The Legend of the Legendary Heroes is a 24 episode anime of the fantasy genre which details the exploits of Ryner Lute, a powerful magician and bearer of an 'Alpha Stigma.' Alphas bear a rare affliction which not only allows them to learn magical spells much more easily than a normal human, but also, when provoked to transform into a magical version of the Incredible Hulk, essentially losing control and gaining godlike destructive powers. Ryner is tasked by his friend Sion Astal, the Hero King of Roland, to hunt for artifacts of the ancient 'Legendary Heroes' (hence the title). On this journey, he faces magic, romance, treachery, and outright betrayal.
- Superb Voice Acting. With a stellar cast in general, and a particularly good performance by Ian Sinclair as Ryner, the English dub of Legendary Heroes is a cut above the usual crop of dubbed anime. There is not much in the way of annoying voice actors (except for perhaps Iris Eris, though as an insufferable little girl, her voice is supposed to be annoying), as can sometimes mar an anime. If anything, much of the voice casting sounds older than the characters are supposed to be.
- Terrifying Concepts. Alpha stigmas are scary. Not just frightening opponents, but conceptually horrifying. They're normal people on the outside who when scared or abused, lose control and turn into destructive monsters. Through most of the series, they are portrayed as victims who are just pushed past breaking, though late in the series Tiir makes the most of the 'bogeyman' reputation and becomes downright menacing.
- Sympathetic Villains. While many series have attempted to portray their villains as objects who should be pitied for having actions fated to fail or turn to evil, Legend of the Legendary Heroes is one of the few that truly succeeds at it. Friends and enemies change places and oppose each other, and previous allies are betrayed. The viewer is shown both sides of each conflict, and can see that both are not truly evil, and largely have reasons to do what is happening.
- Out Of Place Humor. Anime always walks a fine line with comedy relief, with the perils of too little or too much often swallowing a series. In the case of Legend, they seems to err on the side of too much. While the Omake segments between Ryner and Ferris are mostly amusing, sometimes the viewer really just wants to get on with the show.
- Unfinished. Legend of the Legendary Heroes is based off of an ongoing light novel series. The anime takes place through the events of the first two volumes. As such, the series seems to end right as the story is getting 'to the good part.' There's a great deal of unfinished story elements. As there is no evidence of a second season forthcoming, viewers either have to accept the rather open ended finale, or go to the light novels for resolution. Sadly, most of the book series is not even completely translated.
While a fine series, viewers need to be forewarned about the lack of a story resolution, lest they risk disappointment from what is otherwise a fun series.