The Legend of The Incomplete Heroes #24 — Sex Joke Emporium

December 16th, 2010

 

If you wanted to strangle him, you should have started at the neck, not the cheeks.

Impressions:

Meh, about what I expected. A little bit of budget, bluster, and posturing for once since it’s the big finale followed by a whole lot of awkwardness and an unfulfilling ending. I’d make a sex joke here, but I don’t think the show’s worthy of even that anymore. Especially when a healthy chunk of this episode involved multiple Sions with one of them sitting on Lyner. Damn, there’s the sex joke. If there’s nothing more entertaining than one Sion moping around, it’s two. Anyway, at least the action at the start was decent and back to the levels of the opening episodes some six months ago. Pity that the show’s over! Also a pity that Sion only actually attacked Lyner twice, both of which were recycled from last week’s footage. The rest was magic zombie fighting or the demon throwing swords to get close enough to caress him. Man, can’t get away from the sex jokes…

*ahem* Lyner refuses to let himself be killed for Ferris’s sake, but then after the demon takes Sion over completely, Lyner’s saved by Poorly-Explained-Plot-Device leaping out of his body and convincing everybody that now’s not the time. Blah blah blah. Confusing dream/not-dream sequence blah blah day(s) later, and Sion’s declared war on the world and Lyner’s off on a new adventure, vowing to save him. They had to try to shoehorn some bad romance in with Ferris in literally the eleventh hour too. …And show every single one of the cast in the epilogue too… which started at around 18 minutes in mind you. I’m not sure you want to spend 20% of your last episode on an epilogue calling attention to the lack of an ending and reiterating all the characters and plots that the writers forgot about weeks or months ago. Par for the course, I suppose.

Final thoughts at the bottom.

   

Final Thoughts:

Leaving aside the lack of resolution, all the dangling plot threads, the random characters still running around, the lack of an antagonist… wait, no. Unresolved potential is exactly the problem with this show. It certainly does quite a few things right, but the story floundered with Sion’s uninteresting paperwork adventures for most of the first half and spiraled off in completely random directions for almost all of the second half by continuously introducing new characters without any relation to the main characters at all. The show would be no different if they had skipped the entire happenings of King Gastark for example. Nothing they did had any direct or indirect impact on the story in the slightest.

The second half also suffered from a frankly embarrassing drop in production. Recycled footage by way of flashbacks became constant and the action scenes all but vanished. Combine that with them also recycling the same drama and angst from the first half for the entire bloody show predicated on a premise opposite of what they spent the entire series showing… and the show quickly turned into a chore. There was still the occasional silliness to look forward to and the show has so many characters that a few of them were still always fun to see, but overall, the lack of focus was hard to swallow, the lack of character growth or development boring, and the poor production damning.

All in all, I really wouldn’t recommend this for anybody but the most insatiable fantasy adventure fans. It’s aggressively mediocre at best, and that’s on a good day. The show simply doesn’t know what it wants to be and the most tedious character to watch is the only one that shows an ounce of development during the entire eight hour affair. It has its moments, but they’re few and far between… and saturated in a thick coat of the same bit of drama applied over and over again. If you dropped it or were wondering whether to pick it up, I really wouldn’t. The only payoff is making fun of Sion’s master plan to stroke Lyner and sit on him. And now I’ve ruined even that for you.

Posted in Legend^2 | 9 Comments »

9 Shouts From the Peanut Gallery

  • Inuhanyou says:

    Sequal incoming…the first novel series ended around this point…and Ferris is wearing the outfit she wore in the sequal so…it would make sense i suppose.

  • kriyuu says:

    Other commentary suggested second season unlikely if you base it off how the DVDs are doing (i.e poorly).. :-/

  • Aroduc says:

    They’re not doing poorly. They’re doing extremely poorly.

  • Nanaya says:

    You know, I hate to say this, but maybe, just maybe that new tokyo censorship bill that passed will now force series to actually have decent plots to sell, instead of random action and fanservice.

    …And maybe mx0 will start up again, while I’m at it…

  • Anonymous says:

    I don’t know if the books are more exciting than the anime, but the show just didn’t have much going for it to hook anyone. It’s no wonder they’re doing poorly.

  • Silver says:

    Well apparently the books are much much more well done. I actually liked the series but I just thought something was a bit similar and then found out that the director was the same director who screwed up Chrome Shelled Regios which the novels is actually really good and interesting too. Apparently he is trying to screw good fantasy series into oblivion?

  • tabs05 says:

    Yeah.From as much as I read, the novels were definitely a lot better. The scene where Ferris cried when she found Lyner in prison was not really out of character and was explained much better in the novel but was portrayed poorly in the anime since they pretty much jammed 11 books in 24 eps.Personally I hope for another season since a lot of questions and motivations for the characters haven’t been addressed.I liked the series and would recommend it but the novels definitely stand out better, this is one of those series you really can’t end with an anime original ending.

  • Zilla says:

    Had they planned out the timing of the plot better, this actually would’ve been a far more interesting series. The myth at the beginning of the episode and Sion suddenly doing a 180 and turning evil are both far more interesting than what was explored before, and kinda makes me hope for a second season to explore all that.

    It’s like they pulled a page straight out of Darker than Black’s playbook.

  • Nanaya says:

    Well, to be fair, after a certain point the Regios novels stop making a damn bit of sense and start throwing random things out there. So it’s more like the director just pushed the chaos ahead of schedule along with half the plot.