Elfenlied1012 (Level 15)

Though I'm out of the reviewing scene for a bit, just going to say Madoka Magica:rebellion get's a fuckng perfect out of 10. Too good, I quit, I've been bested. LATER XD
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Halo legends review by M 

Disclosure

I can’t promise this will be a 100% non biased review. I’m a big halo fan not as much the games as the story. I think I viewed ever piece rather objectively, but in the end all reviews are subjective in nature. I’ve decided to review each section then average it out to the total score.

Halo origins

Essentially a double short telling of the halo timeline from the forerunner war to the modern told from Cortana. It works a a good reminded piece an matrix style however it’s not much to add to someone who is at all into the halo universe which is most people buying this. The Art oddly isn’t good in part one but fine in part of a strange lack of polish makes the first part hard to watch, but that blemish seems to fade when You leave you in part two. In the end this segment in Halo legends just gets a 2.5 five nanosecond epic battles out of 5 not bad not good and a little less then middle.

The Duel

The Duel
The Duel

A short story revolving an arbiter whom claims the covenant and the journey a lie.  He claims the elites no longer fight for honor, but for power. The Covenant of course claims him a demon and sends people to assassinate him. The Duel is probably the best of the bunch at least in terms of art. Using a water color art it feels like a moving painting very stylized and done very well. The story itself is more a cipher in a way to show you the elite society. They live like the Japanese of old all dressed in the formal gear straight from the warring states period. A very samurai esthetic that arguably seems like a just appeal t the japanophiles, but as a great love of old samurai and of the elites it feels like a perfect. The character designs are great and there is a flipping female elite FEMALE ELITE!!!  So I give the Duel a 5 space samurai out of 5

Homecoming

Homecoming
Homecoming

Another short story  this time revolving a female Spartan named dizzy I think she was from the books, but regardless it revolves around her past and a battle shes in. Its art style is rather plain anime nothing big or artsy like the Duel, but fine. This story more than the other two feels the most halo and the most anime. Plenty of halo music brings back memories however the story feels very last-episode-of-a-pretty-decent-anime-esk (put that on the back of the box) but still made someone who is rather desensitized a little emotional. No tears just a little of awe, but not much. If it were a one shot which it is the anime equivalent of I would give it a 4 bad grunt art out of 5

Odd one out

Odd One Out
Odd One Out

A spoof of halo in the opposite vain of red vs blue. Though I never laughed as hard as red verse blue Odd one out did a pretty good job. I expected it to be terrible, but it seemed pretty heartfelt funny. Not laughing funny but plenty humorous. The story is of Spartan 1337 already the name is a bad joke accidently landing on a planet and a super covenant yet brain dead soldier sent after him. IT was clear early on that the people who made this watched a lot of Dragon ball and decided yeah we will just make that with halo which seeing as I spent a far portion of my childhood watching terrible episodes of DBZ it came out really funny. A straight up homage complete with crater and pod, dinosaurs a scouter joke aura representing energy. Even a scene where the villain powers up. It’s pretty funny and a lot better than I expected earning 3.5 “heck of a mama”s out of 5

Prototype Be Human

Prototype Be human
Prototype Be human

Another short that turned out to be really good. Surrounding the Cole protocol and a Marine by the call sign of ghost this short main center focus is the difference between being human and a good soldier and weather you can be one without the other. The art is regular but with a lot more attention to detail and production value the earlier (Okay Duel can’t compare different style) the combat detail and art feel a lot better. The best part of Be Human is without much talking it says a lot making me give a kind of emotional reaction. Not crying not jumping out of my seat just a sober reaction the best a short can really do. It’s probably my second favorite and is noteworthy part of the package. This earns a 4.5 they be stealen my mecha out of 5

The babysitter

The babysitter
The babysitter

Again a short story I think you’re getting it now.  The story is this time a mission a bunch of ODST and a Spartan are sent to assassinate a prophet.  Basically a halo mission where its all stealth. For the most part this is pretty good addition I really liked the end to it and the art was really good to. Not as great as The Duel or Be Human, but another simple but surprisingly good short of which I at first thought would be terrible earning 4 HEADSHOTS!!! Out of 5

The Package

Let me start off by explaining that the one thing all the high rated short stories have in common is they were an anime shorts more than halo stories which is the key to why they were good however the Package is not it is terrible. The story is that the Spartan team from the books master Chief (John)  Kelly author Fred and Salomon are sent to find “the package” in the covenant ship. The art is CG and well it’s not good not because the production value isn’t great its just that anime CG is almost never good and CG western (which is what it ended up) is utterly terrible. As for the content it’s just a bunch of forced references to the books and games including a just horrible first person sequence like the one in doom the movie and twice as bad. Its so played out and is a concentrated dose of everything bad about halo.   Which scares me because that means that’s what Microsoft thinks we want from halo good god I miss bungie already. I can’t believe the ended that with a score 1.5 leave the theater early ending out of 5

Special Features

There is a making of which is always really cool in anime box sets in my opinions as well as commentary and some other cool stuff. + half a score to the end score

Ending note

I thought it was going to be terrible I mean I knew I would like the duel, but I didn’t think I would like anything else. The package is really a nice thing especially for a halo fan and I think I can break it down to this. If you like Halo and anime get it its really worth it just skip the last minisode if you only like anime just barrow it from a friend and watch the duel, babysitter, and Project be human and you got what you want. If you just like halo you needn’t bother it’s like the ani-matrix if you just like the matrix it’s not enough. The incredibly varied package ends up with 4 shot glass sized shorts out of 5    

   
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