Arata: The Legend is based on a manga by Yuu Watase.
At the beginning of the first episode, there is a ceremony taking place in a mythical world where humans and gods co-exist; it is the first time in 60 years that a new governing princess will become the new ruler. Only a girl from the Hime Clan may take the position; however, since there has been a lack of females born into the clan, a boy named Arata must pose as a girl and take on the role.
During the ceremony, the Twelve Shinso that wield special swords called Hayagami, betray the princess and kill her. Arata escapes and runs into the Kando Forest, after Kannagi from the Twelve Shinso accuses him of murder.
Meanwhile in modern day Japan, a boy named Arata Hinohara is starting high school. Unfortunately, the boy who bullied him at his old school continues to bully him. In addition, Arata learns that a boy named Suguru was only pretending to be his friend. Disappointed, Arata walks off on his own and wishes to disappear.
Suddenly, both of the Aratas find themselves switching places. After finding out what has happened to him, where he is, and about the other Arata, the modern day Arata finds out there's no way for him to return home. At the end of the first episode, he discovers that he is able to wield an old Hayagami in Arata's home.
I'd heard of this title in reference to the manga, but hadn't had a chance to read it before seeing this simulcast. By the time I finished watching the first episode, I found myself very intrigued with the premise and curious to know how the story would continue; it made me interested in both seeing more of the anime and reading the original manga source material. The animation is also pretty decent.
Content-wise, there is some very noticeable blood when the princess is murdered by Kannagi from the Twelve Shinso; however, that is the only blood that I saw while watching the first episode of the series. Outside of that, though, I really didn't see anything visually that was too terribly inappropriate. From reading the subtitles, it appears there's nothing objectionable in the dialogue.
After watching the first episode of the series, I would personally recommend Arata: The Legend to anime viewers who are 14 or 15 years of age and older.
|Arata: The Legend||?||2013||Kenji Yasuda/Woo Hyun Park||Satelight/JM Animation||N/A|