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Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Gets Unfairly Villainized also known as Yowai 5000-nen no Sōshoku Dragon, Iwarenaki Jaryū Nintei. The series is also known as A 5000-year-old Herbivore Dragon Was Recognized as an Evil Dragon For No Reason.

This Japanese light book series is authored by Kaisei Enomoto and illustrated by Shugao. On the website Shsetsuka ni Nar, which publishes user-generated novels, it was serialized online between June 2017 and June 2020.

Later, Kadokawa Shoten bought it, and under the Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko imprint, they published three volumes between February 2018 and October 2019.

From January 2018 to November 2019, Square Enix‘s shonen manga magazine Monthly Gangan Joker serialised a manga adaptation with artwork by Kichi Muro. Five tank-bon volumes were used to collect it.

Studio LAN’s adaptation of a Japanese-Chinese original net (ONA) animation debuted in July 2022 on Bilibili.

StoryKaisei Enomoto
PublisherShōsetsuka ni Narō (Novel Series), Kadokawa Shoten (Light Novel), Square Enix (Manga)
StudioStudio LAN
ProducedKang Jun Li Cheng
DirectedLiu Siwen
Run dateJune 2017 – June 2020 (Novel series), February 1, 2018 – October 1, 2019 (Light Novel), January 22, 2018 – November 22, 2019 (Manga), July 30, 2022 – present (Anime)
Runtime14 minutes
Themefantasy, adventure, comedy, shounen, dragons
Volumes3 (Light Novel), 5 (Manga), 1 Episodes – Anime
MagazineMonthly Gangan Joker
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Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Anime

A Japanese-Chinese original net (ONA) anime adaptation created by Bilibili and animated by Studio LAN was revealed on November 21, 2021. It debuted on Bilibili on July 30, 2022, and was directed by Liu Siwen.

The opening theme song and the closing theme song for the Chinese version respectively are “Wèi gung” by Liu Junlang and “Tng zài qngkng xià” by Xio yuán. The series is available on Crunchyroll outside of Asia.

A 5,000-year-old herbivorous dragon
A 5,000-year-old herbivorous dragon

Storyline of the anime

Reiko, a middle school student, meets a herbivorous dragon who only wants to live a peaceful life. Because Reiko is hell-bent on dying, no matter how hard it tries to convince her otherwise.

Reiko and what she thought to be the strongest “evil dragon” set off on a quest to battle the Demon King’s army under the false presences created by the “evil dragon.”

What happens in the episode of this anime?

In gratitude for saving her community from a Demon Lord, a young orphan named Reiko offers herself as a sacrifice to the 5000-year-old dragon Ravendia. However, Ravendia likes a vegetarian diet and is basically a coward.

He pretends to have eaten Reiko’s soul as a sacrifice after she demands he eat her or else she will kill herself in shame, leading Reiko to believe she is now his pupil.

Reiko’s companion Aliante is enraged that Ravendia devoured her soul and tries to attack him. Ravendia plans to stay in his cave for a few hundred years until the community forgets he ever existed.

Reiko reveals her conviction in the loss of her soul has unleashed her repressed magical talents and she drives the dark wolves away as they suddenly attack the village.

Ravendia realises Reiko may be the most terrifyingly powerful magician in history based on her 5000 years of expertise.

Where to watch the A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years anime?

The series has been licensed by Crunchyroll. Therefore you can watch all the episodes on Crunchyroll. However, you need to have premium subscription in order to watch.

You may watch the episode also on various sites such as here. Below is the video of the first episode on YouTube:

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A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Gets Unfairly Villainized || Episode 1 \\ English Subtitles

You may watch the second episode of this series here.

A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years episode 1
A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years episode 1

Characters appearing in Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years

Evil Dragon Ravendia

A harmless herbivorous dragon that has lived for 5000 years. He is at a loss when he learns that he was feared and revered by humans for his large size and appearance, and was called by the exaggerated name “Evil Dragon Ravendia”.

Evil Dragon Ravendia
Evil Dragon Ravendia


A girl offered as a “sacrifice” by the village at the foot of the cave. She believes that she has become a follower of an evil dragon, and she has activated magical powers that can destroy monsters with a single blow.
She avenges the evil dragon and slashes her enemies.



A female knight who oversees “Peryudona”, the city where adventurers gather. As a result of her somewhat forcible physical conversation, she became one of the few people who understood the truth of “Evil Dragon Ravendia”. She actually seems to be different from her appearance and her actual age.

Saint of water

A saint who protects Seiren, a town surrounded by waterways. But what is her true identity? She is excellent as a saint, such as protecting the town with a barrier that keeps monsters out, but her words and actions are somewhat childish.

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This is a world where matter, spirit, heaven and mind are unified. Matter requires a strong foundation and conditions. Spirit is to have a strong soul. Tianxin is the belief and belief of the creatures in the world towards “you”. Self-consciousness is one’s own perception of oneself.

To sum up, it is a powerful life, and it must have a strong strength and a strong soul. Then the performance was praised by people, and he became stronger. He recognized himself as a strong man and walked the road of a strong man.

As a result, this herbivorous dragon has lived for 5,000 years (all pigs that can live for 5,000 years have become immortals) with a powerful body and soul. And it is praised and believed by the people in the world, that it is a role comparable to the devil.

Matter, soul, and celestial heart are all possessed. As a result, it lacks a “heart”. “I” think “I” is a dish dog, a spicy chicken. As a result, the power cannot be exerted at all. If it can realize that, Lao Tzu is invincible! Old man is strong! No. 1 in the world! Then, even if this dragon is not really the first in the world, it is almost the same.
And that loli too.

Possess material (its own quality is very high), spirit (genius), Tianxin (magic dragon servant status), and self-heart (secondary). Therefore, she actually separated a part of the power of the “Blessed One” from the dragon.

A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Novel

Between June 2017 and June 2020, the Kaisei Enomoto-authored series was serialised online through the user-generated novel publishing platform Shsetsuka ni Nar.

Later, Kadokawa Shoten bought it, and under their Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko name, they released three volumes of light novels from February 2018 to October 2019 with illustrations by Shugao.

Currently there are three parts of the novel and you may purchase them from Amazon, Kodakawa and Bookwalker.

A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Light Novel cover
A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Light Novel cover

A Herbivorous Dragon of 5,000 Years Manga

From January 22, 2018, through November 22, 2019, Square Enix’s shonen manga magazine Monthly Gangan Joker serialised a manga adaptation with artwork by Kichi Muro. Five tank-bon volumes were used to collect it.

Even those who read the book version and the web version can fully enjoy it.
The funny story and the comical pictures are a perfect match.
The characters’ facial expressions and gestures, deformed pictures, etc., make it possible to understand what they want to say and what they are thinking, even though there is no dialogue.
Also, the pictures are soft and have a high sense of security, so you can relax and read.

As a gentle, kind and harmless herbivorous dragon who has devoted himself to vegetarianism for 5,000 years, the one who appears in front of him is a girl named Rick who claims to be a “living sacrifice”. 

Rick mistook him for the evil dragon Ravendia. The “Evil Dragon-sama” who can’t fly and have no magic power and the “misunderstood sacrificial girl” begin their journey to defeat the Demon Lord!

Various characters forming part of this manga are Jaryuu Reivandia, Reiko, Ariante SWORDSILVIE, Rosetta, Saint, Vanessa, Afro Boy, Bald Black Blood Member, Black Blood Leader, Black Blood Member With Ponytail, Eduard, Fake Kin, Hunter God, Injured Man, Little Boy, Little Girl, Oyabin, Pravas, Priest, Ryatt, Silver Dragon, Toll Collector and Village Chief

Evil Dragon (Certified Harmless Dragon) and Misunderstood Fellow Demon King
Evil Dragon (Certified Harmless Dragon) and Misunderstood Fellow Demon King

Where to read the manga for free?

The manga has 23 chapters and 5 volumes. You can read the manga for free on the official website of bilibili here.

Reviews on this manga

The humour arises from Reiko’s mistaken belief that the legendary Jaryuu is a particular vegan, peace-loving dragon and that the magical abilities that have emerged within fem are a result of being Jaryuu’s kin.

Even though all evidence indicates that Jaryuu is pitiful and feeble, Fe still holds onto this belief. Reiko appears to have no qualms about committing acts of mass destruction, making her far more evil than Jaryuu ever could be.

Jaryuu uses Reiko’s loyalty as they travel together in an effort to stop fem from embarking on a murderous spree, but Reiko frequently interprets Jaryuu’s everyday words and deeds as having hidden evil overtones and causes trouble (believing that’s what fe wants).

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