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From Tokyopop: Inez is a young orphan girl with a special gift that allows her to communicate with all creatures. A great destiny awaits her, the nature of which she is yet unaware.
As our story opens, Inez is traveling with an old wizard named Kaager and a faithful dog named Zode. Her country is about to plunge into its first winter in one hundred years and ominous signs abound concerning the return of a demon-race which threatens the country's fragile peace.
Can little Inez- via a magic amulet - bring back her country's ancient dragon protector in time?
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If you're a fan of Lee So Young, then I would highly recommend Arcana.
I, for one, love her art work, especially in "Model". I know a lot of you don't like her art work but I think it's beautiful. The plot so far is alright - it's nothing I've never heard of nor is it boring.
For a reader whose never read any of Lee So Young's work, I'd say take a look at her other works first. *cough* MODEL!! *cough*
Lots of Magic and Confusion
The beginning was tolerable, it started out with a fresh sense of adventure and full of mysteries, but it started to get very confusing later on. All those time skips and dimensions made my head spin. I had to reread several chapters and read interpretations on the web in order to understand what was going on. I wish the author cleared things up for the readers.
The main characters weren't as deeply developed as I want them to be. But the artwork was beautifully drawn, except the guy's faces (i.e. those thick, pouty lips).
The ending was a positive one, but it didn't end the way I want it to end:
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The ending can be interpreted in different ways, but from what I see, it looks like a harem ending. Inez/Enril ends up with 3 different guys (including Yulan) in some paradise/alternate reality.
Anyways, this is what I would call "hard-core fantasy", and it may not be for everyone.
... Last updated on January 17th, 2012, 10:34pm
charming yet confusing
-Deemed the first ever manga to give me a serious headache -
This plot has many charming points, but at the same time it is very confusing. Just think of watching a really weird movie you couldn't get out of your head but yet you didn't really get what it was about either - it's the same with this story.
What furthers the confusion (and makes me a bit sad too) is that some plot points are not very detailed (like their stay in the elven city). It is like they put in only the peak situations from this storyline and left the rest out. Maybe the author ran out of space?
Furthermore it has extremly fast-paced story-telling and skips details but makes clear what happened in between with short dialogues or monologues. You will get what I mean once you reach volume 5 ^.^
Also it jumps from one POV to another without any warning, causing some confusion. There are also many substories told, yet they are all connected.
It is very hard to discern whether a character is female or male, "he or she" (at least in the translations).
Otherwise I can only repeat, the story is very charming to follow, but I think the author has to work on her story telling quite a bit (Model was a bit confusing too, though not as bad by far).
... Last updated on August 11th, 2011, 5:11pm
This is one of the manhwas I definitely want to own. It's exciting but a teeny bit cliche. But that doesn't matter because I love the characters' development. For those who wish to know
Spoiler (highlight to view)
she ends up with Yulan
. Although I wish she could have had both. A bit draggy at some points and sometimes the drawings annoy me because their head/hair is so big lol. But it's worth giving a try.
... Last updated on January 3rd, 2010, 2:35pm
Maybe It's Not For You.
Personally, I find Arcana to be one heck of a story(and it helps that Yulan's the definition of coolness). The art's not bad(but if you're looking fluff, this won't be it). There's a fine air of mystery in all of this manga-ka's plots, and it keeps you on edge, dying to find out what is going on.
BUT, if you don't like complicated fantasy, this probably won't interest you. The relationships between everyone is very complicated, and it's easy to get lost if you miss a volume(which happens. a lot).
Still, I'd give this a chance. It's always nice to have a change in taste, right?
I just love her artwork, so pretty. ^^ I really enjoy reading this one. It had just adorable scenes >.< so CUTE!! It's funny and recommeneded so try it!
... Last updated on April 26th, 2007, 1:19pm
like it but...
I love it but i think it was recently dropped by tokyopop and i really want to know who she ends up with. i found myself switching who i wanted her to end up with over and over...if u miss even one chapter, it gets really confusing. it only appeals to certain tastes so if you don't like it after the first two books, don't bother finishing it.
... Last updated on January 28th, 2010, 5:17pm
OKAY SO, I didn't understand half the plot. I thought it was because I was reading it at 3am, but it appears others were also confused. We couldn't have all been sleep deprived and had to wake at 6am. ANYWAY, despite the confusion I liked it. It...is...good. Absolute Witch is better, though.
... Last updated on October 3rd, 2013, 1:26pm
Needs a diagram...
This wasn't bad at all, in terms of drawing style, characters, or action. What was annoying as hell was the sudden changes in perspective that were really difficult to keep track of. A shifting between Enril's personalities, suddenly moving from the internal dialogue from one character to another, the quick shift in place/time, made this a hard read. And I thought Saver was a bitch! Well, over all, the imagination and art pulled me into it. I wish it had been more coherent, a little more straight forward in plot. I understand that it's supposed to be mysterious and questionable until the end, but reading it straight through really gave me a headache. I had to stop several time because I was annoyed at the shifts. Well, that said, I liked Inez and Yulan. I even liked Kyrette quite a bit. It was interesting.
I don't know how I feel...
I read this in the small hours of the day. Fully awake and alert yet it's still somewhat confusing. Some parts didn't flow together for me to understand.im also left with one question did they all die are they in a type of heaven? This wasn't clear to me. Above all when it did end it had me feeling that we followed the story of the villan all along for she orchestrated the whole thing except some deviations others made but she was still the center for the reason people died. In an unrelated note, usually I have one person I gravitate towards when I ship but I had two kyrette and yulan. Yulan was... Like falling in love with a rock. Showed no emotion,sturdy,unmoving but I went with it because that was the direction the story rolled on and then there was the sweet moment with Inez that were adorable. Then there's kyrette had interesting banter with Inez then there was their "history" together that made it seem sweeter but had little part to play over all. Enil was so devious and uncaring that I felt the romance doesn't matter anymore. In the end it felt like it twisted off from how I originally saw it because every thing changed by the end earning it in my book a five it wasn't bad but my confusion for it has earns it this place.