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Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 13 Paperback – September 2, 2014
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About the Author
Rei Toma has been drawing since childhood, but she only began drawing manga because of her graduation project in design school. When she drew a short-story manga,Help Me, Dentist, for the first time, it attracted a publisher's attention and she made her debut right away. Her magnificent art style became popular, and after she debuted as a manga artist, she became known as an illustrator for novels and video game character designs. Her current manga series, Dawn of the Arcana, is her first long-running manga series, and it has been a hit in Japan, selling over a million copies.
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The story is really amazing after reading this. I wasn't too into the whole Nakaba x Caesar, and always felt so bad for Loki. While I am happy now with the Nakaba x Caesar couple, my sadness for Loki has multiplied by a kajillion feels.
Everything in this series ties together into a nice bow, although that is not to say that everything was a happy end. It was a bittersweet ending to this smart series, and I really have to hand it to the mangaka for making one of the most memorable endings to a series I have ever read. I never expected that twist at the end, and after reading it, I want to reread it and hand this out to all of my friends!
If you are hesitant about starting this, or finishing it, like I was, then I have to say, please reconsider. I read every volume, and I own them all. I didn't expect to love it. I just thought, "hey, new shoujo, promising premise, why not?" OMG. I can't even. LOKI!!!!!!!
Seriously guys, seriously. This was good. I cried.
Story: Loki has demanded that Nakaba give up Seinen to him. Caesar and Nakaba are left with a choice – kill Loki or acquiesce to his plans to separate the Ajin from the humans completely. Nakaba’s heart is broken and not even Caesar can heal what Loki has done. But the Arcana has one last gift for Nakaba – a view into Loki’s heart.
I really enjoyed this series. Toma never took the easy route for the characters and situations she created – making parts of the storyline very sad and several characters uniquely tragic. Although it would appear the series was about Nakaba or Nakaba/Caesar, in reality, it’s clear at the end that the story was really about Loki and Nakaba. Especially, their past and history together.
The ending chapters are mostly pictures that really showcase Toma’s clean illustration style. She allows the images to tell the story, as Nakaba finally comes to understand both Loki’s unswerving loyalty as well as his bitter betrayal. This ending comes at the right time; enough story to enjoy but not enough to where it drags out and becomes tedious to continue.
Fans of the series will definitely want to make sure to pick up this final volume. And then immediately afterwards, go back and read the first volume to really understand Loki and so much of the foreshadowing in this well plotted storyline.
Reviewed from an ARC.
It's going to be hard to let go of these characters. I fell in love with them through the 13 volumes. Each had a purpose, and the author definitely didn't lack in character development. I'll definitely be looking out for her works again.