Episode 13 Production Details
Episode Director: Takashi Yamazaki [Also credited as Takayuki Tanaka, as a pen-name] ( Key Animator on Yu Yu Hakusho episode 79 / Storyboard alongside Masami Shimoda & Takuya Sato on Selector Infected Wixoss episode 11 / Episode Director on FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood episode 23 / Episode Director on Shokugeki no Soma episodes 16, 20 and 21)
Storyboards: Takashi Yamazaki
Script: Makoto Uezu ( Script on D-Frag! episodes 1, 3, 4, 8 and 12 / Series Composition on Akame ga Kill! / Script on Arslan Senki episodes 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 13, 17, 24 and 25)
I cannot believe it has been since November that I last discussed this anime series. Amazing how time flies and I’m glad to be getting back into re-watching this show. After this episode there was a recap for the next week when it aired.
Finally! We’re at Peshawar, the last outpost of the Pars Empire for everyone’s journey. With the return of Narsus and the young girl he saved, Alfried presents to us a new theme in this series in more ways than one. Respect and how it can be earned. Narsus was once well-respected within the Pars army even by its King for his unparalleled abilities as a tactician. Elam’s comical banter with Alfried in this episode illustrates how this group is going to become stronger as time goes on but that its bound by the loyalties of two men–Narsus and Arslan. Narsus gained the respect of Daryun a long time ago and and while he has his duties as a knight to be a shield for Arslan, Narsus is becoming the strength the young prince needs.
This episode even points this out with Kishward’s arrival and it solidifies Arslan’s principles to rebuild the entire social structure from the ground up. Quickly we see that Arslan has shown potential to be an honest King when he says that “If we don’t make the new kingdom a better place, there’s no point in fighting for it”. This statement alone sums up nicely his rationale of thinking! Exactly the opposite of what Hermes’ goal is–he doesn’t care how the country ends up just that he rules it out of revenge of the King of Pars for stealing everything from him. Which is why he’s going after Arslan and anyone related to the family. Bahman being reintroduced here brings up what had troubled him when he was first introduced–Arslan’s origins. When Hermes sneaks into Peshawar to confront Arslan is right where Bahman’s role is somewhat similar to Vahriz was to Arslan.
I really like how we actually get to see a flashback of a young Hermes training with Bahman. Having built up rage inside of him and incredible swordsmanship we get a brave yet terrified view of Arslan–realistic for a 14-year old boy to act in life or death situation. Unfortunately though Hermes’ over-exaggerated performance is his undoing when Arslan aims the torch towards him depicting he has a fear of fire due to his past. Seeing Narsus, Daryun, Falangies and Kishward come in to save the day was rewarding. Simply because this series’ past couple of episodes has been about gaining the trust of companions and Bahman getting killed at the hands of Hermes enhances this incredibly well! Fantastic episode!
It’s a shame that the animation by LIDEN FILMS and Sanzigen is extremely thick and heavy in this show. It doesn’t work too well. Those fight scenes could have been more fluid than what we got and there were many times that the character models were not completely drawn in.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 8/10