Understanding where characters come from is an important part of every show, especially when there are a few different characters with very different histories to them. The Legend of Legendary Heroes spent quite a bit of time showing us with Sion and Ryner came from early on, almost to the detriment of the series considering the length of the flashback and having it occur so early on, so it's not a surprise to see other characters get fairly well detailed. This episode gives us some time with Kiefer, who we saw meeting up with Sion and Ryner back in the academy days, and we get a clearer idea of the hardships she suffered until she went into the academy. Her life certainly can't be called easy considering what she saw at a young age when it comes to death, but she's progressed well even if she does have a hard barrier around her.
The war side of the show with Gastrak dealing with the invasion is similar to previous instances of war and politics that the show has dealt with. It's all big and epic, but it lacks that kind of connection to make it work. The battle has a lot of good moments, much as we've seen elsewhere with beautiful choreography, but the heart of it all just isn't there. It has an atmosphere that works and there's a great feeling of epicness about it, but outside of Kiefer's connection to it, which is really tenuous at best overall, it's a piece that's there but doesn't' resonate. For Kiefer, it's a key piece of her background and who she is, but it's weak in how it was executed.
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