Elegy of The Setting Sun
Season 1 Episode 16
Kanji 落日悲歌
Rōmaji Shindoura no kurohyō
English Elegy of the Setting Sun
Air Date July 26, 2015
Written By Kazuhiro Ozawa
Directed By Yasuto Nishikata
Opening Uzu to Uzu
Ending One Light
Episode Guide
The Black Leopard of Shindra
The Duel Before The Gods
Episode Index
Episode 16 Screenshots

Elegy of The Setting Sun (落日悲歌 Rakujitsu hika? ) is the 16th episode of the Arslan Senki Anime series.


Gadevi commands his army to bring down Arslan and Rajendra's alliance. Believing that he got the Parsian forces isolated, Gadevi commands his main force against Rajendra's, gaining the upper hand, until the Parsians, having outsmarted their enemies once again, join the battle as well.


At the fortress of Gujarat, Elam informs Arslan and his staff that Gadevi has departed from Uraiyur, leading his war elephants and also that Rajendra's Army has circled behind Gadevi's Army. The Army of Gadevi numbered 150'000 men while his opponents only numbered 60'000, marking a clear difference in strength.

Arslan's staff realizes about Gadevi's Army that between Arslan's and Rajendra's troops not giving them the tactical advantage as Gadevi overwhelmingly outnumbers them, before stating that if Gadevi were to split his force to confront Rajendra and Arslan separately, they would certainly lose.
At Gadevi's camp, Gadevi reprimands Jaswant for the loss of the Fortress of Gujarat. He nearly executes him but is prevented by Mahendra who pleads for his spy's life. After Gadevi leaves, Mahendra states that Gadevi has far too little compassion for others, a fact that makes Jaswant remembering Arslan's personality. At Gujarat, Daryun and Narsus receive the news that Gadevi's army has indeed split in two, and think about the possibility of a fight over the throne between Arslan and Hilmes.

The armies of the Shindhuran brothers meet at the fields of Chandigarh, in the Year 320 of the Parsian Era. After Gadevi and Rajendra made their battle speeches and insulted their opponents, the former begins the battle by ordering his cavalry to charge accross the river to crush his brother's army: Gadevi's calvary and infantry meet and fight Rajendra's infantry. Jaswant notes that the river is keeping Gadevi's army split up and he cannot make the most of Gadevi's strength in numbers. After being informed that his front line is being pushed back, Gadevi sent in his war elephants.
The elephants push back Rajendra's infantry but Rajendra has predicted that they would join the fight and orders his archers to shower the elephants. However, it doesn't stop the elephants who charge at the archer's line and break them. Observing the scene, Rajendra's general tells him the elephants must be drugged in order to fight well in the snow. A report then informs him that the Parsian army has been surrounded at the Fortress of Gujarat and are being forced to remain there. The report shocks Rajendra as his cavalry and his reserves have been wiped out by the elephants.
Suddenly they saw the Parsian cavalry lead by Arslan, Daryun and Narsus who then charge at the advancing infantry of Gadevi. During the fight, Gieve lost an opportunity to save Farangis when Alfreed kills her opponent. Arslan and Narsus explain to Rajendra that they have left mannequins behind to trick the soldiers Gadevi sent to besiege the fortress.
Gadevi orders his elephants to bring up the rear of the Parsian Army. Daryun leads a charge against the charging elephants but retreats just before confronting them and is being chased by them. Gadevi ignores Jaswant's advice to stop the charge as the latter thinks this is a trap. The elephants charge right in front of a brush that is hiding machinery, sending spears that cut down the elephants. The elephant of Gadevi manages to stop before it is too late, but found Daryun before him. Daryun cuts down the cavalrymen protecting Gadevi, jumps on the elephant quickly and disarms Gadevi. Before he can kill him, Jaswant jumps on the elephant with his horse, engages Daryun in battle and manages to escape with Gadevi. Arslan prevents Farangis from shooting an arrow at him.

Back at the Capital, Gadevi shows no gratitude to Jaswant and blames him for the loss of the battle. After Gadevi leaves, Mahendra thinks he made a mistake on whom he chose to advise. They are then informed that the King of Shindra is awake.
At his bedside, Gadevi tells Karikala that Rajendra tried to kill his brother and take the throne when the latter asks to see Rajendra. He then asks him to make him the next heir to the throne but Karikila prefers to determine his heir by a duel before the Gods.
At Arslan's camp, after Farangis explains to Arslan's staff about the duel's law, Rajendra begs Daryun to fight for him as his proxy.


Characters in italic are only seen briefly and have yet to make a proper appearance.


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