Set in the year 1625 in France, young D'Artagnan leaves his hometown, striving to become a Musketeer like his father before him.
In 17th-century France, young D'Artagnan leaves his home village to travel to Paris and find fame and fortune, serving his King as a Musketeer like his father before him. So far, so close to the 1844 novel by Alexandre Dumas père. In Paris, he defeats the plots of evil Cardinal Richelieu and Milady against Louis XIII, aided by his fellow Musketeers and mentors Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, and by the queen's beautiful maid, Constance.
The familiar Dumas tale was popularized in Japan by D'Artagnan's Story, an 11-volume series of novels by Yoshihiro Suzuki, with accompanying artwork by Lupin III-creator Monkey Punch. The 3M anime adapts the first volume of this version, with two major additions to the Dumas original-D'Artagnan's orphan boy assistant Jean, and the fact that Aramis is actually a woman, in a cross-dressing homage to Rose of Versailles. The series, which began in October, was piloted the previous May with a 25-minute TV special Chase the Iron Mask (Tekkamen o Oe).
For the latter half of the series, the animators would draw on the same events, from Dumas' Man in the Iron Mask through the tenth book in Suzuki's series. The series was recut again into the movie Aramis' Adventure (1989, Aramis no Boken), which rearranged flashbacks with new footage set a year after the final episode. Lune is a 16-year-old girl from the Swiss Alps, who falls in love with François, a young man she meets in the forest. Believing him to have been murdered, she adopts a man's disguise and changes her name to Aramis, hoping to track down the man who ordered his death. Naturally, this turns out to have been his twin brother, Louis XIII, in a surprise that dovetails beautifully with the original source material. For very different animated versions, see Dogtanian and the Three Muskehounds, Keroppi, and Puss in Boots.
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|Aliases||Anime Sanjushi, Anime Sanjushi: Aramis no Daiboken, Anime San Jushi|
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