Dawn of the Arcana

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Dawn of the Arcana
黎明のアルカナ
(Reimei no Arukana)
Genre Fantasy, Romance
Manga
Written by Rei Toma
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher Viz Media
Demographic Shōjo
Imprint Flower Comics
Magazine Monthly Cheese!
Original run 24 January 2009[citation needed]24 June 2013[citation needed]
Volumes 13 (List of volumes)
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Dawn of the Arcana (黎明のアルカナ Reimei no Arukana?) is a shōjo manga by Rei Toma (藤間麗 Tōma Rei?) first serialized in Monthly Cheese! and licensed by Viz Media. This is Rei Toma's first manga to be published in English as well as its original language.

Plot[edit]

Nakaba (ナカバ Nakaba?), a princess of Senan (セナン Senan?) is forced to marry Caesar (シーザ Shiiza?), a prince of Belquat (ベルクート Beruqūto?) in an attempt to ease the bad relations between the two kingdoms. Because of the marriage, Loki (ロキ Roki?), and Nakaba have to move to Senan's rival kingdom Belquat. Nakaba discover she holds the bloodline for the Arcana, a power that was feared, and as a result everyone that was discovered to have the Arcana was slaughtered, but few survived. Every Arcana is different to each individual, and Nakaba's allows her to see in the past or future, dubbed the "Arcana of Time". Ajin are half-human and half-animal, a sub-species and are usually look down upon or mistreated, and the rebellion grows stronger with every day. Nakaba soon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle with Loki and Caesar, a struggle between Belquat and Senan, as well as the battle for equality between Ajin and ordinary humans.

Main Characters[edit]

  • Nakaba (ナカバ Nakaba?), a red-haired princess of Senan (セナン Senan?) and possesses the Arcana. Brought to the Senan court by Loki after her mother was butchered by Belquat men. Although she first believes her marriage is a sentence of eventual death, she begins to see ways to change the injustices of both her own nation of Senan as well as those of Belquat, although she fears she must surrender her own happiness to achieve these goals. Rather beautiful with red hair that is deemed unroyal, large green eyes, and a small and slim body. Nakaba finds out that she is also Loki's little sister, after she heard that Loki had died.
  • Caesar (シーザ Shiiza?), a prince of Belquat (ベルクート Beruqūto?), as well as Nakaba's possible lover. Originally second in line to the throne of Belquat, he is made heir to the throne later after various political machinations force him to decide Belquat needs to change its policies. Has a child with her at the end of the series.
  • Loki (ロキ Roki?), Princess Nakaba's attendant, guard and brother also an Half-Ajin. Loki wishes to help the Ajin gain more freedom and self-determination instead of being treated as slaves that aren't worth acknowledging. Dies in the final volume of Dawn of the Arcana as he overused his Arcana. He is Nakaba's older brother.

Other Characters[edit]

  • Verinas (ベリナス Berinasu?), a fair haired young man, slightly older than Prince Caesar who acts as a political adviser and confidante to Caesar. The two have been together since Caesar was very young. Loves his younger sister Lemiria greatly.
  • Cain (カイン Kain?), prince and heir of the kingdom of Belquat, Caesar's half-brother, engaged to Louise. Due to his blond hair, he is seen as being less royal than Caesar. Is handsome and kind,but hates Caesar as he envies him. In love with Louise and admires Nakaba for her bravery and boldness. Dies at Loki's hand.
  • Louise (ルイス Ruisu?), a dark-haired young noble woman, fiancee at first to Cain. In the beginning, she continually flirts with Caesar, to Cain's discomfort. Later develops a genuine affection for Cain but by then he had died.
  • Lemiria (レミリア Remiria?), Bellinus's sister, possesses the Arcana of Heartsight and becomes Nakaba's first female friend. She is 18 years old.
  • Adel (アデル Aderu?), dark-haired prince of Senan. As a young boy, he used to constantly bully Nakaba, particularly making fun of her red hair, because he liked to see her cry. Later implied that he has an interest in Nakaba, but realises that her heart has been given to Caesar. Heir to the throne of Senan. Nakaba steals his crown and he says he'll never forgive her. Evidence suggests that he was in love with her.

Manga[edit]

Thirteen volumes have been published in Japanese by Shogakukan[1] and thirteen volumes in English by Viz Media.[2] Thirteen volumes have been published in Chinese by Tong Li Publishing,[3] thirteen volumes in French by Kazé Manga,[4] and ten volumes in German by Carlsen Verlag[5] with a planned release of volume eleven on 30 September 2014.[6]

Volume list[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 26 May 2009[7] ISBN 978-4-09-132364-4 6 December 2011[8][9] ISBN 978-1-4215-4104-4
2 25 September 2009[10] ISBN 978-4-09-132666-9 7 February 2012[11][12] ISBN 978-1-4215-4105-1
3 26 February 2010[13] ISBN 978-4-09-133050-5 3 April 2012[14][15] ISBN 978-1-4215-4106-8
4 25 June 2010[16] ISBN 978-4-09-133217-2 5 June 2012[17][18] ISBN 978-1-4215-4107-5
5 26 October 2010[19] ISBN 978-4-09-133544-9 7 August 2012[20][21] ISBN 978-1-4215-4213-3
6 25 February 2011[22] ISBN 978-4-09-133718-4 2 October 2012[23][24] ISBN 978-1-4215-4214-0
7 24 June 2011[25] ISBN 978-4-09-133866-2 4 December 2012[26][27] ISBN 978-1-4215-4215-7
8 26 October 2011[28] ISBN 978-4-09-134200-3 5 February 2013[29][30] ISBN 978-1-4215-4314-7
9 16 January 2012[31] ISBN 978-4-09-134339-0 2 April 2013[32][33] ISBN 978-1-4215-4920-0
10 26 June 2012[34] ISBN 978-4-09-134446-5 4 June 2013[35][36] ISBN 978-1-4215-5245-3
11 26 November 2012[37] ISBN 978-4-09-134817-3 1 October 2013[38][39] ISBN 978-1-4215-5889-9
12 26 April 2013[40] ISBN 978-4-09-135280-4 8 April 2014[41][42] ISBN 978-1-4215-6457-9
13 26 September 2013[1] ISBN 978-4-09-135525-6 2 September 2014[2][43] ISBN 978-1-4215-6950-5

Reception[edit]

"Young readers looking for shojo fantasy will want to try Dawn of the Arcana." — Leroy Douresseaux, Comic Book Bin.[44] "With hints of magic powers, complex international relations, and a variety of twisted pasts, fantasy and romance fans alike will want to pick this up, particularly with the promise that this series will only get more interesting as it gets going." — Rebecca Silverman, Anime News Network.[45] "I will tell you the premise of this manga, and it will then become obvious to you why it was chosen to translate, because it’s got a ton of hooks that will be of interest to the target teen female reader." — Johanna Draper Carlson, Manga Worth Reading.[46] "The tale has romance, combat, politics and a host of other things… think of it as a bit like A Game of Thrones, but accessible to a younger audience." — Nick Smith, ICv2.[47]

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