Kicking off our list is Blue Dragon, a franchise that actually began its life as a role-playing game on Microsoft's Xbox 360 console before making the leap to anime in 2007. The show's story concerns a world where purple clouds mysteriously appear over the skies every year, bringing with them disaster and a terrifying beast known as the Land Shark.
The only way to protect the world from such horrors is to seek out and find the mythical Blue Dragon to fight on their behalf, and thus a duo of young warriors set out to seek this power... a quest to which the solution is surprisingly close to home.
Cue our titular Blue Dragon fighting against various nasties every episode.
Blue Dragon is available to own on DVD from Viz Media in North America, and from Manga Entertainment in the UK.
One of the more recent series to make our list is Demon King Daimao, a franchise which began (and indeed continues) its life as a series of novels before making the leap to an animated adaptation in 2010. The show stars a boy named Akuto Sai, who wants to become a high priest and spend his days helping society - a noble principle that sees him joining a Magical Academy, only for a spirit to predict that he is in fact destined to become a demon king in the future.
Of course, such a prediction makes him far from popular amongst the academy's students, yet Akuto still tries his best to prove that his ultimate goal is to help not destroy. Ironically, on one occasion this desire to aid others leaves him in possession of a previous demon king's secret treasure - a huge dragon that goes by the name of Peterhausen, who later proves to be a powerful ally as Akuto's troubles become ever-more threatening.
Demon King Daimao is soon to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in North America by Sentai Filmworks, and can be viewed legally online at Crunchyroll.
Record of Lodoss War is an interesting beast in that it began as nothing more than a description of a session playing the well-known role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons, before branching out into a series of fantasy novels in its own right. During the course of the 1990s, Record of Lodoss War was granted a number of anime series animated by different studios and covering different parts of the Lodoss War story.
Needless to say, dragons feature prominently within the franchise's fantasy setting, with the books and anime featuring five major, named dragons from an ancient white dragon named Bramd, a golden dragon named Mycen and a red dragon called Shooting Star. Each of these dragons has their own role to play and their own treasures to protect, with Shooting Star in particular notable for serving as the protector of The Scepter of Domination, the world's most powerful artefact - needless to say, he's also the series most powerful dragon to suit his role.
Much of the Record of Lodoss War was released in the US by Central Park Media and ADV Films, all of which is now out of print.
Perhaps the most well-known entry in our list is Tales from Earthsea, a 2006 anime movie produced by Studio Ghibli, best known for works such as Spirited Away and My Neighbour Totoro.
The film begins as a crew member of a ship in distress in the midst of a storm spots two dragons fighting it out in the clouds above them - a strange omen in a land where tales tell of a world where dragons and men were once united until the former chose freedom and liberty while the latter became obsessed with wealth and possessions; an imbalance which is seen by many as the cause of the drought and famine spreading across the world.
From there, the story moves on to the son of the land's king as he kills his father and goes on the run, leading to a chain of events that eventually gives hope to a new era of co-operation and understanding between dragons and humans.
Tales from Earthsea is available on DVD in North America via Walt Disney Pictures, and from Optimum Releasing in the UK.