Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu, or The Legend of the Legendary Heroes certainly sounds like an episode of a TV show aimed at four-year-olds (one that would give Dora the Explorer a run for her money). But its title can be a little misleading. While a bright colour palette features, this show isn’t going to abstain from violence and dark themes – and it certainly won’t be teaching you Spanish.
But this anime isn’t without its perks. It’s adventurous, mysterious and gripping – kind of like a fortune teller – only this anime won’t scam you or give you unfavourable life readings. And if you’re one that loves superpowers you’re in luck. From visual abilities originating from the eye (similar to that of Code Geass) to unique objects or weapons granting fascinating powers (like in Akame ga Kill), this series has all the magic (All. Of. It) – as well as the simple swordsman (or rather, swordswoman). Because why not.
But while this odd bundle of powers certainly makes for some interesting action and fascinating displays – it isn’t what hooked me. That’s a lie – it hooked me a bit. But what really had me glued was was hands down the characters. Particularly Ferris – the awkwardly violent dango enthusiast. Now if you thought that description sounded a bit odd then that’s because Ferris is a one-of-a-kind character. And I love her. She’s both playful and deep – and has a great soul at heart. So if nothing else, watch this anime for Ferris!
Similar to a runner up prize worth 5% of the original, the other characters admittedly aren’t as great as Ferris. This being said Ryner makes an interesting protagonist alongside some more mysterious figures such as Lucile Eris and Miran Froaude, who keep you consistently a little confused. This is probably a bad thing, but i’m going to pretend it’s good…because why not.
But the cause of confusion extends beyond just a few characters. In Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu the storyline chops and changes between events faster than I change my mind when deciding what to wear (i’m very indecisive I assure you). While each event is interesting and often accompanied by some snazzy action, it’s unfortunately tied into the bigger picture horribly – like this anime is hammering puzzle pieces in where they don’t beyond and it’s disorienting everyone. *Grabs glass of water to calm down*. There are also scenes that hint at some interesting storyline that’s developing alongside the main plot – however these threads are never picked up on, and like a hopeless romantic i’m left wondering what could have been as loose ends are left, well…loose.
But while you’ll likely be a clueless viewer you certainly won’t be a bored viewer. And who needs to be clued in when you’re having fun. Am I right? This anime is both fast-paced and filled with action, with dazzling fight scenes featuring an assorted range of powers. It also presents some hilarious comedic moments at rather random but still strangely welcome times. And it has a softer, emotionally-driven side too. I’ll be honest, the emotional conundrums aren’t the most exciting i’ve seen and it’s often the same thought processes recycled in different scenarios, but it’s still enjoyable to watch.
So…still undecided? Not sure if this anime is for you? Ask yourself. Do you love odd supernatural powers and intense action? If you answered yes then so far this anime is looking like a good option. But before you run off to watch, also consider how much you care about a cohesive plot. Unfortunately this anime doesn’t make complete sense and ends pretty much in the middle of nowhere. This being said personally I found it overall quite enjoyable and the humour gave me a few chuckles – so if you’re not a firm no then give it a shot (go on, you know you want to).
Thank you for reading my review!