is an anime television series adaptation of Alexandre Dumas's novel The Three Musketeers and subsequent D'Artagnan romances. The series consisted of 52 half-hour episodes.
D'Artagnan leaves his hometown of Gascogne for Paris in order to join the King's Musketeers or the Guards of the Cardinal. At his arrival, he went into an argument with Athos, Porthos and Aramis and provokes them into a duel. At the time of the duel, they were interrupted by the Guards of the Cardinal who are enforcing the King's decree banning duels. Afterwards, D'Artagnan and company became friends and adopted the motto, "all for one, and one for all".
Differences between Anime and Novels
- In the anime, Aramis is a woman who cross-dressed into a man in order to become a musketeer. Aramis' love of the arts in the original novel influenced the producers into changing the character's gender. In addition, it added a romantic angle within the series.
- The Iron mask story arc started only after a few months of the preceding part, while in the novel it was set more than 20 years apart, in The Vicomte de Bragelonne.
- The series' depiction of the Man in the Iron Mask is rather original, as the character appears in the form of a Doctor Doom-like villain.
- Constance is not the wife of Bonacieux in this version, but his daughter in order to facilitate the romantic relationship between Constance and d'Artagnan as envisioned by the producers.
- D'Artagnan is much younger in the anime than the novel, he was 15 years old at the beginning of the series.
- A new character replaced Planchet in other versions of the novel: Jean, a nine year old boy who is looking for his missing mother accused of helping a Protestant.
- In France, the series was known as Sous le signe des Mousquetaires (Under the sign of the Musketeers), as the anime's many liberties with the novel made it an unlikely adaptation of Dumas' work.