Manga / Lord of Lords Ryu Knight
aka: Hao Taikei Ryu Knight
In a world where a giant sword stands upon a land full of adventure and magic, a world called Earth Tear. This is the story of heroes who journeyed tirelessly across Earth Tear!
or Lord of Lords Ryu Knight
is a manga created in 1993 by Takehiko Ito (of NG Knight Lamune & 40
, KO Beast
& Outlaw Star
fame). An anime adaptation was produced by Sunrise
in The '90s
, airing in 52 episodes from 1994-1995.
It takes place in the mythical world of Earth Tear where, far off in the distance, a giant sword can be seen thrust into the very land itself. Legend has it that whoever journeys to the Earth Blade will become the greatest warrior alive and one of the many warriors to take up this quest is the young aspiring knight-in-training, Adeu the Sonic.
Life is not easy for the idealistic young warrior who, in his very first appearance, gets all of his money suckered out of him by a pair of street urchins. The world is closer to a post-apocalyptic, Fist of the North Star
-esque land than the standard fantasy medieval setting in parts, and people are consistently terrorised by outlaws riding powerful mecha called Solids. Fortunately, Adeu has a secret weapon of his own: one of the legendary Ryu, which outclasses any Solid in combat power, the Ryu Knight, Zephyr. With Zephyr at his side Adeu is almost unstoppable but the challenge has only just begun.
Eventually he is joined by Paffy, a princess and an apprentice mage who is on a journey to strengthen her powers. Accompanying her are Sarutobi, a ninja who acts as her bodyguard, and Izumi, one of her own retainers and a noble priest with amazing strength. Together the four battle against the evil that infests Earth Tear and draw ever closer to their ultimate goal - the Earth Blade itself.
Though not the most popular giant mecha anime, it was successful enough to get 3 OVAs
and a video game.
Here's some tropes from the Ethos of Chivalry!:
- Achilles' Heel: Solids, ryus, and dooms require mystical energy called mist surrounding them constantly to absorb and use as fuel; this makes them useless in tight spaces such as caves without mist tanks.
- Action Girl: Paffy. Katze, not so much.
- Amulet of Concentrated Awesome: The Spirit Stones.
- Awful Truth: Galden is half human, half Helldragon.
- BFS: As mentioned, the Earth Blade, which is clearly as tall as a large mountain at least. According to a village elder in the middle of the series, its actually the sword of Earth Tear's god, embedded in his shield, making that a BFS of a different variety. Its uncertain to what degree this is true, as whilst its a creation myth, the elder turns out to be a Helldragon, and yet acknowledges the creation myth when he follows up with explaining the origins of the Helldragons.
- Big Good: White Dragon near the end of the series.
- Black Knight: Galden
- Black Magician Girl: Paffy.
- Calling Your Attacks: Everyone save for Katze and Hittel do this.
- Cannon Fodder: Standard solids in a nutshell.
- "Here's one lesson from the Ethos of Chivalry!"
- "Number one! A Knight must always [lesson]!"
- Demonic Possession: Izumi gets hit with this once.
- Evil Counterpart: Dark Knight Steru to the Ryu Knight Zephyr.
- Eyes Always Shut: Izumi.
- Eye Scream: Whenever Galden summons Steru, he pulls the Mist Tarot out of the "eye" on his armor and it seems to cause him some degree of pain.
- Fighter, Mage, Thief:
- Fighters: Adeu, Gratches, Gesshin
- Mages: Paffy, Izumi
- Thieves: Sarutobi, Katze, Hittel
- Five-Man Band
- The Gunslinger: Hittel
- Heel–Face Turn: At the very last moment, Galden, and the previously corrupted Steru turns into a Knight in Shining Armor.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.:
- When Paffy realises that the man she was betrothed to has effectively sold her country to the enemy, she almost completely loses her faith in humanity. Fortunately Adeu is able to step in before it goes that far.
- Adeu himself falls victim to one as well in the near-finale.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Four of the eight heroes seemingly die, but they get better in the finale.
- Hopeless Suitor: Hagu Hagu for Paffy. Given that he's, you know, a small, fuzzy fairy.
- Idiot Hero: Adeu, so very, very much.
- Improbable Aiming Skills
- It May Help You on Your Quest: Ryu Knight Zephyr, although significantly more useful than the typical examples of this trope, was just a card when Adeu got it handed to him. He was quickly disabused of that notion, though.
- Jerkass: Katze. She does get better eventually.
- Kill 'em All: The last few episodes can be accurately summed up as "in this episode, somebody dies". Except when it's subverted at the very last moment for some Big Damn Heroes action.
- Kill It with Fire: Paffy's trademark Honoun spell and also her reaction to any slimy or scaly creatures the party comes across.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Adeu, sort of.
- Magic Knight: Galden, somewhat justified since it is revealed by Idoro that he is half helldragon.
- Man Behind the Man: Idoro was manipulating Galden the whole time to prepare the way for the real villains of the show.
- Mid-Season Upgrade: Subverted because save for Adeu and his Zephyr everyone gets their upgrades late in the series especially for poor Sarutobi.
- Mind Control: Eventually, Adia (a Helldragon) attempts this on Galden by using a special ruby on Steru. This fails because Adieu was nice to him and he breaks it by STABBING HIMSELF.
- More Than Mind Control: Galden, for over half the show, is controlled by light mind manipulation and outright being manipulated by Idoro. This starts cracking later.
- Mini-Mecha: The Ryus, suits of armor with great energy. And they are RPG-class themed to boot!
- Ninja: Sarutobi
- Our Dragons Are Different: The second half of the series reveals the Helldragon tribe, the primary antagonists of the series that are said to have been spawned by their god Meditto's sword. They are also reptilian aliens from outer space with highly advanced technology. Later in the series it is revealed that some of them resemble humans to pilot dooms (their Humongous Mecha).
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Gratches
- Real Robot: Despite the presence of the Ryus (see Super Robot below), these exist in-universe to a mild degree as 'Solids'. There's a great deal of variants throughout the series, but they do seem to be part of standard militaries, and many of them clearly use mundane weaponry - like guns - over some form of mystical counterpart. Despite this, their power source is a mystical ether known as 'Mist', same as any Ryu, and any Solid without proper legs lacks clear propulsion - the sphere's they stand on evidently don't spin or anything.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Hagu Hagu, the show's mascot.
- Samurai: Gesshin
- Super Robot: The Ryus of course. Aside of being more powerful than any Solid (though this doesn't account for skills of the respective pilots), they're summoned from out of cards, one can cast magic through them, channel the power of the gods, they have higher grade weaponry (such is the implication with Zephyr's sword being required to kill a dragon), can upgrade into various super modes through mystic gems, and are capable of flight without actual propulsion. They also may or may be armours given to Earth Tear by its creator god.
- Shock and Awe: Paffy and Galden have lightning based attacks.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Katze is the cowardly, money-grubbing weapons merchant who has a keen eye for details. Hittel is the Humanoid Typhoon in elf form. Together they are one impressive team.
- To Be a Master: Adeu's whole reason for travelling.
- Took a Level in Badass: Derringer when Hittel is riding it instead of Katze.
- The Undead: At one point Idoro summons an army of skeletal warriors and dragons to kidnap a few of the main characters, even her flying fortress is castle support on top of a giant whale skeleton.
- White Mage: Izumi.
- Why Did It Have To Be Ghosts: Izumi.