Legend of Lemnear
|The Legend of Lemnear|
(Kyokkoku no Tsubasa Barukisasu)
|Genre||Sword and sorcery|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Kinji Yoshimoto|
|Produced by||Hidenobu Ohyama|
|Music by||Norimasa Yamanaka|
|Released||August 25, 1989|
|Written by||Kinji Yoshimoto|
|Illustrated by||Satoshi Urushihara|
|Original run||September 1991 – February 1993|
Legend of Lemnear (極黒の翼 バルキサス, Kyokkoku no Tsubasa Barukisasu, "Wings of Absolute Darkness: Valquisas") is an anime OVA directed by Kinji Yoshimoto with character designs by Satoshi Urushihara, produced by AIC. It was released on August 25, 1989 on video in Japan. The English subtitled version was released in 1995 and distributed by Central Park Media and U.S. Manga Corps.
The series had been adapted as a fantasy manga (レジェンド・オブ・レムネア, Rejendo obu Remunea) written by Kinji Yoshimoto with art by Satoshi Urushihara. It is licensed in North America by CPM Manga, in Poland by JPF and in Russia by Comics Factory. It focuses heavily on the "swords and sorcery" genre, and in typical Urushihara style provides a great deal of fan service.
The story focuses around the title character, Lemnear, who according to prophecy is the Champion of Silver. She seeks revenge on the evil wizard Gardein and the master he serves, attempting to avenge the slaughter of her people.
Lemnear, a young warrior girl, arrives at a city ruled by the corrupt warlord Vuan. She seeks revenge on the evil wizard Gardin, Vuan's master, who slaughtered Lemnear's people when she was a child, in his search of a mysterious, prophesied, Champion of Silver. Eventually, Lemnear confronts Gardin, but she is knocked out by a magic blast and sent to the city's dungeons, where young girls are retained for Vuan's harem. There, an old mage tells Lemnear a prophecy: that the Champion of Silver will turn a Champion of Bronze into Gold, and destroy the evil Barol, the ultimate mastermind behind Gardin and Vuan.
In order to rescue a friend from the dungeons, Lemnear infiltrates the harem, but Vuan brainwashes her into becoming another slave. Thanks to her magic choker, she breaks out, kills Vuan, and hears from Gardin that Barol challenges her from his Castle of Valquisas. Upon reaching the castle, she learns of another survivor of her people, Mesh, whom Gardin had believed to be the Champion of Silver but who is actually the Champion of Bronze.
She fights and kills Gardin, but he turns out to be just the enchanted right arm of Barol. The villain reveals that he is a Champion of Gold himself. He was raised up by dark powers, after his village kicked him out for being a human hybrid. Lemnear and Mesh fight him, defeating both his human and dragon form, but he then turns into a stone giant and moves on to conquer the world. Realizing the prophecy, Lemnear awakes her power through her choker, turns Mesh into a Champion of Gold, and they together destroy Barol's weak spot, killing him.
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