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Heroic Legend of Arslan Manga's 5th Volume Listed With Bundled DVD

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Hiromu Arakawa, Yoshiki Tanaka's 4th manga volume shipped on Friday

Online retailers Amazon and Animate are both listing that a limited edition version of the fifth volume of Yoshiki Tanaka and Hiromu Arakawa's The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) manga will bundle a DVD. Amazon lists that the limited edition of the volume will ship in Japan on May 9, 2016 and the set is retailing for 3,480 yen (about US$29).

The Honya Club retailer is listing that Arakawa is supervising the "original DVD," which will feature "another comedy story" that takes place in the middle of the war. In the story, Gieve gives Arslan a love lesson, and the romances of Daryun, Narsus, and "that hero" are also revealed.

None of the listings state if the DVD will contain anime footage.

The manga's fourth compiled volume (pictured at right) shipped in Japan on Friday.

Arakawa launched The Heroic Legend of Arslan manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2013. The manga adapts Tanaka's novel series.

The television anime adaptation of the manga premiered on April 5 and ran for 25 episodes. Funimation streamed the anime as it aired 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.

Kodansha published the third volume in Japan in February, and Kodansha Comics published the third volume in North America on May 12. 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 novels.

The manga also inspired the Arslan: The Warriors of Legend video game that shipped in Japan on October 1 and will ship in the West in early 2016.

[Via Ota-Suke, Anime Voice]

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