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The Heroic Legend of Arslan (アルスラーン戦記 Arusurān Senki? ) is a Japanese fantasy novel series written by Yoshiki Tanaka. It started to be published in 1986 and as of 2017 there will be 16 novels and one side story in the official guidebook Arslan Senki Tokuhon. The series' story is based on the Persian epic Amir Arsalan. There are plans for a total of sixteen installments, each of two volumes.[1]

Kadokawa Shoten handled publications from volume one to volume ten with art and illustrations by Yoshitaka Amano. Volume eleven to the most recent release is currently being published by Kobunsha with art and illustrations by Shinobu Tanno.

Kadokawa Shoten PublicationsEdit

# Publication date ISBN Publisher Illustrator
1 August 13, 1986[2] ISBN : 4-04-166501-9-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. The Battle of Atropatene
  2. Mount Bashur
  3. The Capital Ablaze
  4. Beasts and Beauties
  5. Successor to the Throne
The Capital Ablaze (王都炎上 Ōto Enjō? )[3]
Cover character : Arslan
Pages :
253[4]
Novel 1
2 March 12, 1987[5] ISBN : 4-04-166502-7-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. Kashan Castle (カシャーンの城塞 Kashān no Jousai? )
  2. Cabals at the Demonic Capital (魔都の群像 Mato no Gunzou? )
  3. En Route to Peshawar (ペシャワールへの道 Peshawāru eno Michi? )
  4. Rupture and Reunion (分裂と再会 Bunretsu to Saikai? )
  5. The Two Princes (王子二人 Ōji Futari? )
The Two Princes (王子二人 Ōji Futari? )[6]
Cover character : Farangis
Pages :
269[7]
Book2
3 September 11, 1987[8] ISBN : 4-04-166503-5-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. The River at the Border
  2. First Crossing
  3. The Sunset Elegy
  4. Second Crossing
  5. Winter’s End
The Sunset Elegy (落日悲歌 Rakujitsu Hika? )[9]
Cover character : Daryun and Shabrang
Pages :
254[10]
Book3
4 August 11, 1988[11] ISBN : 4-04-166504-3-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. City of the East, City of the West
  2. A Guest from the Inland Sea
  3. Attack
  4. The Road of Sweat and Blood
  5. Kings and Royals
Road of Sweat and Blood (汗血公路 Kanketsu Kouro? )[12]
Cover character : Narsus
Pages :
239[13]
Book4
5 February 22, 1989 ISBN : 4-04-166505-1-C0193[14] Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. The Turanian Invasion
  2. Demon Mountain
  3. Two Escapes
  4. King versus Conqueror
  5. Shadow of a Lone Rider
Shadow of a Lone Rider (征馬孤影 Seiba Koei? )[15]
Cover character : Gieve
Pages :
250[16]
Book5
6 September 9, 1989[17] ISBN : 4-04-166506-X-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. The Capitals of Land and Water
  2. Secret Treasure of the South Sea
  3. The Disaster of Kings
  4. The Port of Rainbows
  5. A Fleeting Frenzy of Dust
A Frenzy of Dust (風塵乱舞 Fūjin Ranbu? ) [18]
Cover character : Alfreed
Pages :
237[19]
Book6
7 March 9, 1990[20] ISBN : 4-04-166507-8-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. Rank Blood in the Blistering Wind
  2. The Capital Retaken
  3. Atropatene Redux
  4. The Hero King Sighs
  5. Ecbatana, Eternal
The Capital Retaken (王都奪還 Outo Dakkan? )[21]
Cover character : Kishward
Pages :
257[22]
Book7
* Marks the end of Part 1
8 December 3, 1991[23] ISBN : 4-04-166508-6-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. Enemies Old and New
  2. Sacrificial Hunt
  3. A Purgatory for the Ambitious
  4. The Autumnal Capital
  5. The Masked Army
The Masked Army (仮面兵団 Kamen Heidan? )[24]
Cover character : Arslan and Azrael
Pages :
253[25]
Book8
* Beginning of Part 2
  • Three-year time skip
9 July 18, 1992[26] ISBN : 4-04-166509-4-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. Half Moon for Arslan
  2. A Rotation of Banners
  3. Those Advancing through Labyrinths
  4. Thunder Cry Valley
  5. Storm Season
A Rotation of Banners (旌旗流転 Seiki Ruten? )[27]
Cover character : Arslan
Pages :
251[28]
Book9
10 November 30, 1999[29] ISBN : 4-04-166510-8-C0193 Kadokawa Shoten Yoshitaka Amano
Chapter list :
  1. A Monstrous Summer
  2. Summit
  3. The Searing Winds of Misr
  4. The Shadow in the Ravine
  5. A Gathering of Ominous Clouds
A Gathering of Clouds (妖雲群行 Yōun Gunkō? )[30]
Cover character : Arslan
Pages :
251[31]
Book10

Kobunsha PublicationsEdit

# Publication date ISBN Publisher Illustrator
11 September 20, 2005 ISBN : 978-4-334-07619-1 Kobunsha Shinobu Tanno
Chapter list :
  1. Black Clouds over Maryam
  2. The Darkness before Dawn
  3. A Banquet of Evil Spirits
  4. Tawus, the Peacock Princess
  5. Assault of Demons
Assault of Demons (魔軍襲来 Magun Shūrai? )[32]
Cover character : Arslan, Daryun, Azrael, Narsus
Pages :
222[33]
Book11
12 December 6, 2006 ISBN : 978-4-334-07644-3 Kobunsha Shinobu Tanno
Chapter list :
  1. A Night Dyed in Blood
  2. Yellow Moon in Wane
  3. The Curious Tale of "Bagh Chenar"
  4. Shrine of Darkness
  5. The Tragedy of Ruj Kilise
Shrine of Darkness (暗黒神殿 Ankoku Shinden? )[34]
Cover character : Arslan
Pages :
222[35]
Book12
13 October 6, 2008 ISBN : 978-4-334-07677-1 Kobunsha Shinobu Tanno
Chapter list :
  1. Earth and Hell
  2. Chaos in the North, Danger in the South
  3. A Caller in the Rain
  4. The Troubled Kings
  5. The Return of the Serpent King
The Return of the Serpent King (蛇王再臨 Hebi Ō Sairin? )[36]
Cover character : Camp of Arslan
Pages :
222[37]
Book13
14 May 16, 2014 ISBN : 978-4-334-07722-8 Kobunsha Shinobu Tanno
Chapter list :
  1. King Rajendra Bewildered
  2. The Value of Dinars
  3. Heaven Resounds
  4. A River of Blood
  5. Homeward Blows the Wind
Heaven Resounds, Earth Quakes (天鳴地動 Tenmei Chidou? )[38]
Cover character : Daryun and Farangis
Pages :
226[39]
Book14
15 May 18, 2016 ISBN : 978-4-334-07722-8 Kobunsha Shinobu Tanno
Chapter list :
  1. From All Directions, Ill Winds Blow
  2. The Writhing of Snakes
  3. Transient Autumn
  4. Blood and Ashes
  5. The Banner Yet Wave
The Banner Yet Wave (戦旗不倒 Senki Futō? )[40]
Cover character : Narsus and Alfreed
Pages :
221[41]
Book15
16 (Final) December 15, 2017 ISBN : 978-4-334-07735-8 Kobunsha Shinobu Tanno
Chapter list :
  1. Envoy(s) and Deceased(s) (使者と死者 Shisha to Shisha? )
  2. Battles in Back and Front (表と裏の戦い Omote to Ura no Tatakai? )
  3. Traitors (逆賊たち Gyakuzokutachi? )
  4. Disastrous Battles (惨戦 Zansen? )
  5. Infinite Sky and World (天涯無限 Tengai Mugen? )
Infinite Sky and World (天涯無限 Tengai Mugen? )[42]
Cover character : Arslan
Pages :
219

ReferencesEdit

  1. Yoshiki Tanaka on Books from Japan (English)
  2. 王都炎上 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  3. The Capital Ablaze | 王都炎上 (1986) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  4. The Capital Ablaze on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  5. 王子二人 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  6. The Two Princes | 王子二人 (1987) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  7. The Two Princes on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  8. 落日悲歌 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  9. The Sunset Elegy | 落日悲歌 (1987) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  10. The Sunset Elegy on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  11. 汗血公路 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  12. Road of Sweat and Blood | 汗血公路 (1988) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  13. Road of Sweat and Blood on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  14. 征馬孤影 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  15. Shadow of a Lone Rider | 征馬孤影 (1989) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  16. Shadow of a Lone Rider on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  17. 風塵乱舞 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  18. A Frenzy of Dust | 風塵乱舞 (1989) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  19. A Frenzy of Dust on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  20. 王都奪還 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  21. The Capital Retaken | 王都奪還 (1990) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  22. The Capital Retaken on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  23. 仮面兵団 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  24. The Masked Army | 仮面兵団 (1991) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  25. The Masked Army on Amazon.co.jp (Japanese)
  26. 旌旗流転 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  27. A Rotation of Banners | 旌旗流転 (1992) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  28. The Masked Army on Amazon.co.jp (Japanese)
  29. 妖雲群行 on Kadokawa (Japanese)
  30. A Gathering of Clouds | 妖雲群行 (1999) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  31. The Masked Army on Amazon.co.jp (Japanese)
  32. Assault of Demons | 魔軍襲来 (2005) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  33. Assault of Demons on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  34. Shrine of Darkness | 暗黒神殿 (2006) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  35. Shrine of Darkness on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  36. The Return of the Serpent King | 蛇王再臨 (2008) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  37. The Return of the Serpent King on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  38. Heaven Resounds, Earth Quakes | 天鳴地動 (2014) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  39. Heaven Resounds, Earth Quakes on Gamecity.ne.jp (Japanese)
  40. The Banners Yet Wave | 戦旗不倒 (2016) on Heroic Legend of Arslan Translations
  41. The Banners Yet Wave on Amazon.co.jp (Japanese)
  42. Kobunsha's official tweet

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