The Heroic Legend of Arslan TV Anime's 3rd Ad Previews Gieve, Falangies

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Kenn, Maaya Sakamoto announced to voice characters in April anime

The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime began streaming a new commercial on Sunday. The ad announces that Kenn (Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream, Beyond the Boundary) will play the vagrant troubadour Gieve, while Maaya Sakamoto (Persona 3 the Movie #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos) will play priestess and emissary of the spirits Falangies.

Gieve: You sure are a naive prince.
Falangies: I am Falangies.
Narrator: The Heroic Legend of Arslan.
Falangies: My lord, I give you my protection.

The cast also stars:

  • Yūsuke Kobayashi as Arslan (from left to right in the pictures)
  • Yoshimasa Hosoya as Daryun

  • Daisuke Namikawa as Narsus
  • Natsuki Hanae as Elam

The staff includes:

  • Manga: Hiromu Arakawa
  • Original creator: Yoshiki Tanaka (Published by Kobunsha Kappa Novels)
  • Director: Noriyuki Abe (Black Butler: Book of Circus, Yū Yū Hakusho)
  • Series Composition: Makoto Uezu (Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Akame ga KILL!)
  • Chief Character Design: Shingo Ogiso (key animation on the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day film)
  • Character Design: Ushio Tazawa, Kazuo Watanabe
  • Action Director: Satoshi Kimura
  • Concept Design: Daisuke Niitsuma
  • Art Director: Tadashi Kudo
  • Background: Studio Pinewood
  • Color Key: Aiko Shinohara
  • CG Director: Daisuke Suzuki
  • Modeling Director: Hiroshi Adachi
  • 3DCGI: SANZIGEN Animation Studio
  • Director of Photography: Yukihiro Masumoto
  • Photography: Graphinica
  • Editing: Mai Hasegawa
  • Sound Director: Jin Aketagawa
  • Sound Effects: Yasumasa Koyama
  • Sound: Magic Capsule
  • Music: Taro Iwashiro
  • Animation Production: LIDEN FILMS x SANZIGEN Animation Studio
  • Production: The Heroic Legend of Arslan Production Committee

Iwashiro composed the theme song "The Arslan," which he will debut at his April 4 concert at Tokyo Opera City's Concert Hall.

The anime will premiere on Sunday, April 5 at 5:00 p.m. in Japan.

Kodansha published the second volume in Japan in May, and Kodansha USA published the second volume in North America in November. Crunchyroll is also releasing the manga as it appears in Japan. Central Park Media released the earlier 1991-93 original video anime adaptation of the novel.

Kodansha USA describes the manga's story:

In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn't seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father.

At the age of 14, Arslan goes to his first battle and loses everything as the blood-soaked mist of war gives way to scorching flames, bringing him to face the demise of his once glorious kingdom. However, it is Arslan's destiny to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom.

[Via 0takomu]

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