As The Heroic Legend of Arslan moves further into its second half as part of the summer 2015 anime simulcast season, FUNimation has a pretty interesting new clip up for the show that brings a spy into the midst. it plays well at the start with what it wants to do and then shifts into the action, which is definitely a lot of fun to check out.
The series is directed by Noriyuki Abe, based off of scripts by Makoto Uezu. Shingo Ogiso handled the character designs along with Ushio Tazawa and Kazuo Watanabe that are being adapted from the original work. The series is produced at LIDEN FIlms X SANZIGEN Animation Studio.
The main cast includes Yūsuke Kobayashi as Arslan, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Daryun, Daisuke Namikawa as Narsus, Natsuki Hanae as Elam, KENN as Gieve, Maaya Sakamoto as Falangies, Yuuki Kaji as Lord Silvermask, Takayuki Sugo as Andragoras III, Atsuko Tanaka as Tahamine, Eizou Tsuda as Vafleez, Toru Ohkawa as Karlan, Hiroki Yasumoto as Kishuard, Kenta Miyake as Kubad, Katsuyuki Konishi as Shapur, Toshiharu Sakurai as Innocentius VII, Takehito Koyasu as Giskarl and Shiro Saito as Bodan.
A previous anime adaptation was done in the early 90′s of the original novels and released by Central Park Media. The current manga series is being released in North America by Kodansha Comics which was created by Hiromu Arakawa.
Plot concept: In the prosperous kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a city of splendor and wonder, ruled by the undefeated and fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan is the young and curious prince of Pars who, despite his best efforts, doesn’t seem to have what it takes to be a proper king like his father.
At the age of 14, Arslan goes to his first battle and loses everything as the blood-soaked mist of war gives way to scorching flames, bringing him to face the demise of his once glorious kingdom. However, it is Arslan’s destiny to be a ruler, and despite the trials that face him, he must now embark on a journey to reclaim his fallen kingdom.