The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel - Northern War

Alt title: Eiyuu Densetsu: Sen no Kiseki

TV (12 eps)
2.924 out of 5 from 496 votes
Rank #15,695

In the Year 1205 of the Septian calendar, Lavian Winslet is a girl born and raised in the poorest region of North Ambria, located in the northwestern part of the Zemurian continent. In order to protect her hometown and to prove that she is different from her grandfather, Vlad, who was once revered as a hero but betrayed North Ambria, she joins the largest Jaegers group on the continent, known as the Northern Jaegers. She volunteers as a hunter and carries out her duties. One day, Lavian, who is immersed in her mission and repeatedly violates the rules, is ordered to form a platoon with Martin S. Robinson, Iseria Frost, and Talion Drake on a reckless secret spy mission to the Erebonia Empire. Together they must get information about the possible existence of "Hero of the Empire" that threatens North Ambria.

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Honestly the story seems really good (from what I've watched), but from the very first episode I felt like we were dropped in the middle of story. The MC is a soldier in the army in the north, but gets demoted because of her reckless actions. Then she gets a chance to prove herself, with a mission to another nation with three other comrades. Long story short: she goes, sees how wonderful the country is and how their citizens are living, meets the hero, nearly gets caught, but manage to escape and end up leaving their captain (who sacrifices himself for them to escape). When she gets back she's still in the same position, but is used as pone in a political game, where is finds herself in a compromised position because the person she was being used by was killed. That's where I dropped the anime. Honestly, I don't know if it was very heavy politically, that I got bored of it, that I have short attention span now, or all three; probably all three. Also, all the characters were very lack-luster, boring, and kinda annoying. The MC had no personality, she was like an empty she, with a chip on her shoulder because of her family lineage. No one stuck out to me; and if they did, they I just thought thy were annoying: the female friend solider was pretty annoying.  The only saving grace of this anime, in my opinion, was the animation; it was really good. Honestly it was leaning towards video game animation, but it still stayed in the normal realm of anime animation (if that makes sense).

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