Before there can be legends, there has to be... school?
What They Say
In military school, Ryner's life was complicated by his role as the bearer of the Alpha Stigma. His classmate, Ferris, had her own troubles - like stopping assassination attempts and uncovering conspiracies.
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The Legend of Legendary Heroes didn't make a huge impression last week but it started off with a fairly interesting premise overall and a fun way of bringing together what seems to be the principle cast of characters. The team of Ryner and Ferris works well together in the present day as we've seen and Sion comes across as an interesting and benevolent ruler who wants to know and understand his people but likely won't hesitate to do the hard things that need to be done. The show had a fairly standard fantasy look and feel to it so it didn't separate itself there, but it definitely has a bit of a budget feel about it in this episode again.
This episode spends a lot of its time dealing with the days back when Sion and Ryner were together in the military school trying to get by. Sion obviously had his own difficulties to deal with there being who he is, but he also has advantages since it's a co-ed school and there are plenty of women that swoon over him and certainly enough men that admire him since he does get down into things. Sion's using the situation to his advantage to draw Ryner closer to him since he could expose him otherwise and he brings in a hotheaded young woman from the school named Kiefer to be part of an expeditionary group that he's put together for a training exercise.
Watching Sion during the exercise since he is young here and just jumps right into things without a whole hell of a lot of thought. There's a plan of sorts there, but it's really just a full on surprise assault on the other team when they run across them by luck. Without even looking to see if it's a trap, he just leaps right in. It does get them a victory, one that everyone is happy to celebrate, but it has a bit of an edge about it too. You can see Ryner being frustrated by Sion's approach as he watches on and participates since it seems reckless, something that Ryner himself was when the two of them first met. It's a strange relationship the two have, but one where you can see Sion finding Ryner appealing because of the way he speaks his mind to him. Or just runs away when the going gets tough.
The second episode introduces us to the way that Ferris got into the mix as she arrived at the school to help stop an assassination attempt on Sion for her brother. She's an amusing character here in how she wants to be paid in a way by asking Sion for something but also in the way she seemingly handles the revelation about his past in an offhanded way. Academy life is difficult enough in its own way, but their lives become even more complicated because of events playing out in the kingdom as a neighboring on, Estabul, has decided to take advantage of a situation and invade. This again cements in Sion's mind the things he wants to accomplish in his life by eliminating war as much as possibly by uniting the peoples. With the students being sent off to the front line, Sion and Ryner are getting ready for a very different world than the one they've been inhabiting.
There's something about the Legend of Legendary Heroes that just feels kind of off. I'm not sure if it's the pacing or the way the story is being executed in that it feels like it's missing something in the flow. It's not exactly leaping all over the place, but it doesn't come across as smooth in a number of areas. Going back to the early days again is a welcome piece of the story, though perhaps more of it should have been done later, since we get to see how the characters came together and understand some of the things that have molded them into who they are. As well as seeing just how manipulative Sion is when it comes to Ryner. So far the show has been kind of average at best while not making it clear exactly what it is that it wants to do.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitle
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