The Heroic Legend of Arslan
is the title of a Japanese fantasy novel, which is known in Japan as Arslan Senki
(アルスラーン戦記, Arslan Senki
In the 1800s, Naqib ul-Mamālik
), royal story teller of Nasereddin Shah's court, king of Iran, became popular for creating the tale "Amir Arsalān-i Nāmdār"
. In the 1990s, the story was loosely manifested as the series: The Heroic Legend of Arislan
The author, Yoshiki Tanaka, started writing Arslan in 1986 and is still writing it as of 2008, with the current number of books at 13 novels and one side story in the official guidebook Arslan senki tokuhon
. It was made into a manga (which went ahead and came up with an ending on its own) and from 1991 to 1993 into a six-part[a], unfinished anime OVA.
The story is set in a fantasy setting resembling historical Persia, and many characters have names originating from Persian epic of Amir Arsalan the celebrated.