The Heroic Legend of Arslan, Vol. 1

Story by Yoshiki Tanaka

Art by Hiromu Arakawa

Kodansha Comics, 2014

9 cups of tea out of 11

Summary: Arslan is the crown prince of Pars. His father mostly rules through military might, his main opponent it Lusitania which is currently in the grip of a brutal religious fanaticism. Arslan is different from his father but he still must prove himself on the battlefield.

Likes: Arslan is my favorite. He’s earnest and clumsy plus he wants to do right by his people while also trying to earn the approval of his parents. I started rooting for him right away. The world building is lush. The details are never too much. The characters also have great design and their personalities are laid out well.

Dislikes: We got a little introduction to some of the ensemble but not too much yet. And we haven’t met one of my favorites yet.

Overall I remember watching the first season of the anime years ago and enjoying it so I thought I’d give the manga a try and I like it a lot so I’ll continue the series. If you’re a fan of Vinland Saga or Fullmetal Alchemist this might be a good one to try next.

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