Arata Primal: The New Primitive

Alt title: Arata Primal

Vol: 4; Ch: 35
3.633 out of 5 from 64 votes
Rank #19,300
Arata Primal: The New Primitive

The key to save the world is in the primeval period!? Connecting the present and the past. Burning passion opens up the future!! A primeval survival mystery that passes through time and civilization!!

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Arata is a story about a survivalist kid, time travel and prehistory. It has a very slow setup at first but I personally feel it pays off at the end. Sadly, by the end it felt rushed but it ties almost everything up so it doesn't feel like it was a dragged story. I also believe it was canceled so that was the reason why it rushed but I'm not sure about this part, correct me if I am wrong.  Story As I said before, we have a very simple story with some very common themes. Arata grew up isolated with his father, he's a survivalist enthusiast and socially awkward and almost primeval at times, we have science fiction in the form of time travel where they end up 40.000 years before the year 2032 (if im not missing the mark), we are also presented with a main goal very early on in the form of a journey that our Mc is obviously built for.  The story is rather short but I believe it had lots of potential as some chapters are genuinely interesting, had some foreshadowing since chapter 1 and some interesting characters that never had the chance to be fleshed out.   Art Art is very nice to be fair. It has very clean panels, it's very clear on what's happening, it has some very good shots and quality of the creatures, our MCs are distinctive, etc. It's nothing ground breaking nor something that leaves you speechles as some other artists but it's worth it.   Characters It feels rather weak overall on the character department because a lot of the characters didn't have the time to shine due to it being a short story. The MC is genuinely interesting, we also had the foreshadowing of him being special for a purpose. Our side characters are never fully fleshed out due to time constraints but we had a JDF soldier and 2 normal persons with him for the entire journey. We never had a "final boss" but the way they presented the 'evil' of this story played out well because it fits what would really happen in the real world. Overall it lacked time to fully flesh out the cast, had a short cast and some characters had to be pushed under the rug.   Conclusion I think it deserved a little more time. In a way it feels complete but you have that feeling that it needed just a little bit more, at least 20 or 30 more chapters. If you're interested give it a shot tho, it's a nice story,you might like it. 

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