|Yugo - not a Soviet-bloc automobile|
The Boy really enjoys the show too - and this from a kid who absolutely hates anime. (Yeah, I can't believe the anime hatred either. I think some chromosomes cooked too long in the cloning vat, but that's another story.)
The main character is Yugo, a young boy with mysterious origins who is adopted by an ex-bounty hunter and raised in a roadside tavern and inn. He quickly learns that he an innate magical power to create portals that he and others can move through. Add to this his natural fighting and acrobatic ability, and the young boy can be quite dangerous.
|Ruel Stroud, Professional Something|
Something bad happens to Yugo's step-father early on, and yup - you guessed it - it's time for a quest to put things right. Most of the series that I've seen so far is a picaresque set of adventures, much like a Dungeons and Dragons campaign - with both dungeons and dragons. I mean, what else would you expect? :)
Along for the ride is Ruel Stroud, an old friend of Yugo's step-father. Ruel appears to be some sort of a priest or cleric or monk, but isn't. He also seems to be some sort of bounty hunter, but doesn't appear to do much of that, either. In the end, he's really just a professional bum - who might have been a thief if it didn't take so much work. Ruel is lethal with a shovel, however, and has Yugo's best interests at heart.
|Sir Sadlygrove - possible idiot?|
The next party member to join is Sir Sadlygrove Percedal. He's your standard cavalier - and might even be a paladin. Or, he might not even be a real 'sir' yet. It's kind of unclear. He's got this sword that can kick major butt . . . however . . . the sword does have a demon locked inside of it and it's unclear whether our dear knight has any combat skill of his own. Yet. I'm sure we'll learn more as I watch the season progress.
Eventually, the party meets some ladies who join up. The first is Princess Amalia Sheran Sharm. Yes, a princess. She's some sort of elf. Thing. Maybe. I don't know. Whatever she is, she a princess - one of those runaway princesses who want to see the world and have great adventures. You know the kind. Princess Amalia is some sort of druid or shaman with powers over plant-life. Awesome powers. She kicks some serious butt.
I also find it interesting that she has almost exact hair and skin color of my 2nd Edition AD&D character, Chartreuse. And here I thought I was being original. But their personalities are very different. Well, except maybe the bossy part.
|Little Miss Kill You With An Arrow|
We are not very far into the series, but we've enjoyed every minute of it. The villains are great - different ones for each episode so far - and all very memorable characters. It plays very much like a D&D session (perhaps more 'new' style than old,) and has already inspired some ideas in my head.
I recommend the series for those of you who like cartoons - especially if you have some kids around to help you watch it. It's anime - but no so anime-y to turn off anime haters. The art is breathtaking at times - the detail they put into the forests and ancient fortresses is amazing. And if you are looking for ideas for a adventure ideas for a campaign - it's packed with really cool ones.
So go watch! :)