Yoshiki Tanaka’s The Heroic Legend of Arslan (Arslan Senki) novel series is coming to an end. The author notified Hiroaki Adachi, the head of Wright Staff, that he has completed the manuscript for the final volume.
Tanaka has been writing The Heroic Legend of Arslan since 1986, with 15 volumes currently published. The fantasy series focuses on Arslan, who is the heir to the Kingdom of Pars, but has little experience in diplomacy and combat. When the neighboring country Lusitania successfully invades, Arslan and his guard Daryun barely escape from the battlefield. While on the run, Arslan tries to assemble an army to take back the kingdom’s capital, but he finds himself becoming entangled with his enemy Silvermask.
The Heroic Legend of Arslan was first adapted into a six-episode OVA from 1991 to 1993. Chisato Nakamura also worked on a manga adaptation between 1991 to 1996.
Modern fans outside of Japan may be more familiar with Hiromu Arakawa’s (Fullmetal Alchemist) manga adaptation, which has been serialized since July 2013. A two season anime adaptation of this version was produced by Liden Films, and it has 33 episodes.
A concrete release date for The Heroic Legend of Arslan‘s finale is yet to be announced, but Tanaka is planning on publishing the final novel this winter.