Altair: A Record of Battles

Alt title: Shoukoku no Altair

TV (24 eps)
3.689 out of 5 from 1,517 votes
Rank #3,268
Altair: A Record of Battles

The clouds of war are gathering over the Türkiye Stratocracy as the neighboring Balt-Rhein Empire prepares to aggressively expand its power. 17-year-old Tughril Mahmut is the youngest military leader in Türkiye's history, and he sits on a council sharply divided between warmongers and pacifists. As an orphan who has already lost his entire village in a massacre, Mahmet is among those bidding for peace; but war is coming whether anyone wants it or not. Can Mahmet successfully build an alliance strong enough to defend his nation, or will the tangled web of political intrigue give Balt-Rhein the advantage it needs to bring about the Türkiye Stratocracy's downfall?

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duchessliz
7.5

Our story kicks off with Mahmut Tughril, who is a 17 year old elevated to a high office in the Turkish government at an incredibly young age and is, in fact, the youngest in his country's history to attain such a position. Without giving too much away, all I can say is that he is thrust into various circumstances that end up effecting his position in a negitive way and ends up setting out on a journey traveling around Turkey (a.k.a Tukiye) to better understand just what kind of leader he wants to be. Along the way he continuously finds himself thrust in the middle of conflict with the Balt-Rhein Empire and their Prime Minister Louis Virgilio who aspires to overthrow the Turkish government and stake claim to the country in the name of the Empire.  Now, what I truly don't understand is why this series has such a low rating as it's a very enjoyable series to watch for anyone who enjoys anime based around war, tactics, and an underdog main character who starts off as inexperienced and immature only to grow with each conflict. It may not quite be on the same level as Kingdom or even Arslan Senki, but it is nothing the less a very enjoyable series to watch and deserves far more praise and attention then it gets! Overall, Shoukoku no Altair has very good animation, a good plot that keeps and holds my attention, a good soundtrack, and very good characters and character development. It's definitely a series worth watching and, quite frankly, gets far better with each episode that passes. My suggestion to anyone who watches this series is watch at least the first five episodes before passing judgement. It's worth it.

Epimondas
10

This series was a surprise treasure that i watched out of boredom to find it was excellent.  It’s as close to a perfect war/soldier story as an anime can get.  This is true as most military personnel might have war as a profession but are usually the ones who actually want war the least. This is what Alderman on the Sky should have been.  Where Alderman utterly fails, this show nails it spot on.  Mahmut doesn’t foolishly resort such brutal and gruesome idiotic ways to gain allies.  This is not to say his efforts cost him nothing or that he never risks or receive any physical, mental, or emotional tolls on his part, cause he does, but unlike Ikta, he doesn’t have to radically alter his character or intellect to get them.  The risks and pains he goes through are far more realistic, believable, in-character, rewarding, and emotional.  Tactics displayed by Mahmut are even more brilliant and go well beyond just the battlefield.  The characters are better and more diverse.  The dancer might not be on screen as much as Yatorishino, but she’s more memorable and actually shows depth and emotion absent from the redhead.  This brings me to a few points that could be better. The dancer looks for a moment to be a major character or even love interest but fades away inexplicably.  More characters come and go at times a bit to quickly.  This weakness oddly is also a strength in other respects.  Mahmut travels around way more and to further reaches of his world.  He interacts with many characters who’s time may look  brief but effects the story and carries it excitedly along.  We meet many enemies and allies and neutrally parties.  Intricate nuances of politics and war both the good and bad play out beautifully and well reflected by real world events from our past and present.   The intwnse rivalry of the various nemesis in games of chess and go are reflected nicely.  Some characters even actually play strategy games during the series. Perhaps the biggest high mark is how the show essentially teaches us that no one actually wants war but wishing it while not preparing and willing to fight one to protect yourself and your nation won’t stop war and suffering.  Like the Star Wars premise, we can also see how the antagonist thinks he’s doing right despite how wrong it is to everyone else.

SEGHE
7

"Altair: A Record of Battles" - A Historical Epic with Ambitious Aspirations - 7/10 Story: 7/10 "Altair: A Record of Battles" immerses viewers in a richly detailed historical world, inspired by the Ottoman Empire and its conflicts. The story follows Tughril Mahmut, a young military strategist, as he navigates the treacherous waters of politics and warfare. The series delves into themes of diplomacy, strategy, and the consequences of power. While the political intrigue and complex relationships are engaging, the pacing can be uneven, with occasional plot developments feeling rushed. However, the series is notable for its historical depth and unique setting, earning a story rating of 7 out of 10. Animation: 7/10 The animation in "Altair" is generally well-executed, especially during the intense battle sequences and political maneuvers. The character designs are distinct, and the series effectively conveys the diversity of its cast. However, there are moments when the animation quality dips, particularly during less action-oriented scenes. The visual style captures the essence of the historical period and adds to the immersion of the story. It warrants an animation rating of 7 out of 10. Sound: 7/10 The sound design in the series complements the grand scale of the narrative. The background music sets the appropriate tone for various situations, enhancing the drama and tension. Voice acting is solid, with characters' voices matching their roles effectively. While the soundtrack may not feature exceptionally memorable tracks, it fulfills its role in elevating the viewing experience. The sound quality is good, deserving a sound rating of 7 out of 10. Characters: 7/10 "Altair" boasts a diverse cast of characters, each with their own ambitions and complexities. Tughril Mahmut, as the central figure, undergoes significant growth and transformation throughout the series. Supporting characters, including political figures and military leaders, receive their share of development and contribute to the political intrigue. However, some characters may feel underutilized or lacking in depth, and deeper exploration of their motivations could have enhanced the narrative further. The characters earn a rating of 7 out of 10. Overall: 7/10 In conclusion, "Altair: A Record of Battles" is a historical epic that stands out for its intricate world-building, political intrigue, and diverse characters. While it faces occasional pacing issues and character depth inconsistencies, it offers a unique viewing experience for those interested in historical settings and political dramas. If you appreciate intricate plots and complex strategies in a historical context, "Altair" is worth exploring. Overall, it earns a commendable 7 out of 10 in my assessment.

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