|Adult Swim Premiere||February 10, 2003|
Reign: The Conqueror, originally named Alexander Senki, is a Japanese anime series produced by Madhouse and directed by Rintaro. Character and setting design for the show was conceived by Peter Chung (known for MTV's Æon Flux). Most of the production work was handled by Korean animators. The anime premiered in Japan on WOWOW from September 14, 1999 to December 7, 1999.
In the original attempt at American distribution, the producers created an English dub under the direction of veteran voice director Jack Fletcher. However, when the anime was picked up by TOKYOPOP and prepared for its 2003 release as Reign: The Conqueror, another dub was created. Still, TOKYOPOP retained the rights to the first four episodes of the series containing Fletcher's original dub, and used them for the American release. It used the second dub for the remaining episodes.
The English dub of Reign: The Conqueror premiered on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block from February 10, 2003 to March 3, 2003, with reruns continuing through January 1, 2004. The show was heavily edited to meet broadcast standards.
Alexander the Great, born to Olympias the pagan priestess, and King Phillip II, is prophesized to first rule and then destroy the world. Taught by the philosopher Aristotle, Alexander becomes the hero of Macedonia's battle against Thebus. Inheriting the crown, he becomes king of the Macedonians and starts down a road of conquest with terrific speed. Alexander ultimately confronts his fated nemesis, Darius the Third, in a war with Persia which changes Alexander into the devil he was fated to become, assuring the destruction of all in his path, and possibly himself.