla's plans? How do they all play in this? The music here is truly excellent, some of it a continuation from the previous episode and the end theme is also beautifully done. This final episode is truly well done and extremely gripping. All in all, a good end to this series. - JYN

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Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: N/R 4 stars N/A
Direction: N/R 5 stars N/A
Acting: N/R 3 stars N/A
Animation: N/R 3 stars N/A
Music: N/R 5 stars N/A
Translation: N/R 4 stars N/A
Overall Rating: N/R 5 stars N/A

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