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The Heroic Legend of Arslan's 1st Corporate Warrior Anime Short Streamed

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
TV anime's main characters return as salarymen at Pars Corporation

The official website of The Heroic Legend of Arslan television anime series began streaming the first "Kigyō Senshi Arslan" (Corporate Warrior Arslan) anime short on Friday. The shorts reimagine the television anime's main characters as "corporate warriors" in modern society.

In the shorts' story, Arslan is a new employee at Pars Corporation. The senior employees have fought corporate battles to the bitter end many times and help Arslan to fit into the company. The coworkers fight together to recover a healthy salaryman life.

The sixth of eight The Heroic Legend of Arslan Blu-ray Disc and DVD volumes to bundle four-panel anime shorts shipped in Japan on December 18. These separate anime shorts are based on original four-panel manga by original manga artist Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon).

A second television anime adaptation of the original manga will premiere in 2016. The first television anime 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.

Arakawa launched The Heroic Legend of Arslan manga in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2013. The manga adapts Yoshiki Tanaka's novel series of the same name. Kodansha published the fourth manga volume in Japan in October, and Kodansha Comics published the fourth volume in North America on November 3. 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.

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