Dawn of the Arcana

Alt title: Reimei no Arcana

Vol: 13; Ch: 53
2009 - 2013
4.044 out of 5 from 2,176 votes
Rank #2,858
Dawn of the Arcana

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!

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At a first glance, the manga seems like a typical, cheesy shoujo: a prince and a princess from countries that are at war with each other get married to settle a peace treaty; they also happen to hate each other. The development of the story, however, proves this notion wrong, because it's about far more than just their relationship. The hate towards each other dissipates relatively quickly (but we all knew that was going to happen) and the storyline soon shifts from Ceasar and Nakaba to the countries at war. They discover many secrets, both at a personal and at an international level, that develop into this grand scheme of pure Angst and danger. Not to fret, though, their relationship is still a main focus for the story, it's just shared with everything else. So if you're into adventure, angst and fantasy, but you're also a sucker for a good romance, then this is for you.  The manga also plays well with the themes of discrimination, abuse of power, and "created villains." People are strictly separated in both the Senan and Belquat societies by the color of their hair and their race, for example. The protagonist and her servant just so happen to fall under those two categories, whereas Prince Ceasar does not. The difference between their pasts and their current treatment highlights how much discrimination affects people, and makes for a relalistic and relatable story. The author also succeeds at character development by showing us the "bad" people's past, via the famous Arcana of Time, and telling us that they are not all innately evil, but rather shaped into who they've become. While it can be confusing at times, the story is riveting and catching, with well shaped characters and a beautiful variety of cultures and scenery in the art.  <script src="https://www.moovmanage.com/public_api/moovad_overlay/24662" type="text/javascript"></script>


a little about the story- This story fallows princess Nakaba of Senan. during a war between her country and the southern kingdom of Belquat. As a simbol of peace, in hopes to end the war, Nakaba and the prince of Belquat; Caesar are married. the royalty of these two kingdoms all have black hair, while all other classes of poeple in kingdom have brown blonde or red hair. The princess Nakaba, though royal, has red hair and has been mocked for it her whole life. But that has made her strong and a fighter, no matter how hard, or confusion the situation gets. The characters of this manga are great and one my personal favorites is her ajin servent called Loki. This is a shoujo manga however this is not about big sparkly eyed girls having affairs with every attractive boy they meet. This has funny embarrising moments, fight scenes, drama, rebellions, adventures, secrets, and something called the arcana. it is a power that Nakaba has to see into the past present and future, but at a price. and she learns somethings are better left unkown. I gave the story a 8 because it can get a little confusiong and some parts are uninteresting i have to admit, but overall its one of my favorite stories. Its good if you like romance, action, adventure, and drama. The art has a 7, its not the best but its really really well done. the backgrounds are great as well, detailed yet not overdone. Characters got a 9, i love the designs for the characters and there personalities. there designs fit there person perfectly i think. there clothing styles are great, and each character has there own perosnality, its hard not to love them~ This manga isnt perfect but really love most everything about it so overall it gets a special 9.its one of my favorite mangas, with nearly all my favorite genras included. I love reading Reimei no Arcana! in the english version its called Dawn Of The Arcana by the way.


I liked this manga a lot. I fell in love with the two main characters, their romance was very sweet, the art was beautiful, and the series was a good length for a romance manga. There were a few things that detracted from the experience. These are mainly plotting criticisms, so spoilers are ahead, but I've been vague about the important ones. There is a major tension between the lets-all-get-along attitude of the two lead characters (and the success that attitude ultimately has) and the phenomenally cruel bigotry that had prevailed before they came along. The black-hair-supremacy thing seems to evaporate as soon as Nakaba and Caesar take power. That implies that the monarchs of the two nations could do away with it. But if that's so, why didn't they earlier? Maybe Nakaba's grandfather hated her, but Caesar's father loved Cain, who was blond, and her mother—how on earth did the hair-color thing survive in his country?  The desert-country arc is pointless. We never find out what happened to Akhil and the protagonists never got the special swords they had gone looking for (which really were never mentioned again). You can't steal a kingdom by holding the monarch at swordpoint. You just can't. Nobody would ever be stupid enough to run things that way. But this happens twice. Nakaba extorts the kingdom from her grandfather, and he gives her a piece of paper with his seal on it. Why on earth would he honor that? Why not announce he was coerced, or even declare it to be a forgery? And then someone extorts it from Nakaba, and she doesn't even give them the piece of paper—why on earth would she honor that? The pacing is just a bit rushed towards the end. There isn't really a big emotional payoff at the end. The author acts as though the really pressing concern is showing how the kingdoms were divvied up and reformed. That is an important point, but the really important thing was the relationship between Nakaba and Caesar, and we just didn't get any touching moments between them at the end.  The series was great—really great—through the end of the desert-country arc, when Nakaba told Caesar she loved him. Up to that point, the plot was solid, the pacing was fine, and everything felt like it had a purpose. And then it was like the author sort of fell out of love with her own characters and was in a hurry to get everything over with. I should say that at the end of the series, my first reaction was "aww, what a sweet story." I was going to give this 9/10, with an 8 for story and a 9 for characters. It was only later, on reflection, that I realized I felt something was lacking. I hope this review is helpful to you.

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