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Arata Kangatari  
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Every 30 years, a new princess is chosen from the Hime family to serve the Hayagami. The time has come again, but over these past years, records state not a single female has been born, save for one, the 15-year-old Arata. The only problem is, Arata is actually a male! Forced to disguise himself and take the place of the princess candidate until a formal one can be found, he attends the festival only to witness the current princess, Kokuri-hime, murdered, and his own life is forfeit as well, by the hands of the princess' personal guard, the 12 Shinshou. As he runs for his life, Kannagi of the 12 convinces everyone that Arata is the one who has murdered the princess instead, and now everyone in the Imperial Court is after his head! Now, another Arata from our world has crossed over in Arata's place! How did this happen, and how will these two survive?


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Associated Names
Арата: Легенда
Arata: The Legend
O Mito de Arata (Brazilian Portuguese)

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Latest Release(s)
v.23 c.218 by Project Kurai Ryu 10 months ago
v.22 c.217 by Project Kurai Ryu about 1 year ago
v.22 c.216 by Project Kurai Ryu about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
24 Volumes (Ongoing)
Remastered Edition 7 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1
Ends at Vol. 4, Ch. 62

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (280 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.68 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 15th 2017, 6:21pm PST



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English Publisher
Viz (24 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #469 increased(+213)
Monthly Pos #989 increased(+203)
3 Month Pos #1396 increased(+92)
6 Month Pos #1566 decreased(-116)
Year Pos #1506 decreased(-208)

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Stop removing shounen   
Rating: N/A
by MinM66
July 6th, 2013, 3:54am
I won't argue whether it is a shoujo or not, because in all honesty there are maybe 3 shoujos that I have read where I didn't want to slam my head against the wall, so I am not the most experienced shoujo reader-- but would you PLEASE stop removing shounen. By definition it is run on shounen magazine, gives more credibility for it to have shounen there than shoujo. Add shoujo if you absolutely feel it is necessary, like in half-prince, but removing shounen is pure idiocy... thank you

... Last updated on July 6th, 2013, 3:54am
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Not Bad   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Aeylis
January 7th, 2009, 3:06pm
I usually don't like series like this, but it isn't bad so far. It is interesting, pretty original...So Yeah...I like it so far. I'm still not attracted to the storyline where people travel through time but...Its good enough that I overlook that!
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Looks interesting so far...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by albeitalways
November 22nd, 2008, 1:42am
I'm really curious as to how this series would progress. It's a bit like FY, only throw in an alternative albeit similar fantasy, medieval Japan setting but only more suited for an action/adventure type of story. The difference is that this time, the main protagonist is a boy, who has issues
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he is currently unsure of himself, since it turned out his bully was none other than his so-called 'best friend', which hampers him at critical moments, regardless of that, he continues to move forward with the encouragement of the former Hime-Ou
--nope, not the ones like Miaka or any of Watase's clumsy, weak heroines--but something that I think would have a greater impact in the story later on.
This has your typical shounen elements--an interesting storyline (which hopefully gets further explained and evolved--but since this is Watase, I don't doubt it), a devoted sidekick
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maybe even a future love interest later on, a boy that switches places with someone else from another world,
and some mythological artifacts and whodunnit which serves to add meat to the story.
My only hope is that this one would not get devolved into your average, cliché shounen manga despite its starting premise. Apart from that, hopefully, Watase might have a change of heart regarding the personalities of her characters. Sometimes, they resemble flat, stereotypical 2D figures that gets in the way of the readers' enjoyment despite the riveting storyline. But I could dream. Based from the positive feedbacks of her recent mangas, I guess it's safe to say that her storytelling skills have improved.
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Arata Kangatari   
Rating: N/A
by Chemmy
December 6th, 2008, 7:47pm
Wow, Watase Yuu's really tried new genres lately. First yaoi, now shounen. O___O.
It was surprising that her *somewhat newer* yaoi manga plotline was so much better than her mediocre shoujo ones. I have a feeling that this manga will be worth reading.
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Lurve it ^_^   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by whistlebird
May 23rd, 2011, 7:38pm
Poor modern Arata, no one loves him as much as they love the other one! Personally, I think he's great, although it's true I would like to see a little more of what's happening back home because it's HILARIOUS every time, and now super suspenseful. I think the reason modern Arata is the main character though is because he has more issues to work out and that makes him more interesting and easier to feel for. As for the story, I think it's just as great and just keeps getting better with every twist. The characters are solid (I like that even the villains have a good amount of depth, and the good characters aren't perfect), the art is clear and beautiful (and it's obvious this author loves bishies), and the plot is both fun and suspenseful. I also like that the occasional awkward situations are mostly funny instead of just... awkward in a bad way, like so many other mangas.

update: Okay, as the manga goes on, there are some pretty stupid parts and the powers of some of the bad guys are starting to border on ridiculous or wacky. There were some arcs that were very hard to get through because I could no longer take what happens seriously. It's still a very engaging manga, beautiful to look at, and still very funny sometimes but it may have slipped a little here and there in story and character. I hope it picks up again soon, once the author stops goofing around with random ideas (not that those aren't fun sometimes) and gets serious again.

... Last updated on March 18th, 2015, 11:47pm
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Rating: N/A
by sumitinte
August 31st, 2010, 6:40pm
I love this series, it's absolutely great. I'm a big fan of Watase Yuu, her artwork is acceptable, and her humor really gets me--especially the facial expressions of her characters!
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not that good, not that bad, just average   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Kaito Zero
April 29th, 2009, 11:03pm
the modern Arata seems really boring. i would rather read about the Arata that went to the future. from what I've read so far it seems like the modern one is the main character and he doesn't seem as interesting.
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Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by morphin007
November 22nd, 2014, 5:25pm
Actually I can really say if I like this manga or not because I skip more than half of it. Simply because I don't care about the present Arata (who is in the past) and just read the parts about the past Arata in the present...
I can't find anything likable or at least making me able to bear this annoying character... Personnaly I think Watase should have focused only on one Arata (so the present one) and made a spin off with the other one.
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Boring and confusing   
Rating: N/A
by RS456
December 4th, 2011, 8:49am
The current Arata (future Arata) is boring. He is not as interesting as the past Arata. Though it started out as the past Arata as the main character he was eventually made into a side character which is kind of depressing. He was the more entertaining Arata. It would of been alot more interesting it they frequently switched places.
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Not bad   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by fayt709
February 24th, 2009, 1:07pm
I just keep wandering what's happening to the other arata, the one who was introduced in the first chapter but has been virtually ignored since except for brief appearences every now and then.
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