Manga Review: Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 2

Manga Review: Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 2Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 2 by Rei Toma
Series: Dawn of the Arcana #2
Published by VIZ Media LLC on February 7th 2012
Genres: Manga
Pages: 192

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! Princess Nakaba of Senan and Prince Caesar of Belquat only married each other for the sake of peace between their two warring countries, but things take a surprising turn when Caesar finds himself falling for his strange wife! Caesar tries to get Nakaba to return his feelings, but she maintains that he is her enemy and that she hates him. So when Nakaba has a vision of Caesar getting killed, will she say anything to save him?

* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. Read at your own risk *

Nakaba has been settling into her new life. But the transition has been anything but easy. Prince Caesar believing that the way to a girl’s heart is with a set of new dresses, shockingly finds Nakaba is not like most girls. As their not so easy courtship continues, political intrigue begins to surround them.

Unlike the previous volume where a love triangle brewing was in the forefront, Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 2, thankfully, put that idea on the back burner. Prince Caesar and Nakaba’s romance is far from being settled, but I love the growth that is shown. Even though the two barely know each other and pretty much realize it was all a political move to begin with, they seem to genuinely be interested in the other. It is sweet watching their mistakes, their progresses, and love to getting frustrated at all the turmoil that surrounds them.

Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 2 begins exploration of delving deeper to our characters. This volume our main focus being Loki. In the first volume, Loki was a character that I saw some potential with. Loved his dedication to Nakaba, and really wanted to more about him. In this installment, readers discover more about Loki: his past and current motivations. As much as I would love to say that I am surprised by many of his current motivations, I am really not. He is part of a people that are being suppressed, so it is natural for him to want to act. But for some reason, he really came across heartless here. Instead of feeling like he was in the right and wanting to cheer for him, I wanted him gone and far, far away from Nakaba. I think this volume killed all my hopes of him as a potential love interest.

Final Verdict:
Dawn of the Arcana is shaping up to be one heck of an interesting manga. Great characters and plot lines. Intrigue that just keeps getting deeper. And a potential romance that is finally starting to really pick up. My hopes remain high with this one as I continue on to the next volume.

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