Heroic Legend of Arslan Discs' Bonus Anime Short Previewed
posted on by Egan Loo
The official website for The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) television anime posted a preview of the bonus Ar-Sen 4-Koma Gekijō (Ar-Sen Four-Panel Theater) shorts on Sunday. In the "Ue ni wa, Ue ga" (When Attacked From High, Block From High) short, Vafleez teaches the worn-out Arslan the basics of sword-fighting — until he receives a surprise from behind.
The limited first editions of the television anime's Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes will bundle original four-panel manga by original manga artist Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon). The volumes will also include anime shorts of these four-panel manga, like the one above. The first of eight volumes will ship in Japan on July 23.
The television anime premiered on April 5. Funimation is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan, and it describes the story:
In the kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a powerful city ruled by the fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan, the 14-year-old prince of Pars, is a green ruler and lacks the fierce leadership skills possessed by his father. After his father falls victim to a treacherous plot headed by one of his most trusted comrades, the kingdom of Pars falls in the war with the neighboring nation of Lusitania. Narrowly escaping with his life, Arslan must embark on a journey to reclaim the fallen kingdom and fulfill his destiny as ruler of Pars.
Funimation is also streaming a broadcast dub of the series.
The television anime adapts The Heroic Legend of Arslan manga that Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist) launched in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2013. The manga, in turn, adapts Yoshiki Tanaka's original novel series which already inspired a 1991-93 original video anime series.
Kodansha published the third manga volume in Japan in February, and Kodansha Comics published the third volume in North America in May. Crunchyroll is also releasing the manga as it appears in Japan. Central Park Media released the earlier 1991-93 original video anime.
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