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The Legend of the Legendary Heroes Season 1
伝説の勇者の伝説 (Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu)

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Ryner Lute is a lazy student of the Roland Empire Royal Magician’s Academy. One day, the Roland Empire goes to war against their neighboring country Estabul, and Ryner loses his classmates in the war. After the war, Ryner sets out on a journey to search the relics of a “Legendary Hero” at King Sion Astal’s command and finds out that a deadly curse is spreading throughout the continent.
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The Legend of the Legendary Heroes (Japanese: 伝説の勇者の伝説 Hepburn: Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu) is a Japanese light novel series by Takaya Kagami, with illustrations by Saori Toyota, which was published from February 25, 2002.

The series was adapted into a 24-episode run by studio Zexcs, directed by Itsuro Kawasaki, the music confided to Miyu Nakamura and the character design done by Noriko Shimazawa. The anime started to broadcast on TV Tokyo on July 1, 2010.

The first episode was screened during a promotional event on June 26, 2010, in Tokyo. Participants were chosen amongst people who registered for the anime’s e-mail newsletter. The actual television broadcast started on July 1.

Alternative title

– The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
– Densetsu no Yūsha no Densetsu
– 伝説の勇者の伝説
– Легенда про легендарних героїв
– DenYuuDen
– Die Legende Der Legendären Helden
– lol heroes
– Легенда о Легендарных Героях
– أسطورة الأبطال الأسطوريون
– 传说中的勇者传说
– 마법전사 라이너
– 전설의 용자의 전설

TL;DR Review

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes revolves around many characters but mainly focuses on Ryner, Ferris, and Sion. I don’t know if the series title is a pun or play on word. It should have gone all the way and called it “The Heroicly Heroic Legend of the Heroic Legendary Heroes”.

The animation is good, but not exceptionally good. The animation is fluid and detail enough, but not something I would rave about. Almost look like your typical bi-shonen style. During the mid-season, one of the fight scenes just completely changed the style and the animation has that distorted motion.

Same with the animation quality, the music is good, but not exceptionally good. Most of the songs do sound a bit similar so unless you hear them back to back, you may still be confused if they were the same songs. Kidding aside, the stand out ending theme is “Truth Of My Destiny” by Ceui. There were some other notable insert songs too.

This fantasy world’s lore and politic are intriguing. It’s not overly deep or overly simple. It gives you enough information to get a sense of how vast it is, but not to the point you become confused and bored.

Individually, the show is at best average on the animation, music, plot, and character development. But combine them all together, you have a great show. This is one of those cases where the quote “The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts” best applied.

The first season feels like it is prepping us for a much more epic second season. Unfortunately, we are unlikely to see another season since it had been over 8 years.

One negative I have with this anime is the comedy is a bit jarring. It tends to be an over the top comedy bits and sometimes repeated over-used gag. I wish they had tone the comedy down a bit.

Though this is my second time watching this series, I still binge and devour the entire season in one sitting. This is one of the lesser talked about series which I highly recommend. The Legend of the Legendary Heroes contains graphic violence and mild suggestive themes/dialogs. Intended for mature audiences.

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Featured Music

The Legend of the Legendary Heroes Season 1
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

– “Lament: Joy Soon” (LAMENT~やがて喜びを~”LAMENT ~Yagate Yorokobi wo~”) by Aira Yuhki (eps 1-12)
– “Last Inferno” by Ceui (eps 13-24)

Closing Theme

– “Truth Of My Destiny” by Ceui (eps 1-12)
– “光のフィルメント” or “Hikari no Firumento” by Takagaki Ayahi (eps 13-24)
Ryner Lute
"It's always the same, isn't it? War never changes. It always sucks. Why would anyone ever choose to be a part of one? I don't think I'll ever be able to understand those people."
Ryner Lute
"The people who start wars are the ones who want something from it, and the people who suffer are the ones who con into fighting for them."
Ryner Lute
"People don't kill people really. Monsters do. Monsters like war, hungry nobles, and greedy kingdoms. And monsters like me, not you."

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