There’s a fine line between a hero protagonist and a wish fulfillment figure. One is a character who the audience follows along the course of a story, usually finding a way to identify with said character during his or her struggles. The other is a hero whose every word and action is significant, whose very presence outshines all other characters, whose victory is inevitable, and whose morality is infallible.
The latter applies to the case of the main character in Legacy of the Seven Stars: The Stars of Great Virtue by Ichigo Musuko.
The story follows Sir Lance Tenchi Ryu Dragoon, who is part-dragon and all-awesome. He spends one hundred and sixty-two pages going on adventures across time and space, fighting evil wherever it stands, falling in love, having multiple marriages and children, and reigning over his own kingdom with an army of loyal Dragon Knights.
Did I mention this story has a recurring motif about dragons? Because it totally does! People turn into dragons and/or have things whose names are proceeded by the word “dragon” (because it makes them special, see?).
Essentially, Lance is the axis around which this fictional setting turns. Every man wants to fight with him in battle and I’m pretty sure he actually marries every named female character at some point or another. Relationships aren’t really built up so much as acknowledged and “changed” in a few sentences. Within two chapters, Lance gets married, divorced, married again, and has a child, and then the mother of said child leaves mysteriously. It’d be one thing if the story examined Lance’s struggle to maintain a relationship, but it’s treated like no big thing and Lance just becomes the greatest father who ever lived, etc., etc.
Another interesting thing is that you can easily tell when there’s a battle because suddenly everyone is shouting IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS! and every villain has one or two snide remarks about Lance. The more I read these battles, the more convinced I became that these so-called villains were actually people with a legitimate issue about the vanity of the Dragoon Clan and Lance’s life in particular. But since this is from Lance’s perspective, any opposition makes them evil and worthy of badass destruction.
Ultimately, I will admit that some of the fight scenes were halfway decent and the author’s use of Japanese was fairly well-blended as a common language in the same way that Elvish was used in Tolkien’s works. But ultimately this story has a lot of stilted dialogue, unnecessary narration, and flat characters who exist only to pay homage to a boring invincible hero.
Bibliography: Musuko, Ichigo. Legacy of the Seven Stars: The Stars of Great Virtue. Pittsburgh: Dorrance Publishing, 2011.