Legend of the Legendary Heroes Episode #10 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, September 03, 2010
Release Date: Friday, September 03, 2010

If anyone can hold their own against Ryner in powered up mode, it's definitely Ferris.

What They Say
Witness to Ryner's monstrous transformation, Ferris is forced to challenge the Alpha Stigma's devastating power. Back in Roland, Miran urges the king to make his next move to address potential attacks on the kingdom.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The fallout from the battle against Siu and Kuu is rather tame, though we do get a couple of minutes where Ryner really looks good in his powered up Alpha Stigma mode where he's powerful and confident. There's a good sense of flair and dramatic effect around it that gives it the feeling of power, but that's made even more so with how Ferris essentially faces him down at first with plenty of strong, cold confidence herself. There's a great shot of her looking at him directly and all we see is her face, the red fire behind her and a stream of blood going down from her forehead. With her expression and the music, it's a solidly powerful moment for her that cements her personality even more.

This is actually over fairly quickly and the bulk of the episode turns toward the political and intrigue side as we see manipulations going on there. Once again, rather notably and seemingly publicly at times, Miran is setting things up for more aggression and more complications that will lead to conflict. Perhaps I'm missing something in how previous encounters went, but every time Miran gets involved in something, he ends up coming across as the villain so very plainly that it's hard to see why people are giving him any interaction at all. You can go with the idea that the king is giving him more than enough rope to hang himself with, but he's gone so far in what's been done and it feels like it's so obviously known that getting away with more is strange to say the least.

The show shifts between this new story involving another kingdom that Miran is insinuating will attack Roland while Ryner and Ferris make their way to their next destination only to run into more trouble. Because of the way that Sion and Miran's story is going, where it feels so unusual to see Miran still having sway with Sion, the time spent with Ryner and Ferris works even better since it feels like progress. The manipulation and political side of the show is something that I do enjoy in other shows, but it really doesn't seem to be working well here and I can't put my finger on why exactly it's leaving me so cold and disinterested. There have been some good moments before, but as a whole it's not clicking.

In Summary:
Considering the fun and action of the previous episode, this one could have gone bigger in dealing with Ryner going into his Alpha Stigma mode and seeing Ferris having to deal with it and the fallout. Instead it's given the short end of the stick so we can focus more on intrigue and manipulation. Two elements I enjoy greatly but seem to have execution problems here as it's not compelling and, if anything, comes across as frustrating. The Legend of Legendary Heroes continues to be one of the most amazingly uneven shows I've seen where it doesn't know how it wants to tell its story, leaving me more frustrated than anything else most of the time, yet coming back for more because of some of the keen elements in it.

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: 23
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Legend of the Legendary Heroes