What can I say... It's my favorite anime!
There's adventure, action, suspense, romance, drama, comedy - it has it all. It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made my heart beat faster. I think this is why I love this series so much: it's extremely complete.
Although it mixes several genres, the main one is definitely adventure. Almost every single episode has some exciting experience, where the musketeers (particularly D'Artagnan) are exposed to danger and have to take risks and show their bravery. It's really impossible to get bored while watching it.
The characters are awesome. Even though my
favorite is the main character, D'Artagnan, I don't know who i like the most: the good guys or the villains. All of them are great and those who have their past and secrets revealed are even better. I haven't found one annoying character.
The OST is outstanding! The "drama" songs, the "danger" songs and specially the "action" songs are absolutely perfect for each situation. Most of them are only instrumental and I must say that the orchestra is beautiful. I take a bow to Kouhei Tanaka.
This anime also shows great values like friendship, loyalty, courage and honor. Nowadays it isn't paid much attention to values - there are lots of series with no depth at all, so I think this is a plus. The characters' feelings are profound and the balance between them and their actions is coherent and realistic.
The fact that this anime is from the 80's might be a turn-off to some of you, but let me tell you this: this series is timeless. No matter how many years will go by, I really think that the people who watch it will continue to enjoy it.
Now listen closely: even if you read Alexandre Dumas's book or watched any of the movies about the three musketeers, that's NOT a reason why you shouldn't watch this anime, because even though it's obvious that there are similarities, this series brings new stories and very different twists (and one of them is sooo amazing - if you watch it, you'll know what I'm talking about).
Well, I could go on and on about how awesome Anime Sanjushi really is, but the only way for you to find out the true greatness of it is to watch it. If you like this kind of series, I assure you that you won't be bored and you certainly won't regret it! :)
The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas) are used as a basis to picture the adventures of a young boy and a young woman.
This time, D'Artagnan (the young boy) doesn't go to Paris in order to become a musketeer, but to find an elephant. It is an important aspect of his personality. He needs it as a proof he was right when he fought the son of an important person. His personality will cause him to be in trouble.
This time, the young woman is not who we think. And it is the main originality of this anime. Here, I prefer not to say more. You will see.
find all the famous characters of Alexandre Dumas, the King, the Queen, the Cardinal, Constance, Milady and of course the Three Musketeers (who were four). A new character, Jean, is added as companion of D'Artagnan.
The storyline is very different from the original excepted for the famous part of the Queen's jewels.
It is less adult and mature than the novel. But it is interesting to see how Japanese adapt monuments of European Culture.
And, if you see subbed, you will be surprised to hear D'Artagnan speak Japanese :-)