Two things best describe the premier episode; slow-paced and BONE DRY!!!. Emphasis on bone dry. We are introduced to the MC named Mahmut. If you’re thinking that it sounds Turkish. That’s because it is. It shows us that Mahmut has just become a pasha. A pasha is basically a head or chief. And that Mahmut is the youngest pasha. It also iterated that he has an eagle named Iskender (Alexander). The eagle looks pretty ugly – are they trying to make it look like a vulture or something?. Anyway the episode doesn’t do much or explain as much – so I expect more exposition on the world, characters etc as the show progresses.
What is it that I want to know?
Mahmut comes across as super serious and dedicated to his role as pasha. He also comes across as altruistic with a narrow view on the world, however that seems to be broadening according to Ibrahim his friend. Besides having an eagle, he has a book on his person. That book has some significance to him. As it turns out a belly dancer called Shara found it on the street. Shara is the lady introduced to him by his friend Ibrahim. I did think in one scene it hinted that she is potentially a thief. Turns out she isn’t, but either way she managed to get one over him. The book is a book of poems. Hence why he is embarrassed.
Speaking of Shara. If Mahmut is the meat, then Shara is the juice of the show. However that’s pretty tough to do when the show is bone dry. Even when she’s introduced as a “potential” interest. Her role could be seen as just mere fanservice. As she doesn’t add much to the show (yet). Even with her introduction, it doesn’t speed up or ‘add spice’ to the episode.
Point of interest:
- Turkiye – is the Turkish way of spelling Turkey
- Mahmut is the youngest person to gain the title of pasha in the stratocracy
- Pasha – is a title used for those that are heads or chiefs
We then have a pacifist member of the Stratocracy – Halil. An old guy who took Mahmut in. We get a small flash back of Mahmut back story. His village was attacked, and in the process Mahmut loses his mother. Halil plays an important part in Mahmut’ life as he is the one who has the greatest influence. I do feel that he is there to essentially humanize what is a military state. I can’t really say I remember the other pasha member. Maybe one. He’s older than Mahmut and generally challenges him on his viewpoints.
Mahmut fights with Iskender. Suggesting that he is a falconer. In one of the fight scenes, he uses a bunch of eagles to fight – ironic that the very name Altair means eagle. The fight just lacked any sense of excitement. And it was quick. Also we see that Mahmut is quite observant, as he noticed that the arrow used to kill a delegate from the empire. Wasn’t of theirs. Hinting that the empire is looking for just cause to go to war with the Turks.
If you’re not a fan of Arslan senki (because this series can be compared to it). Then avoid this one.
Episode Overall: Slow
For this post only, let me know what you guys think of the format revamp to the epi reviews. Is it jarring from the previous ones that you’ve glanced/read at?. Is it too long?. Not enough pics?. Does the featured header image make the post look to regimented?.