Posted by psgels on 29 July 2010 with categories: Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu



The mood-whiplashes in this series… I’m really beginning to like them. This show moves from light-hearted and outright silly comedy to serious politics, it’s already busy with character-development and in the meantime continues building its world, along with its characters. I love that when characters are introduced, they immediately tell their basic background.

The humour may not be as good as the humour of Occult Academy, but it still has its moments in which it’s really hilarious. The bickering between Raina and Ferris is of course one thing, but the two of them also toy with fantasy cliches surprisingly often (like in this episode where Ferris was able to enter a library because she was a cute girl). Ferris’ sister however may have been a bit too much, as a lot of her airtime consisted just out of screaming and yelling, rather than witty remarks.

This series also likes to play with things that aren’t as they seem. The blue haired guy in this episode for example. He was most definitely evil, but yet he didn’t end up as an enemy, and instead he ended up offering his services as a killer. Shion on his turn seemed like a righteous ruler so far, however that line from him at the end was quite a cliff-hanger. It just shows already how he’s changing as a ruler, and is willing to order this guy to kill his father, in order to make sure his services are genuine, in order to accomplish his ambitions.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

6 Responses

  1. mononoke says:

    It’s amusing how ferris and everyone else in this anime is obsessed with her looks. Although her introduction in the very first episode was a little funny.

  2. Frost says:

    Probably the surprise of the season so far… Like you said, the mood here is awesome, specially because of the soundtrack as well (the end was great)

    Good to finally see a decent fantasy anime again

  3. hoiut says:

    Yep, this series is turning out to be my favorite this season. You know what’s funny–the episodes thus far have pretty decent rewatch value. That’s saying a lot. XD

  4. yamapishy says:

    Yes, this episode makes the series more exciting! I dunno about the blue-haired guy, there’s something fishy about him…but who knows!
    This anime could be one of the best this season.
    Btw, I noticed that this season’s animes are better than the last!!!^_^

    Oh, I dunno how many times I’ve stumbled on this blog, I’ve been reading your reviews for a long time already, and it helps me a lot on picking what to watch, since I’m a choosy otaku. Thank you very much.^_^

  5. Meep says:

    I just caught up and I’m also enjoying it a lot much to my surprise. I generally like whole the idea of a good ruler being surrounded by corrupt nobles and has to battle them from within and around his territory, and this adds an interesting variation to that premise.

  6. hoiut says:

    Haha, it’s great to see some newfound interest! If the show can keep this up (or surpass itself) until an awesome climax, it’d rock.

    As for humor, I still haven’t found anything that beats the simple scene in the previous episode showing Ferris and Raina posed a few meters off the ground in the very last scene (followed by the fade-out).

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  • Rinegar
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 04:43 PM)
    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    It was only really entertaining for how nuts it got.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    Aku no hana’s manga never really felt like much more than “crazy shit happening and femdom” = guilty pleasure to me.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @Emma: Gankutsou was fine in my opinion tho, as it was so out there that I never saw it as a real attempt at adaptation.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    I don’t have much exposure to Cumberbatch beyond seeing him talk on film programs and also his role in that Star Trek movie, kind of want to see him in imitation game.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    @K-off: Don’t give ‘em ideas m8, that actually sounds like a pitch that they would pick up.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    There is a shoujo manga adaptation/rework of King Richard, there is also a romeo and juliet anime, it was one of the worst thing Gonzo produced, still didn’t dislike it as much a gankutsuou though.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:58 AM)
    @Bam He’d probably find some dumbass way to make it into shonen. Maybe Raskolnikov battles Alyona Ivanovna before he kills her.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Whoever made Aku no Hana should totally make a Catcher in the Rye adaptation tho, as they’re both fittingly pretentious and empty.

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