Anime Spotlight - ARATA THE LEGEND

by Justin Sevakis,

April 8, 2013 (Japanese Premiere)

Key Staff

Original Creator: Yuu Watase
    (Fushigi Yugi, Ceres, Celestial Legend)
Director: Kenji Yasuda
    (Shugo Chara!, Noein – to your other self)
Series Composition: Mayori Sekijima
    (Pandora Hearts, Tenchi in Tokyo)
Animation Production
Satelight, JM Animation


A young man, chosen by god, will become a general.


A young boy travels from the modern day to race across a new world! A Fantasy Drama about the bonds of friendship!!

Hinohara Arata stopped going to school when he was in middle school, but when he manages to enter high school and get a fresh start on life, he's thrown into despair upon learning that his new friend has betrayed him, and finds himself lost in another world.

Meanwhile, Arata, another young boy from the nation of Amawakuni in another world, attends the coronation ceremony of the new Himeou, the empress who rules the realm, and gets himself caught up in a coup d'état by the 12 Divine Generals, the Empress's vassals, and he's forced to shoulder the blame for her assassination.

To make matters worse, when he escapes into a forest to evade his pursuers, he ends up switching places with Arata in the modern world.

Although he's confused by the situation he finds himself in, Arata manages to awaken a Hayagami, one of Amawakuni's deities, and become a General, one who wields such divine blades.

While the 12 Divine Generals' goals start to conflict, Arata shoulders the fate of this new world and begins to follow his new destiny.


Hinohara Arata
VA: Nobuhiko Okamoto
Arata is kind high school freshman with a strong sense of justice. He was bullied during middle school, and just as he was falling into despair over the betrayal by his new friends in high school, he found himself lost in Amawakuni, taking the place of the other Arata. When he manages to awaken the Hayagami, Tsukuyo, he becomes involved in those competing to determine the fate of Amawakuni.

A cheerful, honest young boy who hates the unreasonable. Although he attended the coronation of the new Himeou, he also witnessed her assassination and her murder, for which he was then forced to shoulder the blame for. Once he escaped into a forest, a mysterious power switches him with the other Arata, sending him to the modern day.

VA: Ayahi Takagaki
Kotoha is a young girl who serves Arata. She posses the mysterious power to heal the wounds of others. She believes that the Arata from the modern day is her Arata, and travels with him. While she gently supports the confused Arata with her kind smile, she also proves to be reliable.
VA: Yuuki Ono
Kannagi is one of the 12 Divine Generals. He wields Homura, the Hayagami that reigns over fire, and he rules the land of Kagutsuchi. He plotted the assassination of the Himeou, dealt her a lethal blow by his own hands, and forced Arata to shoulder the blame for it all. When he learns that Arata has awakened the legendary Hayagami, Tsukuyo, he turns his sights on him.
Kadowaki Masato
VA: Ryohei Kimura
Masato is one of Arata's classmates. He's been in the same class as Arata since middle school, and a fellow member of the track club as well. After a certain event he began to bully Arata, forcing him to stop coming to school. Even in high school he continues to show hostility towards him, but…
VA: Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Akachi is one of the 12 Divine Generals. He wields Okoro, the Hayagami that reigns over earth, and he rules the land of Haniyasu. He manages to remain calm during the war for Emperor following the Himeou's collapse. He seems to be an old friend of Kannagi's, but…
VA: Junko Minagawa
Kanate is young boy who used to belong to a group of bandits until he was sent to Gatoya, the island of exiles, for his crimes. He's always bright and optimistic. He's sworn to himself that he'll protect Ginchi, who's like a brother to him. He also seems to be interested in Kotoha, but…?
VA: Souichiro Hoshi
Yorunami is one of the 12 Divine Generals. He wields Nakisawa, the Hayagami that reigns over water, and he rules the land of Mizuhame. His appearance is so beautiful he's often mistaken for a woman. He seeks perfection in everything, and does not tolerate mistakes in his subordinates.
VA: Hibiku Yamamura
The Empress of Amawakuni. She uses her unique power known as Amatsuriki to govern all the other Hayagami, and maintain peace in her nation.


Arata Hinohara
Nobuhiko Okamoto
Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
Ayahi Takagaki
Yuuki Ono
Masato Kadowaki
Ryohei Kimura
Tatsuhisa Suzuki
Junko Minagawa
Souichiro Hoshi
Daisuke Namikawa
Mamoru Miyano
Go Inoue
Akira Ishida
Hibiku Yamamura


Original Creator
Yuu Watase
(Shogakkan Weekly Shounen Sunday Publishing)
Kenji Yasuda
WooHyun Park
Series Composition
Mayori Sekijima
Character Design
Katsuki Aizawa
SeongShin Lee
Chief Animation Directors
Yae Ootsuka
Noriko Ogura
Chieko Miyagawa
Color Design
Masato Takagi
Art Director
SeoGu Lee
Directors of Photography
Maki Ueda
SooYeon Lee
HyunHee Lim
Sound Director
Tsuyoshi Takahashi
Kō Ōtani
Animation Production
JM Animation
Arata Kangatari Production Committee
Opening Theme
“Genesis Aria” by Sphere
Ending Theme
“The Misfit Go” by OLDCODEX

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