Hero TV to Air The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Orange Anime in March

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Arslan premieres on March 22, Orange on March 29

Philippine television channel Hero TV began streaming a video outlining its slate of March shows on Tuesday, revealing the air dates for The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Orange anime. HERO TV previously announced both anime as part of its larger 2017 lineup.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan will premiere on March 22.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan is based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa, itself based on the novel series by Yoshiki Tanaka. The original novel's story centers around Arslan, the young prince of the kingdom of Pars. When a treacherous plot results in the death of his father and the subjugation of his kingdom by the neighboring nation of Lusitania, Arslan barely escapes with his life. Backed only by a small cadre of his most loyal followers, Arslan must rally more people to his side and assemble an army to oust the Lusitanian invaders, who are led by a mysterious commander named Silvermask.

The anime premiered in Japan in April 2015. A second season titled The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance premiered in Japan last July.

Noriyuki Abe (Black Butler: Book of Circus, Yu Yu Hakusho) directed the series and Makoto Uezu (Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Akame ga Kill!) handled series composition. Shingo Ogiso (key animation on the anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day film) adapted Arakawa's character designs.

Orange will premiere on March 29.

Orange adapts Ichigo Takano's manga. The story begins when Naho Takamiya, a normal high school girl, finds a letter addressed to her, with the sender written as herself from 10 years in the future. The letter describes the day's events with startling accuracy, and tells her that she must save one boy: a new transfer student named Kakeru Naruse. The letter indicates that Kakeru passed away in her future self's timeline, and that she wrote the letter out of regret that Naho and her group of friends could not save Kakeru. Determined to see Kakeru safely, Naho and her friends begin to befriend the delicate Kakeru, while Naho must be careful not to do anything that would put the timeline back to one that she will regret forever.

The anime premiered last July.

Hiroshi Hamasaki (Steins;Gate, Terraformars) directed the anime at TMS Entertainment and Telecom Animation Film, and Yuuko Kakihara (Chihayafuru 2) wrote the scripts. Nobuteru Yuki (The Vision of Escaflowne, Kids on the Slope) designed the characters. Yukio Nagasaki (Gate, Dragon Ball Z Kai) served as the sound director, and Hiroaki Tsutsumi (Kuromukuro, Monster Musume) composed the music.

Yuu Takahashi performed the opening theme song "Hikari no Hahen" (Fragment of Light). Kobukuro (Bakuman., Cross Game) performed the ending theme song "Mirai" (Future), which was also the theme song for the Orange live action film that opened in December 2015. "Mirai" served as not only the ending theme song, but also the overall theme song for the anime.

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