If there’s one change I’m aware of in Arakawa’s version of The Heroic Legend of Arslan is the addition of her sense of humor. I’m also aware that it’s also a point of contention in the old-time Arslan community (read: 8 smelly old men who are probably literature professors in Tokyo University) because they find it to be a bit jarring considering the rather serious and epic tone of the overarching plot.
In my opinion? The humour is fucking excellent. Especially since episode 4 of Arslan is a goldmine of hilarious exploitable screengrabs like the one above.
We are properly introduced to this guy whom I’m really tempted to nickname Average Self-Important DeviantArt User or ASIDAU for short but that’s really stupid even for me and also I managed to remember his name this time around (and it’s Narsus by the way). After some ranting about art for most of the episode, he proceeds to dunk some motherfuckers into a moat he just happens to have in his house. What, you don’t have a moat in your house?
Seriously, I just fucking love this guy. He’s a walking ball of hilarious and awesome moments in his entire screentime so far. As long as he’s around, there’s just never a dull moment. His interactions with other characters are simply gold. Like being convinced not by money or power or status but by Arslan promising a spot as the court painter. Which then he proceeds to laugh like a fucking maniac before accepting and probably creaming his pants.
Oh right, there’s also uh… that guy. That kid who inexplicably lives with Narsus in a totally clean and not filled with “favours” of the kind that argh let’s not go there . I was too busy being entertaining by Narsus’ hilariousness, and as he can cook and clean and other stuff I’ll nickname him Arabian Yun because this is the closest we’ll ever get to Yona S2.
Since episode 4 was more about character interaction in Narsus’ tiny house in the mountains, it obviously didn’t have the grandiose scale of episodes 1 to 4. But that’s okay, because Arakawa can write character interactions like Bach could play the fiddle: it’s a joy to hear the result.