Reimei no Arcana
Dawn of the Arcana
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Reimei no Arcana

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Synonyms: Reicana
Japanese: 黎明のアルカナ
English: Dawn of the Arcana
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 13
Chapters: 65
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 24, 2009 to Jun 24, 2013
Genres: Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Romance Romance
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Cheese!
Authors: Touma, Rei (Story & Art)


Score: 7.961 (scored by 1710517,105 users)
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Ranked: #8462
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Popularity: #387
Members: 43,378
Favorites: 1,122


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Volumes: /13
Chapters: /65


In a world where nobles take pride in their jet-black hair, the red-haired Princess Nakaba of Senan is locked away in a tower until she is forced to marry Caesar, the arrogant second prince of Belquat. Practically a political hostage, Nakaba only has one attendant by her side: Loki, whose dog-like ears mark him as an ajin—a race of beings with animalistic traits who are looked down upon by the general populace.

Nakaba—the possession of her conceited husband, the discarded princess of a kingdom that saw her as their shame—expects to endure her pain and continue living life no matter what. However, a splash of crimson blood dyes her world in a red hue, awakening her power—the Arcana of Time. This ability allows her to see the past—her own, which she has locked away, and that of others—and the future.

But changing the future comes at a price, and to save one life means something else must be sacrificed in return. Amidst the rising tension on the continent, Nakaba must use her power to fight not only for peace, but also to save those she has grown to love.

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Note: Chapter count includes extras.


Reimei no Arcana was published in English as Dawn of the Arcana by VIZ Media under the Shojo Beat imprint from December 6, 2011 to September 2, 2014; in French as L'Arcane de l'aube by Kazé Manga from April 28, 2011 to December 18, 2013; in German as Dawn of Arcana by Carlsen Verlag from April 25 to May 31, 2019; and in Italian by Flashbook from July 27, 2012 to May 16, 2014.

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Nov 10, 2014
Reimei no Arcana is a fantasy shoujo manga by Touma Rei, totalling thirteen volumes. We begin our tale at a wedding ceremony, the participants a red-haired girl and a black-haired boy. The girl notes dispassionately that her new husband has crushed her hair in his hand, unbeknownst to the onlookers. This is a marriage of convenience, for the purpose of upholding a treaty to keep the peace between two warring countries, Senan and Belquat. Not only is she of a different nationality to the prince she has married, which automatically makes her unlikable, but she also has filthy, red hair. Why is red hair so ...
Feb 7, 2016
Mixed Feelings
As far as shoujos go, I thought this had an interesting premise.

Story: 7
The basic storyline is that a red-haired princess (Akage) is married off to a prince of another country for a peace treaty. She is shunned because she, a royal, has red hair instead of black hair. Yeah, that's right. And not only that, but throughout the story kings and royalty make crazy freaking decisions based solely on the fact that this girl has red hair. It's a puzzler to me...and despite all of the clearly corrupt, lazy, and plain stupid royals, the citizens don't complain or rise up even once. The background ...
May 21, 2015
I'm pretty meticulous when it comes to choosing what to read, since I hate leaving things unfinished. Hence I went into this manga with eyes and ears open, having read a LOT of reviews. I thought I knew roughly what to expect, but without having particularly high or low hopes. Boy was I disappointed.

Story: 5

Obviously this is a cliché story about an unwanted princess who is forced to marry the enemy kingdom's prince for the sake of peace. The princess discovers she has an innate ability that gives her enough power to take control of her life and kingdom. It's incredibly cliché, which would be ...

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