And the boy would be king; Arslan Senki mini review


The year is 320. Under the rule of the belligerent king Andragoras III, the prosperous kingdom of Pars is at war with the neighboring empire, Lusitania. Though different from his father in many aspects, the kind young prince Arslan sets out to prove his valor on the battlefield for the very first time. However, when the king is betrayed by one of his most trusted officials, the Parsian army is decimated and the capital city of Ecbatana is sieged.

The inept painter I met in the royal capital

— Hilmes (Silver-Mask)

Okay folks this pretty much covers the entire series. From the more lauded series that aired a while back to the more subdued one this year. Yes the second series had only 8 episodes. Does it cover everything?. Well to me it does, as it answers about where the 6 OVAs left off. Arslan is a desired main lead. At first he is just useless, too idealistic, naive, inadequate, hesitant and down right useless (yes I said that twice). But over time he grows in to his position. From being the said above to something more; confident, assertive, and more importantly can hold his own in fights and not too overtly reliant on others.

Being the crown prince, he sure has a merry bunch that follow him. For the most part the group are tired of having a militaristic monarch that discards them a moments notice, if they don’t pull their weight or to his liking. Daryun – the dark knight and the strong man of the group. Narsus – the tactical genius. Elam – the errand boy and good friend to Arslan. Gieve – the womanizing, wandering all-rounder. Farangis – the hot-shot archer and war priestess, desired by Gieve. Alfraid – the self-proclaimed wife of Narsus and next in-line chief of the Zot clan. And finally Jaswant – the dark horse and servant of Arslan. Each character are pretty much your typical tropes. And surprisingly they fill their role really well. There is a question that the series plays with – is Arslan the biological child of  Andragoras and Tahamine. One that will most likely be answered in the future.

Positives:

  • Interesting characters – not all of them though
  • Good mixture of historical and fantasy
  • Openings and endings for both seasons are enjoyable
  • Gieve trying it on Farangis – and failing hard to win her over
  • Alfraid and Elam fighting over Narsus – much to his exasperation
  • Narsus being called an inept painter – exactly how bad is his painting?
  • Will Etoile and Arslan get together?

Negatives:

  • Slow pace – and by that I mean real slow
  • Art is very inconsistent
  • One dimensional antagonists – Silver mask, the Lusitanians for that matter
  • The worst side arc – the Sindria arc
  • Arslan is pretty naive at first. Daryun is OP.
  • Andragoras is a twat
  • Tahamine? – she does nothing and men are fighting over her

Overall Grade: B


Have you seen the series?. What do you think of it. Let me know in the comment section down below.

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2 thoughts on “And the boy would be king; Arslan Senki mini review

  1. I know the show is ludicrously popular in Japan but I’ve never found myself able to enjoy it though I did watch the most recent installment of 8 episodes. I think your Negatives hit a lot of the points that make me dissatisfied with the show and I’d even take it a step further and say some of the positives you list rub me the wrong way in how they play out. Etoile always feels like an absurdly out of place character in the world given her awkward, hamfisted, tsundere archetype and Elam and Alfreed straight up annoy me haha. Nice concise breakdown.

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