Arata: The Legend 5
October 26, 2011
Yuu Watase – Viz – 2011 – 12+ volumes
This is one of those series that I forget about when I’m not reading, and I’m reluctant to get back into, but when I actually read the volume, I remember that the story is pretty good.
I still like the whole body-swap thing where each Arata is living the other’s life in an alternate dimension. This volume expands further on that, with a romantic interest for each Arata finding out that they aren’t the Arata each knows and remembers. Towards the end, a really creepy, sociopathic villain enters into the past and begins his attempts on the life of present-Arata. This kid seriously scares me, since he seems to be the type that goes far past bully and into the realm of crazy violent stalker. This doesn’t bode well for the next volume, but knowing shounen manga, he’ll wind up on present-Arata’s team by volume seven.
A lot more of the story, and the workings of the fantasy world, are explained in this volume as well. It delves into some politics, and discusses just what a task present-Arata has cut out for him if he wants to get all these people to submit to him so that he may save the life of the princess. Since I’ve skipped a few volumes, I was expecting most of this to go over my head, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to understand, and how engaging it was.
That’s actually a good description of the whole series. While it’s not run-out-and-read-it fantastic, it is a fairly fun and engaging read, and doesn’t get bogged down with a lot of details and characters. It ran in Shounen Sunday, and I’ve found myself leaning more towards these types of shounen series lately more than the rival ones in Shounen Jump. The characters are usually a bit more fun, and the plots are a little simpler and easier to understand, too. Arata’s a good example.
I actually have a couple more volumes of this to read, so I’m going to hold off on further commentary until I’m a little more caught up.
This was a review copy provided by Viz.