Arata: The Legend (アラタカンガタリ ～革神語～,Arata Kangatari ～Engaku Kougatari～?), a Japanesemanga written by Yuu Watase that began serialization in the manga magazineWeekly Shōnen Sunday in 2008. The first volume of the series was released in Japan on January 16, 2009. The series has seven volume and is still serialized in Shonen Sunday. The series is one of Watase's first shonen series. It is licensed by Viz Media as part of their Shonen Sunday imprint.
In a mythical world where humans and gods co-exist, a ceremony marking the new governing princess is about to occur for the first time in 60 years. Only a girl from the Hime Clan may take this position, but the lack of females born to this family means that a boy called Arata must pose for the role. Meanwhile in modern-day Japan, a boy named Arata Hinohara is starting his new life in high school. He wants to put memories of his difficult past behind him, but things aren’t going to be simple when he discovers a mysterious connection to the first Arata.
These chapters have yet to be published in a tankōbon volume.
60. "The Power to Turn Back Time"
61. "A Mother's Spirit"
62. "I Entrust Everything to You"
63. "Proclamation of War"
66. "With All My Strength"
67. "Wound of the Heart"
70. "The Zokusho Of Happuujin"
This incomplete list is frequently updated to include new information.
Rebecca Bundy of Anime News Network gave the first volume an overall B+ for "Great art and character designs; plus, Watase's ability to create interesting lore is as sharp as ever." She also noted however that the "Pathetic, cowardly main character makes everything involving him painful to read." Deb Aoki of About.com notes that the plot is "fairly formulaic fantasy fare that's just a bit too predictable to offer fans something truly fresh and new" but that the series has her "hooked." Todd Douglass of Blogcritics.org says that the first volume is "strongly recommended," despite some reservations. Christopher Nadolsk of Mania.com says that the first volume offers "an entertaining and eye-pleasing escapist fantasy read."