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Watase: 'Aiming to Resume Arata: The Legend This Fall'

posted on by Sarah Nelkin
Creator put Weekly Shonen Sunday series on hiatus in February

Manga creator Yuu Watase announced on her blog on Saturday that she is aiming to resume serialization of her Arata Kangatari (Arata: The Legend) manga in the fall, as well as release the fourth deluxe volume of the series at the same time. Watase later added that more specifically, she intends to aim for October. The manga has been on hiatus in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine since February.

Watase launched Arata: The Legend in Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine in 2008, and the 23nd compiled volume shipped in Japan in April. Viz Media publishes the manga in North America, and it will ship the 19th compiled volume on September 9. Watase had mentioned in January that the manga's story is heading toward the climax.

Viz Media describes the manga's story as follows:

In a mythical world where humans and gods co-exist, Arata has the unfortunate honor of being the successor to the matriarchal Hime Clan. This means he has to pretend to be a girl or face death if his true gender is discovered! On the day of his inauguration, an assassination plot forces him to flee - and he somehow winds up in modern-day Japan! Meanwhile, a boy named Arata Hinohara gets sucked into the first Arata's world and finds himself dealing with people after his life!

The manga received a 12-episode anime adaptation last spring, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.

Watase published several one-shots last year, including "Honma Kaidan" (Real Ghost Stories) and "Ano Koneko no Mirai wo Watashi wa Shiranai" (I Don't Know That Kitten's Future). Watase also ended her Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden manga spinoff in February 2013 after nearly 10 years of serialization.

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