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Hero Tales Parts 1 and 2 DVD Reviews


There’s nothing original about “Hero Tales.”

In the first 13 episodes of “Hero Tales,” viewers learn that the evil Lord Keiro is in search of a special sword that will help him rule all. Standing in his way is a young teen naimed Taito who happens to grab the sword before Keiro can in order to protect his village. To his surprise, Taito learns that he possesses the Alkaid star which grants him powers. You see, in the universe the show is set in, astrology plays a heavy role in life and destiny. In a nutshell, Keiro represents the Dubhe star while Taito represents the Alkaid star. These two “stars” are destined to fight one another and whomever wins will rule the empire. Other plots in the first 13 episodes include Taito fighting villains, a stranger with a bow and arrow, bandits, Taito searching for the emperor, characterization, character backstories, Taito learning responsibilities, Laila (Taito’s sister), Ryuko, a demon named Shimei, etc.

In episodes 14-26, the inevitable battle between Keiro and Taito looms closer as Taito learns more about his powers. Major plots in these episodes include Taito training, Keiro’s daughter, the Emperor, a fire, secrets being revealed, and more babbling about the stars/destiny.

I wish I could say “Hero Tales” is worth watching, but it isn’t. Instead of creating an interesting, unique universe, ‘Tales’ stumbles virtually every step of the way with clumsy exposition, an unoriginal premise, crudely drawn character models, and worst of all, an irritating hero in Taito. I’m not exaggerating when I say Taito whines for just about every episode because he does. Whether he’s crying about getting revenge or impulsively making a decision without thinking about it, Taito is a flat-out dumb hero. Now, I’m all for a flawed hero character because it makes the character more human/interesting, but I’m not for a heroic character who whines incessantly throughout 24 episodes. Granted, the character does evolve somewhat, but that doesn’t make up for the character essentially torturing viewers for most of the episodes. At least certain characters point out his flaws in the show which I found mildly amusing.

On the positive side, this anime series does have two highlights- the environments and the action. Even though the character models are funky looking, the environments (such as the village and natural environments) look incredibly sharp here. As for the action, it’s exciting. After episode 1 started off with a bang, I thought I was in for quite a ride. Unfortunately, that excitement didn’t last with the rest of the series except for when other action sequences popped up (like the battles between Keiro and Taito).


The widescreen picture quality is fine despite the awkward character models.

These two sets contain English Dolby Digital 5.1 and Japanese Stereo tracks. The English track is mediocre mostly in part due to the mediocre voice acting (Taito sounds like a surfer dude sometimes). The Japanese track is so much better voice acting wise and thus it gets my recommendation as the one to play.

Part 1 Extras:
* 4 double-sided art cards.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* Trailers for “Eden Of The East: The King Of Eden,” “Evangelion 2.22,” “Soul Eater,” “Rideback,” “Yu Yu Hakusho,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “One Piece,” “D.Gray-Man,” “Darker Than Black,” “Gai-Rei-Zero,” and “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood.”
* “Star Battle: Special Round Table”- A 2 part extra with 4 Japanese voice actors (Kenichi Suzumura, Akemi Kanda, Rikiya Koyama, and Yuko Kaida) talking about random questions. It’s a laid back, silly round table conversation that fans of the series might enjoy.

Part 2 Extras:

* 2 textless opening songs and one closing song.
* A third edition of the goofy “Star Battle: Special Round Table” in which Kenichi Suzumura, Akemi Kanda, Rikiya Koyama, and Yuko Kaida draw cats and “Hero Tales” scenes.
* 6 commercials and a trailer for “Hero Tales.”
* Trailers for “Dragon Ball Z Kai,” “Rideback,” “Summer Wars,” “Noir,” “Soul Eater,” “Eden Of The East,” “Kiddy Grade,” “Evangelion,” “Yu Yu Hakusho,” “Darker Than Black,” and “Dragon Ball Z.”

April 21, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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  1. […] I’m not going to review the content of “Hero Tales- The Complete Series” as I have already done that with the Volumes 1 and 2 DVD releases here: https://dvdcorner.net/2011/04/21/hero-tales-parts-1-and-2-dvd-reviews/ […]

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