Another week, another round of action and another round of plot points and poor execution thereof.
What They Say:
As Ryner fends for his life against a Roland assassin in a field near the hideout, a warrior from Gastark takes the opportunity to strike the slumbering magic-eyed refugees inside.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Legend of Legendary Heroes ramps things up well with this episode when it comes to the one thing it really does best at this point, and that's the moody and atmosphere middle of the night battles. That the episode opens on two of them only highlights this all the more, some Miran is forced down into a retreat over the disappearance of Milk, of which he's responsible for, and another where Ryner is being attacked by someone from Roland. Both scenes are far too short overall at the start but they highlight just what has made the show bearable to watch at times. Because when it comes to plot, I'm not quite sure it really makes any sense at this point as they've made it so haphazard and hard to follow, or just plain nonsensical, that I don't think we're supposed to care.
Thankfully, Ferris makes her way back in this episode where she finds Ryner. And that moment alone, with him on the ground and her boot on his neck, reminds us once more of why their relationship should have been more of the basis of the series as they're so well paired. The two back in action together is welcome and they have a fair bit to deal with this time around as Tiir and the others in the house they're hiding out in get attacked by someone from Gastark, This ends up putting quite the strain on Ryner since it starts him down the path of more angst as his internal battle with himself causes him to want to end it all, where he's fighting against a darkened version of himself that wants to just end everything on the outside if he can get rid of this part of his personality.
Ryner's fight with himself over being a monster has certainly been explored previous in the show, but I don't think it's ever really connected well. He's generally been a positive character, one that has to deal with Ferris and her personality while never giving up, but his descent into thinking himself only as a monster has not had the greatest path. A lot of it has felt forced as events play out, especially after the brief period where he can across young Alpha Stigma whom he had befriended to some degree and was so emphatic about him not being a monster. A lot of people try to help others even while coping with the same problem while being in some form of denial, and it can help with the problem that they're facing. But here, it just seems to have sent him further into self destruction. Watching that part does have some really good visuals to it, but the concept itself is yet another of many weak and poorly executed plot points.
This episode has a couple of positive points to it that will definitely help it in some way for the next and final six episodes. The first is that Ryner and Ferris are definitely back together and their pairing is a big plus since they work so well together and off of each other. The other is that Ryner is past this stage of wanting to run away from everything and is ready to face what's in front of him. Unfortunately, the show has so poorly executed its storyline and characters for so long that I'm not exactly sure what that is. This is a show that feels like it's surviving on inertia because of how story is told, but with it having so many bumps along the way, it hasn't been a smooth bit of inertia in the slightest. All that works in its favor right now is that it has some really good action scenes in settings we don't normally get and it's one of precious few serious fantasy series out there.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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