Arata: The Legend, Volume 1

Arata: The Legend, Volume 1

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by Yuu Watase

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An action-packed shonen fantasy from the acclaimed author of Fushigi Yûgi!

R to L (Japanese Style). An action-packed shonen fantasy from the acclaimed author of Fushigi Yûgi! In a mythical world where humans and gods co-exist, Arata has the unfortunate honor of being the successor to the matriarchal Hime Clan. This means he has to pretend to be a girl


An action-packed shonen fantasy from the acclaimed author of Fushigi Yûgi!

R to L (Japanese Style). An action-packed shonen fantasy from the acclaimed author of Fushigi Yûgi! In a mythical world where humans and gods co-exist, Arata has the unfortunate honor of being the successor to the matriarchal Hime Clan. This means he has to pretend to be a girl or face death if his true gender is discovered! On the day of his inauguration, an assassination plot forces him to flee—and he somehow winds up in modern-day Japan! Meanwhile, a boy named Arata Hinohara gets sucked into the first Arata’s world and finds himself dealing with people after his life!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This appealingly illustrated fantasy yarn from the creator of Fushigi Yugitells the story of Arata, the heir to the throne of an extradimensional realm populated by magic-wielding men and gods. Unfortunately for Arata, the successors to the throne are all supposed to be female, but the royal family has produced no daughters in three decades, forcing the last princess to serve for two terms of office. As the time of ascension nears, Arata is forced to appear disguised as a girl, a situation he loathes, but an attempted political assassination/revolution exposes his true sex and sets in motion the arrival of his double from our world (also named Arata) and Arata's emergence into modern-day Japan and the angst-ridden high school soap opera of his put-upon doppelgänger. Meanwhile, our world's Arata finds himself in the midst of political intrigue and on the receiving end of a sentence of exile when he's framed for attempted murder, but he finds levels of courage he never displayed in his previous situation. As the Aratas of two worlds have no choice but to live as their mirror image, the stage is set for an epic and entertaining blending of the mundane and the mystical. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—Two young men named Arata are in different kinds of trouble. Arata of the Hime clan lives in what appears to be a medieval fantasy world, and he learns that he needs to disguise himself as a girl in order to fulfill an ancient ritual. Years ago his grandmother registered him as female on his birth certificate, and now he has to maintain the ruse and step up to succeed the ruling princess. Meanwhile, in modern-day Japan, Arata Hinohara has just transferred schools and is trying to get a fresh start in life. It is only when another transfer student joins the class that readers learn what he was trying to escape, as Masado Kadowaki is revealed to be one of the boys who mercilessly bullied him at his last school. After both Aratas try to run away from their problems—medieval Arata is falsely accused of murder, while modern-day Arata becomes a pariah all over again—they exchange places. While at first their situations seem worse than before, it appears that each boy has traits that will help him to fight through the problems of the other. Watase's artwork complements his story well, with lots of dramatic close-ups enhancing the action. While the cover art and description will certainly entice fantasy readers, what really makes this book stand out is the realistic description of modern-day Arata's problems with bullies, which will make his character instantly recognizable and empathetic to modern teens.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library

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Arata: The Legend Series, #1
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7.58(w) x 5.10(h) x 0.67(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Born March 5 in Osaka, Yuu Watase debuted in the Shôjo Comic manga anthology in 1989. She won the 43rd Shogakukan Manga Award with Ceres: Celestial Legend. One of her most famous works is Fushigi Yûgi, a series that has inspired the prequel Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden. In 2008, Arata: The Legend started serialization in Shonen Sunday.

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Arata: The Legend, Volume 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
AratatheFMAofFAIRYTAIL More than 1 year ago
To be honest I just picked this book up while I was waiting for my family to finish buying their stuff. I was intrigued by the description on the back and started to read. What I wasn't expecting was how much I liked the book. The whole idea of a parallel world and the differences between the two got me hooked instantly. I own all of the series that is out right now and I don't regret buying them at all. This series is a must read for any manga fan and I hope you enjoy it as much as did. (If they made it into an anime I would be so happy I would be the first in line to buy it!) <(^-^)>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story followed two boys with the same name: Arata. Only thing is they come from completely different worlds. Arata Hinohara is a former track star who had quit due to difficulties with his peers and has started going to a new high school. the other Arata in a world completely unlike ares is suddenly forced to cross dress for his life and try to become the princess of the land that he lives in. as he (understandably) freaking out about the scenario the Old rule is killed before his eyes before the ceremony finishes and the killer (a trusted body guard or the old princess) claims that Arata had been the one to murder the princess. Desperate to get away he escapes into a strange forest which causes the two Aratas to change worlds. They both try quickly to adjust which isn't very easy for either one of them and from her the story transforms into a long journey to both return to their worlds and save the dying princess. This is a story by Yuu Watase where she shows off her ability to absorb a reader into her very strong characters and detailed worlds. If you look at the details of this story you'll notice the main part where i nockd it down is originality. not only has Yuu Watase herself done several fish out of water stories involving the main character being transported to another world and having to fight her way back but the similarities between the story "WaqWaq" and this one are almost erie once you remove that WaqWaq had strange evil machines that they spent a long time fighting.... Yuu Watase has once again broken out the old Tamahome stencil (an old character of hers that the vast majority of her leading males look like with only slight changes in hair style) for both of the arata characters. The world, it's clothing, it's political structure and the other differences between our world and there's are very clearly detailed by both image and explanation. I look forward to the next volume :)
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This manga is another great example of Watase-Dono's incredible artistry and story telling ability. I look forward to reading the next volume and every one after that.
Figurine More than 1 year ago
In this newest release of Yuu Watase-Sensei, she doesn't disappoint. The slightly different art-style is welcomed against the new characters and the flow of the story. Arata, unlike her other works, focuses on two males, and while there doesn't seem to be as much romance when compared to her other works, in this story you don't miss it.