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FUNimation Acquires The Heroic Legend of Arslan

Arslan Key Art 001 - 20150104It’s time to return to the Kingom of Pars!

Earlier today, FUNimation announce that they acquired the domestic rights to The Heroic Legend of Arslan. The company will simulcast the series, with the first episode hitting on April 5, at 5:00AM Eastern.

The Heroic Legend of Arslan is based on Hiromu Arakawa’s manga of the same name. Arakawa’s manga, which began running in Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine in 2013, retells Yoshiki Tanaka’s long-running novel series.

The confirmed cast for the series is as follows:

  • Arslan: Yūsuke Kobayashi
  • Daryun: Yoshimasa Hosoya
  • Narsus: Daisuke Namikawa
  • Elam: Natsuki Hanae
  • Gieves: Kenn
  • Falangies: Maaya Sakamoto
  • Andragoras III: Takayuki Sugo
  • Tahamine: Atsuko Tanaka
  • Vafleez: Eizou Tsuda
  • Karlan: Toru Ohkawa
  • Kishuard: Hiroki Yasumoto
  • Kubad: Kenta Miyake
  • Shapur: Katsuyuki Konishi
  • Innocentius VII: Toshiharu Sakurai
  • Giskarl: Takehito Koyasu
  • Bodan: Shiro Saito

The Heroic Legend of Arslan will be directed by Noriyuki Abe at Liden Films X Sanzigen Animation Studio. The team of Shingo Ogiso, Ushio Tazawa, and Kazuo Watanabe is handling the show’s character designs, with Ogiso filling the role of Chief Character Designer.

Taro Iwashiro will compose the show’s music, and Makoto Uezu will handle series composition.

FUNimation’s synopsis for the series is as follows:

From the original creator of Fullmetal Alchemist, Hiromu Arakawa brings back an old series—The Heroic Legend of Arslan! In the kingdom of Pars lies the Royal Capital of Ecbatana, a powerful city ruled by the fearsome King Andragoras. Arslan, the 14-year-old prince of Pars, is a green ruler and lacks the fierce leadership skills possessed by his father. After his father falls victim to a treacherous plot headed by one of his most trusted comrades, the kingdom of Pars falls in the war with the neighboring nation of Lusitania. Narrowly escaping with his life, Arslan must embark on a journey to reclaim the fallen kingdom and fulfill his destiny as ruler of Pars.

Source: FUNimation Blog

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