Haō Taikei Ryū Knight
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|Lord of Lords:|
(Haō Taikei Ryū Naito)
|Written by||Takehiko Itō|
|Original run||1993 – 1995|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Toshifumi Kawase|
|Written by||Hiroyuki Hoshiyama|
|Original network||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||April 22, 1994 – March 28, 1995|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Masashi Ikeda|
|Written by||Katsuyuki Sumisawa|
|Music by||Keiichi Oku|
|Released||July 21, 1994 – September 25, 1995|
|Original video animation|
|Adeu's Legend II|
|Directed by||Tsukasa Dokite|
|Written by||Akemi Omode|
|Music by||Jun'ichi Kanezaki|
|Released||December 18, 1995 – May 25, 1996|
Lord of Lords: Ryū Knight (覇王大系リューナイト, Haō Taikei Ryū Naito) is a manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Itō. It was originally published monthly in the Shueisha magazine V-Jump starting in 1993.
A 52-episode anime television adaptation of the series was produced by Sunrise, directed by Toshifumi Kawase, and aired in Japan from April 5, 1994 to March 28, 1995. It also gained two OVA series comprising 17 episodes total, as well as a single OVA release and two video games.
Ryū Knight tells the story of Adeu, a boy who lives his life by the "Ethos of Chivalry" (a code of conduct similar to the Knightly Virtues). He is on a quest to seek the Earth's Blade, a gigantic sword which is capable of reaching the sky from the ground. Along the way, he meets Paffy, who is a princess, and her two escorts: Sarutobi, a ninja, and Izumi, a priest. Together, they partake on an adventurous journey in which he comes across many villains, at first composed of thieves and bandits who are after the Ryu mechs, which are far stronger than the normal mechs (henceforth referred to as Solids). The plot expands as the series progresses.
Characters and their Ryū Units
- Adeu Waltham: Ryū Knight Zephyr; with Spirit Stone, class-changes to Ryū Paladin Lord Zephyr
- Sarutobi: Ryū Ninja Bakuretsumaru; with Spirit Stone, class-changes to Ryū Ninja Master Bakuretsumaru
- Izumi: Ryū Priest Baurus; with Spirit Stone, class-changes to Ryū High Priest Baurus
- Paffy: Ryū Mage Magidora; with Spirit Stone, class-changes to Ryū Wizard Magidora
- Katze: Ryū Gunner Derringer (also spelled as Delingar), class-changes to Ryū Wyatt Derringer
- Hittel: Ryū Gunner Derringer (both Katze and Hittel, as brother and sister, can control Derringer), class-changes to Ryū Wyatt Derringer
- Gesshin: Ryū Samurai Hayatemaru; class-changes to Ryū Kaiden Hayatemaru
- Gratches: Ryū Chief Shinebaram; class-changes to Ryū Grand Chief Shinebaram
- Galden: Dark Knight Steru; class-changes to Rune Knight Steru
- "Good-bye Tears" by Yumiko Takahashi (episodes 1–28)
- "RUN ~Kyou ga Kawaru Magic~" (Run 〜今日が変わるMagic〜) by Hitomi Mieno (episodes 29–52)
- "Hitomi ni Diamond" (瞳にDiamond) by Hitomi Mieno (episodes 1–28)
- "Owaranai Natsu" (終わらない季節(なつ)) by Hitomi Mieno (episodes 29–52)
- "Wing of Wind" (風の翼) by Hitomi Mieno
- "Point 1" (ポイント1) by Yumiko Takahashi
Adeu's Legend II
- "Yume ni Stay" (夢にStay) by Hitomi Mieno
The original manga was created by Takehiko Itō and was serialized monthly in Shueisha's V-Jump beginning in 1993. A total of three tankōbon chapter collections released in Japan from 1994 to 1995. Although no official English translation exists, the manga was published in Spanish by Planeta DeAgostini and in Italian by Planet Manga.
The 52-episode Haō Taikei Ryū Knight anime adaptation was produced by Sunrise and aired on TV Tokyo from April 22, 1994 to March 28, 1995. The anime was released in an official DVD box set by Bandai Visual.
Three OVAs were produced by Sunrise during and after the airing of the television series. They were:
- Haō Taikei Ryū Knight: Adeu's Legend (覇王大系リューナイト アデュー・レジェンド), was released in 13 episodes from July 21, 1994 to September 25, 1995.
- Haō Taikei Ryū Knight: Adeu's Legend II (覇王大系リューナイト アデュー・レジェンドII), was released in 3 episodes from December 18, 1995 to April 25, 1996.
- Haō Taikei Ryū Knight: Adeu's Legend Final (覇王大系リューナイト アデュー・レジェンド・ファイナル), was a single-episode special released in May 25, 1996.
Two video games related to the series were released:
- Haō Taikei Ryū Knight: Road of Paladin (覇王大系リューナイト ロードオブパラディン), an RPG developed by Japan Art Media and published by Bandai for the Super Famicom in 1994.
- Earthtia Saga: Larthur's Legend (アースティアサーガ ラーサーレジェンド), an action point-and-click adventure game developed by Emotion Digital Software and published by Bandai for Mac OS and Windows in 1995.
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- (in Japanese)
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- "覇王大系リューナイト アデュー・レジェンドII" [Lord of Lords Ryu Knight: Adeu's Legend II] (in Japanese). Sunrise. Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-07-02.
- 覇王大系リューナイト アデュー・レジェンド・ファイナル 温泉ダンジョンの決闘 [Lord of Lords Ryu Knight: Adeu's Legend - Duel in a Hot Spring Dungeon] (in Japanese). Sunrise. Archived from the original on 2011-09-17. Retrieved 2011-07-02.