When I looked at the summary for Majutsushi Orphen Hagure Tabi (Formerly Sorcerous Stabber Orphen (1999), I was interested because it seemed to be based around a sly protagonist with a mind for fraud, but a heart of gold.
While the description wasn’t completely misleading. It wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. From the first scene. I realized that the protagonist was apart of a group of Wizards. After one of his friends turned into a dragon due to enchantment gone wrong, he and his fellow wizards disagreed on how to handle the situation.
One time-lapse later, we catch up with the protagonist, Orphen. He’s now a rebel wizard dealing with the shadows of his past and still trying to save Azaile (his friend turned dragon).
The first episode is mainly campy escapades of him and two young companions while they try to fraud their way into a wealthy family. However, that backfires when the sister they are trying to woo disappears giving way to a “very woke” sister who knows the game he’s playing.
The group ends up in the middle of an attack by Azaile dragon friend and he saves her life, while his former wizard companions try to kill her with magic.
While the wizards he left behind are serious and broody, Orphen seems to have a fun, yet mischievous side. That is until his friend Azaile returns.
Maybe I was a little tired when I sat down to watch this anime, but it was a little hard to get through. So I’ll give it more time. Hopefully, you’ll find it interesting and if you don’t, I’m sure you are not alone.