Sion takes a trip to Nelpha where his aid decides the best thing to do is to just kill a lot of people.
What They Say
Sion takes his new assistant, Miran, to a meeting with King Nelpha to put a halt to another assassination. After a clash with Ryner and Ferris, Miran targets the pair as potential threats.
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The series so far has been pretty uneven and with an unusually long early flashback that I still find took some of the wind out of the sails for the series. With the sixth episode, the Legend of Legendary Heroes largely gets its groove back and proves to be a lot of fun. There was a lot of interesting political and intrigue items in the previous episode and that spills over into this one after the assassination issue. Encouraged by Miran, Sion heads to Nelpha to meet with the king there in order to try and broker an understanding. The wordplay and nuance to it certainly isn't subtle, but it's the kind of thing that works within the framework of the series and shows us that there is room to work.
What upsets it is the arrival of the prince, Starnel, who is actually the seeming power behind the throne at this point and he wants to do nothing but crush this upstart young king who is playing at the role more than actually owning it. This sets a new layer of intrigue as Sion goes to meet with Ryner and Ferris who actually staying with Starnel's son and Sion is completely aware that he's potentially the real secret behind the throne as other nobles consult him on things, though he's simply an affable and friendly type with no serious aspirations to power. He's the epitome of a good kid who knows he's not going to get anywhere and lives his life the best he can. And it's amusing how Sion plays it, especially as both he and Ferris keep having to remind Ryner that Sion is not to be known as the king during this visit.
What turns the episode odd, unsurprisingly, is that Miran has his own plans within things and sets to eliminate those who are supporting Starnel, and that includes his son since that could lead to an issue. Miran has been an odd character since his introduction and he definitely doesn't fit in with those we've seen from Roland, and seeing him orchestrate a plan that goes against what Sion wants (but may be in his best interest) isn't surprising. When Miran goes to take down Toale though, he runs into Ryner and Ferris and that leads to the main action segment of the show, which is definitely intriguing as both men have a fair amount of power and it causes a fascinating standoff between them which gets pushed to another day. Miran is definitely the character to watch at this point for how things may turn since his motives are entirely unclear and Sion is intent on using him to further ends as well.
The mixture of the action, intrigue and comedy works well with this episode and reminded me more of the promise of the first than anything else that followed until now. Particularly fun are the scenes involving Ryner and Ferris that has Ferris kicking Ryner around in a deadpan fashion. The two have an interesting relationship, the kind where you do believe that Ryner just may try to kill her some day for all of it. With this episode a lot of the elements come together in a way that's fun, provides the action that fits the story and builds on the somewhat awkwardly introduced intrigue and politics brought in during the previous episode. This is the episode that has managed to keep me interested rather than feeling like it's just going to fall apart even more.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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