Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Arata: A manga review
Publisher: Viz Media
Info: Copyright, 208 pages
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): A plot to kill a princess backfires when Arata turns out not to be the girl he seems.
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!
Okay. So in volume one, this is where we're at: There are two young men named Arata. Arata #1 lives in a world in which humans coexist with swords that are actually gods. The princess of the land keeps things in order using her special mumbojumbo. When a plot to kill the princess goes awry and Arata is the main suspect, he flees into the forest and away from these warrior guys. In the forest he falls through...something...and ends up in modern day Japan.
Arata #2 is a young boy starting a school in modern day Japan. He's starting in a new school after being bullied at the last. Everything is going great until the bully enrolls in his new school and things start to unravel. As Arata #1 enters his world, Arata #2 is sent spiraling into a past land with weird magic where he is now being accused of murder.
Then there's volume 2. Arata #2 has been captured and thrown into a jail, of sorts, where there is a daily reckoning...two inmates are sucked into tubes and mysteriously disappear. Arata and Kotoha must find a way out of the prison to return and help the princess.
And volume 3...well, we see Arata #1 at school, not fitting in, but thankfully dealing with Arata #2's bully situation. Now out of the prison, Arata #2 and some new traveling companions are crossing the lands of a Sho (who wants the throne from the princess) to get back to the capital city. So things are progressing!
So things are progressing nicely, and I'm really starting to enjoy the story, even if I'm not completely sure what's happening...completely. I can, however, tell you there is time travel, ailing princesses, magical sword things, mean bullies, and brave heroes. Check it out!