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Hello railgunfan75 here with another anime review. This time I will be reviewing The Legend of the Legendary Heroes. This is the second of my series of reviews, my first being a review of A Certain Scientific Railgun/Railgun S which can be found under anime reviews on my blog home page. So ladies and gentlemen here are my thoughts on The Legend of the Legendary Heroes!
Here is a synopsis of the series from Wikipedia:
Ryner Lute is a lazy student who enjoys chicken on the beach of the Roland Empire Royal Magician’s Academy. The Roland Empire goes to war against their neighboring country Estabul, and Ryner loses his classmates in the war. After the war, Ryner sets out on a journey to search for the relics of a “Legendary Hero” at King Sion Astal’s command and finds out that a deadly curse is spreading throughout the continent.
The anime series is based off of a series of light novels with the same name and originally aired back in 2010. The series consists of 24 episodes and is licensed in the U.S. by Funimation.
This series really suprised me. I wasn’t sure what to expect but this series really exceeded my expectations. The story was great and the characters were quite likable and deep particularly Ryner, Ferris and Sion.
The first character I’ll discuss in Ryner. Ryner Lute is a rare example of a male character in an anime series who is actually likeable. He was born with the Alpha Stigma, a powerful yet dangerous type of magic. The stigma he possesses is one of many types, but his allows him to analyze and copy the magic of other people. However, that power comes with a cost. If a stigma user loses control of their emotions or experience trauma, they lose control their sanity and control of their powers. They then only crave destruction and the death of others. Because of this Ryner and others like him are feared and hated. Ryner even dreads the power himself because he is afraid of what he can do. He puts the danger that he could present before his own self interests because of what he has done in the past.
Ryner is not your typical hero with power. He is actually quite lazy and would prefer to live in a world where he could have afternoon naps. He needs to be dragged (sometimes literally) to the missions that he is sent on. He does however have a huge sense of justice and will put in an effort when someone is in danger particularly his friends. He is a character which experiences tremendous growth throughout the series as he discovers that he has something to fight for. He also realizes that he has people who do care about him despite his powers and don’t care about the risk he presents.
The second main character is Ferris. She comes the Eris family., the family who traditionally had served as the royal guard. She has a dark past as well with her family being abusive in her training. Her parents died while she was young, so the head of the clan is her brother. She is a master of the sword and even seems to possess superhuman speed. While she is a tough individual, she also has a softer side particularly for dongo. If dongo is involved she will do anything. Many of series most comedic moments involve her bullying Ryner and telling everyone outrageous claims about Ryner’s supposed sexual exploits. Ferris changes as the series progresses as well. Her tough exterior starts to fade a bit and she does show kindness to Ryner by the end of the series even being there for him when things get difficult. While she does grow and develop it is not to to the extent of the other characters. That is OK actually as she was a great character to start with.
The third and final main character is Sion Astal. King of the kingdom of Roland, he strives for a peaceful world without bloodshed. After leading a revolt to become king, he strives to remove the corruption of the nobility. His deeds have him viewed as a hero among the people. Sion undergoes great character progression. In the beginning he is a kind and gracious king only seeking to do good by his kingdom. However, he discovers that his dream is in fact not so easy and ends up slipping down a dark path to try to achieve it. He doesn’t become evil per say, he just gets so caught up in his dreams that he actually ends up sacrificing part of himself to try to achieve it. His intentions are good, however the means in which he ends up striving to achieve are not in some cases. This series is full of other fascinating characters as well, however it would take too long to discuss them all.