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26 October 2011 @ 03:46 pm
Review: Legend of the Legendary Heroes  
On Hulu here: http://www.hulu.com/the-legend-of-the-legendary-heroes

The country of Roland is not a peaceful place to grow up. The military is given more then it's due and there doesn't seem to be anyway of wrapping relationships up peacefully. The main cast wants an end to this and for people to be about to live happily. The new King sends two of his old squad friends suckers It's complicated people out to recover artifact from the time of heroes to help, while he wades through the politics in his own court. Oh and the legendary gods heroes also have an interest in our characters.

Cue discussions of what causes war, how bad it is, and hos it's inevitable.

Story clearly likes using star-crossed best friends as a trope. Most close friendships in the story to get this treatment. Also with three exceptions, two a pairing, to get the strong feelings and reactions of romance without any feeling of the character actually being sexually attracted to each other. Everybody just wants to be best friends with their chosen [x](s) and grow old together. Except for those three and one other (who likes to use stories about it to get a rise out of the rest of the cast) sex is not a thing, there's more important things to worry about. This is probably the main thing I loved about the story.

Also I loved the fact that primary female character is a swordwoman who kicks ass, especially over the two main males, who are both seem to be mages. Powerful female character! Good at real stuff! And I still get a main character mage, so I can have my cake and eat it too!

This series is not for everyone, the characters are likable and believable, the plot looks like its going to go all sorts of interesting places. And that just makes the big problem worse: It's got the worse sense of mood whiplash I've even seen. Expect that if the main characters are out picnicking with cute kid being much adorableness then somehow by the end of the day then they will be stopping attempted genocide or torture of one of the kids or having a flashback to one of the mains really suck-full childhoods. And the inverse is just as true. It's kind of neat in that it gives a very strong feel of suck-ass-world to the story but it can be very disorienting.

The other big problem is it ends without resolving anything, (who was the girl in episode 24 and what did she have to do with anything, anyone?) and on a dreadful cliffhanger. I haven't been able to find anything on it renewing or not though given how episode 24 runs they clearly expected it to do so.

Good things: interesting plot, interesting characters

Bad things: Mood Whiplash. Not a conclusive ending.

Strong Nakama and a lot of Destiny is to be evil.

Trigger Warning: Rape(threatened), incest(threatened), child abuse and death, war, genocide (written as bad things if that helps... it did for me)

Platonic Life Partner: 5
Slash content: 4
Femslash content: 1
Hetro content: 5
Poly content: 3
Age division: 3
Magic: 6
incest: 6 --- note: is treated as a bad thing
Soapboxing: 4

ETIT: If anyone picks this one up let me know, I'd like to fen with people.
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