As Arslan gathers forces to fight for his cause, his progress is suddenly halted by the warring Princes of the neighboring country, Sindhura. Both brothers believe they have equal claim to the throne, but only one can succeed their father. Sensing the opportunity to form a powerful alliance, Arslan's trusted advisor, Narsus forms a plan to end the feud once and for all. But their detour in Sindhura gives Lord Silver Mask and his followers time to strengthen their own influence back in Pars. The mystery surrounding Arslan's true parentage has loyal Parsians questioning his right to rule. Shocked by the revelation that he may be fighting for a throne that isn't his, Arslan has to wonder: Is blood truly what makes a king Or is the love he has for Pars and its people enough to see him through?
This story reminds me of the OAV which the creator of Legend of Galactic Heroes did, but then couldn't finish. It was also about a land called Pars and a Prince that lost his inheritance. Graphically and aesthetically, it's been changed significantly from the bishounen view of the previous unfinished version. The ouji or Prince is softer looking, more effiminate or young than like the unreal otherwordly artwork of the previous version. But let's continue on to the meat of this series. Setting wise, this is alternative history, set in Persia in a time when they were fighting religious fanatics. If people know their history, they can kind of guess what time period that would be, since Persia was only conquered and destroyed by one religion in the world's past, and it wasn't Christianity. Even though in this series, you'll see a lot of crosses. Things have been modified a little bit, but this is definitely the Persia before it was conquered by Islam. Even the noble titles like Marzopan is similar to a Count or Baron. Plot wise, you'll mostly see small unit tactics in warfare, some imperial or royal politics and intrigue, plus some action scenes from the Prince's warrior vassals. The atmosphere is more of a commanding officer, a king, where most of your economic or military prowess is in your vassals, your followers. This is different from shounen genres where most of your power rests in the MC, the main character. Overall, I think I enjoyed Kingdom, set in Warring State era China, as well as the older Heroic Legend of Arslan and Legend of the Galactic Heroes more. The application of the themes felt better. So those would be my recommendations for people to watch, if they want to see more things similar to Arslan Senki, to get a sample base up. If you have ever played Crusader Kings II, this anime series will feel very familiar to you.
A very pleasant surprize. With the best anime, you usually have a story that is somewhat unique. This implies some amount of supernatural. Arslan Senki doesnt have a special story in this way. Its pretty simple. Anime like this usually fade into boredom or go apeshit mad and ruin everything like Berserk. What is Arslan Senki? Well, to get the full picture, imagine FMA, Game of Thrones, Avatar: The last airbender and Berserk(not the last episodes, instead the good part) put together. How can you go wrong?! Story: the basic plot is simple. A kingdom is conquered, the prince flees and gathers an army to reclaim his country. We get a lot of twists and turns worthy of Game of Thrones. The way the battles are choreographed is also very good. We dont just get mindless broodshed, we get genuine tactics, may that be fake camps or mannequines to fool their opponents. The story is not as strong and unforgettable as FMA, but out of the source material its probably the best anyone could manage. 8/10 Animation: Exquisite. The backgrounds are THE BEST(you want to find good anime wallpapers, take a random screenshot of Arslan Senki) I have seen up to date. The character animation is also top notch. The only downside is that when you have to animate hundreds of people at once, you have 2 choices. CGI or draw till your hands bleed. They chose CGI, it was not a good idea. Most of the animation is very good, but in fight scenes the lower quality of the CGI shows, so animation gets 8 instead of 10 because of this. 8/10 Music: not epic, but memorable and good. 8/10 Characters: Some people(the ones who think being a "critic" means you have to hate everything thats nice) will say their weak, stereotypical and idyllic. I wont. The characetrs are very good, they all have their place in the anime. As for Arslan. He is the archetype for the perfect prince. Hes a whimp sometimes, but really comes forward when needed. Also, he can hold his own in a fight even against more skilled opponents. Some characters are not the most original(we kept referring to Hermes as Prince Zuco with my girlfriend for a reason - i know the Arslan manga is older than Avatar - one stole from the other, for sure). 8.5/10 Overall: All the aspects of this anime are very solid and they create a more than satisfying overall picture. Arslan Senki will be one of my all time favorites and I eagerly wait a second season. 8.5/10 I can strongly suggest it to fans of FMA or FMAB: you wont find anything more similar, but Arslan has better backgrounds. Also fans of Magi, Avatar should like it a lot and if you liked the episodes of Berserk in which crazy demons didnt rape women, you will also like this. One of the best animes this year, if not the best(I havent started watching Gangsta yet). I find the 4.12 rating very low compared to usual anime-planet tendencies. Have fun!
This was entertaining to watch. I have not watched the earlier OVA of this and don't plan to. I reccomend to those who enjoy a classic medeival story. At first, I thought it the mood in this anime would be darker than normal conisdering the first view episodes, but the tone shifted the more positive and optimistic for the rest of the series. Story 6.5/10 This was a classic but well-done story of the prince that reclaims the kingdom and dreams of changing the system...with some little additions to the plot that make it refreshing. One of them being how the viewpoint for both sides is more 'gray' than normal. Sure, there is a clear antagonist person/groups within Lucianna(not sure how to spell that, but I mean the enemy invading country), with its zealous and corrupt religion, but Pars also is at fault for it's continued dependence on slavery, which is shown within the first couple episodes and the introduction of a likeable character from the 'enemy' side. We'll have to see if they take this furthur or not, but it's more indepth than Kingdom, which this anime reminds me of (this is less simple and better in my opinion, though Kingdom has its own charms). The story also includes some strategies, and battle plans that are fun to see within a slightly political show like this, though it's not as specific as Maoyuu Maou Yuusha. Its a nice middle, though it's slightly more on the action side. Some parts/actions, however, are pretty obvious, but overall I still find it entertaining. One more aspect is...magic...??? I think, or dark arts, or talking to Djinn, or something like that, which we've gotten vague hints of, though I don't know if they will or if it is wise to delve into the magic side of things too much. EDIT: They do not dive into the magic parts, non of the questions along the lines of 'why can some people come out of dark holes in the ground' are not answered by the end. HOWEVER, they wrapped up the story well enough, no ending in the middle of a battle or tournament. I'M LOOKING AT YOU SHOKUGEKI NO SOUMA AND GANGSTA. There was also a side story in another kingdom, which I actually liked more than almost the main plot, the battles were very interesting there and I liked the 'foreign' flare it had. Animation 9/10: Fluid, detailed, and pretty with lovely landscapes and backgrounds. I think it sets the tone well, with the action scenes being my favorite. Well, maybe not the larger battle scenes...but the smaller ones. Though it's cool to see a character stand and build up energy for 2 minutes and then release an awesome magical attack, it is often the flurry of attacks and precise movements that are even more exciting to me, because they just look so cool! Well, it's more expensive I'm sure, because it takes more time to make all the movements and have them be coherant, but this is the kind of action you get in this show. More than once can you witness a scene where a 'strong' character does this, Daryunn in particular. Character design is fairly interesting, and fits within the realm well, (it could be just me but I love Arslan's white hair & adorable blue eyes!) with the main characters having a style that keeps them somewhat appart from the other characters. Frankly I'm fine with any outfit as long as it's not some sort of uniform where practically everyone wears the same thing. Or ugh, I'm looking at you The Ambition of Oda Nobuna! Main character that wears a boring single color school uniform the whole time in the past!!! Sorry went off on a tangent, the outfit design in this is acceptable. Sound 7/10: This is always a personal opinion thing, but I really do enjoy the opening and the ending, as well as the animation in it, I even listen to them, which is something I rarely do. But well, to each their own in this category. I didn't like the second half OP and END as much, but they were still ok. I would say music was fine but not great. Characters 7/10: Not all of the main cast is that unique, but I find them well done and likeable all the same. Arslan, our main character, is young, humble, at times naiive, kind, poised, has a pet hawk, sees some of the gray between Pars and Lucianna, and seems to be the making of a good king for the improvement of the kingdom of Pars. He's the typical nice guy, but seeing how he learns and changes his attitude from encounters and the outside world is a nice way to flesh him out a little and show that he's developing as a character. Daryunn is a loyalist and overprotective, Gieve is the womanizer/thief that grudingly helps the cause, and then there's Narsus with his paintings and strategizing. Last is Elam and Falangies, which frankly I'm glad there's at least one woman that knows how to kick *** and be cool, even if she is wearing really risque clothes (Better than nothing!)... They're not amazingly fleshed out, but they meet the standards and are interesting enough to watch. Standards being none of these characters annoy me and many of them have some development and multiple personality traits. Edit: I felt that by the end I wanted more screen time with some of the main cast, there was enough, but there was also a lot of time spent on plot set ups on the enemies side and with other minor characters. Overall 7.5/10: I enjoyed this Anime, and I think others who like action or old time kingdom settings will too. Likeable characters, good animation, and a normal plot with some refreshing aspects. Overall, it was stererotypical, but enjoyable to me. Thus it was good enough to merit a 7.5/10, but not quite original and interesting enough to me to make an 8.
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