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YMMV / Record of Lodoss War

  • Badass Decay: More of an enforced example. Since the series itself is not long and the arc that it occurs in is only about eight episodes, we clearly see how the regaining of Orson's emotions and the weakening influence that Hyuri had over him turned him from a cool, emotionless fighting juggernaut to a whiny, emotional prick. Though you have to give him credit: he can still handle himself with a sword pretty well without being a berserker.
  • Chaotic Evil: As opposed to conquering Lodoss, Wagnard's goal is to burn it to the ground.
  • Complete Monster: Wagnard is an Evil Sorcerer who was kicked out of his wizard's academy for practicing the black arts. As a result, the egotistical Wagnard has decided to awaken the destroyer Goddess Kardis and cause The End of the World as We Know It largely out of nothing more than spite and a petty grudge. Wagnard uses many as pawns, leading to large scale battles and many deaths, to catch the pure-hearted priestess Neese, who is the reincarnation of Kardis. Wagnard spares no effort in trying to murder her friends, and when he has Neese captive, subjects her to Cold-Blooded Torture to awaken Kardis within her. At the end, Wagnard expresses sheer glee in awakening Kardis to kill all that lives, solely so he can reign supreme in a "Kingdom of the Dead."
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The "Black Knight Ashram" theme.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Leylia being possessed by Karla.
  • Ho Yay: Parn's fanboying over King Kashue when he first meets him somewhat resembles this, to the extent that Deedlit seems to be worried about the competition...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Karla the Grey Witch.
  • Memetic Mutation: It's become common to think Shiris is dressed as one of Santa's helpers considering how Christmas-y her outfit is in the OVA.
  • Narm: The kobolds look rather vicious, but their screams and howls sound exactly like your five year old brother immitating a monkey.
    • The dragon voices in the TV series when they talk are very laughable.
    • Barbas in the Legend of Crystania OVA is so Obviously Evil it's laughable, and becomes even more so after possessing Ashram.
    • From the same OVA, Redon's father gets 20 arrows in his back and lasts long enough to deliver a Final Speech.
      • The fact that the Royal Cavalry went out of its way to kill Redon's dog for no reason reeks of CardCarryingVillainy.
    • The ridiculous way in which Lady Remina meets her end.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Narse. Be it his mouth full of fangs, his connection with Kardis or the fact he's the size of Godzilla. Then there's his roar.
  • Subbing versus Dubbing: The English dub often divides a lot of people; there are fans of the dub, to the point where they admit it's a favorite of theirs, while some others find it detestable. Still others think that there's a certain Narm Charm to it. Either way, Lisa Ortiz's Deedlit (her first role ever, incidentally) is considered one of its greatest assets. This is especially amusing given that Word of God is that they prefer the voices in the US dub of the OVA.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: Listen to this score. Now listen to one. If you're wondering which one came first the answer is Leviathan1989. (the OVA came out in 1990, the film came out the year before. Plus Leviathan's composer was none other than Jerry freakin' Goldsmith. Do the math.)
    • "Kiseki no Umi", the TV series' opening theme, sounds suspiciously similar to Karl Jenkins' "Adiemus".
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Orson in the TV series was particularly sad, having made a Heroic Sacrifice for Shiris with her begging him to wake.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Badass?: Deedlit in the OVA is regarded a Faux Action Girl because she doesn't have any shining moments in combat. However, she gets a lot of done with shamanistic magic outside of combat: finding a way out of a trap in the pilot, guiding the group through the Forest Of No Return, protecting them from the hot air vents in the ancient fire dragon's lair, and guiding the others to Parm's location after he gets his ass handed to him by Wagnard.