Ranked #4635
Arc the Lad

Arc the Lad

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Arc
Japanese: アークザラッド


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 5, 1999 to Sep 11, 1999
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 6.641 (scored by 3328 users)
Ranked: #46352
Popularity: #2427
Members: 8,588
Favorites: 12
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action adventure fantasy


The story follows Elk, a bounty hunter in some strange futuristic world. On this world archaic but advanced technology exists side by side with primitive attitudes, beasts and magic. In other words it's got a bit of everything. It also has an evil conspiracy who are able to produce powerful monsters called chimera, who can also appear as human. Naturally it is not long before Elk has rescued a young female beast-master and gained himself some serious enemies.

(Source: ANN)


Episodes  0 / 26
Aired  Apr 5, 1999 to Sep 11, 1999
Status  Finished Airing
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Characters & Voice Actors

Eda Ricolne, Arc
Eda Ricolne, Arc
Yuuki, Hiro
Yuuki, Hiro
Flora Meruno, Lieza
Flora Meruno, Lieza
Horie, Yui
Horie, Yui
Kowalapule, Elk
Kowalapule, Elk
Namikawa, Daisuke
Namikawa, Daisuke
Lill Wight, Kukuru
Lill Wight, Kukuru
Mizutani, Yuuko
Mizutani, Yuuko


Kawasaki, Itsurou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Series Composition
Tada, Shunsuke
Episode Director, Storyboard
Theme Song Composition, Theme Song Lyrics
Kikuchi, Youko
Character Design, Animation Director

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Jan 3, 2014
Arc the Lad, the adventure show that's just a touch darker then others of its type.


The story follows a young hunter named Elk and his quest for revenge against the infamous Arc. Although it starts off simply, things gradually grow more complex as soon as our so called antagonist enter the picture. Still the main point of this series is to show the growth of Elk and the heroine Lieza as characters. What can revenge do to a person, what can being overwhelmed by hatred hope to accomplish? Though these may be questions that other shows have presented as well, it's executed well read more
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Plotwise it's not very similar, however you'll find the same atmosphere and pressure in both anime: the music is kind of alike and the internal conflict in the main character persists same way. In both of these the main character isn't the strongest (Elk is weaker than Arc). In both anime you'll find these kind of experiments on people and manipulation of people. Clive is as cold as Joker and there's the relationship Wendy- Joker and Clive - his assistant. Arc and Anita are kind of similar since they both have conflict with the past and they are full of energy for fight. Also in  read more 
Both anime were developed by Bee Train and are based on Sony PS1 games. Very similar in art and style as well story progression. If you enjoy one you will enjoy the other 
if you played the game "arc the lad collection" on ps1 then youve watch the "arc the lad" anime then i recommend "star ocean ex" because its also a game in ps1 "star ocean till the end of time" 
Both are Bee Train productions and both involve some forms of sword and sorcery. 
Both anime have lot of humans that get abused/used to succeed with an evil plan in a certain organization with two faces. There are also many chimeras, experiments, humans with different powers and other similarities. If you like adventure and one of them, you may like the other one. 
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Although the stories are very different in tone, both Arc the Lad and Scrapped Princess are "Swords and Sorcery" fantasy anime that also have some underlying sci-fi elements. 

Opening Theme

"Arc the Lad ~Main Theme~" by Masahiro Andou

Ending Theme

#1: "Happy Tomorrow" by NiNa (eps 01-12)
#2: "Rest in Peace" by NiNa (eps 13-26)

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