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|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Kiyoshi Fukugawa|
|Released||October 26, 1988 – December 25, 1988|
Dragon Century(Japanese:竜世紀 Hepburn:Ryū Seiki) is a Japanese two-episode OVA anime series that was created by Ryuukihei and produced and animated by the Anime International Company. It was originally released on VHS and laserdisc in Japan in 1988 and then it was eventually subtitled in English by: U.S. Renditions and released in VHS format in the United States/Canada on October 1, 1996. Both OVA episodes were later released on DVD in Japan on January 26, 2006.
Japanese is an East Asian language spoken by about 128 million people, primarily in Japan, where it is the national language. It is a member of the Japonic language family, and its relation to other languages, such as Korean, is debated. Japanese has been grouped with language families such as Ainu, Austroasiatic, and the now-discredited Altaic, but none of these proposals has gained widespread acceptance.
Hepburn romanization is a system for the romanization of Japanese that uses the Latin alphabet to write the Japanese language. It is used by most foreigners learning to spell Japanese in the Latin alphabet and by the Japanese for romanizing personal names, geographical locations, and other information such as train tables, road signs, and official communications with foreign countries. Largely based on English writing conventions, consonants closely correspond to the English pronunciation and vowels approximate the Italian pronunciation.
Anime is hand-drawn and computer animation originating from or associated with Japan.
The opening and ending theme was performed by Jpop singer Midori Karashima.
The plot takes place in the near-future Hokkaido of 1990. A series of murders is taking place around the world, and dragons suddenly begin appearing in the skies. The dragons are believed to be responsible for the murders, and the Japan Self-Defense Forces begins shooting them out of the sky. Following that, a troubled young girl named Riko witnesses the killing of a dragon, and takes charge of the creature's surviving hatchling. Naming the young dragon Carmine for his red scales, she hopes to raise him for the destruction of her city and the corrupt humanity she has come to hate. However, Riko learns there is more to the dragons than she first thought, and worse things in the world than her fellow humans.
The Japan Self-Defense Forces, JSDF, also referred to as the Self-Defense Forces (SDF), Japan Defense Forces (JDF), or the Japanese Armed Forces, are the unified military forces of Japan that were established in 1954, and are controlled by the Ministry of Defense. The JSDF ranked as the world's fifth most-powerful military in conventional capabilities in a Credit Suisse report in 2015 and it has the world's eighth-largest military budget. In recent years they have been engaged in international peacekeeping operations including UN peacekeeping.
300 years after the events of Riko's story, Carmine is fully grown, and lives alone in a tower in the post-apocalyptic world of 297 R.C. A 15-year-old girl named Rulishia comes to Carmine's tower and steals his horn, becoming (in accordance with dragon law) her master. She names him Vermillion, and takes him to a dragon-fighting tournament called the Ryuto. They win one victory after another, each fight taking Rulishia closer to revenge against the Ryuto team who killed her father. Rulishia and Vermillion grow closer, and she decides to call off her vendetta for his safety. The decision to seek a peaceful life is cut short with the return of the demons which invaded Earth 300 years before. After fighting off an attack by demonic beetles and destroying the demon-corrupted Ryuto team who killed Rulishia's father, Vermillion departs to do battle against the demons as a leader amongst the dragon warriors.
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|Sergeant Sagara||Tesshô Genda||---|
|Sagara's Superior officer||Shunsuke Shima †||---|
|Sagara's Assistant||Toshiyuki Shiina||---|
|Rullishia||Chieko Honda †||---|
|Carmine (Old age)||Seizō Katō †||---|
|Maseinen||Kazuyuki Sogabe †||---|
|Gelda Maseinen||Kiyonobu Suzuki||---|
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