The Heroic Legend of Arslan anime series began broadcasting on April 5, 2015. The anime is based on the historical fantasy novel series of the same name by Yoshiki Tanaka, and its manga adaptation by Hiromu Arakawa. The first volume of the novel series was released in 1986, and the hit series still continues today, with a total of 14 volumes and over 6 million copies sold. In 2013, Hiromu Arakawa, famed creator of the Fullmetal Alchemist series, began adapting the story into a manga. With 3 volumes published, the manga series has over 2 million copies in print.