The more people of these lands you meet, the more convinced you become that every group or pairing is dysfunctional in some way.
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Lt. Milk continues her pursuit of Ryner right into the heart of a battle between Ryner, Ferris, and the Nelphan Army. In the midst of confusion a hero's relic is released and wreaks havoc across the countryside.
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The relationship between Ferris and Ryner continues to be amusing as she's essentially waiting for any right moment to kill him and be done with it. When one of the searches for a hero's relic turns up a fortress with a deep secret that's really just lists and lists of tax evaders, she's all set to off him until he points out another place neary that might have something. Their argument is amusing enough, but they end up running into Sui and Kuu who go off on their own weird tangent in an effort to try and distract them so they can go treasure hunting. It does seem that every pair of hunters out there are strange in numerous ways, though only Ferris look to be attempting to kill their partner.
Where the show takes its main turn here, after a brief but interesting late nigh encounter that Sion has, is when Milk is given a clue as to where Ryner is. She's intent on saving him from Ferris in general, but she's also got the goal of capturing him since he's a taboo breaker. Ferris isn't someone to go against easily no matter what and Milk is just completely unprepared for it, so much so that she really gets herself shown up badly, as do her compatriots. It's interesting that Ryner and Ferris are in such a situation in having to deal with this though, since Sion has given them this mission to hunt relics while having people assigned to hunting these two down as well. It's certainly an interesting cover to the situation since it gives them legitimate reason to pursue them and since they're unaware of the truth, they're going after them in earnest.
The relationship between Ryner and Milk isn't exactly a complicated one, though you have to sigh a little when you hear her prattle on about how not only were the two of them in the same orphanage, but that he promised to marry her as well. Thankfully, Ferris handles that just right in a deadpan comment about how he was devouring girls even at a young age. Everything does come together eventually tough as the Nelphan army arrives and Milk makes it all worse which causes Ryner and Ferris to come running back after escaping from her earlier to help her out. Watching these two work is still a high point of the series and seeing them tackling a dragon that's brought into the picture gives it all a nice epic feel. The way they resolve the situation is beyond comical since it's not what you'd expect.
The Legend of Legendary Heroes still feels like a very uneven series even after it has gotten a few episodes past the flashback segment. It's execution feels like it's skipping a step or two here and there, or sidestepping them in fact, in how it introduces characters and moves the story forward. It does bring it all full circle so it's definitely an interesting if mildly challenging way to watch it, but I'm still wary as to whether there's going to be enough payoff in the show at the end. I still find it's a show with a whole lot of potential, and it's keeping me entertained overall, but some episodes feel like they're spinning their wheels a bit and haven't quite come to an agreement about how to proceed. This is a decent episode that has some fun with a mild nugget or two examined, but it's kind of light overall.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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