Arata: The Legend, 1
Arata: The Legend, 1
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Series: Arata: The Legend Vol. 1   

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Annotation: Hinohara is the spitting image of Arata, so he suddenly finds himself fighting people after his life.
Catalog Number: #5664612
Format: Paperback
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel Manga Manga
Copyright Date: 2009
Edition Date: 2010
Illustrator: Mapa, Rina,, Liddell, Frances O.,
Pages: 198 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-421-53420-7
ISBN 13: 978-1-421-53420-6
Dewey: Fic
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up&12; Two young men named Arata are in different kinds of trouble. Arata of the Hime clan lives in what appears to be a medieval fantasy world, and he learns that he needs to disguise himself as a girl in order to fulfill an ancient ritual. Years ago his grandmother registered him as female on his birth certificate, and now he has to maintain the ruse and step up to succeed the ruling princess. Meanwhile, in modern-day Japan, Arata Hinohara has just transferred schools and is trying to get a fresh start in life. It is only when another transfer student joins the class that readers learn what he was trying to escape, as Masado Kadowaki is revealed to be one of the boys who mercilessly bullied him at his last school. After both Aratas try to run away from their problems&12;medieval Arata is falsely accused of murder, while modern-day Arata becomes a pariah all over again&12;they exchange places. While at first their situations seem worse than before, it appears that each boy has traits that will help him to fight through the problems of the other. Watase&9;s artwork complements his story well, with lots of dramatic close-ups enhancing the action. While the cover art and description will certainly entice fantasy readers, what really makes this book stand out is the realistic description of modern-day Arata&9;s problems with bullies, which will make his character instantly recognizable and empathetic to modern teens.&12; Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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School Library Journal (7/1/10)
Reading Level: 7.0
Interest Level: 7-12

An action-packed shonen fantasy from the acclaimed author of Fushigi Yûgi!

R to L (Japanese Style). An action-packed shonen fantasy from the acclaimed author of Fushigi Yûgi! 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!

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