The King's Beast

Alt title: Ou no Kemono: Enpei no Arcana

Vol: 11+; Ch: 49+
2019 - ?
4.214 out of 5 from 287 votes
Rank #779
The King's Beast

In this kingdom, Ajin are considered no better than beasts. The men are sent to war, the women serve in brothels. Those who are lucky enough to live to old age spend their last years doing degrading, menial work. Boys who show signs of magical ability must serve the imperial family in the palace. Rangetsu's twin brother is sent to the palace to serve the Prince Tenyou, but he only lasts a short time before he is murdered. Rumors say his master was the one who aimed the blade, and Rangetsu decides to puts aside her femaleness in order seek revenge. After years of excelling on the battlefield, she has finally found her way to Prince Tenyou's side. But he isn't what she expected, and the webs of intrigue in the palace is more tangled and venomous than she imagined. Can Rangetsu find her vengeance before she too falls prey to palace plots, and will her inconvenient feelings for the Prince Tenyou be a hindrance or a help?

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As of the time I'm writing this it's still ongoing. I've just finished vol 9, about to start vol 10, and without even reading it yet I'm already planning to get vol 11 soon. The art is breathtaking. The story is unique. The characters are interesting and endearing. It gets dark in places, there's violence and it's a harsh world, but that makes the light in it shine even brighter. I actually stop and stare at some pages just to take in all the art and beauty on the page. That's something I don't really do with other manga. There's so much detail and the expressions convey so much emotion. This series has everything I could possibly look for in a manga. I don't often give 5 star ratings or 10s. I read a lot so often times plot twists don't surprise me at all. This one managed to. It's best to go in with the least amount of knowledge possible, it's too easy to be spoiled on here.  After running out of this to read, I went back to read the previous series written in the same universe "Dawn of the Arcana" which was amazing but also incredibly painful at the end. That also managed to surprise me with the twists, but they are so well written you can see all the hints once you know, it's not like the twists come out of nowhere.  You can read this with no knowledge of the first series, but the first one can expand the world and there's at least one character in both, along with references to it in this series, which made me want to go back and read the first one too. I highly recommend both series, however because of the tragic (?) ending of the first one I'm a little weary of how this will end...but I still can't put it down. 


All reviews on Goodreads ¸.·✩·.¸¸.·¯⍣✩ 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝙺𝚒𝚗𝚐'𝚜 𝙱𝚎𝚊𝚜𝚝 ✩⍣¯·.¸¸.·✩·.¸Ajin boys are sent to train in an army in hopes of the best one becoming the Kings Beast. Some Ajin are blessed with powers, and all have certain animal features. Despite being stronger than humans, they are of the lower class, treated like objects and slaves. The youngest females are forced to be prostitutes and then spend their days doing lowly work. Rangetsu's twin brother Sogetsu becomes Prince Tenyou's beast but gets caught in a bloody attempt that ends with Sogetsu's death. Now wanting both answers and revenge, Rangetsu disguises herself as a man and becomes Prince Tenyou's beast with one goal in mind: to kill the prince. However, she learns that Prince Tenyou cared for Sogetsu. Now Rangetsu must uncover what happened and keep her secret hidden, as the plot thickens.The King's Beast was a promising start to a manga series, containing a lot of my favorite tropes! Rei Toma's art is beautiful, and the character design was very unique. Though the plotline would seem generic, it is still exhilarating and adds new points to the story. I love dark fantasy where it deals with very serious topics in a tension-filled plot, and that was exactly what this was. Rangetsu and Sogetsu were so cute as children and the small interactions they had held a lot of emotional power.The mixture of action and intrigue kept me going as I quickly sped through this book. Prince Tenyou was a character I haven't seen much yet, but I still liked his character. Rangetsu was very driven to one clear goal and to see her moral struggle as she realized that her twin's death wasn't as simple as she had first thought.The Mulan trope, as I call it, where a female disguises herself as a male is one of my favourites, and I loved how it was done in this book. Rangetsu is a character I can root for and care for. I like how it has an important commentary on being forced into a position you don't want (certain genders being forced to be prostitutes or forced to become servants).Rei Toma delivers a refreshing start to a new series with dark themes and emotional tension.✅PLOT✅PLOT TWIST✅CHARACTERS

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