Ryner gets knocked on the head and all sorts of stuff happens. The strange ride continues...
What They Say:
Ferris fails to save Ryner from the mysterious Duke Leiral. Trapped in a bizarre world, Ryner faces the Weaver of All Formulas - then wakes up in a bed with his companion.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
The Legend of Legendary Heroes wants to have a bit of fun with Ryner again as he's thrown into a bad situation pretty much right from the start as Duke Leiral whacks him. It's not an unusual situation when one of your leads is hit hard and taken down almost from the start and then shift to other things. That this one moves to Sion and his growing anger over things and a look at the angst and trouble of his land, it again points to the herky jerky nature of this series in that it doesn't exactly have a lot of focus on things. I've liked Sion's story from thestart but it's been all over the map for so long that it's almost incoherent.
A good chunk of the episode is given over to Ryner's story when he's thrust into this other world where little really makes sense. While physics are pretty much the same as the real world, it's a visual piece that really goes al over the place that works well and certainly delights in how it's presented. Ryner's confusion within it is obvious as he interacts with different people that exist within it, but the whole thing feels like a forced introspective moment for Ryner that really doesn't connect. We've gone back to Ryner's past a couple of times in different ways and presenting it here again doesn't really feel like it adds all that much.
What makes it even worse is that it takes up only so much of the episode overall in a way. It's a good part of it, but with other things mixed in throughout it, it comes across as weak until he wakes up and Ferris is there beside him. What makes the whole thing feel even shorter, though it's really not, is that the end credits come about three minutes early and we get an epilogue piece on top of it. That section has a good bit of darkness to it and that's something the show generally does rather well, but it's reached a stage where it again feels more like setup when we should be dealing with the actual fallout and big moments of the series.
Legend of Legendary Heroes is a whole lot more of the same thing. It's a frustrating show in that it offers up a lot of tantalizing moments but just can't pull it together. It shifts between several characters that are gearing up for things, from Sion to Ryner to Milk herself along with a number of smaller characters jumping in here and there, but it doesn't have a cohesive vision. Every week it feels like it's just a whole lot of stuff, a lot of plots and things to it, but it doesn't seem like it's coming back together in a way that will bring it all into one thing. Out of all the shows I watch each week, the Legend of Legendary Heroes continues to be the most frustrating one.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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