Legend of the Legendary Heroes Episode #16 (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Friday, October 22, 2010
Release Date: Friday, October 22, 2010

A quiet period of time ends up going in unexpected directions with the past coming to light.

What They Say
While visiting the rescued Alpha Stigma child at House Eris, Ryner’s concern about Ferris’ family history sparks a confrontation with Lucile.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a really mediocre at best recap episode the previous week, this week gets back to the main story as we follow Ryner and Ferris. The two of them have taken a bit of a quiet side trip to check out the kid that was rescued previously that Ryner had a real back and forth with over powers, responsibility and what it means to have them. That episode was actually pretty decent at times as it showed us a side of Ryner we hadn't seen with how he grew up with these powers and the way he can provide something of a guiding parental role with the next generation.

As the story moves along, it shifts more towards dealing with Ferris and her past a bit, which we see through a flashback to four years prior. The time spent at House Eris is rather relaxed and pleasant, though there is some play time where Ryner gets abused by the others easily and he takes his lumps almost like a big brother would. For Ferris, it's interesting to see her in this setting as she's pretty quiet and relaxed, though not in a bad way with being quiet, as she's coming across more as content than anything else. The interactions between the group as they take the down time is nice, but it's an extra bit of fluff that's hard to justify in the series which still seems like it's really meandering without any firm story arc going on.

The bit of back story for Ferris that comes out with regards to Lucile has Ryner dealing with it as he's concerned about it and that leads to a confrontation in a dark room with him. Lucile certainly has a decent enough look, similar to Ferris and threatening in that kind of mildly cool but cold way, and we get an interesting power or two as he makes very explicit threats about how far Ryner can go with his sister. Lucile's not exactly a welcome distraction to the show as it doesn't add all that much just yet, though you can see it being more of a point later in the series, but right now it's just another piece in a puzzle that doesn't look like it goes together.

In Summary:
The puzzle analogy is the one that still feels the best to me. There's a lot going on here, some interesting characters and a couple of stories that certainly have some solid and entertaining elements to it. But it continues to feel like there are a lot of pieces but they belong to very different puzzles. The introduction of Ferris' past isn't a surprise and it's something that adds a bit more to the overall cloth of the series, and it's likely to make an impact on the remainder of this series, but it's something that's pushed in when we haven't had anything consistent for a bit now. When you step back and look at the Legend of Legendary Heroes, I'm hard pressed to really get what the point of this series is. Often the first half is some basic setup and various elements being brought in and then it gets rolling with the larger narrative. Here, it just feels like it's falling apart even more. Which is unfortunate as the disparate elements are all quite good in their own right.

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