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  • 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

Legend of the Legendary Heroes Episode #12

Legend of the Legendary Heroes Episode #12 Review

By Chris Beveridge     September 17, 2010
Release Date: September 17, 2000


Legend of the Legendary Heroes
© FUNimation

Miran's ambitions take center stage again as his cold nature, evidenced by his black feathery outfit, is brought out for all to see once more.

What They Say
Treachery against Roland continues to breed. Affluent and coveted by many nobles, Miran holds a party at his home to lure in those conspiring against Sion. Ryner and Ferris trek back to Regit with two children in tow.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Legend of the Legendary Heroes continues its somewhat odd sense of pacing and structure with the twelfth episode as it continues to follow two main arcs. The one arc involving Ryner and Ferris offers up the action, sometimes of sizable amounts when the Alpha Stigma gets brought into play, as they travel around looking for the Hero Relics. The other side of the series, the one that does seem to dominate more, is the one following Sion in his role as king of Roland as he tries to turn the country around and do right by its people. Yet is engulfed in intrigue and deceits, often coming from his able assistant Miran who is fomenting much of it, including in this episode as he starts to draw more and more nobles to him that are against Sion.

It's quite unusual to have such a large and rather open gathering of such nobles stating their beliefs like that, since it could lead to them being executed rather easily. Miran's gathering of them together isn't a surprise, but making it such an open event is unsettling. It becomes even more unsettling as he lays out plainly what it is he wants to them to do to achieve this goal. Miran's goals are somewhat obscured in general, though we know he's not all that interested in seeing Sion rule for long, but it's with this gathering that we get an even clearer picture of just how focused he is in his goals and how far he'll go to achieve them, even when it comes to his own father who is a noble. But such brazenness comes with a cost, one that even Miran didn't expect, which is good to see since he hasn't been surprised often so far in the series.

The political side of the show hasn't had all that much action when looked at in total, at least on the one on one side of things, but that changes nicely here as Miran has to get personally involved again, something he hasn't done since his encounter with Ryner and Ferris before. The display of magic is done rather well when it comes to the visuals and choreography but like a lot of Miran's parts in the series, it lacks a connection to make it really work for me. It's appealing but it lacks the impact to make it more than just scenes.

In Summary:
The Legend of Legendary Heroes offers up yet another kind of awkward episode where it's not entirely clear of what it's all trying to do. Approximately halfway into the show, I'm still not entirely sure what the point of it all is. There are things I like, certain characters and situations that have been explored, but it hasn't all come together in a way that makes it work from week to week that encourages you to eagerly get to the next episode. It has its charms, some solid animation and character designs and plenty of plot potential, but the execution continues to baffle me in how it's playing out.

Features
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.

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