Posted by psgels on 12 November 2010 with categories: Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu

Well, I guess it was to be expected, but this episode reverted back to Denyuuden’s original art style, and it really seems like the previous arc was the work of one particular animator who was in charge of it. Really, people like those need to be in charge of the animation of a whole series: that would really make for some eye candy. A great example of that was Shion no Ou: its budget was small, but its graphics were non-stop powerful.

Anyway, this episode still was really good in the way that it kept juggling its moral scale: Tiia suddenly turns out to have a very noble goal, and the people of Gastark are horrible bastards who murder innocent children on one side, yet compassionate towards each other on the other. I have to admit, nobody in this series is pure good or pure evil, and I appreciate that a lot in this kind of a fantasy series.

On top of that, the drama also really worked. Ryner is suddenly thrust into an environment completely different from the one he grew up in: a warm and inviting one. Half of the episode also was a bit of an aftermath, but I especially loved how Shion reflected upon what happened in the previous episode.

I’m really glad to see that this series is like Kobato, in the way that it’s finally getting really good here. However, Kobato managed to close itself off perfectly, and it was really well planned out. Is the same the case for Denyuuden? I definitely hope so, and this episode definitely gave me hope.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. Diasen says:

    I just love how this series has gotten awesome in it’s second half

  2. gandalf8 says:

    In real life, people are essentially all the same. They have people that they care about, but they also sometimes hurt other people who have people that care about them. Even an evil person usually has someone they care for, but they can’t seem to think at all when they hurt others who all have people that care for them.

    This can be seen in how they portrayed Tiia, who feels superior to humans. He hates them, and looks down on them with contempt and doesn’t have any qualms in killing them and consuming them. But, towards the other people like him, who have the magic eye powers, he seems to really care about them, and his ultimate goal is essentially to make the world a better place for people with those eye power’s who keep getting persecuted by others as monsters.

    Meanwhile, Gastark is trying to bring peace by conquering the other nations. Although they try to limit the casualties of their conquest by using any means possible to conquer other nations including murder, assasinations, and killing those with the magic eyes, it still doesn’t excuse them from all the atrocities that they committed. I know that they believe strongly that what they do will bring them towards their goal, but can’t they understand that hatred breeds hatred? Although some of the nations were ruled by dictators, while some of the aristocrats acted like scumbags, thus caused their people to suffer, but by killing those people, they also made the people who cared for them to suffer, and essentially breed hatred and revenge, and thus goes the never-ending cycle over and over again. While the way they treat the people with the magic eye’s(who they kill in order to gain those crystals that currently serves an unknown purpose) is no different then some of the people they killed that they claim to have oppressed their people.

    To put it simply, those Gastark people kill those with the magic eyes to gain those crystals which serve a currently unknown purpose towards the achievement of their goals, while Tiia is resisting against Gastark and is now hostile towards all humans who keep persecuting him and people like him. Therefore their enmity will probably cause a lot of casualties, and fueled by anger, hatred and revenge, they will keep fighting, and thus the never-ending cycle of fighting will continue.

    I just think that if every person treated each other the way they want others to treat them, this world would have been a much more better place.

  3. Arisu says:

    The last three episode has really gotten better. I do hope that it’ll have a second season.

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  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 09:02 PM)
    One-Punch Man’s pilot was almost adapted flawlessly. It straight up uses the manga panels as it’s main storyboard, but added just enough new touches to improve the action instead of ruining it. Now let’s see how they animate the mosquitos and all the lasers for the next episode.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:57 PM)
    And that’s why Madhouse is one of the few respectable studios left. I thought that they will be seriously diminished after Masao Maruyama took some of its key members and funded MAPPA, but One-Punch Man showed that they are still one of the best in the business.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 08:51 PM)
    @Kaiser The anime industry isn’t advanced enough in CG to make it look good, is all it is.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:51 PM)
    @K-off: Your not wrong, it certainly looks poor but some of the old gonzo animated stuff was far more woeful looking. Stellvia, which was done by xebec was another example of old anime cgi which was quite ugly to look at. Just as I prefer traditional effects in film I also prefer traditional animation techniques to cg.
  • k-off
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 05:42 PM)
    Lately, the use of badly integrated cgi have been making my eyes sore,from the obviously cgi background characters in Asterisk to the overly fluid mech movements in Aldnoah. I still remember the shitty cgi piano hands in Kimi no Uso.
  • Bam
    (Tuesday, Oct 6. 2015 12:04 AM)
    On the note of good balance between humor and drama- I think BoJack Horseman is an example of a show that executed that almost perfectly in both seasons. You are laughing one minute and amused by the hijinks and silliness and the next minute you are actually moved and shocked by the honest introspection. Too be honest BoJack is more a tragic character then a goofy one, and his struggles are deeper and more existential than they have any business being in a show with anthropomorphic animals.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:56 PM)
    The changes in the setting actually made me more excited for season 3 then what I felt the past few weeks, since now the plot needs to move forward from the cliffhanger and hopefully this translates to more cohesion and refocusing on what mad the show great in the first place. I’m pretty sure S3 will also be a blend of episodic and arch story elements tho. Overall a few ups and downs but still a great show.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:52 PM)
    The finale also had some of the most overall arch story elements featured in the season. Earth joining the Galactic Federation is a big deal story-wise from now on. Also the use of a cover of Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” (not the Nine Inch Nails one clearly) was a nice fitting yet surprising touch. The throwback to Mr. PB after the credits was a good idea, but felt flat in it’s actual execution.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 11:49 PM)
    I thought R&M had a pretty good finale. The episode achieved what was missing from most of season 2, and that was a balance of randomness and meaningful bits. What made Rick Potion #9 and the previous season’s finale and general tone great was a sense of humor that was combined with more sincere drama and character developments; a sort of sweet melancholy.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Oct 5. 2015 09:51 PM)
    @K-off, not having too much trouble with the interface but I still cannot create categories.

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