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Arata: The Legend (アラタカンガタリ ~革神語~ Arata Kangatari ~Engaku Kougatari~?), a Japanese manga written by Yuu Watase that began serialization in the manga magazine Weekly Shōnen Sunday in 2008. The first volume of the series was released in Japan on January 16, 2009[1]. The series has seven volume and is still serialized in Shonen Sunday.[2] The series is one of Watase's first shonen series. It is licensed by Viz Media as part of their Shonen Sunday imprint.

Plot

In a mythical world where humans and gods co-exist, a ceremony marking the new governing princess is about to occur for the first time in 60 years. Only a girl from the Hime Clan may take this position, but the lack of females born to this family means that a boy called Arata must pose for the role. Meanwhile in modern-day Japan, a boy named Arata Hinohara is starting his new life in high school. He wants to put memories of his difficult past behind him, but things aren’t going to be simple when he discovers a mysterious connection to the first Arata.

Characters

Arata Hinohara (新檜原村 Hinohara Arata?)
Arata Hinohara is a highly athletic, but also a very shy, quiet person. He doesn't have many friends. When he is first transported to the other Arata's world, he thinks it is a dream.
Arata (アラタ Arata?)
Arata is a very outgoing, energetic young man, whose grandmother claimed he was a female when he was born.
Kotoha (コトハ Kotoha?)
Arata's childhood friend. She appears to be in love with Arata, but doesn't seem to fully comprehend that Arata Hinohara is not the Arata she grew up with.

Manga

Written and drawn by Yuu Watase, Arata: The Legend has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine since October 2008.

Volume Listing

<tr ><th rowspan="2" style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th colspan="2">Japanese</th><th colspan="2">English</th></th></tr><tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th><th style="width: 24%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 24%;">ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> January 16, 2009[1]</td><td>ISBN 9784091215796</td><td>March 9, 2010[3]</td><td>ISBN 1-4215-3420-7</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
  • 01. "Revolution" (革命 "Kakumei"?)
  • 02. "Friends" (友達 "Tomodachi"?)
  • 03. "Arata & Arata" (革とアラタ "Arata to Arata"?)
  • 04. "Hayagami" (劍神 "Hayagami"?)
  • 05. "Sho" ( "Sho"?)
  • 06. "Trial" (裁判 "Saiban"?)
  • 07. "Determination" (決意 "Ketsui"?)
  • </td></tr>

    <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> March 18, 2009[4]</td><td>ISBN 9784091216298</td><td>June 8, 2010[5]</td><td>ISBN 1-4215-3421-5</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
    • 08. "Gatoya" (ガトヤ "Gatoya"?)
    • 09. "Uneme" (ウネメ "Uneme"?)
    • 10. "The Search" (探索 "Tansaku"?)
    • 11. "Kanate & Ginchi" (カナデとギンチ "Kanate to Ginchi"?)
    • 12. "The Ring" (指輪 "Yubiwa"?)
  • 13. "The Reckoning" (審判 "Shinpan"?)
  • 14. "Total Strangers" (赤の他人 "Aka no Tanin"?)
  • 15. "Kamui" (神意 "Kamui"?)
  • 16. "Awakening" (覚醒 "Hakusei"?)
  • 17. "The Great Shinshou" (偉大なる神鞘 "Idai Naru Shinshou"?)
  • </td></tr>

    <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> June 28, 2009[6]</td><td>ISBN 9784091220202</td><td>September 2010[7]</td><td>ISBN 1-4215-3422-3</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
    • 18. "School" (学校 "Gakkou"?)
    • 19. "Parting" (別れ "Wakare"?)
    • 20. "Kagutsuchi" (カグツチ "Kagutsuchi"?)
    • 21. "Zokusho" (属鞘 "Zokushou"?)
    • 22. "Akachi" (赫血?)
  • 23. "Beyond the Curtain" (帳の向こう?)
  • 24. "Clash" (激突 "Gekitotsu"?)
  • 25. "A Degrading Meeting" (降し合い "Kudashi Ai"?)
  • 26. "Successor" (後継者 "Koukeisha"?)
  • 27. "Shikuyo" (創世 "Sousei"?)
  • </td></tr>

    <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> September 17, 2009[8]</td><td>ISBN 9784091217493</td><td>December 2010[9]</td><td>ISBN 1-4215-3423-1</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
    • 28. "The Pain In My Chest" (胸の痛み?)
    • 29. "In The Flames" (炎の中?)
    • 30. "Emisu" (エミス?)
    • 31. "Kadowaki 1" (カドワキ(前)?)
    • 32. "Kadowaki 2" (カドワキ(後)?)
  • 33. "Yorunami's Territory" (ヨルナミ領?)
  • 34. "The Island of the Children" (子供の島?)
  • 35. "The Invisible Shou" (見えない鞘?)
  • 36. "The Adults" (オトナ?)
  • 37. "Nagu and Naru" (ナグとナル?)
  • </td></tr>

    <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> December 28, 2009[10]</td><td>ISBN 9784091220448</td><td>TBA</td><td>—</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
    • 38. "Thank You" (ありがとう?)
    • 39. "Omen" (予兆?)
    • 40. "Who" (誰??)
    • 41. "Once Again" (改めて?)
    • 42. "Transformation" (変化?)
  • 43. "The Six Shou" (六ノ鞘?)
  • 44. "A Bad Premonition" (嫌な予感?)
  • 45. "Resonance" (共鳴?)
  • 46. "Chosen People" (選ばれた人間?)
  • 47. "Orochi" (逐力?)
  • </td></tr>

    <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> March 19, 2010[11]</td><td>ISBN 9784091221926</td><td>TBA</td><td>—</td></tr><tr style="vertical-align: top; border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF;"><td colspan="5">
    • 48. "Reunion" (再会?)
    • 49. "Demon" (?)
    • 50. "Promise" (約束?)
    • 51. "An Amazing Guy" (スゲェ奴?)
    • 52. "Harunawa" (ハルナワ?)
  • 53. "Suzukura" (スズクラ?)
  • 54. "Hiruko-Sama" (ヒルコ様?)
  • 55. "True Identity" (正体?)
  • 56. "The Truth Is..." (ホントは…?)
  • 57. "Hiruko's Bet" (ヒルコの賭?)
  • </td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td></td><td> June 18, 2010[2]</td><td>ISBN 9784091223326</td><td>TBA</td><td>—</td></tr> </table>

    Chapters not yet in tankōbon format

    These chapters have yet to be published in a tankōbon volume.

    • 58. "Yorunami"
    • 59. "Confrontation"
    • 60. "The Power to Turn Back Time"
    • 61. "A Mother's Spirit"
    • 62. "I Entrust Everything to You"
    • 63. "Proclamation of War"
    • 64. "Suguru"
    • 65. "Revenge"
    • 66. "With All My Strength"
    • 67. "Wound of the Heart"
    • 68. "Kasefuno"
    • 69. "Mikusa"
    • 70. "The Zokusho Of Happuujin"

    Reception

    Rebecca Bundy of Anime News Network gave the first volume an overall B+ for "Great art and character designs; plus, Watase's ability to create interesting lore is as sharp as ever." She also noted however that the "Pathetic, cowardly main character makes everything involving him painful to read."[12] Deb Aoki of About.com notes that the plot is "fairly formulaic fantasy fare that's just a bit too predictable to offer fans something truly fresh and new" but that the series has her "hooked."[13] Todd Douglass of Blogcritics.org says that the first volume is "strongly recommended," despite some reservations.[14] Christopher Nadolsk of Mania.com says that the first volume offers "an entertaining and eye-pleasing escapist fantasy read."[15]

    References

    1. 1.0 1.1 Script error
    2. 2.0 2.1 Script error
    3. "Arata: The Legend, Vol. 1". Viz Media. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
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    5. "Arata: The Legend, Vol. 2". Viz Media. Retrieved February 25, 2010. 
    6. Script error
    7. "Arata: The Legend, Vol. 3". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
    8. Script error
    9. "Arata: The Legend, Vol. 4". Simon & Schuster. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
    10. Script error
    11. Script error
    12. "Arata: The Legend GN 1". Anime News Network. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
    13. "Arata The Legend Volume 1 Manga Review". About.com. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
    14. "Manga Review: Arata The Legend - Volume 1 by Yuu Watase - Page 2". Blogcritics.org. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 
    15. "Arata: The Legend Vol. #01". Mania.com. Retrieved April 19, 2010. 

    External links

    it:La leggenda di Arata

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