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Legend of Duo

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Genre: Drama
Company: Marine Entertainment
Format: 12 episodes
Dates: 10/27/2004

In a world where vampires and humans coexist, the human populace has begun falling victim to the Disease of Death, which kills them almost instantly. The only ones invulnerable to this plague are the vampires. One vampire, Duo, takes it upon himself to tell the humans that the key to the vampire’s invulnerability is in his blood. The humans become greedy for this cure, killing any and all vampires they find and drinking their blood. Because of his act of treason against vampires, it falls upon Duo’s dearest friend and protégé Zieg to hunt down the traitor and bring him to justice.

summary by Liegenschonheit

 

Reviewed: 10/22/2005 by
Grade: 30% av-Liegenschonheit

Highs: Halfway decent art

Lows: Everything else

With an anime like this one, it’s hard to know where to even begin. And with each episode clocking in at a scant five minutes and having an obviously low budget, Legend of Duo may be one of the most painfully awful anime in existence.

One of the biggest problems in this anime is the almost total lack of movement. Though the art is shiny and has lots of details in the close-ups, the characters never actually move. The animation in this anime is almost nil, with overused stills, characters that stand stock still and move only their mouths and implied motion. By implied motion, I mean the obnoxious tactics of panning, motion lines and shaking the camera around a bit to presume that there is some sort of motion going on. Add to this the obnoxious use of split-screens, a few “special effects” that look like they were done poorly in Flash and several obtrusive CGI effects, and you pretty much have a good idea of how Legend of Duo looks. Even in the most important fight scene in the series, a loud crash and a shot of birds flying into the sun replaces any actual fighting that took place.

It’s a good thing most of the plot revolves around characters standing around and talking. With only five minutes per episode, it’s amazing how little actually happens in each one. Though Legend of Duo tries to cram in a story filled with anguish, betrayal, vengeance, loyalty and love, it delivers a story full of long winded monologues, boring flashbacks and pointless side characters. Even the music in this anime is subpar, using the same generic techno track in almost every scene and occasionally switching it out for an overly dramatic rock theme, as if an energetic soundtrack would convince the viewer that action was taking place.

In the end, Legend of Duo is an anime that is best avoided. Though it clocks in at an hour of total viewing time, it is an hour that the majority of viewers will want back. To those few intrepid anime fans who decide to sit through this anime, don’t say that I didn’t warn you.

 

Legend of Duo can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.


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