Well; Before you even start reading a little bit of a warning. This is not the kind of fun, relaxing movie that you watch just for fun.
The story is very minimized, complex and distant. Every detail that is not absolutely necessary is left out (for example the disease is never really explained). Moreover due to a lot of flashbacks it's often hard to follow. The reader might ask himself, whats going on, but every flashback has it's reason. Not only do they explain the characters, but they also reveal the main topic of this Anime: The philosophy.
Instead of telling a story that's very much like one hundred others, this movie asks questions (for example: What is love?).
Finally the Anime gives you a totally different look at the world. Instead of showing the ideal human, or the way to becoming one this movie shows the worst sides of humanity.
The characters themselves are drawn very detailed, however the background is very simple. Often the only background is a colour or a very roughly drawn wall. Every once in the while it seems as if this simplicity is used in order to make the audience concentrate on the main events, but that might just be my interpretation.
The voice actors are OK. Nothing really special about them. Sadly the music is very disappointing. It is often very repetitive and boring.
Just as the story the characters too are only enjoyable for a certain type of audience. You never really connect to DUO. All his actions and Ideas are very distant and although you might be able to understand them at the end you never feel truly connected to him. Instead of being a character he is more like a personification of wisdom.
The protagonist on the other hand is very human. He makes a lot of mistakes, that seem so natural that the author might not even consider them mistakes. Other than DUO he is pretty easy to understand, however the audience does not really feel connected to him either. Just like DUO he seems far away.
The once you can really connect to are the humans. They too are very representative, however their actions are so realistic and typical that the audience can understand them without ever really getting to know them. They are like a big faceless mass, but because they are like this it is easy to imagine being one of them.
All in all I came to a maybe a little bit surprising conclusion. Instead of a nine I should give this Anime a 7 if you consider all parts as equally important, however for me the sound and animation are not really all that important (Just compare the texts lengths :) ). Instead I want an interesting story with some meaning behind it and characters that underline this meaning and in both of this the Anime succeeded. Not only is the story very philosophical it's also something different.
If you are into philosophical stuff than this is your movie, if you are looking for a typical shounen about a guy who takes revenge, than don't watch this Anime, it will be a waste of your time.
I liked the anime in my own way. It was a nice anime, vampire + BL is exactly my type. The problem was only that this one didn't get much hard work. The animation was also good, but it was not what you can say 'a masterpiece', but overall, I think it does deserve at least 8 or 9 out of ten. My actual overall rating was 8.5 but I don't know why I like it so much?! XD Anyways, hope another season comes but with more hard work and better animation. The reason for season 2: because Stefan himself said at the end, 'the story remains or continues' I mean a new character showed up at the last scene and there was barely shounen-ai in it man!
But we can't do anything if they don't make it (I mean it's 2020, which is also going to be finished soon, so it's very la~te) but still, we can have good and high hopes! then everyone who reads this review, please leave a like and have a good life, May God Bless you~
Legend of DUO was a pretty low budget anime but still very good its very un-known so I try to spread the word so i recomend it, its a very action filled anime with good characters, please check it out!