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  • TV-PG
  • 1998
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.3  (257)

Orphen is a fantasy anime series that premiered on TBS in Japan from October 1998 to March 1999. The series was later dubbed in English and released in the United States by ADV Films. Orphen follows the journey of a young sorcerer named Orphen, who is on a quest to save his friend Azalie from a curse that turned her into a dragon.

The show is set in a world where magic and technology coexist. Orphen, a former member of the Tower of Fangs, one of the most prestigious magical academies in the world, is now a rogue sorcerer. He is often seen traveling with his two companions, the fiery-headed swordsman, and a troll-like creature. Together, they explore the world, encountering friends and foes as they try to unravel the mystery of Azalie's curse.

David Matranga voices the character Orphen, bringing to life the character's rebellious and sometimes reckless personality. Shelley Calene-Black voices Cleao, a spoiled but strong-willed girl who is orphaned and seeks adventure. Cleao becomes Orphen's traveling companion and love interest. Spike Spencer voices Majic, an innocent and naive young boy who is studying to become a sorcerer. Majic is also Orphen's apprentice.

One of Orphen's strengths is its world-building. The show introduces audiences to a vast array of magical creatures, spells, and concepts. It effectively blends its unique world with its intriguing narrative. The story is well-paced, with each episode adding a new piece to the puzzle. It keeps the audience engaged and invested in the characters' journey.

The show has a unique art style that helps to create a distinct atmosphere. The art style is reminiscent of traditional manga, with characters sporting exaggerated features, such as oversized eyes and spiky hair. The animation is fluid and smooth, with action scenes being particularly impressive. The visuals, combined with the show's excellent soundtrack, creates a memorable experience that encapsulates the mystique of the show.

Orphen also does an excellent job of tackling the complexity of its characters. Orphen's past is a significant part of the narrative, and the show took time to explore the character's motivations and faults. Cleao, too, grows throughout the series, going from an initially selfish character to someone who cares deeply about their friends.

The show also explores themes such as freedom, trust, and redemption. Orphen's rebellious nature is a reflection of his desire for personal freedom. His relationship with Cleao and Majic highlights the importance of trust and friendship, while the overarching plot centers around the idea of redemption.

In conclusion, Orphen is an excellent anime series that brings together a unique world, memorable characters, and engaging storytelling. The show provides an immersive experience that transports the audience to a world of magic and wonder. It's a gem of 90s anime that deserves to be watched by fans of the genre.

Orphen is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (47 episodes). The series first aired on October 3, 1998.

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I am the Sword Drawn from the Light!
23. I am the Sword Drawn from the Light!
March 25, 2000
When Orphen realized that the reason for all of the events that had happened up until now were all part of a plan to break open Elkarna's seals, he threw himself into battle with Elkarna to protect everything. MacGregor, whose actions had resulted in making his daughter feel bad, slowly started to feel regret.
Feelings That Are Not Mutual
22. Feelings That Are Not Mutual
March 18, 2000
Orphen and the group arrived at the ancient temple ruins, where they found the Macgregor's and Elkarna. Esperanza, willing to do anything for her sister, and Cleao, blocking her path because she would not let that happen. MacGregor and Orphen began their battle. And Licoris, who couldn't bear to watch.
Sorcerer Majik
21. Sorcerer Majik
March 11, 2000
The group chased after Majic, who had been kidnapped by Esperanza. But Flame Soul came to attack them, reborn using the body of his mother. Orphen managed to battle Flame Soul, who had become very powerful. Working hard, he managed to hold his own, but next, Majik comes to attack him. With Majic, who was bristling with newfound increased powers, as his opponent, Orphen.
The Truth in the Heart of the Storm
20. The Truth in the Heart of the Storm
March 4, 2000
Esperanza has kidnapped Majic, and Orphen is determined to get him back. Together with Cleao and Lycoris they head for Erukarena's Temple to save their dear friend, but an unexpected foe stands in their way: Flame Soul. And, Lycoris finally reaches a conclusion about the life she had forgotten.
Licorice Nielsen
19. Licorice Nielsen
February 26, 2000
Lyrocis decides to leave the group so that she can go home, although she's not quite sure where exactly that is, and while waiting to return, she is plagued by memories long forgotten. Majic meanwhile debates on becoming a sorcerer as well as if he should take up training with Esperanza.
Sad Lullaby - Rhapsody
18. Sad Lullaby - Rhapsody
February 19, 2000
On their way to the Royal Public Order of Knighthood, Majic and Cleao manage to stop by their home in Totokanta for a visit to their family. Lycoris however begins acting stranger, even stranger than usual and having visions that she doesn't understand of a family that she never though she was a part of.
Get out of here, Orphen!
17. Get out of here, Orphen!
February 12, 2000
While Cleao, Majic, and Lycoris enjoy some relaxation in a small cottage, Orpehn has big problems. He's run into the most skilled foe, and that is himself. There isn't just one clone of Orphen however, there are five and since they all have his magical skills, it's going to be a very difficult battle.
Hot battle! Wonderful Passenger-boat
16. Hot battle! Wonderful Passenger-boat
February 5, 2000
The girls decide that it's time for a little rest and relaxation on a cruise ship, and while they are having a good time, they are making Majic and Orphen work their tails off to pay for everything. However, when a monster shows up and runs amuck on the ship, it's going to be anything but fun.
Leaving Home on the Night of the Full Moon
15. Leaving Home on the Night of the Full Moon
January 29, 2000
Summary is not available.
What-! Majik is..
14. What-! Majik is..
The worst possible fate has befallen the group; it's worse than monsters and more insidious than a rival returned for revenge. They've run out of money, and even the Knighthood is refusing continued finance. The only solution is to enter a dance contest with a huge cash prize, and the selected entrant is Majic. The problem is, he has no idea how to dance and to add to the humiliation, he has to dress in drag.
The Girl Who Became the Wind
13. The Girl Who Became the Wind
January 15, 2000
Summary is not available.
The Great Courtroom of Revenge
12. The Great Courtroom of Revenge
Summary is not available.
The Crab and the Boy
11. The Crab and the Boy
January 8, 2000
The next stop on the way to the Royal Public Order of Knights is the famous Honeymoon Mecca, and it seems that for a change, there might be a little time for sightseeing. Majic it seems is quite the ladies man, although it's not really his intention, and it manages to raise the jealousy of Eris who happens to be in town with Harita to keep an eye on Orphen.
Illusion Snowy Mountain
10. Illusion Snowy Mountain
December 25, 1999
The group wants to make an unscheduled stop at a hot spring that is along the way, but Lycoris and Orphen are going to be making a different stop. The two stumble into a strange subspace that has been created by Volcan's desires and words, but he's not even aware of it.
The Speed of Sound Lady
9. The Speed of Sound Lady
December 18, 1999
After Lycoris loses her glasses and ends up unwittingly buying a bunch of junk from Volcan, their innkeeper stumbles across a more interesting piece that's got everyone running in circles. A strange talisman bearing even stranger runes causes its wearer to move at nearly the speed of sound, but now they need to find a way to stop the plus size runner before things really get our of hand.
Bird! Bird! Bird-
8. Bird! Bird! Bird-
With funds running low, Lycoris needs a way to come up with some funds. The Royal Order will certainly send some, but it's gong to take a week, and they need some fast cash in the meantime. It looks like it's time for some odd jobs, and even Orphen has been brought in to earn a few coins, all thanks to some nude modeling.
An Errand's sweet trap
7. An Errand's sweet trap
December 4, 1999
The gang stops off for a much needed rest as well as supplies. However, Orphen really doesn't feel the need to do much shopping, and he sends Cleao and Lycoris to do a bit of shopping. But, when the girls get mixed up in a robbery, and the bandits steal their precious chocolate coins, it's the girls who are going to be on their own adventure.
Shrimp-man, Crab-woman
6. Shrimp-man, Crab-woman
November 27, 1999
The self proclaimed hero Black Tiger, or Shrimp Man as Orphen, Majic, and Cleao know him, makes a triumphant return, at least he thinks it is. Shrimp Man isn't alone though, and he's got someone else that's hoping to steal his thunder, but she's certainly not happy that she's had the name Crab Woman applied to her good name.
Awaken, beloved woman-
5. Awaken, beloved woman-
Orphen and his friends come in contact with a man seeking to simply free his fiancé from the grip of a powerful sorcerer. The problem is that it's his father, and to make things worse, he has his daughter in a state of suspended animation, seemingly for his own evil purposes. But, the truth may prove to be much more different.
Bizarre: Love's Ripples
4. Bizarre: Love's Ripples
October 30, 1999
A mysterious lake has a long-standing legend that it will make wishes come true. That seems to be the farthest thing from the truth though, as Volcan soon finds out when a trip to the lake finds him possessed by a young girl, and he begins taking on her personality, including speaking like her and even dressing up like a woman.
Hell's Beachwear Shop-!
3. Hell's Beachwear Shop-!
October 23, 1999
Orphen and his friends finally have met up with Lycoris, and while Orphen is fine with having her around. Cleao thinks otherwise. First, she believes that she might be a hitman trying to kill Orphen, then, she thinks that she might be a monster. The truth is going to be something different than she expected however.
Treacherous Bathhouse-!
2. Treacherous Bathhouse-!
October 16, 1999
Now that Orphen has managed to gain the support of at least one of the local hotels, there's another matter to clear up. A local hot springs tycoon has the entire area under his control and is forcing the smaller resorts out of business. It's going to take the skills of a sorcerer to put things right.
1. Hotsprings
October 2, 1999
Desiring a much-needed vacation, Orphen, Majic, and Cleao decide to take a trip to some hot springs in the area. It seems like a great idea, until that is, rumor of an evil sorcerer surfaces, and Orphen is the one that the finger is pointed squarely at. It's going to take a miracle to clear his name, or at least a monster showing up.
Where to Watch Orphen
Orphen is available for streaming on the TBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Orphen on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 1998
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (257)