I remember quite a few years ago that there was an anime adaptation of Arslan that some of my friends told me it was an epic series to check out. While I never was able to view that series, I’m glad I was able to see a more recent take on it with Funimation’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Season One Part One Blu-ray set. Featuring the first thirteen episodes of the show, fans of medieval intrigue such as Game of Thrones will undoubtedly race through this anime and will be left wanting for the rest of it.
I was pleasantly surprised to learn that From Fullmetal Alchemist creator of Hiromu Arakawa was behind this updated anime (I should’ve know as Arslan looks a lot like Edward and Alphonse Elric) , this series takes places in the year 320 in the kingdom of Pars where a young prince named Arslan isn’t looking forward to ruling the kingdom. This changes quickly as a traitor from within upsets the land and allows their enemies from Lusitania take over Pars as the king goes missing. Arslan has no choice but to flee from his homeland but isn’t sure he can trust anyone thanks to the traitor. It isn’t long before he comes across his old friend named Daryun who also happens to be the best knight of Pars. The two decide to team up and make a plan on taking back the kingdom and finding out what happened to the king, though the truth may be worse than any battle they’ve fought their way through.
Being a huge fan of Game of Thrones, I love every minute of Arslan as it reminded me heavily of HBO’s hit show. Anyone who has seen it already has an idea of what to expect here, loads of drama, swordplay and political intrigue that will keep you glued to your seat and leave you wanting the second half of the show which can’t come soon enough. Watching this unfold in high definition is the only way to really experience this show, as visuals and sounds shine along with the story to keep you watching. There’s also some nice extras such as audio commentary on two episodes, textless opening and closing songs, and some promo videos and trailers.
If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones or just enjoy medieval battles filled with drama and intrigue behind the scenes, you’ll want to mount up and snag The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Season One Part One for your collection. A well crafted story and characters coupled with wonderful artwork and animation will have viewers painfully waiting for part two that can’t be released fast enough.