Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Dawn of the Arcana Vol. 3: a manga review

By Rei Toma
Still 3.5 / 5 Gnomes

A review in 10 words or less:  Won't you tell me my future?

Princess Nakaba of Senan and Prince Caesar of Belquat only married each other for the sake of peace between their two warring countries, so no one expected there to be love between the unlikely couple. Nakaba is starting to warm to Caesar, however, and her attendant Loki doesn’t like this one bit. Are Loki and Caesar destined to be enemies? And how does Nakaba’s power, the Arcana of Time, fit into all this?

~Amazon Description~

Emissaries from another kingdom have arrived in Belquat, and Princess Nakaba is basically being held captive in her quarters.  Why?  Well, it's that red hair thing again, and the fact that she's a total disgrace.  Her relationship with Prince Caesar is progressing, slowly, which is putting Loki in quite the mood, and her "powers" of "sight" are happening more often.  When one of the emissaries, who just happens to be a Prince, discovers that Nakaba carries the Arcana of Time, he's desperate for a vision of his home country.  Seems that Nakaba can't help but to find herself smack dab in the middle of uber trouble.  Imagine that.

I'm not a fan of manga.  I'm pretty sure that's come out somewhere in another blog post.  I read them because I feel it is a part of my job to be informed and to have the capability of conversing with my manga-crazed teens on their favorite titles.  As manga go, I'm really like this story.  There are no chibi moments, and it is really plot driven.  The story actually develops in each volume, and I can feel the action building which is keeping me reading.  If you're a hesitant manga reader, I would suggest starting with Dawn of the Arcana.  I can't promise you'll give it a thumbs up, but it's worth a read!

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