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Arslan Senki

Alternative Titles

English: The Heroic Legend of Arslan
Japanese: アルスラーン戦記


Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 17, 1991 to Sep 21, 1995
Licensors: Central Park Media
Source: Light novel
Duration: 37 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.011 (scored by 3,730 users)
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Ranked: #34902
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Popularity: #3131
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In the medieval kingdom of Pars, young Prince Arslan confronts the hostility of his father and the disinterest of his mother, and yearns to learn more about the world. Despite being surrounded by poverty and slavery, Arslan persists in seeing the possibility of a nobler world. Everything changes when the neighboring nation of Lusitania invades Pars, and Arslan is forced to grow up in an instant.

Arslan Senki follows Prince Arslan to war, where he struggles to save his nation and family with the help of a small but devoted circle of advisers. Along the way the young prince finds secrets around every corner and faces enemies who hate him because of what he is, but also finds friends where he least expects them. The story of nations at war, Arslan Senki is also the story of one boy's quest to stay himself in the most trying of circumstances.


Novelist Tanaka Yoshiki, who wrote Arslan Senki in 1986, based it loosely upon the 19th-century Persian folktale of Amir Arsalan-i Namdar.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Katsuki, Masako
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Sasaki, Nozomu
Ootaki, Shinya
Watanabe, Kumiko


Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Nogami, Kazuo
Episode Director

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#1: "Kutsuato no hana" by Mimori Yusa (ep 1)
#2: "Tokimeki wo Believe" by Yumi Tanimura (ep 2)
#3: "Ryote Ippai" by Shoko Suzuki (eps 4-5)

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Jul 1, 2010
JDS_Mirai (All reviews)
This anime is one of the very first I've seen back in the days, and to this day is probably what got me into the genre.

Great story if your into fantasy and some sword play, I only wished the series was a little longer and more fleshed out but I loved in none the less.

The originial english voice actors at the beginning are quite good, no idea why they changed the VA's towards the end... I think it was a long time between releases.. but still, watch it in japanese and you should be fine if you hate inconsistencies there.

Shame for them to read more
Apr 27, 2012
Toeroe (All reviews)
The unbeaten army of Pars finds itself lured into a trap during a battle. The troops get slaughtered, the king captured and their capitol is taken later on. The crown prince, Arslan, escapes with his loyal fighter, Darün/Daryoon (I watched G_P's release "Darün", but here he is listed as "Daryoon").

From there Arslan allies a handful loyal companions around him and marches to castle Peshawar at the border to plan his strike on the capitol to retake and free his parents, the King and Queen. With a few side-stories going on, this anime never got me bored and always got me hooked for one more episode, read more
Apr 6, 2015
brianez (All reviews)
For me this anime’s strongest points were its artistic sense, story, and likeable main characters. The drawbacks were a few inconsistencies (because the episodes were made so far apart), the plot could have been tighter, and the animation wasn’t all that pretty sometimes. However, in my opinion the imagination, captivating story, and unique style far outweighed the negative aspects.

IN SHORT: If you like a nice old fashioned adventure- epic, with fantasy, a mystical art style, and a mostly character centered plot, then you will probably enjoy Arslan Senki. The designs and art are unique, and the story is interesting and captivating.Give this one a read more
Jul 15, 2015
ichiban_alex (All reviews)
Like many, my interest in this version of Arslan Senki was spurred by the Arakawa anime adaptation, which is 14 episodes in at the time of this writing. Unfortunately, I did not have the pleasure of viewing this version earlier, whether in my childhood or otherwise.

The five main characters, Arslan, Daryun, Narsus, Gieve, and Farangies, are written well enough in this OVA and have presence. However, the secondary members of Arslan’s band, especially Alfreed and Etoile, are not; Their time on screen proves to be dull and pointless. Silvermask is a pleasant surprise, starting as a fairly generic villain shaking his fist of vengeance at read more


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