tml lang="en"> The Anime Critic - The Heroic Legend of Arislan Review
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Available on VHS and DVD from U.S. Manga Corps.
OAV Series: 4 episodes on 3 VHS tapes or part of a DVD set (2 discs)
30-60 minutes per episode
Medieval War Drama
Version I Watched: Subtitled in English
Objectionable Content: Violence

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The Heroic Legend of Arislan

Anyone who has enjoyed medieval epics like Excaliber will probably be drawn to this series. It's one of the few epic medieval anime available that doesn't involve any fantasy elements.

This entire series focuses on Prince Arislan and his exploits in trying to reclaim his lost kingdom. There are various epic battles between forces and some of them are rather exciting to watch. I particularly enjoyed the opening sequence and immediately held this anime in high regard.

Unfortunately, it doesn't take long for problems to creep up. The main fault I could find is there are too many characters and I didn't care for most of them. I found Arislan too soft, Daryoon too stoic, Pharangese too aloof, etc. Gieve was the only character I actually liked, mainly because of his sharp wit and humorous dialog. Along with the large cast come various subplots. These subplots are nice, but there are just too many. Focus shifts between characters too rapidly and things end up becoming a bit difficult to follow.

Another big complaint, which has only recently been resolved, was that this series didn't have an ending. The final two episodes have only just been brought over (see The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Age of Heroes review), so for awhile fans could only wonder what was going to become of Prince Arislan and his cohorts.

While this series does have its moments, it ends up being a bit too epic for its own good. Still, it's a good try, and if you want something medieval then check out The Heroic Legend of Arislan.

The Verdict: * * * (average)