Apr 14, 2013

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Arata Kangatari

Yeah… No thank you. This totally isn’t my thing. A princess is chosen every few years to wield a special weapon, only to find out that for the first time a guy gets chosen to wield the aforementioned weapon. Sounds pretty cheap and uninteresting if you ask me…

Arata KangatariThe artwork isn’t really that bad if you look at the big picture. Sure, that weapon, the Hayagami, looks like it could use a touch up. Let’s face it; it looks cheap and unimpressive. It’s like a dagger. At least make it bigger and scary-looking, as to give the impression that it’s really powerful.

I have to say that the story didn’t really spark my interest. It sounds very farfetched, cheap and boring. A high school teenager gets teleported to another world where he gets to wield this impressive weapon? Come on… There are hundreds of these stories already…

I’m afraid I can’t really recommend this. No doubt that fantasy lovers will end up watching this anyway, but I for one will have to wait and see what happens next. The first episode didn’t leave that big an impression, so that’s why I’ll wait until the second episode comes before I decide if I want to watch this or not.

Plot Summary: Every 30 years, a new princess is chosen from the Hime family to serve the Hayagami. The time has come again, but over these past years, records state not a single female has been born, save for one, the 15-year-old Arata. The only problem is, Arata is actually a male! Forced to disguise himself and take the place of the princess candidate until a formal one can be found, he attends the festival only to witness the current princess, Kokuri-hime, murdered, and his own life is forfeit as well, by the hands of the princess’ personal guard, the 12 Shinshou. As he runs for his life, Kannagi of the 12 convinces everyone that Arata is the one who has murdered the princess instead, and now everyone in the Imperial Court is after his head!

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