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The Legend of the Legendary Heroes: Part One (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2012)

Ian Sinclair , Luci Christian , Joel McDonald  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian Sinclair, Luci Christian, Eric Vale
  • Directors: Joel McDonald
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Limited Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: Japanese, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0071LEN3Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Product Description

    A war between bordering lands Roland and Estabul has begun. At the King of Roland’s command, Ryner Lute,a bearer of a cursed. Extremely lethal power called the Alpha Stigma, and his beautiful comrade Ferris set out on a search for the Heroic Relics—artifacts that contain enormous supernatural powers and can be devastating if placed in the wrong hands. War tactics, bloody magical battles, and political intrigue plot twists ensue.

    The broadcast series The Legend of the Legendary Heroes (2010) is based on a series of light novels by Takaya Kagami, which have also been adapted to manga and video games. Ryner Lute ranks as the least impressive student at the national military academy: all he wants to do is nap. But he's actually an eclipsingly powerful Alpha Stigma, a warrior who can counter any magical weapon and hurl it back at his foe. Sion, the noble king of Roland, pairs him with hot-tempered blonde Ferris and sends the mismatched pair out to find magical relics. While Ryner and Ferris fight and fuss their way from one scrape to another, Sion and his advisers try to turn Roland into a just and peaceful kingdom, despite the opposition of the crude, grasping nobility. Any number of supernatural anime comedy-adventures have pitted a violent, hot-tempered girl against a passive doofus. But Legendary Heroes suffers from a void at its center. Ryner wants to spend his life sleeping because he's afraid of his formidable powers. Vash in Trigun lives in terror of the power of his Angel Arm, but his concern for others gives him an appealing warmth; Ryner remains a nonentity. Ferris fusses endlessly and pointlessly, and the shtick of her demanding dango (rice-flour dumpling) quickly wears out its welcome. Legendary Heroes also suffers from both too much story and too little. The complicated geopolitics of the imaginary world are frequently invoked, but never adequately explained. Yet director Itsuro Kawasaki and his crew waste the viewer's time with filler scenes that only make the narrative feel needlessly choppy and talky. (Rated TV 14: violence, violence against women and children, grotesque imagery, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

    (1. The Napping Kingdom's Ambitions, 2. The Hero and the Sleepy Man, 3. Alpha Stigma, 4. Ryner Report, 5. A World That Has Begun to Awaken, 6. Those Lurking in the Darkness, 7. Don't Let Go of That Hand, 8. The Estabul Revolt, 9. Rule Fragment, 10. Twilight, 11. Devil Child, 12. The Great Housecleaning Banquet, 13. The Hero King of the North)

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    29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Odd title, great drama! **Spoiler Free** April 8, 2012
    The Legend of the Legendary Heroes is partially about the misadventures of Ryner (magician) and Ferris (swordswoman). I say partially because despite their pictures on the Blu-ray boxart, there are episodes where they're nearly absent for other characters and storylines. The bulk of the main and mini-stories does gravitate around Ryner and Ferris however.

    Legendary Heroes is a political drama at its heart; dealing with the kingdom of Roland and its neighboring nations. There is a lot of conversations between different characters, laced with flashy action sequences and the occasional slapstick humor. Composition wise, I'd say 50% drama, 30% action, and 20% comedy.

    What stands out in this show for me, is that most of the characters are a little rough around the edges. There is no morally high ground character who only accomplishes good deeds. Everyone has varying levels of selfishness, and to me, makes for a show with some friction that mirrors reality. I guess in simpler terms, most of the characters have depth, and do not simply play an archtype.

    Another theme I enjoyed about Legendary Heroes is that even seemingly 'evil' characters have their uses, and sometimes ally themselves with the supposedly 'good' characters to accomplish a common goal. There are only a few clear cut instances of actual good vs evil.

    Other Legendary Heroes keynotes:

    - Ryner is the focus of physical abuse. Mostly by Ferris.
    - The mood of the show is primarily brooding. This trend is broken on occasions with humor at the expense of Ryner.
    - There is no outright romance. Though there are hints of romantic tension between certain characters.
    - The action sequences are fun to watch, comprised of magic and sword users.
    - Death is prominent.
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    14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic April 17, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    This review covers the whole series (Part I and II) and contains no spoilers.

    - Introduction -

    These 24 episodes are a prelude. A prologue. This anime is an adaptation of the light novel series. It is an excellent series nevertheless, in anime or light novel format.

    Unfortunately the light novels which cover the story after these 24 episodes, as of now, remain largely untranslated. The story gets so juicy after 24 episodes. But. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let me start from the beginning.

    Ryner Lute and his friend Sion go to a military school for the poor and the orphaned. They train for war as tools for the nobels. The setting is much like Europe, multiple nations, multiple war fronts, and tension between all kingdoms/nations.

    The school is sent out on a mission. I won't say how it ends, for it would be a spoiler but it's not too interesting. In fact, it is rather predictable. The anxiety and constant fear of the red headed main female character gives it away.

    Ryner is arrested after the battle and is tortured for being an Alpha Stigma, a powerful magician-berserker. Sion is chosen to be the hero of the battle and the red headed female is released in exchange for Ryner's freedom. (The red headed female is such a minor character I can't recall her name.)

    Ryner spends years writing a thesis in regard to legendary relics of power. Sion, now king, discovers this thesis and spares Ryner from the death penalty (given automatically to Alpha Stigmas).

    From here Ryner meets Ferris, a bishoujo that is a demon with the sword -- and dango consumption.

    I think that's enough summarizing. Let's get into why this anime is so good.
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    10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended April 17, 2012
    By Dulles
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I loved this series.
    I didn't know what to expect when I started the series. The main story revolves around Reiner. However, this anime has a huge cast and is not always focused on Reiner.

    The story starts off light, but as more and more characters are introduced, you see that the anime is much darker. Political undertones, action, comedy, and light romantic hints.

    I originally watched this anime online and loved the story. I decided to purchase the blu-ray version to see the anime in all it's glory. The blu-ray version does not disappoint. You can watch it dubbed or subbed with the original Japanese track. The first blu-ray disc has two episodes with commentary. I do wish there were more extras. But I can't complain as the main reason to get this was to watch this fine series with blu-ray clarity.

    After all of the episodes, the anime is a bit unfinished in the grand story. Hopefully they will do a continuation in the near future.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Big Surprise. Don't Miss It. January 21, 2013
    By KevinB
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Ryner Lute would like nothing more than to sleep the days away in peace. Unfortunately, he has a strange and unrivaled magical power sleeping within him. His old friend Sion, who is now the King, pairs him up with a beautiful yet overbearing girl named Ferris. Ferris is an excellent warrior that fights for the right to enjoy sweets. The unlikely pair is on a mission to find relics of a Legendary Hero. These relics will ensure that the Kingdom will remain powerful and rule over the land with justice.

    This anime surprised the heck out of me. It has excellent animation, voice acting, and a great soundtrack. There are lots of cool characters, an involved story, plenty of comedy, action, and drama. It has it all. The title is kind of generic and lazy, so I didn't expect much. That goes to show you that you can't judge a book by it's cover. If you've seen shows like Berserk, Record of Lodoss War, or Ragnarok; and liked them, you'll probably like this series. Personally, I think it's better than all of the titles that I mentioned before. I believe that there is something here for every anime fan. Definitley give The Legend Of Legendary Heroes a chance.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    What a great show... should be more but I guess that what manga is for haha. Good shows.
    Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars like it
    i ordered this for myself just to see if it was good and it was i would recommend this to friends and family
    Published 4 months ago by cullen
    5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets
    This anime has it all, action, intrigue, drama, romance, comedy and above all - quality in all categories.

    It's a sword-and-sorcery anime without stupid quirks... Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Chet Manly
    5.0 out of 5 stars Anime was Good
    its came in good condition with no problem it is an excellent anime and it was amazing to watch and see
    Published 13 months ago by Mitchell
    5.0 out of 5 stars good story
    war anime. three people, two boy and girl, trying to united the land with cooperation of internal government and among themselves.
    Published 15 months ago by mov
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, good cost
    Nice anime story with both comedy and action. Several very interesting characters. The cost for Blue-ray/DVD combo was very reasonable.
    Published 18 months ago by TheSeb
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Really enjoyed this series. The characters were interesting, the story grabbed me and it overall was really enjoyable. I would highly recommend it!
    Published 21 months ago by E. Weld
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
    Loved it, they should have continued it. There is a manga about it that continues on. From what i read from wikipedia about what happens in the manga, its different. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by Jennifer Fisher
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
    This is probably one of my favorite animes. The story is great and the voice acting is incredible. Awesome characters and lots of action. Its also very funny. Read more
    Published 22 months ago by GrayIce
    4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Enough Fantasy Action Anime But Story And Some Characters...
    If you enjoy anime series like Tower Of Druaga or Fairy Tail this is a nice addition to those titles though keep an open mind that the story is one we've probably seen in many... Read more
    Published 23 months ago by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
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    Yep, my Blu-ray discs say they are both A and B.
    Apr 23, 2012 by J. Hagen |  See all 2 posts
    Part 1&2 as seperate sets??
    Legendary Heroes is 24-episodes long, so I'd surmise that Funimation has split the series into 2-parts to maximize profits. This has been their trend with most of their releases as of late.

    The same day release for both parts can be due to the fact that Legendary Heroes aired in Japan in... Read More
    Apr 16, 2012 by Keith Courage in Amazon Zone |  See all 3 posts
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