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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
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Published December 6th 2011 by VIZ Media LLC (first published January 1st 2009)
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Apr 01, 2016 Sofs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let's talk about the art of Reimei no 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 coun
Nov 19, 2013 Julia rated it really liked it
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
May 11, 2015 Meagan rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 21, 2015 Marco rated it did not like it
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!
Jun 07, 2012 Maya rated it it was ok
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
Nov 27, 2012 Izz_insane rated it really liked it
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 (Mai)
Dec 16, 2014 Michael (Mai) rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 04, 2015 Galleane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 :
Lynanne Carroll
Jul 18, 2014 Lynanne Carroll rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, manga
**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
Mar 21, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it
Ahhhh now this is intriguing...political intrigue in a fantasy realm, arranged marriage between a poor but powerful country and a rich but corrupt one, magical half human half animal guys, broody princes who don't immediately try to rape the heroine, tough but gentle heroine with an iron backbone and a good heart!!! Count me in!!!
Jul 24, 2016 Tikali rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic
Die Geschichte hat definitiv Potential, ich werde es auf jeden Fall weiterlesen! :D Die Figuren sind auch super schön gezeichnet, bloß der Hintergrund wird ab und an arg vernachlässigt. Nichtsdestotrotz hat's echt Spaß gemacht! ^_^
Feb 11, 2015 Carolina rated it it was amazing
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
okay, this book is kinda similar to Akagami no shirayukihime (Red hair snow white) because this story also related to having a red hair. I like the graphic and the plot because i'm a picky on choosing a manga story based on the graphic.

This is the Plot of the story
Nakaba, a princess of Senan is forced to marryCaesar, a prince of Belquat in an attempt to ease the bad relations between the two kingdoms. Because of the marriage,Loki, and Nakaba have to move to Senan's rival kingdom Belquat. Naka
Jan 15, 2015 Maha rated it it was ok
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
Jan 04, 2015 Cat rated it it was amazing
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
Aug 02, 2014 Anne Freya rated it liked it
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
Jun 30, 2016 Jockum rated it liked it
Prinsessa hatar pojke, prins är arrogant och bryr sig inte om vad tjej tycker och de tvingas att att giftas av tradition mellan två krigiska länder.

Skön tecknarstil och en bra lunk. Mycket motsättningar och känslor får rum i handlingen.
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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A medieval fantasy where a princess’s mysterious power alters her fate!

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!

Pretty interesting story. The countries
Rummanah (Books in the Spotlight)
Review of the entire series:

Dawn of Arcana is a light fantasy that has the usual tropes of a shoujo manga. The plot is very easy to follow and the characters are quite likable. The heroine, Nakaba, has been discriminated all of her life. Her grandfather denies her royal status and stows her away in a tower where she is treated poorly by many except her loyal servant Loki. Nakaba is a strong heroine, a person always seeing the good in everyone. She has been gifted a power called the Arcana, which
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?
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.
Mar 28, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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
Val Rider
Nov 29, 2015 Val Rider rated it it was amazing
This was an astoundingly beautiful manga series. I was very sad to have it end, but I must say for any manga readers and lovers out there, if ever you come across this manga, please read it! I didn't think much of it at first, and thought it would be like all the other ones, but it was not, it was so much more. I read this along with my older sister, so it was very nice to talk about it as we went along.
All of teh characters have had such a major impact on me, and the story develops so beauitful
Jun 02, 2014 Heini rated it really liked it
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
Apr 26, 2012 Touloulou rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un début prometteur pour un manga fantastique original... J'aime bien le style de la mangaka !
Sheila Garcia
May 22, 2016 Sheila Garcia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
~This review is for the entire series of Dawn of the Arcana~

Do I know where to start? I don't know where to start. This series OMG. Ok, let me start with a short synopsis because this is usually how one starts a review, right? So, Dawn of the Arcana or Reimei no Arcana which is its original Japanese title, follows the story of Nakaba, a princess of the Senan kingdom, Caesar, the second-born son of the Belquat kingdom and Nakaba's loyal assistant, Loki. Senan and Belquat are located on the same i
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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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