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How Not to Train your Dragon

Are there more lame dragons in anime than cool ones?

 I confess whole-heartedly: I am excited to see How to Train your Dragon this weekend. It just looks fun and cute and like something I won't have to think about very hard.

But oddly enough, it DID get me thinking...you know, considering how much we associate dragons with Asian culture, there aren't really that many out and out dragons in anime. When I started trying to think of some, the ones I came up with were mostly less than inspiring. Here:

 Filia
 Filia
Slayers (Filia Ul Copt)
This golden dragon originally attempted to conscript Luna Inverse-- yes, Luna; Lina's older sister --into joining her on her quest to prevent the resurrection of an evil lord. Luna passed the job on to younger sister Lina, resulting in a party that included both the Gold Dragon Filia and the Mazoku, Xellos, and they didn't get along very well. Although very loyal and honorable, Filia was mostly pretty annoying, and easily annoyed. Whenever Xellos pissed her off she'd either turn into her dragon form, or pull a mace out and try to squash him. 

 Dragonaut
 Dragonaut
Dragonaut: The Resonance
In this...unique take, dragons are in fact aliens who came to the earth. One was captured, allowing humans to create dragons that they can control. When not in human form, these dragons are less the reptiles you'd imagine and more...space jets. That you ride in. And fight with. Whatever.

 Blue Dragon
 Blue Dragon
Blue Dragon
An attempt to create a Big New Franchise, Blue Dragon launched with a video game and an anime, and character designs by Dragon Ball Z's Akira Toriyama. The story revolved around a bunch of kids who gained the power to summon dragons (or other creatures) from their shadows. Kind of like a less imaginative, more merchandised-to-hell version of Okage: Shadow King. I played a bit of the game and found it pretty dull.

 Dragon Drive
 Dragon Drive
Dragon Drive
A cute Digimon-meets-YuGiOh ripoff, Dragon Drive was about kids playing a game in which you generate a dragon via your own consciousness and battle them. Our lead character Reiji manages to create an awesome-looking dragon, which in fact was lazy and sleepy. D'oh!

 Dragon Half
 Dragon Half
Dragon Half (Mana)
Let me say first and foremost that Dragon Half is AWESOME, or at least the pitiful two episodes that got animated were. (They never made any more of it, which is tragic.) That said, the one full-blooded dragon we saw-- lead character Mink's mum --was kinda lame. She gave up being an awesome dragon for being a housewife, even if she did beat her husband what for.


Not that there aren't occasionally cool dragons, like Dragon Ball Z's Shenron, but it feels like they're hard to come by. Can you think of any cool dragons? Or just more lame ones?    
Oneeyedjackson March 27, 2010 at 6:57 a.m.
How about the CGI sex dragon in Fate/Stay Night?
giaon March 27, 2010 at 7:31 a.m.
@Oneeyedjacks: Whoa, I must not have made it that far in the series O_o
crusader8463on March 27, 2010 at 8:27 a.m.
When i was a kid i used to think of Asian marital arts when i heard the word dragon, think Bruce Lee, but i havent associated dragons with the east in years. For me it has always conjured up images of European knights in shiny hundred pound armor fighting dragons, or Conan the Barbarian types riding on dragon mounts.
 
@gia: As for dragons in anime you cant count out Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh, Digimon, and Monster Rancher because they had tons of dragons. Escaflowne was all about dragons too.
Yumekaon March 27, 2010 at 9:03 a.m.
I'm going to see How To Train Your Dragon today. I'm not expecting that much out of it but maybe I'll be surprised.
 
I think you and the commentors have got most of the anime dragons I can think of. I can add Seiryuu from Fushigi Yuugi and Hatori from Fruits Basket (though he's called the dragon of the zodiac he looks more like a seahorse).
mr_mondayon March 27, 2010 at 9:29 a.m.
Natsu from Fairy Tail was raised by the dragon Igneel
cfatalison March 27, 2010 at 9:52 a.m.
@gia: said lazy and sleepy dragon is god of the DD verse, is say he actually succeeded
 
other include that huge thing from nanoha summoned by caro
Oishi_47on March 27, 2010 at 1:37 p.m.
Saw How to Train Your Dragon last night. It was the first time in while I had gone to a movie with no expectations and ended up really liking it. Though, they do use the trick with the dragon where they make the eyes huge to make it look cute. Don't get me wrong, it works.    
HeeroYuyon March 27, 2010 at 1:40 p.m.
@Oneeyedjacks: 
Hahahhahaa, a brilliant suggestion! That whole scene was completely pointless too.
 
@gia: Here's a simplified explanation of what happened in episode 15. Basically, I think Studio DEEN managed to pull off the most extreme version of  "creative" censorship since Viz got One Piece.
JackSukeruon March 27, 2010 at 4:46 p.m.
I'm extremely surprised someone still remembers Okage: shadow king. 
That was a wierd, kinda good but kinda not game.
Superevil225on March 27, 2010 at 5:43 p.m.
I saw How To Train Your Dragon. It was cute! <3 The Dragon Half picture looks a lot like one of the dragons in that movie.
Kelleth moderator on March 27, 2010 at 6:41 p.m.
I`d like to believe that if either Lance or Claire saw any of these anime they`d cry
cfatalison March 28, 2010 at 1:13 a.m.
@Kelleth said:
" I`d like to believe that if either Lance or Claire saw any of these anime they`d cry "
err no pokemon special lance would be crying with joy if he see DD manga
lizcaton March 28, 2010 at 3:40 p.m.
Haku from Spirited Away...
Kelleth moderator on March 28, 2010 at 3:48 p.m.
All thr four elemental dragons from Mon Colle Knights where awesome
Kuma_From_Argentinaon March 28, 2010 at 5:59 p.m.
Shenron always sounded kinda douchy to me...
Oishi_47on March 28, 2010 at 6:04 p.m.
@Kuma_From_Argentina: Despite being the "Eternal" Dragon, he didn't have time for anyone... 
 


wwfunderakeron March 29, 2010 at 2:01 a.m.
That Dragon Half dragon looks funny.
dakidevilon April 1, 2010 at 6:33 a.m.

Toshiro Hitsugaya's ice dragon.

John_Martoneon April 2, 2010 at 10:47 a.m.
@mr_monday said:
" Natsu from Fairy Tail was raised by the dragon Igneel "
That seems like the opposite of "how to train your dragon" More like "How to train your people: A guide for dragons" ^_^
AliceShiroon Jan. 29, 2012 at 10:12 a.m.

Earthseas dragons are really cool.

What about DragonBall Z's Shenron and Porunga?

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