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Legend Of The Legendary Heroes Part 1 and 2 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Reviews

Legend of the Legendary Heroes Part 1 Blu-ray Legend of the Legendary Heroes Part 2 Blu-ray

“Legend Of The Legendary Heroes” is an uneven anime series.

In the first 13 episodes of the action-comedy anime series (AKA part 1), viewers are introduced to the lazy and sarcastic Ryner who is cursed by Alpha Stigma) which can unleash real dangerous power) and Ferris (a bad-ass warrior chick). The two are looking for lethal powerful relics of legendary heroes. Aside from that, other key plotlines involve a war between Roland and Estabul, flashbacks of Ryner and Sion in Roland Royal Special Military School, Estabul Magic Knights attacking Ryner, assassination attempts on Roland’s King Sion, Sion’s new assistant Miran, Lt. Milk (a captain of a Roland Taboo Breaker Squad), Noa (daughter of the Estabul King), amd Sui and Kuu Orla of the Gastark Empire.

In part 2 (which contains episodes 14-24), there are stories revolving around Ryner and Ferris engaging in battles with Sui and Kuu, Tiir (a magic user), the Gastark Empire rising to power, the family of Ferris, more flashbacks, more relic searching and more Alpha Stigma people.

“Legend of the Legendary Heroes” (which is based on the Japanese light novels of the same name) is a mess of an anime show. The series (which often feels like a fantasy RPG) starts out all over the place as it irritatingly jumps around in time, dwells on lifeless political scenes, and deals with sometimes boring drama. The only real saving grace in the first half is the enjoyable humor and bickering between Ryner and Ferris,

Part 2 fares better as the writers thankfully dig deeper into the characters, mythology, and conflicts while also revealing interesting developments (such as Sion’s story). Unfortunately, just as the series starts getting intriguing it ends with zero closure. Once the ending rolls around, it feels like there are more episodes to come, but given that it’s been 5 years since the 24th episode aired, it seems unlikely more episodes will be made. Of course, one could delve into the light novels and manga series if they are really invested in the franchise.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen 1080p. How does it look? The colors colors, character models, environments, cities, and action are striking in hi-def.

Audio Tracks: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0. How do they sound? The English track is acceptable, but I wager most people will choose the superior original language track.

Part 1 Extras:
* A tarot card.
* DVD copy.
* Trailers for “Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star Of Milos,” “Dragon Age: Dawn Of The Seeker,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “.hack//Quantum,” “Sengoku Basara,” “Tsubasa,” “Chrome Shelled Regios,” “Jyu-Oh-Sei,” “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood,” and Funimation.com.
* A talkative commentary on episode 3 by voice actress Brina Palencia and voice actor/English dub writer J. Michael Tatum.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* Commentary on episode 9 by director/producer/voice actress Colleen Clinkenbeard and voice actress Monica Rial. Lots of chatter about characters and direction.

Part 2 Extras:
* Another tarot card.
* Trailers for “Dragon Age: Dawn Of The Seeker,” “Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood” (times two), “The Legend Of Legendary Heroes,” “Jyu-Oh-Sei,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Sengoku Basara,” “Chrome Shelled Regios,” “Oh! Edo Rocket,” “Okami-san And Her Seven Companions,” and Funimation.com.
* Textless opening and closing songs.
* A dull commentary on episode 21 by ADR director Joel McDonald and voice actor Eric Vale.
* Commentary on episode 24 by voice actor Ian Sinclair and voice actress Lucy Christian. Expect boring conversations about characters and voice acting. The two also praise each other.

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December 3, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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