Set in a world that looks like a distorted version of Africa-Eurasia, Altair: A Record of Battles revolves around a young Turkish statesman/general who strive to stop a growing insatiable empire on conquering the entire continent of Rumeriana which had been torn by warring states.
The characters are pretty interesting in this anime. Their ideologies are comparable to those of Code Geass characters but on a different scale. Altair is an exciting combination of action-adventure-drama and cultural mixtures of different countries in the story.
I specially enjoy the character progress of Mahmut from gaining his title as the youngest Pasha, then losing it and eventually strive to regain it while learning a lot of things about the world and the country he’s living.
|Tuğril “Golden Eagle” Mahmut Pasha|
Meanwhile, another main character have to be put in the limelight, it’s the most intriguing person in the story, Zaganos. He is a very interesting man and we all want to know more about hims, and why he had such beliefs and principles, and he’s eager to desire to destroy the Balt-Rhein Empire at all cost.
|Zehir “Poison” Zağanos Pasha|
The Divan, the council of pashas that governed the Türkiye Stratocracy is also an annoying part of the story until the later part during the formation of Tripartite Military Alliance of the Greater Türkiye, the Kingdom of Urado, and the Republic of Venedik.
It had been quite a long build up of the world setting and plot before the viewers actually see any progress. However, it was all paid off once we reached the chapters of the civil war in the four sultanates of Türkiye. It eventually led into the awesome progress of Great Rumeliana War between the Balt-Rhein Empire and Tripartite Military Alliance with Greater Türkiye, Republic of Venedik, and Urado Kingdom, and the cooperation of the Cuore Alliance, the Anti-Imperial Alliance.
To conclude this final impression review for Altair: A Record of Battles, the anime had an amazing and exciting story, interesting characters, awesome visuals, solid animation and astounding fight scenes.
I believe that it just lack a little bit of time, it took o much time in the beginning on building the story, reaching a dramatic and intense climax, only for the audiences to be left hanging and wondering of the outcome of the war, it seems that the finale had been rushed.
Nonetheless, Altair: A Record of Battles had been a solid anime deserving of a spot in our list of top 20 anime titles of 2017.
In case you had finished Altair: A Record of Battles already, I have here several historical anime series that you may enjoy as follows:
- Yona of the Dawn
- The Heroic Legend of Arslan
- Vinland Saga
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