Legend of the Legendary Heroes Episode #19 Anime Review

The Legend of Legendary Heroes continues to have little in the way of legends or heroes, or even much dealing with the search for hero relics which was seemingly the premise behind the show at first. After that heavy back story episodes, it looked like we'd get back to that but instead it wanted to focus on politics and intrigue, which is definitely interesting, while alternating it with instances of Ryner and Ferris going off on adventures, getting into trouble and then dealing with the politics and intrigue themselves. Toss in some good Alpha Stigma scenes and you had highlights, but they were few and far between. As the show gets closer to the end of its run, it's shifted more politics and international intrigue into it with nations coming together for war against each other, manipulations behind the scenes and the splitting of Ryner and Ferris.

And unfortunately, that split is probably the worst thing they can do. As a pair, they definitely have a whole lot of appeal as they play well off of each other both in terms of action and dialogue, with healthy doses of humor mixed into all of it. With Ferris ostensibly off to find him, we get a mixture of scenes with her unsure whether she and Ryner are actually friends and Ryner going through the motions with Tiir about the situation he's been placed into. What proves even more unhelpful to the show is that we're getting an extended piece on Gastark itself where Kiefer now is and she's finding herself being setup for a marriage there, which proves to be even more of a distraction overall. Especially since it's a marriage to royalty she's finding herself being involved with which makes it all the more hard to believe.

While action has saved some previous episodes in terms of salvaging it from being too wordy or lethargic, nothing seems like it can save it at this point. There's so much dialogue here and so much of the progress to date seemingly pointless that it's hard to tell what's actually relevant. When looking back earlier in the series, finding the key elements that resonated then and seem to have no point now is easy. A lot of back story has been added overall but the way it's being drawn together into a cohesive whole simply doesn't seem to be happening. The many disparate elements of the Legend of Legendary Heroes aren't mixing together and when a few of them do, it feels force and not really coming together well. This episode just paints more of that picture with lots of moody and atmospheric elements to it, but it's just washing over you.

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