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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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 05:18 AM)
    Oh, awesome, dark horse is releasing volume 10 of black lagoon in April, its been nearly five years since the last complete volume…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:56 AM)
    @Aidan: I think theres something seriously wrong when theres the actually possibility of there being a good PA works anime but we all have our opinions =P
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    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:13 AM)
    @Raggers, I will go into detail when I review it. But I think something is seriously wrong when I get a far more satisfying ending out of shirobako than Death parade.
    Looking forward to writing a review of shirobako too.
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    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:56 AM)
    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:29 AM)
    Well. Death parades ending was quite underwhelming.
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    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
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    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
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