Posted by psgels on 27 November 2010 with categories: Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu



Whoa, this episode again had some very good animation. While it was nowhere as good as episode 18, it still impressed me in the way it was so “subtly exaggerated”. The downside to this was that the boobs of the females suddenly grew two sizes, but the upside was some very expressive animation, surprisingly smooth inbetween frames and some great camera work. ZEXCS is really getting better here and I hope that they can keep this up. Not of course for the upcoming winter, they’re pretty much hopeless in that regard, but I do hope that after that they’ll be able to more and more let go of their usual generic graphics.

The rest of this episode was also very good: just about every character in it got pushed forward. I especially have to give credit to Milk, who as the once most annoying character of the show was actually very good now, showing that annoying characters have very much the ability to develop into likable ones. I’m still going to continue to rant on them though, because the fact remains that they once were very obnoxious and there are plenty of annoying characters who don’t develop…

The scene between Miran and Shion was probably the only point where the animation got a bit too cheesy, but aside from that it was a very good scene, finally showing Shion putting Miran in his place. It probably was the first point at which Miran really didn’t like the instructions Shion gave him because they stood against the ideals that he saw in him, and at the same time it showed that Shion hasn’t entirely lost his humanity for his dreams of changing Roland.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

8 Responses

  1. narknarks says:

    no comment about the big flashpoint this episode? Mainly that theres a third group in Roland?

  2. Tomtom says:

    What third group? Did I miss something?

    Sion seems to have some sort of multiple personality complex. Kind of creepy. I was also confused about the beginning with Kiefer. She’s treated as a spy by Gastark? The fact that the plot is not entirely straightforward anymore is really something this series needed imo.

  3. Diasen says:

    I think he’s talking about the zombies in the beginning of the episode.
    This job did a great job of building up for the final arc imo

  4. billish says:

    i had no idea what was going on in this ep. It feels like i missed an episode.. maybe i did? didnt the last ep end in the middle of an epic battle? Where did that arm come from? i’m just confused, really, i’ll look around a bit but it really felt weird watching this ep.
    So much random… so confused, damnit.
    Though i will say, i love the op for this series… so epic and awesome .. jaaya

  5. gandalf8 says:

    @Tomtom: If I’m not mistaken it was in episode 19, when one of the Gastark officers was reporting about Ryner to the king, and the officer noticed that Kiefer seemed to recognise his name, so that’s why she’s suspected of being a spy.

    @billish: I think you really did miss an episode, the previous episode already concluded the battle between Ryner and the Gastark guy.

    On the episode, things are definitely heating up. What with Sion getting a bit crazy, Miran finally being put into his place, all those zombie soldiers, and Ryner being stabbed in the heart, its gonna be one long week waiting for the next episode. I’m thinking that Sion’s monologue with his reflection has something to do with Ferris’s brother. And just who is the guy at the end, whom Ryner had a flashback about?

  6. Defade says:

    @gandalf8

    I think it’s pretty obvious by this point that the guy was his father. (flashback + exact same seiyuu as Ryner’s father in ep 18)

    Heck, the official site isn’t even trying to hide it anymore.

    http://www.denyuden.jp/character/chara26.html

  7. Tomtom says:

    @Gandalf. You’re right, I forgot about that scene.

  8. gandalf8 says:

    @Defade: Thanks. I knew that the flashback was on a few episodes back, just didn’t remember who he was and I was too lazy to rewatch it lol.

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 07:46 PM)
    With synecdoche it has the benefit of Hoffman’s performance and to get it you just have to “Feel it”.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 07:45 PM)
    Adaptation is one of those films with Nicholas Cage where you really wish he’d do more of, I wasn’t expecting that to go so off the rails near the end.
    Being John Malkovich, I dug the crazily creative premise.
    Anomalisa felt so human that the characters are puppets you can easily forget that.
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    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 07:42 PM)
    @Bam: I really want to use Urotsukidouji as my reasoning for why more messed up stuff should be adapted, namely kara no shoujo but the industry will just never be that hardcore anymore.
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    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 10:44 AM)
    In a world where Urotsukidoji gets 3 series of OVAs there is nothing you want to make that is too risqué or edgy that nobody would want to pick up. I get a small startup trying to push their fist film out, but most big Kickstarters are ran by bigname talents that already have a string of hits on their resume. C’mon, just have some faith in your work, it’s just crazy to ask for money upfront.
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    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 10:37 AM)
    SuperMario: I assume you mean Charlie Kaufman’s new film, in which case he already did pretty much whatever he wanted. Have you seen Synecdoche, New York and Adaptation? Now I’m a big ran of the man, but this creative control card gets a bit overplayed. The Under the Dog producers claim the same thing, but looking at their trailer it doesn’t look like anything that Japanese studios don’t already greenlight.
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    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 09:01 AM)
    for me though, I only pay for projects that I’m certain to watch (and have to pay for it eventually), so I don’t see the point not to “helping” them out. It’s all the same for me.
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    (Saturday, Apr 30. 2016 08:58 AM)
    @Bam I think the core concept is 1) with Kickstarter, many projects that otherwise never could have made is get supported here and 2) creators have more artistic control over their project. Take Amonalisa for example, big studios was very hesitate to fund the film, because of the commercial failure of his first film, but he insisted to get crowdfund and we have one of the more creative animation output last year.
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    @Kaiser:I have been supporting Kickstarter for a while, but not for games or movies, but for animation projects. I think it’s worth it. But like Bam, Aiden and K-Off said, sometimes it gets a bit muddy. For movies for example there are a lot of projects that was just ideas… and ideas alone are not enough.

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