NBC Universal Japan set their plans for the Japanese home video release of The Heroic Legend of Arslan on DVD and Blu-ray awhile ago. The sixth volume saw release this past week and now we’ve got our first look at the larger quality packaging design for the release. The release comes with what we’ve seen before with an audio commentary on disc while pack-in extras include the end cards and a four panel manga piece. Additionally, the limited edition version comes with a five-song character CD.
The release is definitely going with a bit of elegance and design about it to fit in with the visual theme of the show itself. The twenty-five episode series is getting an eight volume release where the first volume has four episodes and the remainder has three per volume. The Blu-ray releases are priced at 7,800 yen each while the DVDs are listed at 6,800 yen. Both formats are being listed as limited edition releases and we’ll be updating below with new information as they get firmed up.
The series is directed by Noriyuki Abe, based off of scripts by Makoto Uezu. Shingo Ogiso handled the character designs along with Ushio Tazawa and Kazuo Watanabe that are being adapted from the original work. The series is produced at LIDEN FIlms X SANZIGEN Animation Studio.
The main cast includes Yūsuke Kobayashi as Arslan, Yoshimasa Hosoya as Daryun, Daisuke Namikawa as Narsus, Natsuki Hanae as Elam, KENN as Gieve, Maaya Sakamoto as Falangies, Yuuki Kaji as Lord Silvermask, Takayuki Sugo as Andragoras III, Atsuko Tanaka as Tahamine, Eizou Tsuda as Vafleez, Toru Ohkawa as Karlan, Hiroki Yasumoto as Kishuard, Kenta Miyake as Kubad, Katsuyuki Konishi as Shapur, Toshiharu Sakurai as Innocentius VII, Takehito Koyasu as Giskarl and Shiro Saito as Bodan.
NBCUniversal Japan announced that the recent manga series by Hiromu Arakawa adapting The Heroic Legend of Arslan will receive an anime adaptation back in the fall of 2014. A previous anime adaptation was done in the early 90′s of the original novels and released by Central Park Media. The current manga series is being released in North America by Kodansha Comics, and they have the first two volumes released so far.
|1||07/23/15||Bonus short, Clean Opening, clean Closing, Promos, Audio Commentary, Four panel manga, End cards|
|2||08/26/15||Audio Commentary, Four panel manga, End cards, Drama CD|
|3||09/26/15||Audio Commentary, Four panel manga, End cards|
|4||10/23/15||Audio Commentary, Four panel manga, End cards, Drama CD, Bonus Short|
|5||11/26/15||Audio Commentary, Four panel manga, End cards, Character CD,|
|6||12/18/15||Audio Commentary, Four panel manga, End cards, Character CD|
|7||01/27/16||Audio Commentary, Four panel manga, End cards|
|8||02/24/16||Audio Commentary, Four panel manga, End cards|
Plot concept: 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.
[Source: The Heroic Legend of Arslan]