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MAL Score: 5.44
In the blink of an eye, high school student Taku Shimamura finds himself transported to the bizarre world of Slaffleaze, where intelligent creatures govern and the ruling class, led by the villainous Zolba, is plotting the invasion of the world they know as Capricorn, the Earth. Joining together with the oppressed Slaffleaze peasants, Taku must find a way to stop Zolba`s dark forces before the way to the unsuspecting Earth is opened. In order to do so, he must first gain the love and trust of the last of the Yappie, the ancestral guardians of Slaffeaze. This is a task that will take more than a little courage and daring, for the last Yappie is not just a cute young female, she`s also a dragon.
Overall, the story is too much generic to not be forgettable. It was rushed with deus-ex machina devices along to make plot advance.
Art wise, it feels like character-designer went to work after a streak of Hayao Miyazaki’s Sherlock Holmes episodes (excuse me to channel his name in vain, but it was the first thing popping in my mind while digesting it). It was alike, albeit lifeless and uninspired. Apart of that, main cast design looks dated like a mid-eighties OVA, it’s hardly acceptable if you compare it for example with Silent Mobius movie released the same year…
I’m not particularly compelling about animation in general, so I’d say it’s pretty decent in my book.
The music, unfortunately, is like the rest: it’s your token fantasy score thrown in for good measure. If you ask me to whistle away one song I wouldn’t be able to make it. It’s a bad sign.
All in all, there are very few redeeming qualities to that title. I liked the mere idea to see squads of hominoid armored dragons in action but without a strong background behind it, I can’t help but being only remotely interested.
2: Gakkou no Yuurei
MAL Score: 5.97
This OVA is a live-action/animation mixed collection of short school ghost stories.
1: Arslan Senki
English: The Heroic Legend of Arslan
MAL Score: 6.91
In the medieval kingdom of Pars, young Prince Arslan confronts the hostility of his father and the disinterest of his mother, and yearns to learn more about the world. Despite being surrounded by poverty and slavery, Arslan persists in seeing the possibility of a nobler world. Everything changes when the neighboring nation of Lusitania invades Pars, and Arslan is forced to grow up in an instant.
Arslan Senki follows Prince Arslan to war, where he struggles to save his nation and family with the help of a small but devoted circle of advisers. Along the way the young prince finds secrets around every corner and faces enemies who hate him because of what he is, but also finds friends where he least expects them. The story of nations at war, Arslan Senki is also the story of one boy’s quest to stay himself in the most trying of circumstances.
Great story if your into fantasy and some sword play, I only wished the series was a little longer and more fleshed out but I loved in none the less.
The originial english voice actors at the beginning are quite good, no idea why they changed the VA’s towards the end… I think it was a long time between releases.. but still, watch it in japanese and you should be fine if you hate inconsistencies there.
Shame for them to do that otherwise i’d give it a perfect score.
Definately reccomended to the old skool anime-goers.
From there Arslan allies a handful loyal companions around him and marches to castle Peshawar at the border to plan his strike on the capitol to retake and free his parents, the King and Queen. With a few side-stories going on, this anime never got me bored and always got me hooked for one more episode, although I was running late for work.
The art and sound sure are not near up-to-date, but to be honest, I don’t care. In the end you have to judge something by the standards of that time. Otherwise you could claim to be better than Galileo Galilei, because now we know more than he did.
The story, characters and the overall enjoyment were outstanding. This isn’t just a companion-rallying medieval fight-anime with some magic to it. No, it has deep political (how he got that elephant-riding troop to join him and other very clever moves), deep moral (his childhood and therefore his hatred for slavery and some other things, but don’t want to spoil), funny (Gieve/Guibu always making me smirk with his highly intelligent and eloquent verbal punches towards anyone), and of course captivating, because this story is well-written.
I would have liked to see more than 6 episodes, but I think leaving the rest to the imagination of the watcher isn’t half-bad either. I liked how Gieve/Guibu started picking on the people in the castle and left the party after that, because as a ministrel/bard he is just too much of a free spirit to be “caged” inside a castle for too long. I am sure in other anime, they would have made him stay or even not pick up fights, but this anime is very authentic and that is one of few factors, which made me give this anime 10/10 and boost it on the top of my list.
10/10, most favourite anime!
IN SHORT: If you like a nice old fashioned adventure- epic, with fantasy, a mystical art style, and a mostly character centered plot, then you will probably enjoy Arslan Senki. The designs and art are unique, and the story is interesting and captivating.Give this one a shot! It won’t take you long, it’s only a six episode OVA.
Positive: The animation is not that great, and animation and budget are limited, but the art direction is brilliant! There were many beautiful shots and artistic sceneries. One of the little touches that stood out to me was the way in which fire was animated throughout the ova. The fire is off the chain in this one!
Negative (small): Sometimes the action didn’t make much sense, and a few fights seemed unrealistic (within the context of Arslan Senki’s universe).
Positive: I loved the story! The scope was broad and the sense it gives off is that of an epic journey. You see the main character grow into a more mature man and capable ruler. It’s all about the underdog and how his quest to gain power and regain his position. Yes, the show is about war and politics, but it spends most of its time on Arslan’s development and telling the stories of its characters.
Okay: I liked the variety of characters who were all interesting in their own way. Excluding Arslan and a few others the characters weren’t the most nuanced or multi-dimensional characters ever, but they were still a step above flat, one dimensional, archetypal characters. So all in all, they were pretty good, not the best, but still good.
Negative: The start was a bit boring, but the story continuously becomes more engrossing as it progresses. I would say this is something you need to sit down, relax, and give yourself plenty of time to watch. As someone who gets bored of shows very quickly (look at my “dropped” list), I’d say the slow start isn’t unbearable and still has enough interesting moments on its own. Overall, the story and the plot have a more laid back feel to them. (Which isn’t necessarily a problem, it’s just the OVA’s style)
SUMMARY: If you like a nice old fashioned adventure- epic, with fantasy, a mystical art style, and a mostly character centered plot, then you will probably enjoy Arslan Senki. The designs and art are unique, and the story is interesting and captivating. Give this one a shot! It won’t take you long, it’s only a six episode OVA.
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1. Arslan Senki
2. Gakkou no Yuurei