Distributor: ADV Films
When the most prestigious university of magic in the land loses Orphen, their most talented student, they'll do anything to get him back. Unfortunately for them, Orphen has bigger plans than majoring in spell casting - namely tracking down a mysterious dragon, the Bloody August.
TV Series: 26 episodes

Average Rating

Average Ratings: 56
Number of Review Sites: 8

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"If you're looking for a good fantasy anime with some nice characters and an engaging plot, Orphen should satisfy those needs. "
Akemi's Anime World (Arcane) - 3.5 (out of 5)

Vol. 1 - "...good swords n' sorcery, but it manages to be just non-traditional enough to entertain a bit more than your typical Anime Fantasy Adventure..."
Anime Jump! (Mike Toole) - 3 stars (out of 5)

"This sort of fantasy with a modern feel should be familiar to anime watchers, but the interesting characters and longer story threads hold the promise of a superior anime resulting."
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - watchable

Vol. 1 - "... if you do decide to watch Sorcerous Stabber Orphen, I implore you, stay away from the English track if you value your sanity. " (Bamboo Dong) - B-
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Mike Crandol) - C
Vol. 4 - Read the review (Mike Crandol) - C+
Vol. 5 - Read the review (Mike Crandol) - B
Anime News Network

Vol. 1 - "Fantasy action fans are going to be happy here." (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 2 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 3 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 4 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 5 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Vol. 6 - Read the review (Chris Beveridge) - B+
Anime on DVD

Vol. 5 - "Typical fantasy mish-mash and anime clich├ęs, that should be pretty entertaining to fans of the genre."
DVD Talk (John Wallis) - 3 stars (out of 5)

"You really can't take Orphen too seriously when Reki gets an entire episode to frolic in the fields. But behind all the nuttiness, there is a serious plot ... which kicks in just in time for the series not to lose too much steam"
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Carlos Ross) - 3 stars (out of 5)

Ep. 1 - "There introductory bits do pique the imagination and interest me, but Cleo's character as well as the two brothers are a bit off-putting."
The Anime Cafe (Jane Nagatomi) - 3 stars (out of 5)