June 4, 2015

Reimei no Arcana

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“On that day, I became the enemy’s possession,” Nakaba thought as she stood there, knowing her destiny was to be married for convenience to keep the peace between her country Senan and Prince Caesar’s country, Belquat; two neighbor countries on an island.

Between the two countries there has been a constant war for 200 years and Nakaba has become a sacrificial lamb for her country despite the discrimination against her red hair and the sub-person (half-human, half-animal) Loki, who is her only friend and attendant at Caesar’s estranged palace.

But what will Nakaba do when she foresees an event pertaining to Prince Caesar’s demise? Will she save him, or let him die in return to all the hate directed towards her by the people of Belquat?

Cal’s Rating: 6.5/10

Cal’s Notes: I think I will start things of here with an exaggerated sigh. Eeheehhh. There we go, that there succinctly sums up my thoughts about Reimei no Arcana. I entered this series with some expectations seeing as how the world of Reimei no Arcana was at first glance very intriguing and the situation that the MC found herself in had a lot of room for some interesting plot developments but nothing of the sort ever happens because instead we get yet another love triangle. I knew there was going to be romance in this series and I hoped that it would integrated into things like politics and war that the story promised but that is not what happens here. Instead what happens is that author completely pushes the setting that she created to one side in favour of a typical love triangle, and it wasn’t even a particularly good love triangle. Basically the MC has to make the tough choice between one sexy black haired dude who is a prince and another black haired dude who happens to have a pair of dog ears.

There isn’t much depth to it. She just spend ages in her own mind weighing up the pros and cons of her potential suitors for ages before making a choice and then wondering if that was the right choice. She may as well have just flipped a coin to decide. The three main characters are all rather generic which made it hard for me to really care for them and the entire reading I was just getting frustrated at how shallow everything seemed to be.

If there was one thing I can say I liked then it would be the artwork which is, as you can see, stunning. The character designs are brilliant especially the female character Nakaba but while the characters look great the backgrounds are all rather bland. In conclusion then, Reimei no Arcana is really just another shoujo love triangle manga set in a world that seems interesting but is little more than a trick to make things seem a little more original. You’re mileage will vary depending on how much you like these sorts of stories with love triangles. Personally I don’t care much for them or this manga but there were a few interesting concepts in this manga so I feel it deserves some credit.


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