Vol. 1 | Chapter One: The Battle of Atropatene (vi)

Even after Andragoras’s departure from the battlefield, blood continued to flow…

CONTINUE READING

Notes under the cut:

And the first chapter comes to a close! (Sorry for the wait.)

An addendum to my commentary re: “Continental Highway” from the last update — only after I’d written up that bit did I realize that the closer equivalence is not the Silk Road as I had automatically assumed, but rather the Persian Royal Road. Doh. So another possibility for translation would be “Royal Highway”, I suppose… but for now I’ll stick with Continental Highway as the most accurate to the text.

And for this time’s update, the Lusitanian god Ialdabaoth (イアルダボート) seems to be named after the Gnostic figure whose name is also spelled as Yaldabaoth and Yaltabaoth. The more you know!

In the meantime, I hope you are all as excited as I am about the new manga adaptation of Arslan by Arakawa Hiromu (of Fullmetal Alchemist fame). And hi any incoming readers whose interest was piqued by said manga! *waves* As is probably obvious, this is very much a personal, one-person project, and I’m pretty anal about getting the terminology right, so updates will be unfortunately very inconsistent. I apologize in advance for that.

(On that note, if renewed interest from this new serialization results in an English license for the novels — hey, one can dream — I will probably pull these down. It’s not very likely at this point, given my admittedly shallow understanding of the market and how imported fantasy like Moribito and 12 Kingdoms have done in the past, but just as a heads up in case it does happen.)

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6 thoughts on “Vol. 1 | Chapter One: The Battle of Atropatene (vi)

  1. burbels says:

    If they ask you to do it, sure, but they probably won’t. Thank you for an update!

  2. Viviane says:

    Thank you so much for the update!!!

  3. Battylous says:

    I’m really glad that finally someone will remake this story. To be honest, I didn’t expect that it will be Hiromu Arakawa. (I was expecting other mangaka who can draw beautiful people 😄 ). But I hope her Arslan Senki will be a good remake. I have read the first chapter and it is not bad. 😀

    • T. E. Waters says:

      Her character designs definitely aren’t as pretty as the originals 😄 — but she has a good track record of being a great storyteller so it should be interesting to see her take on the series!

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