Sion continues to shake up the kingdom with more reforms, though there are dangers to be had out there still.
What They Say
Sion promotes several of his supporting nobles to bolster loyalty amongst his allies. Rumors of an experiment involving a child who bears the Alpha Stigma have Ryner and Ferris on a rescue mission.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Sion's plans to shake up things in the nobility and elsewhere is an interesting move since it takes people in positions of power and shifts them and they can't refuse. Well, some will push back against it depending on their relationship with Sion, but it's an interesting way to keep ones enemies and allies off balance so that you can see who does what with it. What makes it even more interesting is that in making the notice official to the public. Sion also indicates that citizens with talent for positions that are opening up have the potential to move up into them, rather than it being forever out of reach. This shows Sion making changes for the betterment of the kingdom on several levels and that there isn't quite a sense of favoritism that you might think, though some will get promoted when they shouldn't. It's a nice bit of political theater but also political survival.
A good deal of intrigue and political material makes up the first half as it also delves into Milk's special unit that Ryner and Ferris ran into before. They're given permission to carry on with their mission and we get a little more material about Milk's family background and why she's as good as she is overall but also touches on the problems of her family. Where the second half goes is a bit more personal and more on the action side as it shifts to Ryner and Ferris themselves as they come across a young child who is being abused by some official ruffians. The boy, Arua, hits a very personal note with Ryner as when he's being yanked about while the soldiers try to break him, he sees something on him that deals with the Alpha Stigma. Considering his own past with it, it's no surprise at all that he leaps right into the thick of things. Nor that Ferris has a good bit of fun with it as well.
Like a lot of what has come before with the Legend of Legendary Heroes, the action scenes here are really a highlight for the show as they're pretty competent to say the least and there's some good action and choreography to it. What appeals more is that they don't pull punches with it, yet they don't make it intensely bloody. When Aura's father gets whacked here, the blood splatters and it adds to the psychological issue that the kid is dealing with, but it doesn't make it an all out gore fest but it doesn't sugarcoat it either. With the really good animation quality and character designs, at least through the small visible window we have here for the stream, it's one of the most appealing parts of the series in general.
The balance in this episode is better than it has been for a couple of episodes as we get some fun little political maneuvering and a few more hints at Miran's plans and what Sion may be doing to manipulate them himself. On the other side of it we have the action with Ryner and Ferris, but it gets a bit more personal this time around because of the Alpha Stigma issue with the young boy that's getting beaten up and abused. Each side of the coin has a lot to offer, though I'm less than thrilled with the pacing of the political side, but it'll be the action side with Ryner and Ferris that will gain the most appeal. With it being as well done as it is, and with a lot of Ryner's past now explained, it has some added benefit to it and we can see how it's all starting to soften up Ferris as well. This show is still incredibly uneven overall, but its charms most definitely have me when they're in full effect.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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