Arata the Legend

Alt title: Arata Kangatari

TV (12 eps)
3.261 out of 5 from 3,390 votes
Rank #9,591

In the fantastical land of Amawakumi, a succession ceremony occurs each 30 years to pass control of the kingdom to a female heir of the Hime clan. But three decades ago, the Hime clan was unable to produce a daughter and was warned that if history repeated itself, the entire clan would be purged. Now faced with the same problem in the present, the Hime clan opts to send their disguised son Arata to the ceremony instead, unaware that he’d be sent into a trap where the former princess is murdered and the boy would be framed for the crime. Meanwhile, on Earth, Hinohara suffers a similar sense of betrayal at the hands of his classmates, and after wishing he could just disappear, he and Arata switch bodies. Now, as Arata struggles to find a way to return the two to their own worlds, Hinohara must try to escape capture, clear Arata’s name and fulfill this princess’s last wish by exposing her killers.

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The Life of Arata

Episode 1

The Life of Arata

Hayagami

Episode 2

Hayagami

The Reckoning

Episode 3

The Reckoning

Awakening

Episode 4

Awakening

Zokusho

Episode 5

Zokusho

Okoro

Episode 6

Okoro

Homura

Episode 7

Homura

Orochi

Episode 8

Orochi

Demonization

Episode 9

Demonization

Admiration

Episode 10

Admiration

Life Force

Episode 11

Life Force

The Light of Creation

Episode 12

The Light of Creation

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Skylos
0.5

Subject to change. Or maybe not. Depends on whether I missed something or if I'm unhappy with this. But I doubt it. I don't wanna spend too much time mulling over something so stupid after all. OP is over powered, for some of you who are unculturized. Satelight brings you Spring 2013's most brain-dead, cringe-worthy, head-bangingly stupid anime. Trust me folks, you may want to have a bottle of aspirin before watching any of this crap. However, for your safety, I'd suggest NOT watching it. That's all I wanted to say actually. But, as per custom, I'm supposed to elaborate on why you shouldn't. After all, it doesn't seem fair to the people who watched struggled through this that you avoid this show without even knowing the horrors within it. So, here goes: Story 3/10 Alright. What really irked me about this anime is that it had freaking potential. And that potential, combined with my inability to drop anything, is what made me wade through 12 episodes of utter crap. Not going into specifics, but the story deals with two guys, one from earth and one from some generic fantasy setting, and switches the two of them from their respective worlds. Both of their names is Arata for some reason--fate, destiny, their mothers wanted their kids to have matching names, etc. Also, by intensive evaluation, their shared name might just be the reason why the series is titled this way. The show mainly focuses on earth Arata (hereby referred to as Hinohara) travelling in fantasy-setting Arata's world. Hinohara is mistaken by fantasy-setting people for fantasy-setting Arata, and, because the swap happened while FS Arata is being chased by evil bastards for crimes he didn't commit, Hinohara inevitably finds himself thrown into that same situation. Oh, there's also something about Hinohara becoming a Sho (some OP position), getting some cool glowy sword thing (that is OP among OP), and him trying to save Fantasy Setting World (I honestly cannot remember the name) with said glowy sword and a moe companion. Overall, it should've been pretty interesting, or, at the very least, entertaining. But no. The show tries so hard to force its characters to "grow and mature" and "change" that it becomes sickening. In a sense, they took the potential of the show's setting and its background, and traded it for some really shallow relationships, generic characters, deus ex machinas, pacing issues, and awkward interactions. By awkward interactions, I mean the "ideals" that the series is trying to present is laced throughout the dialogue, therefore making the viewer cringe. This show had potential, but wasted it. Animation 1/10 As much as I wanted to find a solid redeeming factor in this, I couldn't. The backgrounds are dull, the character designs are dull (and too shoujo-ey), the color palate is dull, the animation is dull, even the flipping "sword fights" are dull. Hinohara's face and design is as generic as main characters get, and while the fights are somewhat fluid, they don't really do much in terms of actual "fighting". Sound 0.5/10 With Sphere doing the opening tune, I thought I was gonna hear something really nice. But no. It turned out to be the usual adventure-themed generic dribble of an excuse for a song i.e., it did not stand out. The ending is also generic dribble. The voice acting was sub-par too, with Kotoha's constant "Arata-sama!" making my ears grate. OH OH! In my Amnesia review, I nominated the main Heroine's seiyuu for best incoherent mumbling. Now, I'm nominating Kadowaki's voice actor for best snarling in contempt. Seriously, that's all he does. Even more annoying than Kotoha's "Arata-sama!" is his constant breathing out of "Hinohara!". It's as if people need to be reminded that he absolutely hates this guy. HE REALLY HATES HIM. SO MUCH. No, it's not that he likes him or anything like that (kyuun!) Characters 0.5/10 Hinohara. How I hate thee. Your beliefs are making me wretch. You don't realize it, but you just basically want people to believe in you more. You don't want to grow. You just want attention, and bonus points if that moe girl would like you. You don't deserve her though, you spineless shrimp. You're a pimple on the ass of society, a horrible excuse for a man, a fumbling idiot that's so dense, your friend wants to kill you because you couldn't take a hint nor take 3 seconds to explain the situation to him. All you spew out during your hero talks are just meant to make you feel better, kuuso mushi. But don't think that you're better though, Kadowaki. Your convictions are shallower than a puddle after rain. I hope you rot in the deepest bowels of hell. As for all of you generic side characters, you all suck. You have nothing to make you stand out, just like the MC. Continue sucking up to Hinohara for all I care. Also, take care of your bonehead leaders, since your world revolves around either spineless, or bitter emo idiots. Kotoha, if you could maybe lower your voice pitch down a bit so that it doesn't sound like a five-year-old's and stop being so sickeningly devoted to your master and Hinohara, that'll be great. Overall: 0.5/10 It pains me that this might actually have a second season. Really. That would mean I would have to watch it because the ending doesn't solve shit and 'cuz of that I'm genuinely curious as to whether the main characters would fail fantastically.

triviper
3

Spring 2013 Anime Review - Arata Kangatari - potential, but too cliche - voice acting isn't bad, soundtrack overall is good - really wish this got more money poured into, or a better director - "annoying misunderstanding issue" - 2 pairs of rival dualism is kinda cool - Looks like Naruto has made eye trading a "thing" now -.- I do however like how the iris changes back - Kadowaki broke out of the water prison so late when the spell released itself so long before - LOL wtf, Kotoha climbed the fissure/mountain without help or gear np to hug Arata and so quickly too. Big plot hole. - Got some minor InuYasha-level eye candy out of the show at least. Kadowaki's reasoning to be the villain is almost as bad as Sasuke's though... - The climatic ending was like 5 minutes of footage haha… - If there is another season, I can see it being better but still not all that great... ———————————————————————————————— UPDATE: Anime-Planet has removed the Blog feature where this post was originally published on March 23, 2014. I pulled the scores from my ratings, although this is NOT a formal review. Think of it more as “thoughts on…<anime title>”. I wrote my thoughts out as I progressed through the series, so contradictions may occur as my opinion shifts. To shorten the post I took excerpts from the original. Sorry for any inconvenience and please leave your thoughts below! :) 2013 Spring Anime Reviews: Attack on Titan - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14071 Gargantia - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14072 The Flowers of Evil - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14073 Arata the Legend - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14074 Devil Survivor 2 - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14075 HENNEKO - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14076/ Karneval - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14077/ Photo Kano - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14078 RDG - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14079 Crime Edge - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14080 Valvrave S1 - http://www.anime-planet.com/users/triviper/reviews/14081

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