Imagine yourself in a Super Nintendo RPG. The world is rich with swords and sorcery. Monsters and demons roam the land freely. You, a simple wayfarer, wander the land in search of adventure, traveling to far off countries somewhere. One day, you somehow find yourself faced with the most traditional of quests.
Finally, a chance for your quest to really begin. You’ve been leveling up, gathered the good starter equipment. You’re all set to go. And who knows? You might be a Legendary Hero. Those prophecies crop up all the time, and someone’s got to step into the shoes to smite evil and spread Love and Peace throughout the land. It’ll be a journey fraught with peril and excitement. There’ll probably be an ice level where the blocks you push slide endlessly until they hit a wall, and you can only progress by pushing them in the right order to hold down a switch. It can be taxing, but you’d always do it to rescue the sweet, innocent, beautiful princess of this oppressed land.
I said sweet, innocent, beautiful princess.
That’s better. A Legendary Hero has to have standards, after all.
This is the setting you find yourself in when picking up Dotou no Yuusha-tachi or Heroes of Fury, lovingly translated by Kuroshio no Fansub. As Yusuke Murata never gets enough work with paltry 60 page chapters alone, ONE and he have teamed up to do the one-shot dance again. Last time, we got Dangan Tenshi Fan Club and now we move to dime a dozen medieval fantasy world. Not to say that’s a bad thing. ONE does his best work when taking a standard genre and fucking around with it.
It’s significantly shorter than Dangan Tenshi was at 19 pages, but it packs a fun ride with good jokes and Murata’s spectacular art for the brief moment we get to see it. It might be worth your time just to see the other color page. I can’t really tell you much more without just telling you everything that happens, so go ahead and check it out.