Manga Review: Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 3

Manga Review: Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 3Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 3 by Rei Toma
Series: Dawn of the Arcana #3
Published by VIZ Media LLC on April 3rd 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, 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?

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

The volume focuses heavily on the intrigue surrounding the Belquat kingdom. Some questions are finally answered. But plenty of more questions have emerged.

One of the biggest lingering questions that I have is regarding the issue of hair color. Toma has been sneaking around the previous two volumes giving some hints. At this point, readers understand that hair color is of the greatest importance to royalty. But I find myself still really confused about this notion. So if my hair color is black, naturally I am royal? Umm, ok.

The plot threads that were previously starting to be explored in volume two are mysteriously absent as well. Loki and his current mission seem to have been put on hold. But new mysteries surround the kingdom and a new ally country are revealed. Right now, I am holding judgement on this newest development until it unfolds a bit more. Our newest character, Prince Akhil, also seems to know a lot more than he is letting on.

Final Verdict:
I am not sure what it is lately, but it seems that the third volume of a manga is a hard sell for me. Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 3 was not a bad read. But not my favorite thus far. I missed some of the chemistry building with Princess Nakaba and Prince Caesar. And Loki was strangely surprisingly subdued. Although, it was nice to get more information regarding these kingdoms and see the intrigue unfold, I would not miss seeing this type of development back off a bit.

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3 responses to “Manga Review: Dawn of the Arcana, Volume 3

  1. Bo

    I just got volume 5 in and I am happy to say I am actually caught up on this series. I really want to see where this is going to go, but the political intrigue does get a bit much for me at times. I enjoy it, but it’s not one of my top 10 titles.
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