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The ambassador motivates through angry glares.

Anyone watching The Heroic Legend of Arslan? That’s like my favorite currently running anime! If the animation were a little better and most of the female characters didn’t wear such implausible clothing, it would be my ideal low fantasy anime!

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  • http://jediannsolo.deviantart.com Anne Iglesias

    It’s like those dudes at the construction site who watch the one guy dig up the hole.

  • Sunwu

    I lost a ship full of guns for the Daimyo the other day!
    Well, the Ambassador just glared at us- sometimes life ain’t okay
    ran my mouth off a bit too much, ah what did I say?
    Well, Genchu will translate it for me anyway!

    And we’ll all float on okay
    And we’ll all float on okay
    And we’ll all float on anyway….

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Sunwu, you’re gonna have to start posting what melody your custom lyrics go to for us uninformed musical troglodytes!

      • Sunwu

        Fixed!!!!

  • IDPounder

    Love the lighting in this, especially panel 3.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      this page killed me!

      • IDPounder

        I could tell! Lots of effort to get all those light/shadow effects just so. At least one person noticed though, so hopefully that makes you feel better!

        • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

          You always make me feel better, Pounder.

  • Flaming Squirrel

    I can see my old manager telling the ambassador, “You’d get a lot more work done if you took your hands out of your pockets!”

    • Flaming Squirrel

      Btw, I know his hands are behind his back… my point still stands 😛

  • DaveX

    Now, open the crates and clean them! They were dripping with water in our first frame!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Let’s assume they did that in between panels, why not.

  • CaptainBetrayer

    That’s right. Motivate those crates. Motivate the hell out of those rifles.

  • vancho1

    If you like the Heroic Legend of Arslan, you should know that this anime is actually (indirectly, through a manga) based on a series of books by Dr. Yoshiki Tanaka, author of Legend of the Galactic Heroes, among other things. Though his books have never been released in the USA, there is a fan translation of Arslan that is currently being worked on at arslansenki.wordpress.com. The translator has just finished the first novel, The Capital Ablaze (roughly episodes 1-9 of the anime) and is working on the second, The Two Princes.

    If you think the animation is lackluster and that Farangis’s outfit is way too much cheesecake to be practical, you should check out the 1990s Film/OVA versions, which used the original character designs by Yoshitaka Amano (of Final Fantasy fame). Amano did the books’ cover and inside illustrations for the Kadokawa Shoten editions (books 1-10), so in a sense, his character designs are ‘closer’ to what the author intended.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      The connection to Galactic Heroes was actually my impetus to check out Arslan! I became aware of the Arslan OVA shortly after I started watching the new series, which I intend to check it out after the anime is over, just to avoid spoiling any major plot points. I think I prefer the newer designs over the OVA designs, barring Farangis and Arslan’s mother’s outfits. It’s a close thing, though, because the OVA’s design are so great. I Think I just like the practical, middle eastern look of the armor in the anime, which feels a bit more unique than the OVA’s more classic 80’s ‘High Fantasy’ style costumes.

      I bookmarked the translation site, I’ll probably find time to read it on my phone.

      • vancho1

        The first hour of the OVA (Part I) has already been covered by the anime, so you can check that out spoiler-free. The show is currently on the second part, which roughly corresponds to book 2 of the series.

  • Ben Johnston

    I have not kept up with it, but the first two episodes hit all my favorite buttons, and it has been bookmarked as a result ever since then.

  • Kid Chaos

    Completely period-inappropriate picture, but…

  • Hfar

    I just finished episode 9 of The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Three words: Narsus. Is. Awesome.

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Between Narsus and Daryun, I dunno what they even need Arslan for! (or the rest of their army, for that matter)

      • Hfar

        Hey, every boss needs retainers. The mistake everyone else in the series makes is assuming that Narsus and Daryun are the retainers.

        • vancho1

          Because, even though Narsus can take 10,000 and Dariun can take 15,000, that still leaves 55,000 Lusitanians to deal with. That’s why they even bother gathering armies and all that jazz. And don’t forget that Arslan is really good at making people like him.

  • KungFuKlobber

    Implausible clothing is at least 15% of what anime is all about!

    • http://www.nn4b.com suburban_samurai

      Your estimated percentage may be on the lower end, I think!

      • KungFuKlobber

        I had to leave sufficient room for implausible hair, implausible weaponry, and implausible bust sizes!

  • Xinef

    Why does Rrricarrrdo look so sad? He did insure his cargo, right?

    … oh.

    • Kid Chaos

      Oh, Ricky you’re so sad
      You’re so sad and oh so bad
      Hey Ricky!
      Hey Ricky! :)

  • Da’Zlein

    “Ok, I think we got all the coffins”
    “Ambassador, those are the crates for the guns”
    *unsheath*
    “No witnesses”

  • Neska

    3 boxes of guns, 2 barrels of powder . . . well, they failed to destroy the entire cargo but it could have been worse! The Wataro will only be able to arm a small number of soldiers with guns!

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