Arata: The Legend 7

December 7, 2011

Yuu Watase – Viz – 2011 – 13+ volumes

Things slowed down a little more for me in this volume, where the first half is a battle to make one of the shinsho submit. Yorunami has mother issues, and the battle is long. There’s lots of self-depreciation, and lots of characters trying to help Yorunami realize his mother really did love him.

Bah.

The one really cool thing about that fight was magic that Yorunami used to reverse-age Arata. I wish more manga magicians used that trick. Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure uses it, which just shows you how cool it really is.

Later, we learn the consequences for Harunawa and Kadowaki switching places. Harunawa is not a nice guy, and plans on killing someone in reality for every one of the twelve shinsho that Arata convinces to submit to him. Meanwhile, Kadowaki is absent from the story this volume (I skipped a volume, so he may have put in an appearance last time), but his memory spurs Arata into doing great deeds.

My favorite part of the volume was a scene where Arata meets a random stranger who is convinced he murdered the princess. This stranger tears off the magatama around Arata’s neck and throws it into a ravine, and tells him that if he can retrieve it, then his innocence will be proven. I’m not sure what is going on, or why that would make him innocent, or… wow. It was shounen manga logic at its finest. At the pinnacle of this Shounen Manga scene, Arata matches pace with a sort of elk-monster to get his magatama back.

I… don’t know what to make of this. But this is why I read manga, I can tell you that.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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