The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki)

Plot: The kingdom of Pars is at war with the religiously-fanatical kingdom of Lusitania. On the day of his maiden battle, young Prince Arslan and his Parsian armies suffer a crushing defeat, thanks to a betrayal from within their own ranks. The Parsian king, Andragoras, disappears, the Lusitanians occupy the Parsian capital, and Prince Arslan goes into hiding with his loyal retainer, Daryun. The naive prince and his retainer gradually gather a ragtag group of allies; but in the meantime, a certain soldier allying himself with Lusitania schemes to take Arslan's head and claim the throne of Pars... (B+)

Characters: B-

Art & Animation: Clunky CG work really detracts from some scenes. -- B-

Voice Acting: A

Music: B

Objectionable Content: Blood, profanity, suggestive themes

Other: This series is based off a novel which already spawned an OVA some years back and a manga by the creator of FMA more recently.

The anime's plot is more involved than what is included in the above synopsis. Arslan has a young friend in the Lusitanian ranks, and while the two boys and their nations clash over religion, another factor playing into their bad blood is each country's stance over the issue of slavery.

The plot is good, but the anime doesn't really tie it up. Characterization is decent, and the poor CG takes away from the battle sequences. So, all in all, the series was very okay -- not bad, but not great.

Overall Score: B

Recommendation: 2.5/5

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