Dragons are such a core element of so many fantasy universes and worlds. Whether they be mere flying creatures used as weapons or sentient powerhouses that govern the world, they’re a staple element that takes on so many different forms. So this week, that’ll be our focus. Be careful, there be dragons beyond this point.
Atelier Escha & Logy (Game)
Atelier Escha & Logy: Alchemists of the Dusk Sky came out earlier this year and didn’t get nearly enough attention. It was a fantastic title that did a lot of things extraordinarily well. It was clearly the product of many years and many games of experimentation and refinement. And while dragons were not the primary focus, they do exist as mythical beings that may give you nightmares within the world and you get a few quests and sidequests that involve their majestic and terrifying selves. The fights against the dragons in this game are among the most epic and most satisfying you’ll encounter.
Dragonlance Chronicles (Books)
It’s hard to mention dragons without talking Dungeons and Dragons. I mean, Dragons are even in the name. Arguably the most well-known of the various subworlds within Dungeons and Dragons is the world of Krynn. And, without question, the most famous of Krynn’s many tales are those that first introduce us to Raistlin, Tanis, Fizban and of course Tasslehoff, The Dragonlance Chronicles tell this story. The story of a world on the brink of cataclysmic war – a war heralded by the return of the evil dragons and a war that can only be won if the ancient good dragons can be found and convinced to return to fight their counterparts. The series features memorable characters, incredibly moving moments, and just the right amount of cliché.
Dragonball Z (Anime)
There are fewer dragon-themed anime than you might think… but one of the most famous anime of all time just happens to be focused around a special dragon capable of granting one wish to anyone who meets the conditions required to summon it.
Dragonball Z is a classic anime that aired during many of our childhoods. It has since seen remakes and movies, been the subject of games, spawned memes… and if you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out on hours of people screaming, people powering up, people grunting, and people staring in disbelief followed by minutes of intense combat. DBZ is one of the cheesiest shows anime has to offer and it is absolutely and utterly glorious. If you’ve ever wanted to watch an anime that can manage to stretch five minutes of ‘real time’ into 6 episodes, Dragonball Z is your best choice.