I scrambled to review the latest episode of Arslan Senki: Fuujin Ranbu as soon as I finished watching it. Everything that happened was so awesome and intense, and I just couldn’t wait to discuss it with you all!
So, previously, we saw the catastrophe that ensued in Ecbatana where King Innocentis was forcefully dethroned and almost murdered. Princess Irina and Étoile were almost executed as well, until Hermes came to the rescue! Then, Arslan and his company were going to head off to Safdie Island to go treasure hunting!
I never really thought about it last week but, when the episode started talking about Safdie Island and the treasure, I immediately wondered why the story was going from recruiting troops to searching for a rumor. I mean, I get that they need the funds, but it seemed a bit disconnected. I also got curious as to why only Daryun, Narsus, Gieve, and Farangis are going, while Arslan and the rest are staying in Gilan. Is the POV switching away from Arslan again?
So when Shagad called all of his pirate friends and charged over to Arslan’s office, everything made sense. He was finally showing his true colors, and it was another catastrophe in the making. Apparently, the rumor about the treasure was just a lie he made up so that the city would be unguarded and they can easily overthrow the crown Prince. While all that chaos was happening, I was deeply hoping that Narsus already predicted it and would suddenly turn things around. But people were dying, the arrested pirates were being freed, and everyone really seemed surprised about the events, all except Arslan. Was there really something up their sleeves? Or was he just feigning calmness?
Then Elam and Alfarid said that Narsus expected this, and Narsus appeared with the Zot Clan! Even the ones who were supposed to be heading to Safdie Island all appeared as well, but scattered at different places in the city to fend off the enemies and rile up the citizens to help out. You can really count on the great tactician to surprise the enemy with a great plan! They knew from the start that the rumor was false, but they decided to take advantage of the opportunity to lure out the supporter of the pirates!
Shagad was now backed into a corner, so he had no choice but to escape. Daryun gave chase but eventually Narsus was the one who managed to catch up with him. Just imagine how hard it must’ve been! Because his own friend went down the wrong path due to greed, Narsus had to stop him. Eventually they had to settle it in combat. I somehow got the impression that they both got their combat training from the Royal Academy where they studied. They matched up evenly and there was no telling when the battle would end. I wanted the fight to be over already, though, because it was terrible seeing them that way. Even though he didn’t show any signs of despair over their situation, I still felt pity for Narsus. No matter how much he tried to convince him, his friend wouldn’t snap out of it. Fortunately, Daryun and Grāze came with reinforcements, and then Arslan’s messenger hawk, Azrael, swooped in to help by scratching Shagad’s face (to be honest I thought it was gonna claw his eye out but I guess that’s too morbid for this show). This gave Narsus the upper hand and finally managed to stop his old comrade.
When the enemies were being arrested, I was expecting Shagad to be remorseful, even if just a bit. But he still had the guts to insult Narsus, and eventually Arslan when he was giving out the sentence. He would be punished by spending one year as a slave, a quite fitting punishment since he was really against abolishing slavery. He’d get to experience the hardships the slaves experience, which will hopefully change his mind and character.
Shagad threatened Arslan that, by the time the one year is over, he’d have his revenge. Of course, Daryun, being the ever loyal retainer, defended his liege, but the crown Prince once again displayed his compassionate character. He had every right to execute Shagad for his insolence, yet instead he prayed that he will change for the better, as he was Narsus’s friend. True enough, Narsus was heartbroken over this, but it couldn’t be helped. That’s how harsh life is.
Afterwards, we saw that the citizens and merchants were acknowledging Arslan as the proper ruler of Gilan. He and his companions did manage to solve the pirate problem after all. He also gained the allegiance of the Zot Clan who helped them out! It’s making me quite proud of our young protagonist once again!
In the end, Merlane and Étoile safely arrived at Arslan’s doorstep and told him to help King Innocentis. This is the same king who chased him out of his home, so what will he do?
The story of this episode was great! I mentioned last week that there might be more to happen, so I wasn’t expecting that they’d conclude the arc with Shagad this quickly. Because of that, you’d somehow think they rushed it, but in my opinion it was perfect! They didn’t need to drag it on for long to make it clear that he was the traitor. They just needed the proper situation to end it all, and they delivered it well! Way to go breaking our hearts!
The quality of the art was great in the close-ups, but mediocre during the fighting scenes. I’ve got to commend the cinematography though, especially when they were zooming in on the ships to show Narsus, Shagad, and their companions. The expressions on the characters were quite clear too, like the disgust and anger on Shagad’s face, the pride and sternness on Narsus’s face during the fight, and the disappointment on Arslan’s face when he was wishing that Shagad could change.
I think that…
I’m not ready for this anime to end yet! Next week is the last episode, and our beloved crown Prince is faced with the dilemma of helping out the enemy! What will happen?
Are you excited for the conclusion? Let me know in the comments below!