Kodansha USA to Publish Arslan Manga by Fullmetal Alchemist's Arakawa
posted on by Karen Ressler
North American anime retailer Right Stuf announced on Wednesday that several new volumes from North American manga publisher Kodansha Comics are available for pre-order, including the first volume of Hiromu Arakawa's The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The volume is slated for release on August 19.
Arakawa launched The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine last July. The series adapts Yoshiki Tanaka's (Legend of the Galactic Heroes, Sohryuden - Legend of the Dragon Kings, Tytania) ongoing novel series of the same name. The 13-volume novel series had already inspired two anime films, an earlier manga series by Chisato Nakamura, and a four-part original video anime from 1991 to 1993. Central Park Media, who released the anime in North America, describes the story:
As an unnaturally heavy mist descends on the battlefield, King Andragoras and his most valued officers confer among the bodies of dead and dying soldiers. When Daryoon, a young but highly skilled officer, voices his reluctance to send men into battle under these conditions, the king, unstable and enraged, banishes him.
Now, Daryoon's new mission is to insure the safety of the King's only son, Prince Arislan. Daryoon and Prince Arislan set off on a quest of their own, but they can't succeed alone. They must convince both the Lord Narsus and his companion, the archer Elam, to join them in their quest to somehow help the soldiers win the war.
Now a group of only six they must somehow overcome an enemy of 300,000 soldiers! These unlikely soldiers have fate on their side, so anything can happen!