Legend of the Legendary Heroes - Season 1 - Episode 4 - Review: "Ryner Report"

The Legend of Legendary Heroes has been a difficult watch in these first few episodes as the show opened to a potentially interesting episode and then went the flashback route for a couple to show how Sion, Ryner and Ferris all ended up coming together on their mission to seek out the hero relics. Some series can do their entire run within a flashback and pull it off while others have a difficult time doing just a couple of episodes before returning to the present. Legend of Legendary Heroes hasn't had a smooth flashback as it's felt like it's jumped around a bit and the characters unfortunately haven't been all that engaging in this form. Especially since Ryner seems so much more serious and generally unlikable in an odd way compared to how he was in the present.

A good chunk of this episode focuses on Ryner being stuck within prison style and it's a surprisingly dark piece. While prison sequences generally are drab in color with the blues and shadows, this one is dripping in shadows with large chunks given over to black entirely. There's a really nice sense about it as we have the flames going along outside one of the cells and it casts a really intriguing look to the whole thing. There's a lot of very heavy dark areas here that gives it all a more foreboding look in which Ryner lives as one of the guards talks on about the difficulties of life and so forth. It's contrasted by the more bright and full of life moments where we see him experiencing it, but when we come back to the nearly completely black screens for Ryner's time in the cell, it's very striking.

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