Arc the Lad

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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
Premiered: Spring 1999
Broadcast: Mondays at 19:00 (JST)
Licensors: ADV Films
Studios: Bee Train
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, FantasyFantasy, HorrorHorror, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Duration: 22 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.521 (scored by 50695,069 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #59242
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Popularity: #4445
Members: 14,590
Favorites: 12

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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kawasaki, Itsurou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Series Composition
Tada, Shunsuke
Episode Director, Storyboard
Takagi, Shigeki
Episode Director
Terahigashi, Katsumi


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)

Jan 3, 2014
hyperknees91 (All reviews)
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
Jan 16, 2021
audivr6 (All reviews)
Arc the Lad is based on a video game of the same name. There are multiple games in the Arc the Lad videogame series and the anime is an adaption of some sorts of the second video game: Arc the Lad II. I heard about the video game some 15 years ago because it is a name that is quite rememberable because it's a little silly sounding. I did not play the video games, so this is also the reason why I do not know in what way, shape or form this follows the second video game.

At the start of the anime, it is pretty read more

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