Manga Review: Dawn of the Arcana vol.1 by Rei Toma

11029842Dawn of the Arcana Vol.1 by Rei Toma

Series: Dawn of the Arcana (#1)

Published: January 1st 2009

Publisher: VIZ Media LLC

Goodreads: “A medieval fantasy where a princess’s mysterious power alters her fate! Reads R to L (Japanese Style).

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage…and a mysterious power!”



Let’s talk about the art of Reimei no Arcana/Dawn of the Arcana, shall we? Can we just take a good look at it and be honest? It’s beautiful! And trust me, Rei Toma’s stories are worth reading as well. I just have a huge urge to own all of the volumes of Reimei no Arcana… I must collect them all!
My budget is kind of tight though, so I only own the two first volumes, I’ll collect them whenever I can anyway 😉

Reimei no Arcana is set in a kind of medieval world with fantasy elements, it is set in two different countries; although this first volume is mostly set in Belquat, the Southern kingdom.
Princess Nakaba of Senan (the Northern kingdom) marries Prince Caesar of Belquat in order to somehow appease the war between the two countries, even though political marriages have had place for years, between Senan and Belquat, the two countries always end up fighting each other.

Belquat is richer and more prosperous, while Senan always has bad harvests, due to it’s colder weather and harsher climatic conditions. “Belquatians” also consider themselves to be superior intellectually – we’ll see if that proves to be right or not.
All the royals have black hair, and anybody else with blond, brown or red hair are from a lower cast, and finally, there’s the Ajin. Ajin are demi-humans with animal features and senses that surpass those of humans.

Nakaba has red hair, even though she’s a royal, as such, she’s been rejected and restrained throughout all her life. I’m not sure about whether this is true or not, because it’s not been explained very much -yet- in this first volume, but it would seem she’s been locked up in a tower for a long time, much like Rapunzel.
Nakaba and Caesar can’t stand each other at first, as a matter in fact, Caesar is kind of violent towards her in the beginning. I’m sure they’ll fall in love with each other soon enough.

All in all, I really liked reading this, I’m reading the 2nd volume as soon as I can.

4 Chibis