Altair: A Record of Battles is set within the fictional empire known as the Turkiye Stratocracy where a young lord named Mahmut thwarts a couple schemes attempting to instigate war between kingdoms, yet learns the militaristic Balt-Rhein Empire is planning a large-scale expansion of their territory throughout the continent. Traveling the land, Mahmut travels to several lands to learn more of their political situations and try to persuade them into forming an alliance to halt the Balt-Rhein Empire's rapid expansion.
Altair appeared to be inspired by real life historical empires with the world building it offers up, as the Balt-Rhein Empire seems comparable to Western Europe's Holy Roman Empire and the Turkiye Stratocracy being comparable to the Ottoman Empire. This is perhaps reflected in the customs, social ranks, and attires from characters within these empires as they closely reflect what is found within their real-life counterparts. This lends Altair a solid amount of world building to build upon in exploring the political and economic issues surrounding the populace of these lands, as well as what the effects of the Balt-Rhein's expansion have on them.
Plus unlike most war-focused anime that focus on the battles being fought, Altair is more focused on the political dealings and strategical planning that take place behind the scenes before battles play out. This is an ongoing element to Mahmut's journeying as he better understands the political situations going on within the lands he visits, works to mend any hostilities, negotiate alliances, and fend off Balt-Rhein influence expanding within the lands he visits.
The series also does a great job at exploring the developments of Mahmut's character as he finds himself caught up in the war. While a talented fighter and tactician, his idealism and lack of experience effect him in properly understanding the complicated politics between kingdoms that those within his position are expected to understand and work to handle. His traveling leads his character to gain a greater understanding of the problems facing the neighboring nations and understanding that fighting is an inevitability within the world of geopolitical affairs, which leads to a gradual change in how he plans out his negotiations and strategies with potential allies and foes alike.
All the praises aside, the series may not be for everyone considering its heavy dabbling into the political affairs and strategical planning that go into battles over the action and drama that unfold with characters in battle. Plus in spite of its solid storytelling, the series does have an open ending as the battle between Turkiye and Balt-Rhein is still ongoing by the end of the series, which is sadly due to its manga source material still being ongoing as of the time I prepared this review.
Still if you are looking for a war-focused anime that is more focused on political maneuvering and strategical planning, Altair is a hidden gem from 2017 that might be worth your interest to track down.
Rating: 8.5 of 10
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