The Heroic Legend of Arslan (henceforth, just Arslan) is a six-episode fantasy OAV series made over the course of four years, from 1991-1995. It is based on a set of ongoing (actual, non-lite) novels by acclaimed author Yoshiki Tanaka who also wrote a little series called Legend of the Galactic Heroes. In some ways, Arslan functions a lot like a low-fantasy version of LOGH but without the parts that apparently bother some people who are not me.
This post is not an Arslan review.
The above is meant as a little taste of background in case anyone wants to go out and catch some Arslan, which I’d advise everyone to do. Rather than review this particular anime here, I want to discuss the larger, more general thoughts that Arslan led me to think. The show represents some of the things I love most about anime, but it also foreshadows a current anime trend that I find troubling. I will use a couple of the OAV’s prominent aspects as jumping-off points for this discussion. Continue reading “Original Animated Vehicle: Thoughts Caused by Arslan That Are About More Than Arslan”