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The Heroic Legend of Arislan 

Aruslân senki (original title)
Young Prince Arislan believes he is the rightful heir to the throne, but is he? The mysterious masked usurper claims that Arislan's father stole the crown from his father. Arislan must ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Ben Fairman Ben Fairman ...  Arislan 6 episodes, 1991
Kappei Yamaguchi ...  Arslan 6 episodes, 1991
Kazuhiko Inoue ...  Daryoon 6 episodes, 1991
Kaneto Shiozawa ...  Narsus 6 episodes, 1991
Masako Katsuki ...  Pharangese 6 episodes, 1991
Kazuki Yao ...  Gieve 6 episodes, 1991
Kumiko Watanabe ...  Arfurido 6 episodes, 1991
Elisa Wain ...  Arfurido (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Nozomu Sasaki ...  Elam 6 episodes, 1991
Shûichi Ikeda Shûichi Ikeda ...  Silvermask 6 episodes, 1991
Masaru Ikeda Masaru Ikeda ...  Vaphreze 6 episodes, 1991
Daiki Nakamura Daiki Nakamura ...  Quishward 6 episodes, 1991
Kiyoyuki Yanada Kiyoyuki Yanada ...  Zante 6 episodes, 1991
Kotono Mitsuishi ...  Etoile 6 episodes, 1991
Yûko Minaguchi ...  Rokusane 6 episodes, 1991
Rin Mizuhara Rin Mizuhara ...  Maid 6 episodes, 1991
Simone Grant Simone Grant ...  Farangis (1998) 6 episodes, 1991
Michael Alben Michael Alben ...  Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
David Arnold David Arnold ...  Quishward (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Greg Baglia Greg Baglia ...  Arslan (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Sean Barrett Sean Barrett ...  Silvermask (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Tim Bentinck ...  Gieve (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Damon Bishop Damon Bishop ...  Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Douglas Blackwell Douglas Blackwell ...  Andragoras (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Edward Britton Edward Britton ...  Darun (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Andy Diekroger Andy Diekroger ...  Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Serena Evans ...  Imposter (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Daniel Flynn ...  Narsus (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Eric Flynn Eric Flynn ...  Priest / ... 6 episodes, 1991
Michael Gerard Michael Gerard ...  Lajendra (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Robert Glenister ...  Gardeep / ... 6 episodes, 1991
Charles Gray ...  Priest (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Tony Hardy Tony Hardy ...  Bachman (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Walter Hershman Walter Hershman ...  Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Jason Isaacs ...  Lajendra 6 episodes, 1991
Gwen Jenkins Gwen Jenkins ...  Arfurido (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Takehito Koyasu ...  Melrain 6 episodes, 1991
Harry Krause Harry Krause ...  Guibu (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Jacques LeCann Jacques LeCann ...  Kubard (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Ray Lonnen ...  Advisor / ... 6 episodes, 1991
Deborah Makepeace Deborah Makepeace ...  Elam (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
David McAlister ...  Narrator (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Pamela Merrick Pamela Merrick ...  Pharangese / ... 6 episodes, 1991
Kristopher Milnes Kristopher Milnes ...  Elam (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Matthew Morgan Matthew Morgan ...  Jaswant (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Terri Muuss Terri Muuss ...  Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Brian Note Brian Note ...  Sarm / ... 6 episodes, 1991
Steven Pacey Steven Pacey ...  Daryoon (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Robert Phillips Robert Phillips ...  Zante (Manga UK dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Roger Rifkin Roger Rifkin ...  Andragoras (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Toshiharu Sakurai Toshiharu Sakurai ...  Soldier 6 episodes, 1991
Frankie V. Frankie V. ...  Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Greg Wolfe Greg Wolfe ...  Additional Voices (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Oliver Wyman Oliver Wyman ...  Silvermask (Central Park Media dub) 6 episodes, 1991
Kazuko Yanaga Kazuko Yanaga ...  Tahamirne 6 episodes, 1991
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Young Prince Arislan believes he is the rightful heir to the throne, but is he? The mysterious masked usurper claims that Arislan's father stole the crown from his father. Arislan must prove himself a worthy monarch, but his allies are failing him. Can he form an alliance with the young prince of a neighboring country? It requires a duel to the death with a great monster! Written by Anonymous

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1991 (Japan) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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1.85 : 1
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Novelist Tanaka Yoshiki, who wrote Arslan Senki in 1986, based it loosely upon the 19th-century Persian folktale of Amir Arsalan-i Namdar. See more »

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Remade as Arslan Senki (2015) See more »

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THE HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN - prettily animated epic adventure
18 December 2004 | by BrianDanaCampSee all my reviews

THE HEROIC LEGEND OF ARSLAN is a six-part Japanese animated series (produced from 1991-95) consisting of two hour-long segments released to theaters and four half-hours released straight to video (OAV). Based on a series of novels by Yoshiki Tanaka, it tells an elaborate epic tale of a young prince trying to regain the throne of Palse after it's been taken over by a rival power. He starts out with a small band of followers after a disastrous battle and the party grows with each episode as he attracts allies, including a neighboring kingdom that offers him its army. The time period is 320-321 A.D., although it's kind of an alternate historical universe set in a region patterned after Asia Minor, the Near East, Eastern Europe and India nearly 2000 years ago, with none of the countries' actual names in use. E.g. Prince Arslan's country is Palse (or Pars), a stand-in for Persia, even though Arslan looks more Aryan than Iranian. Shindra stands in for India and its denizens clearly look Indian. Lusitania is the country that attacks and occupies Palse but it's not immediately clear what region it's based on.

The first two episodes are very beautifully animated and designed while the four shorter OAV episodes are noticeably cruder and afflicted with budget shortcuts (e.g. a battle on a rope bridge that never sways!). Still, it's a consistently entertaining and visually pleasing historical adventure that offers several well-staged battle scenes executed with a minimum of gore or bloodshed, making this more suitable for younger audiences than most historical anime epics.

One of the major problems of the series is the large number of intriguing characters who are introduced and then shunted to the sidelines. The interactions among the core group of characters make the first two episodes so entertaining but afterwards we see relatively little of them as new characters are added to the mix. Also, the series ends at a turning point in the action that clearly required more chapters that never came.

One aspect of the series worth discussing is its "bishonen" (beautiful boy) quality. Three of the major male characters, Arslan, Gieve and Narsus, are handsome to the point of being uncommonly pretty and adorned in attractive costumes and accessories. All three, it turns out, are also strong and agile warriors. This type of portrayal is actually a somewhat common convention of historical fiction in Japanese popular culture. Bishonen anime and manga are quite popular in Japan, particularly among female audiences for whom the Arslan series seems to have been particularly designed. There's never any hint of sexual innuendo among the characters and there are, indeed, beautiful women on hand who are part of the group as well, most notably Pharangese, a stunning brunette warrior-priestess. Arslan himself is drawn to a young Lusitanian female prisoner of war and seeks to forge a bond with her. There are a few amusing moments involving the jealousy of Lord Narsus' boy servant Elam after Narsus has picked up a cute, spunky redheaded girl, Arfurio, on one of his adventures. I would argue, however, that this is simply an issue of status, since Elam's position as Narsus' right hand could be undermined by Arfurio's amorous attentions toward Narsus.

In the final volume of the anime (eps. 5-6) as released in the U.S., the spellings of the character names were changed at the request of the Japanese producers. Except for "Arslan" (a change from Arislan), the spellings in this review reflect the earlier versions.


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