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For citizens of the Xian Empire, justice is a myth. Lord Keiro, the deranged Shogun of the Imperial Army, blazes a trail of terror across the countryside in search of the sacred sword that will make him a god. Standing in his way is Taito, an omnipotent star reborn in human form a young hero who vows to use his celestial strength to avenge those slaughtered by the villainous Shogun. Taito's mystical powers steer him toward a violent showdown with Keiro, and if used recklessly, his newfound abilities could shred the very fabric of his being. To master the art of control and become a heroic martial artist, Taito must seek the guidance of others like him: the seven star-born warriors with the strength to shatter a corrupt empire.

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The sword-and-sorcery adventure Hero Tales (Jyukshin Enbu, 2007) is based on a manga by Ryou Yashiro and Hiromu Arakawa, the creator of Full Metal Alchemist. Martial artist-in-training Taito is dumbfounded to discover he's the incarnation of Alkaid, one of the stars of the Big Dipper, and the destined opponent of Dubhe, another of the stars. Standing between them are the five Divine Warriors, who represent the other stars. All of the celestial combatants command supernatural powers realized by controlling the energy flowing through their bodies. Taito is not the brightest light in the constellation, figuratively and literally. (Appropriately, Alkaid is the dimmest of the stars that make up the Dipper.) He's trained by the wise monk Ryuko (Mizar), and establishes a feuding friendship with archer Hosei (Phecda), a relationship complicated by Hosei's crush on Taito's argumentative, adoptive sister Laila. They're pitted against Keiro (Dubhe), the brutal general of the crumbling Xian Empire. Given its authorship, viewers will be disappointed to find that Hero Tales is a very formulaic supernatural saga. Although Keiro looks a bit like Fuehrer Bradley in Full Metal Alchemist, none of the characters have the depth or originality of the Elric Brothers. Voice actor Newton Pittman makes Taito a likable lunk, but there's only so much he--or any of the voice cast--can do with the stale material. The endless training, the ongoing journey, the explosions of power, the foreordained conflict with the obvious ending feel like a reworking of Yu Yu Hakusho or Dragon Ball Z. Been there, fought that. The limited-edition DVD includes a disc with a rather silly two-part discussion by the Japanese voice cast and textless versions of the opening and closing songs, plus four "Heroically Collectible Art Cards." (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women, grotesque imagery, alcohol use, brief nudity) --Charles Solomon

(1. Alkaid Roars, 2. The Karma of Mizar, 3. The Pledge of Energy Manipulation, 4. Divine Warrior, 5. Ailing Empire, 6. The Red Champion, 7. Sorrowful Phecda, 8. What Echoes in the Gorge, 9. Shadow of the Imperial Capital, 10. The Lonely Emperor, 11. The Tale of the Big Dipper, 12. A Glimmer in the Moonlight, 13. The Two Celestial Deities)


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  • Actors: John Burgmeier, Brian Mathis, Newton Pittman
  • Directors: Tyler Walker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled, Dubbed, Digital Sound
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: April 5, 2011
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KARRXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,399 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rich(アニメとゲームが優先!!) on July 16, 2011
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The series has a nice mix of FMA/Naruto/Twelve Kingdoms and the cast of characters are just as enjoyable as those on the previous mentioned series as well. The short basic story is you have a powerful warrior who wishes to rule all and in order to do so must obtain a powerful foretold weapon, and while trying to obtain this weapon attacks the home of the hero as well as killing many of the hero's closest friends and family as such you have the hero now obsessed with defeating this vile enemy goes on a journey to find and defeat this nefarious villain and of course along the way helps the common people and gathers a group of other fighters who join him along the way to defeat the main villain. The series animation and soundtrack are also very reminiscent of the Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood series not surprising since this series was co-written by the creator of the FMA series. The series comes in two sets, all together the series comes on four dvds put into thin dvd cases and into a paper sleeve. The sets also come with a added dvd with the bonuses and extras so in all with both sets you get six dvds, the voice cast as expected for the Japanese crew were very well done as was the English dubbed cast. So if you're looking for a very entertaining and addictive series here's a very under looked series right here to check out...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.L. Teller on August 1, 2011
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This anime is definitely worth a look. The seven stars correspond to the stars of the Big Dipper and each give their earthly form a particular perspective making things interesting and unique.

Hero Tales starts out as the main villain Keiro attacks the temple the main protagonist Taito lives in search of the Sword of Rule. After defeating many of those in residence, Keiro finds the Sword of Rule but is unable to sheath it. He then squares off with Taito who is able to sheath the sword. However, Keiro defeats Taito and takes the sword. Thus beginning the hero's tale for vengeance.

Along the way, Taito runs into various problems along the way to find Keiro. The empire is in a terrible state and he constantly find himself cleaning up the mess while training to get stronger to defeat Keiro.

The best part about this anime is the characters. They are fun and all bring something unique to the table. They all have their struggles at one point or another giving this anime life. Shimei is my favorite character and is fun, even though he is a main antagonist.

Many theme of friendship, family, honor, hardheadedness, and personal growth make this a good anime. The emotional depth of this anime is incredible and it really does a nice job pulling you into the characters and wanting the best for them.

However, I have two main problems with this anime. The first is the lack of action. It has good action when it decided to actually show it. There are numerous cases where a character is surround by a group of enemies and then the anime will cut to another scene, and then cut back showing all the enemies defeated.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P.B. on November 25, 2012
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It was very juvenile and I couldn't get into the characters. I thought I might like it from the description and while the drawing style is fantastic it's just not a good show. The characters are very immature and it's kind of a weird relationship they all have with one another. I wouldn't recommend it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on September 19, 2014
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