Review: Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 12

Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 12
Dawn of the Arcana, Vol. 12 by Rei Tōma
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Volume 12 of Dawn of the Arcana picks up at the point when Nakaba takes over Senan’s throne, in a bid to unite the two countries. Upon hearing this, the King of Belquat declares war upon Senan and Ceasar is caught in the middle. Due to his love for Nakaba, he will ofcourse not participate in the war, but has to be the one leading the forces. In Senan, Nakaba and Ahkil are pondering upon the reason why Belquat’s king hates Arcana users so much and when Nakaba uses hers to see it, we get the story of how the King of Belquat had fallen in love with a commoner (Cain’s mother). The seer who predicted her death was the catalyst for the King’s hatred as he believed it was a power that wasn’t worthy of being held by humans. Back in the present, Caesar also makes his move to take the throne.

The major arc of the story is Gran and Sara’s story, and it shows how a person’s grief can alter them so much. Gran was distraught and believed that the prophecy was a curse instead. His decision ultimately came back to haunt him, when the same power causes his downfall. Nakaba shows the qualities of a strong queen, even in the face of what Loki asks of her in the end. Both Caesar and Nakaba put their kingdoms above themselves so far and they finally can realize their dreams. A pivotal point in the story is when Caesar instinctively protects Loki, showing that a bond has inevitably been created between them. The artwork is beautiful as ever, and I loved how the contrast in the young and old king was depicted. The plot has progressed so well and I look forward to what the implications of Loki’s demand will be.

Received an ARC from Viz Media via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

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