The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance – Preview
The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance:
Original Air Dates: July 3rd, 2016 – ???
Synopsis: Lusitania’s forces continue to subjugate and rule over the Kingdom of Pars, despite Arslan’s fierce confrontation with Lord Silver Mask. As new enemies take advantage of the kingdom’s turmoil, and Silver Mask seeks a new weapon that could turn the balance of the battle, Arslan is faced with the difficult truth of one important question: Who are his parents?
1st Episode Review (Warning: Some Spoilers to Follow):
Tom: The high quality of Arslan’s traditional animation is back, depicting our characters with the same visual fidelity and flair expected of the series. Unfortunately, the same quality of CGI animation is back, looking just as obvious and just as bland. It’s particularly noticeable in the long, zooming shots meant to depict Arslan’s epic reintroduction. It’s disappointing, but if you made it through the first season you should be used to it by now.
Linny: It’s really hard to dismiss the CGI for anyone who struggled with it in season one so brace yourself because we get tons of it from the get go, all thanks to a battle scene starting the second season. It’s chaotic and action packed, making us feel like we never left the world of Arslan as we’re thrown right into the heat of battle.
Tom: Our heroes appear in the nick of time to save the day and all get brief appearances on screen to assure us everyone we loved from last season is back for more. It obviously makes for a terrible jumping on point for new viewers, but helps to drive returning fans right into the thick of the story. In fact it’s not till we’re a good five to seven minutes into the episode that we’re given the briefest of recaps. If you’re struggling to remember the details, it might be a good idea to rewatch Arslan’s previous season as Dust Storm Dance has little interest in hand holding.
Linny: It’s definitely overwhelming to try and remember all the other players that aren’t shown in the episode. A lot of major events and twists happen here which might make you struggle to remember exactly how matters were with every single player in this large scale political drama. Tom remarked that this show feels like the Game of Thrones of anime and I have to agree. There’s several different factions, leaders and nations vying for power for all their own reasons and trying to keep track of all of them is a daunting task.
Tom: The new enemy harassing Arslan at the opening isn’t much of a threat and what characters are introduced for this particular faction get no more than a few lines of dialogue to explain their motivation and act as characterization. But they don’t seem to be the focus here. Instead this season’s focus seems to be on Silver Mask’s quest for a ancient and powerful sword once used by the Hero King himself, and a truly surprising turn of events in the Capital city of Ecbatana. Lingering questions from last season, such as Arslan’s lineage, are touched on and, thanks to Funimation’s promotional information, seems to be the focus of this unusually short second season.
Linny: For those who loved season one of Arslan for its political intrigue and mystery, Dust Storm Dance is an enjoyable continuation especially since it seems to be teasing us with answers to lingering questions. There’s nothing majorly different in the new season in terms of quality or style, but given the small episode count, here’s to hoping we do not get a rushed season.
Tom: Interestingly enough, Funimation is toting this eight episode season as the conclusion to things. It’s surprising, as the original novel series it’s based on (Funimation wrongly claims in their promotional material that Arakawa of Fullmetal Alchemist fame came up with it) is still ongoing, as is Arakawa’s manga adaptation. It’s a strong indicator that we’re looking at an anime only ending if Funimation is to be believed. But, either way, I’m excited to see what this season will offer and curious as to how they’ll wrap the entire story up with just seven more episodes to go.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan: Dust Storm Dance and its first season are available for streaming via Funimation.com.