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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 (275d ago)
v.22 c.217 by Project Kurai Ryu (476d ago)
v.22 c.216 by Project Kurai Ryu (476d 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 #644 increased(+83)
Monthly Pos #1164 decreased(-25)
3 Month Pos #1341 increased(+69)
6 Month Pos #1494 decreased(-44)

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On 1831 reading lists
On 1010 wish lists
On 145 unfinished lists
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Arata Kangatari Heading Toward Climax 1473 days, 18 hours, 0 minutes ago
Arata: the Legend Gets Anime 1813 days, 14 hours, 39 minutes ago

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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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Arata Kangatari   
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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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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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