Anime Review: Legend of Legendary Heroes Episodes 13, 14, and 15

(Originally published on Livejournal on 11/18/10)

Anime Review:
Legend of Legendary Heroes Episodes 13, 14, and 15

About The Series: Ryner Lute seems to be lazy, listless and unwilling to lift a finger, but he also hides a secret: He alone is a magical wielder of the Alpha Stigma, making him unique in the Roland Empire. His companion, Ferris Eris, is a brash, energetic, and an incredibly skilled swordswoman. When the young, charismatic King Sion Astal rose to the throne of the Roland Empire, he had his work cut out for him, trying to prevent war with the neighboring countries will dealing with corruption and cutthroat internal politics. To help him, the King sends a reluctant Ryner and Ferris on a secret mission to collect ancient magical relics left over from the age of ‘Legendary Heroes’.

ep.13 tl;dr review: All about Kiefer Knolles; Ferris and Ryner get taunted by Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

Assorted video captures from the episode – click on each picture for a full-sized view in a new window:

Episode 13 Synopsis: This episode, we catch up with what’s going on with Kiefer Knolles. After she was benevolently pardoned for taking part in murdering her entire squadron and committing treason by attempting to assassinate the (then future) King Sion, Kiefer has been wandering outside of Roland. Looking back a few years when her older sister was killed and her younger sister held as collateral, it is explained why Kiefer became a secret agent. Jump forward to the present, and she’s on the battlefield where she comes across Refal Edia, the ruler of the Gastark Empire, who wields a powerful hero relic that can wipe out tens out thousands with a single blow with a self-sacrifice. Elsewhere, Ferris and Ryner are hot on the trail of the captured little girl Kuku. But when they arrive where she is being kept, they are unexpectedly attacked by Sui and Kuu, who have already taken the girl and are holding her as a way to draw out Ryner.

ep.14 tl;dr review: Ryner’s Mini-Me finally awakens; The lovely reunion between Ryner/Ferris and Sui/Kuu interrupted by pretty-boy Froaude.

Assorted video captures from the episode – click on each picture for a full-sized view in a new window:

Episode 14 Synopsis: The young Arua awakens and nearly goes nuclear when he realizes the situation he is in. Ryner calms him down, and the three of them formulate a plan to rescue Arua’s little beau, Kuku. Arriving at the palace to confront the deliciously malevolent Sui and Kuu, their discussion quickly devolves into another all-out battle. But this time, Ryner and Ferris manage to gain the upper hand using their ‘secret weapon’ of Arua from the shadows; but as soon as they figure it out, Kuu pulls out the trump card of Kuku. Without warning, Miran Froaude emerges from the darkness and neatly slices off Sui’s remaining arm, and coolly confronts Ryner and Ferris — not to fight them, but more to gain information. Ryner turns over the two kids to the Taboo Breaker brigade.

ep.15 tl;dr review: Ryner, Ferris, Milk and the Taboo Breaker Brigade all run around like chickens with their heads cut off; Cue the Yackety-Sax.

Assorted video captures from the episode – click on each picture for a full-sized view in a new window:

Episode 15 Synopsis: Ryner and Ferris are stranded at sea, then washed up on an unknown beach and separated. Ryner meets up with one of the members of the Taboo Breaker Squad; Milk Callaud comes across Ferris in the forest, where she fills Milk’s mind with all sorts of ideas about how much of a lecherous pig Ryner is. They all go running off each other, until Ferris explains they actually are on the Eris Estate in Roland. Ryner and Ferris immediately go running off, talking about killing Sion Astal; Milk takes their back-and-forth as a serious discussion about killing the king and run after them. At the king’s palace, Ryner talks with Sion; everyone else arrives and they all have a jolly good time. Ha. Ha. Ha.

My Thoughts: Short this time, because I want to try to get a bit caught up with my reviews, and if you’re still watching the show by this point you pretty much have a fairly solid idea of what it’s all about. DenYuuDen (the show’s nickname) continues its track record of extreme unevenness with two decent episodes and one crap episode. The series is at its best when it’s heavy on drama and plot and intrigue, weakest when it’s wacky comedy based on retreaded jokes. Seriously, they could have cut out about 80% of the fifteenth episode and it would have been a significant improvement.

A few quick notes:
– Almost entirely ignored since the third episode, the treasonous Kiefer Knolles makes her return. But it seems her re-introduction was more about serving as an introduction for the powerful Refal Edia than about Kiefer herself.
– As for Refal Edia, one would have expected an evil villain bent on Roland’s destruction considering how the Gastark Empire has been portrayed as the ‘powerful unknown enemy’ to the north making great leaps and strides. As with everyone else in the show, however, the truth is much more complicated. His motivation for his actions mirrors Sion’s, wielding his great power in the name of ultimate peace.
– I don’t get the whole purpose of the kids Arua and Kuku in the larger scheme of things, other than as a way for Ryner to see Arua as a mirror-image of his younger self.
– As with Refal Edia, the pink-haired duo of Kuu and Sui are not inherently ‘evil’ either, once their motives are explained. But with the big guy completely ‘dis-armed’ and giving up *another* of their relics, do they wield any more power or serve a purpose in the show any more?
– So, now Miran Froaude has concluded that Ryner needs to be eliminated, eh? He’s the most dangerous person in the show: the person who always has (what he believes to be) the best intentions, and thinks he knows what is ‘best’ for everyone.
WILL SOMEONE PLEASE KILL MILK CALLAUD ALREADY? What an annoying little idiot she is, I don’t understand why she’s even in the show in the first place. Comic relief, maybe? That would be true IF SHE WAS FUNNY. Honestly, I feel about the same way about Milk as I do about the Moron Trio that half-ruined Kaichou wa Maid-sama: you could cut out every appearance and it would significantly improve the show.
– Incidentally, I feel the same way about Iris Eris, who thankfully does not show up at all. Bad news: it looks like the next episode after this is *all* about her. Something to *not* look forward to.
– The whole back-and-forth comedy routine between Ryner and Ferris got tiring ages ago — it would be interesting if it wasn’t the exact same jokes in new suits. Ferris’ bone-dry flat delivery about Ryner’s imaginary horn-dog ways; Ryner parrying with feigned indignation, blah blah blah. How about something new, please.

The Verdict: – Remains uneven leaning towards the positive, probably best watched in large blocs rather than individual episodes.

Summer/Fall 2010 Series Up Next: Agriculture Angel Baraki (1), Super Street Fighter IV (OVA), Bungaku Shoujo (Movie), Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru (2-3), My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute (2-3), The World God Only Knows (2-3), Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt (2-3), Psychic Detective Yakumo (2-3), Shinryaku! Ika Musume (2-3), Letter Bee Reverse (2-3), Bakuman (2-3), Otome Youkai Zakura (2-3)

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