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Anime Review

Hero Tales starts with the kind of climactic, apocalyptic battle normally reserved for the final battle in a tv series or movie. But we're just getting started... You see, because even though the protagonist immediately faces off against the chief baddie, he gets his ass kicked. Badly.

So, he needs to spend part of the series training, as well as meeting those who will help him in his quest, so the next meeting between the rivals won't go as badly for the hero.

The series is based on the mythical gods that are tied to the stars that make up the big dipper (although Funimation uses their English names in the dub rather than their Japanese names), and the two Nitenshinson, the Hagun and Tanrou, are never supposed to exist at the same time, as their battle could destroy the world, but fate has decided otherwise.

Hero TalesAnd poor, dumb as a rock Taito (isn't he a video game maker?) just isn't ready to fight "mustache" (Lord Keiro, who is operating above and beyond the orders of the emperor.

While the series starts out feeling stereotyped and even rather pathetic, the plot does pick up and gets rather intriguing eventually leading to some terrific twists that make this series a complete and utter win. You have to stick through some idiotic filler episodes however, but trust us; it turns into an exciting ride. The animation quality suffers in places, as they save the budget for the fight sequences between Taito and Kiero, and there's some terrific discourse between Taito and the emperor.

So, Hero Tales overall is a good anime series you won't regret having invested some time in to get up to the spectacular climax. There's humor, there's action, and surprisingly, there's character development. What more could you ask for?

Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, May 2011

Below: Scenes from Hero Tales.

a screen capture from Hero Tales

a screen capture from Hero Tales

a screen capture from Hero Tales

a screen capture from Hero Tales

a screen capture from Hero Tales

a screen capture from Hero Tales

a screen capture from Hero Tales

a screen capture from Hero Tales


Hero Tales

Hero Tales Website Links:


Hero Tales (Juushin Enbu) anime official site (Japanese)

TV Tokyo Hero Tales (Juushin Enbu) site (Japanese)

Hero Tales (manga) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia

Hero Tales (TV) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia

Hero Tales (Juushin Enbu) entry at Wikipedia


Below: A promotional illustration and audio CD covers from Hero Tales.

Hero Tales

Hero Tales audio cd cover

Hero Tales audio cd cover

Hero Tales audio cd cover

Hero Tales audio cd cover






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