Legend of the Legendary Heroes Episode #05 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, July 30, 2010
Release Date: Friday, July 30, 2010

Back in the present, set up is the key phrase to remember for this episode.

What They Say
Ryner and Ferris run into Prince Toale while researching the hero relics in the Nelpha Royal Library. Dissent in Roland escalates to the assassination of King Sion's secretary Fiole. Soon Miran arrives, offering to aid Sion in dark, desperate times.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Legend of Legendary Heroes has had a really odd sense of pacing about it in its first five episodes. The opening episode gave us a fairly fun cast of characters and a decent fantasy style setting that ended by showing us a rather good hook when it came to the leads. Then it decided to spend the next three episodes doing a flashback to the time when Sion and Ryner were back in the academy, getting to know each other through circumstances and then involved as cadets in a war that revealed the true power that Ryner is holding. It forced a situation that brought Ryner together with Ferris to hunt out the hero relics while elevating Sion towards power.

Now, back in the present, it's starting to move us towards the plot that should start building up. Because of its desire to use politics and intrigue, it's rather slow going as it tries to introduce a few characters on that stage for Sion to deal with. Sion's role as the king here is a difficult one as he's a very involved one, having spent time out in the world with his subjects to understand their issues. That causes conflict for those who are playing the games of politics since Sion doesn't fit in with the traditional model of the angry, drunk or disconnected perverted ruler who is only interested in building himself up. It's good to see him involved in the various aspects of the kingdom and with it being portrayed as an administrative job in a way, but it isn't all that exciting.

On the other side of the coin, the journey for Ryner and Ferris continues on and it lacks anything really compelling as well. Their quest for hero relics doesn't land them anywhere too awful interesting here, but there is a decent sidetracked period where they get to meet Ferris' sister who is a pint sized overactive version of Ferris. Ryner and Ferris are doing their latest investigation, this time in the Nelpha Royal Library, and it's inevitable that their time there will come into play with the politics of the day those at the top get to deal with an assassination involving Nelphia and Roland. It's not overly complicated, but it plays out in a slow manner with characters that aren't all that accessible just yet.

In Summary:
The Legend of Legendary Heroes is proving a tough nut to crack in getting into it. The shift between the past and the present has been awkward and now that we're in the present, it feels off. Light on action, what we have instead is a lot of verbal sparring, politics and intrigue as Sion's rule is something that's being challenged and prodded from numerous directions. I like this aspect of it, but I feel like the show is off balance after spending three episodes doing a flashback so early on and it lost some of its momentum. Things introduced there will definitely have impact going forward, and there's a lot to be intrigued by here, but the execution of it all is not standard, which has its appeal but also its danger.

Features
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.



Mania Grade: C+
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: FUNimation Entertainment, Ltd.
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Legend of the Legendary Heroes