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Anime: Rune Soldier Louie
Clockwise from the center: Melissa, Merill, Louis, Illa, Genie
Louie PUUUUUUUUUNCH!!

When an all-female adventuring team needs a mage, the only one they can get on short notice is the burly adopted son of the head of the local mage guild. Not only does Louie look more like a fighter than a mage, he acts like it, too, getting into all manner of trouble and trying to solve it with his fists. And when the team's cleric learns that her god has assigned to her a special relationship with Louie, well, let's just say she's less than happy.

A slapstick comedy set in the world of the ultra-serious high fantasy drama Record of Lodoss War, Rune Soldier Louie (Mahou Senshi Riui) has fun playing against type with the tropes of the fantasy genre. Lodoss's roots in Dungeons & Dragons are just as clear here as they are in the original series, with the stereotypical character classes — who don't always act anything like you would expect they should.

This show provides examples of:

  • Gender Bender: In one episode, and made all the more disturbing by the fact that Louie is most decidedly not an Attractive Bent-Gender, looking pretty much like normal except for a pair of large breasts. It would appear Genie is the only one in the show capable of pulling off the strong lady look well.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Louie prefers this to magic a lot of the time.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: In episode nineteen of the English dub when Merrill buys a house she says "Mi casa es su casa" (My house is your house) to Louie, Genie, and Melissa.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: Ila in episode 2. Probably the only time where she tried to keep a far too loud Louie away from her.
  • Harem Anime: Subverted, it's got the trappings of a harem comedy but the emphasis is on parodying fantasy tropes. All three main female characters at the beginning of the show actually dislike him and by the end have a good amount of respect for him with no romantic elements involved. On top of that, Louie always thinks of them as his buddies and seems to be in a perfectly stable relationship with his girlfriend Ila.
  • Hermetic Magic
  • How We Got Here: One episode opens with Louie out in the rain, digging a hole while Merrill lies nearby, appearing to be dead. The episode then flashes back to show how it happened.
  • Identical Grandson: it's mention by the head priestess while the looks isn't similar but personality wise Louie is the carbon copy of his father the hero king but since his father have great PR that create a different public persona, no one but his father close companion have caught on this.
  • Identical Stranger: Odessa for Merrill.
  • Improvised Weapon: Louie is capable of swinging a wild boar around, seemingly effortlessly.
  • Innocent Innuendo: Ila is trying to help Louie with his working out by sitting on his back as he does forefinger-thumb push-ups. For some reason she's making moaning noises. Louie some what enforces this by saying Ila's name three time, each time with more emphasis before asking her to get off.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Parodied by Conrad, played straight by Leonard.
  • Left Hanging: Although there are sufficient clues for the observant viewer to deduce who Louie's parents probably are and why he was fostered by the head of the mage guild, no one in the cast has access to them all — or any interest in the question, for that matter — so there is no chance to find out for sure.
  • Let's Get Dangerous: Louie is surprisingly competent when the chips are down and the day needs saving. In the latter half of the anime, he hardly ever botches a spell and actually comes up with creative uses for minor incantations.
  • Limited Wardrobe
  • Little Miss Badass:
    • Lilly, mild version.
    • Merrill has shades of this dependant on how old you think she is.
  • Magic Knight: Louie is more this than a straight up wizard, particularly a Bare-Fisted Monk, as he's rather unreliable in the magic department and prefers his fists over his sword.
  • Medieval European Fantasy
  • Meganekko: Ila
  • Money Fetish: Merrill, even bathing in gold coins when given the chance.
  • Mooks: Demon mooks sure but nonetheless...
  • Nobody Poops: Averted in the episode where Merrill spends pretty much the whole episode in the restroom because of some laxative-laced cookies she eats.
  • The Not-Love Interest: Melissa for Louie.
  • The Ojou: Melissa is of noble birth, joining the priesthood of Mylee to escape an arranged marriage.
  • Panty Shot: A rare case of some pretty damn realistic skirt physics.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: On Genie, which is a tad strange, given that fighters usually need to be able to see their surroundings.
  • Pillar of Light
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Exaggerated with Merrill, who is mistaken for a nobleman's true love, and she is offered a whole bunch of dresses to wear. She can't decided so she layers several on at once.
  • Potty Emergency: Merrill has to get to a restroom very quickly when she eats some laxative-laced cookies.
  • The Power of Friendship: Louie's punching isn't enough to break the Big Bad's barrier at the finale, but when the girls join him, their combined punches are strong enough.
  • Pretty Freeloaders: Inverted — Louie becomes an unwanted companion to Melissa, Merrill, and Jeannie.
  • Rebellious Princess: Melissa was a noblewoman who ran away from an arranged marriage.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Inverted. Louie has blue hair and clothing but possesses the characteristics typically associated with a Red Oni. Genie has red hair and clothing, yet acts like a typical Blue Oni. Their rivalry is played up a lot outside of Genie's master/student sessions teaching Louie how to swing a sword.
  • Role-Playing Game Verse
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The prince is an adventurer, but you don't find out who until 2/3 into the series. It's a minor character, though.
    • Louie is a bastard prince that taken cared by the one of trusted mage.
  • RPG Anime
  • Running Gag: "Against my will," by Melissa about Louie's status as her hero.
  • Shorttank: Merrill, the thief.
  • Show Some Leg: On a stupid clay golem. And it worked.
  • Snot Bubble
  • Spanner in the Works: Louie ruined one of the bad guys' schemes because there wasn't a ready bathroom nearby. Of course, odds are he was doing it to mess with his teacher, as well.
  • Sparkling Stream of Tears
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Subverted, Genie thought this happened to her in her army days. It turned out one of the soldiers didn't let her stay and die because he was in love with her, not because she was a woman and he thought he should do it instead.
  • Stripperiffic:
    • Genie doesn't even bother with a Breast Plate, apparently being so Badass that she doesn't need armor, or even much clothing.
    • And one of Merrill's day jobs is an exotic dancer, which Melissa found out to her horror when she tried doing Merrill's jobs when she was sick, and had to put the dancer outfit on.
    Melissa: "If this is what he means when he says the word 'costume', then I don't want to know what he means when he says 'dance'".
  • The Sneaky Guy: Merrill is the lithe thief of the group.
  • Too Long, Didn't Dub: Averted - a long wordplay exchange is masterfully adapted.
  • Turn Undead: Melissa and even the three student Priestesses can do this to the undead. They use it to take out some zombie mooks in one episode.
  • Underboobs: Genie, even her bikini allows for it.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: Perhaps not necessarily a childhood friend, but poor Ila certainly appears to have an affection for Louie which isn't really returned.
  • Visible Sigh
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Louie has this sort of relationship with Merrill and Genie. Even after they start acting nicer towards him they still tend to throw insults at him.
  • Warding Gestures
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Melissa, who is from a noble family.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Genie and her fear of Giant Slugs in episode 11.
  • Would Hit a Girl: At least when it comes to Genie, Louie doesn't treat her any different than a male warrior.
  • Wrecked Weapon: Early on, Louie breaks his magic wand by beating goblins to death with it.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Louie has blue hair.

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alternative title(s): Rune Soldier; Louie The Rune Soldier; Rune Soldier Louie; Mahou Senshi Louie
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