Writing the headline was a headache, mainly because I knew that I had to include the name ´Fullmetal Alchemist´ and ´Legend Of The Galactic Heroes´ for this to get any attention. Well, now you know and maybe, you care.
TV commercials (including the one on top) have been running, revealing that we will soon see an anime based on Fullmetal Alchemist and Silver Spoon author Hiromu Arakawa’s adaptation of Yoshiki Tanaka’s (Legend of Galactic Heroes) Persian inspired fantasy epic Heroic Legends Of Arslan. Which is a novel, and has since 1986 spawned two anime films and an unfinished OVA, the manga adaptation by Hiromu Arakawa got serialized in 2013.
The story follows the exploits of Arslan, the crown prince of the fictional kingdom of Palse, which is taken over by the neighboring nation of Lusitania after his father, the king Andragoras, falls victim of a treacherous plot led by one of his most trusted retainers. After barely escaping with his life, Arslan rejoins his loyal servant, Daryoon. Backed up by only a few more companions, including the philosopher/swordsman/tactician Narsus and his young servant Elam, Pharangese, an aloof, cold priestess and Gieve, a travelling musician and con-man, Arslan must stand against overwhelming odds to assemble an army strong enough to liberate his nation from the Lusitanian army which is led by the elusive warrior known as “Silvermask”.
With names like these attached to the product, it´s only fair to expect this to be an instant hit. Will Heroic Legends Of Arslan become the next anime classic, following the footsteps of its creators previous works?