Arslan novel series, minus the smooth plot development and pacing depicting Arslan's developments to retake his kingdom from the 2010s TV anime remake and the characters sporting some radically different designs. Because the 2010s TV remake has more time to develop its plot, it kind of makes this old OVA adaptation redundant to see nowadays in comparison. Unless you are curious to see how this adaptation is compared to the 2010s TV anime, you can pretty much skip this OVA series.
Pretty much, you can think of this as a compilated take on the major events of the
Last updated Saturday, July 27 2019. Created Saturday, July 27 2019.
Design wise- this anime was quite ahead of it's time. The amount of detail in the first installment of the series was simply breathtaking, as was the careful attention given to the animation of the movement of the characters, even the lesser ones who were just nameless passerbys on the street.
Sadly, this art exists only for the first installment of the series. By second installment, the details were traded for brighter, less realistic colors, and the movement not so smooth as it had once been.
Storywise- viewer beware. Depending on what format you watch it in- different stories are being told. Theoretically they are the same, but the characters' personalities are potrayed differently, and some plot points flat out changed. and as noted by the previous review- this series is unfinished and will likely never be finished. It never should have been attempted in OAV format.
But if you want eyecandy and an unusual take on a the "Prince of Persia" story so many people are fond of rewriting- it's worth seeing at least once.
Last updated Monday, May 16 2005. Created Monday, May 16 2005.
The artwork in this series will knock your socks off. It's worth watching just for the sheer gorgeousness of the designs and the rich, painterly style of the backgrounds (particularly in the first OVA). Unfortunately, the story is occasionally muddled and/or heavy-handed. It's also unfinished, like so many fantasy anime series. I find myself remembering the characters much more vividly than the events.
Bottom line: Not perfect, but definitely worth seeking out if you don't mind an unfinished series.
Last updated Friday, June 01 2001. Created Friday, March 16 2001.
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