Anime Club: Legend of the Legendary Heroes
Hello everybody! Today we have a peculiar anime called Legend of the Legendary Heroes.
LEGEND OF THE LEGENDARY HEROES
DIRECTOR: Itsuro Kawasaki
EPISODES: 24 + 1 OVA
It does a better job than most of its type of fleshing out its characters, especially Shion and Kiefer (a friend of Ryner’s from his military academy days who plays a prominent role early on and then pops up occasionally in the later stages), and despite some missteps – Ferris’s younger sister Iris. Many characters have ulterior motives, and the fact that it isn’t always obvious which ones do and do not, and what exactly those ulterior motives are in some cases, keeps things interesting. The plot, while not always executed smoothly, is as meaty as anything seen in any fantasy anime series and only slacks off in the bonus recap episode, thus always giving viewers some kind of action to follow. Sometimes the writing does come together with other elements to lend the material an impressive and involving amount of gravitas, though sadly such occurrences generally don’t last too long.
Major events even happen during the closing credits of the final episode and that’s still not enough to shake the feeling that this series was either meant to be much longer or bit off more than it could chew in what it chose to adapt from the novels. As it is, very little gets fully explained or satisfactorily resolved by the series’ end. The other big problem, and one which pervades the whole series, is the erratic tone. In the early stages, and periodically throughout the rest of the series, the content assumes a light-hearted, adventuresome tone which sometimes hints that it might have a dark edge to it but is just as likely to be silly or playful, even at times slapstick. Any complacency about how the series will progress ends with the episode 3, whose beginning uses a severed, blood-dripping head as a prelude to a sudden, dramatic escalation into extremely graphic content later on in the episode. The series isn’t all bad, though.
- English dub
- Displays of magical power
- Character development.
- Tries to do to much.
- Doesn’t resolve much of anything.
- Jarring shifts in tone.
SCORE: 6.0 / 10
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