Once, in a time before the first histories were recorded, there existed a land known as Saint Akanea, founded by the great hero Anri. Surrounded on all sides by seven other great nations, the land of Akanea coexisted in peace and harmony with its neighbors for many years. Then, the three gods of discord, madness and war sent Medius, Master of the Dark Style and leader of the country of Durhua, to join forces with Garnev, the ruler and supreme priest of Khadin. The armies and strongholds of Akanea were no match against their combined might and, despite a valiant resistance, the land was soon consumed by the black tides of darkness. However, Medius would soon learn to rue the day he conquered Akanea. For the spirit of the land could not be extinguished while the fires of freedom continued to burn in the hearts of the Akanea people. Not while a hero still breathed in whose veins the blood of Anri yet flowed. With a enchanted sword Falcoin in his hands. Prince mars would rally he people and begin a crusade to liberate Saint Akanea, cutting a bloody swath of vengeance towards the master of Durhua. This is how that story begins...
Ah yes, the mid 80's. The time of countless one-shot OVA's with mediocre animation and horrible synthesizer BGM, I'm sure you all know the pain. What makes Fire Emblem different from the rest of its kind? Absolutely nothing. Most all of the one-shot shows were completely forgettable and Fire Emblem is no different. The story looks like it COULD be interesting, if they had the chance to draw it out, but we all know what the chances are of that happening...the characters are quite bland as there is no time to focus on any of them -- with the possible exception of the mysterious swordsman Navahl who makes quite the impressive entrance in episode two. As fantasy stories go, there's nothing you can't find done better in other series like Record of Lodoss War. One rather amusing note: For some reason, the dubbed version has countless really cheesy accents (bad French or Arnold Schwarzenegger accents, to name a couple) thrown in all over the place presumably to add some flavour to the show. All it does is make us laugh harder at the show's lameness. You want fantasy, go watch Slayers or Lodoss War, and forget this show ever existed. I already have.
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