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



So. this episode introduced the guy named “Tiia”, and yet strangely I found myself interested in just about every part of this episode except for him. That’s really meant as a praise, though, because this show is getting better here: the characters are moving away from their stereotypes, there is a ton of change in them, and the overall plot is also getting more and more interesting with every episode. But if the creators want to use such a stereotypical villain like Tiia, they really need to make him into much more of a character than what he showed here.

Of course, I love that Claugh ended up losing his arm: that was just the development he needed. But having him lose that arm by for example wrestling with an angry bear would not really have been that different. That Tiia guy is too much of the “muaha, look at me, I’m evil!”-type of villains. Writing a good villain is difficult, because they often have much less aitrime than the good guys and they’re so easily overdone, and Tiia is currently standing with one leg in that trap.

But really, I loved that the creators ended up splitting the main couple away. Ryner really did get a good scare from Ferris’ brother in the last episode, and you could really see that in this episode. On top of that, Milk really did get kidnapped for a reason, and it’s great to see that for once Miran is meeting his match. Those are some twists I definitely didn’t see coming.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

7 Responses

  1. KL says:

    Tiia is not really a villain, tho his first appearance is a very typical villain. Put it this way, there’s no true villain in this story. But don’t worry, Tiia’s character should build up (slightly) after (spoiler start here)Ryner dumped Ferris and Sion then run away with him next week. He only serve as an intro to another character very late in the plot (which will never able to fit into this season) and explaining the “eyes” to Ryner(spoiler end here)
    As for Claugh, it didn’t shown that well in the anime, his arm like a mass destruction weapon own by Roland which serve as a symbol of invincible. I really think the staff did a very bad job on Claugh’s character developement, he’s quite a major character in the novel (spoiler start here)showing mainly on Sion’s side of the story but without knowing the real Sion(&Lucile). Sion&Lucile part is my favorite part of the novel. (spoiler end here), but Claugh’s developement seem so weak in the anime, especially compared to Miran.
    Also, I am very concern about how the staff will round up the story. There’s only very minor plot changes compare to the novel: (spoiler start here)
    How Sion’s order get to Ryner, Miran and Luke’s fight, minor shuffle to order of events, some politic stuff with Claugh before heading to Tiia. (spoiler end here) I really don’t see what they are doing, unless they are making 2nd season. If they are meant to make an original ending for this series, it’s a bit late to start now.

  2. Athesai says:

    I was really glad to see that the Milk squad aren’t just some comedic relief characters, with that white haired guy (was his name Luke?) being able to fight on par with Miran. I have been a fan of this series from the start, but I’m really falling in love with it now.

  3. Sera says:

    when I see Tiia in the op I like him and naw I LOVE him
    KL thanks for the the spoiler I need to know tiia was looking for someone is he Ryner ??? and why ? how can they travel with each other tiia is killer and ryner someone who hate to hurt anyone ?? plz am going nuts 0____0

  4. KL says:

    >Athesai
    If the anime follows the original novel into the 2nd series, Milk is a pretty special character.

    >Sera
    Tiia don’t just kill peoples, he absorbs (“chew” in the novel) them and get energy. The energy concept got cut out from the anime, it suppose to at Arua’s arc with Ryner-sensei’s mini magic lesson: There’s invisible “light spirits” or “filaments” flows in the air, and peoples with magic training is able to arrangement the “light spirits” into special pattern and produce magic, but alpha stigma is able to see the “light spirit” so they can read and copy those pattern just by looking and able to produce new magic (Ryner loves to randomly produce new but crappy magic).

    (spoiler ahead)
    Tiia’s eyes (Īno Dwōe) has the ability to absorb those “light spirit” in the atmosphere, via magic and via human (human is also a form of energy/”light spirit”). But since Tiia and other Īno Dwōe never lives with human due to the nature of their eyes so they don’t have any moral. He also regard cursed eyes is more superior and human is only food.
    As to why Tiia is looking for Ryner, Tiia is traveling around the southern continent to gather other cursed eyes and bring them back to the cursed eyes group located in the main continent. Ryner runs away with Tiia because he fears he will one day hurt/kill Ferris and Sion. He also wants to know what is his eyes (which is not typical alpha stigma) and everyone in the group have the same scar as Ryner, which awakes his sense of belonging.

  5. rrw says:

    they definitely making second season as light novel it self divided into 2

  6. Defade says:

    I don’t really think Tiia is supposed to be a villain, given that the op and preview hints at Ryner joining up with him. He strikes me as a person who, instead of being immoral, is simply…amoral. He obviously doesn’t consider himself human, and views them the same way we view a piece of steak, for example. Plus, it’s his first episode – he might get some nice development later on, so don’t be too harsh on him yet.

    >KL

    Hahaha, I really want to see Ryner’s self-made magic in the anime. Didn’t he make one where the incantation is like “Uuuuuurghhhhhhhhhhhh whaaaaaaaaaaaaaa I want to sleep!” or something?

  7. Anon says:

    “So. this episode introduced the guy named “Tiia”, and yet strangely I found myself interested in just about every part of this episode except for him.”

    No, what’s really strange is that people are finding him interesting. He’s got to be the most boring character (just based from what I’ve seen in the anime so far). Waste of screen real estate. I was bored out of my mind watching his scenes, and I usually like action scenes.

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  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 02:09 AM)
    @swa, and hearing those lines voiced by Liam O’Brien would be a godsend.
  • swa
    (Sunday, Dec 21. 2014 01:24 AM)
    Even in slow paced intermezzo episodes and with just a couple of lines, still so GARcher.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 10:25 PM)
    And really shinichi and Reiko’s growth as characters do make up for a lot.
    Your not wrong on the love triangles normalcy now that I think about it but I found those parts to be forgettable though not detrimental.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 10:23 PM)
    Now granted its all still a very good series of course.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 10:03 PM)
    @Emma: I don’t know, although the characters are flat the love triangle still seems to work here. That’s probably due to relatively normal way they interact with eachother which doesn’t have too many “senpai!” moments.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 09:39 PM)
    *there
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 09:39 PM)
    I think going through Parasyte again as an anime outside of the soundtrack I’m starting to realize that I wasn’t really into the characters beyond Reiko, Shinichi and Migi a whole lot. Beyond that I was mainly their for the violence.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 09:18 PM)
    I don’t even know how they are going to get to where the PP movie poster suggests, as Akane is wearing a police-like uniform in that while her inspector status was reinstated by the end of the second season, so bunch of more contrived (and possibly inconsequential) events are sure to ensue.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 09:14 PM)
    @Cap: this season’s characterizations were straight up appalling. From Ginoza to the police chief to the cartoonist breakouts of Togane and Kitazawa to every single factor regarding Shimotsuki were gravely mishandled.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Dec 20. 2014 09:10 PM)
    @Aidan: honestly if that’s the biggest criticism of the show then it must be doing pretty good. He uses bunch of electronic styles, all of them in various degrees of bad taste, but I started not noticing it as much since I was focused on the plot or the action, so it must be one of those things that only really bothers you if you’re actively looking for it.

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