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ⓘ Xcalibur




Xcalibur
                                     

ⓘ Xcalibur

King Edwin, ruler of a medieval-like Kingdom is assassinated by his brother and regent, Bragan, who has made a truce with the evil warlock, Kwodahn. The murder is witnessed by Prince Erwann who carries out the dying Kings final orders; to take Xcalibur and hide it in a safe place. After hiding the sword, Kwodahn curses Erwann, turning him to stone. Erwanns feisty teenage daughter, Princess Djana befriends Herik, a young apprentice of the exiled Shogis, a sect of sorcerers, who has been entrusted with the Book of Life, the collected knowledge of the Shogis. Together, they retrieve Xcalibur, however upon reaching the Royal Palace, they learn Bragan has taken control of the Kingdom as regent to Arthus, the 10-year-old sovereign, too young to rule himself, and confiscated Prince Erwanns lands as his own, falsely branding him as the assassin.

Unable to convince the lords or Arthus that Bragan is a traitor, Djana goes on the run with Herik, Tara - a member of the People of the Sea, often referred to as Barbarians - and Wip, a small dragon, and are branded outlaws by Bragan. Djanas resistance to Bragans alliance with Kwodahn sparks a rebellion in the kingdom, assisted by the people of the villages of Mallory and Quinn, and later, secretly assisted by Prince Duncan, one of the lords of the Kingdom.

                                     

1. Characters

  • Zeky Zek - Wolfs subordinate.
  • Arped - a citizen of the hamlet of Quinn, and another prominent figure in the resistance against Bragan.
  • Queen Lorna - King Arthus mother and rightful regent of the Kingdom. Bragan decided to get rid of Lorna first, and gave the task of assassinating her to her godmother; Walka. Unable to kill her goddaughter, she hid Lorna in Mussis body. She is eventually released by Walka in a bout of redemption, and replaces Bragan as the regent.
  • Zoldan - a Shaman who accompanies the People of the Sea. He is often used as a pawn by Kwodahn for his plans.
  • Prince Bragan - King Edwins younger brother, who has him assassinated. He is in league with Kwodahn, and attempts to subvert his nephew Arthus to become king.
  • Sapphire - one of the three Sylph sisters in Brocelianda, dressed in a red gown, the Sylph of the Expressions and Djanas mother. She possesses a jewel: Sylph Ring. Her Totem is Wip. She is the mother of Djana and wife of Erwann.
  • Will - one of the leaders of the Wandering City, a city which floats above the sea, inhabited by pacifists.
  • Tara - a young dark skin messenger sent by the People of the Sea. She is sent to negotiate with Prince Erwann, who was the go-between for negotiating a peace treaty between King Edwin and her people; peace in exchange for a place to settle in the kingdom. She arrives too late, and is declared an outlaw along with Djana and Herik where it implied in the episode The Toll Of The Past Djana and Tara have feelings for each other.
  • Fedora - one of the three Sylph sisters in Brocelianda. Sylph of Time and Queen of the Sylphs, dressed in a blue gown. She possesses a jewel: Sylph Necklace, and a wand. Her Totem is a Unicorn. She is the Aunt of Djana.
  • The Yellow Prince - another of the Kingdoms lords.
  • King Arthus - the 10 year old sovereign, son of the late King Edwin. He is naive, easily led by his uncle, Bragan who believes his story that Erwann assassinated the King to steal Xcalibur.
  • Morgan - an experienced Shogi who leads the exiled Shogis to a new life on the Shogi Island. He is a close friend of Herik.
  • Erin - one of the inhabitants of Quinn. She is initially a spy for Bragan, passing on information about the rebellions plans to attack Bragans camp and kill him. However, she redeems herself and becomes a close friend of Djana.
  • Wip - a small, flying dragon who was once the Totem of Sapphire.
  • Kwodahn - the Devil, who lives in a flying castle. He carries out his plans for domination through Bragan and Walka, who have sold their souls to him.
  • King Edwin - the late ruler of the Kingdom and Arthus father. He is portrayed as a just and fair ruler, who wanted to make peace with the People of the Sea.
  • Mussi - governess to King Arthus. She is devoted to the care of Arthus.
  • Prince Erwann - Princess Djanas father. He was Chief of King Edwins Army and his close friend, who worked as a bridge between Edwin and Tara, representing the People of the Sea. It is implied he had a relationship of sorts with Tara. He is cursed by Kwodahn and turned to stone when he refuses to hand over Xcalibur to him.
  • Silkar - a citizen of the village of Mallory, and one of Djanas allies. He eventually becomes a prominent figure in the rebellion against Bragan.
  • The Shogi Master - sometimes called the Grand Magus, a powerful sorcerer and leader of the Shogis.
  • Wolf - the leader of the People of the Sea, raiders who attack the Kingdom for food and riches. King Edwin attempted to negotiate with them, offering them a land to settle in return for peace, however his assassination prevents this from happening. He eventually discovers that Herik his son.
  • The Red Prince - one of the lords of the Kingdom. He is Bragans closest ally on the council.
  • Herik - a young Shogi apprentice, rebellious by nature. During Bragans attack on the Shogi Monastery, he is entrusted with the Book of Life by the Grand Magus. He befriends Djana and helps her to retrieve Xcalibur, going on the run with her.
  • Walka - one of the three Sylph sisters in Brocelianda, dressed in a green gown, the Sylph of the Appearances who leans towards serving Kwodahn, has become an evil sorceress. She is banished from the Sylphs by Fedora, who turns into a Medusa-like creature. As a Sylph, she possesses a jewel: Sylph Bracelet. She eventually redeems herself by freeing Queen Lorna, and defying Kwodahn. Her Totem is a Two-Headed Snake. She is the Aunt of Djana and godmother of Queen Lorna.
  • Princess Djana - the fiery daughter of Prince Erwann, strongly opposed to Kwodahn and Prince Bragan. Her mother mysteriously disappeared, leaving Djana alone. She takes the sword Xcalibur to protect the innocent and to free her father from the curse it hinted at that Djana is bisexual for her feelings for Tara and Herik
  • Prince Duncan - also known as the Green Prince. He becomes Djanas most powerful and trusted ally within the Council after she helps to save his lands from Kwodahns magic. He is strongly opposed to Bragans plans.
                                     

2. Voices

  • Regine Candler as Walka / Mussi
  • Joanna Ruiz Rodriguez as Princess Djana / King Arthus
  • Eric Meyers as Wolf / Prince Erwann
  • Ben Small as Herik
  • Jules DeJongh as Tara
  • Andy Turvey as King Edwyn / Zoldan
  • Tom Clarke-Hill as Kwodahn / Wip
  • Tom Eastwood as Prince Bragan
                                     

3. DVD availability

Anchor Bay released the series on DVD in the UK on 15 November 2004 in the form of a ten-disc box set with four episodes per disc. The set contains an episode guide on the packaging but no other extras. It has a listed running time of 16 hours.

Unfortunately, Anchor Bays release features an error in the ordering of episodes, meaning that the correct chronological order has not been maintained. This particularly applies to the episodes The Secret of the Sylphs episode 25 and The Return episode 26, which should in fact immediately precede Love and Duty episode 37.