The fate of mankind is doomed in the early 21st century due to losing "purana," an essence of living force supporting all life forms. Not willing to witness the extinction of mankind, a vampire named Duo disclosed the secret of purana to humans, saving the latter from destruction. However, just like Prometheus in Greek mythology got punished for bringing fire to mankind, Duo is punished for breaking the taboo. The vampire sent to punish him is Zieg, Duo's best friend, or, more than the best friend.
Where do I begin? Legend of DUO is about an hour long series filled with pain for your eyes, your ears and all your senses.
The animation ALWAYS takes the cheapest way possible (though the design i probably the best thing in the series), the stroy is a mess, the characters are bland and annoying, there is no action whatsoever (though, it makes patetic attempts), the dialouge (which is the core of the series) really sucks and as whole the series never impressed me in any way. Legend of DUO is probably the suckiest show I have ever been unfortunate to complete and I wouldn't recommend
it to anyone. Not even shounen ai-fangirls would like this for the vague "love" between Duo and Zeig, trust me.
If this would have been a part of a visual novel from the mid 90s and maybe then it would have been acceptable but as a standalone series in 05, what the hell where they thinkig? Sure they used some pretty nice effects but they didn't help at all, it was more like "so yeah I really don'f feel like drawing this character again so lets just add an effect instead to create the illusion that he moves". Im not kidding.
Don't do the mistake and spend an hour of your life of this, just don't. It's not even bad in the way that it is funny (like another horrible show *cough* Root Search). I will pray to god that the makers of this never make a sequel which the "to be continued"-text in the last episode makes us belive.
Vampires in anime are, surprisingly for me, few and far between, with the biggest standout being Hellsing. So when I discovered Legend of Duo had vampires, I figured I could at least give it a try. After all, what's the worst that could happen? I found out how bad it could truly get in just one hour.
Where do I begin? For starters, the animation is pretty pathetic. Every single trick in the book is used, and none of them prove to be useful. Still shots and long sweeping pans? Check. Camera shaking? Check. Large supplies of reused stock character images with only the mouths moving?
Check yet again. Every visual cue screams low budget. I will, however, give this anime one thing. The static art, which is frequently seen throughout the series, is rather nice and detailed. It's a shame that it has to be paired with such attrocious animation.
Other low budget anime, such as Violinist of Hamlin, are at least able to make up for the lack of animation with a moving and engaging storyline. LoD, however, cannot accomplish the same, though one can say that this is because each episode is only five minutes long. Too much story is crammed into too little time, making the series feel downright rushed and sloppy in execution. I found myself struggling to care about what was happening to the characters on the screen, not to mention their names afterwords. The music used in LoD did nothing to help, with what seemed like only two tracks being played in each episode: one for intensity and one for drama.
To put it simply, Legend of Duo is nothing short of awful. Never before in an anime did five minutes seem like an eternity. Perhaps this is the reason why vampires don't make more appearances in anime.
The story is original, well-considered and very detailed. The episodes are only 5 min/ep, so the whole anime series is only one hour. The fact that it's so short doesn't have any effect on the clarity of the story. The dialogs are poetic. The art is amazing. Especially the dying is nice. I've never seen an anime or movie in which where dying is so well exposed. (When humans die of the disease od death there's this zombie-like shot of their last moment, and when vampires die they fade in red dust like glowing coals.)
I usually like more evil characters, but the characters are beautiful
and their personalities fit the anime.
This anime reminded me of my fav movie Interview With A Vampire. The vampires in this anime have compasion as well as danger in their eyes.
The only bad thing i can come up with about this anime is that there are not more episodes (The last episode even says "to be continued", so if anyone knows if there are more eps coming or why they decided not to, please message me!)
All in all, it's a perfect (vampire) anime, and I strongly reccomand watching it!
Legend of Duo cannot be explained with mere words, for it is something out of this world.
A feast to your eyes, like a fish still twitching with the last breath of it's life, as you impale it with your mighty fork and then shove it into your eye socket. A true feast, like no other.
Of sound, what a glorious composition, smoothly flowing in the insides of your head, tuning your brain to enjoy. Oh how could they, only one of the voice actors rose to fame, for all of them clearly deserve it. Such a waste.
I have watched Legend of Duo numerous times, and
still I find new nuances in it every time I watch it. Marvelous.
It is one's duty to watch this piece of masters, and it only takes one hour. Not like it matters, because the immersion is so deep, you won't even notice it.