The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1 by Yoshiki TanakaThe Heroic Legend of Arslan 1 by Yoshiki Tanaka

The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1

byYoshiki TanakaIllustratorHiromu Arakawa

Paperback | August 19, 2014

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The fantasy epic from the creator of Fullmetal Alchemist!

"An epic fantasy with plenty of historical detail [and a] deft artistic hand." -Anime News Network

"Arakawa has no problem depicting the bloody reality of war: severed limbs, decapitated heads, and torture victims. Even the poor horses aren’t safe... The comparisons to Game of Thrones are inevitable." -Women Write About Comics


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.
Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka is a popular Japanese novelist who is best known for The Heroic Legend of Arslan and Legend of the Galactic Heroes. His works have been known to span across multiple media, including manga, anime, and even musicals. Hiromu Arakawa is the award-winning artist behind the immesnsely popular Fullmetal Alchemist. In addit...
Title:The Heroic Legend of Arslan 1Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.51 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:August 19, 2014Publisher:Kodansha ComicsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1612629725

ISBN - 13:9781612629728

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now Collecting Each Volume As an avid fan of Fullmetal Alchemist I had to pick this one up even though the author for the incredible Fullmetal Alchemist series, Hiromu Arakawa, was the illustrator and not the author for this. I’ve only read the few volume so far, but find myself oddly drawn to the story and the odd ensemble of main characters. Over time the main character Arslan reveals a subtle but very strong and powerful will, a very kind heart but rational mind with the ability to put sympathy aside if his intellect doesn’t reveal another way, and a commanding presence that somehow still expresses humility. He may not be the character with the highest skill in fighting or strategy, but he can definitely hold his own in both categories. As I’ve watch both seasons of the anime adaptation, which so far follows the manga pretty closely, I know the plot becomes more complex with the revelation of the hinted at plot twist, incredible tactics, many interesting characters and scenarios, and quite a bit of character development on Arslan's part. The art is beautiful and detailed, and it is a very charming story. A very enjoyable read.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nicely done This author never fails to impress you !! A well done series !
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great First Volume Excellent start to a mythological history. Set in ancient Persia we have the tale of a young Prince who goes out on his first battle only to have his great nation's army meet disaster for the very first time through trickery and traitorship. Arslan is 14 by the time the battle takes place and we've seen a bit of his growing up from a young boy to this age. A well-told tale that justly uses pictures when words aren't needed but also contains a well-written story. The art is detailed, faces show emotion and battles are violent (flying heads being the main reason for the 13 rating along with theme). As the book ends the Prince Arslan and his protector, Daryun, have found respite with an old exiled friend in the forest. This first volume promises to bring an intelligent, mature plot and I'm looking forward to seeing if the next volumes lives up to this.
Date published: 2014-10-13