Heroic Legend of Arslan
Distributor: U.S. Manga Corps
Betrayed from within and overwhelmed by dark sorcery, the valiant armies of Pars are overrun by the warrior-fanatics of Rucitania. Escaping the destruction of his homeland, the heroic Prince Arslan begins to assemble a group of five, extraordinary allies — a priestess, an exiled warrior, a mischievous minstrel, an insightful artist and his attendant — to aid him in his fight against the Rucitanian invaders.
OAV Series: 6 episodes
Average Ratings: 77
Number of Review Sites: 7
Number of Review Links: 11
Vol. 4 - "Arslan is stately and majestic, with great medieval action and just a dash of swashbuckling swagger. "
Anime Jump! (Mike Toole) - 4 stars (out of 5)
"This is an ambitious, but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to do epic high fantasy. "
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - watchable
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Anime on DVD (Chris Beveridge) - A
"Call this "Record of Bishounen War"."
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Carlos Ross) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 1 - "This episode is truly more of an introduction to the epic story which unfolds in the subsequent parts, and while not particularly deep, isn't for mindless hack and slash viewing either." (Jane Nagatomi) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 2 - Read the review (Julie C. Feng) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 3 - Read the review (Julie C. Feng) - 4 stars (out of 5)
Ep. 4 - Read the review (Julie C. Feng) - 4 stars (out of 5)
The Anime Cafe
Vol. 1-3 - "While this series does have its moments, it ends up being a bit too epic for its own good." (Pete Harcoff) - 3 stars (out of 5)
Vol. 4 - Read the review (Pete Harcoff) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
The Anime Critic
"If the core story were finished, I would be able to give an unqualified recommendation. I can't do that, though, because closure is important, and ARSLAN has none."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - B