I was browsing some Nendoroid figures when a cute purple-haired female character caught my attention in the name of Renne. She wasn’t really familiar to me until I ended up searching for the series she appears in. It is titled The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky which is based on a role-playing game developed by Nihon Falcom. Renne isn’t the main character, she’s rather the villain.
As the narration goes, it is a story of a new era. The continent of Zemuria follows the Orbal Revolution where people enjoy prosperity and are supported by technology called Orbment. Beyond this idyllic existence however, weapons utilizing Orbment continue to be researched and developed, and the motives of those in power overlap, thus the continent faces chaos. In the midst of this chaos, a proud realm retains its independence, the Liberl Kingdom.
The fist scene of the OVA starts off with Joshua who leaves Estelle and begins his own journey. On the other hand, Estelle tries her best to search for Joshua in the midst of chaos they encounter together with her comrades. Along with their journey, they meet some members of Legion, a group of people who are after the Orbment’s power.
What made me decide to watch the OVA is the fact that it is labeled as action, adventure and fantasy which are involved in my genre preferences, and I really enjoy watching lengthy battle scenes, so I did highly expect that this OVA would at least satisfy me. Since I do not have some background with regards to the game however, I do not know the exact timeline of this OVA. Seriously, I was confused, and lots of things were running on my mind. It was really expected for me to be crazy with all these things so all I did on my seat was watching the great animation as it was impressively done.
The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky is a 2-episode OVA under the production of Kinema Citrus. The main point of the plot focuses on the goal of Estelle and her comrades to chase after Joshua along with their adventurous path to overcome the chaos in the world. Rushed scenes are expected in the OVA, but the flow of the story is at least chronologically smooth with descriptions in every significant event, when and where the scene takes place. Although confusing at first due to its fast-pacing events, the viewers especially non-gamers will be enlightened up in the middle of the OVA as it reveals the roots behind what is happening in the present times.
I particularly like the action part in the OVA. I am simply amused with the well-done animation, and the rich sound effects are highly appreciated. I am fairly satisfied with the battle scenes considering the time duration and how the characters perform with their fullest strength. Joshua Bright seems to be an ordinary boy, but during a match, he switches his disposition into a fearsome fighter. Estelle Bright is also good as a female lead in an action-packed anime who performs amazingly with her ruthless attack towards her opponent.
As an RPG-based anime, the settings have strong visual points. It proves that apart from the great action scenes by Kinema Citrus, it prioritizes other aspects to maintain a good production as what has been portrayed in the original game developed by Nihon Falcom.
The opening theme sounds good which allows the viewers feel the excitement that the OVA will bring forward. It introduces a bunch of characters which gives a high level of expectation on their development, but expect that Estelle Bright is given the most highlight throughout the story. The ending theme is fairly satisfying with its slow melodic tune which fits appropriately with the finale.
Overall, The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky OVA is a good choice to those who want impressive battle scenes with excellent animation. Don’t fret if you haven’t played the game because you will still enjoy watching the OVA as I did.