The Heroic Legend of Arslan
|The Heroic Legend of Arslan|
Cover of the first volume of The Heroic Legend of Arslan as published by Kadokawa Shoten on October 1, 1986
|Genre||Fantasy, Adventure, Action|
|Written by||Yoshiki Tanaka|
|Illustrated by||Yoshitaka Amano (Kadokawa),
Shinobu Tanno (Kobunsha)
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten (older edition)
Kobunsha (current edition)
|Original run||1986 – ongoing|
|Original video animation|
|Directed by||Mamoru Hamatsu (1–2, 5–6)
Tetsurō Amino (3–4)
|Written by||Megumi Matsuoka (1–2)
Megumi Sugihara (3–6)
|Music by||Norihiro Tsuru|
|Studio||Animate Film (1–2)
|Licensed by||Central Park Media|
|Released||August 17, 1991 – September 21, 1995|
|Runtime||60 minutes (1–2)
35 minutes (3–6)
|Written by||Chisato Nakamura|
|Published by||Kadokawa Shoten|
|Magazine||Asuka Fantasy DX|
|Original run||November 1991 – September 1996|
|Written by||Hiromu Arakawa|
|Magazine||Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine|
|Original run||July 9, 2013 – ongoing|
|Anime television series|
|Directed by||Noriyuki Abe|
|Written by||Makoto Uezu|
|Music by||Taro Iwashiro|
|Studio||Liden Films, Sanzigen|
|Original run||April 5, 2015 – September 27, 2015|
|Anime television series|
|Original run||2016 – scheduled|
The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Japanese: アルスラーン戦記 Hepburn: Arusurān Senki?) is a Japanese fantasy novel series written by Yoshiki Tanaka. It started to be published in 1986 and as of 2014 there are 14 novels and one side story in the official guidebook Arslan Senki Tokuhon. It is based on the Persian epic, Amir Arsalan.
It was adapted into a manga, which caught up with the novel and then received an original ending, and ran from November 1991 to September 1996. It also received two anime film adaptations, and a four-part, unfinished anime OVA.[n 1] In 2013, a second manga adaptation started serializing at Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine, with illustrations by Hiromu Arakawa. An anime television series based on the Arakawa manga aired in 2015 with a second season confirmed to air in 2016.
||This section possibly contains original research. (October 2012)|
In the 19th century, Naqib ul-Mamālik (نقیب الممالک), royal story teller of Nasereddin Shah's court, king of Iran/Persia, became popular for narrating the tale, Amir Arsalān-i Nāmdār. The Japanese story is set in a fantasy setting resembling historical Iran/Persia. Many characters have names originating from the Persian epic of Amir Arsalan.
The world of Arslan is modeled after the period of the crusades. While the world in which it takes place is one where magic obviously exists, said magic is of an extremely limited nature. Until the middle of the anime, the only magical happenings involve a few spells and a giant, humanoid monster. There are none of the races typically associated with a fantasy realm, such as elves or dwarves. It is, at the core, a war story taking place between human nations. In addition, there are underlying themes exploring the repercussions of slavery on a society, having an absolute monarch who treats the poor as cattle, and religious obsession.
The story follows the exploits of Arslan, the crown prince of the fictional kingdom of Pars, which is taken over by the neighboring nation of Lusitania after his father, the king, Andragoras III, falls victim to a treacherous plot led by some of his most trusted retainers. After barely escaping with his life, Arslan rejoins his loyal servant, Daryun. Backed up by only a few more companions, including the philosopher and tactician Narsus and his young servant Elam, also Farangis, an aloof, cold priestess, and Gieve, a travelling musician and con-man, Arslan must stand against overwhelming odds to assemble an army strong enough to liberate his nation from the Lusitanian army which is led by the elusive warrior known as "Silvermask", who is later revealed to be another contender to Pars' throne.
- Arslan (アルスラーン Arusurān?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Kappei Yamaguchi (OVA), Yūsuke Kobayashi (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Ben Fairman (OVA, Manga UK dub), Greg Baglia (OVA, CPM dub), Aaron Dismuke (TV anime)
- The crown prince of Pars and the main protagonist. During his first battle, his kingdom of Pars is conquered by Lusitania as a result of Kharlan's backstabbing. He's very gentle-natured and soft-spoken, unlike his father, and is very kind; he cares about those around him and values their lives over his own. At first oblivious to the dark parts of Pars, after meeting Etoile, Arslan becomes more aware of the evil his country is capable of and desires to learn about Lusitanian beliefs. He also grows smarter and wiser as journey goes, wanting himself to be a king fit for his people to serve and not despair of.
- Daryun (ダリューン Daryūn?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Kazuhiko Inoue (OVA), Yoshimasa Hosoya (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Steven Pacey (OVA, Manga UK dub), Edward Britton (OVA, CPM dub), Ricco Fajardo (TV anime)
- Arslan's loyal servant. Known as the Knight in black, he is a fearsome warrior. He saves Arslan when he was about to be killed in his first battle. He is the one who suggests Pars retreat in their second war with Lusitania, due to the many unfavorable variables the environment presented, but the concerns fell on deaf ears; his concerns were justified as Pars fell to Lusitania in the battle. He is very protective of Arslan and protects him with all of his being; his uncle Vahrez told him to swear, by his sword, his allegiance to prince Arslan.
- Narsus (ナルサス Narusasu?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Kaneto Shiozawa (OVA), Daisuke Namikawa (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Daniel Flynn (OVA, Manga UK dub), Christopher Bevins (TV anime)
- The tactician of Arslan's party and an excellent swordsman. He considers himself an artist first and foremost, even though his paintings are terrible. He predicted that Andragoras's disregard for strategy and the situation with the slaves will eventually lead to Pars' ruin. Only joins Arslan's party after the prince says that he would allow him to become the court painter.
- Elam (エラム Eramu?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Nozomu Sasaki (OVA), Natsuki Hanae (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Deborah Makepeace (OVA, Young, Manga UK dub), Kristopher Milnes (OVA, Manga UK dub), Justin Briner (TV anime)
- A young boy who serves Narsus. His parents were slaves freed by Narsus, hence his loyalty towards his master. Elam also grows into a friendship with Arslan and becomes a friend to him protecting him when his life is ever in danger. He also seeks to travel outside of Pars toward south to study the legendary cities that hold knowledge of old stories.
- Gieve (ギーヴ Gīvu?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Kazuki Yao (OVA), KENN (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Timothy Bentinick (OVA, Manga UK dub), Harry Krause (OVA, CPM dub), Jerry Jewell (TV anime)
- A traveling musician and womanizer, who is also a skilled bowman and swordsman. He joins Arslan's party out of his infatuation with Farangis, but later shows true sympathy for the young prince and is curious about what kind of kingdom he will make.
- Farangis (ファランギース Farangīsu?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Masako Katsuki (OVA), Maaya Sakamoto (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Pamela Merrick (OVA, Manga UK dub), Simone Grant (OVA, CPM dub), Rachel Robinson (TV anime)
- A priestess with a cold, aloof attitude, sent to assist Arslan on behalf of the Temple of Mithra.
- Alfreed (アルフリード Arufurīdo?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Kumiko Watanabe (OVA), Manami Numakura (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Gwen Jenkins (OVA, Manga UK dub), Elisa Wain (OVA, CPM dub), Jad Saxton (TV anime)
- The daughter of the chief from the Zott Clan, who's saved by Narsus from Silvermask/Hilmes when the latter killed all her companions including her father. She's greatly attached to Narsus and even refers to herself as Narsus' wife/mistress, which greatly irks Elam.
- Jaswant (ジャスワント Jasuwanto?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Hiro Yuuki (OVA), Wataru Hatano (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Matthew Morgan (OVA, Manga UK dub), Marcus D. Stimac (TV anime)
- A Shindran soldier sent by Prince Gadevi to infiltrate Rajendra's army. He ends up as Arslan's guide and when he's discovered, Arslan spares him since he empathizes with his situation: he's an orphan raised by Grand Vizier Mahendra, who was like a father to him. He eventually joins the main group, refusing to pledge his allegiance to Pars but personally swearing loyalty to Arslan to repay the prince's mercy.
Kingdom of Pars
- Andragoras III (アンドラゴラス Andoragorasu?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Akio Ōtsuka (OVA), Takayuki Sugo (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Douglas Blackwell (OVA, Manga UK dub), Roger Rifkin (OVA, CPM dub), Christopher R. Sabat (TV anime)
- King of Pars, Arslan's father. Known for his stubbornness and preference of power over strategy, Kharlan's betrayal and Silvermask's knowledge of Parsian tactics led to his and his army's disastrous defeat. He is kept alive as a prisoner after his kingdom's fall.
- Tahamine (タハミーネ Tahamīne?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Kazuko Yanaga (OVA), Atsuko Tanaka (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Pamela Merrick (OVA, Manga UK dub), Stephanie Young (TV anime)
- Queen of Pars, Arslan's mother, with a cold attitude towards him. It is said that her striking beauty was the reason for several nobles to betray and kill each other for her hand.
- Vahriz (ヴァフリーズ Vafurīzu?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Masaru Ikeda (OVA), Eizou Tsuda (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Eric Flynn (OVA, Manga UK dub), Cole Brown (TV anime)
- Vahriz is Daryun's uncle, who serves as the right-hand man for Andragoras III and swordsmanship instructor for Arslan. He asks his nephew to give his loyalty to Arslan and protect him at all costs. He was killed by Silvermask.
- Kharlan (カーラーン Kārān?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Rokuro Naya (OVA), Tōru Ōkawa (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Ray Lonnen (OVA, Manga UK dub), Kent Williams (TV anime)
- One of Andragoras' loyal retainers. He sets a trap for the Pars army that leads to the kingdom's downfall and now serves Lusitania. He was killed by Daryun, but before dying he reveals that Andragoras is still alive.
- Shapur (シャプール Shapūru?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Katsuyuki Konishi (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Brian Note (OVA, Manga UK dub), Josh Grelle (TV anime)
- One of Andragoras' loyal retainers. He was captured during the battle of Atropatene and presented at the gates of Ecbatana, where he yells to the soldiers that before he's tortured to death by the Lusitanians, they should kill him. He's put out of his suffering by Gieve.
- Kishward (キシュワード Kishuwādo?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Daiki Nakamura (OVA), Hiroki Yasumoto (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) David Arnold (OVA, Manga UK dub), Jarrod Greene (TV anime)
- One of Pars' Marzban known as the Twin-Blade General and the trainer of the hawks Azrael and Sirrush, that are very fond of Arslan. He was stationed at the Peshawar Fortress during the Battle of Atropatene.
- Kubard (クバード Kubādo?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Kazuhiro Nakata (OVA), Kenta Miyake (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Jacques LeCan (OVA, CPM dub), Chris Ryan (TV anime)
- One of Pars' Marzban known for being a heavy drinker. He survived the battle of Atropatene and went into hiding. While Sam tried to convince him of fighting for Hilmes, he chose to remain neutral for the moment. He reappears to help Pars in the battle of St. Emmanuel.
- Sam (サーム Sām?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Hiroshi Yanaka (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Jeffrey Schmidt (TV anime)
- One of Pars' Marzban, who nearly got killed during the takeover of Ecbatana. He sworn his loyalty to Silvermask upon knowing of his true identity.
- Xandes (ザンデ Zande?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Kiyoyuki Yanada (OVA), Masakazu Morita (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Robert Phillips (OVA, Manga UK dub), Clifford Chapin (TV anime)
- Kharlan's son, who serves Silvermask in hopes to achieve his vengeance against Arslan and Daryun. He wants revenge in hopes of cleaning his father's name. He's apparently killed by Daryun during the battle of Emmanuel, but his body is taken by Arzhang.
- Lucian (ルシアン Rushian?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Rikiya Koyama (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Steve Powell (TV anime)
- Lord of Ray and an ally of Arslan, who chooses to remain loyal toward him despite learning of Hilmes survival. He replaces Narsus as royal scribe in order to give importance to the new allied nobles.
- Zaravant (ザラーヴァント Zarāvanto?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Yuuki Ono (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Cris George (TV anime)
- Son of the Lord Mundhir of Oxus, who joins Arslan's cause. He takes a mutual disliking towards Jaswant for his position in Arslan's inner circle. His impatience almost led to be killed by Lusitania alongside Tus and Esran, only to be saved in time by Arslan's forces. After realizing their mistake, all three generals apologize to the prince, who forgave them.
- Esfan (イスファーン Isufān?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Katsuyuki Konishi (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Austin Tindle (TV anime)
- Shapur's younger brother and one of Arslan's new allies. He seems to have a friendly rivalry with Zaravant.
- Tus (トゥース Tūsu?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Hiroshi Tsuchida (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Sonny Strait (TV anime)
- Garrison Commander of Zara and Arslan's ally. Unlike Zaravant or Esfan, he's more level-headed and not as upset about his position within the Prince's forces.
- Silvermask (銀仮面卿 Ginkamen Kyō?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Shūichi Ikeda (OVA), Yūki Kaji (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Sean Barrett (OVA, Manga UK dub), Oliver Wyman (OVA, CPM dub), Vic Mignogna (TV anime)
- Leader of the Lusitanian army and the main antagonist. His true identity is Hilmes, Arslan's cousin and the son of Osiris. He leads the invasion of Pars to reclaim the throne as his father was the rightful king who was murdered by his younger brother Andragoras. He became afraid of fire after the assassination attempt that severely burned the right side of his face.
- Etoile (エトワール Etowāru?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Mitsuishi Kotono (OVA), Yumi Uchiyama (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Serena Evans (OVA, Manga UK dub), Ryan Reynolds (TV anime)
- A boy from Lusitania that is the same age as Arslan. He was taken captive after the first war between Pars and Lusitania, but managed to escape and flee to his home country by using Arslan as a hostage. Three years later, he serves as a page to the king's younger brother. He is the one who sheds light to Arslan that the ways of Pars are not right and holds a firm Yaldaboathian belief that all men are equal. It is later revealed that Etoile is a girl; whose real name is Ester. She cross-dresses as a boy so she can fight with the other knights.
- Bodin (ボダン Bodan?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Koichi Kitamura (OVA), Shiro Saito (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Mark Stoddard (TV anime)
- The Grand Inquisitor and archpriest of Lusitania, and a servant of Lusitania's God: Yaldaboth. He enjoys torturing and killing those he considers "pagan" and is disliked by Guiscard for his extremism. After being defeated by Hilmes, he manages to escape but is left without any power or followers.
- Innocentius VII (イノケンティス七世 Inokentisu Nanase?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Tamio Ooki (OVA), Toshiharu Sakurai (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Jeremy Inman (TV anime)
- The current King of Lusitania and ruler of occupied Myriam and Pars, and the elder brother of Guiscard. He becomes infatuated with Tahamine at first sight and wishes to marry her, despite her coldness and the advice of his counselors.
- Guiscard (ギスカール Gisukāru?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Juurouta Kosugi (OVA), Takehito Koyasu (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Eric Vale (TV anime)
- The Supreme Commander of the Royal Lusitanian Army and Grand Vizier. He is the brother of the current king of Lusitania, Innocentius VII and serves as his advisor. Guiscard appears to be the true ruler of Lusitania, since his brother is considered incompetent. He doesn't trust Hilmes, but nonetheless gives him troops in hopes that he and Arslan destroy each other.
- Montferrat (モンフェラート Monferāto?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Atsushi Ono (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Greg Dulcie (TV anime)
- A Lusitanian General who doesn't seem to share his country's religious fanaticism.
- Barcacion (バルカシオン Barukashion?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Bon Ishihara (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Jeremy Schwartz (TV anime)
- A Lusitanian Count and the Commander of the Fortress of Saint Emmanuel. He is Etoile's protector and constantly worries about her. During the fall of the Fortress of St. Emmanuel, he committed suicide as a sign of faith, despite Arslan's attempts to stop him, and died in front of Ester.
- Rajendra (ラジェンドラ Rajendora?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Hideyuki Umezu (OVA), Kousuke Toriumi (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) Jason Isaacs (OVA, Manga UK dub), Michael Gerard (OVA, CPM dub), Ian Sinclair (TV anime)
- Second prince of Shindra, who leads an invasion of eastern Pars hoping to take advantage of the political situation. After his invasion is frustrated and he's captured, Arslan forces him to make an alliance with him, offering his help to ascend to the throne over his brother Gadevi in exchange for his assistance against Lusitania. After Daryun won the duel before the gods in his name and Gadevi dishonored the decision, he was officially made Crown Prince after arresting his brother. After being crowned, he tried to betray Arslan, only for his plan to be foiled once more and forced to acknowledge a 3 year-long non-aggression treaty between Pars and Shindra.
- Gadevi (ガーデーヴィ Gādēvi?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Yukitoshi Hori (OVA), Susumu Chiba (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) J. Michael Tatum (TV anime)
- First Prince of Shindra and Rajendra's older half-brother. His army is known for possessing several war elephants, that not even Andragoras dared to face, until they were defeated in the battle of Changdrapal thanks to the combined efforts of Rajendra and Arslan's armies. When Rajendra won the duel before the gods, he snapped and tried to kill his brother, but when he killed Mahendra the soldiers stopped fighting and then he was arrested for his treason. He is later executed at a banquet held in his honor.
- Mahendra (マヘンドラ Mahendora?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Tetsuo Kanao (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) John Swasey (TV anime)
- Hereditary Grand Vizier of the Kingdom of Shindra and an ally of Prince Gadevi, he's also Jaswant's adoptive father. When he tried to calm Gadevi, he was fatally injured by the First Prince. His last words were to Jaswant.
- Karikala II (カリカーラ二世 Karikāra nisei?)
- Voiced by: (Japanese) Hideyuki Umezu (TV anime)
- Voiced by: (English) R. Bruce Elliot (TV anime)
- The King of Shindra and the father of Gadevi and Rajendra. Since he didn't trusted his eldest son, in order to decide his successor he proposed that they settled it with a duel before the gods. When Daryun, Rajendra's champion won and Gadevi tried to kill his brother, Karikala made Rajendra his successor. He passed away after asking Rajendra to spare his brother, a promise he refused to honor.
The original novel, Arslan Senki, was written by Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka. Though he is primarily a novelist, Tanaka's works have been 'translated' into manga and anime forms before. His novel Ginga eiyu densetsu became Legend of the Galactic Heroes, and Sohryuden became Legend of the Dragon Kings. There are eleven novels in the Arslan Senki storyline thus far. These novels were illustrated by manga artist and character-designer Yoshitaka Amano (whose other works include the character design for several Final Fantasy games and for Vampire Hunter D).
The popularity of the Arslan Senki novels was so great that it became natural for it to make a transition to manga form. The thirteen-volume manga was written by Tanaka and illustrated by Chisato Nakamura. The manga was published by Kadokawa Shoten.
Because of the aforementioned issues regarding translations and names, as well as possible issues with funding the project, it took an extremely long time for the Arslan anime to make its way to the United States. While they originally began production in 1990, as of 2006, they have still not completed the story. Even so, the final two chapters of the OVA arc were not made available until years after the first four had been released, in 2002.
A second manga adaptation of Arslan Senki started serialization in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine on July 2013, illustrated by Hiromu Arakawa, best known for the manga titles Fullmetal Alchemist and Silver Spoon. This adaptation is currently available for online-exclusive purchase at Crunchyroll, while Kodansha Comics USA is physically publishing the manga in North America.
The popularity of the novels led to the creation of a series of OVAs with character designs adapted by Sachiko Kamimura. The first two OVA episodes were released as "movies", which is why each one is an hour long, rather than the traditional half-hour and were produced by Kadokawa Shoten and Sony Music Entertainment Japan. A second OVA series that followed up the first OVAs released in 1995. Both OVAs were licensed by Central Park Media and were released on DVD and VHS. The English dub for Part 1 was produced by Manga UK (who had also licensed the anime in the same region, while Part 2 was dubbed by Central Park Media themselves. This caused a lot inconsistencies in both dubs.
A new television anime series to be based on the Hiromu Arakawa manga was announced on November 2, 2014. The TV series is directed by Noriyuki Abe, with Makoto Uezu acting as scriptwriter. The series aired from April to September 2015 on MBS and other Japan News Network stations in Nichigo timeslot at 5:00pm. A second season is scheduled to air in 2016.
From episodes 1 to 13, the opening theme is "Boku no Kotoba Dewanai Kore wa Boku-tachi no Kotoba" (These Aren't My Words. These Are Our Words) by UVERworld, and the ending theme is "Lapis Lazuli" by Eir Aoi. From episode 14 onwards, the opening theme is "Uzu to Uzu" (Swirl and Swirl) by NICO Touches the Walls and the ending theme is "One Light" by Kalafina.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Glory of Ecbatana"
"Ekubatāna no Eiga" (エクバターナの栄華)
|April 5, 2015|
|Prince Arslan from the Kingdom of Pars finds himself into a predicament when a young prisoner from the nation of Lusitania holds him hostage in an attempt to escape. The young soldier then tells Arslan of his religion in Lusitania and his reasons for loathing slavery.|
|2||"Age Fourteen, Maiden Battle"
"Jūyon-sai, Uijin" (十四歳、初陣)
|April 12, 2015|
|Now fourteen years old, Arslan takes part in his first battle against Lusitania, and all odds seem at the Parsian army's favor, until his father, the King Andragoras III, falls victim to treason by Kharlan, one of his generals.|
|3||"The Knight in Black"
"Kokui no Kishi" (黒衣の騎士)
|April 19, 2015|
|Arslan is rescued by his loyal servant Daryun and they must run away from the Lusitanian forces, led by the General Silvermask, who ambushes and captures his father personally while killing cavalry captain Vahrez and his men.|
|4||"The World-weary Strategist"
"Ensei no Gunshi" (厭世の軍師)
|April 26, 2015|
|Arslan and Daryun seek the help of the retired tactician Narsus, but convincing him to join their cause will not be an easy task.|
|5||"The Royal Capital Burns, Part One"
"Ō Toenjō ~Zenpen~" (王都炎上 〜前編〜)
|May 3, 2015|
|While Arslan and Daryun enlist Narsus and his servant Elam's help, Lusitania begins their siege in the royal capital of Ecbatana, and the actions of Gieve, a wandering traveler draws the attention of Queen Tahamine, while the Lusitanian soldiers call for the slaves inside the walls to join them in exchange for their freedom. Meanwhile Gieve is expected by a Nobleman to escort a double of the queen into a tunnel system under Ecbatana.|
|6||"The Royal Capital Burns, Part Two"
"Ō Toenjō ~Kōhen~" (王都炎上 〜後編〜)
|May 10, 2015|
|Gieve escapes Ecbatana after having a clash with Silvermask in the underground tunnel system. Silvermask makes use of the tunnels to strike the palace from within, while the Lusitanian forces, assisted by the slaves, break into the capital and conquer it.|
|7||"The Beauties and the Beasts"
"Bijo-tachi to Yajuu-tachi" (美女たちと野獣たち)
|May 17, 2015|
|As the Lusitanian army plunders the capital, Gieve meets the beautiful priestess Farangis, who is in search for Arslan. Upon learning that Kharlan intends to raid the nearby villages in order to capture them, Arslan and his companions decide to take the fight to the enemy.|
|8||"The Treasonous Hero"
"Uragiri no Eiyuu" (裏切りの英雄)
|May 24, 2015|
|Kharlan continues his pursuit of Arslan, until falling for a trap set by Narsus, with his forces ambushed in an unfavourable terrain, where Arslan's party meets Gieve and Farangis, who join their cause as well. Meanwhile at the capital, Silvermask confronts the captive King Andragoras, revealing his identity and motives.|
|9||"Beneath the Mask"
"Kamen no Shita" (仮面の下)
|May 31, 2015|
|Daryun and Narsus infiltrate the capital in search for information, coming across Silvermask in the occasion, while Arslan has another encounter with the runaway prisoner he met years before.|
|10||"The Lord and Master of Kashan Fortress"
"Kashān Jousai no Omo" (カシャーン城塞の主)
|June 7, 2015|
|Arslan and his subjects seek refuge in the Kashan Fortress, governed by Lord Hodir, but it does not take long for the party to realize Hodir's true intentions for sheltering them and take measures to protect themselves.|
|11||"The Road to Peshawar"
"Peshawāru e no Michi" (ペシャワールへの道)
|June 14, 2015|
|On their way to the stronghold at Peshawar, Arslan's party is pursued by a force led by Xandes, Kharlan's son who seeks to avenge his father and they are forced to split up. While escorting Arslan, Gieve learns the true nature of the prince's personality.|
|12||"A Knight's Loyalty"
"Kishi no Chuugi" (騎士の忠義)
|June 21, 2015|
|Silvermask slaughters a band of thieves and when the leader's daughter, Alfreed, is about to be killed as well, Narsus appears to rescue her. Meanwhile, the rest of Arslan's party regroups and fights Xandes' forces, including the mysterious sorcerer that aids him.|
|June 28, 2015|
|Arslan and his companions reach Peshawar in safety, but there is some discord among the generals regarding the prince's request for aid. Uncertain if he is up to the task of liberating the kingdom, Arslan is attacked by Silvermask.|
|14||"The Foreign Prince"
"Ikoku no Ouji" (異国の王子)
|July 12, 2015|
|Taking advantage of the crisis in Pars, Prince Rajendra from the Kingdom of Shindra commands an army to invade the country from the east, just to be defeated and captured by Arslan's subjects thanks to another of Narsus' stratagems. Knowing that Rajendra is contending for the throne of his own country with his older brother Gadevi, Arslan convinces him to form an alliance.|
|15||"The Black Leopard of Shindra"
"Shindura no Kurohyou" (シンドゥラの黒豹)
|July 19, 2015|
|Arslan and his subjects assist Rajendra's campaign against Gadevi and Jaswant, a Shindran guide is introduced to them. However, Jaswant is not who he claims to be, but it does not take long for the party to realize that for their own advantage.|
|16||"Elegy for the Setting Sun"
"Rakujitsu Hika" (落日悲歌)
|July 26, 2015|
|Gadevi commands his army to bring down Arslan and Rajendra's alliance. Believing that he got the Parsian forces isolated, Gadevi sends his main force against Rajendra's, gaining the upper hand, until the Parsians, having outsmarted their enemies once again, join the battle as well to turn the tables on him.|
|17||"The Duel Before the Gods"
"Shinzen Kettou" (神前決闘)
|August 2, 2015|
|A duel is called by the king to settle the dispute between the two princes. Daryun, chosen as Rajendra's proxy, battles Bahadur, a massive and vicious warrior released by Gadevi from prison to be his representative, and wins. However, Gadevi, not pleased with the result, turns against his own father and Arslan's party must fight for their lives amid the ensuing chaos.|
|18||"Once Again Across the River"
"Futatabi Kawa o Koete" (ふたたび河をこえて)
|August 9, 2015|
|Following his father's death and his brother's execution, Rajendra is crowned the king of Shindra. Arslan and his army then return to Pars, but Rajendra repays their help with another act of treason.|
|19||"The End of the Winter"
"Fuyu no Owari" (冬の終り)
|August 16, 2015|
|Now with Jaswant in his party, Arslan returns to Peshawar, while back at Ecbatana, Silvermask gathers allies and manpower seeking to one day liberating Pars and taking the throne for himself.|
|20||"The True Face of a Knight"
"Kishi no Sugao" (騎士の素顔)
|August 23, 2015|
|The forces loyal to Arslan gather in Peshawar in preparation for the battle to retake the capital. However, with the issues regarding Silvermask's past and his own origins in his mind, Arslan's resolve falters. Then he meets a young girl unaware that she is actually Etoile, the same Lusitanian captive he met when he was a child. Her words inspire him to seek the throne for himself.|
|21||"A Song of Farewell"
"Wakare no uta" (別れの詩)
|August 30, 2015|
|Arslan begins his march to retake Ecbatana but must separate himself from one of his allies and face his lords' sentiments.|
|22||"The Night Before the Attack"
"Shutsugeki Zen’ya" (出撃前夜)
|September 6, 2015|
|As Hilmes is set to confront Arslan on the Battlefield, the latter steels his resolve and his soldiers for the impending battle.|
|23||"The Battle for the Keep of Saint Emmanuel"
"San emanyueru no kīpu notatakai" (聖マヌエル城の攻防)
|September 13, 2015|
|The battle for the Keep of Saint Emmanuel begins and Xandes has his face-off against Daryun. Meanwhile, Etoile has another encounter with Arslan and learns his true identity.|
|24||"The Decisive Battle"
|September 20, 2015|
|Arslan is escorted by his subjects deep inside of the Keep of Saint Emmanuel where he confronts Silvermask in an attempt to call his cousin to reason. However, Hilmes refuses to listen and challenges Daryun to a duel.|
|25||"The Highway of Blood and Sweat"
|September 27, 2015|
|The Keep of Saint Emmanuel is captured by the Parsian army, and by Arslan's request, the Lusitanian survivors are taken with them as they keep marching towards Ecbatana, including Etoile, who starts to act more friendly with him. Meanwhile, Silvermask returns to the capital and forms a treacherous alliance with Prince Guiscard from Lusitania.|
A video game was released in 1993 for Sega Mega-CD. A Musou game will be released on October 1, 2015 on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan. Koei Tecmo announced on July 30, 2015, that they picked up the Western version of the Arslan musou-esque game, titled Arslan: The Warriors of Legend, which is scheduled to be released in 2016.
- The anime series was originally released as two films and four OVAs. Later releases combined a film with the OVAs: four episodes in one release (2x1h, 2x30m) and six episodes (6x30m) in an other.
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