I really like the war drama for this. War strategies, political issues, religion, belief & philosophies, you name it. I don’t like magic & sorcery getting involved with this. For me, it’s kinda out of the place since it rarely happened most of the time. I questioned myself, why didn’t they use it as an advantage to defeat Arslan and his companions. I think we’ll get the answer to it once the 2nd season comes out.
The characters were pretty likeable too. We had the most overpowered warrior Daryun, the war strategy genius Narsus, the musician Gieve and also Silvermask the evilest man in the series. Also not to forget, Arslan who keeps learning to become a better king soon & the others that I couldn’t mention right now. All those characters almost resemble some of the main casts from Fullmetal Alchemist. Same artist obviously. The thing I like about them, especially Arslan’s companions, is that they didn’t hold back in making critical decisions. They kept calm when something bad happened and yet almost every decisions they made had come to fruition.
The animation quality was kinda questionable with the 3DCG tech and such for animating a huge number of soldiers, but sooner or later I got used to it. Certain parts were pretty choppy but generally speaking, animation was still looking good. Musics were great with the usage of orchestral instruments that really fit with the medieval setting.
Great anime. Recommended to watch for those who haven’t yet. The pacing was kinda slow at first, but it was easy to get a real picture of what’s going to happen soon.
I heard the Warriors-esque game adaptation for this series is out now in Japan. English localization was announced not long ago. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the massive Warriors-type releases & re-releases year by year. Only for this particular game, I will get one soon simply because the Pars medieval setting is really fit for this kind of game. So, looking forward to Arslan: The Warriors of Legend.
- Story (8.0/10)
- Characters (8.3/10)
- Animation, Art & Design (8.0/10)
- Music/Audio (8.0/10)
- Enjoyment (8.5/10)
- Overall (8.16/10)