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Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 01 (Dawn of the Arcana #1)

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  6,326 ratings  ·  140 reviews
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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2009)
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Nov 19, 2013 Julia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
I really like stories about Tarot Cards, as can be noted in my review of Kresley Cole's Poison Princess. As soon as I realize that a story's plot revolves around Tarot, it notches up at least four cool points, which may have been the deciding factor for my four-star rating over a three-star one. I do like this - it was interesting enough for me to finish the first volume quickly and then hop right on to the second one. It is not funny like Skip Beat! or have the absolute ingenuity of Attack on T ...more
AH! I loved this so so much!! I gotta get the next volumes! <3
Amazing fantasy manga! I feel like I'm going to be obsessed with this series! Haha
--- Dawn of The Arcana 1-13 ---
Plot: Lumayan membuat penasaran dengan plot yang tega.
Gambar: Ok
Penokohan: Saya benar-benar merasa kalau Toma sensei pandai membuat saya suka dengan karakternya.

Selayaknya hewan yang dikurbankan, sampai manakah protagonis utama bisa bertahan dari kehidupan yang menantinya di negara musuh?

Dawn of The Arcana salah satu komik yang... menurutku ringan sekali dalam menyeleksi tokoh. Sedih sih, tapi saya lumayan menikmati cerita ini. Hanya saja, kadang rasanya ada yang
Just a typical love story!
It's nothing special about it and so the main character loves two boys or something like that.
I switched the last 20 pages, caus it was too much of "Oh my God, I Love him." The past is so horrible bla bla bla.

I'm glad that I don't bought it.

And I don't like the way how the author painted..just like a little kid..sorry! Not mine!
Review for volumes 1 - 3

It is a complete coincidence that I read this one just after Red haired Snow white. They both start out extremely similar, have the same standard art style, yet end up being very different representatives of the "girl manga" genre.

Both have the red-haired main character, in a world where red hair is very rare and said character is chosen to become the concubine of a prince. Dawn of the Arcana is kind of a more mature and darker version, because in this one, the girl, Naka
I have to admit that this was the first manga that I have ever read and it was really different, but in a really good way. I was starting to read it as soon as I had got the book from the library, and that was when I had to decipher the ways of reading the manga books. I did know that you were supposed to start from the back but from then I was lost. I finally figured it out on like the third page and then promptly started over again.
I liked the story line; it was very entertaining. I have a fe
Michael (Tattoogirl Reads)
Rei Toma is my favorite mangaka. I read this long ago while it was being serialized in Japan and fell in love instantly. Re-reading this today made me really happy.

Caesar is a douche but he actually has redeeming qualities unlike most every other "touch" male character in shojo manga. I really think that in the end they can have a happily ever after.

I'm excited how all this really ends since I left after only a few volumes came out in Japan.
Une mise en place réussie, j'ai adoré. Tout m'a plu, des personnages torturés en passant par l'intrigue à peine esquissée, mais qui m'a mis l'eau à la bouche de belle manière. Ma curiosité est poussée à son paroxysme, je n'ai pas résisté longtemps à me jeter sur le tome 2 et je vais essayer de vite me procurer la suite.

Ma chronique complète :
One of my fave series of all time! I adore the story and the artwork! I feel like the characters are so great in the arcs that they go through and the fantasy elements are refreshingly creative. The amount of drama was just right and so was the adventure.

The only place where this manga faltered was in the ending. It was very rushed and awkward and kind of left me with a bitter taste in my mouth. With all the work that went into crafting this story, I don't understand how the ending could be so s
الأحداث في هذه المانجا تقع في عالم يوجد فيه أشباه بشر -خليط إنسان مع اي حيوان يخطر ببالك- وهؤلاء أشباه البشر مستعبدين من قبل البشر -مع انهم اقوى من البشر باضعاف-، بالاضافة الى هؤلاء هناك الاركانا -يقصد بها القوى الخارقة مثل رؤيه الماضي والمستقبل، قراءة الأفكار ، التحكم بالنار ..الخ- هذه القوى تظهر في البشر و في أشباه البشر بشكل عشوائي-ليس محصور لدى قبيله معينه مثلا- .
العالم هنا تحت سيطره البشر ، فيه دوله اسمها بلقواط هي اقوى الدول ، و معاديه لحاملين قوى الاركانا ، وايضا تحتقر أشباه البشر بشكل مب
review for complete series, v1-13

This is the type of shoujo manga that makes me like the genre. The heroine, Nakaba, has been discriminated against just because of her hair color (hair color is given the same negative tones and descrimination as skin color is given in the real world which does a good job of bringing to light how silly it is to treat someone differently based on something they're born with and can't control). Her mother, a princess of Senan, ran away to be with the man she loved
Anne Freya
Stlh yaoi dan seinen selama bbrp minggu ini, back to shoujo again. Sbnrnya sudah plan buat baca yg satu ini tp mood-nya ga dpt terus, mgkn krn aku sudah tau heroine bakal jadian dgn siapa dan juga mgkn krn aku sempat baca bad review soal serial ini, jadinya agak ragu. Bad review sih blgnya cewe ini whiny n rada drama queen plus plin-plan. Well, kdg bad review itu untrusted, sama seperti good review.

Nah, baru kelar buku 1 jadi aku blm terlalu tau karakternya bakal gmn wkt konflik meningkat, tapi
edit: the rest of this review is about the first volume. but now after reading the entire series I must say this is definately worth sticking wth. Let's just say it grows on you.:

I liked this, its a typical shoujo and the art is simplistic, but the story is interesting and I'm really wondering about Nakaba's power.

I enjoy the social issues brough up here, with the discrimination against sub-people and hair colours.

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I'm a little confused. Its just that the characters changed so much like after 3 chapters ago and it bothers me. Nakaba was really cold on the start then turns out she was really sweet and funny when she was alone with Loki. And then this

Prince Caesar, who was this douche and cold guy, whom she married was threatening that he will have her killed just for a bet a few chapter now turned out to be head over heels for her after so-so chapters. It bothers me now that they are being intimate which e
The art was pretty (though sometimes the characters were positioned oddly), but the story followed every shojo trope - sacrinine Mary Sue heroine, mean, "misunderstood" aka whiny hero, love triangle, masochistic father-figure for no reason. The "hero" attempts to rape the heroine and when then she sticks up for him after he's stopped because she "doesn't want anymore bloodshed." SERIOUSLY? JUST ARYA-STARK THAT BITCH. The fantasy setting had a lot of promise, but it was really just window-dressin ...more
Charlie Chouinard
I like it... its very imaginative.
Two rival kingdoms, where only those with black hair are considered royalty.
Some humans are part animal with heightened senses and skills. - Yet, they are treated like lowly slaves.
So a redhead for a princess is greatly frowned upon.
This series is excellent. It has the feel of a modern Western princess story combined with some beautiful, clean art. There's political intrigue, war, romance and fantasy. What more could one ask for?
Lynanne Carroll
**This review is for the entire series. I started just adding the first volume from manga titles because, well, do you realize just how many volumes of One Piece there are?!**

Oh, man. Reimei no Arcana did me in. (Seriously. I think I cried every single time I read a *chapter* of this manga!)

It is such an incredible manga! Again, saddest storyline in the history of, well, ever, but incredible nonetheless. Why, you ask? The artwork is stunning. The characters are gripping. The plot is an entire pa
The art is lovely. The characters interesting, the worldbuilding is good too. But I'm clearly rooting for the wrong guy here and it makes me like it less and less, so I'm giving up on this series.
I had been looking for a while another manga that bought me the same feelings I had with Akagami No Shirayukihimi. I think I found it. The manga is set in this fantasy world, it has a more serious tone than Akagami No Shirayukihimi. I found myself mostly falling in love with the art design of this manga. However, there is this sense of sadness and from what I read of the first volume everybody seems to hate each other or wants to kill each other. I will continue reading this series, but if thing ...more
Perushyvää mangaa minun mieleeni eli fantasiaa, seikkailua ja rakkaustarinaa sopivasti sekoitettuna (merkitsin taas vain ekan osan, vaikka koko sarjan ehdin jo lukea). Palatsijuonittelujakin oli sopivassa mitassa eikä niissä vellottu liian syvällisesti koko ajan. Tämä ei ollut komediaa, mutta ei myöskään niin draamaa, että päähenkilöiden hengen puolesta olisi pelännyt. Pari yllättävää käännettä oli kuitenkin saatu mukaan, joita en ainakaan itse osannut yhtään ennustaa. Sarja loppui niin kuin arv ...more
Un début prometteur pour un manga fantastique original... J'aime bien le style de la mangaka !
Sep 20, 2015 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
see full review @ Katie's Corner

I suppose everyone knows what your own room is. Well, for about 18 years I didn’t have a room you could call my own, so when I started university and moved out to live alone I got this amazing room of mine. What a person would first do? I guess, put some favourite band posters or something like that. Well, that’s what I thought I would do, but no, for a year the walls were bare. Why I’m talking about my walls? Because “Dawn of the Arcana” made me want to put some
Rebecca Ann
I loved this series within the first few pages. The artwork is stunning, uncluttered and large framed. The story is familiar, a princess in an arranged marriage formed to stop a war between two kingdoms. We know it is not as simple as it seems, with plots forming on both sides. I loved the intruige and the romantic tension. I can't help but root for Ceaser, despite him being a colossal jerk, but I also love loyal Loki. I'm having a Twilight moment, but I can't pick a side yet. The half human hal ...more
Amy (Books, College, and Other Random Things)
There are two enemy countries: Senan and Belquat. To help make peace, Princess Nakaba of Senan and Prince Caesar of Belquat marry. The only thing is, Nakaba is a red-head. All royalty only have black hair. She’s pretty much alone, except for her attendant from Senan, Loki. He is an Ajin, a race of demi-humans who are slaves and treated as such by most. Loki and Nakaba face many insults, but they have each other. Will Nakaba be able to adjust to her newly found role?
I tend to be very picky when
One island, two kingdoms engaged in a long and bloody war. Princess Nakaba is from Senan in the North while Prince Caesar is from Belquat in the South. Their marriage finally brings peace to the land, but Princess Nakaba knows better than to think it will last. Now she's a hostage in enemy territory with only her faithful Ajin servant beside her. She expects to wake up with a dagger at her throat every day, and she is prepared to fight to save herself and her kingdom. But she isn't prepared for ...more
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This is an amazing series that has a lot of depth and emotion both in the characters and the storyline. I was a bit unsure of this at first, but after the first chapter was quickly drawn in. The story is a bit slow at first, but has enough intrigue and action to keep me at the edge of my seat.

By far the best part of this series is the relationships between the three main characters Nakaba, Loki, and Caesar. They each have their own unique personality and many times they clash with each other, bu
This series has been reviewed quite highly from a variety of sources, especially subsequent volumes as the story develops and gains momentum. I have to agree that this series definitely gets better with time. I enjoyed volume 3 the most, whereas in volume 1 was mired down a bit of world-building and exposition.

The basic premise is a political marriage between two warring nations with the intention of creating peace, if only temporary. Princess Nakaba is our heroine, Prince Caesar is the grumpy g
Alexa (Once Upon a Chapter)
This review was originally posted at Pages of Forbidden Love

I really loved diving right into this manga story because I could tell right from the start I was going to like it. Think olden days where kingdoms ruled the world and two warring kingdoms could never have a chance in hell of getting along with one another. Now imagine those two kingdoms deciding that marriage would solve all of their problems and that the two places could find peace.

Well that is exactly what happens to Nakaba. She is
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Rei Toma (Japanese: 藤間 麗,Tōma Rei) has been drawing since childhood, but she only began drawing manga because of her graduation project in design school. When she drew a short-story manga, "Help me dentist" (ヘルプ me デンティスト), it attracted a publisher's attention and she made her debut right away. Her magnificent art style became popular, and after she debuted as a manga artist, she became known as a ...more
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