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The Legend of the Legendary Heroes – 01

OP Sequence

OP: 「LAMENT~やがて喜びを~」 (LAMENT ~Yagate Yorokobi wo~) by 結城アイラ (Yuuki Aira)
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「昼寝王国の野望」 (Hirune Oukoku no Yabou)
“Aspirations for a Kingdom of Afternoon Naps”

I was almost giddy watching this premiere because it had everything I was looking forward to seeing from the manga. Some of the finer details were changed, but it didn’t lose the essence one bit with our anti-heroic protagonists arguing away and hightailing it in the face of a danger. Remember when heroes are supposed to take it upon themselves to make the world better? Well, the ones here won’t even take responsibility for problems they cause themselves, leading to some pretty good slapstick humor in my books. On the surface, this series will seem like your run-of-the-mill and fairly generic fantasy adventure, but underneath it’s hard to see it as such when the story revolves around a lazy protagonist named Ryner Lute (Fukuyama Jun), who’s accompanied by the lovely yet abusive swordswoman Ferris Eris (Takagaki Ayahi). The two of them are far from being your typical go-getting heroes, as they’re searching for ancient relics very very reluctantly on orders by King Sion Astal (Ono Daisuke), who’s loved by the people for trying to rebuild Roland Empire into a better place.

As I mentioned in the Summer 2010 Preview, Sion enlisted Ryner’s help to change the empire for the better during the last war, prior to him being enthroned as the new king. Ferris on the other hand turned out to be only helping out because she’s been blackmailed by Sion by holding dangos captive. How that works I don’t even know, but she is known as the “dango woman” due to her love for those sweet treats. So um yeah, no one’s out saving the world and making it a better place because they want to themselves. However, therein lie the beauty of this series (for me anyway), as Ferris is always quick to mistreat and insult Ryner by saying stuff like how he’s too stupid to be a Roland spy, even in the face of Nerfa soldiers. It’s hilarious how there’s little to no mutual respect between the two of them, which resulted in Ryner siding with the Nerfa commander when Ferris stated that she’s merely a beautiful woman and not a spy. I was already aware of this scene coming up after reading a bit of the manga, but found it a lot funnier animated with the voices to go along with it.

Incidentally, the two of them will instantly be on the same page when it comes to killing Sion for making them do such annoying work, making them an amusingly unpredictable pair to watch. More of their antics were seen when they were being pursued by Roland’s Imiyaburi Unit led by the very small Milk Callaud (Fujita Saki), who is responsible for preventing Roland’s magic from being leaked to other countries. Milk’s unaware that they’re under direct orders from Sion however, so it was pretty funny to see Ryner and Ferris completely ignore her attempt to arrest them and her insinuating that Ryner’s being extorted by Ferris. Evidently, Milk happens to have a past with Ryner and is in love with him even though he’s not aware of it yet, paving way to some good laughs when Ferris figured she was just some girl he casually messed around with in the past. That was a recurring insult of hers to Ryner, but seeing her actually have a person to focus the joke around made it even better.

Over the course of this episode, there was a fair bit of flipping back and forth between Ryner/Ferris in Nerfa and Sion back in Roland Empire, which some viewers may find a bit jarring but didn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I kind of liked how the story was being told from two different perspectives, as it gave it a sense of concurrency with Sion dealing with real problems while Ryner and Ferris were messing around. One part seriousness, one part slapstick humor. It worked for me. Even when things get semi-serious with Ryner trying to analyze an ancient relic monster with his Alpha Stigma eyes — which allow him to see through magic and copy it — the jokes don’t stop with Ferris adding how it’s “typical Ryner for us” after he said he’s unable to see through ancient spells. To add to the hilarity, they simply decided to run away and didn’t give a damn about what happens afterward with that monster roaming about, showing exactly why this is classified as an “anti-heroic fantasy”.

Anyway, there’s a plethora of well-known seiyuu casted to play the vast number of characters in this series. Luckily for me, I don’t have to list them all here because ZEXCS has provided English credits in the ending sequence. I can’t even tell you how nice it is to have official English spellings of western names written in Japanese, because it becomes a guessing game at times without them. Production-wise, I really like how this series is looking already, while the opening and ending themes performed by Yuuki Aira and Ceui gave me sola vibes simply because their songs are featured in the same series again. That said, this is a guaranteed watch for me like I mentioned in the preview, but I won’t be covering it on a weekly basis. I really wanted to say some words about this premiere episode and how it’s turning out exactly like I was hoping though, hence this introduction post.


ED Sequence

ED: 「Truth Of My Destiny」 by Ceui
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July 1, 2010 at 11:59 pm
  • July 2, 2010 at 12:01 amTakumii

    nice, looking forward to watch it XD

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:04 amLegendaryFirst

    Name is kind of redundant but looks good on your word!

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:07 amlol

    lol you nerds, this article was posted minutes ago and already has comments. do you guys like just press refresh constantly?

    • July 2, 2010 at 4:57 amjsmith1a2000

      you do get the irony that you’re also a nerd heh ?

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:14 amAznCoffee

    • July 2, 2010 at 1:52 amFallenrock

      ^ LOL! Staying up all night for subs that probably won’t come…it’s good to love anime.

      • July 2, 2010 at 3:47 pmBROOKLYN otaku

        …i hear you…*resumes scanning for black lagoon sub’s*

    • July 2, 2010 at 11:30 amchloesong92

      ^ made me LOL.

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:15 amZaku Fan

    Yeah the part where they said to run away and let the workaholic Sion handle it made me -_-; + facepalm

    So far nothing smashingly out of the ordinary but good enough to keep watching. The part where he said not liking seeing people cry and hating crying seems to point out at the late stages it will get pretty dramatic

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:16 amklaynne14

    looks good. hope it wont disappoint

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:28 amFlappy

    Actually it sounds really interesting, might turn out to be hit :D

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:37 amAlec

    just looking at the name gives me mixed feelings, but 4 now, ima try 2 man up and watch and episode or 2…

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:50 amProoof

    I’m fairly sure the redundant title name was done on purpose…

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:52 ammegalith

    For a second I was questioning how serious the title was.

    Talk about redundancy. Ah whatever I might check this out later.

    • July 2, 2010 at 12:57 amAznCoffee

      Watch out for the sequel: The Legend of the Legendary Heroes – The Legendary Sword of Legendary Legends.

      • July 2, 2010 at 5:01 ammegalith


        The Legend of the Legendary Heroes and the Legendary Sword of the Legendary Legends.

        How much more awesome can that be.. I imagine it taking up all the space in a 16 x 9 screen.
        If it doesn’t… I am disappoint. :(

        This Legendary wall for legendary texts.

      • July 5, 2010 at 4:57 amShinjiro

        LOL’ed. Thanks, guys!
        Wouldn’t it be funny if the sequel was actually “Legendary Legends of the Legendary legends of Heroes with the Legendary…” The 3 dots being they couldn’t fit everything in the title itself.

    • July 2, 2010 at 1:31 amNeedle

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:53 amAmatsu

    op and ed artists same as sola

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:58 ammisty

    I love pic thanks! :D

  • July 2, 2010 at 1:27 amLil’ Lilly

    Oh, another fantasy adventure! I’ve always love the genre as long as there aren’t excessive ecchi/fanservice. Based on the first episode, DenYuDen looks good. And, somehow I pity Fujita Saki having to voice Milk, who’s in love with Ryner (Fukuyama Jun) which the latter is unaware of. Reminds me of Inami Mahiru and Takanashi Souta (Working!!) because they were voiced by the same seiyuu. XD

  • July 2, 2010 at 1:45 amFlamingYu

    Nice ED, fan-service for both sexes.

  • July 2, 2010 at 2:13 amandy

    well the series had allot of books so hopefully we worry have to worry about them messing stuff up any time soon.

  • July 2, 2010 at 2:42 amTavor TAR-21

    They might as well have called it “The Legendary Legend of the Legendary Heroes’ Legend.”

    This is a parody, right? Because if it is, I’m so gonna watch this.

  • July 2, 2010 at 3:37 amClaire Phoenix

    The Roland Empire king looks so handsome~ *_*
    Thank you so much for screencaps and the summary. :)

  • July 2, 2010 at 3:39 amanon111

    Legend of Legendary Legends

  • July 2, 2010 at 3:48 amPazoozoo

    For some reason this give me vibes of Slayers xD

    • July 2, 2010 at 1:44 pmphatj

      Haha, I know what you mean. Perhaps it’s just Ferris’ character design with blonde hair and a big sword (a la Gourry) and the upbeat intro, but I did recall Slayers for a bit.

      In any case, I’ll be pegging this one to follow this season.

  • July 2, 2010 at 4:57 amfrubam

    The next Sword of Druaga perhaps? Is it at least that good?

  • July 2, 2010 at 5:48 amlHyDrAl

    Have never enjoyed a ZEXCS title expect for CANVAS2, though considering most of their series have tits and panties shoved at you, it’s to be expected unless that’s your cup of tea. I have fairly high expectations for this series because I feel ZEXCS might be able to pull something off. It’s a shame you won’t be blogging this series and I would love to help blog it but sadly my Japanese knowledge isn’t as up to date as I would have hoped and I understand that it is one of the requirements to pick up and blog a series on this site.

    • July 2, 2010 at 8:34 amShirt

      My expression gets just like your icon when I start watching the new shows for this season.

      • July 2, 2010 at 11:35 amchloesong92

        lol Shirt, that’s a little scary considering how there is blood dripping down her? face. :P

    • July 2, 2010 at 12:23 pmSHIKI

      If yer don’t want tits and panties shoved in yer face go watch Kaichou wo Maid Sama! and Kuroshitsuji or whatever


  • July 2, 2010 at 8:47 amfruba

    any info on how long this series is gonna be?

    • July 2, 2010 at 1:26 pmDivine

      Please refer to the Summer 2010 Preview for confirmed episode totals. It was announced that this series would be 26 episodes well in advance.

  • July 2, 2010 at 9:24 amDewd


  • July 2, 2010 at 12:21 pmSHIKI

    Good solid show for the season, reminds me of Prism Ark and CSR and even better with Jun as the male lead. Amagami SS was also very solid.

    Shows to Watch/unaired:
    The Legend of the Legendary Heroes
    Shukufuku no Campanella
    Seitokai Yakuindom
    Asobi ni Iku yo!

    Shows in the middle/unaired:
    Gakuen Mokushiroku HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD
    Nurarihyon no Mago
    Amagami SS
    Strike Witches 2
    Sekirei ~Pure Engagement~
    Sengoku Basara 2

    Shows to Drop/unaired:
    Seikimatsu Occult Academy

  • July 2, 2010 at 12:50 pmchloesong92

    I’m hoping someone’s going to sub this. u_u Read the first 00 chapter of the manga and it was pretty funny.

  • July 2, 2010 at 3:23 pmOctoped

    Lol!!! What kinda of shit title is that, I have to watch this now.

  • July 2, 2010 at 5:37 pmFanOfKOTOKO

    I love the ED :)

  • July 2, 2010 at 5:58 pmSuppa Tenko

    So basically they are The Lol Heroes

    • July 2, 2010 at 7:59 pmDivine

      Heh, that’s pretty clever and sounds about right.

    • July 3, 2010 at 3:49 pmShirt


  • July 2, 2010 at 6:44 pmisa

    muy buena espero que siga trayendo mas imagenes

  • July 2, 2010 at 7:15 pmDan

    So wait, this guy has magic eyes. And his voice actor is Lelouch.


  • July 2, 2010 at 7:47 pmanimato

    Loved Fukuyama Jun’s voice-acting.. Not talking like Zero but more like an older-aged deep tone.. which is new :)

    The Shikamaru-type personality of Ryner doesn’t really seem to fit for me some reason.. I guess I need to know why he’s always so lazy to do something, which we might know a little more in the next ep. Oh yeah, good to hear Ein (from Phantom) again :D

  • July 3, 2010 at 12:34 pmLee

    This show’s kinda lame… From its costumes to its plot really O.o

    The only good point of the series is its seiyuus.

  • July 3, 2010 at 5:49 pmKit Kat

    Damn…. anyone see subs? If this turns out like Senkou no Night Raid with the skipping-five-weeks-and-then-pouring-everything-out-at-once situation, I am gonna be soooo pissed.

    Anyways, haven’t read the post ’cause i don’t wanna spoil myself, but I’m looking forwards to this one simply because it’s been so long since I’ve seen an action/fantasy anime without some random seductive demon following the group and trying to seduce the leader.


  • July 3, 2010 at 8:04 pmFiep

    After having watched the first to minutes I realized that my Japanese acquired by a two term university course still isnt sufficient for this :x
    I really want the subs for this show, so I hope theyll come out soon :)

  • July 3, 2010 at 8:47 pmmelo

    it’s pretty great to see this anime genre again,it’s been a time since i haven’t watched adventures + parodies.
    like mentioined upside this truly made me remember of the original slayers.
    my best wishes for the success of this serie.

  • July 4, 2010 at 10:03 amDiasen

    Lol the sequel name is The Legend of the Great Heroes of Legend. I hope it is animated too though

  • July 5, 2010 at 2:04 amJohn Smith

    I hope some sub this soon.

    I know funi though will also subbed this too though, but they will take forever.

    • July 5, 2010 at 4:54 amShinjiro

      I’ve been keeping an eye for this series’ subs and still saw nothing out there. This is worrying me.

      • July 5, 2010 at 10:25 amZaku_Fan

        There are already english subs out such as from Darksoul fansubs though i do not know their quality or reliability

      • July 6, 2010 at 6:18 amShinjiro

        Thanks, DarkSouls should be okay but they’re a tad slow compared to others. At least they’re not inconsistent for now.

  • July 5, 2010 at 5:43 amDiasen

    Anyway I don’t think that the first episode is enough to judge this series since it is not a part of main story but a side story. Next episode will be the real start anyway. Wonder why they decided to start from a side story anyway?

  • July 5, 2010 at 8:35 amDiasen

    wow,someone translated it himself

  • July 5, 2010 at 9:27 pmRika

    I watched this episode and I loved it. Nice drawing, animation, characters, story, action, and so on.

  • July 6, 2010 at 6:14 pmSora no Kaze

    The Legend of Legendary Heroes, it’s so legendary… I can’t believe the epic legendary proportions of it.

    yes making fun of the redundancy, but it looks interesting. I got hooked because of the PV, but haven’t seen anything that will really keep me watching this through and through.