Arslan Senki


The Heroic Legend of Arslan

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: アルスラーン戦記
English: The Heroic Legend of Arslan
French: Les chroniques d'Arslan
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Information

Type: OVA
Episodes: 6
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Aug 17, 1991 to Sep 21, 1995
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: animate Film, Aubec
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, FantasyFantasy
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 38 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older

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Score: 6.891 (scored by 66136,613 users)
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Ranked: #46792
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Popularity: #4679
Members: 22,137
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Synopsis

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.

Background

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

Characters & Voice Actors

Silver Mask

Main
Ikeda, Shuuichi
Japanese

Etoile

Supporting
Mitsuishi, Kotono
Japanese

Elam

Supporting
Sasaki, Nozomu
Japanese

Andragoras III

Supporting
Ootsuka, Akio
Japanese

Alfreed

Supporting
Watanabe, Kumiko
Japanese

Staff

Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Nogami, Kazuo
Episode Director


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Ending Theme

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




Reviews

Jul 15, 2015
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 ...
Apr 6, 2015
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 ...
Aug 3, 2013
My friend and I started watching this show because we're both huge Legend of Galactic Heroes fans, and the novelist that created that show also created this one. Legend of Galactic Heroes is probably one of the best anime shows of all time; it's a show of amazing ambition and scope that manages to blend in personal struggles, memorable characters, and a galaxy-spanning war without ever becoming unengaging to the audience.

Unfortunately, Heroic Legend of Arslan doesn't live up to that pedigree. Well, whatever, Yoshiyuki Tomino had Garzey's Wing, I guess Yoshiki Tanaka has Arslan.

The biggest problems I had with the series were the story, characters, ...

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