December 11, 2012

Anime Review: Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu

Densetsu no Yuusha no Densetsu or as known as The Legend of Legendary Heroes is an epic action, adventure, fantasy medieval anime about a lazy guy with a unbelievable power that tries to make the corrupt country he is living in to be more peaceful for everyone.

Densetsu no Yuusha no DensetsuSynopsis:

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.


It seems like another fantasy shounen anime where the main protagonist is all OP and everything and pretty much conquers the world; but there is more to it than that. Let me explain. Supposed you had a main character named Ryner Lute that is all lazy and peppy but contains a secret of enormous power which only a few people know about. Not only that, the power is forbidden and greatly feared among the people and those who has this power are considered as monsters. With the dark past for Ryner Lute, he has already gone through plenty of hatred and hardships and will continue to face more during the series. With the invasion from Estabul into the Roland Empire and witnessing the deaths of all his classmates, he sets off on a journey in search of the hero relics that grants the wielder extraordinary power. Along the way, they discover more hidden truths and a deadly curse that is spreading throughout the continent. The story gets engaging right from the start and there are plenty of plot twists, character development and epic fights to be had. It was wonderfully directed and even the end ended in a climax that will never be continued (because the company that produced the anime is known for not doing sequels). In the end, what happens after the series depends on individual imagination and perspective.

The art was quite good and the backgrounds were highly detailed and beautifully illustrated. The characters although looked a slightly generic but their appeal really shown through with their clothes and style. The various magical effects to the gloss and shine on weapons and armor really shone through which was enjoyable to watch. I had no problems here.

The voice acting was really well done and all of the characters suited their voices perfectly. The opening ad closing songs were highly appropriate for the anime and set the mood quite well. The background music was also well done and was well implemented in various scenes throughout the anime.

Ryner Lute is one guy you will either instantly love or hate. For me, I loved him. His attitude, appearance, personality and thoughtfulness was really appealing. He acts all laid back and comical but instead he hides deep scars and dark memories from when he was younger. I also love how anime makes the main protagonist depressed at times with negative feelings then suddenly the female heroin appears and comforts him. Those scenes impress me the most, and it does happen a few times towards the end of the series. Ferris Eris, the female protagonist has a slight obnoxious attitude that softens towards the end (maybe a bit tsundere?). She and Ryner tend to not get a long well and they both usually have funny arguments. In the end though, she truly cares for Ryner deep down in her heart. As for King Sion Astal, he is one mysterious man, you can never tell what he is really thinking and what his actions are. There are also plenty of characters throughout the series that makes you wonder if they are good or bad. In the end, everything gets revealed and the case is closed.

Overall, I enjoyed every minute of the anime. The story progressed at a steady rate that kept me entertained and wanting for more. The characters were developed really well and the plot intertwines into the background of these characters seamlessly. The art was well designed the soundtrack was appropriately composed. Everything somehow fitted together nicely and even the ending didn't suck at all. It was a nice package to entertain you for plenty of hours.


ART: 9





What type of anime watcher are you?

With the announcement of Google+ communities many 'Anime' and 'Vocaloid' groups have been formed. Of course though, only the first ones get all the members and popularity and the number of new members grow dramatically day by day. I joined the 'Anime' community to check out what's happening in there and I can assure you that it is a healthy community growing rapidly.

As an avid anime watcher myself, I like to share my thoughts and experiences with other anime lovers. To start off getting to understand the community's type of anime watchers was a good way to start. So, I did a little post asking what type of anime watcher the community were; and here are the options:

A. Watches all anime regardless of genres, reviews and/or ratings
B. Watches only anime recommended by friends (or based on personal interest)
C. Just watches all/some anime that is only above a certain rating
D. Watches anime but frequently skips scenes just to watch the fan service
E. Doesn't watch anime at all (or sometimes only)

Surprisingly though, a majority of members in the group were of type 'A', whilst the rest of them were either 'B' or 'C' and combinations of both. Personally, I am a 'C' and I tend to watch whatever anime that is above a certain rating. I must admire though the amount of effort that the 'A' people put in to watch through anime that has low ratings and such.

So, what type of anime watcher are you?

DotA 2 coming to iPad, Android tablets in the near future, Valve suggests

Warcraft 3 is a popular PC game that spawned a special multiplayer mod called Defense of the Ancients – in short DotA – that’s played between of up to 5 players each, with each side trying to conquer the enemy’s base.

Also known as MOBA – short for multiplayer online battle arena – this type of game is very popular, and there’s at least one interesting DotA alternative out there, League of Legends.

Getting back to DotA though, game fans surely know that a DotA 2 game exists, developed by the folks over at Valve. And it seems that the company is experimenting with bringing the popular game to the ever-growing tablet ecosystem.

Kotaku reports that Valve’s boss Gabe Newell has already confirmed that some work has already been done to port the game to tablets, and while the first tries were not looking good, the future seems to be very promising:
“We were working on getting DotA 2 running on some tablets,” he said. “That ended up being kind of a disappointment. But the good news is that tablets are getting faster very quickly, so I think we’ll get the kind of performance we want and other game developers want in the near future.”
It wouldn't be surprising to see a DotA 2 version hit the App Store and the Play Store in the near future, with the latest flaghip iPad and high-end Android devices being among the device supported by Valve.

[via Android Authority]